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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN WESTCHESTER ON JUNE 18

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by Daily Kids Events Editor June 18, 2014

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Westchester Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Westchester today, June 18, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today 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 street fairs or holiday festivals happening June 18. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Westchester, check out our complete calendar of events.

Petite Concert with Chi-Chi Bestmann - Scarsdale Public Library
June 18, 2014 - Scarsdale

Join in a friendly concert with violinist and conductor, Chi-Chi Bestmann. Child-friendly, informal, and interactive concerts where the youngest of listeners, from newborns to preschoolers, can discover the violin and viola. Registration is not required.

Wednesday Storytime at the Pelham Public Library - Pelham Public Library
June 18, 2014 - Pelham

Tuesday morning story time for children ages 3-5.

Older Kids Only at the Bedford Hills Free Library - Bedford Hills Free Library
June 18, 2014 - Bedford HIlls

Story time for kids in Kindergarten through 2nd grade.

Musical Mommy and Me Featuring Shir Fun - Chabad of the Rivertowns
June 18, 2014 - Dobbs Ferry

Shir Fun, the popular Hebrew music program for tots, babies, and their caregivers. The music is live, the vibe is original and the beat can't be beat! Register at chabadrtorg.clhosting.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/457856/jewish/Mommy-and-Me-registration/lang/en. Shir Fun, the popular Hebrew music program for kids ages birth-5 (and their caregivers) was voted No. 1 music class in NYC by 212baby and has been written about in magazines all over the US and Israel. Shir Fun uses both traditional and original Hebrew music in an interactive and special way, focusing on each child's individuality. Enjoyed and celebrated by thousands of families, Shir Fun infuses musical and developmental enrichment with cultural pride. No background in Hebrew is necessary. Each family receives a complimentary Shir Fun CD of songs from class.

Summer Tech Camp Open House - The Digital Arts Experience
June 18, 2014 - White Plains

Learn about classes, meet instructors, explore the facility, and see real examples of student work. The open house will be trade-show-style - walk from table to table, learning about each of programs that will be offered this summer. Get a discount on enrollment for joining at the open house. No RSVP required, just stop in.

Mental Health Association of Westchester's Get On Your Mat for Mental Health - A Mega-Yoga Event - Court Street in White Plains
June 18, 2014 - White Plains

Support mental health in Westchester at the largest and grooviest gathering of yogis in the county! Named one of the seven most inspiring mega-yoga events in the world by "Well + Good," MHA's Get On Your Mat for Mental Health is a celebration of the connection between breath, yoga, and mental health and wellness. The event takes place under the open sky on Court Street in White Plains. Accompanied by inspiring, live music, take your first breath of summer in community, drawing on the full force of the sun to find a spot of serenity in the center of the city. Registration: $25; $10 for little yogis ages 6 and younger. Featuring yoga teacher, Matthew Sanford. Matt, is the author of the book, "Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence," in which he tells the story of the shattering car accident in which he was paralyzed from the chest down, and the subsequent waking of both mind and body through yoga. Says Matt, "The principles of yoga apply to all people and to all bodies." Live music by Answer the Muse, the spiritually-inspired performance ensemble. Register at mhawestchester.org/onyourmat. Donations are welcome from non-participants. For more information, call 914-265-7512.

Pasture to Pond: Connecticut Impressionism - Bruce Museum
Through June 21, 2014 - Greenwich

Drawn from the permanent collection of the Bruce Museum, private collectors, area museums, and the trade, this exhibition speaks to the quality and beauty of this perennially popular art and celebrates Connecticut's role as the birthplace of American Impressionism. Tour Connecticut's landscapes through the canvases of American Impressionist artists including Childe Hassam, J. Alden Weir, John Henry Twachtman, Leonard Ochtman and others. March 22- June 21, 2014.

