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OSSINING WEB BLAST 3-24-2011
Release Date: March 24, 2011

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Hydrant Flushing Schedule: the Village of Ossining Water Department will start their semiannual hydrant-flushing program on Sunday evening, April 3, 2011.  Flushing of hydrants will be performed between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. in order to minimize disruptions to our residents.

 

The entire hydrant-flushing program will take approximately three weeks to complete.  When hydrant flushing occurs close to your home, your water may be somewhat discolored first thing in the morning.  Just run your water for a short period of time and it should clear up.  If the discoloration persists, please notify the Water Department at 941-6111.

 

 

Three Seats Available on the Ossining Board of Education: The Ossining Board of Education will hold its Annual Election and Budget Vote on Tuesday, May 17, 2011. This year three seats become available with the terms of Charles Cooks, Amanda Curley and Alice Joselow ending on June 30, 2011. Petition packets for Board of Education candidates will be available on Thursday, March 10, 2011. Interested candidates may obtain a petition packet from the District Clerk at the Roosevelt Education Center, 190 Croton Avenue, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The last day for filing petitions is 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 18, 2011. For further information please contact: Vanessa Muro, District Clerk, Board of Education (914) 941-7700, ext. 1317

 

 

Annual Budget Vote Rescheduled and Two Seats Available on the Ossining Public Library Board of Trustees: The Ossining Public Library Board of Trustees has rescheduled its Annual Budget Vote and Election to be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2011.The NYS Board of Regents recently approved an amendment to the OPL charter to have trustees elected by the residents of the Ossining School District. This year two seats become available with the terms of two trustees ending on June 30, 2011. Petition packets for Board of Trustee candidates are now available. Interested candidates may obtain a petition packet from the Director of the library, Business Office, 53 Croton Avenue, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The last day for filing petitions is 5:00 p.m., Monday, March 28, 2011. For further information please contact: Mr. James L. Farrell, Jr., Director, Ossining Public Library (914) 941-2416, ext. 333

 

 

THE OSSINING PUBLIC LIBRARY (OPL) – MORE THAN JUST BOOKS, On April 26 Ossining residents will have the opportunity to vote for the Ossining Public Library’s annual budget, as they do every year. In addition, for the first time in the Library’s 118 year history, residents in the Ossining Union Free School District will also have their voices heard as they cast their votes for Library Board Trustees.

 

“This is an exciting and historic moment for the Library and our community,” said Jim Farrell, Director of the OPL.  “In the past, Trustees have been appointed by the Ossining School District Board of Education. Now residents who rely on our resources and vote for our budget every year will have their voices fully heard by choosing who they want to have representing them on our Board.”  Approximately 98% of the Library budget comes from local taxpayer support and the remainder is raised by the Library.

 

Currently 19,338 residents in the Ossining School District are registered library card holders. At a time when many libraries have been forced to cut hours and reduce staff, the OPL is one of the few in Westchester County that is open 7 days a week. In 2010 the Library: was opened for a total of 3,434 hours; handling 438,793 items at the Circulation Desk and averaged 126 checkouts every hour.

 

And while books are important – the Library offers a wide variety of education, entertainment and outreach programs for all ages including: WEBS – career and educational counseling; computer classes; children’s programs; the Teen Zone; English classes for all ages; Literary readings; concerts; theater performance; film series; yoga; summer programs for children and teens; art exhibitions and AARP Tax aide.

 

In 2010 the Library offered 1,262 programs, up 21% from 2009, with program attendance rising by 19%.

 

“We do everything we can to offer as many services as possible to the Ossining community. Whether it’s providing computers, photocopiers or scanners to people who are looking for a job or just a quiet corner to read and study, we work very hard to understand what the needs in the community are and to then meet them to the best of our ability,” explained Farrell. “That’s what we are here for.”

 

The Ossining Public Library is located at 53 Croton Avenue in Ossining. For information call (914) 941-2416 or visit http://www.ossininglibrary.org.

