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Release Date: January 06, 2011

The Ossining Recreation Winter Brochure
is now available online at the Village of Ossining website, go to, click on “Department” Tab, then on “Recreation and Parks Department” to register or to view the brochure. Winter Program in person registration began on Monday, January 3rd at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will be taken Monday through Friday between 9:00AM and 9:00 PM. Registrations will be accepted on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm. Fees are listed with each program. Checks or money orders should be made payable to the Ossining Recreation Department or as otherwise specified in the program description. NO CASH ACCEPTED. Some class sizes are limited, so please register early. Ossining Senior citizens get a 10% discount. Non-residents, including seniors, pay additional fees for all programs.  On-line registration is also available if you go to, open an account and then go to the Community Center to activate the account. If you already have a current Recreation account you are all set but remember accounts must be renewed yearly so make sure you are up to date.


Happy New Year from Big Top in Ossining.  All Christmas and New Years items are 75% OFF.  Everything else:  Toys, Beauty Supplies, Partyware, Stationary, Gifts, Greeting Cards, Gift wrap, and much more is 50% OFF.   Come in and you will find a great deal and service with a smile J  Sale does not include: LOTTO, Food/Drinks/Candy, Tobacco, Phone Cards, and Newspapers.  Thank You!



Red Cross Blood Drive in the Ossining High School Gym from Friday, January 7th from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., All presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin Donuts Coffee!  Please call Maria Cuenca at 762-5760 or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment time slot.  The need is constant.  The gratification is instant.  Give blood.



Interact Benefit Concert - Friday, January 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the Ossining High School auditorium.  Performers will include student groups playing a variety of music from chamber music to hip hop to rock and roll.  This concert is helping to raise funds for world wide Polio eradication, a cause recently taken on by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has offered challenge grants for funds raised by Rotary International.  All welcome.  Admission will be $5 for students and $8 for adults.



Calling all Tangueros!  First Friday Ossining Milonga Friday, January 7th.  Performance with Jon & Loreen & "Talk Tango" Book Signing by Loreen.  Admission:  $15 ($20 w/Performance).  Beginner Lesson @ 8:00-8:45 pm, Intermediate Lesson @ 8:45-9:30 pm, Milonga from 9:30-Midnight!  Performance @ 10:00 pm with Jon & Loreen.  DJ Jon playing the best Tango, Milonga & Vals.  Refreshments Served.  Josie's International School of Dance. 125 Main Street, Ossining  (914) 432-8502



MEDITATE, MUNCH – THEN SHOP  St. Paul's-on-the-Hill (Episcopal) Church will hold a half-hour Epiphany prayer service on Saturday, January 8, followed by lunch ($6) in the Parish Hall.  St. Paul's Lantern Gift Shop will also hold its annual post-Christmas sale on the same day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Christmas items and more will be marked down 25 to 50% off. So come, eat, pray, and shop!  St. Paul's-on-the-Hill is at 40 Ganung Drive, Ossining, just east of 9A, off Rte. 133. For directions or other information, call 941-4344, 941-6627, or go on line to:  The Lantern Gift Shop is adjacent to the church at the Ganung Drive entrance.



The Ossining Farmers Market moves indoors January 8th. 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, pickles, fish, meat, eggs, cheese, herbs, baked goods and specialty foods, handmade chutney, and mushrooms.  Community Markets will also be hosting events; January 8th from 10am-noon folk singer Fred Gillen will entertain.  January 15th 10am-noon., Chef Miguel of Ossining’s Karma Lounge will cook using vegetables and condiments from the market.  Visit our website for more details: The Ossining Farmers Market now accepts (EBT) food stamps.  Plenty of parking on site.



