What’s Going On in Harrison

Harrison Public Library events

Jeffrey Friedberg

Friday, June 13 10:30 a.m.

Jeffrey is back for a fun and funky musical experience your young children will love. Sing and dance along to the witty and catchy tunes.

Sensory Storytime

Saturday, June 14, 9:45 a.m. and again at 10:45 a.m.

For all abilities. To register, please call 835-0324, ext. 4. Sponsored by The Kiyoko Brown Lekotek Center.

Film movement at the library

June 14, 2 p.m.

Enjoy a screening of a critically reviewed, newly released foreign film. 

Beginners yoga

Monday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Learn about yoga’s history, philosophy and practice. Understand the poses and breathing techniques. Limited to 20 participants. Sign up at the information desk. Wear comfortable clothing; bring your own mat and towel.

Open play at the library

Friday, June 20, 10 a.m.

Computer Classes

Saturday, June 21, call to register 8385-0324

10:30 a.m. Intro to MS Word

12 p.m. Computer basics

1 p.m. Intro to eBooks

“Taking Time for Reflection” art exhibit

The Harrison Council for the Arts presents “Taking Time for Reflection,” paintings in Parks by Hilda Green Demsky at the Harrison Public Library, Bruce Ave., June 4 to 27.

Demsky began her professional life as a visual artist with a BFA in painting from Carnegie Mellon University. Three artists she studied with who strongly influenced her art were Josef Albers, Tony Smith and George Sugarman. Demsky has been painting “en plein air” in and around Westchester County parks. There are paintings from the Sheldrake Environmental Center and Memorial Park in Larchmont, the serpentine walk at the New Dawn Foundation, Hudson Beach and the reservoir in New Rochelle, Wampus Pond Park in Armonk and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River.

Demsky is inspired by the open natural surroundings of our local and county parks. Her primary reason for painting is to express feelings related to nature, to ecological concerns, and to celebrate life.

Demsky has been the recipient of numerous awards, fellowships and residencies, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship to paint in Italy. Some career highlights were an invitational exhibition in Greece focusing on pollution and the marine environment, an exhibition and presentation of her environmental art at the World Fulbright Conference in Budapest and the exhibition of her waterfall paintings at the Galeria Nacional in Costa Rica.

As a member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists, Demsky visited and painted in a satellite factory in England, at Stonehenge and at Yellowstone National Park. She has exhibited extensively in New York, New England, Pennsylvania and Washington. Demsky is a member of the Mamaroneck Artists Guild, Katonah Museum Artists Association, National Association of Women Artists, Pen & Brush Gallery and Pleiades Gallery in New York City.

The exhibit may be viewed Monday and Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For information call  835-0324 or see harrisonpl.org

Manhattanville College now offers professional development

With the establishment of the Manhattanville Education Institute—MEI—the college’s School of Education now offers professional development courses for educators.

The new entity offers approximately 30 courses that mix theory with practice and deals with issues educators face on a regular basis. Classes include topics such as cyberbullying, integrating technology in the classroom and study strategies for school success. All of these are topics specific enough to be talked about in the classroom, but not offered as standalone courses.

All teachers need professional development in order to maintain their certification and MEI offers them a way to do that. Interested educators should seek the approval of the school district they work for prior to registering for MEI courses.

All courses are available to be taken online as well as on campus.

To register for courses with MEI or find out more information visit meicourses.com or call 855-584-1431.

The Harrison Players present Open Mic Night

Great entertainment for just $5 per person

Got a dance routine you’re dying to try out? Wrote a poem, or did you read one that you want to share? Do you love to sing, and want to do it on stage? Got a guitar or other instrument solo to test out?

Well, come on down and show us what you’ve got. All we ask is that you keep it clean and appropriate for all audience members. Bring your family and friends; it’s going be fun. Come even if you’re not performing.

$5 admission for all.

Performers must arrive at 7 p.m. to sign-in

Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Saturday, June 28

7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Veterans’ Memorial Building

210 Halstead Ave.




Emelin Theater event

Thank you, Michael Jackson

On June 27, 2014, The Emelin Theater will present The Michael Jackson Experience starring Delisco James. This unique tribute to Michael Jackson is one inspired fan’s way of giving back to the legacy of his idol as well as introducing The King of Pop’s music to a new generation.

With his incredibly talented band, backup singers and dancers, Delisco James recreates some of Michael Jackson’s most electrifying moments including the days with his brothers in The Jackson Five and his groundbreaking performance of “Billie Jean” on Motown’s 25th Anniversary Special.

The show’s finale, a recreation of the epic video “Thriller” will remind you why Michael will forever be “The King of Pop.”

A lifelong performer, Delisco has starred in three Broadway musicals as well as a national tour playing the role of Judas in “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Headlining the music of Michael Jackson around the globe, he’s played to sold out audiences in Macau, Berlin, Malaysia and Singapore. Delisco has returned home to launch his personal tribute to this musical icon.

For tickets and information, call the Emelin box office at 698-0098 or visit emelin.org.

Call for artists and writers

The Blue Door Art Gallery in Yonkers is currently seeking submissions for its inaugural issue of the Blue Door Quarterly Journal’a new literary and art publication.

The Journal, which will be available in print and online, will feature work from new and established artists working across various mediums:

•   Fiction

•   Nonfiction

•   Poetry

•   Photography

•   Fine art

Each issue of the publication will have a different theme. For our inaugural issue, the theme is community

Show us your community and what it means to you. How do you define community?

Submission deadline: Aug. 10, 2014

Submission guidelines:

• Three submissions per artist.

• Word count limit for fiction/nonfiction work: 2,000

• Previously published work not acceptable.

• All submissions must be original work of artist.

• We accept the following formats: PDF, DOC,DOCX, PNG, JPG.

Please send all submissions to: BlueDoorJournal@gmail.com

Include the appropriate category of your submission in the subject line.

Additionally, please include your name, phone number and other methods of contact, should we publish your work. All decisions will be made by Sept. 1. If your work submitted to the Journal becomes published elsewhere, please notify us immediately.

For more information about the Blue Door Quarterly Journal, please email BlueDoorJournal@gmail.com.

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