 

 

Ossining Summer Day Camps, 2011 TO REGISTER: Camp registration will take place in April, each camp will have one evening of registration at the Community Center at 7pm, dates are listed below. You must bring the following items to registration night: completed registration form; birth certificate, copy to leave; immunization records, copy to leave with us; Recreation ID card; checks or money order made out to Ossining Recreation; the above for each child if you’re registering more than one on the same night. On line registration starts one week prior to the in person dates listed below, due to high demand we suggest you take advantage of the online process. This requires that you open an account and come to the Community Center to get an ID card. Proof of residency is required with a picture ID and some sort of bill or a piece of mail to that address. A Recreation ID card is required to register for camp. If you register online you must bring the Recreation ID card and copies of the birth certificate and the immunization record to the Community Center by 4/28/11. Cut off dates for age groups correspond to School District guidelines. Child must be of age by December first of 2011 to qualify for age bracket.

 

CAMP REGISTRATION NIGHTS AS FOLLOWS:

  • Claremont School Camp (ages 6 -10) Mon., 4/25
  • Ryder Park (6-10) Tues., 4/26
  • Pre-K Camp (Comm Cntr.) (4-5) Wed., 4/27
  • Roosevelt School (5-6) Wed., 4/27
  • Veterans Park Sports Camp (10-14) Thurs., 4/28
  • (Registration starts at 7pm for all camps)

 

For more information visit Villageofossining.org and click on the Recreation Department to download the 2011 Spring/Summer Brochure or call the Recreation Department at 941-3189.

 

 

Significant Tree List Nominations!  The Environmental Advisory Council of the Village of Ossining is compiling a potential list of significant trees. These would be trees selected based on specimen quality or historical significance. If you think you’d like to nominate a tree within the village, get details at Villageofossining.org (scroll to Environmental Advisory Council under Boards and Commissions).

 

 

The Village Board is seeking applicants to serve on the Environmental Advisory Council and the Landlord Tenant Relations Council (1 tenant vacancy, 2 landlord vacancies and 1 impartial member.)  For additional information on any of these Boards or to send a letter of interest contact the Assistant Village Manager, Ingrid Richards at 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, New York 10562, irichards@villageofossining.org or 941-3554.

 

 

FIFTH ANNUAL HUDSON VALLEY RESTAURANT WEEK COMES TO REGION'S CITIES, TOWNS AND VILLAGES MARCH 14-27:  160 Restaurants Offering a Wide Array of Culinary Adventures at Discounted Prices Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, the Hudson Valley's largest and most successful culinary event, returns to cities, towns and villages throughout the region March 14-27. Now in its fifth year, this much-anticipated multi-county dining extravaganza features 160 restaurants offering three-course prix-fixe dinners at $28 and many offering three-course lunches at $20. 

 

 

For more information and a full list of participating restaurants, go to
www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com.

 

 

On March 24th, at 7:30 in the lower church, St. Ann’s Parish (25 Eastern Avenue, Ossining, 941-2556) will welcome Anglican priest, Fr. Michael Lapsley, SSMN, founder of the Institute for Healing of Memories.  Fr. Michael lost both hands and an eye in a letter bomb attack in Zimbabwe in 1990. Accompanied by prayers, love and support from around the world, he then began a journey from victim to survivor to victor.  Fr. Lapsley is a renowned speaker on topics of reconciliation, restorative justice and healing. His insights and courage are sure to be a source of hope to us as we each journey toward healing and wholeness. Be sure to mark the date on your calendar.

 

 

Ossining Community Tennis Association will be running its annual wine tasting and silent auction fundraiser...which includes a mystery wine test. Cost is $40 per person and the event is Friday, March 25th at 7 pm. It's at 55 Van Cortlandt Avenue at the home of Matko Peckay and Jeannette Gerber in Ossining. It is a wine and cheese/dessert tasting with a silent auction. The proceeds go into a fund dedicated to putting up lighting on at least one court at Nelson Park, the public courts.  This event and the Mixed Doubles tourney at the end of June are the major fund-raisers for "Lights at Nelson Park." The fee can be mailed to Jerry Ross at 30 State Street, Ossining, NY 10562 or you can pay at the door  (to get a copy of the e-vite please email DKHC2@aol.com.)

 

 

Free Homebuyer Grant Seminar! *You must attend orientation to qualify for the program* Space is limited so reserve your seat today!  Community Housing Innovations, Inc., under contract with the NYS Affordable Housing Corporation and the NYS Department of Housing and Community Renewal, has over $2 million for down payment assistance and rehabilitation for those who qualify.  Up to $25,000 in Grant Assistance for Qualified Applicants Interested in Purchasing a Home in Westchester County!  Remaining Dates:  Monday, March 28th 2011 at the White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Avenue, White Plains 10601; time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM; RSVP: 914-683-1010.  Sign up on website at www.chigrants.org

 

 

Father Benedict Groeschel will be at St. Augustine’s Parish – Ossining Topic:  “After This Life”, Monday – March 28th @ 7:30 p.m., Tuesday – March 29th @ 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday – March 30th – Mass @ 7:30 pm open to the public Free Admission Parish Website:   

http://www.staugustineossining.org/. Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., is popular around the world for his bold and powerful witness to the Gospel.  For many years Fr. Groeschel has tirelessly worked with the poor and needy, spoken to tens of thousands of Catholics, and written numerous articles and books.

