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FREE THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN BRONX WEEK OF MAY 6

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FREE Events for Kids in Bronx Find FREE kids events and family events in Bronx this week, May 6, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on this week in Bronx's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any free fairs or holiday festivals happening this week. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Bronx, check out our complete calendar of events.

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Asphalt Green's Summer Day Camp Open House - Asphalt Green's Murdhy Center
May 11, 2013 - Upper East Side

Stop by to discover the fun that awaits your camper this summer at Asphalt Green. No reservations are necessary. Everyone is welcome.

Mother’s Day Paper Flower Craft for Teens - The Field Library
May 06, 2013 - Peekskill

Teens and tweens are invited to make a beautiful paper flower and a card to go with it, for that special lady in their lives. This event is free of charge and open to students in middle and high school. Generously underwritten by a grant from the H.O.P.E. For Youth Foundation, supporting Hudson Valley youth programs that foster healthy growth and positive achievement. For more details or to reserve a spot call 914-737-1212 or email eanastasi@wlsmail.org. Field Library is located at 4 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill, NY 10566.

Preschool Play - Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park
May 06, 2013 - Battery Park City

Play is more than fun and exciting; it's the cornerstone of early childhood development. Join these free, drop-in programs on weekday mornings. Meet other toddlers, parents, and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing and hear stories, too. Carefully selected toys, books, supplies and play equipment provided.

Tales & Tunes - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
May 06, 2013 - Garnerville

Walkers up to 36 months and their caregiver are invited for stories, fingerplays, songs, and bubbles. Registration for this popular program is required. Mondays through May 13 other than February 18 and May 27.

Stories & Craft - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
May 06, 2013 - Garnerville

Children ages 3-6 are invited for stories, crafts, and more. Registration is required. Mondays through May 13 other than February 18.

Monday Afternoon Storytime - Barnes & Noble City Center
May 06, 2013 - White Plains

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

Literary Littles - Wilton Library
May 06, 2013 - Wilton

Independent listeners ages 4-6 years come for stories, short films, songs and crafts. No registration necessary.

Tot Time - Rockville Center Library
May 06, 2013 - Rockville Centre

Little ones have fun during this story and activity time.

Open Mic Poetry Night - Barnes and Noble - Utopia Center
May 06, 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.

Family Movie - Haverstraw Public Library; Village Branch
May 06, 2013 - Haverstraw

The library hosts a kid-friendly movie night.

Summer Camp/Pre-K Open House - Gymboree Play & Music of Scarsdale
May 06, 2013 - Scarsdale

Learn about Gymboree Scarsdale's MY FIRST CAMP for preschoolers. Encourage curiosity and build self-confidence in your preschooler through art, science exploration, play, and more. Teachers also read children's books that explore and nurture key social and emotional skills, engage in activities that require cooperation and self-awareness, and encourage communication with peers. This school readiness class includes both independent and group learning activities to promote the important personal and social skills your preschool child will need for a successful transition into school. Now accepting registration. Camp runs June 24th through August 30st. For more information, or to sign up for your FREE preview class please visit online at gymboreeclasses.com/scarsdaleny.site, or call the center direct at 914-472-0192. Limited spots available.

The Williamsburg Spelling Bee - Pete's Candy Store
May 06, 2013 - New York

From "broccoli" to "triskaidekaphobia," come test out your spelling in a bar backroom filled with smart people and beer. Free, open to all (21+). Signup begins at 7pm -- first 18 people get to play. Three-strikes-you're-out policy means more participation for everyone. Hosted by founder bobbyblue and comedian Jen Dziura. Winners get nerdy prizes and qualify for the annual Finals. Subway: L or G train to Lorimer. Pete's: www.petescandystore.com

Story Time - After School Special - Rockville Centre Public Library
May 06, 2013 - Rockville Centre

Children in kindergarten and first grade will enjoiy this time set aside especially for them to have fun.

Mommy and Me Yoga - Manhasset Public Library
May 06, 2013 - Manhasset

Licensed instructor Beth Lipset will lead children and their caregivers through a series of one-on-one simple yoga poses. Come relax, bond with your child, and have fun.

Chess for Children - Brooklyn Public Library, Crown Heights branch
May 06, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids learn, play, and practice chess.

Peek-a-Boo Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Leonard branch
May 06, 2013 - Williamsburg

Stories, songs, and fingerplays for babies and toddlers.

College Prep 101 - Brooklyn Public Library, Kings Highway branch
May 06, 2013 - Gravesend

This workshop reviews what it takes to get into college. For high school students.

Author Eric Kahn Gale - Chappaqua Library
May 06, 2013 - Chappaqua

Eric Kahn Gale, author of "THE BULLY BOOK," will be this year's Brian Socolow Lecturer. Kirkus Reviews called THE BULLY BOOK "a compelling and unusual look at a complex and intractable problem that succeeds admirably as story as well." Based on his own life experiences, the "gripping debut novel" (Publisher's Weekly) is funny, suspenseful and provocative. For 5th graders through adults.

