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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.

FREE learn-to-swim clinics with Condors Swim Club - Westchester Community College
March 14, 2013 - Valhalla

Condors Swim Club is offering FREE learn-to-swim clinics at our Westchester Community College location at 75 Grasslands Road in Valhalla. Pool can be found in the Athletic Building where you will find a small parking lot on the right side of the building to park in and you can enter the pool through the glass doors on the side of the building. Reserve your spot for the free clinic by registering at www.CondorsLessons.com. If you have any questions regarding this clinic please contact our Learn-to-Swim Coordinator, Claire Neville at Claire.Neville@CondorsSwimming.com.

CRITTERS, CRAFTS, AND KIDS - Greenburgh Nature Center
March 13, 2013 - 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: Keeping the Lights On - Lessons from Sandy - Greenburgh Nature Center
March 13, 2013 - Scarsdale

Susan Rubin and Cameron Kelly of Transition Westchester discuss practical strategies on how to prepare yourself and your family, as well as build self-reliant, resilient communities that enable us to meet the storms and challenges that lie ahead. Program presented in partnership with the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group; designed for adults and high school students.

Book Babies - The Field Library
March 13, 2013 - Peekskill

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

Student Advocacy Training Institute: Overcoming Barriers to Graduation - Student Advocacy
March 14, 2013 - Elmsford

This workshop for parents and professionals is presented by Alana Steinberg, Esq. Up to 50% of today's youth have experienced or witnessed traumatic events in their lifetime. Exposure to trauma such as domestic violence, physical, or emotional abuse, death, divorce, or incarceration of a parent, can have serious implications on a student's ability to succeed in school. This workshop will explore the ways in which trauma can impact a child's behavior, academic performance, and peer and teacher relationships. It will also discuss what can be done to help support these children in the academic setting. Pre-registration required. To apply for a scholarship, call Lois Solomon-Neal at 914-347-7039 x100.

Jack Hanna - Maritime Aquarium
March 14, 2013 - Norwalk

Jack Hanna, one of America's most well-known naturalists, will recount his adventures and display a collection of live animal friends. The Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo hosts two weekly TV?shows and is a frequent guest on "Good Morning America,"?"The Late Show with David Letterman" and other popular programs. Advance reservations strongly recommended. Purchase tickets at the website or by calling ext. 2206.

"Crazy for You" A Gershwin Musical - Harrison Performing Arts Center at Harrison High School
March 14, 2013 - Harrison

An adaptation of the George and Ira Gershwin 1930 hit "Girl Crazy," the musical is crammed with standards like "I Got Rhythm" and "Embraceable You," and "Crazy for You."

Thursday Morning Storytime: The Toe Show - Barnes & Noble City Center
March 14, 2013 - White Plains

Join Toe, bookseller/entertainer extraordinaire, every Thursday morning for stories, singing and lively fun.

Tot Shabbat Service - Bet Torah Nursery School
March 15, 2013 - Mt. Kisco

Nursery School students lead the singing. Kiddush follows the service. Open to all.

Musical: 'La Cage Aux Folles' - Irvington Town Hall Theater
March 15, 2013 - Irvington

The Clocktower Players Adult Troupe presents the story of Georges, the owner of a glitzy nightclub in lovely Saint-Tropez, and his partner, Albin, who moonlights as the glamorous chanteuse Zaza. When Georges' son brings his fiancee's conservative parents home to meet the flashy pair, the bonds of family are put to the test as the feather boas fly! La Cage is a tuneful and touching tale of one family's struggle to stay together...stay fabulous...and above all else, stay true to themselves! With a score of hummable melodies, and featuring the "notorious and dangerous Cagelles," this indisputable musical comedy classic is fabulously outrageous and outrageously fabulous! Winner of 11 Tony Awards. Please note: this show contains adult themes. Snow Date: March 17, 7:30pm.

