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FREE Things to Do with Kids in Bronx Week of June 17

June 17, 2013   |    

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FREE Grandparenting 101 Class - Hudson Valley Hospital Center - Wagner Conference Room
June 17, 2013 - Cortlandt Manor

Tips for grandparents about supporting the breastfeeding mom, safety, basic baby care, safe sleep, and other real-life skills.

Huntington Arts Council Exhibit: Living Color Art - Art-Trium,
Through June 17, 2013 - Melville

This exhibit features the work of four artists. Each artist selected focuses on the unique and varied ways that color lives in our lives.

Munchkin Mondays: The Bossy Frog - Palisades Center Mall
June 17, 2013 - West Nyack

Musical munchkins are invited to this special mall appearance by none other than The Bossy Frog Band.

Board Game Fun! - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
June 17, 2013 - Garnerville

Kids in grades 1-6 are invited to stop by the library for some board game fun. Play chess, checkers, Scrabble, Clue, Candyland, Chutes & Ladders, and more.

Open Mic Poetry Night - Barnes and Noble - Utopia Center
June 17, 2013 - Fresh Meadows

Aspiring poets, let your words be heard! Enjoy an evening of poetry. Share your original works and listen to aspiring poets with host Susan Yang.

Poetry Writing Workshop - Barnes and Noble - Utopia Center
June 17, 2013 - Fresh Meadows

Budding poets looking to perfect their craft can join poets Bob Trabold and Amanda Konstantine Perlmutter for constructive feedback in a personalized setting.

Peek-a-Boo Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Leonard branch
June 17, 2013 - Williamsburg

Stories, songs, and fingerplays for babies and toddlers.

826 NYC After School Tutoring - Brooklyn Public Library, Williamsburg branch
June 17, 2013 - Brooklyn

Kids get homework help courtesy of the 826 NYC writing/tutoring organization (home to the Brooklyn Superhero Supply).

Read and Play - Brooklyn Public Library, Greenpoint branch
June 17, 2013 - Greenpoint

Children, ages birth to 5 years, enjoy hearing stories, exploring books, singing, and social interaction. (Part of The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs.)

North Shore Pops Concert Band Concert - Hary Chapin Lakeside Theater, Eisenhower Park
June 17, 2013 - East Meadow

Singles Association of Long Island, ages 25 plus, will attend the North Shore Pops Concert Band Concert. Bring a chair. Look for the SALI banner. Social gathering afterwards at a diner. For further information, call Vinny at 516-825-0633 or Maria-Elena at 718-570-4141. RSVP by June 15.

Writing Group - Barnes and Noble -Country Glen Center
June 17, 2013 - Carle Place

Feel inspired to write? Join other writers who are seasoned or just beginning. Share tips, ideas, skills.

Monday Afternoon Storytime - Barnes & Noble City Center
June 17, 2013 - White Plains

Young children can enjoy an exciting adventure at every turn of the page during this storytime.

Whodunit? Book Club - Wilton Library
June 17, 2013 - Wilton

Kids in grades 2 and 3 are invited to join this mystery book club. Children have the opportunity to meet and discuss mystery books as a group. The book for June is The 100-Year-Old Secret by Tracy Barrett. Snacks will be provided, along with fun detective activities. Parents and guardians must be in the Library.

Create Your Own Superhero and Supervillain Story - Windsor Park Library
June 17, 2013 - Bayside

Kids can let their imaginations soar when they collaborate with author Lee Bacon to create their own totally unique story.

Games for Kids - Richmond Hill Library
June 17, 2013 - Richmond Hill

Make time for some afterschool fun, make new friends playing an assortment of board games and puzzles.

Open House - Rutgers Community Programs
June 17, 2013 - Upper West Side

Parents and their children are invited to attend a free open house for the Ready, Set, Go! preschool alternative afternoon session at Rutgers. Ready, Set, Go! offers hands-on learning through play for children ages 3-5. See the lovely classroom, meet the instructors, and experience part of a day in the life of Ready, Set, Go! RSVP is required. Contact Jennifer Moore at or 212-877-8227 x212.

Children's Basketball - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
June 17, 2013 - Battery Park City

Learn to play basketball with adjustable height hoops for kids of all sizes, with fun drills to improve skills. Parks programming leaders facilitate the fun and everyone is guaranteed a chance to play. Kids ages 5-6 play from 3:30-4:30pm; kids ages 7 and older play from 4:30-5:30pm.

Story Hour - Floyd Bennett Field
June 17, 2013 - Marine Park

Get in The Scrap: Learn about children on the WWII home front and how they helped the war effort. Children aged eight to ten will enjoy an afternoon listening to a story about a girl helping the war effort during WWII. Activities follow afterward.

Tom Everhart Exhibit - AFA
Through June 18, 2013 - NEW YORK

Artist Tom Everhart, world-renowned for his paintings of Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts universe presents his latest exhibition entitled Rollin With the Homies. The show of all new paintings will be on exhibition and available for acquisition at AFA in New York City from May 18 through June 18, 2013. Everhart painted alongside Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, and is the only artist authorized by Schulz to work with his creations. In addition, he is one of the few living artists whose work has been exhibited at the Louvre in Paris. AFA is located at 54 Greene Street at Broome in SoHo and open 7 days. RSVPs requested at 212-226-7374. Visit for more information.

Music & Movement with Miss Fran - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
June 18, 2013 - Garnerville

Toddlers are invited to this sing-along puppets, musical instruments, props, and lots of movement. Fran Roesemann leads this fun morning for ages 1-5. Registration required.

PJ Library Party in the Park With The Little Gym - Loughlin Playground,
June 18, 2013 - Cos Cob

PJ Library needs no excuse to party: young celebrants are fast on their feet when it comes to this annual rollick in the park. This year Little Gym provides activities around a parachute, tumble trak, wedge mat, rolling cylinders and more. Call or register online.

