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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN ROCKLAND

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by Directories Editor - Weekly February 27, 2013

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No matter what you're looking to do with your kids and family-concerts, festivals, museums, arts & crafts-or even just time spent outdoors-you'll find it in this weekend's list of fun and education activities for families and kids in Rockland. If you want to plan ahead, check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar.

Free Play at the J - JCC Rockland
February 27, 2013 - West Nyack

Meet other parents while your child, 6 months - 2 years, has fun in the JCC's the Kantrowiz Kids Gym or Lewis Family Playground (weather permitting). This weekly playgroup is hosted by Hillary Glass and is held most Wednesdays through May 29.

Winter Wednesday Story Time - Congregation Sons of Israel
February 27, 2013 - Upper Nyack

The synagogue hosts this weekly play-date featuring stories and songs with a Jewish twist. Continues every Wednesday until March 20 (except Feb. 20).

Cookie Decorating Workshop - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
February 27, 2013 - Garnerville

Young artists in grades 1-6 are invited to decorate cookies. The library will provide the icing and toppings, Kids bring their creativity and imagination.

Family Storytime - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
February 27, 2013 - Garnerville

Children ages 3-6 and their caregivers can come in for stories, songs, fingerplays, and more. Pre-registration is required. Wednesdays through May 15.

LEGO Club - Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library
February 27, 2013 - Garnerville

Creative kids ages 4-12 can play with the library's LEGO's or bring their own. Wednesdays through May 15.

HypnoBirthing Class - BirthingWisdom
February 27, 2013 - Blauvelt

Hypnobirthing® is a relaxing, stress-free method of birthing based on the belief that when a mother is properly prepared for birthing physically, mentally, and spiritually, she can experience the joy of birthing her baby in an easier, more comfortable manner. Over the span of five classes, participants will be introduced to techniques of self-hypnosis utilizing controlled deep breathing, visualization, and imagery to produce deep relaxation. Lectures highlight the birth process, birthing options, exercise, nutrition, anatomy, birth planning, c-section prevention, breastfeeding, and baby care. Classes held through March 13 other than February 13.

Boppin’ with Bonnie - Congregation Sons of Israel
February 27, 2013 - Upper Nyack

Children up to age 4 can join trained music teacher and ventriloquist Bonnie Halfond for music, movement, and puppets. Pre-registration is requested.

Storytime: Happy Birthday Amelia Bedelia - Barnes & Noble -- The Palisades Center
February 27, 2013 - West Nyack

Over the past 50 years, Amelia Bedelia has given children countless laughs, smiles, and enduring stories that truly inspire a love of reading. At this special story time, young readers will celebrate her birthday.

Literacy the Waldorf Way - Green Meadow Waldorf School
February 27, 2013 - Chestnut Ridge

Prospective parents are invited to learn more about how reading is taught in a Waldorf School. The talk is by Anna Silber, a former Waldorf Class Teacher and now the Director of Education at Sunbridge Institute.

Early Childhood Parenting Place - The Gerrard Berman Day School - Solomon Schechter of North Jersey
February 27, 2013 - Oakland

Join The Gerrard Berman Day School – Solomon Schechter of North Jersey and Lauryn Tuchman, LCSW, Coordinator of Clinical Services at Jewish Family Service of North Jersey for a discussion of various parenting topics. Pre-registration is required. Contact Susan Scher 201-337-1111 or [email protected]

Mitzvah Play Date with Exceptional Young Adults - JCC Rockland
February 28, 2013 - West Nyack

Local teens are invited to help host a play date for their peers who have special needs. Come shoot pool, play games, bake cookies, or do other activities with young adults from various agencies throughout the community. Host teens can get community service credit for their participation.

PreSchool Storytime - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
February 28, 2013 - Garnerville

Children ages 3-5 can come in for stories, songs, puppets, and more. Pre-registration is required. Thursdays through May 16.

Bouncing Babies - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
February 28, 2013 - Garnerville

Non-walkers and their parent, grandparent, or caregiver are invited for rhymes, songs, and fingerplays. Pre-registration is required. Thursdays through May 16.

Stories in Spanish & English - Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library
February 28, 2013 - Garnerville

Children ages 3-6 can hear stories in Spanish and English. Pre-registration is required. Thursdays through May 16.

Yoga for Children - Congregation Sons of Israel
February 28, 2013 - Upper Nyack

Children ages 2-6 are invited to participate in this playful approach to yoga. Pre-registration is requested.

Open House and History Fair - Cornerstone Christian School
February 28, 2013 - New City

Rockland County's only Christian elementary school invites prospective parents and their families to this open house event. History-related projects by students will be on display and guests can meet with teachers at the school.

LEGO Club - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library, Village Branch
March 01, 2013 - Haverstraw

Creative kids are invited to make something imaginative with the library's legos.

