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Release Date: February 27, 2009

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This Saturday Night! February 27th at 8:00 p.m.  Mardis Gras Party w/ Marcia Ball & BeauSoleil at the Paramount Center for the Arts, 1008 Brown Street, Peekskill.  Pianist, singer and songwriter MARCIA BALL is a multi Grammy nominee (including most recently for her album "Peace, Love & BBQ") and seven-time Blues Music Award winner (including three for Best Piano Player of the Year). Over the course of her three-decade career, Marcia has developed a large and enthusiastic fan base with her blend of sounds from the Texas-Louisiana border with New Orleans R&B and piano boogie. BEAUSOLEIL avec Michael Doucet is the best known Cajun band in the world and was just recently nominated for a Grammy Award for "Live At The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival." Bandleader Michael Doucet is often credited as the key figure in popularizing Cajun music. For more information call 739-2333 or go to


Shoppers used to getting their local food fixes at the Ossining Farmers Market can now support their farmers all winter long at the Briarcliff Indoor Farmers Market held two Saturdays a month from 8:30am-2pm in the Briarcliff Congressional Church on the corner of Elm Street and South State Road.  The Briarcliff Market boasts many of the farm products enjoyed all summer including, pasture raised meat and poultry, pickles, produce, specialty foods, artisanal cheeses, cider, apples, pears, cider donuts, crusty bread and baked goods.  The remaining market dates are: 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18, 5/2, 5/16.


Ossining Public Library Events…

-It's That Time Again!  Need Help With Your Taxes?  Tax Aide will be available at the library on Thursdays starting February 5th - April 9th from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the theater.  Tax Aide volunteers have been IRS trained and certified.  Bring last year's tax forms, social security statements, bank statements, and any other pertinent information (i.e. contributions).  For more information please contact:  Jane Clark at 914-941-2416 ext. 326, or the Reference Dept. at ext. 320. 


Baseball Clinics…Saturday, February 28th, March 7th, March 14th, March 21st Hosted by Bill Casey (Ossining High School Varsity Baseball Coach) and the Ossining Travel Baseball League.  Location:  AMD Middle School, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Cost $5 per session.


Teatown Event - Saturday Morning Animal Encounters Who are Teatown’s best ambassadors? The animals in Teatown’s collection – that’s who! Each program we will feature a different animal and learn about its natural history, conservation status and ecological connections. For children of all ages, little ones should be accompanied by an adult. Members free, Nonmembers $5. Pre-registration required. Saturday, February 28, 11 am – 12 noon.  Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


Teatown Event - Winter Tree ID  Sharpen your knowledge of local trees on a winter walk at Teatown. Teatown offers non-credit courses in collaboration with Westchester Community College’s Adult Extension Program. This program is open to anyone over 16 years of age. Learn to identify common trees found in the Hudson Hills and Highlands using their twigs, buds and bark. The natural history and ecology of trees will also be discussed. The program will conclude with a short quiz using a winter twig key. A limited number of snowshoes will be provided if there is snow on the ground. Instructor: Lisa Baugh. Members $5; Nonmembers $20. Pre-registration required. Saturday, February 28, 12 noon – 2 pm.  Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. (914) 762-2912, ext.110. Website:; e-mail:


St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church presents their 51st Annual Black History Banquet Dinner Dance to be held on Friday, February 27th from 7:30 p.m.12 Midnight at Colonial Terrace, 119 Oregon Road, Cortlandt Manor.  Donations:  $65 per person, children under 12: $25 per child.  Musical entertainment provided by DJ Cintron.  For tickets call Beverly Green at 914-438-9417, Clair Jones at 914-969-3116 or Lois Lassiter at (914) 262-6697.


Hockey registration for the Spring Season is starting.  In-person registration will take place at the Ossining Community Center on Saturday, February 28th from 10:00AM to 12:00pm or Tues., March 3rd from 7:00PM-8:30pm.  You may also mail your registration to me with your check for $75.00 made out to the OYHA (see attached registration form.)  All players are required to carry insurance through USA Hockey.  Please use their website to sign up for insurance.  Make sure you sign them up as an in-line skater.   Here is the link .  Please print out confirmation and attach a copy to your registration.  Please sign parent code of conduct and return also. 