Family Storytime - Haverstraw Public Library, Village Branch
June 18, 2013 - Haverstraw

Children ages 3-5 can enjoy a story, songs, and more with their parent or caregiver.

Pajama Storytime - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
June 18, 2013 - Garnerville

Children ages 3-5 can enjoy stories, songs, puppets, and more while wearing their favorite PJs. Registration is required.

Toddler Time - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
June 18, 2013 - Prospect Heights

Toddlers, 18-36 months, enjoy stories, songs, and playtime.

Toddler Time/Sing Along with Ms. Cindy - Brooklyn Public Library, Windsor Terrace branch
June 18, 2013 - Windsor Terrace

Kids enjoy stories, socializing, and singing with Ms. Cindy.

Read and Play - Brooklyn Public Library, Sunset Park branch
June 18, 2013 - Sunset Park

Children, age birth to 5 years, and with and without disabilities, share stories, rhymes, and play. Part of the Child's Place for Children for Special Needs.

Kids Dig Annimals With Jason Reilly - North Hills Library
June 18, 2013 - Little Neck

In this hands-on, minds-on interactive program, children of all ages meet, pet, and learn about live animals that live beneath the surface digging up bugs and worms. Space is limited and available first come, first served.

Storytime - Barnes and Noble -Carle Place
June 18, 2013 - Carle Place

Join in for a fun story time. Kids will read books and do a related activity.

Pottery Barn Story and Crafts - Pottery Barn Kids - Roosevelt Field
June 18, 2013 - Garden City

Little ones and their parents or caretakers will enjoy exciting stories and do fun crafts in this hour-long adventure.

Story Time Book Club - Pottery Barn Kids
June 18, 2013 - White Plains

Kids are invited to join the Story Time Club which meets every Tuesday. First-time members receive an official Book Club Passport at their first Story Time, and a special gift after five visits.

Library Laboratory - Chappaqua Public Library
June 18, 2013 - Chappaqua

Science-themed stories and activities for kids in grades K-2. Registration required.

COPE Newly Bereaved Parent Support Group - Temple Emanuel
June 18, 2013 - East Meadow

COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child, holds monthly support groups meetings for newly bereaved parents (loss within past 18 months) one Tuesday per month. If you are interested in attending or for more information, please call Executive Director Karen Flyer at 516-484-4993.

Homework Help - McGoldrick Library
June 18, 2013 - Flushing

Help with homework is available for children in grades 1-6.

Sandy Memory Collage - Arverne Library
June 18, 2013 - Arverne

Participants will make picture-and-word collages based on their experiences and memories of Hurricane Sandy to help them express their feelings and celebrate hope and renewal.

Food Waste Composting Drop-Off - Woodside Library
June 18, 2013 - Woodside

Bring frozen food scraps (fruit and vegetable scraps; coffee grounds, including paper filter; tea bags; egg and nut shells; bread and pasta with no toppings)- no meat, dairy, bones, or oily foods. These kitchen scraps will be turned into nutrient-rich compost locally and used at community gardens in Queens. The drop-off is just outside the library.

Book Blast! - Fairfield Public Library
June 18, 2013 - Fairfield

Come for a book club meeting in the Jennings Room to talk about what you've read and find out what others are reading while sharing snacks. For studnets in grades 6-12.

Children's Soccer - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
June 18, 2013 - Battery Park City

Kids have fun passing, shooting, and dribbling. Parks programming leaders facilitate the lessons and everyone is guaranteed playing time. Close-toed shoes required. Kids 3-4 play 2:30-3:15pm; kids 5-7 play 3:30-4:15pm; kids 8-11 play 4:30-5:30pm.

Teen Drumming Circle - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
June 18, 2013 - Battery Park City

Teenagers are invited to a drumming circle where they can learn the basics of drumming and improvise on African rhythms. Led by Maguette Camara, founder and director of Mane Kadang, a group of West African musicians and dancers. Camara teaches at Barnard-Columbia University and the Alvin Ailey School of Dance. Traditional hand carved, wooden West African drums are available to use.

Big Jeff Music - Ottendorfer Public Library
June 18, 2013 - East Village

Dance and sing along to children's entertainer "Big Jeff" DeSmedt. Recommended for children of all ages. This is a Summer Reading Club kick-off celebration.

Mother 2 Mother Breastfeeding Support Group - Rockland County Department of Health WIC Office
June 18, 2013 - Spring Valley

The Rockland County Department of Health invites new mothers and mothers-to-be to attend this monthly support group that offers help and information. The program is led by a certified lactation consultant who can help women with their questions and concerns. Babies and toddlers are welcome. The group is available in Spanish at 1:45pm.

Contemporary Brazil & Baroque Roots at UN - Art, Music & Fashion Design - United Nations
June 18, 2013 - New York