LEGO Club - Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library
March 01, 2013 - Garnerville

Creative kids are invited to bring their own Legos or use the library's to make something special. For ages 4-12. Fridays through May 17 other than March 29.

Stories & Craft - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
March 01, 2013 - Garnerville

Children ages 3-7 are invited for stories, crafts, and more. _re-registration is required. Fridays through May 17 other than March 29.

Family Friendly Friday Night Service - Congregation Sons of Israel
March 01, 2013 - Upper Nyack

Families with young children are invited to this special service featuring singing, dancing, a puppet show, challah, and grape juice.

Striving to Live with Dignity: Photography of the African Diaspora - SUNY Rockland Community College
Through March 01, 2013 - Suffern

SUNY Rockland hosts this photographic journey of the African Diaspora that documents blacks in a variety of situations as they: cope with uncertainty, celebrate their joy, and struggle to live a dignified life in difficult circumstances. The exhibit features images by RCC Campus Photographer Collette V. Fournier and captions by David Lucinda.

Holiday Workshop - Jill's Ceramics
March 01, 2013 - West Nyack

Set your holiday table with something special this year. Jill will help artists of all ages design St. Patrick's Day, Easter, or Passover-themed crafts. artists can pick from a selection of candy dishes, egg holders, wall decorations, clover-shaped dishes, bunny figurines, and more. Seder plates can be painted for an additional fee. March also brings the first day of Spring. Seasonal items include garden stakes and flower decorations. Pieces can be taken home that day or left for glazing. Fee includes instruction. Pre-registration is requested. Workshops will be held each Friday throughout the month.

Storytime: Dr. Seuss' Birthday - Barnes & Noble -- The Palisades Center
March 01, 2013 - West Nyack

Children are invited to celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday at this special Read Across America Storytime. Early and pre-readers can the classic books Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat. There'll be lots of fun activities, too.

Dr. Seuss Day - Finkelstein Memorial Library
March 01, 2013 - Spring Valley

Stories, crafts, and games will entertain children ages 4-7 in celebration of Dr. Seuss Day. Part of Read Across America. Pre-registration is required.

Family Art Project: Family Roots and Branches - Wave Hill
March 02, 2013 - Bronx

Make a family album featuring your family's global roots. See and sketch trees from around the world, and use your sketch in a collaged, hand-made book bound with a found twig. Bring family photos, if you like, to adorn your album.

Maple Sugaring - The Nature Place Day Camp
March 02, 2013 - Chestnut Ridge

Families are invited to tap maple trees, boil sap over a fire, and then, over crushed ice and accompanied by a dill pickle, taste that amber aristocrat of all sweets - maple syrup.

Clifford The Big Red Dog - Bergen PAC
March 02, 2013 - Englewood

Children are invited to join Clifford and his friends Emily Elizabeth, Cleo, and T-Bone as they embark on exciting adventures in this all-new musical celebrating Clifford's 50th anniversary.

Maple Sugar Tours - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center
March 02, 2013 - Cornwall

Stop by for special programs, crafts, and maple sugar recipes. Tours start every half hour and are a 45-minute walk through the forest with stops at points of interest to learn about the process of maple sugaring.

Storytime: Dr. Seuss' Birthday - Barnes & Noble -- The Palisades Center
March 02, 2013 - West Nyack

Children are invited to celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday at this special Read Across America Storytime. Early and pre-readers can the classic books Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat. There'll be lots of fun activities, too.

International Adoption Information Meeting - Spence-Chapin Services
March 02, 2013 - Morristown

Adoption specialists will provide detailed information about all of Spence-Chapin's programs and services and answer questions from participants. Pre-registrations is required.

Q&A with Orchid Experts - The New York Botanical Garden
March 02, 2013 - Bronx

Gardening and orchid experts share their best secrets and explain the simple steps to healthy plants as they help you choose the right plant for your home.

37th Annual Miniature, Dollhouse & Art Exhibition: Memories - Historical Society of Rockland County
Through March 03, 2013 - New City

The Historical Society once again presents this delightful winter exhibit featuring little creations that can be appreciated by visitors of all ages. The exhibition showcases the work of miniature artists, fine artists, quilters, dollhouse collectors, and creators.

'In the Heights' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through March 17, 2013 - Elmsford

The 2008 Tony Award winning musical weaves a tale about three days in the life of Washington Heights, a vibrant and tight-knit community at the top of the island of Manhattan. It's a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. The unique and exhilarating score is a dazzling array of hip-hop, salsa, pop, soul, reggae, cha-cha, and mambo, including, "When You're Home," "It Won't Be Long Now," and "In The Heights." Show runs through March 17, 2013. Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday matinees including lunch; Thursday, Friday Saturday, and Sunday Evenings including dinner.