Tales for Tots - The Field Library
March 15, 2013 - Peekskill

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

'Crazy for You' A Gershwin Musical - Harrison Performing Arts Center at Harrison High School
March 15, 2013 - Harrison

An adaptation of the George and Ira Gershwin 1930 hit "Girl Crazy," the musical is crammed with standards like "I Got Rhythm" and "Embraceable You," and "Crazy for You."

Free Fridays Parent-Child Play Date - Rosenthal JCC Yorktown Branch
March 15, 2013 - Yorktown Heights

Meet other families with children 18-36 months. Adults can engage with their children and each other in various enriching activities.

Professor Bendel's Zany Science Lab Tea - Stamford Museum & Nature Center
March 15, 2013 - Stamford

Enjoy an all-new tea designed for budding scientists. Tea cups and finger sandwiches will be replaced by laboratory drinks and light snacks fit for any zany scientist. Join Professor Bendel as you make things slime, ooze, and explode with some favorite experiments. Also, children will have the chance to explore the stars with an evening planetarium show. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 203-977-6521.

Astronomy Nights: The Hubble Extreme Deep Field Survey - Stamford Museum & Nature Center
March 15, 2013 - Stamford

Start by learning how the Hubble Space Telescope has made the deepest survey of the most distant galaxies. Then, weather permitting, view the night sky through the observatory's 22-inch research telescope. This program is suitable for children ages 5 and older.

Pack Chat for Kids (ages 4-8) - Wolf Conservation Center
March 15, 2013 - South Salem

An excellent introduction to wolves for families with young children. Kids learn about the mythology surrounding wolves and the important role of wolves in the natural world. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr, as well as the center's other endangered wolves. Pre-registration required.

Musical Tot Shabbat - Chabad of the Rivertowns
March 15, 2013 - Dobbs Ferry

A Musical Tot Shabbat featuring Bobby Doowah. This service is uniquely designed for the under-7 crowd. The program is full of Shabbat songs, spirit, and tradition. There will be a grape juice kiddush, challah, matzah balls, and more.

Annual Holiday Exhibit - 'It Takes A Village' - Yorktown Museum
Through March 16, 2013 - Yorktown Heights

The museum's annual holiday exhibit takes you on a stroll down memory lane through miniature rural towns, farms, and village shops sprinkled with antique toys and foreign dolls. A French lithographed dollhouse, 1950's diner, and New England fishing hamlet are just some of the buildings that will be on display. On view through March 16, 2013.

'Guess How Much I Love You' & 'I Love My Little Storybook' Presented by the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia - Tarrytown Music Hall
March 16, 2013 - Tarrytown

Two wonderful children's stories brought to life by the renowned Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: "Guess How Much I Love You," the award-winning classic from author Sam McBratney and illustrator Anita Jeram, and "I Love My Little Story Book," illustrator Anita Jeram's endearing celebration of the joy of reading. Adapted, directed and designed by Jim Morrow, music by Steven Naylor, and narrated by Beau Bridges. All patrons must have tickets, including small children.

Feeding Fun - Greenburgh Nature Center
March 16, 2013 - Scarsdale

See what's on the menu during mealtime at the center's live animal museum.

Child Safety Seat Check Event - Big Dee Volvo Service Center
March 16, 2013 - White Plains

Car crashes kill hundreds of children each year and injure tens of thousands. Many die unnecessarily because 9 out of 10 kids aren't buckled up correctly and their car seats aren't properly installed. The Greenburgh Police Department will be conducting Child Seat Safety Check events at the Big Dee Volvo Service Center. Certified Technicians will inspect your child's car seat for recalls and expiration dates, and make sure it's installed properly. If you are having difficulty installing the seat yourself, trained technicians will assist you. No appointment is necessary. This service is free of charge and made possible through a grant from the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee and hosted by Big Dee Volvo. Call P.O. Peter Dandreano at 914-682-5334 with questions.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour - Maritime Aquarium
March 16, 2013 - 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.