St. Augustine's Parish, Route 9, Ossining invites everyone to its St. Pat's Celebration on Saturday, March 7th in the school from 6:30PM to 10:30PM.  For $25.00 per person (adults only), a great night of entertainment which features: Dancing to golden oldies music, a delicious corned beef and cabbage dinner with potatoes and carrots and dessert, complimentary beer, wine and soda, a repertoire by Bagpipers from the Westchester County Police Emerald Society Pipers Band, a lively presentation by award winning dancers from the O'Rourke School of Irish Step Dancing, and a drawing for gift baskets and the Sweepstake tickets.  You're invited to call your family, friends and neighbors  and put together a table and plan to have a great night . Reservations are required. Forms are available at the parish office at 941-0067.  Deadline for reservations is March 5th.


Finding Calm in the Storm…A Landmark Churches Lenten Quiet Day with brief reflections from the Clergy and time for peaceful contemplation this will be a day set apart for you.  Saturday, March 7 from 9 am to 1pm at St. Mary’s Church, Scarborough, Route 9 There will be a light lunch and Eucharist towards the end of the event. There is no charge.  For more information or to sign-up, please call The Rev. Deacon Dorothee Caulfield (914) 263-4452.


Upcoming Live Event at the Paramount Center for the Arts, 1008 Brown Street, Peekskill.Second City Improv Comedy Theatre will perform on Saturday, March 7th  at 8:00 p.m. The Second City Touring Company has been bringing laughter and joy to packed houses all over North America for over forty years. Funny and fast-paced, The Second City is ideal entertainment for venues looking to reach both new audiences and old. Whether it’s a one night engagement or a sit down run, The Second City is always topical, highly interactive, and sure to delight. For more information call 739-2333 or go to

Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Sponsor Video Contest with a Chance to Win a Trip to Brazil…Entries Will Be Accepted for the Maryknoll Explore My Mission Video Contest From March 2-April 10, 2009.  Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers announce the sponsorship of Explore My Mission, a video contest for ages 18-35.  Catholic young people with a passion for living the Gospel by helping others can win an opportunity to experience another culture and live the world of mission in another country.  Two grand prize winners will be awarded a ten-day short-term mission trip to Brazil.  They will work along side the Maryknoll Brazil Mission Community in their service among the poor in shantytowns of the city of João Pessoa.  Assignment:  Create a video, 3 minutes or less, featuring you, the service or ministry with which you are involved, and the reason you would be a good choice for this mission project.  Deadline: Video entries may be uploaded to the official contest site,, from March 2 through April 10, 2009.  Contest winners will be notified by May 14, 2009.  Contest winners will be in Brazil from June 15-25, 2009.  Complete instructions are available at the site.  Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers –formally known as the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America—was founded in 1911 with the support of the Bishops of the United States to be the chief mission outreach of the American Church.  We are currently serving the Church –especially among the poor-- in 28 countries worldwide.  For more information consult the World Wide Web at


The Ossining Public Library Announces the 2nd Annual Festival of Writers & Readers Beginning on March 7th 4 p.m. with a conversation and presentation by children’s author Hudson Talbott, author of the new picture book for children, “River of Dreams:  The Story of the Hudson River.”  This event is being co-sponsored by the Ossining PTA Council.    The second event will be on Saturday, March 14th at 2 p.m. a conversation with author Blake Bailey author of, “Cheever:  A Life.”  Mr. Bailey will be interviewed by Max Rudin, publisher of the Library of America.  This event will be co-sponsored by the Hudson Valley Writer’s Center.  The third event will take place on Monday, April 13th at 7:30 p.m. a panel discussion with author Marilyn Johnson, who is finishing a book tentatively titled, “Finders, Keepers:  Librarians, Cybrarians, and Other Super-Human Guardians of Civilizations in the Digital Age,”  with several library directors from Ossining, White Plains and WLS.  Westchester Library System has agreed to co-sponsor this event.  The fourth event will take place on Monday, April 27th at 7:30 p.m. a panel discussion of writers on writing – the art, craft and business of getting published.  The fifth and final event in this series will be on Monday, May 11th at 7:30 p.m. with a panel discussion of readers on reading – for pleasure, not for school or work.