SAPHIRA STUDIO, SEIGREEN, IAC (International Artists Coalition) in partnership with Mali Villas–Bôas Gallery, present the Exhibition Contemporary Brazil & Baroque Roots. Support: IPL (Institute of Portuguese Language & Portuguese Language Club at UN). The project discloses Brazilian art through a collective exhibition of plastic arts. The artists selected are representatives of Brazilian contemporary art, which has been increasingly highlighted in the international art market due to its unique features. The exhibition will provide the opportunity to meet some aspects of the current Brazilian art and its Baroque influence. Baroque’s ideas permeate the work of many artists today, revealing that the style is one of the most influential movements in Brazilian art. One could say that Baroque is the root of all art movements in Brazil from the sculptures by Antonio Francisco Lisboa ( known as Aleijadinho) to the architecture of Oscar Niemeyer; from the musical works by Padre José Maurício Nunes Garcia to Villa-Lobos and Milton Nascimento; from the poetry of Gregório de Mattos and Padre Antonio Vieira to Carlos Drummond de Andrade; from the paitings by Manoel da Costa Ataide to the new trends in Brazilian visual arts. The artists selected and produced by curators Alcinda Saphira (NY), Antonio Oliveira (NY), Liza Papi (NY) and Mali Villas-Boas (Brazil), show in their works the cultural diversity of a continental country united by its Baroque roots. The exhibition will present the work of more than 40 artists, among them are: Fatima Marques, Sandra Romano, Maria Cecilia R. Netto, Altamiro R, Natalia Lima, Eliane Scherb, Paulo Stocco, Dri Santiago, Eliana Corinti Jordão , Mauro Laforga, Roberta Pauli, Alexandra Betancur, Antonio Augusto Ferraz, Fernanda Garcês, Cabral, Marcos Amaro, Marta Spangnol, Ivone Vaccaro, Paulo Gouvea, Marcio Goldzweig, Astride Rosa, Regina Brandão, Gustavo Braga, Alcinda Saphira, Antonio Oliveira & Rene Nascimento. The opening reception will present the Brazilian soprano, Caroline Braga, who will perform Brazilian Baroque music under the direction of conductor and composer Thiago Tibério. The evening also includes the fashion designer AZ Araújo showcasing some of the pieces of his new collection.

Parenting Workshop on Healthy Eating - Westport Family Counseling
June 18, 2013 - Westport

Lauren Seltzer, LMFT is offering a free workshop to help parents explore their relationship with food and how it may impact their children. This workshop will cover the basics of "Real Food" and discuss how to make simple adjustments in our lives. The workshop will also cover the topic of mindless eating with the goal of increasing attention to eating habits and emotions connected to food. Participants can expect to be engaged in thoughtful discussions around eating and to participate in activities that promote a healthier connection to their food.

C2 Education Grand Opening - C2 Commack
June 18, 2013 - Commack

C2 specializes in personalized tutoring and test prep for grades K-12. At this open house event there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony with C2 COO Jamie Davidson, refreshments and an education seminar about college essays with a C2 teacher. Everyone in attendance will receive a voucher for a free academic assessment test and consultation as well as up to $1000* off of C2 tutoring programs. All school representatives* will receive a Smarter Trial gift certificate for 16 hours of free tutoring to give to the student of their choice. *restrictions apply.

Free or Low-Cost Health Insurance - Brentwood Library
June 19, 2013 - Brentwood

You and your family members may be eligible for a health insurance program offered through NYS. Facilitated enrollers from the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council will be at the library to assist people in applying for Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus and Medicaid.

Kowai: Japanese Monsters - Douglaston-Little Neck Library
June 19, 2013 - Little Neck

Think you know monsters? Think again! Explore the creepy denizens of the island of Japan, from shapeshifting foxes and ghostly cats to hopping umbrellas, burning wheels, and other strange creatures of the weird. Bring an open mind--filling it with some crazy new stories of things that go bump on the night!

The Battle of Pell's Point - St. Paul's Church National Historic Site
June 19, 2013 - Mt. Vernon

A talk and discussion about the Revolutionary War battle, fought about a mile from St. Paul's Church, on October 18, 1776.

LEGO Club - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
June 19, 2013 - Garnerville

Creative kids ages 4-12 are invited to make something special with Legos.

Cookie Decorating - Havertsraw King's Daughters Public Library
June 19, 2013 - Garnerville

Kids can have some yummy fun decorating their own cookie from the library's fixing bar.

Nook Night - Barnes and Noble-Uptopia Center
June 19, 2013 - Fresh Meadows

Welcome to the wonderful world of NOOK. Guests can bring their NOOK to this workshop and learn all they need to know about these award-winning eBook Readers. Learn how the family of NOOKs will fit in with your family.

Baby Rhyme Time - Manhasset Public Library
June 19, 2013 - Manhasset

Babies and their caregivers will enjoy simple rhymes, songs, and stories in their first introduction to the library.

Lunchapalooza: Nepo Soteri - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
June 19, 2013 - Prospect Heights

Soteri is a guitarist and vocalist who infuses music of his native Rwanda with American jazz, R & B, and African-Caribbean beats.

Plaza Swing Series: Paul Shapiro's Ribs and Brisket Review - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
June 19, 2013 - Prospect Heights

Shapiro adds a little Yiddish flavoring to a distinctly American music that thrived in the 1930s and 40s: hard-swinging jump blues. Vocal powerhouse Cilla Owens lends her talents to this eclectic mash up of Jewish novelty songs and jazz. Dance lessons are at 6:30. The band starts at 7 pm.

Babies and Books/Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library, New Lots branch
June 19, 2013 - East New York

Babies and preschoolers enjoy stories and book exploration.

Morning Story Time - Kew Gardens Hills Library
June 19, 2013 - Flushing

Toddlers ages 18-36 months sing songs and listen to stories. Space is limited; preregistration is required.

Invent It! Create Your Own Planet - Bellerose Library
June 19, 2013 - Bellerose

Kids ages 8-12 can blast off to fun. Devise a planet's name, anthem, mascot, favorite recipe and more, and then present their creation to the rest of the group.

Storytime - Barnes and Noble -Carle Place
June 19, 2013 - Carle Place

Join in for a fun story time. Kids will read books and do a related activity.

Field Day at the Chappaqua Library! - Chappaqua Public Library
June 19, 2013 - Chappaqua

Celebrate summer with races, games, and outdoor fun. Grades K-5. Registration required.

Lego® Club - Wilton Library
June 19, 2013 - Wilton

Kids in grades K thru 4 are invited to join this weekly Lego® Club. Each session will be based on a new theme such as castles, vehicles, towers and more. Children will learn about the theme through stories and non-fiction books and then create a Lego® masterpiece from the library's collection. There are 20 spots available for this program on a first come first serve basis. Tickets will be passed out at the Children's reference desk starting at 3:45 p.m. the day of the program.

