Community News - Westchester

Westchester Arts Organizations Share the Stage to Discuss the ART of College Planning

Westchester Arts Organizations Share the Stage to Discuss the ART of College Planning

(Aug. 24, 2018) - On Thursday, September 20, 2018, Rye-based college planning and academic achievement company Novella Prep will hold a free workshop and Q&A for parents looking to maximize their child’s potential through the arts and get a head start on college planning.


Sew Happy is Offering a Free Sewing Machine Workshop At Bloomingdales in White Plains

Sew Happy is Offering a Free Sewing Machine Workshop At Bloomingdales in White Plains

(Aug. 21, 2018) - Sew Happy, a Westchester company teaching kids the life skill of sewing, will be offering complimentary sewing machine workshops in Bloomingdales of White Plains. The workshops are free of charge and last 20 minutes but require registration.


Lil Chameleon Launches Imagination Station 'Themed Playdates'

Lil Chameleon Launches Imagination Station 'Themed Playdates'

(Aug. 07, 2018) - Sometimes as a parent or caretaker, it’s hard coming up with fresh activities to keep your lil ones occupied and engaged. Lil Chameleon, an award-winning kid’s resale shop, a play cafe, and party service provider just unveiled a new program: Imagination Station. It’s the perfect way to get out of the house and let your 2-6 year old enjoy unstructured pretend-play.


Evidence-Based Social Skills Group Launches in Greenwich

Evidence-Based Social Skills Group Launches in Greenwich

(Aug. 07, 2018) - Karina G. Campos, Psy.D will be offering PEERS, an evidence-based social skills group, for teens ages 11-17 struggling to make and keep friends this September in Greenwich, CT. The PEERS curriculum is taught in a small group format using a variety of evidence based methods, including didactic instruction, modeling of appropriate social skills, coaching, and feedback regarding the use of newly learned social skills and weekly homework assignments completed by participations with the support and guidance of their parents.


MSquash Port Chester Welcomes Interactive Squash Courts

MSquash Port Chester Welcomes Interactive Squash Courts

(Jul. 30, 2018) - Athletes from all over the world are finding their way to Port Chester this summer to try out the MSquash Accelerator, the brand new High Performance Squash Training. MSquash features the very first InteractiveSQUASH courts in the US, as well as a top-notch video-analysis court with a glass floor. Whether you are a top squash athlete or keen to try-out a new sport, the MSQUASH Accelerator is a fun way to get active. The Port Chester facility was founded by Shaun Moxham, coach of former World Champion Squash player David Palmer.


The Keeler Library Now Offering Passes for Free or Discounted Admission to Museums

The Keeler Library Now Offering Passes for Free or Discounted Admission to Museums

(Jul. 12, 2018) - Visiting museums is educational and engaging for even young children, but tickets can often be expensive. Luckily, The Friends of Keeler Library have purchased passes that grant you and your family free or discounted admission to a variety of museums.


The Bruce Museum in Greenwich Exhibits Local High School Talent

The Bruce Museum in Greenwich Exhibits Local High School Talent

(Jun. 26, 2018) - The Bruce Museum is showcasing art from students throughout New York and Connecticut in the iCreate 2018 exhibition. Now on view through August 12, this annual exhibit is in its 8th consecutive year and features 45 works of fine art selected from more than 600 submissions, coming from 33 high schools in the region.


Westchester High School Students Win 'Colors of Music' Mural Contest

Westchester High School Students Win 'Colors of Music' Mural Contest

(Jun. 19, 2018) - The Music Conservatory of Westchester is proud to announce that both Mya Madison Davis, 9th grader at Pelham Memorial High School, and Ciara Sergi, 9th grader at White Plains High School, are winners of the “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest! Numerous entries were submitted by middle and high school students around Westchester County with the hope that their artwork would be chosen as the basis for a mural to be painted on the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s building on Central Avenue in White Plains. Four finalists were selected by an adjudication panel of art experts and creative community leaders from New York City and Westchester County. In a tie, based on scores from all eight members of the adjudication panel, both Mya Madison Davis and Ciara Sergi were chosen as winners of the contest. They will collaborate with professional mural artist, Jonathan Villoch, to adapt their winning designs as a large-scale mural representing the theme of “Multi-Cultural Music.” Runners-up in the contest, Emma Farley of New Rochelle, 7th grader at Albert Leonard Middle School and Lucy Schwartzreich, of Chappaqua, 11th grader at Horace Greely High School will attend a mural art workshop over the summer with all four finalists. A new mural will be developed based on the winners’ designs under Jonathan Villoch’s guidance. Submissions for the “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, were judged in two rounds by eight panelists with art expertise as well as Westchester County community leaders. The Music Conservatory of Westchester thanks all of the talented student artist entrants in the “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest for their exceptional creative ideas, colors, mediums, and musical and multi-cultural elements that were demonstrated to illustrate the theme. To see the winning artwork, visit: http://www.musicconservatory.org/musicblog/colors-of-music-student-mural-contest-winners