 

 

Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce and TD Bank present:  "Identity Theft Seminar" Tuesday, March 29th, TD Bank 174 South Highland Avenue, Ossining 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Over 11 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2009. Did you know 71% of fraud happens within a week of stealing a victim's personal data?  You need to educate yourself on the ways thieves are stealing your information: Dumpster Diving; Stolen Wallet; Phishing; SmSishing and more. If you can come to this very important seminar call the office at (914) 941-0009.   We are taking RSVPs until Saturday, March 26.

 

 

Read the Book/Watch the Movie: Never Let Me Go (R) at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library: A haunting reality awaits the children at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school...Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro is the book/movie that was chosen by popular vote.  Read the book and then come to the Briarcliff Manor Public Library to watch the movie on our big screen on Thursday, March 31st at 6:30 pm.  We will leave time for a brief discussion.  (Reading the book is not required to attend the movie.)  If you have any questions please contact Shelley Glick at 941-7072 or sglick@wlsmail.org.

 

 

April Events at Teatown Lake Reservation, for more information please call (914) 762-2912, ext. 110, TUESDAY – SUNDAY, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Registration is required for all programs. All programs take place in the Nature Center and are free for members and $5 for nonmembers (plus materials fee, if applicable), unless noted. When applicable, all programs must be paid for at the time of booking.

-Saturday, April 2, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, FROG MUSIC, ALL WELCOME, The sounds of spring begin with a chorus of frogs. Explore a vernal pool and watch and listen as spring explodes at Teatown. Dress for the weather and wear boots that can get wet;

-Sunday, April 3, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, FAIRY HOUSES AND GNOME HOMES use your imagination and natural materials (no picking please!) to create a home for woodland critters real or imagined;

-Saturday, April 9, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, WEEDS, TWIGS AND BARK, What does it take to feather a nest? These wonders of nature are constructed of different materials and come in all shapes and sizes. Try your hand at building a nest of your own, and then join in to make an eagle’s nest outdoors;

-Sunday April 10, 9:00 am, EARLY SPRING MIGRANTS ALL WELCOME. Birdsong is filling the morning air. Join Charlie Roberto on Teatown’s trails to see the earliest returns FREE;

-Sunday, April 10, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, ANIMAL ADVENTURES – AMPHIBIANS CHILDREN. Meet a few of Teatown ambassador animals in this program featuring local amphibians;

-Saturday, April 16, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm GARDEN READINESS, ALL WELCOME. Is your garden ready for planting? Tips and techniques for greening up your grounds for spring with Master Gardener Maggie Pichura; Teatown Lake Reservation ** 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining NY 10562 ** www.teatown.org

 

 

BUNNIES & STUFF: The Lantern Gift Shop at St.Paul's-on-the-Hill (Episcopal) Church announces its annual Easter sale, Saturday, April 2 (Snow date: April 9) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be bunnies, chicks, Easter baskets, an assortment of Easter cards, and many new gift items for sale. There will also be the fabulous bake sale (with free tea or coffee) that shoppers have come to expect in the church's parish hall. The church and its Lantern Gift Shop are at 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining, just east of 9A, off Rte 133. For directions or other information, call the church office at 941-6627, or go on line to: www.stpaulsonthehill.org. The Lantern shop is adjacent to the church at the Ganung Drive entrance.

 

 

The Free After School Music Program for Middle School Students will begin April 4, at St. Paul's On-The-Hill. Offerings include Singing, Rudimentary and Hand Drumming, and Guitar. They begin with a healthy snack. Students attend 3:00 - 5:00 pm, Mondays & Fridays, ending on June 10th with a 'show and tell' program. For more information about the program or about transportation, please call the church at 941-6627 or email churchoffice@stpaulsonthehill.org. St. Paul's is located at 40 Ganung Drive, off Route 133, just east of 9A.

