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

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by Kids Events Editor May 6, 2013

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Westchester Find FREE kids events and family events in Westchester this week, May 6, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on this week in Westchester'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 Westchester, check out our complete calendar of events.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Bird Banding - Westmoreland Sanctuary
May 11, 2013 - Mount Kisco

Join Westmoreland and Marsh Memorial Sanctuary staff for a bird banding session at Westmoreland Sanctuary. See live wild songbirds in the hand as they are safely captured, banded, and released during the program. Banding helps to further our knowledge of bird biology and contribute to habitat conservation. Meet in Westmoreland's nature center. All ages welcome. RSVP appreciated but not required; will be canceled for rain or wind. Co-sponsored with the Marsh Memorial Sanctuary.

Mother's Day Craft @ The Field - Field Library
May 11, 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.

Church Tower Walk - St. Paul's Church N.H.S.
May 11, 2013 - Mt. Vernon

Take a walk up the historic tower leading to the 1758 bell, and enjoy a fine view of the surrounding areas.

Groundwork Hudson Valley's Great Saw Mill River Cleanup - Various sites along the Saw Mill River
May 11, 2013 - Yonkers

Be part of the group of volunteers (families, civic and youth groups, businesses) to join the cleanup, bagging tons of trash along streets, parks and streams, and connecting with neighbors and the outdoors. It's fun, practical, meaningful, and easy. Go to sawmillrivercoalition.org and click on "Great Saw Mill River Cleanup." Check out the Google Map of Cleanup Sites, pick a site for yourself and group or family, and then go to the Online Registration button to signup. It's that simple! For questions or more information, call or email Ann-Marie Mitroff, River Program Director, email annmarie@groundworkhv.org, or call 914-375-2151.

Annual Library Book, Bake, & Plant Sale - Ruth Keeler Memorial Library
May 11, 2013 - N. Salem

The theme for this year's Library Book Fair and Bake & Plant Sale is "Made in North Salem," and there will be chickens, beekeeping demonstrations, and much more.

Annual Bike Ride Around Titicus Reservoir, Pancake Breakfast, and Early-Bird Book Sale Browsing - Ruth Keeler Memorial Library
May 11, 2013 - N. Salem

The Bike Event consists of a turn around Mills and Titicus Roads, and ends at the library for a pancake feast and a first-look at the many books, homemade baked goods, and plants for sale. Bring the entire family, bikes, and leashed dogs. Note: riders must be on the road by 8:20am; the police will re-open the road at 10am.

2nd Annual Riverkeeper Sweep - Croton Point Park
May 11, 2013 - Croton-on-Hudson

The second annual Riverkeeper Sweep is a day of service throughout the Hudson Valley to help clean the shoreline of the Hudson River. Volunteer to help clean up shorelines, plant trees, and more. In 2012 the Riverkeeper Sweep engaged 450 volunteers, who cleaned up seven tons of shoreline trash and planted more than 100 trees in 30 Hudson River communities. In 2013, they aim to double their impact with the help of new partners, The Great Saw Mill River Cleanup program of Groundwork Hudson Valley, Keep Rockland Beautiful, Make Poughkeepsie Shine, and Empire Dragon Boat Teams. Riverkeeper expects as many as 1,000 volunteers to take part in the 2013 Riverkeeper Sweep. To find a site near you, register as a volunteer at riverkeepersweep.eventbrite.com, or email Dana Gulley and Dan Shapley at sweep@riverkeeper.org with questions. This is a great opportunity for teens to meet high school community service requirements. Call 800-21-RIVER for more information.

Parrots of the World - Croton Point Nature Center
May 11, 2013 - Croton-on-Hudson

View live parrots from South America, Africa, and Australia, and learn about them with naturalist Bonnie Talluto.

Family Art Project: Sachets and Floral Fantasy for Mom - Wave Hill
May 11, 2013 - Bronx

Honor Mom with paper flowers and unique floral gifts, including fragrant sachets filled with lavender, tied with ribbon and bows, and decorated with buds and other natural material. Admission to the grounds is free until 12pm.

Bicycle Sunday - Bronx River Parkway
May 12, 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.

Family Storytime: Happy Mother's Day! - White Plains Public Library
May 12, 2013 - White Plains

Celebrate Mother's Day with an interactive storytime including craft and snack for children ages 3 and older and their families. Tickets are needed and will be given out 30 minutes before the program.

Hudson River Audubon Mothers Day Warbler Walk - Lenoir Nature Preserve
May 12, 2013 - Yonkers

Join HRAS for this annual treat! A light breakfast is served, expert birders lead, and wonderful fun is had for beginners through expert birders of all ages.