Salsa Sundays - Gagliardi Studio & Gallery
Through March 24, 2013 - Nyack

The dance studio hosts a weekly introduction to Salsa with music and dance. There will be an informal beginners Afro-Cuban style salsa lesson and participants are welcome to bring their own refreshments. If there are no children in attendance, the studio will host a full 1 1/2 hour class for a fee of $20. Pre-registration is suggested.

Dr. Seuss Workshop - Grandma's Kitchen
Through March 31, 2013 - Northvale

Bakers can decorate either Cat in the Hat or Lorax cookies and a coordinating cake to take home. Supplies, snacks, and drinks are included. Afterward, participants can hear their favorite Dr. Seuss book. Registration is required.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - Over 200 Restaurants in Seven Counties
Through March 31, 2013 -

The spring 2013 Hudson Valley Restaurant Week will take place March 11-24. The Valley Table presents the region's largest dining event, with more than 200 participating restaurants from seven counties. Restaurants include Crabtree's Kittle House, La Cremaillere, Harvest on Hudson, Red Hat on the River, and X2O Xaviars on the Hudson, Fig & Olive, Restaurant 42 at the Ritz Carlton, plus many family-friendly restaurants, which will offer delicious, pre-fixe dining. Others joining the roster this spring are Gaucho Grill, Myong Gourmet, Swift and more. Pricing: three-course dinner for $29.95 and/or three-course lunch for $20.95 (excluding beverage, tax and tip). For more information and a growing list of participating restaurants, visit hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com. Hudson Valley Restaurant Week takes place in the spring and fall, and is a great time for families to try cuisine at some of the region's best restaurants by taking advantage of the prix-fixe menus.

Magnificent Trees of The New York Botanical Garden - New York Botanical Garden
Through April 14, 2013 - Bronx

Larry Lederman, landscape photographer and member of NYBG's Board of Advisors, has spent years walking the garden grounds to observe and photograph trees and vistas in all seasons and at all times of day. Lush images featuring their diversity and visual impact are on view in the gallery space. The New York Botanical Garden is home to more than 30,000 trees, some in woodland, some in groves, and some standing in solitary majesty. Magnificent Trees is lavishly illustrated with photographs by Larry Lederman and accompanied by descriptions by Todd A. Forrest, Arthur Ross vice president for horticulture and living collections at the garden. An authority on the diverse species present across the 250-acre landscape, Forrest details their fascinating histories -- from their vital role in Native American life and culture to their function in neutral territory during the Revolutionary War. Lederman captures their grandeur in hundreds of stunning images and portrays their diversity with photographs that reveal the trees in myriad fascinating perspectives: in landscape views that convey the garden's genius loci; portraits illustrating the architecture and profound visual impact of select trees; remarkable details of flowers, fruit, leaves, and bark; and impressionistic images, abstract in character yet beautiful in composition.

The Orchid Show - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

The 11th annual exhibition celebrates this storied flower in all its amazing forms with thousands of brilliantly colored orchids. The largest exhibition of its kind in the United States also offers insight into caring for orchids, music from around the world, and a gorgeous setting for evening cocktails. Elaborate and kaleidoscopic displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. Tens of thousands of blooms -- blue and purple vandas, green and yellow cymbidiums, delicate pink and white moth orchids, and more -- stand out amid stately palms and exotic tropical leaves. This year, The Orchid Show is designed by Francisca P. Coelho, Vivian and Edward Merrin Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions at the Garden. Coehlho is best known for her plantsmanship and key role in the design and development of high profile shows in the Conservatory. There will be demonstrations, Q&A's, guided tours, lectures, evening events, and classes. An All-Garden Pass includes admission to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Everett Children's Adventure Garden, Rock Garden, Tram Tour, and more. Through April 22.

Orchid Care Demonstrations - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

A series of hands-on demonstrations shows you how to grow and care for orchids at home. Topics vary each weekend and cover the most frequently asked questions on topics such as Potting and Dividing Orchids, Basic Orchid Care, and Fragrant Orchids.

Music from the World of Orchids - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

Orchids intrigue and inspire people in every country and culture. Enjoy a selection of music from around the world as different artists play popular tunes from a featured continent each weekend.

The Orchid Show Q&A - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

Garden guides highlight parts of the permanent collection and special exhibition to add insight to your experience of The Orchid Show.

Nyack Winter Farmer's Market - Nyack Center
Through May 02, 2013 - Nyack

Farm market fans have no fear, the Nyack market is moving indoors for the winter. Familiar vendors from the summer market will be on hand each Thursday through May 2 selling locally-produced food, wine, baked goods, and more.

Preschool Playgroup - Kirkbride Hall
Through May 14, 2013 - Stony Point

Parents with pre-schoolers are invited to this weekly playgroup, which meets most Tuesdays (skips March 26) through May 14. Kirkbride Hall is a gymnasium with plenty of space for kids to run, jump, dance or otherwise have fun.