 

The Hudson River Estuary; Challenges and Opportunities, Tuesday, April 5 at 7:00 pm Presentation and Discussion - Join us at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library for a presentation on Riverkeeper's current priorities on the Hudson River. Learn about the challenges that our community faces in protecting the gains we have made since the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972, and the opportunities for continuing to improve our water quality. There will be the opportunity for questions and discussion following the presentation.

 

 A Hudson River Journey: 1609-2109, April 5-April 30, A traveling exhibit produced by Riverkeeper, "A Hudson River Journey" tells the story of the river from three perspectives: pre-contact Lenape, present day and near-term future.  The visitor travels to six regions along the Hudson River and experiences river stories relevant to each.  This exhibit will be on view at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library from April 5 through April 30.

 

"Take Control, Get Organized" is the topic to be covered by Andrea Deinstadt of Organizing Wisdom at the Ossining Woman's Club meeting at 2 p.m., Thurs., April 7. The club is located at 2 Lincoln Place. Ms. Deinstadt will discuss getting organized on your own or with a professional. Whether you are downsizing or just looking for better ways to manage your stuff, professional organizers work with individuals, families, and businesses to make their clients' lives more productive and manageable. Mr. Deinstadt is a board member of the Somers Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers. The public is welcome. Further information is available by contacting Jody Israel, 762-3541, or Agnes Johnson, 941-1533.

 

 

LOU CASTRONOVA’S DONOR DRIVE; Thursday - April 7th; time: 2pm - 8pm; place: Joseph G. Caputo Rec. Center; 95 Broadway Ossining, Lou Castronova is battling MDS (Myelodyspastic Syndrome), a preleukemic cancer that, in a few months, can change to acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Louis has been told he needs to find a stem cell donor match in the VERY NEAR future in order to beat this disease. SO FAR THERE ISN’T A MATCH. JOIN US AT THE DRIVE TO BE THAT POTENTIAL DONOR. To become a registered donor, a simple cheek swab is all that is needed to determine if YOU could be the one to save a life. If you are a match, donating your stem cells is very similar to donating blood. If you cannot attend this event on April 7th, you can register online at www.BetheMatch.org and a swab kit will be mailed to you. PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING THE BE THE MATCH REGISTRY TODAY! Contact Robin Castronova if you have any questions at ROBINCAS25@gmail.com.

 

 

Courageous Conversations Parent Film Series Ossining Public Library Theater, Alcohol & Drug Use – Thursday, April 7, 2011, Self-Esteem – Monday, May 9, 2011 Peer Pressure is a common phrase that worries many parents today. The concern is justified when we look at some facts:

  • The Adolescent Substance Abuse Knowledge Base reports that almost 30% of teens are offered drugs in middle school and high school
  • 3.1 million teenagers smoke, according to the American Lung Association
  • The Kaiser Foundation reports that about 50% of teenagers feel pressured with regard to sex in relationships

While these statistics may alarm us, parents and adults have the ability to empower children to think for themselves and make smart decisions that keep them healthy and happy. If you are interested in turning the tables on the negative effects of peer pressure please join Ossining CTC, ILERA Counseling & Education Services and Westchester Library Systems for the next installation of the Courageous Conversations Parent Film Series. Presented by DeShannon Bowens, MS, Founder and Lead Therapist, ILERA Counseling & Education Services, www.ilera.com.  For more information call 914-329-2946

 

 

BENEFIT CONCERT for Haiti Lifeline Orphanage Ministries, SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2011

AT 4PM, Briarcliff Congregational Church, 30 South State Road, Briarcliff Manor (914) 941-4368.  www.briarcliffchurch.org BACH: D MINOR TOCCATA ARRANGED FOR ORGAN AND TWO TRUMPETS NESTICO: PORTRAIT OF THE TRUMPET VARIOUS SELECTIONS FOR THE FLUTE AND CLASSICAL GUITAR RACHMANINOFF: SONATA FOR CELLO AND PIANO

 

 