Sheep Shearing - Muscoot Farm
May 12, 2013 - Katonah

Mother's Day is special for wooly ladies too, as it's traditionally the day all the Farm's sheep lose their winter coats. Sheep shearer Don Kading entertains and informs as he snips and clips.

Mother's Day Wildflower Discovery - Marshlands Conservancy
May 12, 2013 - Rye

From meadow to shore, this exploratory program of spring beauties is bound to make Mom's day.

Training for Horseshoe-Crab Tagging - Maritime Aquarium
May 12, 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.

Monday Afternoon Storytime - Barnes & Noble City Center
May 13, 2013 - White Plains

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

Children's Choices - Hendrick Hudson Free Library
May 13, 2013 - Montrose

It's Children's Book Week! Kids in grades K-3 can celebrate their favorite books from 2012 and make a "charmed" bookmark. Refreshments will be served. Registration by phone required.

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

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

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

Every Thursday from 6-8pm, Magician Philip Klipper will astound and delight the whole family with his incredible sleight of hand during dinner. May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.

Free Crafts Saturdays - Straight A's
Through May 31, 2013 - White Plains

Every Saturday Straight A's invites kids of all ages to enjoy free arts and crafts. Drop in any time between 1-3pm, no reservation necessary. May 4: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and make a Fiesta Ring; May 11: Craft a Picture-Perfect Frame for Mom. Bring your own 4" x 6" picture to put in the frame; May 18: Color and Draw a Butterfly Minibook; May 25: Create a Patriotic Flags using your Palms.

Siobhan McBride: 2013 Alexander Rutsch Award and Solo Exhibition - Pelham Art Center
Through June 29, 2013 - Pelham

Siobhan McBride is the winner of this year's Rutsch Award. Step into the dream-like world of her paintings during her solo show. Through June 29.

Downtown Sculpture Exhibit - Village of Ossining
Through October 01, 2013 - Ossining

To celebrate the Village of Ossining's bicentennial, tour the 25 outdoor sculptures installed throughout the Village's historic buildings and downtown waterfront area. The six-month juried exhibition, running May through October, will provide direct and free access to art for thousands of residents and visitors.

Muscoot Farmers' Market - Muscoot Farm
Through October 27, 2013 - Katonah

Food, meats, produce, pasta, dressings, pickles, jams, baked goods, and more are all available at the market.

White Plains Outdoor Farmers' Market - White Plains
Through November 20, 2013 - White Plains

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

Bronxville Farmers' Market - Bronxville
Through November 23, 2013 - Bronxville

Over 25 vendors offer fresh produce, including organic produce, pasture raised meats, eggs, milk, fish fresh from Montauk, honey, maple syrup, pickles, cheese, breads, baked goods, quiche, dips, soups, herbs, lavender and lavender products, local wines, field-cut wild flowers, bottled milk, granola, soups, cookies, hand made soaps and lotions, home spun fibers for knitting, and chutney. Rain or shine.

Chappaqua Farmers' Market - Chappaqua Train Station
Through November 23, 2013 - Chappaqua