Big, Fat & Juicy: Exuberant Painting - Pelham Art Center
Through June 27, 2014 - Pelham

Pelham Art Center is pleased to announce "Big, Fat & Juicy," a group show of large-scale abstraction that pushes the boundaries of the physicality of paint. Paintings and sculptures by four New York-based artists, Emily Noelle Lambert, Dorothy Robinson, Josette Urso, and Deborah Zlotsky, combine the deliberate spontaneity found in abstract painting and the inventive possibilities of paint itself in lush and expressive ways. "Big Fat & Juicy" will be on view from May 2-June 27, with a free opening reception, and all-age hands-on workshop on Friday, May 2 from 6:30-8pm. Be sure to arrive on time to hear the Artist Talk at 7pm. Admission is free and open to the public. Curated by Alexi Rutsch-Brock and Elizabeth Saperstein, the title of the show comes from the exuberant qualities that get people excited about painting: large-scale canvases, spirited brushwork, and tactile surfaces that stimulate all the senses. From a distance, a viewer can discern geometric shapes and topographies, connected by a bounty of colors. Up close, it gets even better, and links the physical with the personal. The three-dimensionality of the paint comes into focus - bumps, clumps and all - and reveals how each artist handles paint very differently, but to similar conclusions. Paint moves around the surface as the weather moves across the earth, which these artists embrace as a metaphor for the peaks, valleys, storms, and myriad barometric terms used to describe life's journey. "The exhibit examines how paint is approached, either as a spontaneous action or something that looks like a mistake, but is actually constructed," says Alexi-Rutsch Brock, a visual artist and educator, and co-curator of the exhibit. "The works show everything that paint can do." Dorothy Robinson creates landscapes that are on the verge of imploding or exploding; sky and water merge, the earth cracks open and the stage is set, invoking the journey to the center of the earth. Or is the soul? The swirling and shifting of tectonic plates give way to Josette Urso's idiosyncratic, acrobatically-infused surfaces that weave, smear and spin, a kind of visual mountaineering that feels like you are traveling with the artist's brush in short, fast leaps of color and shapes. Deborah Zlotsky's jewel-like dangling rocks deliver us to the sedimentary layer of the earth, all chunky cave-crystals or Mexican salt mines, prehistoric, amorphous – closer to the rock. If the journey starts with Robinson, perhaps it ends with Emily Noelle Lambert. Here, among the found wood, objects, detritus, and paint that the artist intuitively transforms into totemic sculptures and vibrant paintings, is an extraordinary resting place, absolutely personal, and entirely hopeful. "Accidents and change are showing in the work, and that is the evidence of the process and journey," says Rutsch-Brock of the work included in the show. "You can’t always tell where it starts and ends, but all this substance peeking through gives you a sense of a time before." Related Programming Friday, May 2 6:30-8pm: Opening Reception and All-Age Art Workshop 7pm: Artist talk About the Artists EMILY NOELLE LAMBERT Emily Noelle Lambert received her MFA from Hunter College, New York and her BA in Visual Art from Antioch College, Ohio. Lambert has shown nationally and internationally, including past solo exhibitions in New York, Chicago, and IMART in South Korea. She has also been included in numerous group shows in New York, Weekend Space in LA, and RH+Gallery in Istanbul. Emily was born and raised in Pittsburgh, and now lives and works in New York City. She has been a Keyholder Resident artist with the Lower East Side Printshop, and was recently awarded a 2014 residency with the Dieu Donne Workspace. DOROTHY ROBINSON Dorothy Robinson is a Brooklyn-based artist; she has exhibited her work at Slate Gallery in Williamsburg and Edward Thorp Gallery in Manhattan. She studied geography as an undergraduate and received an MFA in painting in 1993 from UC Berkeley. She has been awarded residencies at Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation and Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and a grant from the Pollock Krasner Foundation. JOSETTE URSO Josette Urso received her MFA in Painting from the University of South Florida and currently works in New York City. Urso has had numerous grants and residencies, including, a Gottlieb Foundation Award in 2013, Yaddo in 2009 and a second Pollock-Krasner Foundation award and residency at the Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Germany, both in 2008. She traveled to Taiwan for a residency at STOCK20 in 2006, and to Cambodia with the AIEP American Artists Abroad program in 2004. Other awards include those from Basil H. Alkazzi, the NEA, and Art Matters, and she was a participant in the Bronx Museum for the Arts' AIM program. In New York City, she has shown at the Drawing Center, Storefront, Norte Maar, DFN Gallery, Markel Fine Arts, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Metaphor Contemporary, and the New York Public Library. DEBORAH ZLOTSKY Deborah Zlotsky is a 2012 recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in painting, and is represented by Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York. She has exhibited her work in exhibitions across the country, and her drawings are in the curated flat files of Pierogi Gallery and The Boston Drawing Project at Joseph Carroll and Sons Gallery, as well as the online-curated registry at The Drawing Center. A selected list of public collections includes Nordstrom, Progressive Insurance, Rutgers University, the Waldorf Astoria, the New York Palace Hotel, and the Albany Institute of History and Art. Over the past 10 years, she has received residency fellowships at Yaddo, VCCA, Ox-Bow, Millay Colony for the Arts, Ragdale Foundation, the Weir Farm Art Center and the Kimmel-Harding-Nelson Center for the Arts. About the Curators "Big, Fat & Juicy" is organized by Alexi Rutsch-Brock, a visual artist and art educator, and Elizabeth Saperstein, an independent curator. Involved with the Art Center since childhood, Rutsch-Brock has served on the Art Center's Gallery Advisory Committee, and has organized exhibits throughout the metropolitan area since 1989, most recently "Legitimate Vagina" at Miranda Fine Arts in Port Chester, NY. She received her MS from the College of New Rochelle and her BFA from the School of Visual Arts, and is an art teacher at New Rochelle High School. Saperstein has served on the Art Center's Gallery Advisory Committee since 2004, where she has organized several thematic group exhibits including still life, landscape, comics, and cartography; most recently, she organized "Horizon Variations," at the Camera Club of New York. She is a former professor of multimedia studies at the University of the Arts and program manager at the Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop. She received her MA from Purchase College and BS from Emerson College. These events and programs are made possible, in part, by the ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government. Pelham Art Center also receives funding from: New York State Council on the Arts, A State Agency; Westchester Jewish Community Services; hibu; Nurses Network of America; Town of Pelham; New Rochelle Campership Fund; Bistro Rollin; Robin's Art+Giving; Nycon; Junior League of Pelham, Prospect Hill Lunchtime Enrichment; Strypemonde Foundation; Mark Link Insurance; Broadway Electric, Owen Berkowitz; Members; and Annual Fund Donors.