Ossining Art Council Receives Arts Alive Grant. Award Will Help Fund Viva!Ossining Arts Festival  in April.  The Ossining Arts Council (OAC) has announced that it has been awarded an Arts Alive Grant from the Westchester Arts Council and the New York State Council on the Arts. The grant will help fund the OAC’s Viva!Ossining program - a month-long celebration of the arts to be held at the Ossining Public Library throughout the month of April.  Beginning with The OAC Annual Members Show opening on April 3, Viva!Ossining will feature a variety of art forms sure to please all tastes, interests and age groups, including  a children’s puppetry workshop on Sunday, April 10, 1-2 p.m. This event is free and is limited to 30 children, and a lively and educational dance performance, Viva Danza Espanola, on Saturday, April 23, from 2-3:30 p.m. Tickets for Danzas are $10.  The opening reception on April 3 from 1-3 p.m. will be followed by a stimulating presentation on Cuba’s vibrant art and its relationship to that country’s politics by Dr. Damian J. Fernandez, a renowned expert on Cuba and Provost at SUNY Purchase. Tickets are $10 for the lecture. This event is sponsored by the Briarcliff Committee for the Arts (BriCa) in conjunction with OAC.  Everyone is invited to attend and participate in the Viva!Ossining’s programs.  Artists who wish to show their work in the month-long exhibit may call (914) 502-4157 for additional information.   Please visit www.ossiningartscouncil.org for news and updates

 

 

Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 9:00 am Saw Mill River Audubon Field Trip Second Saturday Walks at Brinton Brook & Pruyn Sanctuaries Celebrate the arrival of spring by joining Saw Mill River Audubon for a walk at either one of its two largest sanctuaries: Brinton Brook Sanctuary in Croton or Pruyn Sanctuary in Millwood. We'll record the progress of the seasons with photos and nature notes. An online journal on Facebook will be updated with each walk. No pre-registration needed. Good for all ages. Held regardless of weather except in cases of severe weather or road closures. For more information, call our office at 914.666.6503 or visit our website at www.sawmillriveraudubon.org.

 

 

BOOK SALE: The Friends of the Ossining Public Library's spring book sale -- with a wide variety of gently used books for readers of all ages -- will open with a Friends-only preview Friday, April 8, 5:30-7 pm. The sale, with bargain prices, will be open to all on Saturday, April 9, 10 am - 4 pm, and Sunday April 10, 1 - 4 pm. For each $10 of books you buy, you will get a $1-off coupon for use at the library's Footnote Café. (To volunteer before, during or after the sale -- call Susan Kelly 941-7425). For info about the Friends, and how you can join and help the library, click on www.ossininglibrary.org.

 

 

Wildflowers of Westchester, Wildflower Island Guide Training: April 10, May 22, June 12 and July 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wildflower Island, a unique, two acre refuge within the greater Teatown Lake Reservation preserve, depends on dedicated volunteers to educate the public about its 230 native and endangered species of wildflowers.  Guided 1 ¼ hour tours are given by Island volunteer guides during the months of April through August.  Guides are expected to lead a least 6 tours a year or work the equivalent hours on Wildflower Island.  Guide requirements/ qualifications include:

  • Working with small groups of visitors in a leadership position to answer questions and sharing your knowledge and love of wildflowers with all who visit this idyllic setting;
  • Learning background information on a variety of topics related to Wildflower Island; and
  • Being friendly, physically active, outgoing and tolerant of all kinds of weather.

No experience is necessary; training sessions will prepare the individual to lead the tours and share information about the unique features of the 230 species of native plants that inhabit the island located within Teatown LakeTraining will be held on April 10, May 22, June 12 and July 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Nature Center and will consist of a discussion on a special topic of study followed by a walk of Wildflower Island.  Anyone interested in learning to become a Wildflower Island Guide is welcome anytime during the season.  A mentor will be assigned to new trainees to help them learn the wildflowers during the first year. Please contact Beth Rhines at (914) 762-2912, ext. 115 or brhines@teatown.org for more details or to register for a training session.

 

 

Hudson Chorale to Host an Intimate Chamber Concert: On Sunday, April 10, 2011, starting at 3:00 pm, the chorus will hold its annual fundraiser in a historic home seemingly designed for just such entertainment.  Hudson Chorale is offering music lovers a rare opportunity to experience chamber music as it was meant to be heard: in a gracious, private setting.  The program will include a piano trio by Brahms as well as selected baroque works performed by accomplished keyboard artist, David Baranowski, and friends. In addition to music, enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres and pleasant conversation before and after the musical presentation.  The event will also include a Silent Auction of quality items and services provided by local businesses and individuals who support the arts. Seating for the concert is limited and reservations are required.  The event will take place in Ossining, NY; location and directions will be provided to all those who purchase tickets.  Admission to the event is $75.  Tickets are available only in advance: call (914) 462-3212 or email info@hudsonchorale.org.  Visit the chorus website: www.hudsonchorale.org.

