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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN WESTCHESTER

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Don't miss out on fun family and kids activities this weekend in Westchester! Fairs, theaters, concerts, museums-your choices are endless. Find these and more in our list of this weekend's best family and kids activities in Westchester. Or, browse the NY Metro Parents' calendar for upcoming weekend family and children events.

Farmers' Market @ PepsiCo - PepsiCo
Through November 14, 2012 - Purchase

Local produce and specialty items made from local ingredients every Wednesday.

Forever Families Through Adoption: Art-Themed Socialization Group for Adoptees - St. Paul's Lutheran Church
November 14, 2012 - Rye Brook

A free art-themed socialization group for school-age adoptees meeting two times a month through December 5. The group will focus on the expression of emotions through art, and creating an open forum for discussion about the participants' feelings about adoption. Groups will be co-led by FFTA employees Becca Leitman, MSW, adoption counselor, and Megan Ice, EdM. Adoption will be the common thread that holds the group together and will be addressed as it is brought up by the participants.

Foundations of Education Series featuring Dr. Alan Rabinowitz - Rippowam Cisqua School: Lower Campus
November 14, 2012 - Mount Kisco

Rippowam Cisqua School's 2012-2013 Foundations of Education Series continues with a visit from Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, CEO of Panthera, a non-profit organization that directs and implements effective conservation strategies for the world's largest and most endangered cats: tigers, lions, jaguars, and snow leopards. Dr. Rabinowitz is one of the world's leading big cat experts, and has been called "The Indiana Jones of Wildlife Conservation" by Time magazine. Students and parents are invited to attend. Rippowam Cisqua School's critically acclaimed 'Foundations of Education Series' is a dynamic program featuring informative lectures on how to raise successful, lifelong learners. The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ryan Smith at 914-244-1292 or email ryan_smith@rcsny.org.

Lego my Library! - The Field Library
November 14, 2012 - Peekskill

Love to build? Kids ages 5 and older can design and create their own Lego structures, in this monthly club. No sign-up required.

Book Babies - The Field Library
November 14, 2012 - Peekskill

An interactive program for the littlest library lovers (babies to age 3) and their caregivers. Stories, songs, fingerplays, and play time.

CPR/AED Course - Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps
November 14, 2012 - Scarsdale

CPR course includes the use of an AED and choking rescue for adults, children and infants. Participants will receive an American Heart Association CPR Certification valid for two years.

CRITTERS, CRAFTS, AND KIDS - Greenburgh Nature Center
November 14, 2012 - Scarsdale

Enjoy wonderful fall days at the Nature Center with walks, live animals, and stories. Dress for outdoor activities. For children ages 18 mos.-5 years with a parent/caregiver.

Evening Program for Adults & High School Students: What's Up with Westchester Birds - Greenburgh Nature Center
November 14, 2012 - Scarsdale

Habitats, hotspots, trends, and tips from Audubon. Anne Swaim, Executive Director, Saw Mill River Audubon, offers a multi-media talk exploring the birds of the Lower Hudson Valley including local birding hot spots, tips for finding and identifying birds, latest population trends, and factors affecting local birds. In partnership with the Sierra Club, Lower Hudson Group.

Music and Merriment - Yonkers Public Library - Crestwood Branch
November 14, 2012 - Yonkers

Interactive stories and songs for children ages 1-1/2 to 4 years. No registration required.

The Frog Prince and Other Tales - Stepping Stones Museum
November 14, 2012 - Norwalk

Four tales of fantasy and imagination come alive with intricately handcrafted puppets and scenery in this holiday presentation.

Storytime - Fairfield Museum and History Center
November 14, 2012 - Fairfield

Children ages 3-5 with a parent or guardian hear engaging stories that celebrate the seasons, holidays and more.

Library Theatre: 'Love, Loss & What I Wore' - Ossining Public Library - Budarz Theater
November 15, 2012 - Ossining

M&M Productions presents the popular play by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, fresh off a 2-1/2 year Off-Broadway run. Funny, compelling, and touching monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes, and memory covering all the important subjects - mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses, and why we wear black.

Thursday Morning Storytime: The Toe Show - Barnes & Noble City Center
November 15, 2012 - White Plains

Join Toe every Thursday morning for stories and singing.