Great White Shark - Maritime Aquarium - IMAX
Through June 30, 2014 - Norwalk

No other modern animal may command both fear and fascination as much as the great white shark ? but The Maritime Aquarium's new IMAX?film suggests, instead, that these predators mainly need help and respect. This film unravels the mystery of the creature by telling the true story of its role atop the oceanic food chain. "Our mission is to change people's attitudes toward the great white," said Steve McNicholas, co-director of the film. "It's not the menacing, evil predator it's made out to be. It's simply performing its crucial role at the top of the ocean's food chain. Great whites are not monsters any more than the polar bears or lions that we revere." The 40-minute film takes viewers around the world to great-white hotspots and examines the animals through the eyes of several people whose lives and work have become inextricably linked to the great white, including shark expert Michael Rutzen, who openly scuba dives among them. Through June 30,2014.

Family Fondue Sundays - The Melting Pot of White Plains
Through June 30, 2014 - White Plains

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

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar - Maritime Aquarium - IMAX Theater
Through June 30, 2014 - Norwalk

The creative forces behind the popular IMAX movie "Born to Be Wild" come together again. Writer-producer Drew Fellman, filmmaker David Douglas and narrator Morgan Freeman team up again for a whirlwind romp through the island nation off Africa's eastern coast. Lemurs are a unique line of primates that have been bounding around on the island paradise – and only on that single island paradise – after arriving there millions of years ago. But now habitat destruction is a serious threat to lemurs' existence. The film follows Dr. Patricia Wright, a professor of biological anthropology whose lifelong mission is to help these unusual creatures survive in the modern world. April 4-June 30, 2014.