Please join the library this spring and celebrate these great authors and the joys of reading and writing.  For more information on the festival please visit our website at 


Do you or a member of your family suffer from Type II Diabetes? Confused about what dietary changes to make?  Join Dr. Robert Monk, DC at the Ossining Public Library on Thursday evening, March 12th starting at 6:30 p.m. in theater as he takes the mystery out of meals that are important to a diabetic. The program is free and open to all. Dr. Monk is the author of "A Chiropractor's Guide to Life". The program is co-sponsored by the library and the North West Region Livable Communities /Westchester Community College


The Preservation Company, in coordination with IFCA, is offering free tax filing located at 55 Bank Street Peekskill, NY 10566 on Thursday’s from 12-4pm through the end of the tax season. There are income limitations.  For further information or call 914-734-8928 or 914-734-8797 and ask for Anthony.  Please keep in mind that while walk ins are welcomed you must have specific tax information in order for the preparer to complete your taxes.  All taxes will be filed electronically.  Get all the credits that you are entitled to and best of all, keep your entire refund – we never charge any fees.  This Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program is sponsored by Wachovia Foundation.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2009 will take Place March 22 – April 3rd…Make Your Reservations Now!  Tim and Nina Zagat, co-founders of Zagat Survey, the world's leading provider of consumer survey-based information, have once again signed on as honorary co-chairs of Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, the largest regional promotion of restaurants in the Hudson Valley. This 12-day celebration of fine dining, now in its third year and spanning seven counties, will take place from March 22 through April 3 (Sunday-Friday only). Diners can enjoy a three-course lunch for $20.09 or a three-course dinner for $28.09, at some of Hudson Valley’s best restaurants.  For more information and a complete list of participating restaurants, call 845-561-2022 or go online to

Ossining Public Library Events:

-“The Eclectic Quintet" is a group of five ardent photographers from the Westchester Photographic Society whose photographic works will be on display from March 1-29th at the library.  The Quintet is composed of Robert Baron, Rob Dublin, Walter Kimmel, Albert Tang, and Dennis Thornton The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, March 7th from 2-4 p.m. in the exhibit area on the lower level.
 -On Thursday, March 5th the library will present "A Different Kind of Street Walker" a visual presentation of Dede Emerson's walking odyssey through New York City, an adventure that took two years, nine months and two days...a total of 508 miles. Local resident, Dede Emerson walked every street in Manhattan, from Battery Park to Inwood, gathering anecdotes and snapping pictures along the way. Dede will share photos and stories from a journey filled with surprising discoveries. A former U.N. senior project officer who administered economic development grants in Africa and Trinidad, she looks at Manhattan as 12 different countries. This walking experience has capped her love affair with Manhattan.The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the theatre. Save the date!

- Join violinists Brooke Quiggins and Elizabeth Young when their ensemble "Duo Firenze" performs a concert featuring works that range from a Haydn duet to a Jig composed by Mark O'Connor at a concert on Sunday, March 8th at 3 p.m. in the library theatre.  The concert, is presented by the Chappaqua Chamber Series in conjunction with the Ossining Library and is funded by the Ossining Library Associates Organization.  Reception to follow the performance.  


“Music for the World, A Concert to Benefit the Global Outreach Mission of the Maryknoll Sisters.”  Featuring the Hudson Valley Wind Ensemble, James D. Wayne, conductor and Gary McCourry, alto saxophone soloist.  Date:  March 1, 2009, 3:00 p.m. at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, 10 Pinesbridge Rd., Ossining,  Directions: Take Rte. 9 A to Rte. 133 and follow directions.  Tickets:  $25. Advance or at the door.  For more information, contact: Tel: 866-662-9900 or E-Mail: or visit our website at: .


Relay for Life Ossining 2009 will be holding a committee meeting on Monday, March 2nd at the Ossining Public Library ~ 3rd Fl Conf. Room 6:00 - 7:00 PMTeam captain meeting to follow at 7:00 - 8:00PM.  Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's signature activity where communities come together to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost to the disease and to fight back!  Ossining will hold its second annual RFL on Friday, June 12th at 7p in Cedar Lane Park.  It's not too late to get involved in the planning process to recruit teams, solicit donations of goods and services, build financial support, and work out the logistics of this large undertaking.   For more information and to sign up to participate or to register as a Survivor, please visit


Sleepy Hollow Sprint Triathlon Registration Online Begins on March 2, 2009 at  The triathlon will take place on June 28th at 8:30 a.m. at Kingsland Point Park and consists of ½ mile swim, 10 mile bike and 3 mile run through Sleepy Hollow and scenic Hudson River.  Open to individual and team participation.  For more information email Benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


Friends of History Croton Present…Journey to the Bottom of the World  Join professional photographer Ann Marie Leone for a presentation of her trip to Antarctica and Argentina.  Visit bustling Buenos Aires, the enchanting Iguaza Falls, majestic peaks and icebergs, and penguins!  Free admission.  Thursday, March 5th at 7:30 p.m. at the Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Drive, Croton-on-Hudson.  For more information call (914) 271-3135. 