Fresh baked goods, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fruit, hand-made soaps, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, prepared foods, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more. Family-friendly activities every week. Here are some of the vendors: Bombay Emerald Chutney. Indian-style chutneys (mint, plum, and more), samosas, and saag paneer. Bread Alone from Boiceville, NY. Organic breads baked every day using fresh grains and local produce. From rustic miche loaves to San Francisco-style sourdough, as well as their signature Morning Glory Muffins. Chatham Brewery from Old Chatham, NY. Small-batch ales sold in growlers; hard pumpkin, pear, and apple ciders, and old fashioned root beer, also sold in growlers. Clean Ridge Soap from Pound Ridge, NY. Soaps, oils, and lotions, all made from local plants and herbs from the NY area. Coach Farm from Pine Plains, NY. Authentic artisanal goat cheeses fresh from the farm, not sealed in plastic. Also goat's milk yogurts. Cowberry Crossing Farm from Claverack, NY. Farmers, Richardand& Cecile Harrison, are committed to local, humane, sustainable farming, and their farm is certified both organic and biodynamic. Produce, poultry, meat, and eggs. Flourish Baking Company from Scarsdale, NY. Diane Forley and Michael Otsuka bring their tarts, breads, prepared foods, and delicious vegetable pot pies to the market. Gaia's Breath from Hastings, NY. Organic meat vendor of free-range lamb, pork, veal, and chicken, and high-end flavorful sausages and charcuterie. Their farm, "265 acres of pure organic bliss," is situated between the Catskill and Adirondack mountain ranges. Honey Locust Farm from Newburgh, NY. A unique, small-scale farm that specializing in Chef-Centered Gourmet Agriculture. Products include teas, ciders, greens, herbs, and of course, honey. Hudson Valley Duck from Ferndale, NY. Bringing to market two varieties of duck at the farm - the classic Moulard and a heritage breed called Lola - and also duck charcuterie (duck prosciutto breast and duck salami), as well as speciality products like confit. Joe's Mozzarella from Hastings-on-the Hudson, NY. Handmade mozzarella and sandwiches. Kings Roaming Angus from Cobleskill, NY. Grass-fed beef, pork, and free-range chicken and eggs. The go-to vendor for all your BBQ needs. Kontoulis Olive Oil from Larchmont, NY. After inheriting a grove of olive trees, the Kontoulis family turned the grove into a business. They harvest and press the olives in Greece, but bottle the oil here. Madura Farms from Orange County, NY. Fancy mushrooms are their specialty, used for their medicinal and culinary value. Also available are their tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and exotic leafy greens. Morgiewicz Farms from Goshen, NY. You won't see heads of lettuce this big and fresh for miles. This family has been farming in black dirt country for four generations. Newgate Farms from Windsor, CT. Family owned since 1933 and farming for five generations, Newgate Farms is now a strictly retail, farmers' market agri-business, bringing fresh produce and farm products to the market. Obercreek Farm from Beacon, NY. Organic greenhouse baby and Asian greens. Orchards of Concklin from Pomona, NY. Many varieties of local apples and other fruits and berries, fresh apple cider donuts, pies, and cookies! Papa Pasquale Ravioli and Pasta Co. from Brooklyn, NY. A bevy of fresh ravioli, stuffed shells, rice balls, homespun marinara sauce, fresh ricotta, and dried sausage. Picklelicious from Teaneck, NJ. An amazing array of pickles (including their famous "pickle-on-a-stick"!) olives, and tapenades. The Pie Lady and Son from Nyack, NY. Even Grandma would approve of these classic American pies, made with fruit from local farms including the Chappaqua Farmers' Market's very own Orchards of Conklin! Pura Vida Fishery from Long Island, NY. Fresh fish, shellfish, and smoked fish from the Hampton Bays. "Scallops so sweet you could eat them raw." Pure Food Sisters from Greenwich CT. Two sisters who love to eat and cook healthy offer their line of prepared foods: arugula pesto, French bistro salads like shredded carrot or celery root remoulade. Ready, Set, Sharp from Hastings, NY. On-the-spot sharpening of knives (even serrated!), gardening tools, scissors, etc. Renee's Jams from Bedford, NY. Schoolteacher-turned-summer-jam-maker, Renee McCaine-Taylor, makes real homestyle jams. Rich Brownies from Briarcliff Manor, NY. Fans of Rich Brownies have described them as "amazing," "exquisite," and "as addictive as crack." They really are that good! Savor Cookies from Watertown, CT. A dizzying array of unusually flavored sweet and savory cookies such as roasted red pepper, cardamom and dark chocolate, and birch and maple. All beautifully packaged for gift-giving. Spice Revolution from Dobbs Ferry, NY. Selling meat rubs and seasonings for baking and vegetables, as well as exotic spices, gourmet salts, and chocolates. Stone Barns from Pocantico Hills, NY. Chef Dan Barber has become the voice of food sustainability, and his restaurants, Blue Hill, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, are the gold standard of true farm to table cuisine. So, it is with great pleasure that the Chappaqua Farmers Market announces that on the first and third Saturday of every month, Stone Barns will be selling their pristine meats raised in Pocantico Hills. Taiim Falafel from Hastings, NY. Hummus, Israeli salad, tabouleh, and other delicacies from this popular Hastings Eatery. Tierra Nut Farm from Valatie, NY. Organic, locally roasted and prepared nuts (ginger cashew, tamari almond, Thai-spiced cashews etc.), as well as nut butters and coffee made from fair-trade beans roasted in the Hudson Valley. True Food of Nyack from Nyack, NY. Prepared foods like wheatberry salads and lentil burgers made with local ingredients. Also, a variety of healthy burritos, filled with all things local. Winding Drive Artisan Jams, from Woodbury, CT. Artisan jams, jellies, and marmalades that emphasize distinctive flavor blends and traditional cooking methods. Contact info@chappaquafarmersmarket.org for more information.

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