 

 

Sunday, April 10, 2011 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Saw Mill River Audubon Welcome to Spring Program and Annual Dinner New Castle Community Center, 10 Senter Street, Chappaqua, NY Help us celebrate the work of Saw Mill River Audubon. This year's dinner will be a community potluck supper open to all. Our brief annual meeting will be followed by an engaging program including images of our Costa Rica birding trip and presentations from our environmental scholarship recipients. Come spend a great evening with a welcoming community of people who enjoy the natural world and work together to protect it. To RSVP and for more information, visit www.sawmillriveraudubon.org/Dinner or call our office at 914.666.6503. Suggested donation $10/person at the door or $20 if you'd rather not bring food.

 

 

Friday April 15 to Sunday April 17, 2011 Saw Mill River Audubon DelMarVa Birding Weekend SMRA is excited to offer a unique opportunity to visit the DelMarVa Peninsula, which is rich in both local and migratory bird species. On Friday we will visit Prime Hook NWR in Delaware before heading to Ocean City, MD for a fun evening. Our next stop is the Marine Science Consortium in Virginia, where we will enjoy a boat ride through the tidal creeks and special access to private areas on Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. We'll also have an early morning visit to Wallops Island where we'll explore the rich salt marsh habitat at the Wallops Island NWR. If time permits we will stop at Bombay Hook NWR on the way home for more great birding. Call 914.666.6503 or email office@sawmillriveraudubon.org for more information and to sign up!

 

 

Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm Saw Mill River Audubon Third Saturday Bird Seed Sale Pruyn Sanctuary Office Entrance, 275 Millwood Rd, Chappaqua Our seed shed will be staffed by volunteers to help you select seed and load your car. Bird seed sales benefit the local conservation work of Saw Mill River Audubon. Seed is also available during the week on Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. Please call (914.666.6503) or email office@sawmillriveraudubon.org if you are visiting during the week. Bird seed selection and prices are available online at www.sawmillriveraudubon.org

 

 

Taconic Opera Presents Georges Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers Most opera lovers know Bizet’s most famous opera, Carmen, but many find his opera, The Pearl Fishers, to be even more enchanting.  This sumptuous opera weaves a story of ancient tribes of pearl divers in Ceylon (modern day Sri Lanka).  The work is known for its soaring duet between the tenor and baritone choosing friendship rather than their passionate pursuit of the same woman.  Betrayal, forgiveness, sacrifice and love are the timeless lessons of this masterpiece which will be performed in French with translations above the stage (supertitles).  Performances are at the Yorktown Stage, 1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights, on Friday, April 15 and Saturday April 16, 2010 at 8 PM, and a Sunday matinee April 17 at 2 PM.  Single ticket prices range from $32 to $42 with a $9 discount for seniors and students.  For information, tickets or directions: call (914) 245-3415 or email operasopr@verizon.net or visit www.taconicopera.org.  This production is made possible, in part, by the New York Council on the Arts and ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County government, corporations and individuals.

 

 

Teatown’s School Break Minicamps keep children busy and actively enjoying the gift of nature during school vacation.  Sessions are filled with games, animals, hikes and seasonal activities that get your kids outdoors to enjoy the world around them.  The Spring Minicamp runs from April 18 - 22, 2011 from 9:00 am – 12 noon for 4 and 5 year olds and from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for 6 – 12 year olds.  The fee for the half-day program for 4 and 5 year olds is $160 for Teatown members or $185 for nonmembers; the fee for the full-day program for 6 – 12 year olds is $300 for Teatown members or $335 for nonmembers.

 

Teatown offers a variety of environmental education programs for children and adults year-round.  To learn more about our educational programs or to become a member, visit www.teatown.org

 

 

Lions Zone 1 Dinner Meeting on April 21, 2011 at the Tuscan Grill in Briarcliff.  This is where The Ossining Lions meet every month, but this will include other Lions Clubs in the area. The program will be by The Fox Foundation, speaking on the issues of Parkinson disease and how it affects the individual as well as the family. The cost of the dinner will be $30.00, which includes a donation to the Fox Foundation. For more info and to RSVP please contact Sandy McKee, Secretary of Ossining Lions, 23-25 Spring Street, Ossining, NY  10562, (914) 762-6500 Phone or(914) 762-6508 Fax.