Brian Socolow Lecture: Eric Kahn Gale, author of 'The Bully Book' - Chappaqua Public Library
May 06, 2013 - Chappaqua

Eric Kahn Gale, author of "The Bully Book," will be the Brian Socolow Lecturer on Monday, May 6th at 7 pm at the Chappaqua Public Library. Kirkus Magazine called "The Bully Book" "a compelling and unusual look at a complex and intractable problem that succeeds admirably as story as well." This "gripping debut novel" (Publisher's Weekly), based on the author's own experience, is funny, suspenseful, and provocative. For 5th graders through adults.

Sunnyside Piano Academy - Sunnyside Reformed Church
May 06, 2013 - Sunnyside

In this open studio, kids can play the keyboards, and get a taste of how Sunnyside Piano Academy founder Evan Mazunik, makes music fun. See how they "gamify" group piano lessons for early elementary students. No prior experience necessary--just come enjoy, observe, and play. The Sunnyside Piano Academy was founded by director Evan Mazunik in 2012 with the mission to demolish boredom in music. "I have a knack for inspiring students who are ready to quit music to fall in love with music all over again," said Mazunik. "I passionately believe that every student can discover music that speaks to them and inspires them to stretch and grow." "Whenever I see that a student has 'checked out' and is not engaged with their piano studies, I am inspired to discover the one thing that can reignite their interest, whether it's Chopin, Miles Davis, or video game theme songs. As soon as my students reconnect with the spark of their own creativity, I am instantly elated and reminded why I love to teach."

Urban Comics - North Forest Park Library
May 06, 2013 - Forest Hills

Crazy for comic books and manga? Kids can create their own heroes and villains that look just like them and their friends in this comics workshop taught by professional cartoonist Ivan Velez.

Picture Book Time - Hillcrest Library
May 06, 2013 - Flushing

Preschoolers ages 3-5 and their parents or other caregivers, can enjoy an hour of fun, stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts.

Rain or Shine: Create Your Own Weather Station - North Hills Library
May 06, 2013 - Little Neck

Participants will learn the basics of weather recording and forecasting by building, collecting, and recording data from, barometers, anemometers, rain gauges, radiometers, and hygrometers.

COPE Bereavement Support Group - Elias Hicks Historical Home
May 06, 2013 - Jericho

COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child, holds monthly support group meetings for parents two Mondays per month for parents on the North Shore. If you are interested in attending or for more information, please call Executive Director Karen Flyer at 516-484-4993.

Bereavement Support Group-South Shore - Merrick Jewish Center
May 06, 2013 - Merrick

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 parents one Monday of the month for parents on the South Shore. If you are interested in attending or for more information, please call Executive Director Karen Flyer at 516-484-4993.

Teen Book Club - Elmont Memorial Library
May 06, 2013 - Elmont

The monthly featured book is Fade by Lisa McMann. For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. They're just trying to carve out a little (secret) time together, but no such luck. Disturbing things are happening at Fieldridge High, yet nobody's talking. When Janie taps into a classmate's violent nightmares, the case finally breaks open -- but nothing goes as planned. Not even close. Janie's in way over her head, and Cabe's shocking behavior has grave consequences for them both. Worse yet, Janie learns the truth about herself and her ability -- and it's bleak. Seriously, brutally bleak. Not only is her fate as a dream catcher sealed, but what's to come is way darker than she'd feared....

Wilton Schools Fine and Performing Arts (FAPA) Exhibit Opening Reception - Wilton Library
May 06, 2013 - Wilton

Enjoy a celebration of the Wilton Schools' Fine and Performing Arts Exhibition at the Wilton Library featuring over 400 works from students in kindergarten through 12th grade on exhibit throughout the library. During the reception, student musical performances will also take place in the Brubeck Room. Refreshments served. The exhibit will run from May 5-May 24.

Writing Group - Barnes and Noble -Country Glen Center
May 06, 2013 - Carle Place

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

Children's Basketball - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
May 06, 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.

GRAND RE-OPENING! - CCLC at 4 NY Plaza
May 06, 2013 - New York

All families interested in enrollment beginning on May 6 should enroll now. For more information contact Lisa Pacheco at lpacheco@cclc.com. CCLC at 4 NY Plaza is conveniently located in Lower Manhattan at 4 New York Plaza, in New York City near the intersection of Broad and Water Streets, inside the J.P. Morgan Chase office building. The CCLC at 4 NY Plaza Child Care Center is open to enrollment from the community and designed to provide full-time and part-time care for as those aged 6 wks to 5 yrs, as well as backup care and scheduled drop-in care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old.

Preschool Play - Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park
May 07, 2013 - Battery Park City

Play is more than fun and exciting; it's the cornerstone of early childhood development. Join these free, drop-in programs on weekday mornings. Meet other toddlers, parents, and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing and hear stories, too. Carefully selected toys, books, supplies and play equipment provided.