Exhibit: After the Cold, Colorless Winter - Cherry Blooms by Rebecca Singer - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through June 30, 2014 - Scarsdale

Local photographer Rebecca Singer captures the amazing spring blooms of the Cherry tree, which only last a few days. Exhibit runs through June 30.

Teacher in the Library @ The Field - The Field Library
Through June 30, 2014 - Peekskill

Mystified by math? Puzzled by a project? Homework help is here! Stop in and see a certified teacher. Homework help is available June 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, and 12 from 4-6pm. Check out the library's FROG BLOG for more programs and information at fieldkids.wordpress.com.

Hands-On: Egg Collecting at Stone Barns - Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Through June 30, 2014 - Pocantico Hills

Step into the shoes of a farmer and pitch in with the all-important job of collecting eggs. Head out to the egg-mobiles (mobile hen houses), learn how the hens enjoy pasture-based lives, and take home a half-dozen farm-fresh eggs. Important: All participants must wear closed-toe shoes for this program. Children ages 2 and older must be accompanied by at least one ticketed adult, and all people attending the program must buy a ticket. Saturdays and Sundays, June 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, and 28-29. Two sessions: 11-11:45am and 12-12:45pm.

Family Farm Tour - Stone Barns Center
Through June 30, 2014 - Pocantico Hills

On this family-friendly tour for ages 4 and older, explore the farm and some seasonal highlights. Take a walk around the farm for a closer look at the animals being raised and the vegetables being grown. All children must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. June 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, and 28-29 from 1:30-2:15pm.

June Family Studio Art Projects - Hudson River Museum
Through June 30, 2014 - Yonkers

Come to Family Studio and join in the fun. Art Projects are creative activities inspired by the Museum's collections and exhibitions, led by Junior Docents and arts and science professionals, offered on weekends at the Museum. Saturdays and Sundays in June, weave beautiful patterns with yarn to form a bird's home.

iCreate: Teen Art - Bruce Museum
Through July 06, 2014 - Greenwich

iCreate: Teen Art is an exhibition organized by the Bruce Museum's Youth Committee, Youth@Bruce. A final selection of approximately 35 artworks will be displayed in the Bruce Museum Lecture Gallery along with a digital presentation of all entries. Submissions are open to all regional high school students and a partner school in China.

'Art at the Core' - Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
Through July 27, 2014 - Peekskill

HVCCA's 2013-2014 exhibition features works that lend themselves to narrative interpretations. The selected artists employ traditional art materials as well as new technology, video, and performance to look to art as addressing the very core of our everyday lives, our "weltanschauung." In an increasingly fast-moving era, and as explored in "Art at the Core," the world of art and culture bridge artistic disciplines - painting folds into sculpture, sound, light, video, and performance. Performance, enhanced by installation and often video, asserts itself as an art form, not in the narrative traditions of opera with its stage design, but in a contemporary format that defies traditional descriptions. The eclectic selections from the works of the 23 artists exhibited at HVCCA, bring about a show that is riddled with complexities, manifesting diverse approaches to identity, society, culture, and materiality, and dedicated to the intersection and melding of life and art. See more at hvcca.org/current-exhibitions/#sthash.R8DPX2vt.dpuf. On view through July 27, 2014.

'Mary Poppins' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through July 27, 2014 - Elmsford

One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a hit musical! Mary Poppins is the story of a mysterious nanny who magically appears at the Banks household in Edwardian London to care for Jane and Michael Banks. Adventure abounds as she then whisks them away to meet chimney sweeps, shopkeepers, and more. The show features an irresistible story, breathtaking dance numbers, and beloved songs such as "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "A Spoonful of Sugar," and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." The New York Post called it "a perfect piece of musical theater." It received 7 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, and winning for Best Scenic Design. Believe in the magic of Mary Poppins and discover a world where anything can happen if you let it!