 

 

The Charles L. Brieant Community Center will be hosting the following eventMay 7th: A celebration of the Foods and Wines of the greater Ossining area.  In development: A Youth Art Show that celebrates the history of OssiningFor further information, contact Norman H. Fulton at 941-0000 or email brieantcenter@comcast.net.

 

 

The Ossining Farmers Market moved indoors. Community Markets sponsors the market located at the Briarcliff Congregational Church, 30 S. State Road every Saturday from 9 am to 1pm through May 21st.   The market features fresh local, certified organic produce, artisinal organic breads and organic chicken and beef, pickles, fish, pork, chicken, eggs, cheese, milk, yogurt, butter, herbs, baked goods and specialty foods, handmade chutney, and mushrooms.  Visit our website for more details: www.communitymarkets.bizPlenty of parking on site or in overflow parking at the Briarcliff Library.

 

 

Teatown’s Natural Science Summer Day Camp 2011 is jam-packed with adventure, discovery and hands-on fun in the out-of-doors. We’re catching frogs, collecting bugs, climbing rocks and exploring natural habitats all summer long!  Teatown Camp brings kids outside to learn about and explore the natural world in our two-week sessions that provide age-specific activities to encourage the spirit of discovery. Four two-week camp sessions begin on June 27th and end on August 19th.  Six different camp groups are comprised of children ages 4 through 14.  Children 15 years old by June 1st may apply to be a CIT; 16 year olds may apply for a Junior Counselor position; and those 18 and up may apply to be a Senior Counselor. Before and after care is available.

 

Four and five year old campers can choose from two half-day sessions, either 9am - 12pm or 1:30pm - 4:30pm.  Six and seven year olds can also choose from either half-day session or a full day of 9am - 3pm.  All other age groups attend the full day session of 9am - 3pm.  Each session includes exploration and creative play that fosters children's’ innate curiosity while teaching ecology and stewardship in Teatown’s abundant meadows, forests, lake and streams.  Camp session dates for 2010 are:

 

Session I                     June 27 – July 8                     Sensory Safari, It’s Elemental!  (No camp 7/4)

Session II                    July 11 – July 22                     Waterworks, Ain’t Misbehavin’

Session III                  July 25 – August 5                 The Green Machine, Rock On

Session IV                   August 8 – August 19             Aerial Acrobats, Survival Revival

 

For more information about Teatown  Lake Reservation and Teatown's Summer Camp and registration, please visit our website at www.teatown.org or call Teatown at 914-762-2912.

 

Spring is on its way!  Teatown Lake Reservation announces the spring schedule for its popular Children’s Discovery Programs, which include programs for young children ages 2 - 5 and School Break Minicamps for children ages 4 - 12 years old.

 

The Spring Children’s Discovery Series is a 6-week program that encourages children to discover and explore the world around them.  Young explorers benefit from all that the spring season brings to Teatown in two separate programs beginning the week of April 25, 2011.  Each program is packed with age appropriate activities, including crafts, stories and outdoor explorations.  The Little Treehuggers program is geared towards 2 – 3 year olds accompanied by a parent or caregiver.  Sessions are on Tuesdays from 10:00 am – 11:15 am, beginning on Tuesday, April 26th or on Wednesdays from 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm, beginning on Wednesday, April 27th, running for 6 weeks.  The fee is $105 for Teatown members or $120 for nonmembers. The Knee Hi Nature program is for 4 and 5 year olds. Sessions are on Tuesdays from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, beginning on Tuesday, April 26th or on Thursdays from 10:00 am – 11:30 am, beginning on Thursday, April 28th, running for 6 weeks.  The fee is $105 for Teatown members or $120 for nonmembers.

 

 

Nature Friendly Plant Sale and Workshops at Teatown Lake Reservation  –  May 6-7: Teatown Lake Reservation, an 834-acre nature preserve and education center, will hold its annual Nature Friendly Plant Sale on Friday, May 6 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, and on Saturday, May 7 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  The sale will feature a wide variety of unique and hard-to-find annuals and perennials, deer resistant and native plants, heirloom vegetables and herbs, hanging baskets and wildflowers.  Volunteers who are master gardeners with an extensive knowledge of plants will be on hand to answer questions, discuss various plant selections and offer recommendations.