Winter Creature Cruises - Maritime Aquarium
March 16, 2013 - Norwalk

These cruises seek out the harbor seals, gray seals and even harp seals that have been coming down into the Sound in growing numbers each winter. Educators on board the research vessel Oceanic point out these federally protected marine mammals and talk about their natural histories. They'll also help identify such winter waterfowl as buffleheads, mergansers and Old Squaws. Bring binoculars and plenty of warm clothes. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Space is limited so advance reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up tickets will be sold, space permitting. The cruises depart from the dock outside the Aquarium's IMAX movie theater. For reservations or more details, call ext. 2206.

Maple Sugaring & Annual Pancake Breakfast - Green Chimneys Clearpool Campus
March 16, 2013 - Carmel

February to March is the best time for making maple syrup and the Green Chimneys Clearpool Campus is chock-full of native sugar maples. Visit the sugar house for a tour and live demonstration of the sugaring process, then sit down to a hearty breakfast of pancakes with Clearpool's own maple syrup. Families will also enjoy crafts and outdoor activities including campfire cooking and interpretive hikes to explore the fantastic forests, trails, and streams of Clearpool. Reservations strongly advised. For more information or to reserve, call 845-225-8226 x605 or email chendershot@greenchimneys.org.

Family Art Project: Primitive Prints - Wave Hill
March 16, 2013 - Bronx

Search for prints made by critters venturing out into the March mud. Then, with just a few, simple gestures―plus tempera paint and an easy printmaking method―make big, bright, bold prints of your own.

Musical: 'La Cage Aux Folles' - Irvington Town Hall Theater
March 16, 2013 - Irvington

The Clocktower Players Adult Troupe presents the story of Georges, the owner of a glitzy nightclub in lovely Saint-Tropez, and his partner, Albin, who moonlights as the glamorous chanteuse Zaza. When Georges' son brings his fiancee's conservative parents home to meet the flashy pair, the bonds of family are put to the test as the feather boas fly! La Cage is a tuneful and touching tale of one family's struggle to stay together...stay fabulous...and above all else, stay true to themselves! With a score of hummable melodies, and featuring the "notorious and dangerous Cagelles," this indisputable musical comedy classic is fabulously outrageous and outrageously fabulous! Winner of 11 Tony Awards. Please note: this show contains adult themes. Snow Date: March 17, 7:30pm.

Pancake Brunch - Teatown Lake Reservation
March 16, 2013 - Ossining

Bring your appetite to Teatown's tastiest annual tradition - the Pancake Brunch. Start your day off with stacks of hotcakes smothered in maple syrup, hot coffee and sausages, and more. Seating is limited so reservations are highly recommended. After breakfast, visit the sugarhouse to watch a demonstration about how maple syrup ("liquid gold") is produced, and join in one of three free "Birds and Syrup" walks around Teatown Lake to look for spring migrants (9:30am, 10:45am, and 12pm). Pre-register for all events by calling 914-762-2912, ext. 110.

Volunteer Garden Clean-Up Day - Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
March 16, 2013 - Bronx

Roll-up your sleeves and don your gardening gloves to help keep the garden and grounds of BPMM looking beautiful! Light breakfast available. Please bring gloves and wear sturdy shoes. Registration requested. 718-885-1461 or info@bpmm.org. A great opportunity for students to earn community service credits.

Silly Songs with Kurt Gallagher - Scarsdale Public Library
March 16, 2013 - Scarsdale

Songs and silliness for children ages 2 and older with caregiver. Registration is not required.

Woodcock Walk with Saw Mill River Audubon - Westmoreland Sanctuary
March 16, 2013 - Bedford Corners

In the spring, woodcock have a wild and wonderful aerial courtship flight at dusk. Experience this beautiful seasonal event. Meet at the Westmoreland Sanctuary parking lot. Bring flashlights and dress for the weather, including warm and waterproof footwear. Good for ages 6 and older. RSVP by March 15.

'Crazy for You' A Gershwin Musical - Harrison Performing Arts Center at Harrison High School
March 16, 2013 - Harrison

An adaptation of the George and Ira Gershwin 1930 hit "Girl Crazy," the musical is crammed with standards like "I Got Rhythm" and "Embraceable You," and "Crazy for You."