La Leche - JCC Rockland
May 07, 2013 - West Nyack

Instructor Elly Egenberg, an accredited lactation counselor and La Leche League Leader, leads this informative session for new moms. Topics at this monthly program include the benefits, new beginnings, overcoming obstacles, and weaing. Afterward, stay for Story Time at the J.

Story Time at the J - JCC Rockland
May 07, 2013 - West Nyack

New parents with children up to 24 months are invited to this monthly get-together. Participants can mingle with other parents, listen with their babies to child-friendly books, and share parenting stories. Healthy snacks will be served.

Free Play at the J - JCC Rockland
May 07, 2013 - West Nyack

Meet other parents while your child, up to 24 months, has fun in the JCC's the Kantrowiz Kids Gym or Lewis Family Playground (weather permitting). This weekly playgroup is hosted by Hillary Glass and is held every Tuesday through May 28.

PreSchool Storytime - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
May 07, 2013 - Garnerville

Children ages 3-5 can come in for stories, songs, puppets, and more. Registration is required. Tuesdays through May 14.

PreSchool Stroytime - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
May 07, 2013 - Garnerville

Children ages 3-5 can come in for stories, songs, puppets, and more. Pre-registration is required. Tuesdays through May 14.

Tales & Tunes - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
May 07, 2013 - Garnerville

Walkers up to 36 months and their parent, grandparent, or caregiver can come in for stories, fingerplays, songs, and bubbles. Registration for this popular program is required. Tuesdays through May 14.

Pop-Up Concert - Picker Pops Up - Miller Theatre
May 07, 2013 - New York

Tobias Picker Ensemble (Keir GoGwilt, violin; Nathaniel LaNassa, piano; Margaret Dyer, viola; Michael Unterman, cello; and Tony Flynt, bass) returns to Miller, after being featured on the Composer Portraits series last year, with this selection of intimate chamber works, performed by the same artists who will soon record them for a new album -- his first chamber music record in 30 years.

Story Time Book Club - Pottery Barn Kids
May 07, 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.

Literary Littles - Wilton Library
May 07, 2013 - Wilton

Independent listeners ages 4-6 years come for stories, short films, songs and crafts. No registration necessary.

Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes - Wilton Library
May 07, 2013 - Wilton

Children and their caregivers sing songs, listen to stories, and enjoy playtime together while building literacy and social skills. No registration necessary.

Look, Listen and Learn - Wilton Library
May 07, 2013 - Wilton

Children aged 3-4 gain pre-reading skills and learn how to participate in a group setting with stories, singing songs and acting out finger plays and rhymes. No registration required.

On My Own - Rockville Center Library
May 07, 2013 - Rockville Centre

Children learn independence while having fun and sharing social skills.

Books Before Bedtime - Rockville Center Library
May 07, 2013 - Rockville Centre

3-5-year-olds will engage in reading exciting books before bedtime.

Archery - Willowbrook Park Archery Range
May 07, 2013 - Staten Island

Kids, 8 and older, and grownups learn archery with a trained instructor. A mandatory safety review is part of the session.

Drop-In Craft - Haverstraw Public Library; Village Branch
May 07, 2013 - Haverstraw

Children can stop by the library to make a craft to take home.

Book Club - Pottery Barn Kids
May 07, 2013 - Garden City

Encourage your little one's love of reading by joining our weekly story time. Receive a Book Club Passport at your first story time and a special gift after attending five.

Dance for Disabled Residents of Westchester County - Westchester County Center
May 07, 2013 - White Plains

Dancing and fun for disabled residents of Westchester County, ages 16 and older. Pre-registration required. Transportation can be arranged through Northeast Westchester Special Recreation for $10. For information and to reserve a spot, call 914-347-4409.

Toddler Time/Sing Along with Ms. Cindy - Brooklyn Public Library, Windsor Terrace branch
May 07, 2013 - Windsor Terrace

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

Spring Cupcake Wars - Hendrick Hudson Free Library
May 07, 2013 - Montrose

Since spring is coming, let's make a great cupcake to celebrate! Cupcakes, frosting, and toppings will be provided - just bring your spring vision! For children in grades 4-6. Registration by phone required.

Tween Craft - Duct Tape Creations - White Plains Public Library
May 07, 2013 - White Plains

Duct tape, hair accessory findings, Velcro tabs, and tools are supplied by the library. Participants choose from three different crafts: a bi-fold wallet, a barette with a flower, or a decal. There will be a raffle at the end of the event. The winner gets a free book! For middle school students in grades 6-8. Registration on the library's website calendar is not required but greatly appreciated. Snacks will be served.

Read and Play - Brooklyn Public Library, Sunset Park branch
May 07, 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.

Origami Math Games with Karen Wellington - Bellerose Library
May 07, 2013 - Bellerose

Paper folding meets game playing! Origami not only helps clarify math concepts and impresses teachers, but is lots of fun and creative, too. Kids will complete a different game to take home. Space is limited and available first come, first served.

Magical Quilters - East Elmhurst Library
May 07, 2013 - East Elmhurst

Create an art piece highlighting a character(s) or paragraph from a favorite book. Registration required.

