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OSSINING WEB BLAST 3-31-2011
Release Date: March 31, 2011

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Village of Ossining to Release Requests for Proposals on Main Street Sites The Village of Ossining will be releasing Requests for Proposals on April 1, 2011 for two village owned sites located at 147-155 Main Street (the “We Can Do It” site) and 200 Main Street (the Ossining Bank for Savings building).  The Requests will seek submissions from interested developers for the redevelopment of both parcels, the first being comprised of a vacant lot, and the second containing an existing historic structure. The due date for the Request for Proposals (RFPs) for these sites will be due June 3, 2011.  To download the RFPs please see www.villageofossining.org .  Interested parties can contact Valerie Monastra, Village Planner, at 914-762-6232 or vmonastra@ossbuilding.org

 

 

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.

 

 

Ossining Earth Day/Stash the Trash Event Set for April 30. Family Day to Help Keep Ossining Beautiful and Learn About Living a More Sustainable Life. Looking for a fun and educational family day out that can also help you live a more sustainable life? Come out with your family and friends to Ossining’s Earth Day/Stash the Trash event at the beautiful Louis B. Engel Waterfront Park on April 30 from 11am -5pm. Featured events of the day, which have been organized by the Town/Village Green Ossining Committee include: Stash the Trash:  Meet at 12 noon at Engel Park, the Joseph G Community Center, 95 Broadway; the Ossining Historical Society at Croton Avenue, or the Jug Tavern, 74 Revolutionary Road to get your assigned clean up territory, gloves and bags.  This year, we are pleased to offer biodegradable garbage bags for the clean up. Come to the Earth Day fair afterwards to participate in activities and have some delicious, healthy local food. Earth Day Celebration:  11am-5pm: Come to Louis B. Engel Waterfront Park for a fun and educational day with your family, featuring music, children’s activities and information about how to save money by reducing your carbon footprint. Special events throughout the day! Performers - Claremont School Chorus, “Modern Crusaders” dance performance, John Elkes, DJ Johnny G, other local musicians. Recycle Extravaganza! Clothes, Books, Household appliances, small personal electronics, E-waste -computers, laptops, monitors, printers, copiers, fax machines, servers ,ups batteries, keyboards, mice, wires, computer parts, telephone systems ,cell phones, stereo equipment. ($10.00 charge for television sets, air conditioner units and dehumidifiers), Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL). Delicious Local Food – enjoy local restaurants, Starbucks iced tea and more! Recycle/Swap sports & recreation equipment your kids no longer need

 

Special event this year: Prom Dress Swap – Bring your prom dresses to donate or swap. Raffle for free corsage/boutonniere. Education by Hilltop Hanover Farm, Ossining High School Environments Club, Teatown, Clearwater, Riverkeeper, Ossining Boat and Canoe Club, and other organizations. Sponsors include: Starbucks, Cravings, Club Fit, Green Mountain Energy, Rubrums, WOW Green, North American Refinery, Office Recycling Solutions, 511NY Rideshare, and others.  Join us as a sponsor.                       

 

There are still limited vendor spaces available for those who have green business ventures.  We are also seeking student and adult volunteers to assist with the day’s activities.

 

For more information, go to www.greenossining.org, or contact Catherine Borgia at cborgia@townofossining.com, 914-762-6001, or 914-262-8873.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

SONDHEIM: BROADWAY ON FILM SERIES COMING TO THE OSSINING PUBLIC LIBRARY APRIL 2011, Sondheim: Broadway on Film Series, Wednesday, April 6 – Company

Wednesday, May 4 – Sunday in the Park with George, Wednesday, June 1 – Passion, The Budarz Theater at the Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining at 7pm, Free to all, The Ossining Public Library will present three filmed productions of Tony Award-winning musicals composed by living legend Stephen Sondheim. The series opens with the 2007 revival of Company, an exploration of love and commitment starring Raúl Esparza. It continues with Sunday in the Park with George, the Pulitzer Prize-winning landmark examination of creativity starring Berna­dette Peters and Mandy Patinkin; and Passion, Sondheim’s operatic musical about obsessive love, starring Donna Mur­phy and Marin Mazzie. All films will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Budarz Theater. This series was curated by Bonnie Katz.

 

 

Come Sail on the Hudson River! Ferry Sloops, a non-profit, environmental sailing organization, invites all to attend the "kick-off" presentation for the 2011 sailing season. If you would like to enjoy sailing on the river, improve your sailing skills, meet other people interested in sailing, help promote the care & appreciation of the Hudson and participate in community river events, stop by and learn more. Join us at the Croton Free Library (in the Ottinger Program Room) on Monday, April 4 at 7:00PM. A pot-luck supper precedes the meeting at 6:30pm. For more information, visit our website. http://www.ferrysloops.org

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Presented by DeShannon Bowens, MS, Founder and Lead Therapist, ILERA Counseling & Education The program will feature a discussion of a recent episode of GLEE entitled “Blame It On the Alcohol” and will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm in the Ossining Public Library Budarz Theater.  The program was will be led by DeShannon Bowens of ILERA Counseling & Education Services.  The Courageous Conversations series is a four-part film and discussion program to help parents learn about the effects of film and TV shows on kids and teens. 

 

According to statistics from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention:

·         By the time adolescent are 13, one in five has tried smoking.  Close to 25%  of high school students smoke cigarettes.