Farmer's Market - Wilton Historical Society
June 19, 2013 - Wilton

Shop for farm fresh produce and flowers by local farmers.

CHESS CLUB: Grades K-12 - Westport Library
June 19, 2013 - Westport

All levels welcome. Know the names of the pieces, the direction in which they move, and how to set up the board.

Wednesdays in Teardrop Park - Teardrop Park
June 19, 2013 - Battery Park City

Join other school-age children for active lawn games and art projects. Parks Programming Leaders plan games based on their understanding of child development stages, and teach games that encourage a sense of community through cooperative play. Participating children are welcome to suggest games, and Parks Programming Leaders are always prepared to help get the games started with perennial favorites such as Tug of War, Red Light Green Light, Mr. Fox, Asteroids, Wiffle Ball and Four Square. Each week enjoy a different art project. Projects range from group murals and building cities from recycled boxes, to individual clay and wood constructions, masks, capes and mobiles inspired by nature in the park. For children 5 and older. Make new friends! All supplies are provided.

Drop-In Chess - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
June 19, 2013 - Battery Park City

Drop in to play the popular strategy game and get pointers and advice from an expert under the trees in Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, adjacent to the Park House. An experienced and enthusiastic chess instructor leads lessons in the popular strategy game for children and young people ages 5-18 in small groups. Beginners and all ability levels are welcome. Chess instructor Michah Saperstein has been teaching chess to children for 6 years, and has developed a coaching style which emphasizes creativity and imagination in children.

The Public's Role In Public Art: A Talk By Harriet Senie - ArtsWestchester
June 19, 2013 - White Plains

Leading authority on public art, Harriet Senie, will address the question "What is the public's role in public art?" Ossining Mayor, Bill Hanauer, will be among the discussion responders. An open Q&A will follow. In association with "Placemaking: Re-envisioning White Plains" exhibition, on view through July 13 at ArtsWestchester. Presented by ArtsWestchester and the Westchester County Business Journal. RSVP is encouraged, as seating is limited. Contact or 914-428-4220 x306.

ESOL Family Literacy Class - CIET/LaGuardia Community College
Through June 20, 2013 - Long Island City

English Classes for parents with children in NYC public schools. Pre-registration is required.

ESL Classes - LaGuardia Community College
Through June 20, 2013 - Long Island City

In this class for parents with children in NYC public schools, participants will learn how to talk to their child’s teacher, prepare for parent-teacher conferences, information about homework resources and computer classes, and much more.

The Park - Paintings by Erik Benson - Arsenal Gallery
Through June 20, 2013 - New York

Erik Benson's new series of paintings, created with thousands of shapes hand-cut from dried sheets of acrylic paint, depict colorful but eerily abandoned playgrounds in stark urban landscapes. The Park expands on Benson's interest in playgrounds, particularly in the play structures' boldly unnatural and manmade coloring. The jungle gyms appear to sit on top of the surface rather than integrating with the landscape -- a metaphor for his own painting techniques. These exquisite compositions of urban landscape will be exhibited in collaboration with Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art LLC.

Preschool Fun Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Kings Bay branch
June 20, 2013 - Homecrest

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers enjoy hearing stories, singing songs, and creating arts and crafts projects.

Story Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Bedford branch
June 20, 2013 - Crown Heights

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers gather to hear books read aloud and explore books with their caregivers.

Chess Class - Brooklyn Public Library, Kings Bay branch
June 20, 2013 - Homecrest

Babies and toddlers enjoy stories, singing, and arts and crafts.

PJ Library Storytime - Cos Cob Library
June 20, 2013 - Cos Cob

Young families take in a reading of All of Me!: A Book of Thanks and join the hero in celebrating your wondrous body parts, senses, emotions and surroundings. From fine feet and grand hands to hearing ears and a thumping heart, Molly Bang's newest bestseller teaches children and reminds adults to enjoy a sense of gratitude. Register at or 203-552-1818.

Sing Along With Irv - Windsor Park Library
June 20, 2013 - Bayside

Singer Irv Plastock entertains children ages 2-5 and their families in this sing-along of more than 30 songs that have delighted young people through the decades. Space is limited and seating will be first come, first served.

Family Storytime - Bay Terrace Library
June 20, 2013 - Bayside

Toddlers and preschoolers ages 18 months to 4 years enjoy fingerplays, music, rhymes and stories with their parents or other caregivers.

Parent Support Network - Rosenthal JCC Yorktown Branch (Yorktown Jewish Center)
June 20, 2013 - Yorktown Heights

Parents of children with special needs, would you like to meet with other parents to share information, find support, and build friendships in a non-judgmental, confidential environment - in a location that's close to home? Join the Yorktown SEPTA and the Rosenthal JCC for monthly meetings. RSVP requested. For more information call 914-962-8430. RSVP online at or email

Matuto - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
June 20, 2013 - New York

Virtuoso guitarist and singer Clay Ross traveled from South Carolina to New York to Brazil, developing an entirely unique sound that blends Native American folk songs with South American rhythms. Together with New York's master forro ambassador Rob Curto, he formed the six-member band Matuto (a Brazilian slang reference to a man from the backcountry) that includes jazz percussionist Richie Barshay, bassist Michael Loren Lavalle, pandiero player Ze Maricio, and violinist Maz Swift. The band is the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright grant and its second CD, The Devil and the Diamond, was just released on the Motema Music label. The 7:30 pm set is "The Devil and the Diamond"; the 9:30 pm set is "The Africa Suite." The works are presented in collaboration with the US State Department Artists Abroad program.