Roy R. Neuberger Exhibition Prize 2014 - Robin Rhode: Animating the Everyday - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through August 10, 2014 - Purchase

The Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College is organizing "Robin Rhode: Animating the Everyday," a ten-year survey of the work of the South African-born, Berlin-based artist. Curated by Helaine Posner, senior curator of contemporary art, and Purchase College professor, Louise Yelin, the exhibition will be on view from May 4 through Aug. 10. "Animating the Everyday" focuses on the digital videos that Rhode identifies as "animations," and the photographic series that correspond to or complement the time-based work. These animations articulate drawing and movement; juxtapose sound and image; recycle everyday objects such as bicycles, chairs, musical instruments, and sports equipment; and re-fashion artistic precursors and contemporaries such as Marcel Duchamp, Gerrit Rietveld, Mies van der Rohe, William Kentridge, and Richard Serra. Produced in studios, in the streets, and in Rhode's parents' yard in Johannesburg, the animations and photographs feature an uncanny conjunction of the familiar and the strange, and vividly stage the perils and delights of everyday life. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue with essays by the co-curators; by Tom Gunning, Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago; and by Leora Maltz-Leca, Assistant Professor of contemporary art and visual culture at RISD who focuses on South African art. Throughout his life, Museum founder Roy R. Neuberger was devoted to supporting and promoting the work of contemporary artists. Following that important vision, the Neuberger Museum of Art awards the Neuberger Prize every two years to an artist for an early career survey and catalogue. The Prize is a critical component of the Museum's commitment to support innovative, international art and artists in the early stages of their career. Projects of past Neuberger Prize recipients Tania Bruguera and Dana Schutz were met with great critical acclaim. In the third installment of this signature program, the Neuberger Prize will be awarded to an artist whose identity will soon be announced.

STEAM - Art Meets Technology at a New Exhibition at the Arts Exchange - ArtsWestchester
Through August 16, 2014 - White Plains

STEAM, the exhibition, features 29 contemporary artists and artist collaborations that have created original, engaging, and visually striking artworks in dialogue with STEM - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The show explores the innovation that occurs when art and these core subjects intersect, overlap, and inspire one another. The concept is simple: STEM + ARTS = STEAM. Sponsored by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. In partnership with Westchester Community College Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill Extension. ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY 10601. On view: May 20-Aug. 16, 2014 Gallery Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12-5pm For more information, visit: artsw.org/steam.

When Modern Was Contemporary: The Roy R. Neuberger Collection, - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through August 25, 2014 - Purchase

At the time it was assembled, the Roy R. Neuberger Collection, the cornerstone of the collection of the Neuberger Museum of Art, was considered by many to be the most important private collection of contemporary American art in the world. Built mainly between the early 1940s and 1960s, the Collection is strongest in materials that describe the evolution of modernism in the visual arts of North America between the end of World War I and the onset of the Cold War. Remarkably, most of the works that Neuberger acquired at the height of his collecting in the 1940s and 1950s were purchased within a month to a year or two of their execution dates, reflecting Neuberger's commitment to support living artists. The exhibition and permanent collection catalogue, both entitled "When Modern Was Contemporary: The Roy R. Neuberger Collection," will feature works by artists such as Milton Avery, Romare Bearden, Alexander Calder, Arthur Dove, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko. The catalogue will contain contributions by Neuberger curators, Purchase College faculty, and outside authors. Edited and organized by Chief Curator Tracy Fitzpatrick. On view May 11 through Aug. 25.

Marine Life Study Cruises - Maritime Aquarium
Through August 31, 2014 - Norwalk

Cruise out for close encounters with crabs, fish, squid and always a few surprises when you come aboard The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk's research vessel for a new season of Marine Life Study Cruises. These outings reveal what is, to many, a surprising diversity of marine life just off the shores of Long Island Sound. Aquarium educators put participants to work in collecting and examining animals from all levels of the water column: tiny wriggly plankton gathered at the surface (and viewed with a videomicroscope), little crabs and worms grabbed from the muddy bottom, and an always-unique variety of fish, crabs, squid, lobsters and surprises brought up in the Oceanic's trawl net. Aquarium Study Cruises are good for ages 8 and older. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up tickets will be sold, space permitting. April 26-August 31.