Sandy Memory Collage - Arverne Library
May 07, 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.

Mother's Day Arts and Crafts - Hillcrest Library
May 07, 2013 - Flushing

Show Mom how much she means to the family. Make a special gift for her, and create a pop-up card, too.

Selecting Books for Tween Readers - Fairfield Public Library
May 07, 2013 - Fairfield

Drop in to the Teen Room to learn about great titles that are out there for your tween. Get personalized book suggestions tailored to your child's needs and interests.

Board Games - Brooklyn Public Library, Flatlands branch
May 07, 2013 - Marine Park

Kids and tweens exercise their minds and have fun at the same time by playing board games.

Ready, Sit, Read! - Finkelstein Memorial Library
May 07, 2013 - Spring Valley

The library hosts a special story time for emerging readers.

Attacca Quartet in Recital - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
May 07, 2013 - New York

Juilliard's 2012-13 Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence performs the annual Lisa Arnhold Memorial Concert. Formed at Juilliard, this quartet of extraordinary string players has been playing together since their undergraduate years. This concert marks the 20th annual Lisa Arnhold Memorial Recital as a presentation by Juilliard of its graduate quartet-in-residence, the members of which serve as teaching assistants to the celebrated Juilliard String Quartet. FREE tickets available 4/23.

Children's Soccer - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
May 07, 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.

Parent and Me Class - Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
May 07, 2013 - Flushing

Enjoy this special class designed for parents and little ones ages 2 ½ to 4 years old.

Drop-In Chess - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
May 08, 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.

Free Play at the J - JCC Rockland
May 08, 2013 - West Nyack

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

Special Wednesdays At The J - JCC Rockland
May 08, 2013 - West Nyack

Lanie Goldberg MSEd, Educational Specialist from Peaceful Interaction, hosts this structured and informative play date for parents with children ages 6 months to 2 years. This month's topic is Learning Through Creative Play. Group monthly through May.

Family Storytime - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
May 08, 2013 - Garnerville

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

LEGO Club - Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library
May 08, 2013 - Garnerville

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

Books for Babies - Wilton Library
May 08, 2013 - Wilton

This program offers songs, play, and gentle stories geared for babies under 12 months old. No registration necessary.

Wonderful Ones and Twos with Caregivers - Wilton Library
May 08, 2013 - Wilton

This program is a sharing time for 1 and 2 year olds and their caregivers. The emphasis is on books, with some songs and toy times. No registration necessary.

Dialogues on...The Impact of Learning Disorders and ADD on Psychological Development - New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
May 08, 2013 - Upper East Side

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute's Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis division continues the "Dialogues on..." series of discussions with leading child development experts. Dr. Josephine Wright is a Child and Adult Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst on the teaching faculties of New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute and Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute. She has practiced for more than thirty years in both Manhattan and Connecticut with adults, children, and families suffering from a variety of issues and has developed particular interests in adoption and in the complex interactions of emotional, psychological, and social development in young people with learning and executive function problems such as ADHD. She has consulted widely to schools, including boarding schools in New England and has published articles on these issues in several professional journals. She is the author of the influential "Do We Really Need Ritalin: A Family Guide to ADHD" (HarperCollins, 1997). With the "Dialogues on..." series of discussions and Q&A, the NYC community has access to child development experts on relevant and pressing topics. The events are free and open to the public and are an integral part of NYPSI's commitment to community outreach. "Dialogues on..." events are geared towards professionals and parents who are involved with the care of children in the school and home environments. Educators, school administrators, community leaders, grandparents, and parents are welcome to attend. The "Dialogues on..." series is made possible by a generous donation to NYSPI from The Poses Family Foundation. Additional funding was received from The James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation in honor of Ms. Themis Dimon.

Reading for Fun - Laurelton Library
May 08, 2013 - Laurelton

Reading is fundamental for success. This program will teach kids how much fun reading can be, with a great selection of books from the library.

Knights of Queens - Queens Village Library
May 08, 2013 - Queens Village

Calling all budding Chess Masters! Children ages 6-16 will learn chess basics or sharpen their skills and strategies. Chess equipment will be provided.

Young Leaders Institute of Laurelton - Laurelton Library
May 08, 2013 - Laurelton

Real leaders are made not born. Learn to be a leader at this program for children in grades 3-6.

Book Babies @ The Field - The Field Library
May 08, 2013 - Peekskill

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

Evening Program for Adults & High School Students: What's the Buzz with Honeybees? - Greenburgh Nature Center
May 08, 2013 - Scarsdale

Enter into the busy life of a honeybee hive with GNC naturalist Greg Wechegelaer. Learn why and how these amazing creatures are critical players in our own lives and global economy. Greg discusses the threats currently faced by honeybees, and how what harms bees threatens us in turn. The evening includes a taste test of some local honeys.

Stories, Songs, and Crafts - Rose Memorial Library
May 08, 2013 - Stony Point

Toddlers are invited to the library to hear picture book stories, sing songs, and make craft. Registration required.