The Chapel School Awards Two Fifth Graders with Scholarships

The Chapel School Awards Two Fifth Graders with Scholarships

(Jun. 19, 2018) - On June 3rd, Sasha Thorne, a fifth grade student at The Chapel School was awarded the Carol and Christopher P. Kinghan Hearts of Giving Scholarship Award. Claire Story, another student at The Chapel School, was awarded the Librarian Sharon Peterson Literacy Scholarship. The honors were presented during the Baccalaureate Service at the Village Lutheran Church.


Social-Emotional Learning Differences Program Launches at Congregation B'nai Yisrael of Armonk

Social-Emotional Learning Differences Program Launches at Congregation B'nai Yisrael of Armonk

(Jun. 07, 2018) - Congregation B'nai Yisrael of Armonk is launching a new program for students with both social-emotional differences and special needs learning differences this upcoming fall. This Westchester program will help students with special needs in the New York area acquire the individualized resources they need to succeed in learning environments.


Whitby Commemorates 60th Anniversary with Student-Run Logo Contest

Whitby Commemorates 60th Anniversary with Student-Run Logo Contest

(May. 30, 2018) - 2018 marks Whitby School’s 60th anniversary, and to commemorate the occasion, Whitby’s marketing team and design department empowered this year’s 8th graders to run the 60th Anniversary Logo Contest. Based on their design knowledge, 8th graders collectively determined the criteria for judging and parameters for entry and narrowed the selections down to four entries, which were brought to a final vote on Facebook.


More Than Just a Mommy-and-Me Class, Local Business Celebrates First Year

More Than Just a Mommy-and-Me Class, Local Business Celebrates First Year

(May. 25, 2018) - Music Together with Alexia opened its first location for Music Together® classes in Cold Spring in April of last year, and will be starting its second year with two locations, now including Peekskill. The next ten-week session of classes starts on April 13 at Go No Sen Karate.


A Winning Weekend for Tim Morehouse Fencing Club

A Winning Weekend for Tim Morehouse Fencing Club

(May. 25, 2018) - Tim Morehouse Fencing Club youth champions brought home six medals at the New Jersey Division Denise O’Conner RYC regional 3 event of the New Jersey Fencing Alliance in Maplewood this past spring.


Tim Morehouse Fencing Club Offering Discounted Rates for New Students

Tim Morehouse Fencing Club Offering Discounted Rates for New Students

(May. 22, 2018) - Tim Morehouse Fencing Club, which opened this past fall in Port Chester, will offer 50 percent off the first week of its Youth Champions summer day camp for new students. Founded by U. S. Olympic Silver Medalist Tim Morehouse, the club is looking forward to its summer camps which are geared for children ages 6 through 12 of all ability levels, from beginners to Olympic hopefuls.


Lil Chameleon Resale Boutique Hosts 2018 Fashion Show

Lil Chameleon Resale Boutique Hosts 2018 Fashion Show

(May. 21, 2018) - This past Saturday, children from the Westchester and the Lil Chameleon community participated in their first-ever fashion show, highlighting Lil Chameleon's Summer 2018 clothing and accessory trends.


