What’s Going On in Harrison 8-1-2014

The American Academy of Ballet comes to SUNY Purchase

The 22nd annual gala performance by the Summer School of Excellence of the American Academy of Ballet will be held at the Performing Arts Center, located at Purchase College State University of New York on Saturday Aug. 2, at 8 p.m. A total of 165 dancers from the Summer School program will present items of classical, and neo-classical ballet, jazz, Spanish dance and national dance.

The performance is the culmination of five weeks worth of intensive classes and rehearsals at Purchase College.

In addition to dancers from across the United States, dancers from all over the word attend the Summer School program. Prominent amongst these are Brazil, Israel, Japan, England, Canada and South Africa. Included in the program are excerpts from famous classical ballets, and original choreography by faculty teachers.

Tickets are $30 each when purchased at the door. You can also purchase tickets online at aabgalaperformance14.eventbrite.com. For information, call 212-787-9500.

Harrison Library events

Hadassah Film Festival

You may bring a bag dinner. Refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

Aug. 6 at 6:45 p.m.

“When Jews Were Funny” explores the role of Jewish comedians in the history of North American comedy and humor.

Aug. 13 at 6:45 p.m.

“Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy” examines the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical.

Aug. 20 at 6:45 p.m.

“When Do We Eat” is the story of a dysfunctional Jewish family at its first Passover Seder held after three years. An old-fashioned Jewish father struggles to bring the entire family together after being slipped a dose of what his son believes to be a combination of ecstasy and LSD. As the night continues, each family member reveals secrets that cause tension, but in the end it just brings them closer together.

Rye Library events

Contemporary Poetry discussion

Read and share your thoughts about contemporary poems with fellow poetry lovers in lively monthly discussions led by Michael Alcee at the Rye Free Reading Room. The next discussion will take place on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 231-3161 or visit ryelibrary.org.

The Art Of Zero: Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, GüntherUecker & Friends

In the wake of devastation wrought by World War II, European artists who were part of the Zero movement attempted to re-harmonize the relationship between humankind and nature, proclaiming the “zero hour” of postwar art.

In the late 1950s, progressive artists developed a new visual language to create a “new art for a new age.” Using industrial materials and technology they explored light, kinetics, and structure in a minimalist practice as they distanced themselves from Expressionism. For Otto Piene, Heinz Mack and Günther Uecker, who made up the German inner circle, the word Zero was complex. As a number, it represented nothing, a zone of silence. But as a shape, it represented an endless form, a zone of pure possibility.

The Neuberger Museum of Arts is currently presenting the exhibition The Art of Zero: Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Günther Uecker & Friends, until Sept. 28, 2014. It features 22 iconic works by Group Zero artists that have never been shown together in this context. The works are selected from the Neuberger Museum of Art’s Permanent Collection, and more specifically from the George and Edith Rickey Collection of Constructivist Art. Almost all of the works in the exhibition were gifts to Rickey from fellow artists in the spirit of collaboration and exchange, a philosophy of the Zero movement.

The Art of Zero: Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Günther Uecker & Friends is organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, SUNY and curated by Assistant Curator Avis Larson. Generous support for The Art of Zero is provided by the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art, and the Purchase College Foundation.

Dementia seminar

Dr. Tom Adamski, a practicing psychotherapist in New York City, will explore the dynamics of dementia, explaining how it starts and how to identify symptoms in a free program on Aug. 6 sponsored by at Home on the Sound.

His presentation, called “The Memory Game,” will consider five of the most common types of dementias and their causes. He will also explain how memory works and provide some organizational tips and tricks as well as treatment options.

Dr. Adamski is the director of psychiatric programs for Jewish Home Lifecare Community Services. He is nationally and internationally recognized in the areas of mental health, HIV, addiction and bereavement. He is a past professor of psychiatric nursing at New York University and currently a preceptor of graduate nursing students at Hunter College of the City of New York. He completed his doctorate in psychiatric nursing at Teacher’s College Columbia University.

The program is being held in the meeting room of Sts. John & Paul’s rectory, 280 Weaver St. and is open to the public. For more information, go to athomeonthesound.org.

Puppy & dog meet and greet

Puppy Dog Meet and Greet will be held Saturday, Aug. 2  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Larchmont Pet Rescue. It is located at 7 Harrison Ave. in Harrison. For more information or to contact N.Y. Pet Rescue, you may go to NY-PetRescue.org, or send an email to petrescueny@aol.com. You may call  834-6955 for more details.

Grounds Work Project

Volunteer for the
Grounds Work Project

On Saturday, Aug. 2 at 10 a.m., come volunteer for a Grounds Work Project at the Meeting House on Milton Road. Under the direction of naturalist Alison Beall,
volunteers will pull out mugwort by hand. In an effort to leave as small a carbon footprint as possible, all grounds work is done with reel mowers, hand tools or by hand pulling. No gasoline-powered machinery is used.Volunteers should meet at the Rye Meeting House at 10 a.m., 624 Milton Road, across from the Dock Deli and wear long pants, socks and shoes; bring work gloves. This project is perfect for community service hours for students. All ages are welcome. For further information, contact birdhomestead.meetinghouse@gmail.com or 967-0099.

Saxon Woods Park events

Pirate school

Do you want to learn how to become a pirate? On Saturday, Aug. 2, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Saxon Woods Park in White Plains will have activities for children and their families to come and learn how to stand, talk, laugh and sing like a pirate by the pool.

Superhero Day

Superhero Day is here. There will be a hunt to find a hidden treasure in which you can let your inner superhero shine during “Superhero Day.” It is being held at Saxon Woods Pool, Wednesday, Aug. 6, and starts at noon with a parade around the pool deck.

A prize will be awarded to the best superhero costume.

Saxon Woods Pool is located at 1800 Mamaroneck Ave. in White Plains. Go to westchestergov.com/parks or call 864-PARK for more information and rain contingency information.

Honor flight

Hudson Valley Honor Flight is a non-profit organization that offers American World War II veterans a free trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials. The organization is partnering with Westchester County Veterans Service Agency to make the trip out of Westchester County Airport possible on Oct. 18.

Volunteers are needed to help:


-Contact local businesses and organizations to seek sponsorship opportunities

-Locate interested veterans

-Coordinate travel information

-Escort veterans to and from Westchester County Airport

-Serve as a voice to the veteran community

Funds will send WWII veterans to Washington D.C. Individuals interested in volunteering should visit HVHonorFlight.com. or call
845-391-0076.   Additional information   is available
at westchestergov.com.

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