What’s Going On in New Rochelle 5-23-14

New Rochelle Public Library events

Memorial exhibit may be viewed on Memorial Day morning

For Memorial Day, the exhibit currently on display at the New Rochelle Public Library, “Supreme Sacrifice: A  Tribute to New Rochelle Residents Who Died in Active Duty,” will be available for viewing before the Memorial Day ceremonies to be held on Memorial Plaza, opposite the library.

The library’s entrances on Lawton Street and Library Green will be open between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Monday, May 19, so individuals attending may first stop in the library’s lobby to experience the exhibit. The library is otherwise closed on Sunday, May 25 and Monday, May 26.

In memory of the New Rochelle residents who gave their lives in active duty while serving in the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the War in Afghanistan, the exhibit includes the names of all the heroes and many of their photographs. The exhibit has been assembled by Eugene Longhi, American Legion Post No. 8 Historian, working in conjunction with Barbara Davis, city historian and NRPL staff and volunteers.

The exhibit panels were designed by Jesse Sanchez and were made possible by a grant from the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library.

“Sing Your Heart Out” performance

The New Rochelle Public Library will host a “Sing Your Heart Out” culmination concert on Saturday, June 7,at 2 p.m., in the Ossie Davis Theater.

The free performance will feature an ensemble and choral numbers by students who have been attending “Sing Your Heart Out” voice lessons at the library over the past several months.

The students, 55 years and older, have discovered their voices and performance talents under the guidance of artist-in-residence Eric Jennings, a popular performer and lecturer in the southern Westchester area. Professor Jennings will accompany the vocalists on the piano.

This program has been made possible by the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Thomas Paine Cottage Museum events

20 Sicard Ave., New Rochelle



Children sign the Declaration of Independence with a quill pen

Saturday, July 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Children of all ages are invited to the Thomas Paine Cottage to sign a replica of the Declaration of Independence.

Stop by and see where Thomas Paine lived, tour the cottage and learn a little colonial history for Independence Day weekend.

Visitors are invited to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the lovely grounds. Pocket copies of Common Sense will be available to purchase.

Cost: $5 adults, $3 children

Second annual North Avenue Mile road race

Sunday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The course is Westchester’s only USA Track and Field certified one mile course, starting at Paine Cottage and continuing to City Hall.

There will be electronic timing bibs and wave starts.

Awards will be given to the top three overall men and women and age categories.

Register at northavenuemile.com.

Cost: Adults $25, children 18 years and younger $15. Family, group and school discounts available.

This year’s charitable beneficiary is New Rochelle’s own Hope Community Services.

Healing emotional trauma through writing

Wendy Wolff’s Letter Writing Project is a writing exercise designed to relieve feelings of loss, regret, anger and remorse.

Wolff, a writer with a background in advocacy, will share her story and her technique at an interactive book singing and sharing experience on Friday, May 30, at 7 p.m., at Recologie located on 49 Lawton St. in New Rochelle.

The free event is sponsored by the New Rochelle Council on the Arts.

Light refreshments will be served and a special prix fixe dinner will be available for $15. For more information, consult the Recologie website at recologie.com or email info@recologie.com.

The Letter Writing Project event is part of The New Rochelle Council on the Arts literary series. NRCA was created by the New Rochelle City Council in 1975 to stimulate and encourage the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts; for 35 years NRCA has worked to fulfill that mission by sponsoring art exhibitions, theatrical productions, dance recitals, film screenings, lectures and concert series. In addition, NRCA has facilitated collaboration among arts organizations, sponsored public art and helped build relationships between the arts, the business community and city government. New Rochelle Council on the Arts programs are made possible through support from the Arts Alive program of ArtsWestchester, with funding from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts.

For more information visit NRCA on the web at newrochellearts.org.

Cat and kitten adoption day

Date: Saturday, May 24

Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Place: Pet Value, Rye Ridge Shopping Center, 134 So. Ridge St., Port Chester,

Contact: NY-PetRescue.org,

petrescueny@aol.com, 914-834-6955

New Westchester Symphony Orchestra

Featuring works by American composers Copland, Berlin, Porter and Ungar, plus Beethoven, Bach and Mozart conducted by Benjamin Niemczyk.

Location: Tuckahoe Library, Community Center

Date: Saturday, June 7

Time: 2 p.m.

To register: 914-961-2121

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