Thursday Morning Storytime: The Toe Show - Barnes & Noble City Center
June 20, 2013 - White Plains

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

Recycled Beach Bag - Teen Community Service - Rockville Center Library
June 20, 2013 - Rockville Centre

Make one, and donate one - Recycled Beach Bag. Bring two old t-shirts to make one no-sew bag for yourself and one to donate to the residents of the non-profit facility,INN. Receive community service credit.

Sister Rain and Brother Sun - Sobelsohn Plgd - Forest Park
June 20, 2013 - Kew Gardens

When Sister Rain becomes jealous of Brother Sun and stops watering the Earth, Mother Nature and the audience must join forces to save the day. Presented by Catskill Puppet Theatre.

Journey to the Stars - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
June 20, 2013 - DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights

Volunteers from the Amateur Astronomists Association lead participants across the sky. Telescopes will be on-hand, or bring your own.

Art + Games - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
June 20, 2013 - Battery Park City

Spend an afternoon in the park playing lawn games, using everything from parachutes to dozens of asteroid-balls, and making different art and craft projects every week from May through October. The fun is facilitated by Battery Park City Park's programming leaders. Everybody plays. All materials and supplies provided.

Big Boi/Phony PPL/D-Nice - Prospect Park Bandshell
June 20, 2013 - Brooklyn

Sir Lucious Left Foot, Daddy Fat Sacks, General Patton, Hot Tub Tony, The Son of Chico Dusty: Big Boi is a man of many personae, and may be Southern rap's greatest ambassador. For nearly two decades—from the early days of Outkast through platinum albums to last year's collaboration-heavy Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors—he has remained "one of the singular talents hip-hop has to offer" (XXL). Local upstarts Phony Ppl open, and hip-hop renaissance man D-Nice spins.

LEGO Club - Haverstraw Public Library, Village Branch
June 21, 2013 - Haverstraw

Creative kids can play with the library's legos and make their own creation.

LEGO Club - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
June 21, 2013 - Garnerville

Creative kids ages 4-12 are invited to make something special with Legos.

Pop Up Books - Brooklyn Public Library, Flatlands branch
June 21, 2013 - Marine Park

Preschoolers enjoy a special story hour with 3D pop up books.

Chess - Brooklyn Public Library, Ulmer Park branch
June 21, 2013 - Bath Beach

Kids learn and play chess with an actual chess master.

Teen Time - Brooklyn Public Library, East Flatbush branch
June 21, 2013 - East Flatbush

Teens enjoy books, games, and music.

Seaport Music Festival - South Street Seaport
June 21, 2013 - New York

6/7 Oblivions w/Ex -Cult 6/14 TBA 6/21 Fear of Men 6/28 Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Picture Book Time - Ozone Park Library
June 21, 2013 - Ozone Park

Children ages 4 and younger can enjoy a morning of storytelling, music, and games.

Chess Club - Auburndale Library
June 21, 2013 - Flushing

Kids ages 8-14 can learn new skills and make friends. Hosted by Chess Master Paul.

Teen Movie Fridays at Central - Central Library
June 21, 2013 - Jamaica

Missed the opportunity to see a current movie in the local theatre? Not interested in a Netflix trial membership? Come watch the latest movies, and make new friends.

Chess Club At Woodside - Woodside Library
June 21, 2013 - Woodside

New York Cares offers chess lessons for beginners and an opportunity for experienced players to get in some games.

Mother Goose - Sunnyside Library
June 21, 2013 - Long Island City

This interactive program features nursery rhymes, fingerplays and songs for infants ages 6-18 months with a parent or other adult caregiver.

Family Movie Night - Moxie Spot
June 21, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

The Moxie Spot combines its comfy food with a program of short movies and a family-friendly feature. Check website for movie titles.

Miss Gigi and the Lend Me a Hand Band Kick Off the Summer Reading Game - Scarsdale Public Library
June 21, 2013 - Scarsdale

Miss Gigi and the Lend Me a Hand Band will perform at the kickoff festivities for the Summer Reading Game. Registration is not required.

Summer Solstice - Socrates Sculpture Park
June 21, 2013 - Long Island City

Celebrate the longest day of the year. Participants can show their creativity in solstice art-making workshops, participate in a special solstice ritual performed by Urban Shaman Mama Donna. Experience silent disco-a unique way of experiencing music using wireless headphones. Bring a picnic, and enjoy the view as the sun sets over the Manhattan skyline.

Dinner Talk - La Famiglia Restaurant
June 21, 2013 - Plainview

Discover a life free of back and neck pain, herniated disks, sciatica and more. Learn why doctors, chiropractors, and therapists recommend this all natural spinal rejuvenation therapy.

Sunset Singing Circle - Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park
June 21, 2013 - Battery Park City

Raise your voice and join singer/guitarist Terre Roche as the sun sets over the Hudson River for enchanted evenings of folk songs, rounds, and chants. Novice and experienced singers of all ages are welcome. Bring a favorite song. SUNSET SINGING CIRCLES are a relaxing way to end the busy week and a wonderful opportunity for people to get together and sing in a casual and welcoming atmosphere. As Terre says, "Sunset Singing Circles are one of my very favorite events!" New Yorkers, sitting in the grass, watching the sun go down over the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty, singing This Land is Your Land and other favorites -- or just listening. Soulful, fun and surprising -- people tell me what a great time they have unwinding from the work week." Each season ? 2013 is the twelfth ? BPCPC produces a songbook, now grown to include nearly 100 songs that people know or are easy to learn. The songbook contains audience favorites and requests along with new tunes from Roche's annual review of classic folk and pop songs. Terre Roche has played guitar since the age of eleven, and with her two sisters, Maggie and Suzzy, produced 12 albums as The Roches, before they decided to pursue separate projects. Terre's first solo album, The Sound of a Tree Falling, was described by Sing Out! as "?luminous?enchantingly hypnotic?playing [that] is both complex and foundational, setting up solid but delicate rhythmic structures for each song on which her vocals can soar."