Saw Mill River Audubon Upcoming Field Trips and Events

 Saturday, January 8, starting at 7 a.m.  - Saw Mill River Audubon Field Trip: ?Croton Point for Eagles  An annual tradition continues with this popular birding walk at Croton Point County Park led by Charlie Roberto.  Meet at the Croton boat ramp. Pre-registration required. Please call Saw Mill River Audubon’s office at 914.666.6503 or email in advance to

Saturday, January 8, starting at 9 a.m. - Saw Mill River Audubon Field Trip: Second Saturday Walks at Brinton Brook and Pruyn Sanctuaries
Join Saw Mill River
Audubon for a walk at either one of its largest sanctuaries: Brinton Brook Sanctuary in Croton or Pruyn Sanctuary in Millwood. Come observe the progress of seasons with photos and nature notes. An online journal on Facebook will be updated with each walk. Good for all ages.  Held regardless of weather except in cases of severe thunderstorm or road closures. No pre-registration needed. Please call SMRA office at 914.666.6503 or email for more information.



Teatown Events: 

-Saturday, January, 8, 9:00AM                                            Winter Birds

ALL WELCOME. Look for winter waterfowl and eagles along the Croton River and Croton Point. Meets at the Croton Boat Ramp.

 -Saturday, January 8, 11:00am - 12:30pm               Hike in the New Year

ALL WELCOME. Kick off the New Year with a hearty hike in the frosty air. We’ll look at ice formations along Bailey Brook and circle the lake looking for signs of winter wildlife. On our

return we’ll toast the New Year with a hot drink.

-Sunday, January 9, 1:00 - 2:00pm                                       Animal Adventures – Predators! 

CHILDREN. Meet a few of Teatown ambassador animals in this program featuring local predators.

For Information or to register for a program, 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 at Teatown Lake Reservation (1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining NY 10562) unless otherwise noted and are free for members and $5 for nonmembers (plus materials fee, if applicable) unless otherwise noted.  When applicable, all programs must be paid for at the time of booking.  They accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover, or you can pay in person with cash or check.  No refund will be granted less than two weeks prior to the program date.  People withdrawing prior to this deadline will receive a 75% refund (less 25% administrative costs.)



The Ossining Public Library is beginning this year with some jazz!  On Sunday, January 9th local jazz singer Tony Jefferson will be performing at 3:00 p.m. in the Budarz Theater, 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining 941-2416.


Adult Beginner Ballet on Sunday 11:30 till 1pm.  Jan 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th at Josie’s Dance Studio, Instructor Irene Kent.   The class runs for 4 Sunday’s in total. The class description is: Explore ballet’s foundations in a fun active environment, Gain an understanding of basics which, when combined, create “dance”. Class session will include barre work, center floor, adagio, pirouettes, petite allegro and grand allegro. Emphasis is on correct body alignment and use of terminology; work on dance combinations to improve technical skill, memory and performance. Bring ballet slippers, tights and leotard or leggings.  If you have any questions, regarding classes at Josie's please call Irene @ 917-754-6829 or Josie's Dance Studio @ 914-432-8502.  If you are interested in registration at SUNY WCC you may contact them at 914-606-6830 and press #1 or email them at:  Instructor background: Irene Kent has 20 years of experience in dance teaching as well as performing. She is trained in classic ballet as well as in musical theater dance. Irene attended Point Park University Conservatory for Performing Arts where she received her BA degree in Performance. Irene has performed on Broadway, nationally and internationally in such shows as West Side Story A Chorus line, and Cole Porters review. Some of her ballet credits include, The Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and The American Dance Ensemble. Irene has performed in numerous other venues throughout the United States, the Far East, including China and Japan, and through out central Europe. Irene is currently teaching in New York City, SUNY WCC, (spring semester starts Feb 6th) and privately coaching ballet through out the tri-state area. She is also a certified Pilate’s instructor.



Adult Programming at the Ossining Pubic Library – January, 2011

- January Art Exhibit: Mostly Landscapes, Sunday, January 2-Thursday, January 30   

A retrospective art exhibit by Croton landscape artist Rosalind Morrissey.

- Artist Reception with Rosalind Morrissey, Sunday, January 9, 1-3pm

Meet January’s featured artist, Rosalind Morrissey, whose retrospective Mostly Landscapes is on-view in the Library Gallery throughout the month.  Snow Date Sunday, January 16.