After School Drama Program - Brooklyn Public Library, Cypress Hills branch
May 08, 2013 - Cypress Hills

A drama program for kids and tweens. Registration required.

Storytime: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle - Barnes & Noble
May 08, 2013 - West Nyack

Pre-readers and early readers are invited to follow a little green caterpillar as he eats his way to becoming a beautiful butterfly.

Mother's Day Stories and Craft - Hendrick Hudson Free Library
May 08, 2013 - Montrose

Stories and a simple craft for children ages 4 through Kindergarten. Registration by phone required.

Chess Workshop - Brooklyn Public Library, Brower Park branch
May 08, 2013 - Crown Heights

Learn, play, and practice chess!

Arts and Crafts - Brooklyn Public Library, Sheepshead Bay branch
May 08, 2013 - Sheepshead Bay

Arts and crafts lovers unite!

Sunnyside Piano Academy - Sunnyside Reformed Church
May 08, 2013 - Sunnyside

In this open studio, kids can play the keyboards, and get a taste of how Sunnyside Piano Academy founder Evan Mazunik, makes music fun. See how they "gamify" group piano lessons for early elementary students. No prior experience necessary--just come enjoy, observe, and play. The Sunnyside Piano Academy was founded by director Evan Mazunik in 2012 with the mission to demolish boredom in music. "I have a knack for inspiring students who are ready to quit music to fall in love with music all over again," said Mazunik. "I passionately believe that every student can discover music that speaks to them and inspires them to stretch and grow." "Whenever I see that a student has 'checked out' and is not engaged with their piano studies, I am inspired to discover the one thing that can reignite their interest, whether it's Chopin, Miles Davis, or video game theme songs. As soon as my students reconnect with the spark of their own creativity, I am instantly elated and reminded why I love to teach."

COPE Newly Bereaved Parent Support Group - Chai Center in Dix Hills
May 08, 2013 - Dix Hills

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 evening per month. If you are interested in attending or for more information, please call Executive Director Karen Flyer at 516-484-4993.

Training for Horseshoe-Crab Tagging - Maritime Aquarium
May 08, 2013 - Norwalk

The spring moons soon will be drawing male and female horseshoe crabs up onto the beaches for an annual mating ritual. The Maritime Aquarium is seeking volunteers to help attach census tags to horseshoe crabs as the crabs come up out of the water to spawn at Calf Pasture Beach. It's all part of a census of horseshoe crabs in Long Island Sound, being led by Dr. Jennifer Mattei of Sacred Heart University. Volunteers should attend this training session to learn how to safely tag horseshoe crabs. Volunteers should be in 10th grade or older. Younger children can assist if working with a parent, teacher or guardian. Tagging sessions at Calf Pasture will be held on selected mornings and evenings later in the month of May and also in June. To sign up or for more details about the training sessions, call The Maritime Aquarium at ext. 2352, or e-mail jschnierlein@maritimeaquarium.org.

Ambler Farm Reads - Ambler Farm
May 08, 2013 - Wilton

Children ages 4-6 and their caregivers meet at Ambler Farm to enjoy stories about chickens as well as a nature walk. Children may check books out at the farm, so make sure to bring your library card. Registration required.

Keeping It Cool When Life Isn't: Dealing With Parental Stress - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division
May 08, 2013 - White Plains

Presented by Lisa DeFelice, MA, M.Ed., LMHC. In the Hospital Auditorium, located on the second floor of the Center Building underneath the clock tower. For more information and directions, call 914-997-5779 or visit nyp.org.

Wednesdays in Teardrop Park - Teardrop Park
May 08, 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.

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities - Christ & Holy Trinity Preschool, The Seabury Center
May 08, 2013 - Westport

Chris Abildgaard NCSP, LCP Director, The Social Learning Center of Benhaven, Tim Heitzman, PhD and Ann McCarthy, Education Advocate of The Southfield Center for Development in Darien, CT will be speaking on Improving Social Skills for Children with Executive Function Issues.

The Power of Playful Learning: How Our Children Really Learn - Barnard Hall, James Room
May 09, 2013 - Morningside Heights

A Julia Howe Ward Child Development Lecture with Kathy Hirsh-Pasek Gone are the days when children spent nearly half of their free time at play. Across the country, thousands of schools trim recess from the day's activities, telling parents the time is better spent in academic pursuits. But have children profited from this uptick in "educational" time? Statistics suggest not: U.S. teens rank surprisingly low among industrialized nations in reading, science, and math. Newsweek decries the next generation's lack of creativity in a century that demands flexible thinking, while some have gone farther and insisted that the subpar performance is a national security risk. How, then, do our children really learn? Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Lefkowitz Professor of Psychology and director of the Infant and Language Laboratory at Temple University, debunks the myth that play and learning are incompatible, exploring ways in which one facilitates the other. Sponsored by the Barnard Center for Toddler Development.

