What’s going on in Rye

Fall food drive for the Port Chester Carver Center
Drop-off location:
21 Elm Place, Rye
Rye, NY 10580
Contact: ralphborsella@allstate.com, Borsella Agency
Most needed foods:rice (one pound boxes/bags)
pasta (one pound boxes/bags)tomato sauce tuna
canned vegetables (corn, peas, etc.)
canned fruits (mixed cocktail, etc.)
cereal (12-14 ounce boxes) peanut butter
cooking oil (18-ounce bottles)
Drop-off dates: Nov. 15 to Nov. 26

Rye library events Free reading with Freading
Download e-books to read on your computer or transfer to a portable device using Freading, a service provided by the library. It currently provides access to about 22,000 titles from more than 100 publishers and new titles are added regularly.

Computer class
The Rye Free Reading Room will offer a two-part workshop on Internet basics on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn to use Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and review security and privacy issues. Email basics in the new and old Microsoft programs are also covered including set-up and sending, receiving and downloading attachments. Please plan to attend both sessions of the workshop. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Call 914-231-3161 or visit www.ryelibrary.org for more information.

Fancy soapmaking for teens
Teens, learn about soapmaking at the Rye Free Reading Room on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. and make some fancy bars to take home. Westchester artist Susan Ordahl explains the different methods and ingredients for making and shaping soap and shows participants how to create their own soap leaves and petals to take home. shares the creativity and fun of making soap.

Susan has been a working artist for more than twenty years. Now focusing on oil painting, she has sold and exhibited in and around New York City and Westchester County as well as in her native Massachusetts.

Space in the workshop is limited; please register at 914-231-3172. It is sponsored by the Auxiliary Board of the Rye Free Reading Room.

Storytelling guild meets at the library
Join adult story lovers at monthly meetings to share traditional and personal tales and trade tips on storytelling techniques. The Rye Storytellers’ Guild meets at the Rye Library on the first Tuesday evening of the month at 6 p.m. Each meeting is loosely arranged around a theme which, on Dec. 3, will be “Precious Gifts.” Listeners, as well as tellers, are always welcome.

For more information, call 914-231-3161 or visit www.ryelibrary.org.

Computer class at the library
The Rye Free Reading Room will offer a workshop on transferring your holiday photos on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn to transfer the holiday photos you’ll soon be creating from and to CDs and flash drives. Handling data, setting up and re-naming folders and files, and backing up critical files and information will also be covered. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Call 914-231-3161 or visit www.ryelibrary.org for more information.

Garden club fundraiser
The beautiful hanging baskets of geraniums that adorn downtown Rye during the summer months are the work of the Ceres Garden Club. To help pay for the effort, the members hold just one fundraiser, a wreath sale, every year at the Square House on a Saturday before the holidays. This year, the sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 7, and will include baskets of greenery, baked goods, and holiday decorations as well as the wreaths.

The fresh 14” wreaths, which are decorated with pine cones, red berries and a large bow, are priced at $20 and will be personally delivered the first week of December.

Why not show your appreciation of the summer displays while, at the same time, decorating your own home or business for the holidays?

For more information, contact Meg Stackpole at 914-967-0317 or cstackpole@aol.com.

Rye Arts Center events
RACappella and Beatboxing
Workshops with Evan Feist from NBC’s “The Voice” and Andrew Fox to get up close and musical. Be a part of a creative vocal ensemble. Visit www.ryeartscenter.org.

Join the Awesome Guitar Hub
Visit www.ryeartscenter.org for more information.

Ladies comedy night
She Said What?!
Ladies comedy night with Michele Balan and Jane Condon, featuring Kim Berns and Bonnie Levison. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 at 7 p.m. Limited tickets call now. 914-967-0700.

Red Circle PhotoArts exhibit
Nov. 15 to 27. For more information visit www.ryeartscenter.org.

Upcoming nature centers events around Westchester
Presentation: “Art and Photography of the Civil War” by historian Cynthia Andersen
All are welcome. riverlovers.org. Friday, Nov. 15
Croton Point Nature Center, Croton Point Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson 914-862-5297

Riverlovers pot luck supper and program, 6:30 p.m.
You Can Get There from Here!
10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16
Lenoir Preserve, Dudley Street, Yonkers 914-968-5851. A walk to the Croton Aqueduct, the Hastings farmers market and back.

Cranberry Lake Preserve, Old Orchard Street, North White Plains, 914-428-1005
In Search of Blue
1 p.m. Nov. 16. A hike to explore the waterways at the preserve.
Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River, 914-864-7322

“The First Thanksgiving”
1 p.m. Nov. 16. Storyteller Jonathan Kruk recounts the true story of this event, based on historical journals.

Marshlands Conservancy, Boston Post Road, Rye 914-835-4466

Volunteer work project: Removing vines
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Bring work gloves; hand tools provided.

Sunday, Nov. 17 Croton Point Nature Center, Croton Point Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, 914-862-5297

Archaeology Day
1 p.m. Nov. 17. Demonstrations and discussions about regional history and prehistory with the New York State Archaeological Association, lower Hudson chapter. Info at lablhc.org.

Marshlands Conservancy, Route 1, Rye, 914-835-4466

Survival Series: Tracking and orienteering

2 p.m. Nov. 17. Learn how to survive in the wild by learning basic skills. For more information, go to westchestergov.com/parks or call 914-864-PARK.

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, Nov. 24 and 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.

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