Shabbat Shira: A Musical Shabbat - Bay Ridge Jewish Center
June 21, 2013 - Bay Ridge

Shabbat Shira is a participatory Shabbat service with instrumental music provided by our own talented congregants. Be prepared to hear upbeat songs and to raise your voice to sing and to dance. Refreshments served.

Amadou & Maria / Bombino - Prospect Park Bandshell
June 21, 2013 - Brooklyn

Amadou & Mariam's 2012 album Folila, which featured guest spots by Santigold and TV On The Radio among others, was hailed by Pitchfork as a "seamless synthesis of the music of their homeland and the music of the rest of the world." The evening begins with Tuareg guitarist Bombino's first NYC performance since the recent release of his critically lauded Nomad, which was produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, and which prompted Rolling Stone to call him "a new guitar hero."

Summer Movie Series: National Treasure - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
June 21, 2013 - New York

Spend Friday Nights on the Flight Deck with Intrepid's FREE Summer Movie Series! Benjamin Franklin Gates descends from a family of treasure-seekers who've all hunted for the same thing: a war chest hidden by the Founding Fathers after the Revolutionary War. Ben's close to discovering its whereabouts, as is his competition, but the FBI is also hip to the hunt.

Summer Meet & Mingle - Nanuet Hebrew Center
June 21, 2013 - New City

The synagogue hosts this free family barbecue for families with young children. The evening includes a Tot Shabbat program at 5pm followed by dinner at 5:30pm with live music by the Temple Dudes. Information will be available about the school's free programs for children in kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades. Reservations are required by June 19.

Magic of Amore - Hempstead Lake State Park
June 22, 2013 - Rockville Centre

Do you believe in magic? Here is your chance to be mystified by this incredible entertainer as you become part of a performance that will make you laugh and wonder like never before.

Welcome, Summer! Doorhanger - Lakeshore Learning Store
June 22, 2013 - New Hyde Park

Celebrate summer by making a beautiful beach scene, then hang it up for a dazzling doorknob decoration.

'Classification Bouillabaisse' Exhibition - Ana Cristea Gallery
Through June 22, 2013 - New York

Ana Cristea Gallery is pleased to present “Classification Bouillabaisse,” a group exhibition that brings together the diverse and accomplished work of three artists: Razvan Boar, George Little and James Viscardi. Collectively the works on view question the need for a rigidly defined aesthetic classification within the post-historical present. Our ability to perceive, interpret and categorize depends upon the context of the work itself, as well as the circumstances of its presentation. We are forced to reconsider and approach from a new vantage point. Razvan Boar’s new body of work brings his accomplished drawing practice into the realm of painting. Alternating between hyper-realistic representations of the human body and decomposed images of body parts which remain barely decipherable in form, his works embrace a newly minimal approach highlighting empty canvas space and isolated symbols. George Little’s work exhibits carefully constructed layers that reveal themes and motifs referencing an underbelly of culture surrounding food, dining and the service industry. His canvases unfold into brightly colored locales where presentation, transparency and perception collide. James Viscardi describes his practice as an act of cannibalism which is central to a contemporary spirit working within this current post-historical moment. The present of his canvases is co-opted from recycled fragments of a historical narrative.

Fitness Hike (vigorous) - High Rock Park Ranger Station
June 22, 2013 - Staten Island

There's less talking and more walking on this fitness-minded hike. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a bag lunch.

Call of the Wild! - Lenoir Nature Preserve
June 22, 2013 - Yonkers

Turn off the TV and get the kids outside on a beautiful spring morning! Walk, hike, run, skip, and joyfully prance through the preserve.

Exhibition: SANA MUSASAMA: My Journey - Clay Art Center
Through June 22, 2013 - Port Chester