PreSchool Storytime - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
May 09, 2013 - Garnerville

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

Bouncing Babies - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
May 09, 2013 - Garnerville

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

Stories in Spanish & English - Haverstraw King?s Daughters Public Library
May 09, 2013 - Garnerville

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

Thursday Morning Storytime: The Toe Show - Barnes & Noble City Center
May 09, 2013 - White Plains

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

Grow More Vegetables Certificate Series - Queens Botanical Garden
May 09, 2013 - Flushing

Queens Botanical Garden announces the opening of registration for the “Grow More Vegetables” program which will be held at the Garden beginning in April. This is a free edible gardening course designed to equip community gardeners, teachers, and city residents with the best organic techniques for growing vegetables safely and effectively, particularly in urban settings. The program, with hands-on gardening instruction, consists of six classes, both in the classroom and in the field. There is an application process and preference will be given to participants who work, live, or garden in Queens. The course runs for six Thursdays, April 4-May 9, 6-8pm. Space is limited.

Nancy Drew Book Club - Rose Memorial Library
May 09, 2013 - Stony Point

Young readers are invited to the library for a brief book discussion, trivia games, a craft, and a snack. Get a copy of the book at registration.

Enchanting April Exhibitions at Agora - Agora Gallery
Through May 09, 2013 - New York

This April, two inspiring exhibitions are coming to Agora Gallery, Interpretive Realms combines a thrilling sense of kinetic excitement with the detached ability to reflect and describe. The result is work that has one foot in the everyday world and the other in that of the imagination, elevating both to a new and interesting level. In Altered States of Reality: An Exhibition of Analog and Digital Photography, fine art photographers employ a variety of techniques and styles but each one manages to capture something intriguing and thought-provoking in their memorable images. The exhibitions open on April 19, 2013 and continue until May 9, 2013. The opening reception will take place on the evening of Thursday, April 25, 2013. Entrance is free and all art lovers are encouraged to attend to be entranced by these bewitching works. Exhibition Dates: April 19, 2013 – May 9, 2013 Reception: Thursday, April 25, 2013, 6-8 pm Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11a.m. - 6 p.m. Event URL: http://www.agora-gallery.com/receptionexhibitions/4_25_2013.aspx Featured Artists: Interpretive Realms Eugene Brimmerberg | Salome de Cambra | Gerardo Horacio De Gioia | Isabelle Habegger | Neema Lal | Josyane Martinez | William Mastrogiulio | Sandra McRae | Prenn Nguyen | Betty Pomarede | David Reinfeld | Roger Rutten | Angelo Sannasardo | Karl Sternath | Jesús Uclés | W.M. Vinci | John Wolter Altered States of Reality: An Exhibition of Analog and Digital Photography Roland Behrmann | Lella Beretta | Trond Are Berge | Dominique Braud | Fernando Braune | Mili DC Hartinger | Vincent Galassi | Patricia Gilman | Shifra | Anders Lidholm | Jean-François Mercier | Laurent Paillier | Dennis Stein | Rossella Tomaselli About Agora Gallery - Agora Gallery is a fine art gallery, established in 1984 and located in the heart of New York City’s Chelsea art galleries district. It is famous for showcasing a spectacular array of talented artists from around the world and around the corner, while providing quality and original art to collectors. Exhibitions are usually group exhibits, presenting the work of a number of artists, but sometimes solo exhibitions focus on the work of one particular artist. The gallery publishes ARTisSpectrum Magazine, a bi-annual magazine that is distributed to museums, galleries, art institutions and art schools around the world. It provides artists, collectors, museums, galleries, art organizations and enthusiasts with access to the work of international talented artists as well as feature articles, reviews and interviews. Agora Gallery is the proud sponsor of ARTmine, one of the most comprehensive resources available worldwide to view and purchase fine art. The gallery also runs Agora Art Blog, a blog designed to provide helpful information and advice for artists while providing a forum for artists to help one another by sharing their experiences and thoughts.

Bossy Frog and Farm Market Season Opening - Nyack Farmers Market
May 09, 2013 - Nyack

The Bossy Frog kicks off the market's move back outdoors for the season. Mothers of toddlers know how popular these monthly shows can be - so get there early to park your stroller.

Das Wandernde Sternlein - Czech Center New York
Through May 09, 2013 - New York

Exhibition by the Czech artist MARK THER, featuring his award winning film Das Wandernde Sternlein, 2011. The film takes place in the dark forest of the Czech frontiers, the Sudetenland, and presents woods and wilderness as the site of childhood nightmares and secret rituals. Exhibition opening: Thursday, March 21 at 7PM. Open through May 9. More info: www.czechcenter.com

DEORO: The Brooklyn Manila Project - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
May 09, 2013 - New York

The Grammy-nominated team DEORO comes to Lincoln Center with an innovative program of music, dance, martial arts, and video that grew out of three years of travel to the Philippines and collaborations with traditional and urban artists and musicians, in remote Mindanao and in Manila, respectively. Fusing their unique style of classical groove with the thousands year old local traditions of tribal music, DEORO's Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer also explored the edgy, urban sounds produced by of some of the country's best-known young artists. The recording DEOROXX was the result. At the Atrium, Eggar and Palmer will be joined by Waway Saway, musical leader of the Talaandig tribe; Daniel Darwin, winner of the X Factor Philippines; feminist rapper Nyko Maca; and tribal singer Jonan Aguilar, among others. Video is by the DLP. Choreography by Attack Theatre.