Jiggle A Jelly - Maritime Aquarium
Through August 31, 2014 - Norwalk

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is turning conventional beach wisdom upside down by inviting its visitors to do something they�ve been told not to do all their lives: touch a jellyfish. The �Jiggle A Jelly� touch tank lets visitors safely touch live moon jellyfish, one of the most common species in Long Island Sound. The special exhibit will be open near the Aquarium�s Jellyfish Culture Lab on weekends and holidays in May and June, and daily in July and August. May 1- August 31, 2014.

Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing - Bruce Museum
Through August 31, 2014 - Greenwich

This exhibition focuses on two of the world's leading centers of art – New York and Beijing – and offers a visual pairing of five New York-based artists with five Beijing-based artists. The ten artists have been engaged in five different global, cross-cultural, artistic dialogues over the course of two years about issues ranging from political and social upheaval to materials and techniques. May 3-August 31,2014.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' - Boscobel
Through August 31, 2014 - Garrison

Shakespeare's gleeful, yet provocative, examination of friendship and young love features jealous lovers, a cross-dressing heroine, a hysterical clown, and the best role for a dog ever! Boscobel's grounds open for picnicking two hours before the show; bring your own food or enjoy prepared foods available for purchase on site. For information or to purchase tickets, visit hvshakespeare.org. Each summer, HVSF presents three plays in repertory under a spectacular open-air theatre tent overlooking the Hudson River in Garrison. HVSF's actors take the starch out of Shakespeare, creating exuberant productions on a spare, earthen stage, with the river and mountains as a breathtaking backdrop. Before the show, you can picnic on the manicured lawns, relax at the cafe, or stroll through formal gardens. A truly one-of-a-kind theatre experience.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents 'Othello' - Boscobel
Through August 31, 2014 - Garrison

Othello, newly married to Desdemona, is appointed leader of a major military operation. Iago, passed over for promotion by Othello in favor of the younger Cassio, persuades Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair, with devastating consequences. Boscobel's grounds open for picnicking two hours before the show; bring your own food or enjoy prepared foods available for purchase on site. For information or to purchase tickets, visit hvshakespeare.org. Each summer, HVSF presents three plays in repertory under a spectacular open-air theatre tent overlooking the Hudson River in Garrison. HVSF's actors take the starch out of Shakespeare, creating exuberant productions on a spare, earthen stage, with the river and mountains as a breathtaking backdrop. Before the show, you can picnic on the manicured lawns, relax at the cafe, or stroll through formal gardens. A truly one-of-a-kind theatre experience.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents 'The Liar' - Boscobel
Through August 31, 2014 - Garrison

"The Liar," by David Ives, is adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille, and directed by Russell Treyz. Take one young man who cannot tell the truth, and his manservant who cannot tell a lie; add two beautiful young women, and a jealous lover - then sit back to enjoy the hilarious consequences in this brilliantly witty adaptation of this classic comedy. Boscobel's grounds open for picnicking two hours before the show; bring your own food or enjoy prepared foods available for purchase on site. For information or to purchase tickets, visit hvshakespeare.org. Each summer, HVSF presents three plays in repertory under a spectacular open-air theatre tent overlooking the Hudson River in Garrison. HVSF's actors take the starch out of Shakespeare, creating exuberant productions on a spare, earthen stage, with the river and mountains as a breathtaking backdrop. Before the show, you can picnic on the manicured lawns, relax at the cafe, or stroll through formal gardens. A truly one-of-a-kind theatre experience.