- Jazz Concert with Tony Jefferson, Sunday, January 9, 3-4pm

Local jazz musician Tony Jefferson performs a free Sunday afternoon concert in the Budarz Theater.



Hudson Chorale Accepting New Members in January The Hudson Chorale - a newly-formed chorus resulting from the merger of the Westchester Concert Singers and the Choral Arts Society, two of the oldest choruses in Westchester County – is welcoming new members for the second half of its 2010-2011 season.  Singers in all voice parts (S, A, T, B) are invited to join Westchester’s largest mixed-voice choral group in preparing for an exciting May 21, 2011, concert that includes some of the most celebrated choral works of the 20th century: Morten Lauridsen’s haunting and unforgettable Lux Aeterna, Ralph Vaughn Willams’s The Lark Ascending, and Arthur Bliss’s Pastoral. The chorus’s goal is to provide both audience members and singers with the best possible experience in choral singing; its repertoire will range from the great masterpieces to contemporary compositions.  Singers looking for a new or additional choral family are encouraged to consider the Hudson Chorale.  Michael Conley is the Music Director of the Hudson Chorale.  Mr. Conley enjoys a multi-faceted career as a conductor, composer, pianist, organist and singer.  In addition to serving as Music Director of the Hudson Chorale, Mr. Conley is the Music Director of the West Village Chorale and Judson Memorial Church in Manhattan, and is the Director of the High School Chorus at the Dalton School in New York City.  Rehearsals for the upcoming season will begin on Monday, January 31, 2011, from 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm and will take place on Monday evenings in Scarborough.  “Singer-friendly” auditions will be held on Monday, January, 10, 2011. To receive additional information and/or to schedule a time for an audition, contact Janet Gortsema at  or call (914) 769-1262.  To learn more about the chorus, visit the website at



Girls Softball Clinic - Building Better Fastpitch Softball Players - Open to girls ages 7 and up.  Clinic will be held at the Briarcliff High School Gym Friday, January 14th from 7 – 9 p.m.  Topics include proper stretching and warm-up, Infield Fundamentals, Outfield Fundamentals, Pitching Mechanics, Hitting Fundamentals and Playing Defense.  Please bring Gloves and bats NO CLEATS!  Registration $50 dollars per player (includes t-shirt, please respond with shirt size) R.S.V.P. to Coach Paul Zeidan at 769-6299 Ext. 330 or 



The Charles L. Brieant Community Center will be hosting the following events:  January 15th: Clothing Drive In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, the CBCC is inviting all youth in Ossining to bring good used clothes (especially winter coats) to Potter Hall, adjacent to Trinity Church, at 7 South Highland Avenue. Volunteers are needed to sort clothes from 9am to 12noon.  May 7th: A celebration of the Foods and Wines of the greater Ossining area.  In development: A Youth Art Show that celebrates the history of Ossining.  For further information,

contact Norman H. Fulton at 941-0000 or email



In honor of Dr. King’s spirit of community service, the Charles L. Brieant Community Center, in partnership with The Volunteer Center will conduct a Warm Winter Clothing Drive on January, 15th from 9am to 12noon.  Good used and new articles of warm clothing may be dropped off at the center located at 7 South Highland Street in Ossining. Park in the rear of Trinity Church and follow the signs. Volunteers, especially youth, are needed and each volunteer (up to 20) will receive a MLK Commemorative T-Shirt. Please contact Norman Fulton, Executive Director, for further information.  Tel: 914.941.0000. Email 



How to Self-Publish Fiction and Nonfiction Books  This workshop is one big Q&A. An intensive, interactive class where the concentration is on answering your questions about how to self-publish your book from start to finish. Ask questions, express concerns anytime during class. Topics discussed: who to hire to self-publish, market and sell your book, online digital publishing companies, creating an Internet presence, how to price your book. One session, 2hrs. Instructor: Award-winning Author Shelley Gilbert, Saturday, January 15, 2:00-4:00pm. Westchester Community College, Grasslands Road, Valhalla.
Call:  914-606-6830  Email:



Martin Luther King Celebration to be held Monday, January 17th, 7:30pm at First Presbyterian Church, 34 S. Highland Ave.  Keynote is Danille McGuire, Professor of History Wayne State University in Detroit.  She will talk about her research recently published in her book, "At the Dark End of the Street", a history of how black women organized to work against discrimination and racism in the South during the beginning of the civil rights movement, a story not often known or told.  Refreshments will be served afterward in the Fellowship Hall downstairs, sponsored by the Briarcliff Ossining Ministerial Associations (BOMA.)



The Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club has its next monthly meeting Thursday, January 20, 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. There is going to be a hands' on free scenery clinic for all attendees but reservations are suggested as there is a limited number of scencery kits.  If you would like to attend, please call Hank Teller for all details at 914-309-2395.  Hank Teller will also be glad to answer any questions about model railroading. You can call him at 914-309-2395 also.  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.”
NMRA Metro North Division The Metro North Division of the NMRA will be meeting in the New Canaan Historical Society over this Winter.  Their meetings are scheduled for January 15, March 19 and May 21. Most meetings consist of two seminars on various aspects of model railroading and then layout visits to local model railroaders.
Seminar topics for the January 15th meeting are:

DCC Sound - Bob Collett (QSI) / Scott Russell (Soundtraxx)

Roads - John Elwood / John Grosner / Dick Wolter  All are welcome!



Contest Announcement…Ossining Council #311 K of C to Sponsor Youth Free Throw Championship  All boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The local competition will be held Friday, January 21, 2011 at 6:45pm at St. Augustine School gym, 381 No. Highland Ave., Ossining.  The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district, and state competitions. International champions are announced by the K of C headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions. All boys and girls will compete in their respective age and gender divisions. Since its beginning in 1972, over 2.5 million youths have participated in the contest.  All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. For entry forms or additional information contact: Xavier Flores at  With more than 1.7 million members, the Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, the community, families, and young people. In 2009, the Knights of Columbus at all levels of the organization raised and distributed $151 million to charity and rendered 69 million hours of volunteer service.



SAVOR THE FLAVOR! January 22, 2011 5:30-9:30 Come join us for the 3rd annual New Orleans Mardi Gras style extravaganza and enjoy some New Orleans style food and fun while supporting the continued rebuild of New Orleans!  There will be authentic New Orleans food, live music by the VooDUDES, dancing, raffle prizes, silent auction with items priced for everyone's pocketbook including jewelry, art, wine, food, gift baskets etc.   This year the event will be held at Briarcliff Congregational Church, Beebe Hall, 30 So. State Rd., Briarcliff Manor.


Let us cook for your SUPERBOWL Party/Dinner/Game Watch!   Visit our website to see the menu and order Savor the Flavor tickets, raffle tickets, get directions, see pictures from previous events and get more information about these fundraising efforts.  You can also see the menu and order Super Bowl   or  or call Jane Ozer at 914-762-7502.  For more information about Savor the Flavor and donations go to:; for more information on Superbowl food go to:  All proceeds go to support the continued rebuilding of New Orleans by youth and adult volunteers.



Teen Open Mic Night Saturday, January 22nd @ 7:30-10:30 pm FREE ADMISSION!  SINGERS, DANCERS, MUSICIANS, POETS, STAND-UP COMICS ... Sing, dance and laugh along with the winter blues.  Join us for a great evening at Josie's for the first series
of Teen Open Mic Night!  Warm, charming atmosphere.  Hot cocoa, coffee & desserts sold!  Equipment Available:  Piano, 88-Key Weighted Keyboard, 2 Classical/Folk Guitars, Microphone, Ipod Connection.  SIGN UP @ 6:30-7:30 pm Early RSVP's Welcome, Call (914) 432-8502 or email Josie @ Josie's Int'l School of Dance, 125 Main Street, Ossining (914) 432-8502. 



