What’s Going On in Rye 1-3-2014

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.

Art exhibit at the library
“Raising the bar,” an exhibit of works in pencil, colored pencil, pen and ink, watercolor and watercolor on plaster/paper by Kent Iarocci will be on display at the Rye Free Reading Room from Jan. 3 through Jan. 23. An opening reception will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4. Kent Iarocci, who is an award-winning writer, author, artist and poet, traces the genesis of this exhibit back 22 years to when he first became inspired.

For more information, go to ryelibrary.org or call 914-231-3161.

Book group discussions at the Rye library

The Rye Free Reading Room book groups have announced the reading selections for their next meetings. The Friday book café title for its session on Jan. 3 at 9:30 am is “Flora” by Gail Godwin. Please call the library at 914-231-3161 for this meeting’s offsite location. Copies of the books are available at the circulation desk, and everyone is welcome to join the discussions.

Storytelling Guild meets at the Rye 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 Jan. 7, will be “Warming Stories for a Cold Winter Night.” Listeners, as well as tellers, are always welcome.

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

Wainwright joins with Mannes College
for salon music series
What could be more wonderful than the classic elegance of Wainwright House for an evening of classical music? Announcing The Mannes Music Salon Series at Wainwright featuring the gifted young artists of The Mannes College New School for Music with Artistic Director Pavlina Dokovska.

Starting this December, Wainwright House and Mannes College will offer a series of four classical music programs, each to be followed by a reception where guests will be able to meet and spend time with the artists. The dates of the salon series are Jan. 18, 2014, March 1, 2014 and March 29, 2014. The evening program will begin at 8 p.m. followed by a reception with the artists. Tickets are $30 per salon or $100 for the series of four.

Each of the salons will offer four individual programs and will include two evenings of piano and two evenings of chamber music. The series will be led by Artistic Director Pavlina Dokovska. Each evening will present pre-concert remarks, deepening the audience understanding and appreciation of the works performed.

Founded in 1916, Manhattan’s Mannes College The New School of Music trains and nurtures classical musicians of all ages. Mannes College is a division of The New School, an intellectually rich and dynamic institution renowned for its excellence, diversity and integrity.

Wainwright House is the oldest non-profit, non-sectarian holistic educational and learning centers in the United States.

The salon series will be concluded with a grand finale evening on April 26, 2014.

Do not miss your chance to hear world-class performances by the future stars in classical music. For reservations, call Wainwright House at 914-967-6080 or visit their website
wainwright.org. Seating is limited.

Rye Arts Center events
The Winter Guide is now online
Sign up now for new classes in Minecraft, Lego engineering, creative building, architecture, siege machine, and LittleBits Maker Maniacs. All in addition to photography, ceramics, music lessons and more. Don’t miss out. Sign up now.

Member exhibit in the gallery
Dec. 5 to Jan 11. Come see works created by members of the RAC. Bring family and friends and be inspired by local artists right here in our community.

Half Day for Half Pints
New session starts Jan 6. Sign up now for this popular pre-school creative arts program that offers a well-balanced morning or afternoon at the RAC. Pre-schoolers experiment and explore their creative talents in our gallery, performing arts room, children’s studio and ceramics studio. This program is one of most popular‑don’t miss out. Register today.

Full STEAM Ahead: Free Family Day
Jan. 11. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Bring the kids and their friends to discover and explore the innovative world where science and technology combine with art and music to spark creativity and innovation. STEM+Arts=STEAM.

The Free Family Day includes demos, workshops, music concert and refreshments. A hands-on afternoon designed to have fun while creating art and music using the latest in technology. Currently scheduled demos include MakerBot 3D printing, MaKey MaKey music instrument making, Scratch animated video and music production, Little Bits design building, Lego engineering and MineCraft. Free family music concert starts at 3 p.m.

Look for additional free demos of STEM+Arts creativity at TD Bank located at 38 Purchase St. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy free refreshments and live music in the lobby. Make a contribution to The RAC’s Bank on Art annual appeal and receive a free gift from TD Bank. This day is made possible through the generous support of Con Edison, TD Bank and Gail Harrison Roman, trustee, The Wallace Fox Foundation.

Arts education program announces docent training
March 27 and 28
The Rye Arts Center will be offering Famous Artist docent training March 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Performing Arts Room of The Rye Arts Center. Parents interested in bringing the Famous Artist Program to their local elementary school are encouraged to contact The Rye Arts Center or racfamousartists.wordpress.com to register their school to participate in this very popular arts education program. This year’s Famous Artist is the utterly unique Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who was a court painter to the Habsburg Emperors. Arcimboldo is best known for his portraits composed entirely of fruits, vegetables, sea creatures, weapons and other physical material. His paintings embodied the mystical world of Rudolf II’s Prague and its fascination with magic, alchemy and astrology.

Community Synagogue of Rye event
Community Synagogue of Rye invites families raising young Jewish children to attend an exciting Havdallah program at the synagogue on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., hosted by J-Living and PJ Library.

Together we’ll enjoy a pizza dinner in our PJs, hear a story and make our own Sh’ma pillowcases.

PJ Library is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation made possible through partnerships with philanthropists and local Jewish organizations. Its purpose is to provide parents with Jewish content to read to their children before they go to sleep. They accomplish this goal by mailing free, high-quality Jewish children’s books and music to families with children ages six months through eight years across the world on a monthly basis.

Sign up for PJ Library at this event to start building your Jewish library of free books and music. Siblings, friends and family are welcome to attend. RSVP now to rs@comsynrye.org.

Community Synagogue of Rye is located at 200 Forest Avenue. Visit Community Synagogue of Rye on the web at www.comsynrye.org and “like” our Facebook page at facebook.com/comsynrye.

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