Lorikeets - Maritime Aquarium
Through September 01, 2014 - Norwalk

Back by popular demand, the lorikeets return to the Aquarium for the summer. Laugh and a squawk with beautiful tropical birds that will sip food right out of your hands. The exhibit will feature about a dozen varieties of lorikeets, which are colorful medium-sized parrots native to the south Pacific (SE Asia, eastern Australia, Polynesia). They're naturally found in rain forests and woodlands, but also in wooded urban areas, where they primarily feed on the nectars of various blossoms and fruits. Lorikeets are specially adapted to their sweet diet through their specialized tongue. When the tongue is extended, tiny appendages called papillae stand up like bristles, expanding the tongue's surface area and allowing the birds to collect more nectar. May 24-September 1, 2014.

Blue Star Program - Bruce Museum
Through September 01, 2014 - Greenwich

The museum is participating in the Blue Star Program which provides free admission for the nation's active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families. May 25-September 1.

Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and The Women Who Designed Them - New York Botanical Garden
Through September 07, 2014 - Bronx

Celebrate great American gardens of the early 20th century and the extraordinary women who designed them. This garden-wide exhibition celebrates early 20th-century America's most influential women in landscape architecture and design, as well as garden photography. Experience Mrs. Rockefeller's Garden in the Haupt Conservatory - an exquisite evocation of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Maine - and through the many exhibition components offered that embrace poetry, music, and photography, discover the innovative work and significant contributions of these women to American history and culture. Through Sep. 7.

Cruise Nights - Bear Mountain State Park
Through September 10, 2014 - Bear Mountain

Rod Benders Car Club of New York hosts this popular, summertime event each Wednesday evening through September 10. Weather-permitting, hot rod fans can check out 400-600 cool cars and motorcycles as well as vendors, food, entertainment, raffles, and more. Evenings are family-friendly and pets are welcome.

Exhibition: Mandy Greer: The Ecstatic Moment - Hudson River Museum
Through September 14, 2014 - Yonkers

Seattle-based artist Mandy Greer installs a fantasy world at the Hudson River Museum, awash in color, laced with glittering chandeliers, and alive with birds and figures draped in costume in her first New York solo exhibition. "Mandy Greer: The Ecstatic Moment" opens May 7 and runs through September 14, 2014. Mandy's work is inspired by a range of elements, a mix of fairy tales and mythology, as well as the magic and mundane in everyday life. Using fabrics and objects from the natural world, she creates a fantastical world with sewing machine and crochet hook as her tools.

Muscoot Farmers' Market - Muscoot Farm
Through October 26, 2014 - Katonah

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

Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed - Bronx Zoo
Through November 02, 2014 - Bronx

Dinos are back at the Zoo, bigger and badder! The attraction includes a ride through the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods with more than two-dozen animatronic dinosaurs up to 40 feet long which move, snarl, roar, and spit. Board a paleontologist's wagon for a trip back in time. Dig for fossils at a field site and explore artifacts. Take a tour through the pre-historic world at Erth's Dinosaur Zoo. Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed includes a ride through a two-acre area of the zoo, and highlights the physical or behavioral adaptations many share with species that are alive today. This limited engagement runs through November 2, and will be included in the Total Experience Ticket. Special events will take place all spring and summer. Tickets can be purchased in advance at bronxzoo.com.

In the Garden of Sonic Delights - Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
Through November 02, 2014 - Katonah

"In the Garden of Sonic Delights" is a major exhibition of sound art woven into the fabric of Westchester County, NY. Centered at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, the exhibition spans six of the region's most dynamic cultural institutions and features fifteen commissioned, site-specific artworks by some of the world's most sought-after artists working in the medium of sound. Each artist has drawn inspiration from their chosen location, creating work that is mindful of the natural and human-made sounds and systems already present in the environment, while engaging each site's unique characteristics, be they acoustic, historic, architectural, or aesthetic. Over the five-month duration of the exhibition, the artworks will be transformed in their context, in tandem with the passing of the day and the change in seasons, rewarding many return visits. In the Garden of Sonic Delights reveals the power of sound to galvanize our perceptions, encourage participation, elevate awareness, and foster reflection. Open June 7 through Nov. 2.