Westchester Mothers of Multiples Spring Childrens Tag Sale - Yorktown Elks Club
March 16, 2013 - Yorktown Heights

Check out the great deals on everything for infants, toddlers, and children: clothes, shoes, toys, strollers, high chairs, bouncy seats, and much more.

Movies for Kids (and their Families) - 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' - Jacob Burns Film Center
March 16, 2013 - Pleasantville

Based on a classic James Thurber short story (and currently being remade by Ben Stiller), this is one of Danny Kaye's most beloved movies. He plays a pulp-fiction writer who escapes his life by dreaming himself into situations where his heroism saves the day. But when a sultry stranger ensnares him in a web of espionage, he must become a hero for real. 1947. 110 min. Rated PG.

JCC Dance School & Westchester Theatre of Dance Annual Concert featuring 'Beauty & the Beast' - JCC of Mid-Westchester/Bendheim Performing Arts Center
March 16, 2013 - Scarsdale

The performance features "Beauty & the Beast": an original ballet presented by JCC Dance School and Westchester Theatre of Dance. Appropriate for children ages 3 and older. Contact Jayne Santoro, Director, JCC Dance School: 472-3300 x320; santoroj@jccmw.org.

Sugaring-Off Pancake Breakfast - Muscoot Farm
March 16, 2013 - Katonah

Join the farm staff and the New York Maple Sugar Association as they celebrate the end of the sugaring season with a party. Enjoy pancakes with pure New York State maple syrup. Reservations are not necessary.

Why Wasn't Lassie a Wolf? A Scientific Exploration of Dogs - Wolf Conservation Center
March 16, 2013 - South Salem

Wherever there are people, there are dogs. But how well do we really know this extraordinary species that holds such a special place in our lives? Recently, there has been an explosion of research across the globe that helps us understand dogs and their perspective. Julie Hecht, canine behavioral researcher and science writer, will share exciting research into what dogs know, understand, and perceive. We can now begin to answer questions like: Why do dogs appear so receptive to human emotions? Could dogs have evolved particular behaviors to communicate specifically with humans? And what is going on with that "guilty look?" These findings can enhance our relationships with our four-legged friends! Julie's interactive program is exciting and informative for audiences of all ages and will include live demonstrations (with dogs!). Pre-registration is required.

FAMILY JAMS featuring Music for Aardvarks - Groove Performing Arts
March 16, 2013 - Larchmont

A live, interactive musical experience for the whole family. Sing, dance, jam and laugh out loud. Ages 6 mos.-5 years. Registration required.

Music For Aardvarks and Other Mammals Starring David Weinstone + The Music for Aardvarks Band - Emelin Theatre
March 16, 2013 - Mamaroneck

Back by popular demand, David Weinstone, the creator/composer of Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals, and his band returns to the Emelin Theatre for two shows. Originally written for use in Music for Aardvarks classes, David Weinstone's songs have since captured the imagination of families all across the country with their free-spirited songs and dizzying range of musical styles -- from rock to folk to reggae to blues. Time Out NY Kids raves, "It is no exaggeration to say that Weinstone has changed the musical geography of kids music." For everyone ages 2 and older.

Sugaring-Off Party - Trailside Nature Museum - Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
March 16, 2013 - Cross River

Celebrate the end of another sugaring season with tasting, toasting, music, and more. Learn about the Maple Sugaring process and how sap becomes syrup, take a look at an evaporator, and taste foods made with maple syrup. Food and festivities help mark Trailside's official beginning of Spring. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Trailside Museum.

Black History StoryWalk: 'Molly, By Golly! The Legend of Molly Williams? - White Plains Public Library
Through March 17, 2013 - White Plains

Along this StoryWalk, kids in grades 1-6 and their families will learn about Molly Williams, an African American cook for NYC's Fire Company 11 in 1818, who is thought to be America's first female firefighter. The StoryWalk is based on the book entitled, ?Molly, by Golly! The Legend of Molly Williams, America's First Female Firefighter," written by Dianne Ochiltree and illustrated by Kathleen Kemly. The StoryWalk opens Sunday, February 17 at 1pm, and continues through Sunday, March 17.