A Reptile 'Edventure' - Corona Library
May 09, 2013 - Corona

Join Erik Callender in this fun-filled educational experience for children ages 6 and up that allows participants the unique opportunity to see, touch, and learn about some of the world's most fascinating creatures.

Kids Club - Hillcrest Library
May 09, 2013 - Flushing

Kids Club is just for you: a free, fun program that offers something new and different to do for children ages 8-12.

Free Child ID - Rockville Centre Public Library
May 09, 2013 - Rockville Centre

Come into the Library to have your child fingerprinted and photographed for an ID card, courtesy of NY Life.

Stories, Songs, and Crafts - Rose Memorial Library
May 09, 2013 - Stony Point

Toddlers are invited to the library to hear picture book stories, sing songs, and make craft. Registration required.

Silly Singalong and Stories - White Plains Public Library
May 09, 2013 - White Plains

Children ages 3-5 and a participating adult sing along to favorite silly songs, learn some new ones, and hear some silly stories, then have fun with rhythm instruments, puppets, and fingerplays.

The Emotional Impact of Food Allergies on Children and Families - JCC of Mid-Westchester
May 09, 2013 - Scarsdale

A parenting symposium presented by Food Allergy NY and the JCC, featuring Dr. Amy Silverman, Clinical Psychiatrist Weill Cornell Medical College. RSVP to Julie Dorfman at dorfmanj@jccmw.org or call 914-472-3300 x412. Food Allergy NY is an educational group that provides support to families living with food allergies.

Story Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Bedford branch
May 09, 2013 - Crown Heights

Babies, books, read alouds, and socializing with other babies.

Mothers are Amazing! - Brooklyn Public Library, Dyker Library
May 09, 2013 - Dyker Heights

Honor mom and make her a special craft in this arts and crafts workshop.

826 NYC After School Tutoring - Brooklyn Public Library, Williamsburg branch
May 09, 2013 - Brooklyn

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

Mother's Day Craft - Queens Village Library
May 09, 2013 - Queens Village

Kids can show off their creativity and their love for Mom, by making her a beautiful craft in honor of her special day.

Origami Math Games with Karen Wellington - East Elmhurst Library
May 09, 2013 - East Elmhurst

Paper folding meets game playing! Origami not only helps clarify math concepts and impresses teachers, but is lots of fun and creative, too. Kids will complete a different game to take home. Space is limited and available first come, first served.

One Moon - Finkelstein Memorial Library
May 09, 2013 - Spring Valley

This library hosts a multi-cultural story time with bilingual stories for children ages 3-7. Children will receive free books courtesy of Dollar General Store and the American Library Association (ALA)/Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). Registration is required. This week, hear stories in English and French.

Art + Games - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
May 09, 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.

Why Foreign Policy Begins at Home: a talk with Richard N. Haass - The Cooper Union - The Great Hall
May 09, 2013 - New York

Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations will outline “Why Foreign Policy Begins at Home”at The Cooper Union. Haass contends that the United States must sharply limit its engagement in foreign wars and humanitarian interventions in order to reclaim its role as the primary director of global events -- rather than being shaped by them -- and maintain that role in a world of unprecedented chaos and constant crisis. Haass has served as the president of the Council on Foreign Relations since July of 2003. He was the director of policy planning for the Department of State, lead U.S. official on Afghanistan and Northern Ireland (2001-2003), and principal Middle East adviser to President George H.W. Bush (1989-93). He is the author or editor of eleven books on U.S. foreign policy, including War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars. Haass’ latest book is Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America's House in Order. This lecture is made possible by the Benjamin Menschel Distinguished Lectureship, established with a generous grant from The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. In its 12th year, this highly regarded lecture series has provided a public platform for some of the most renowned scientists, historians, economists and intellectuals of our time. In addition to this program, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation helped fund the construction of Cooper Union’s Student Housing, and endowed two programs that provide both faculty and student support, all in honor of Richard and Robert Menschel's father, Benjamin Menschel.

THE WESTCHESTER MALL HOST'S MOM'S NITE OUT! - The Westchester
May 09, 2013 - White Plains

FREE event to feature pampering, entertainment, and delicious refreshments. In honor of National Mom's Nite Out, The Westchester invites moms of all ages to enjoy a free evening of relaxation, fun and pampering from 5-8pm on Thursday, May 9. Attendees will be treated to entertainment, refreshments, fashion and beauty services, goodie bags, and more - all focused on rewarding and celebrating motherhood. As an added bonus, mom will have an opportunity to enter to win a trip for herself and a friend to attend Bon Jovi's "Because We Can" concert tour stop in Chicago at historic Soldier Field on Friday, July 12, 2013.