On Saturday, there will be gardening-related mini-workshops, demonstrating easy ways to transform a garden into a nature-friendly habitat.  There will also be guided tours of Wildflower Island, a two-acre sanctuary that is home to over 230 native and endangered species of wildflowers.  Experienced wildflower guides lead visitors through the wrought-iron gates, over a small wooden bridge and onto the paths, while describing the unique features of the Island, the flowers and the beauty of the natural heritage.  Tours are at 10am, 12noon and 2pm.  Reservations are required. Children under 12 are not permitted on the Island.   

 

Admission to the first pick plant sale on Friday, May 6 is $10.  Admission on Saturday is free for the plant sale and workshops.  All proceeds of the sale will directly benefit Teatown’s environmental education programs.  Tours of Wildflower Island are specially-priced (free to Teatown members and $4 for non-members) on May 7th.

 

The Nature Friendly Plant Sale and Workshops will be held at Teatown Lake Reservation, located at 1600 Spring Valley Road, off Route 134, in OssiningFor more information or to schedule a Wildflower Island tour, call (914) 762-2912, ext. 110 or visit www.teatown.org.

 

 

Ossining Girl’s Youth Travel Lacrosse League for 5th and 6th Grade students is seeking players for the Season starting late March.  Games are primarily played during the week at 6:30 pm at AMD Middle School.  Practice is twice a week also on the AMD field.  Initial cost per player is $125 which includes the mandated membership with the US Lacrosse Organization.  Come join the fun while learning the sport of Girls Lacrosse.  For additional information or to sign up please contact either Lynn Hooley at 941-1216 or lhooley@aol.com, Brian Rink at 815-8394 or BARink@aol.com or Sharon Verdejo at 762-7452 or SVerdejo@aol.com.

 

 

Volunteers needed to help seniors -- Community Helping Hands, an aging in place organization serving Greater Ossining and Briarcliff, welcomes volunteers from all walks of life and offers them the opportunity to help their older neighbors. Whether you have an hour to spare or can devote more time, we have an opportunity for you! For information about their next meeting and volunteer orientation: call 914-346-7773 or email them at: communityhelpinghandsossining@gmail.com.

 

 

The recently launched Westchester Collaborative Theater [WCT] is pleased to invite playwrights, actors and directors who are interested in becoming company members to submit material for consideration. Who We Are: an Ossining based theater group meeting bi-monthly at the: Camille Budarz Theater, Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Ave, Ossining. New works are read and critiqued as part of the company’s ongoing lab process, which is focused on developing staged readings and full productions. Our first public reading, a one-act festival, has been announced for June.  We are a multi-cultural, cooperative theater company in the process of establishing not-for-profit status. Our stated missions are: furthering the skills of our members; developing new plays of merit; and fostering cultural enrichment in our surrounding communities. Who You Are: an actor, writer or director residing in the Westchester, Rockland, Putnam County area who enjoys the collaborative theater process and the excitement of participating in the development of new plays.  Writers who would like to participate forward sample scripts of no more than 20 pages.  Interested actors/actresses and directors forward headshots, resumes and inquiries to:  wctcompany@gmail.com

 

 

Looking for OHS Class of ’76 Alumni:   If you remember The Hill, The Truck, the new-found freedom of the Humanities program, and football uniforms that said INDIANS on them, chances are good you were a member of-related to- or otherwise know- someone who was in the class of 1976.  Please go to class website http://www.therightbyte.com/ohs76/  and click Missing Classmates see if you know, and can get in touch with any of the people we are trying to find. We will be voting on reunion options by the end of the month, and want to have as many people back in the loop as possible.  Thank you!!

 

 

OHS CLASS OF 1971 looking for classmates from 1969 to 1973 to be included in a 40th REUNION PARTY hosted by the class of 1971 on September 24, 2011 at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown. Other activities are planned for the weekend.  They are also looking for classmates who changed schools or moved away before graduation.  If you are a member of our class, or fit any of the above categories, please contact Susan Knell (knell.susan@gmail.com) or Madeline Reamy (mreamy@mindspring.com) so that we can update your information, and send you an invitation!  

 

 

Orchid Condominiums at 73 Spring Street in Ossining:  One-bedroom condominiums $130,000, two-bedroom condominiums $160,000.  Maximum Income Limits Apply ($58,600 -$83,800, based on number of persons in household.)  Why rent when you can own your own home, for more information please call IFCA 941-5252.  Applications are available. 

 

 

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