CPR/AED Course - Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps
November 15, 2012 - Scarsdale

CPR course includes the use of an AED and choking rescue for adults, children and infants. Participants will receive an American Heart Association CPR Certification valid for two years.

The Frog Prince and Other Tales - Stepping Stones Museum
November 15, 2012 - Norwalk

Four tales of fantasy and imagination come alive with intricately handcrafted puppets and scenery in this holiday presentation.

Dating & Healthy Relationships for Teens - White Plains Public Library
November 15, 2012 - White Plains

A workshop designed to teach participants effective communication practices, and to teach about a number of warning signs that a relationship is potentially unhealthy or abusive. Participants will also be able to identify at least four ways she or he would like to be treated in a dating relationship. Room B. Contact Erik Carlson at 422-6923 for more information.

Teen Thursdays - Yonkers Public Library - Riverfront
November 15, 2012 - Yonkers

Hang out with Z, the teen librarian, create arts & crafts, play board games/PS3, and more. Open to tweens and teens, ages 12-19. Young Adult Room.

New Rochelle Farmers' Market - New Rochelle
Through November 16, 2012 - New Rochelle

Fresh, local baked goods, fruit, herbs, organic produce, specialty foods, vegetables, and more.

'Curtains' - Irvington Town Hall Theater
November 16, 2012 - Irvington

A musical comedy whodunnit presented by the Broadway Training Center Combined Ensemble. When a leading lady is murdered onstage, can a theatre obsessed detective solve the murder AND save the show? Musical murder mystery mayhem for the whole family.

Tales for Tots - The Field Library
November 16, 2012 - Peekskill

Stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun. Interactive, drop-in storytime for tots ages 2 and older with a caregiver.

The Frog Prince and Other Tales - Stepping Stones Museum
November 16, 2012 - Norwalk

Four tales of fantasy and imagination come alive with intricately handcrafted puppets and scenery in this holiday presentation.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover - Drop-off - White Plains Public Library
November 16, 2012 - White Plains

Children ages 4-8 bring a stuffed animal friend for a sleepover in The Trove, enjoy a bedtime story and tuck the animals in for the night. After kids go home, the animal friends will have fun exploring the library. Kids will return on Saturday to pick them up, enjoy a light brunch and slide show of all the overnight adventures. Pre-registration required, beginning Nov. 2.

Bronxville Farmers' Market - Bronxville
Through November 17, 2012 - Bronxville

Vendors offer fresh produce, including organic produce, pasture raised meats, and eggs, fish fresh from Montauk, honey, maple syrup, pickles, cheese, breads, baked goods, quiche, dips, soups, herbs, lavender and lavender products, local wines, field-cut wild flowers, bottled milk, granola, soups, cookies, hand made soaps and lotions, home spun fibers for knitting, and chutney.

Pelham Farmers' Market - Pelham
Through November 17, 2012 - Pelham

Fresh, local baked goods, cut flowers, fruit, herbs, plants, prepared foods, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

The Music Man' - The Musical - Yorktown Stage
November 17, 2012 - Yorktown Heights

In River City, Iowa, "Professor" Harold Hill promises a musical miracle for all the kids by starting a town band. His real plan is to leave town once the kids have paid for their instruments and uniforms, but when he falls in love with the town's librarian, Marian Paroo, he sets his sights on winning her favor. Will he be able to keep his con going with Marian by his side?

Tarrytown Farmers' Market - Tarrytown
Through November 17, 2012 - Tarrytown

Fresh, local baked goods, artisinal bread, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, soups, and more.

'Curtains' - Irvington Town Hall Theater
November 17, 2012 - Irvington

A musical comedy whodunnit presented by the Broadway Training Center Combined Ensemble. When a leading lady is murdered onstage, can a theatre obsessed detective solve the murder AND save the show? Musical murder mystery mayhem for the whole family.

Westchester Feline Club - Westchester County Center
November 17, 2012 - White Plains

Over 230 cats and kittens compete, representing many of the 50 recognized TICA breeds. Also features Household Pet Competition, Shelter Cat Birthday Parties, Face Painting, Holiday Shopping at the Meow Market Place, Ask the Vet, and Guest Lectures. Show proceeds benefit local animal shelters and rescue groups.