Call for Volunteers - Long Island Crisis Center
May 09, 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, longislandcrisiscenter.org and click on "Volunteer," then call 516-826-0244 to schedule an interview.

Bonpoint Sample Sale - Metropolitan Pavilion
Through May 09, 2013 - New York

Baby and kids clothing up to 60 percent off retail prices. Boys and girls, sizes newborn to pre-teen. American Express, Visa and Mastercard accepted. No cash or checks accepted. All sales final. No exchanges or returns. Strollers not allowed on premises. For a preview (not all of their collections will be at the sale), visit www.Bonpoint.com

LEGO Club - Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library
May 10, 2013 - Garnerville

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

Stories & Craft - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
May 10, 2013 - Garnerville

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

Board Games - Finkelstein Memorial Library
May 10, 2013 - Spring Valley

Children ages 5-12 years old can challenge themselves and their friends on their chosen board games.

Mothers' Center Circle - Baldwin Public Library
May 10, 2013 - Baldwin

Part of the National Mothers' Center, this group provides a social outlet for mothers and their children. Discuss the challenges and joys of parenting, while the children enjoy a play group. The group provides a welcoming, non-judgmental environment where mothers can share insights and build confidence. Registration required.

Young Leaders Institute of Laurelton - Laurelton Library
May 10, 2013 - Laurelton

Real leaders are made not born. Learn to be a leader at this program for children in grades 3-6.

LEGO Club - Haverstraw Public Library; Village Branch
May 10, 2013 - Haverstraw

Calling LEGO builders. Come in and play with the library's LEGO's.

Wii Play - Haverstraw Public Library; Village Branch
May 10, 2013 - Haverstraw

Students in grades 1-6 are invited to play on the library's Wii to challenge their friends and make new ones.

Mother's Day Craft @ The Field - Field Library
May 10, 2013 - Peekskill

Kids are invited to make one-of-a-kind Mother's Day cards for the best moms in the world - theirs! All ages are welcome with a helping adult.

5th Annual Children’s Book Drive - Child Care Council of Westchester
Through May 10, 2013 - Scarsdale

The Council is hosting their 5th Annual Children's Book Drive from April 15-May 10. Individuals can drop off high-quality, gently used books for children, ages birth-12 years, at the Council's offices. Books will be distributed to dozens of child-care and after-school programs serving economically disadvantaged children throughout our county. Help the organization reach their goal of 3000 books!

Jammin' Jitterbugs - Manhasset Public Library
May 10, 2013 - Manhasset

Miss Holli and Mr. Tommy lead little ones as they shake, rattle, and roll in a weekly music class. Younger siblings welcome.

Storytime: Meet Spot - Barnes & Noble
May 10, 2013 - West Nyack

Early and pre-readers are invited to stop by the store's children's section for stories about the little yellow puppy with the brown spots. Kids will hear stories about Spot then get to meet this popular children's book character.

Freestyle Fridays! - Brooklyn Public LIbrary, Bushwick branch
May 10, 2013 - Bushwick

Teens hang out, do homework, play board and electronic games, and learn about technology.

Mother's Day Arts and Crafts - Brooklyn Public Library, Walt Whitman branch
May 10, 2013 - Fort Greene

Make a craft or an art piece for your mom!

Picture Book Time - North Forest Park Library
May 10, 2013 - Forest Hills

Enjoy stories and coloring in this program for children ages 4-5 and their caregivers.

Craft Time-Ozone Park - Ozone Park Library
May 10, 2013 - Ozone Park

Kids can show off their creativity and design skills in this arts and crafts program.

Mother's Day Story and Craft - Douglaston/Little Neck Library
May 10, 2013 - Little Neck

Children ages 2-5 years and their parent or adult caregiver will listen to stories, sing songs, do fingerplays and make a special gift for mother or grandmother. Preregistration is required. The program will last 45 minutes.

Design a Mother's Day Bracelet - Central Library
May 10, 2013 - Jamaica

Yvette Powell guides children age 8 and up through the process of designing and making a bracelet as a Mother's Day gift. All materials will be provided, including a gift box in which to take the bracelet home. Space is limited and available first come, first served.

Teen Craft Club - Elmont Memorial Library
May 10, 2013 - Elmont

The Teen Craft Club welcomes teens join them in a crafting adventure twice a month. Register in person or by calling YA Services at 516-354-5280 x247.

Family Movie Night - Moxie Spot
May 10, 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.

National Public Gardens Day and Garden Tour - Queens Botanical Garden
May 10, 2013 - Flushing

Fee: Free with voucher (see link below) Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with a tour of Queens Botanical Garden's verdant landscapes. Voucher for free admission here: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/celebrate-national-public-gardens-day/

Legos in the Library - Fairfield Woods Branch Library
May 10, 2013 - Fairfield

Drop in, bring a friend, and create with a mega selection of Legos. Grades K-5.

Sunset Singing Circle - Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park
May 10, 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 Thi

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