·         Two-thirds of teens between the ages of 14 and 17 have tried alcohol.  Almost a quarter of drinkers ages 16 to 21 admit to driving after drinking.

·         Slightly more than 25% of adolescents ages of 14 and 17 have used illegal drugs.  One-third of young adult marijuana users ages 18 to 21 started using the drug by the time they turned 14.

·         About one in every three kids ages 14 and 15 has had sexual intercourse.  Of sexually active teens, almost 30% used no birth control during their last sexual encounter.

While these statistics may alarm us, we as parents have the ability to empower our children to think for themselves and make smart decisions that keep them safe.  We encourage you to come to Our Courageous Conversation: “Alcohol, How To Keep Your Teen Safe” and learn how you can be “be a parent and not a friend” to your teen.

 

If you are interested in learning how you can learn how to keep your teen safe from the risks of underage drinking and other risks, please join Ossining CTC, ILERA Counseling & Education Services, and Westchester Library Systems at the next Courageous Conversations program and mark your calendar to attend “Alcohol, How to Keep Your Teen Safe” next Thursday, April 7, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm at the Ossining Public Library Theater.  If you have a teen, you don’t want to miss this program. For questions or information on Courageous Conversations please 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: The OAC Annual Members Show opening 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. 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.  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.

 

 

THE OSSINING PUBLIC LIBRARY PRESENTS A JAZZY SATURDAY AFTERNOON CONCERT WITH TED DANIEL AND HIS INTERNATIONAL BRASS & MEMBRANE CORPS.

On Saturday, April 16, the Ossining Public Library will present Ted Daniel and his International Brass & Membrane Corps. at 3pm in the Budarz Theater. The Ossining resident and jazz talent will perform the music of legendary New Orleans cornetist King Oliver, drawing from the 1923 seminal jazz recordings by The King Oliver Creole Jazz Band. Reservations are not required for this free concert and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Ossining Public Library is located at 53 Croton Avenue in Ossining. For information, call (914) 941-2416 or visit http://ossininglibrary.org/. Trumpeter Ted Daniel grew up in Ossining, frequently collaborating with legendary guitarist Sonny Sharrock before studying music theory and composition at City College of New York. Daniel performed with a number of ensembles and jazz musicians including Brute Force, Archie Shepp, Dewey Redman, Andrew Cyrille, Sam Rivers, Billy Bang and Henry Threadgill, taught workshops and master classes throughout the United States as well as in Japan and Spain, and received a compositional grant from the National Endowment for the Arts before forming the International Brass and Membrane Corps. Daniel describes the IBMC trio as a “flexible and expandable creative music performance group,” utilizing brass instruments and a variety of percussion.

 

 

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 at 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 Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club.  The club has its next monthly meeting Thursday, April 21, in the community room of the Apple Bank in the Rose Hill Shopping Center in Thornwood. The meeting will begin by 8:00PM and generally breaks up around 10PM. If you would like to attend, please call Hank Teller for all details at 914-309-2395. The Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month except in July and August. Come and find out why model railroading is the “Worlds Greatest Hobby.” Hank Teller will also be glad to answer any questions about model railroading. You can call him at 914-309-2395 also. NMRA Metro North Division The Metro North Division of the National Model Railroading Association (NMRA) will be meeting in the New Canaan Historical Society. Their remaining meeting before the Summer break is scheduled for Saturday, May 21. Most meetings consist of two seminars on various aspects of model railroading and then layout visits to local model railroaders. Previous meetings have covered DCC and water in scenery. The meetings start at 9:30AM. Here’s a link for more up to date info: http://www.metronorthnmra.org/

 

 

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.

 

 

The Ossining Historical Society Thrift Shop is closing permanently on April 30th.  The entire contents of the shop will be on sale at reduced prices on Friday April 8th and Saturday April 9th from 9 am to 5 pm.  Among the items for sale are dishes, glassware, store showcases, bookcases and much more.  The shop is located at 196 Croton Avenue in Ossining  For information call 941-8180

 

 

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.

 

The community of Ossining will be hosting its fourth Relay For Life event on June 4-5, 2011 at Anne M. Dorner Middle School beginning at 7 pm on Friday until 7 am the next morning.  Relay For Life is an event where people come to celebrate those who have survived cancer, remember those we’ve lost, and fight back against a disease that touches too many lives. As mentioned before, throughout the length of the event teams commit to having one person on the track at all times, relay style. To keep everyone motivated, there will be entertainment, activities and a very special reception for cancer survivors and their families to celebrate what they have overcome. Should you be interested in supporting this event or getting involved, please contact the event co-chairs: Monica Mitchell at 914.439.9433/ mdsm221@optonline.net or Liz Blye at 914.263.6768/ Ossiningrelay@yahoo.com. You can also learn more by going to the event website, www.relayforlife.org/ossiningny.

 

 

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. 

 

 

Do you have an event or information that you would like included in this web blast?   If so please submit to Ingrid Richards at the Village of Ossining at irichards@villageofossining.org  Submissions included in this listing are intended solely to inform of events and information of general interest to subscribers.  The Village of Ossining does not necessarily endorse or support organizations or entities whose events and / or activities are listed above.  The Village makes no representation as to the accuracy thereof, nor does it assume any liability in connection with same. ? Please don't print this e-mail unless necessary.

 


 



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