State Street Ballet 'The Secret Garden' - Academic Arts Theatre at Westchester Community College
November 17, 2012 - Valhalla

A ballet of enchantment, inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett's famous novel. Imaginative staging transforms this classic story into a modern-day ballet for all.

Library Theatre: 'Love, Loss & What I Wore' - Mount Kisco Public Library
November 17, 2012 - Mount Kisco

M&M Productions presents the popular play by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, fresh off a 2-1/2 year Off-Broadway run. Funny, compelling, and touching monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes, and memory covering all the important subjects - mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses, and why we wear black.

Open House - Blue Rock School
November 17, 2012 - West Nyack

Blue Rock School invites parents interested in Kindergarten through 8th grade to visit the campus, meet the school's faculty, and learn about the school' learning environment. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Admissions Director, Beverly Stycos, at 845-535-3353.

Movies for Kids (and Their Families) - 'Tales of the Night' - Jacob Burns Film Center
November 17, 2012 - Pleasantville

Acclaimed filmmaker Michel Ocelot ("Kirikou and the Sorceress") is a master of silhouette animation. This collection of five exotic fables from around the world (and one from another world entirely) blends history with fairytale, whisking viewers off to colorful, enchanted lands inhabited by dragons, captive princesses, and enormous talking bees. 2011. 84 m. Not Rated. In French with subtitles.

Thanksgiving Craft @ The Field - The Field Library
November 17, 2012 - Peekskill

Kids age 6 and older will make a special holiday craft. No sign up required.

Puppet Show: "The Dragon King" - The Scarsdale Congregational Church
November 17, 2012 - Scarsdale

A terrible drought has overtaken the land, and all the world has turned brown and lifeless. The Dragon King is ruler of the waters, and the people are beginning to wonder why he has not brought the precious rains in such a long time. An underwater fantasy based on Chinese folklore, Tanglewood Marionettes' latest production tells the tale of a wise Grandmother who journeys to the bottom of the sea to seek the Dragon King, and the answers to why he has forsaken the land above. With colorful sea creatures, an exciting adventure, and all the visual splendor that audiences have come to expect from a Tanglewood Marionettes production. Children with special needs are especially welcome at the 11am show. For more info., call 914-723-2111.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour - Maritime Aquarium
November 17, 2012 - Norwalk

Stops include the Aquarium's "fish kitchen," where 18 tons of fish a year is prepared and above the 110,000-gallon Open Ocean tank, where the dorsal fins of 8-foot sand tiger sharks cut through the water's surface. Participants must be at least 10 years old; under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. For reservations call ext. 2206.

Origami Holiday Ornaments - Hammond Museum
November 17, 2012 - North Salem

Make a peace crane and other festive holiday ornaments.

The Pop Ups: 'Radio Jungle' - Emelin Theatre
November 17, 2012 - Mamaroneck

Equal parts rock show, puppet show, and multimedia extravaganza, "Radio Jungle" is a happy romp through time and space populated with mermaids, bananas, treasure maps, giant crayons, a sky full of glowing constellations, dancing bats, and more. The magic unfolds propelled by award-winning music and dance beats.

Family Art Project: Cornhusk Dolls - Wave Hill
November 17, 2012 - Bronx

Celebrate corn and harvest time by listening to Native American tales and the story of the first cornhusk doll as you tie, weave, and shape your dried husks into a single action figure or corny doll family.

Tiny Tots Bird Feeder Workshop - Westmoreland Sanctuary
November 17, 2012 - Bedford Corners

Kids ages 7 and younger make simple bird feeders with help from moms and dads. Then hang them up and watch the birds visit. RSVP by Nov. 16th.

S.T.E.A.M. Festival - Ruth Keeler Memorial Library
November 17, 2012 - North Salem

Hands-on demonstrations and workshops in 3-D printing, soldering, circuitry, rockets, robotics, scratch video game design, and more. This special program was inspired by the library's visiting committee and has been funded by the John R. and Dorothy D. Caples Fund and other donors. Registration required.