Clay Art Center is proud to present "SANA MUSASAMA: My Journey," a solo exhibition that combines art, social justice advocacy, and community arts outreach with New York artist and global citizen, Sana Musasama. The exhibition, which features ceramic sculpture and installation inspired from Musasama's travels around the world, will be on exhibit May 18-June 22, 2013, with an opening reception on Saturday, May 18, from 6-8pm. In conjunction, the artist will be an artist in residence at Clay Art Center for the duration of the exhibit, and Clay Art Center has initiated a string of community arts outreach events entitled, Inspire, Commit, Act... Admission to Clay Art Center is free. In her twenties, when she began traveling, Sana Musasama realized that clay existed all over the world. After her education in the public school system in New York, she felt limited, locked in, and undereducated. Traveling became her way of relearning the world and its inhabitants. Her work is informed by history, women's studies, culture, and her journals of global citizenship. "My Journey," an exhibition of large scale sculpture and installation, will speak of those experiences, from the "Maple Tree" series about the abolitionist movement involved with indigenous Americans, African indentured servants, and Dutch colonialists, and "The Unspeakable" series, an inquiry into the nature of violence and healing in women's lives, to her current work, "The UnKnown/UnNamed" series, which focuses on honoring the lives of those lost to war and genocide. Sana has spent the past 5 years working and traveling in Cambodia. It is there that she found herself in the killing fields, walking on fragments of souls that once were. Sana Musasama's work is grounded in the ceremonies of living. It guards their integrity and memory, and acts as a reliquary of historic events and her personal narratives. In her inquiry into the world, she sought to understand the human landscape. This transformed Sana and her approach to clay. There is no dichotomy between her life and her work, as her extensive traveling has made her relearn seeing. Her mission speaks of a global citizen who walks through the artwork heart first. Inspire, Commit, Act?: Community Events with Sana Musasama. For the duration of the exhibition, Sana will be an Artist in Residence at Clay Art Center, acting as an advocate for her work in the exhibition and the social justice issues it invokes. While in residence, she will also be working on a new body of work. As part of her residency at CAC, Sana will have the opportunity to work with Latino and African-American youth of Westchester County, NY, especially young women, and will be a visual presence for them, inspiring them to commit and act on the belief that they too could be artists, should they want to be. She will be working with Port Chester's Carver Center's NIA group, a young women's leadership group, mostly made up of Latino and African American individuals, Port Chester High School students in CAC's "Around the World in Clay" community arts outreach program, and teen girls from Westhab shelter of Family Coachman Center, which is the largest homeless shelter in Westchester. In addition, Sana will lead three public hands-on workshops in June in the gallery (alongside her artwork). For more details on these workshops, visit ABOUT THE WORK IN THE EXHIBIT About her "Unknown/Unnamed" series, Sana states, "My newest ceramic work was born out of the devastation of the 9/11 attacks and the hundreds of workers and others whose identity was buried under the rubble, the faceless whispers out of concentration camps, the endless mass graves throughout the world. It stems from my global travels to Cambodia, Vietnam and Rwanda - into the homes and hearts of the people I've encountered; these pieces represent their silent voices, which remain unknown and unnamed." "The earth carries the memories built on the backs of oppressed/unrepresented people and their buried bones throughout the world. At My Lai, Vietnam, I walk on the site of a massacre where the lives of hundreds of women and babies were taken in revenge. I touch the soil. At the Holocaust museum, I look at the hundreds of pairs of eye glasses, shoes, gold-capped teeth, and briefcases, and I wonder who they belonged to. In Rwanda, a young woman tells how she searched for her family at a mass burial site. I have worked in Cambodia with former sex slaves, wondering who enslaved them, and walked the killing fields, with their fragments of what once were human beings." "Will it ever stop? These new works are meant to slow us down, make us look closely at our world, silence us for the moment. They are created in homage to the Unknown/Unnamed." Additionally, work from Sana's "Unspeakable" series will be on view. About this challenging and poignant body of work, Sana shares this story: "Twenty-five years ago, while living in Mendeland, Sierra Leone, there was a group of young girls, ages 10-15, who would visit my hut every day. We began our rituals of sisterhood: they combed my hair, tried on my clothing, and applied my makeup. They taught me the formal greetings in Mende, how to sit like a Mende woman, eat with my tongue, and to never allow food to touch my lips. They showed me how to cook on three rocks and wash my clothes in the river, beating on washing stones. They taught me the birth chants, and I learned, too soon, to recognize the death song." "Suddenly, one morning, there were no young girls in the village. They returned thirteen weeks later, changed. Our ritual of sisterhood was no more. They no longer had the sparkle of wonderment in their eyes; they weren't carefree young girls any longer. They didn't want to have anything to do with me. I could not understand. I know now that they were circumcised (incised)." "MY JOURNEY" will also feature two large-scale sculptures from Sana's "Maple Tree" series. These sculptures were inspired by the Maple Tree abolitionist movement in the late 18th century in New York and Holland. Dutch colonists, Native Americans, and free indentured African servants joined together in protest against slave labor on sugar cane plantations in the West Indies. They took as their symbol the maple tree - a source of sugar without exploiting slave labor. At once trees and aspects of the human body, these sculptures explore links between trees and human sexuality, between trees and human agency. Sana Musasama (b. 1957, NYC, lives in Queens, NY) received her BA from City College of New York, NY (1973), her MFA from Alfred (1988), and studied at Mende Pottery, Sierra Leone (1974-75). Feeling undereducated by her public school education, Musasama began traveling as a way to recover identity and cultural place. Clay was a geographic catalyst that brought her first to West Africa, venturing later to Japan, China, and South America. She has continued her quest, expanding her interests to tribal adornment practices in various indigenous cultures. She is challenged by the concerns surrounding the safety of women, specifically the rituals involving rites of passage, female chastity, and the "purification" of the female body. She teaches at Hunter College, NYC; the 92 Street Y, NYC; and through CASES, a program which offers an alternative to incarceration. Clay Art Center is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit ceramic art organization offering exhibitions, clay classes for adults and children, studio spaces for clay artists and outreach programs in the community. It is located in the heart of Port Chester at 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY 10573.

Call for Volunteers - Long Island Crisis Center
June 22, 2013 - Bellmore

Make a difference this spring. Volunteer and save a life. Did you know that spring and the summer are the seasons for the highest rate of suicide and suicide attempts - and not the winter holiday season? This season, you can help make a difference in someone's life by becoming a volunteer at Long Island Crisis Center. The Crisis Center, the 24 hours-a-day/7 days-a-week suicide prevention and crisis intervention hotline, is currently recruiting volunteers to participate in its upcoming Counselor Assistant Training Program. No experience is necessary and the hours are flexible to accommodate the individual needs of volunteers. The free, comprehensive orientation training program takes place over 3 three-hour sessions at the Crisis Center's office in Bellmore. For more information, check out the website, and click on "Volunteer," then call 516-826-0244 to schedule an interview.

Storytime - Barnes and Noble Bookstore - Utopia Center
June 22, 2013 - Fresh Meadows

Foster the love of reading. A variety of authors and themes will be featured.

Nintendo Wii Night - The Moxie Spot
June 22, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Play a little Mario Kart, Wii Sports, or Just Dance.

Family Art Project: Playful Petals - Wave Hill
June 22, 2013 - Bronx

With the amazing floral forms of spring as a starting point, let your imagination blossom and give form through unique foam materials into a mixed media sculptural flower.