Preschool Playgroup - Kirkbride Hall
Through May 15, 2013 - Stony Point

Parents with pre-schoolers are invited to this weekly playgroup, which meets most Wednesdays (skips March 27) through May 15. Kirkbride Hall is a gymnasium with plenty of space for kids to run, jump, dance or otherwise have fun.

The Panoramic River: the Hudson and the Thames - Hudson River Museum
Through May 19, 2013 - Yonkers

In the late 18th century, British artists developed the large-scale panorama, which became a popular form of entertainment in Europe and the United States. The Hudson River Museum's exhibition, "The Panoramic River: the Hudson and the Thames," explores the panoramic vista as the ideal expression for a new, all-embracing way of seeing the landscape that influenced how the public and artists perceived it as well. By the early 19th century, painters such as Robert Havell Jr. worked to express this panoramic perspective in their choice and depiction of vistas. Havell and other artists in the exhibition such as Thomas Cole, Jasper Cropsey, and John Kensett, favored the chain of cities, suburbs, and countryside along these two rivers, where horizontal planes and historical associations gave form to both artistic and cultural expression. "The Panoramic River" features loans from museums, galleries, and private collections. Museums lending paintings include: Baltimore Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Fenimore Art Museum, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College; Maryland State Archives; Metropolitan Museum of Art; The New-York Historical Society; and Princeton University Art Museum. "The Panoramic River" is organized by Hudson River Museum co-curators Bartholomew Bland, Director of Curatorial Affairs, and Laura Vookles, Chief Curator of Collections. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with additional essays by Pat Hardy, Curator of Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Museum of London, and Geoff Snell, Doctoral Student, University of Sussex and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England. The exhibition and the accompanying catalogue have been made possible by a generous grant from the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc. On view through May 19, 2013.

Jake Talks - Rockland World Radio
Through May 20, 2013 - Nyack

The JCC is seeking local teens for its weekly internet radio show, Jake Talks. Students will cover news and "hot topics" while having fun and learning the ins and outs of radio broadcasting. The show airs live each Monday at 5pm. Hear the show at rocklandworldradio.com. Listeners can call in to share their views by dialing 845-353-2910. Interested participants should contact Cathie Izen at [email protected], 845-362-4400 extension 103. Each Monday through May 20.

Manolo Valdes Monumental Sculptures - The New York Botanical Garden
Through May 26, 2013 - Bronx

Drawing inspiration from the natural landscape of the Botanical Garden, seven towering sculptures by acclaimed Spanish artist Manolo Valdes showcase the relationship between art and nature.

Milk & Cookies Playgroup (Mommy & Me) - The Gerrard Berman Day School - Solomon Schechter of North Jersey
Through June 05, 2013 - Oakland

The school invites mothers and their pre-schoolers to this weekly playgroup with music & movement, arts & crafts, celebrations of the Jewish holidays, and Hebrew stories. Group meets each Wednesday through June 5.

Home Ecologists - Tenafly Nature Center
Through June 06, 2013 - Tenafly

Home schooled children ages 5-12 will discover ecological and biological principles and gain an appreciation and understanding of the natural world at this monthly program, held the first Thursday of each month. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning and close observations on a 380-acre living museum. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Parents can sign up for the series or just a single session. Through June 6.

Junior Congregation - New City Jewish Center
Through June 15, 2013 - New City

Kids review highlights of the synagogue's weekly Shabbat service, discuss the weekly Torah portion, play games, then lead the congregation in prayers. Saturdays through June 15.

Junior Junior Congregation - New City Jewish Center
Through June 15, 2013 - New City

kids pre-school through second grade can sing Shabbat songs, talk about the Torah portion of the week, have a snack, then return to the main sanctuary to lead the congregation in Adon Olam. Saturdays through June 15.

Salsa Sundays - Gagliardi Studio & Gallery
Through October 28, 2013 - Nyack

Children and their parents are invited to enjoy Salsa music while dancing with each other. There will be an informal beginners and Afro Cuban style dance lesson. Pre-registration is requested.

Family Friendly Friday Night Service - Congregation Sons of Israel
Through December 06, 2013 - Upper Nyack

Families with young children are invited to this special service featuring singing, dancing, a puppet show, challah, and grape juice.

African Dance Workshop - Spring Valley Youth Bureau
Through December 26, 2013 - Spring Valley

Harambee Dance Company, fabulous performers of African dance and music, teach this weekly workshop. Pre-registration is requested.

Tot Shabbat - Congregation Sons of Israel
Through December 28, 2013 - Upper Nyack

Families with young children are invited to celebrate Shabbat each Saturday morning with lessons, stories, and games.

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