Free Crafts Saturdays - Straight A's
November 17, 2012 - White Plains

Every Saturday Straight A's invites kids of all ages to enjoy free arts & crafts. Drop in any time between 1-3pm, no reservation necessary. Today: color and read 'The Story of Thanksgiving.'

Story-time, Pick-a-Book Picnic with Warner Library - Tarrytown Farmers Market
November 17, 2012 - Tarrytown

Join Warner Library for story time at the much loved Pick-a-Book Picnic.

Visions of Gingerbread Tea Party - Stamford Museum & Nature Center
November 17, 2012 - Stamford

Decorate your own gingerbread boys and girls with frosting bow ties and candy hair bows. Tea, sandwiches and sweets will be served. Popular storyteller, Ms. Karen, will be spinning up some yarns about the Gingerbread Man and his mischief. Bring your favorite doll or stuffed animal. Registration is required. To register, call 203-977-6521.

4th ANNUAL PAJAMA PARTY IN SUPPORT OF THE PAJAMA PROGRAM - Groove Performing Arts
November 17, 2012 - Larchmont

Groove's 4th Annual Pajama Party is an opportunity for the whole family to donate NEW pajamas to The Pajama Program, a not-for-profit organization that delivers these bedtime necessities to kids who are waiting and hoping to be adopted. All proceeds and PJs are donated to The Pajama Program. Plus, enjoy music by the Groove House Band. Wear your pajamas, of course! For more information about The Pajama Program, please visit pajamaprogram.org. Ages 6 mos.-5 years with a grown-up. Registration required.

The Pound Ridge Theatre Company presents 'Love, Loss, and What I Wore' - Conant Hall
Through November 17, 2012 - Pound Ridge

A wonderful night out for women and their friends, daughters, or significant others. The popular play by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, fresh off a 2-1/2 year Off-Broadway run. Funny, compelling, and touching monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes, and memory covering all the important subjects - mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses, and why we wear black. Cabaret seating; bring your own food and drink to enjoy before the show. Performances Nov. 2,3,9,10,15,16,17 at 8pm; Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2pm; Thursday, Nov. 15 is Double Date Rate 4 tickets for the price of 3.) Tickets, go to prtc01.org, call 203-253-6771, or email prtc01@yahoo.com.

Nature's Litter - Teatown Lake Reservation
November 17, 2012 - Ossining

The leaves that have fallen off the trees are nature's own litter. Why is this natural litter so important? Participants will collect a litter box of treasures and return to the Nature Center to create a craft from what they've found. Programs fill quickly so registration is strongly recommended. Call 914-762-2912 x110 to reserve.

Wag Your Tale! - Read to a Dog - Scarsdale Public Library
November 17, 2012 - Scarsdale

Independent readers can practice their reading skills with a story-loving dog. Registration required but not limited to Scarsdale Library cardholders.

Saturday Movies @ Your Library: 'Snow White and the Huntsman' (PG-13) - Yonkers Public Library - Riverfront
November 17, 2012 - Yonkers

In a twist on the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen. In the auditorium.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover - Pick up - White Plains Public Library
November 17, 2012 - White Plains

Kids ages 4-8 join their stuffed animal friends in The Trove for a light brunch and slide show of all the overnight adventures. Pre-registration required, beginning Nov. 2.

Smart $ for Teens & Tweens - White Plains Public Library
November 17, 2012 - White Plains

This workshop, part of the Allstate Readiness Series, was developed for middle school and high school students, to teach smart-money behaviors. It provides an overview of the common money tools teens will use throughout their lives such as credit cards, checking accounts, and how to budget their money. Contact Mariel Perez at 914 422-6982 for more information.

Pack Chat for Kids (ages 4-8) with Special Guest - Virgil the Turkey! - Wolf Conservation Center
November 17, 2012 - South Salem

An excellent introduction to wolves for families with young children, plus a unique holiday twist...guests will get to take photos with this feathered friend, then visit the Center's wolf Ambassadors, and learn about their important role in the natural world. Pre-registration required.

Volunteer Work Project: Removing Vines and Installing Bird Houses Along the Meadow - Marshlands Conservancy
November 17, 2012 - Rye

Bring work gloves; tools provided. Great for community service and school credit.