Public Art Installation: "Organic Abstracts" by Dianne Smith - Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
Through March 24, 2013 - Bronx

"Organic Abstracts" consists of two large-scale, outdoor sculptures by Bronx-born artist Dianne Smith. The installation showcases her minimalist approach to large, abstract works made from repurposed materials that are incorporated into the landscape.

VITAL SIGNS Art Exhibition - Pelham Art Center
Through March 30, 2013 - Pelham

A colorful, larger-than-life exhibition of photographs, installation art, and video, questioning our conventional notions of identity, beauty, gender, and the body politic. Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 10am-4pm, through March 30.

From Italy to America - Greenwich Historical Society
Through March 30, 2013 - Greenwich

Celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Italian-American communities in Connecticut through objects, documents and film drawn from local families. Also featured is a complementary collection of 26 black and white photographs from a show entitled From Italy to America: The Photographs of Anthony Riccio that was originally organized by the Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield University. March 1-June 30, 2013.

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.

Free Crafts Saturdays - Straight A's
Through March 31, 2013 - 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. March. 2: Create your own Weather Wheel; March 9: In Like a Lion out Like a Lamb Puppets; March 16: Craft a St. Patrick's Day Mobile; March 23: Make a Winter to Spring Cherry Blossom Tree; March 20: Create an Under-the-Sea Wall Hanging.

Magician Philip Klipper Will Astound You! - Ciao! Restaurant
Through March 31, 2013 - Eastchester

Every Thursday from 6-8pm, Magician Philip Klipper will astound and delight the whole family with his incredible sleight of hand during dinner. March 7, 14, 21, and 28.

Magician Philip Klipper Will Astound You! - Cheeburger Cheeburger Restaurant
Through March 31, 2013 - 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. March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.

'In the Heights' (EXTENDED!) - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through April 07, 2013 - Elmsford

Now extended for 17 more performances through April 7, 2013! 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.

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.

Chinasaurs: Dinosaur Discoveries from China - Bruce Museum
Through April 21, 2013 - Greenwich

This exhibition features skeletons, skulls, nests and eggs of more than a dozen rare Asian dinosaurs, some highlighting new evidence of the close relationship between birds and dinosaurs. January 26, 2013-April 21, 2013.

African Penguins - Maritime Aquarium
Through April 21, 2013 - Norwalk

Back for a celebratory but brief encore, a small exhibit of Africa penguins will be on special display for two months. They waddle comically on land but swim gracefully in the water, all while dressed semi-formally in black-and-white attire. And they're not all from the South Pole. African penguins actually are native to temperate South Africa. Come learn more about these birds, whose conservation status is listed as vulnerable. Penguin encounters are available for an additional fee.

Tony Hawk / Rad Science - New York Hall of Science
Through April 22, 2013 - Corona

Find out how the physics of gravity, force, velocity and balance make radical tricks possible in action sports in this program that runs through April 22. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

Mamaroneck Indoor Winter Farmers' Market - St. Thomas Episcopal Church - Heathcote Hall
Through May 18, 2013 - Mamaroneck

Farm-fresh foods from local vendors. The Mamaroneck Winter Farmers Market will be held indoors during the cold winter days, and move out to St. Thomas Church parking lot in the warmer days of spring. Down to Earth Markets has confirmed the following vendors for the 2013 season: Amazing Real Live Food Company (day vendor), American Pride Seafood, Bombay Emerald Chutney Company, Dr. Pickle, Feather Ridge Farm, Flourish Baking Company, Gaia's Breath Farm, Gajeski Produce, Maura & Nuccia, Meredith's Country Bakery, Orchards of Concklin, Orwashers Bakery, Red Barn Bakery, Stone & Thistle Farm, and Tierra Farm. Saturdays, 9am-1pm, through May 18.

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.

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.

