What’s Going on in New Rochelle 1-31-14

New Rochelle Public Library events

Library seeks public input for five-year strategic plan process

The New Rochelle Public Library has begun to develop a five-year strategic plan that will allow the library to best meet the needs of its ever-changing community. To gain maximum input from community members, the library is conducting a brief survey to hear suggestions and comments from residents. The 13-question survey can be completed from the library’s website at www.nrpl.org, or by visiting the library to complete the form on an electronic kiosk or on a paper copy.

In addition to the survey, which will be widely distributed through electronic and print means, the library is also looking for people who are frequent and infrequent users of the library and are willing to spend 60 to 90 minutes thinking about ways the library can improve its services, collections, policies and facility. These individuals will be invited to attend a small discussion and focus groups that will be facilitated by Library Development Solutions of Princeton, New Jersey. Those interested in participating in those groups should call the library’s community relations office at 914-813-3706 to learn about dates and times. The library will also be hosting two town meetings to which the entire community is invited to discuss the library.

Free family African dance workshops at library

A series of seven free African dance workshops for children ages 7 and up and their parents and grandparents, will be held at the New Rochelle Public Library on Saturday mornings, from 11 a.m. to noon, beginning Jan. 11 and continuing through Feb. 22. The popular workshops are led by Anthony Wooden of the Bokandeye African-American Dance Theater, who provides instruction of native African dances while also exploring their meanings and the occasions on which they’re performed. The workshops help participants gain an understanding of African village life and the role of the extended family. Bokandeye is celebrating its 20th year in 2014.

Following the series of workshops, the students will be joined by members of the Bokandeye Troupe for a culminating performance in the Ossie Davis Theater on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m.

Enrollment is limited. Interested participants are asked to register at the first class. The African Dance The workshops are made possible with funds from the Friends of the Library.

New Rochelle Opera presents Operatic Love Fest

Feb. 15, 2014 at 3 p.m. The Fountainhead, 55 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle

New Rochelle Opera celebrates Valentine’s Day with Operatic Love Fest, on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at 3 p.m. The concert will be held in the wedding chapel at The Fountainhead in New Rochelle. Tickets are $50 and include a reception of wine and hors d’oeuvres.

The fundraiser concert will feature arias, duets and ensemble pieces that embrace the theme of love performed by the some of the company’s most popular soloists: soprano Kelli Butler, mezzo-soprano Sara Petrocelli, tenor Joshua Benevento and baritone Chad Armstrong. The singers will be accompanied by Renee Guerrero, and NRO Artistic Director Camille Coppola will narrate the program.

Tickets are limited and can be purchased online at nropera.org, or by sending a check to New Rochelle Opera, P.O. Box 55, New Rochelle, NY 10804. All tickets will be held at the door. For more information, please call 914-576-1617 or 914-576-0365.

Mamaroneck high school students sponsoring furniture drive
On Saturday, March 15, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., students from Mamaroneck High School’s Furniture Sharehouse service club will hold a drive to benefit Westchester’s furniture bank. They will be collecting items, which Furniture Sharehouse redistributes, free of charge, to families in need. The drive will take place in the parking lot at Mamaroneck High School, 1000 W. Boston Post Road, rain or shine. Only basic home furniture in good condition will be accepted, so before you load up your car, please go to www.furnituresharehouse.org to make sure your furniture meets the donation guidelines. Furniture Sharehouse helps you “recycle with a difference.”

Spousal loss support group
Free afternoon group sessions for adults who have lost a spouse or life partner. Group meets on Monday afternoons from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.. First session is on Jan 27. Group will meet for seven consecutive Mondays. Last session is on March 10.

This grief support is sponsored by Jansen Hospice and Palliative Care and is open to all.

Advanced registration is required. For more information, please contact Didi Marcal at
914-961-2818 ext 1336. All sessions will be held in the Jansen Hospice offices in Scarsdale. If you know of someone who has lost a spouse or life partner, please share this information.

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