Holiday Wreath Making - Lasdon Park, Arboretum & Veterans Memorial
November 17, 2012 - Somers

All materials provided. Pre-registration required 914-864-7269.

Localvore for the Holidays - Croton Point Nature Center, Croton Point Park
November 17, 2012 - Croton-on-Hudson

Discover great ways you can put together your holiday feast through local farms and farmers markets.

Around the World Performance Series: Latif Bolat - Stepping Stones Museum
November 17, 2012 - Norwalk

Musician and scholar Latif Bolat performs Turkish mystic Sufi music and opens a window to the Turkish culture with a presentation.

Once Upon an Author: Janice Hechter - Stepping Stones Museum
November 17, 2012 - Norwalk

Join local illustrator Janice Hechter as she shares her book, The Great Elephant Escape. Book signing to follow.

Owl Prowl - Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
November 17, 2012 - Bronx

Join naturalist, photographer, and writer, Deborah Allen, on an owl prowl around the mansion. After a half-hour talk and presentation, head outside to look for Long-eared and Saw-whet owls. Registration requested.

Rudolph and the Reindeer Games - Downtown Cabaret Theatre
November 17, 2012 - Bridgeport

The 73rd annual Reindeer Games features familiar names, characters along with music and dance. Santa's North Pole Team is hoping the odds are in their favor for the Games. Rudy, the young, new contestant who's a "chip off the old buck," looks like he may "sleigh" the competition, but five-time Champion Donner isn't giving up his title without a fight.

Shade and Shadow: A Selection of British and American Silhouettes - Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
Through November 18, 2012 - Bronx

This exhibition presents a small selection of 19th-Century British and American silhouettes from Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and four private collections. Before photography became widely available, silhouette portraits were quick, easy, and affordable. Elegant ladies, family scenes, charming children, and more, reveal a compelling slice of life from the golden age of this art form. Through November 18.

Croton-on-Hudson Farmers' Market - Croton-on-Hudson
Through November 21, 2012 - Croton-on-Hudson

Fresh, local baked goods, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meat, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

White Plains Outdoor Farmers' Market - White Plains
Through November 21, 2012 - White Plains

An authentic, French open-air market offering everything from meats to produce to artisan cheeses and olive oil.

GreenMarket Farmers' Market - The New York Botanical Garden
Through November 21, 2012 - Bronx

The New York Botanical Garden's Greenmarket provides affordable, locally grown produce along with fresh, nutritious baked goods, and other specialty items. Talk to the farmers to learn more about the nutritional and health benefits of gardening and eating locally. Learn how to use produce from the market to make easy, nutritional meals at weekly cooking demonstrations and find out about composting, recycling, growing vegetables, and more at special demonstrations throughout the season. Hear "what's fresh" at the market each week by calling 718-362-9561 and pressing 406# to find out what you can incorporate into your meals. Open every Wednesday, through November 21, at the base of Library Allee inside the Garden's Mosholu Gate entrance. Free admission and parking to shop at the Greenmarket.

EXHIBIT - VIVIAN BERGENTHAL: A JOYFUL JOURNEY WITH NATURE - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through November 25, 2012 - Scarsdale

Scarsdale resident Vivian Bergenthal is an artist, poet, and environmental activist. Her work reflects "the spiritual and visceral connections that bind us to both the natural and man-made environment with which we engage." Working in mixed media, her work depicts her reaction to landscapes within her local neighborhood and the world she has traveled. Opening Reception with refreshments Oct. 6 from 2-4pm. Exhibit runs through Sunday, November 25.

Sunday Explorers Drop-In Programming - Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Through November 25, 2012 - Stamford

Every Sunday, the education staff offers a hands-on, interactive exploration of the Museum's many favorite features. Each week focuses on a different topic and includes self-guided and staff-led activities which run throughout the time period. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free with gate admission. September 9-November 25, 2012. No class October 21.