Bronxville Farmers' Market - Bronxville
Through November 22, 2014 - Bronxville

The BFM is celebrating its 13th year. With a varied mix of close to 40 vendors, the market offers pasture-raised meats and poultry, hand spun yarn from local fibers, produce and orchard fruits and veggies, and many specialty items like prepared meal made with local ingredients, baked goods, and ice cream. Plenty of free parking.

Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow Farmers' Market - Tarrytown
Through November 22, 2014 - Tarrytown

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

Pleasantville Farmers' Market - Pleasantville
Through November 22, 2014 - Pleasantville

Fresh, local baked goods, artisinal breads, chutneys, honey, jams, cheese, plants and flowers, olive oils, pickles, fish, spices, gourmet peanut butters, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meats, produce, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

John Jay Homestead Farm Market - John Jay Homestead
Through November 22, 2014 - Katonah

This independent market offers fruit, produce, including heirloom varieties, and flowers grown by local farmers, using certified organic, organic, biodynamic, and conventional methods. There will be an array of artisanal baked goods, including raw, vegan, and gluten-free, cheese, dairy, wine, meats, fresh seafood, prepared foods, as well as hand-crafted local products. The John Jay Homestead Farm Market continues to embrace the small, local farmer, whose farms are literally miles from the site. The market also offers musical entertainment and features community organizations, demonstrations, and workshops. Shoppers will enjoy 62-acres of historic grounds and are welcome to explore flower, herb and vegetable gardens, a chicken-and-egg co-op, and a 12-hive apiary, along with wooded trails and a pond. They can tour the historic Jay house, discover the new Education and Visitor Center in the newly restored Carriage Barn, or explore the new Children's Discovery Centers in five of the site's historic buildings, filled with hands-on activities.

Croton-on-Hudson Farmers' Market - Croton-on-Hudson
Through November 23, 2014 - Croton-on-Hudson

Fresh, local baked goods, artisinal bread, cheese, plants and flowers, dairy products, honey, fish, fruits, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, personal care products, and more.

Rye Farmers' Market - Rye
Through December 07, 2014 - Rye

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

Larchmont Farmers' Market - Larchmont
Through December 13, 2014 - Larchmont

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

Ossining Farmers' Market - Ossining
Through December 27, 2014 - Ossining

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

Meerkats - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2014 - Norwalk

Meerkats are members of the mongoose family that live in social ?mobs? in the Kalahari Desert, in the southern African nations of Botswana and South Africa. No mere cats, meerkats are fascinating for living in structured but cooperative societies, including a foraging strategy where adults take turns standing guard upright on their hind feet, watching for predators, while the others eat. The meerkats? exhibit offers opportunities for climbing, digging and exploring, with several feeding locations to keep them on the alert for incoming crickets. A viewing bubble lets visitors pop up right among the meerkats. February 1-December 31, 2014.

Mt. Kisco Farmers' Market - St. Marks Church
Through December 31, 2014 - Mt. Kisco

Includes fresh, wholesome food and a large selection of natural items - soaps, lotions, candles, knitted items, lavender and more. The market is managed by Sandra Lena of John Boy's Farm. Each week the Market will feature a local chef preparing the "$5 Slow Food Local Harvest Meal" using the freshest local ingredients. Bring the family and enjoy!

Toy Boat-Making Workshop - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2015 - Norwalk

Visit the toy boat-making area on weekends for a fun 20-minute boat-building project. Build and decorate a toy sailboat to take home as a special keepsake of your visit. Saturdays and Sundays year-round.

Africa: From the Desert to the Sea - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2015 - Norwalk

Explore the aquatic wonders of Africa, including amazing fish from the Nile River, the lakes of Africa's Great Rift Valley and the Red Sea. Species highlighted include exotic air-breathing lungfish that can survive for a year if their waterhole goes dry, and colorful cichlids and coral reef species that shine in shimmering rainbows. January 1 2014 - December 31, 2015.

Born to Be Wild - Maritime Aquarium
Through June 30, 2024 - Norwalk

Academy-Award winner Morgan Freeman lends his voice to this film which follows orphaned baby orangutans and elephants, and the people who rescue and raise them for eventual release back into the wild. Through June 30,2014.

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