Collegium Westchester Chorus and Orchestra present The Romantic Spirit, R. Strauss, Wandrers Stumlied, Schumann Symphony No.1, “Spring”, Eric Kramer, Martin on Jupiter.  Saturday, March 7th at 8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 34 South Highland Avenue, Ossining.  Admission is free (contributions gratefully accepted) 914-282-8611. 


Maryknoll Speakers Series Poverty and Prayer: A Lenten Reflection, Award Winning Author and Film Maker to Present Poverty and Prayer:  A Lenten Reflection at Maryknoll Gerry Straub, a successful television producer for 30 years, left a life of privilege to explore how film transforms people’s hearts.  During his presentation, Poverty and Prayer: A Lenten Reflection, which will take place on Sunday, March 8th at 2:00 p.m., he fleshes out the call to care for “the least” in our society.  Using clips from his many films, he recounts his riches to rags conversion story, from an atheistic Hollywood producer to a documentary filmmaker, who uses his talents to put the power of film at the service of the poor around the world.  In a world sometimes weary of stories about the plight of the poor and oppressed, Straub presents the problem of poverty through the light of spirituality and faith, helping viewers discover the humanity and dignity of people who are considered throwaways: the homeless and forgotten, the poor migrant, the child in the slum.  Gerry Straub is a popular speaker at parishes, high schools and universities around the country. His films include When Did I see you Hungry?, narrated by Martin Sheen, and his books include The Sun and Moon Over Assisi, and Thoughts of a Blind Beggar.  Maryknoll’s interactive Museum of Living Mission will be open before and after the presentation.  All are welcome. Admission is free.  RSVP to Betsey Guest by March 2.,  914-941-7636 ext. 2219.  Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Center, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining.  For directions call 941-7636 ext. 2294.  Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers –formally known as the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America—was founded in 1911 with the support of the Bishops of the United States to be the chief mission outreach of the American Church.  We are currently serving the Church –especially among the poor-- in 27 countries worldwide.  For more information consult the World Wide Web at  or call 1-877-MARYKNOLL.


Ossining Athletic Booster Club News… James Brundage (160 lbs) and Clay Neivert (171 lbs) will represent OHS and Section 1 at the New York State Wrestling Tournament this weekend in Albany we wish them Good Luck!  Cheer Clinic For aspiring Cheerleaders Hosted by the Ossining Cheerleading Squad…On Saturday, March 14 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm...grades K-3 (parents show at 1:15pm); 2:00pm - 3:30pm...grades 4-6, (parent show at 3:15) at St. Ann's, 25 Eastern Avenue, Ossining.  Registration 30 minutes before each clinic, $20.00 per person.  For more information email  OHS Cheerleading T-shirts & Raffle Tickets will be on sale.  Visit the Booster website at to download the flyer and form.


A panel to answer a question posed by the Interfaith Youth Corps will be assembled on Thursday March 26th at the Ossining Public Library.  Kicking off at 6:30pm will be a panel of leaders from Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist traditions to discuss the topic "Does faith still matter?"  A similar panel was held with great success in 2005 and young people will be discussing the relevance of religion to issues of war, drugs, sex, poverty, violence, racism, the environment and the influence of pop music and culture today.  This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.  For more info contact Ola Nosseir at or Jim O'Hanlon at or 917 803-3974.


Westchester Bike Summit is an event that draws together planners, public officials, employers, and cyclist to discuss how to make biking and bike commuting more a part of Westchester’s transportation mix.  The event is free and will take place on Tuesday, April 7th at Westchester County Center in White Plains and runs from 3 – 8 p.m.  Register at  Call 914-217-5600 for more information. 


SAVE THE DATE…Ossining Children’s Center Dine-A-Round 2009, Saturday, May 30, Live auction at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 8:00 p.m. Online Auction, Starting May 13.  For more information call Kara Lazarus 914-747-2237.  

29th Annual Ossining Village Fair will be held on Saturday, June 13th, parade starts at 9:30am from the Community Center and Fair is from 10am-5pm.  For more information and vendor applications please contact the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce at info@ossiningchamber.orgSAVE THE DATE!!!!

Save the date…2009 Bark In the Park will be held on June 20TH at Engel Park!


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