NIGHTWATCH: The Art of Greg Mort - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through May 27, 2013 - Stamford

Greg Mort, a Maryland artist with a well-established national reputation, has his eyes firmly in the sky in this selection of original artworks. Mort conveys his awe, respect, and love of nature in his artworks, which can be found at the White House, the Smithsonian Institution and in the collection of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA). February 16 - May 27, 2013.

THE PRINTS OF ETIENNE LEOPOLD TROUVELOT - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through May 27, 2013 - Stamford

Etienne Leopold Trouvelot (1827 ? 1895) had a career as an astronomical artist, after a disastrous career as an entomologist. He introduced the Gypsy Moth to North America accidentally, in 1869. Trouvelot?s exacting details and nuanced shading produced imagery that rivaled even the finest and most technologically advanced photographic images of the time. Today, Trouvelot?s works endure as the most detailed and meticulous illustrations of celestial phenomena ever complied. Included in the exhibition will be images as varied as the Planet Jupiter, The Great Comet of 1881 and the Partial Eclipse of the Moon.

Lure of the Ocean: The Art of Stanley Meltzoff - Bruce Museum
Through June 02, 2013 - Greenwich

This new art and science exhibition features approximately 30 paintings by Stanley Meltzoff, the master of portraying fish in their environments -– from the New Jersey shore to the shallows of the Caribbean and the deep Atlantic waters. February 9-June 2, 2013.

Beyond the Bed: The American Quilt Evolution - Katonah Museum of Art
Through June 16, 2013 - Katonah

Quilts have evolved dramatically in form, fashion, and function during their long and distinguished history. In this exhibition Jean Burks, senior curator at the Shelburne Museum, will explore the wide range of quilts intended as bed coverings, articles of clothing, furniture accessories, wall decoration, and finally, three-dimensional room sculpture. Illustrating a variety of techniques, designs, and cultural styles, the pieces selected will showcase the work of North American quilters working from the beginning of the 19th century to the present. February 24 through June 16, 2013. Major funding for this exhibition was generously provided by The Coby Foundation.

Born to Be Wild - Maritime Aquarium
Through June 20, 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 June 20, 2013.

The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through June 20, 2013 - Norwalk

Coral reefs are considered exotic, distant places with little or no connection to our everyday world. Yet every reef is a living city beneath the sea, with a parallel existence to ours. Maritime Aquarium audiences will recognize scenes from New York City as the film compares reef communities to human communities. The film?s imagery immerses audiences in reef communities, among familiar dolphins, sharks and rays but also lesser-known species, such as crocodile fish, colorful nudibranchs and delicate flatworms. January 18-June 20, 2013.

Sharks - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through June 20, 2013 - Norwalk

This film offers an unflinching look at the ocean's ultimate predator with an emphasis on why shark populations are dropping. A sea turtle with a British accent help make this a family-friendly show, even for the youngest members. January 18-June 20, 2013.

BANK ON THIS - Yorktown Museum
Through July 20, 2013 - Yorktown Heights

An extensive collection of glass banks will be on display in this patrons' showcase. Most of the banks are from the early half of the 20th century. Many of the banks served a duel purpose. Candy, condiments, syrup, and drink mixes would be sold, and the containers would later serve as banks. Pigs, globes, patriotic, and holiday shapes will be shown. Jean and Roy Russo have generously given the Yorktown Museum their large collection of banks and this is the first time it will be on display.

Meerkats - Maritime Aquarium
Through September 02, 2013 - Norwalk

Meerkats are members of the mongoose family that live in social �mobs� in the Kalahari Desert, in the southern African nations of Botswana and South Africa. No mere cats, meerkats are fascinating for living in structured but cooperative societies, including a foraging strategy where adults take turns standing guard upright on their hind feet, watching for predators, while the others eat. The meerkats� exhibit offers opportunities for climbing, digging and exploring, with several feeding locations to keep them on the alert for incoming crickets. A viewing bubble lets visitors pop up right among the meerkats. Through September 2, 2013.


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