New Outdoor Forest Preschool Opens in Croton

New Outdoor Forest Preschool Opens in Croton

(May. 21, 2018) - This fall, a new preschool is set to launch in Croton with the forest as its classroom. The Rewilding School announces the opening of its outdoor-based Forest Preschool program for the 2018 2019 school year for children ages 3 1/2 to 5. Based in Croton’s Brinton Brook Sanctuary, the Rewilding Forest Preschool will offer half-day morning and afternoon sessions starting this fall in an all-outdoor setting that includes meadows, streams, deep woods and a pond. “Kids need to splash in puddles, crawl through bushes, pick up sticks, listen to birds, catch bugs, play in the snow, and dig for worms,” says the school’s founder Eric Stone. An experienced naturalist and primitive skills educator, Stone is also a certified wilderness skills instructor, wilderness first responder, and licensed New York State guide, with over a decade of professional guiding experience. Through immersion in the natural world, Forest Preschool students discover their own connections to the land and each other. Students hear stories about wild plants and animals before acting out various aspects of forest life through games and imaginative play. Branches become “beaks” that the children use to find bird food, and forest debris becomes “nests” for forest creatures. Participants can expect to help build fires, watch birds, forage for berries, play in snow, and shoot bows and arrows. They can also expect to come home with the occasional scrape or insect bite. “The outdoors can be a scary and unpredictable place,” Stone says, adding that “it is these qualities that make it a perfect environment for young kids to learn about risk and reward.” Indeed, recent studies have shown the benefits of nature-based play for all ages. School-age children with access to green spaces experience less anxiety, greater focus, and increased cooperation and engagement with peers. Forest-based preschools across Europe share the benefits of outdoor play with younger children, and in Japan the restorative practice of ‘forest-bathing’ is gaining momentum among adults. “We are incredibly lucky here in the Hudson River Valley to live in a place with so many opportunities to explore our connection with the land and it is an absolutely joy to help people discover deep connections to places right in their own backyard.” says Stone. Since 2016, the Rewilding School has offered a variety of local outdoor programs for children and adults, including the popular Family Forest Weekends where parents and preschoolers can learn ancestral survival skills together.


Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market (The TaSH) Kicks Off Fourth Season Memorial Day Weekend

Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market (The TaSH) Kicks Off Fourth Season Memorial Day Weekend

(May. 18, 2018) - Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market (The TaSH) is opening for a fourth season Memorial Day Weekend. This season the market will welcome expanded variety of vendors, more global flavors, launch of “TaSH Cash,” and the debut of “TaSH to Table”, a meal planning service. The season opening will have live music, fun and free activities for kids, dozens of vendors, and new initiatives to make shopping easy and efficient. The TaSH is host to both weekly and rotating vendors, totaling more than 50 throughout the season. New vendors this year will add global flavors including tastes from Russia, India, Japan, and the Middle East. A full list of this season's vendors can be found on the TaSH's website. New this season is “Taste of the TaSH," a free, biweekly meal-planning service designed for families looking for nutritious and easy meal ideas during the busy week. Nutritionist Kelly Linehan has been the chief architect of this new service, uniquely available to TaSH customers. The weekly meal plan includes three meal ideas and recipes for a family of four, complete with a seasonally-inspired market shopping list and nutrition tips. Look for the launch of this service beginning June 2. Another new initiative launching this season meant to improve the shoppers' experience is "TaSH Cash." Shoppers who forget their cash will now be able to purchase “TaSH Cash” at the market with their ATM cards. They will receive tokens that vendors will accept as cash. Tokens will never expire and can be used throughout the entire season. The TaSH continues its SNAP “Double Bucks” program, the only farmers market initiative in Westchester to double SNAP (food stamps) benefits up to $40. WIC checks are also accepted! The TaSH is particularly grateful to this season’s incredible line-up of sponsors, led by Phelps Hospital Northwell Health who returns as presenting sponsor. Additional sponsors include: Tarrytown Hall Care Center, Rey Insurance, EF School, Snap Fitness, Allan Block Agency, Handy Andy Fix It!, and Sleek eBikes. Music is produced in coordination with River Spirit Music. Opening Day Highlights: When: Saturday, May 26 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Where: Patriots Park, Route 9 on the border of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. FREE parking at John Paulding School across the street. What: More than 30 vendor stalls selling food to eat on site and take home for your Memorial Day BBQ and more For Kids: “What’s in Season,” an experiential booth where kids can taste, see and discover peak produce, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Warner Library will return with a special musical edition of its “Pick-a-Book-Picnic” story time with bilingual librarian Barbara Cohen. A free craft activity will be available for kids to make their own musical shaker and then will be invited to play alongside Pablo Mayor on the TaSH Stage, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Music: Selena Bordeaux, 9:30 – 11 a.m. ArtsLatinoNY ensemble, the student group of renowned musician Pablo Mayor ,will perform a spicy mix of salsa, Colombian music, and Latin jazz, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. The group features several students from the Union Free School District of the Tarrytowns.



New One Hour Lice Removal Clinic Opens in Scarsdale

New One Hour Lice Removal Clinic Opens in Scarsdale

(May. 10, 2018) - To celebrate its grand opening in Scarsdale, Lice Clinics of America will be offering free head lice screenings for you and your children at its new clinic at 9 Freight Way in Scarsdale every Saturday and Sunday from May 19 through June 10.


Whitby School's Secondary School Counseling Program Helps Students Find the Best Fit

Whitby School's Secondary School Counseling Program Helps Students Find the Best Fit

(May. 08, 2018) - Whitby School's Nursery through Grade 8 model lays the foundation for students to become organized, articulate and confident — skills that are key for high school, college, and beyond.


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