'Fiddler on the Roof' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through November 25, 2012 - Elmsford

Composer Jerry Bock and lyricist Sheldon Harnick teamed up with librettist Joseph Stein to create this timeless classic musical, magically woven with universal themes, music, dance, poignancy, and laughter. "Fiddler on the Roof" is based on "Tevye and His Daughters" and other tales by Sholem Aleichem that he wrote in Yiddish and published in 1894. Set in 1905, the musical takes place in Anatevka, a small Jewish village in Russia. The story revolves around the dairyman, Tevye, and his attempts to preserve his family's traditions in the face of a changing world. In this production, Tevye the dairyman is brought to life by Bill Nolte. His wife Golde will be played by Emily Zacharias. The daughters are Rachel Prather (Tzeitel), Sarah Rolleston (Hodel), Dana Glaus (Chava), and local children Gianna Florio and Julia Gold, who will alternate as Bielke, and Samantha Robins and Shannon Stout who will alternate as Shprintze. Terry Palasz is the meddling Matchmaker, Yente. The girls' suitors are Andrew Boza as Motel the tailor, Eric Johnson as the butcher, Lazar Wolfe, Joe Longthorne as the student revolutionary, Perchik, and Chris Giordano as Fyedka, the Russian Cossack. The cast also features Michael J. Farina as Mordcha the Innkeeper, Drew Martin as the Rabbi, Benjamin Dean as Mendel, Stephen Tewksbury as the constable, Lucas Thompson as Nachum, and Stephen Valenti as Avram. The production is directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford. Jesse Factor is the associate choreographer. The musical director is Leo P. Carusone, set design is by John Farrell, technical director is Steve Loftus, lighting design by Andrew Gmoser, sound design by Jonathan Hatton, costume design by Michael Bottari and Ronald Case, production stage manager is Victor Lukas and the assistant stage Mmnager is Ron Rogell. Properties are by Grumpy?s Props. As with all our productions, Lisa Tiso is the associate producer.

Magician Philip Klipper Will Astound You! - Ciao! Restaurant
Through November 30, 2012 - Eastchester

Every Thursday from 6-8pm, Magician Philip Klipper will astound and delight the whole family with his incredible sleight of hand at tableside. Hours/dates are subject to change; please check with restaurant. Nov. 1, 8, 13, and 29.

Magician Philip Klipper Performs - Cheeburger Cheeburger Restaurant
Through November 30, 2012 - White Plains

Every Friday from 7:30-9:30pm, Magician Philip Klipper will astound and delight the whole family with his incredible sleight of hand at tableside. Hours/dates are subject to change; please check with restaurant. Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.

Family Fondue Sundays - The Melting Pot of White Plains
Through November 30, 2012 - White Plains

Fondue dining allows everyone to enjoy good conversation, eat slowly, and savor each bite. Parents can enjoy three-course meal (salad, entree, and chocolate), and kids under 14 can have two courses (entree and chocolate), all for a fixed price every Sunday in November from 12-4pm. Visit meltingpot.com/white-plains/specials for details.

Larchmont Farmers' Market - Larchmont
Through December 15, 2012 - Larchmont

Fresh, local baked goods, artisinal bread, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Ossining Farmers' Market - Ossining
Through December 15, 2012 - Ossining

Fresh, local baked goods, artisinal bread, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Pleasantville Farmers' Market - Pleasantville
Through December 15, 2012 - Pleasantville

Fresh, local baked goods, artisinal bread, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Rye Farmers' Market - Rye
Through December 16, 2012 - Rye

Fresh, local baked goods, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fruit, hand-made soaps, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, prepared foods, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Visit with Santa - Cross County Shopping Center
Through December 24, 2012 - Yonkers

Visit Santa in his Winter Wonderland House and receive a free gift. Santa's hours: Mondays-Saturdays 11am-8pm; Sundays 12-6pm. Friday Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 9am-6pm; Sunday Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16, and Dec. 23 11am-7pm; Christmas Eve 9am-6pm.

Africa: From the Desert to the Sea - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 01, 2013 - Norwalk

Learn about the importance of habitat preservation and conservation while observing such exotic African species as the air-breathing lungfish and electric catfish that use bioelectric radar to sense surroundings and zap their food.

'The Polar Express' - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through January 01, 2013 - Norwalk

See this popular holiday film about a young boy who doubts the existence of Santa Claus and gets taken on a magical Christmas Eve trip to the North Pole. Through January 1, 2013.