Tales to Tails - Wilton Library
June 22, 2013 - Wilton

ROAR's (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) Therapy Dog Program will be bringing therapy dogs to the library for children to read to. The use of trained therapy dogs in reading programs can result in children who feel comfortable reading out loud, read more often, attempt more difficult books, and actually look forward to reading. Children must read independently to participate in this program. registration is required.

Summerfest - King Manor Museum
June 22, 2013 - Jamaica

Kids can celebrate summer's arrival and the end of school. Enjoy historic chores, such as making their own ice cream, and historic crafts including wind-catchers, pinwheels that are perfect for the summer months. Play historic games and see how well you can catch "graces" and roll the infamous hoop and stick. Guided tours of historic King Manor will be available throughout the day.

TEEN MAKER-SPACE SPECIAL: Staples Robotics Team Demo - Westport Library
June 22, 2013 - Westport

See a demonstration from the Wreckers Robotics team and hear them talk about the process of building a robot.

Crafts for Kids - The Cupcake Corner
June 22, 2013 - Garden City

Bring your kids to this bakery/cafe for a free craft any time between 12-4pm. Reservations not required. Craft changes every week.

Family Field Day - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5
June 22, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Family Field Day offers fun games, sports, and activities for children ages 4 to 10. Led by experienced staff dedicated to making the event a good time, whether you're doing volleyball or soccer--tug of war, or obstacle races.

Seining the River Wild - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
June 22, 2013 - DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights

Learn about the remarkable creatures of the East River as the Park's scientists use a 20-foot seining net to humanely catch and release these unique critters.RSVP is required for this event. (Visit website for more information).

Kids Create! - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
June 22, 2013 - DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights

Kids will enjoy arts and crafts in the beautiful surroundings of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Saturday Kayaking - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2
June 22, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Get out on the water! Children under 18 must have a guardian present.

KPDC Trial Classes - Kings Park Dance Center
Through June 22, 2013 - Kings Park

Sample a KPDC dance class. These trial classes are free and open to the public

Adventures NYC 2013 - Central Park Bandshell
June 22, 2013 - New York

Join NYC Parks and Backpacker Magazine as they turn the Big Apple into the country's largest urban adventure playground at the 9th annual Adventures NYC, a celebration of all things outdoors. This event offers a wide range of outdoor activities and exciting demonstrations for all ages to experience including kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, fishing lessons, and outdoor gear exhibits.

Bicycle Sunday - Bronx River Parkway
June 23, 2013 - White Plains

From the Westchester County Center in White Plains to Scarsdale Road in Yonkers, a 13.1-mile round trip, The Bronx River Parkway is open to all bicyclists, skaters, scooters, walkers and joggers. No motorized vehicles. Sponsored by Con Edison and Friends of Westchester County Parks.

Intermediate Canoeing - Marine Park
June 23, 2013 - Marine Park

Intermediate canoeing taught by trained Urban Park Rangers, who lead participants on canoe adventures that range from the gentle waters of protected lakes, to the challenging open waters of rivers and bays.

Historic New York: Clove Lakes Park - Clove Lakes Park
June 23, 2013 - Staten Island

Staten Island's Clove Lakes Park is full of historic significance. Learn about it on this tour!

Big Equipment Day - Muscoot Farm
June 23, 2013 - Katonah

Tractors galore! Kids can climb in and check them out. Several John Deere tractors, a Farmall, and Ford 9N will be on display.

African-American Heritage Celebration - Kensico Dam Plaza
June 23, 2013 - Valhalla

The day's events include entertainment by musical groups and dancers, drama and poetry readings, and activities for children. Visitors will also be able to browse the many vendors who will be selling traditional arts and crafts, and countless types of ethnic foods. Bring a folding chair or blanket and enjoy the weather.

Summer Scavenger Hunt for Kids - Marshlands Conservancy
June 23, 2013 - Rye

Look through habitats from forest to shoreline and discover the clues from within. Great family fun!

Mike the Knight - Live Stage Show - Broadway Mall-IKEA Rotunda
June 23, 2013 - Hicksville

It’s time to “Be a Knight and Do it Right™” as Mike and his medieval friends transport the audience into a wonderful and imaginative world full of tales and legends. This fun-filled mission full of discovery, determination, and friendship will have knights and princesses of all ages engaged from start to finish. Gallop on over to the stage and get ready to be a knight in training as Mike the Knight and his loyal friends proudly present two 20 minute performances of, “MIKE THE KNIGHT AND THE MISSION FOR HIDDEN TREASURE” show times are 12pm and 2:30 pm. Each 20 minute show will be followed by a 40 minute meet and greet with Mike and his friends. In addition to the two performances, one at 12 pm and one at 2:30 pm, guests are encouraged to come dressed in knight and princess attire and participate in all of the fun, including a Castle Bounce House; Face Painting; Crafts, Enter to Win Prizes and Balloon Swords and Crowns. All activities including the performances will take place in the rotunda outside of IKEA and are free of charge. Activities will start at 11 am and end at 4 pm. Broadway Mall, anchored by Macy’s, IKEA and Target, is located on Route 106/107 in Hicksville, New York, less than ¼ mile south of the Long Island Expressway, exit 41 South or the Northern State Parkway, exit 35 South. Guests who wish to travel by train should take the Long Island Railroad to the Hicksville Station, Broadway Mall is located less than ¼ mile north of the station. For more information about Broadway Mall visit or call 516-939-0679.

International Concert Series-Ukrainian American Night - Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre - Eisenhower Park
June 23, 2013 - East Meadow

Residents are given the opportunity to experience the broad range of cultures that Nassau County has to offer through an International Concert Series sponsored by Canon USA Inc.

Rockville Centre Street Festival - Rockville Centre Chamber of Commerce
June 23, 2013 - Rockvile Centre

Families can attend this annual festival featuring a variety of vendors in the middle of the village. A real down-to-earth family event.

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