Hudson Chorale to Hold Inaugural Concert On Sunday, January 23, 2011, the new 90-voice Hudson Chorale will take the stage for the first time, featuring the Brahms Requiem scored for two pianos as the centerpiece of its debut concert entitled “Heaven’s Harmony.”  The chorus, now the largest vocal ensemble in Westchester and surrounding counties, was formed when two long-standing local choruses, the Choral Arts Society and the Westchester Concert Singers, merged last July.  The concert will take place at the Horace Greeley High School, 70 Roaring Brook Road, Chappaqua, at 4:00 pm.  Brahms dedicated his powerful Requiem to the whole of humanity, and in the words of his friend, Clara Schumann, “It is a truly tremendous piece of art which moves the entire being in a way little else does.”  The concert will also include Eric Helmuth’s joyous and celebratory Farther Sail, a work based on the poetry of Walt Whitman, Ned Rorem’s Love Alone, and the beautiful, lush Magnificat from Franz Liszt’s Dante Symphony.  Michael Conley, Music Director, will be conducting.  Mr. Conley, the former conductor of the Choral Arts Society, is a celebrated composer, pianist, organist and singer as well as conductor and has high expectations for this new group, the size of which will permit a broader range of repertoire and greater depth of professionalism and musicianship.  Both he and the chorus members are excited about the inaugural program and look forward to sharing it with the public.  For anyone wishing to attend this event, tickets are $25, $10 for students, and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling (914) 462-3212 or through the website:  Horace Greeley High School has ample parking and is handicap accessible.



“Managing Your Career In Changing Times” Paves The Way to Employment for Job Seekers  The Ossining Public Library ( in conjunction with WEBS Career and Educational Counseling Service will offer a free eight-week career counseling seminar for adults called “Managing Your Career in Changing Times.” The seminar begins Wednesday, February 2. All seminars will be held at the Library from 1-3pm.  Registration is required and those who wish to attend the program must call WEBS at (914) 674-3612 on or after January 18th to register.  Places will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  WEBS helps participants assess themselves, obtain career and educational information, explore career options, and market themselves.  Participants will also learn how to use the Internet in their job search.  The program is geared to those who are unemployed, changing careers, reentering the workforce or returning to school.  The nineteen-hour workshop consists of an orientation session, eight group sessions, and one individual session with a career counselor.  The Ossining Public Library is one of five public libraries in the county participating in the WEBS project.  Sponsored by the Westchester Library System, WEBS has counseled more than 30,000 adults over the last 30 years.



Desires by Mikolay Charity Shopping Cocktail Party to benefit SPCA of Westchester 15% off purchases with an additional 15% donated to the SPCA of Westchester.  The event will be held on Saturday, February 5th from 5 – 9 p.m. at Desires by Mikolay, 55 King Street, Chappaqua.  Bring your friends and join them for complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres!  Come find the perfect gift for that special Valentine or treat yourself to your heart’s desire!  To RSVP or if you have any questions, please contact or call 941-2896 ext.22. 



The Junior League of Westchester-on-Hudson will host "Sweet Charity" Chocolate Tasting Benefit on Saturday, February 5th from 7:00-9:00pm!  The event will feature a professional chocolate tasting with Odyssey Chocolates followed by a reception and live auction.  The event will be held at Kendal on Hudson, 1010 Kendal Way in Sleepy Hollow.  Please go to or call 914-631-2542 to purchase tickets.



Ballroom Exercise Core and More

Location: Ms. Ferdinandova's Ballet School:  468 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor.  Date: Tuesday and Thursday throughout the year, Time: 5:30-6:30pm The objective of Ballroom Exercise Core and More is to dance to routines to ballroom rhythms.  They will be doing routines to Cha Cha, Meringue, Rhumba, Salsa, Tango, Samba and much more, with a concentration on the core area.  These routines will burn calories, help you to slim down, relieve stress, get cardio benefits and most of all have fun.  This program was created to help people feel good about themselves and to lead a healthy lifestyle.  Exercise, diet and health are also discussed.  This program will encourage participants to lead a healthy, active life and will give them the confidence they deserve to feel good about themselves and be proud of their body.  Private Lessons are also given at people's homes and at the instructor’s home on a regular basis. Please feel free to e-mail or call Donna at 914-715-3842 for more information.



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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