'White Christmas' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through January 05, 2013 - Elmsford

Make your days merry and bright by warming to an unforgettable tap-dancing delight! Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including "Blue Skies," "I Love A Piano," "How Deep Is the Ocean," and the perennial favorite, "White Christmas," that will fill you with the joy of the season. Through January 5, 2013.

Native Voices: New England Tribal Families - Stepping Stones Museum
Through January 06, 2013 - Norwalk

This exhibit is an introduction to Native Americans living in New England today. By visiting five different communities from northern to southern New England, visitors learn about Native American traditions and how modern families balance contemporary life with preservation of important cultural identities through stories and songs.

Holiday Happenings at Stepping Stones - Stepping Stones Museum
Through January 06, 2013 - Norwalk

Enjoy sock skating, a life-sized igloo, festive train rides (weather permitting), caroling, decorative snowmen, a Celebrations Maze and visits with Santa, Frosty and other friends from the North Pole.

Nybelwyck Hall: A Mansion in Miniature - Hudson River Museum - Glenview
Through January 08, 2013 - Yonkers

Nybelwyck Hall, a dollhouse representing Lilliputian life at its most luxurious, makes its appearance in Glenview, the Museum's 1897 river home. The 24-room, granite-and-mortar Glenview, and Nybelwyck, the 24-room dollhouse, share architectural features - a Great Hall and a double staircase that curves from the top floor down to the Hall. Nybelwyck's central facade is loosely based on the Hudson River estate, Staatsburg, the Ogden Mills House. The orange-and-green colors on its Victorian addition are reminiscent of Wilderstein, in Rhinebeck, the family home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's personal secretary. Dollhouse enthusiast Mark O'Banks created Nybelwyck Hall over the course of a decade and looked to the wisdom of a ouija board to name his creation. The house is furnished with found objects in its 24 rooms, as well as rugs O'Banks designed. Among its 900 objects are minute musical instruments that play, doors with intricate locks that work, and a tiny dollhouse within the dollhouse's nursery.

Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney - Hudson River Museum
Through January 13, 2013 - Yonkers

In 100 books, Jerry Pinkney has turned his artist's eye and hand to the story - a classic, a folktale, a fable - and readers all over the world saw something new, something they wanted to read and to remember. Pinkney is the master of the American picture book. More than 120 watercolor illustrations by the artist, who lives in Westchester, will be on view in the first major overview of his career as a designer and illustrator in "Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney." The exhibition follows his 2010 award of the Randolph Caldecott Medal for "The Lion and the Mouse." The Hudson River Museum is the only New York showing for this exhibition on national tour, organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Pinkney has found it interesting to trace how the chapters of his life have knitted themselves into his art, touching on the cultural themes of the African-American experience. He uncovers, again and again, the energy in a small moment that surprisingly can change a life or turn an event in history. Most recently in his almost wordless adaptation of the Aesop fable, "The Lion and The Mouse," two creatures on a faraway African plain choose not the hard chase and bloody battle but, instead, exchange kindnesses. Fascinated with wildlife, Pinkney, in many books including "The Brer Rabbit" in "The Last Tales of Uncle Remus" shows us the human qualities of an animal as he shows us the animal in its natural setting. Pinkney, Philadelphia born and bred, and now a long-time New Yorker, has illustrated children's books since 1964, but it was not an easy path. Blacks were not expected to be able to forge careers in the art field. Trained as a commercial artist at a vocational school, he persisted and won a scholarship to the Philadelphia College of Art where his work took on the shading and detail for which he is now renowned, and he where he began to use color to convey mood and emotion. He has most often worked on children's books that celebrate multiculturalism and African-American heritage, as he took on the task of reshaping the perceptions of the stereotypes of blacks. He designed the first nine stamps of the US Postal Service's Black Heritage series. Art critics will look at the color of Pinkney's illustrations, the scarlet curve of Little Red Riding Hood's cloak, the golden blade of grass on the Serengeti plane. Sociologists will look at Pinkney the little boy, who without a visit to a museum or an art class, drew at home on the back of wallpaper samples. What the viewer will see though, in "The Art of Jerry Pinkney" is his wish: "It has always been my intent for my work to continue to breathe after publication. My hope is that (museum visitors) will believe that Jerry Pinkney cares deeply for people, making art, and visual storytelling." The exhibition includes a 96-page illustrated catalog that provides new scholarship into Pinkney's work in essays by the exhibition's co-curator Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, Dr. Gerald L. Early, and others. On view through January 13, 2013.

Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 13, 2013 - Bronx

Marvel at the charming model trains and New York City landmark replicas, stroll the spectacular grounds, and decorate (and eat!) gingersnaps. Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, model trains zip over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the original Yankee Stadium, Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the replicas are constructed as you get up close to G-gauge trains.

Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through January 17, 2013 - Norwalk

Explore an underwater universe inhabited by such creatures as Liopleurodon and long-necked Elasmosaurss, enormous animals that were ruling the seas before dinosaurs conquered the earth. Encounter the gigantic Shonisaurus, the T-Rex of the sea. Through January 17, 2013.

To the Arctic - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through January 17, 2013 - Norwalk

The changing climate of the earth has effected people and animals that call the Artic home. See the impact on polar bears, a migrating herd of caribou and walruses. Meryl Streep narrates. Through January 17, 2013.

Born to Be Wild - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 17, 2013 - Norwalk

Academy-Award winner Morgan Freeman lends his voice to this film which follows orphaned baby orangutans and elephants, and the people who rescue and raise them for eventual release back into the wild. Through January 17, 2013.

'Ice Age' to the Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios - Katonah Museum of Art
Through January 20, 2013 - Katonah

This unique interactive exhibition looks at the imaginative work of Greenwich, Connecticut-based Blue Sky Studios, a leader in the animation industry for over 20 years. Creator of such blockbuster films as the "Ice Age" series, "Robots," and "Rio," the studio prides itself on technical innovation, while retaining a strong narrative heart. '"Ice Age" to the Digital Age' will guide visitors through Blue Sky's entire process of creating computer-animated films: from initial concepts, storyboards, character design, background art, and three-dimensional modeling, to the highly technical work of animation, rigging, materials, lighting, special effects, and sound. In addition to final movie clips, the exhibition will feature rarely-seen original concept drawings, sculptural models, props, and digital stills. Interactive stations will allow visitors to sketch a scene or manipulate computer-generated images to better understand the innovative technology that brings the films to life. Katonah resident Chris Wedge, a co-founder of Blue Sky in 1987, believes that the secret to the studio's success is in its inventive process. In his view, the art challenges technology and technology inspires the art. The Museum will be turning all the galleries, including the Learning Center, over to this exhibit. There will be gallery talks with Blue Sky co-founder Chris Wedge and "Ice Age: Continental Drift" directors Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier, as well as a calendar of programming in partnership with the Jacob Burns Film Center. Details about these programs are available at katonahmuseum.org. The exhibition will be on view from Sunday, September 16, 2012 through January 20, 2013.

2012 Festival of Lighthouses Contest - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 21, 2013 - Norwalk

The Maritime Aquarium is decorated for the holidays with 24 hand-crafted lighthouses. Visitors can follow these homemade beacons through the galleries and cast a vote for their favorite. The builder of the lighthouse with the most votes will receive $1,500 at an awards ceremony on Jan. 25.

All Aboard with Bill Probert and Friends III - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through January 27, 2013 - Stamford

Bill Probert will be making an encore performance with his All Aboard LEGO train exhibition. He creates visual puns, pastoral scenes with unexpected surprises, and urban scenes where railroad tracks, weeds, carefully-tended gardens, and busy streets blend seamlessly into one another. A special feature in this year's exhibition will be the addition of four creations from winners of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center's All Aboard competition. LEGO enthusiasts in four age categories from five-years-old and up will be submitting entries for inclusion in the exhibition. Through January 27, 2013.

Visions of Gingerbread: The Sweetest Architects IV - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through January 27, 2013 - Stamford

See creative confections, consisting completely of edible materials, from the area?s bakers, chefs and caterers. Returning favorites, along with new competitors, will show off their gingerbread skills. Visitors will be able to vote for their Fan Favorite." Through January 27, 2013.

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.

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.


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