What’s Going on in Harrison 12-20-13

Harrison Public Library events
Share your ideas for the future of the library

Harrison residents are invited to contribute to the process of shaping the future direction of the Harrison Public Library by participating in a survey. The Harrison Public Library is operating in a time of transformation‑from rapidly developing technology, to significant economic pressures. To deliver relevant, efficient, and equitable services that meet the needs of the community, the library is looking to develop its strategic plan.

The library’s survey provides residents an opportunity to comment on their needs and priorities through a series of questions that will inform the library’s strategic plan.

The survey will be available until Dec. 16. Visit the library’s website at www.harrisonpl.org to access the survey online or visit your local branch to complete a paper copy.

Be a book giver

Want to be a World Book Night book giver on April 23, 2014, in support of literacy and community? It’s Shakespeare’s birthday and 25,000 volunteers will go out on one day and give a half million specially printed paperbacks to light or non-readers across America. Apply to be a book giver by Jan. 5, 2014 by going to
www.us.worldbooknight.org, read up on the guidelines and list of books, and then apply. Harrison Public Library, 2 Bruce Ave., is participating as a pick up spot for the books.

Open Play at the library

Friday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. Come meet other parents, grandparents, caregivers and children. Make new friends, play, read and have fun in the community room. Blocks and preschool LEGOs will be available for the little ones while adults chat.

Computer orientation

Saturday, Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. One-hour class for the computerized library catalog and Internet. If you are feeling left behind in this technology-driven world, this class is for you.

Storyland for ages 3 to 5

Monday, Dec. 23 at 10:30 a.m. Miss Bonnie will read stories for ages 3 to 5, siblings are welcome.

English conversation group

Monday, Dec. 23 at 11 a.m. Let’s speak English. Non-native English speakers, practice your English and make new friends in an informal, volunteer-led setting and learn about the library, too. No need to pre-register or signup. Just show up.

Board Games at the library

Monday, Dec. 23 at 4 p.m. Bring a friend or two and play one of the library’s many board games in the Children’s Room.

Holiday movie with treats

Monday, Dec. 23 at 4 p.m. Come watch “Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas.” Ref-re-shments courtesy of the Friends of the Library and Miss Bonnie.

LEGO hour

Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 10 a.m. Spend an hour this morning playing with the library’s LEGO collection. All ages welcome.

The art of origami

Friday, Dec. 27 at 10:30 a.m. Join us for a family workshop. Learn the art of making and playing origami. Presented by Japanese origami

Arts & crafts for special needs
kids ages 3 to 5

Friday, Dec. 27 at 4 p.m. Join us for an arts and crafts program specifically designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues or other special needs. Have fun and make new friends. Families and caregivers participation is encouraged and needed. Please call to sign up 914-835-0324. Limited to 10 families. Siblings are welcome.

Meet the Author: Amber L. Spradlin

Saturday, Dec. 28 at 10:30 a.m. Superheroes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes but now there is a new superhero in town and he is a bunny, Thumperino Superbunny. Thumperino is the star character in the children’s book “Thumperino Superbunny and The Christmas Star Caper” by Amber L. Spradlin. Please join us in welcoming acclaimed author Amber Spradlin to the Harrison Public Library. Ms Spradlin will speak and read from her work.

Save the date

Coffeehouse Sunday with the New Originals

Sunday, Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. Warm up January with the soulful sounds of the New Originals, featuring acoustic and electric Folk Rock and Pop music from the 60’s to the present.


Rye Arts Center events
The Winter Guide is now online

Sign up now for new classes in Minecraft, Lego engineering, creative building, architecture, siege machine, and LittleBits Maker Maniacs. All in addition to photography, ceramics, music lessons and more. Don’t miss out. Sign up now.

Member exhibit in the gallery

Dec. 5 to Jan 11. Come see works created by members of the RAC. Bring family and friends and be inspired by local artists right here in our community.

Half Day for Half Pints

New session starts Jan 6. Sign up now for this popular pre-school creative arts program that offers a well-balanced morning or afternoon at the RAC. Pre-schoolers experiment and explore their creative talents in our gallery, performing arts room, children’s studio and ceramics studio. This program is one of most popular‑don’t miss out. Register today.

“Full Steam Ahead: The Maker
Movement Comes to Rye.”

Save the date. Jan. 11 at the RAC. Free workshops and demos featuring 3D printing, MakeyMakey Piano, Scratch music making, and LittleBits, create works of art powered by science. Enjoy a free concert and exhibit by RAC instructors.

A Christmas Wizard of Oz

The Westchester Sandbox Theatre will be celebrating the holiday season this year with its family musical “A Christmas Wizard of Oz.” All the friends you know from Dorothy’s famous trip to Oz return in a musical tale about the joy of giving and the happiness of home. But there’s a twist. All the characters in this fun tale will be played by one actor. Come see Artistic Director Jason Summers play more than 20 characters in this completely interactive, musical holiday experience. Performances: Saturday, Dec. 21, Sunday, Dec. 22, Tuesday, Dec. 24, Saturday, Dec. 28, Sunday, Dec. 29. All shows at noon. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. To purchase tickets, visit www.wstshows.com and buy your tickets online or call 914-630-0804. The Westchester Sandbox Theatre is located at 931c East Boston Post Road in Mamaroneck.

Shop for fresh produce all winter long

Westchester residents will be able to buy farm-fresh local produce, cheeses and other dairy products, meats, baked goods and wine directly from farmers and producers at the indoor farmers market to be held on the last Sunday of each month from November through March, at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.

Dates are Sundays, Dec. 29, 2013, and Jan. 26, Feb. 23 and March 30, 2014. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This year’s market will consist of a variety of vendors who are farmers and food producers, all from the tri-state area. And, to tempt shoppers and to help them make selections, vendors will offer samples of their foods.

To add to the fun, each month will feature live entertainment provided by local musicians from the Hudson Valley and surrounding area.

Admission is free. Parking at the County Center lot is $5.

The farmers market is sponsored by Westchester County Parks and Friends of Westchester County Parks, Inc.

The Westchester County Center is located at 198 Central Park Ave. in White Plains.

For a list of vendors, go to countycenter.biz.

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