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Release Date: February 10, 2011

The Mike Risko Music School is now accepting registration for their Rock Band Summer Camp. This fun, musical, one week summer program is open to ages 7-17 who have some musical experience and want to play in a band over the summer. Students learn how to write their own music, they learn about band promotions, band equipment and play a big rock concert at the end of the week. All instruments and voice are welcome! Call 762-8757 for more information or visit



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 (scroll to Environmental Advisory Council under Boards and Commissions).



“Around The World” photographic exhibit sponsored by The Westchester Photographic Society is free and open to the public, February 8-25, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Society Center Building, 55 Ryder Road in Ossining. Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit is a tour around the world with photographs from Africa, China, Canada, France, Japan, Spain, Vietnam and the U.S. Learn more about The Westchester Photographic Society at and learn about Maryknoll at .



Saw Mill River Audubon Upcoming Field Trips and Events

-Saturday, February 12, 9 am

Saw Mill River Audubon Field Trip:  Second Saturday Walks at Brinton Brook & Pruyn Sanctuaries  Join 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 directions, visit our website at

-Saturday, February 19, 9:30 am - 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 every third Saturday in the winter. 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 ( the office if you are visiting during the week. Bird seed selection and prices are available online at

-Monday, February 21, departing 8 am from Millwood

Saw Mill River Audubon Field Trip to Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich, CT

Search for winter birds on the Long Island Sound including common and red-throated loons, long-tailed ducks, common goldeneye, and more. Pre-registration required. Please call SMRA office at 914-666-6503 or email in advance to



A Healthy Pet Can’t Have Unhealthy Teeth…February Is Pet Dental Month!

Hudson Veterinary Hospital  invites all pet owners to bring in pets to learn more about the importance of pet oral health. Most of us wouldn’t dream of going even one day without brushing our teeth or skip out on regular dentist appointments. And who hasn’t experienced the excruciating pain of a toothache? We know the importance of healthy teeth and gums to our overall health and we seek immediate relief when we have a painful dental problem. The same should apply for our pets.  HVH will be providing low cost dentistries during the month of February.  We are inviting current and new clients to call for an appointment.  The dentistry will include a pre-dental oral examination of the mouth by the veterinarian, pre-anesthetic blood work, sedation for the procedure, tooth scaling and polishing, and antibiotics all for $299 (Price does not include extractions or oral surgery.)  Please call today and book your appointment with us.  The first 50 patients booked will receive a reusable tote bag, pet toothbrush and other valuable educational resources about pet oral care.  Dr. Zeitz and Dr. Klainbard want pet owners to understand that unhealthy oral habits can harm their pets. Soft plaque builds up on teeth at the gum line. Bacteria live in the plaque, irritating the gums. Eventually, these bacteria and other pathogens work their way into the bloodstream. Studies have even shown that periodontal disease in humans and pets may be linked to other health problems with the heart, liver and kidneys.  Hudson Veterinary Hospital is a full service companion animal hospital. It is our commitment to provide quality veterinary care for pets throughout their lives. Our services and facilities are designed to assist in routine preventive care for young, healthy pets; early detection and treatment of disease as your pet ages; and complete medical and surgical care as necessary during his or her lifetime.  Hudson Veterinary Hospital, 176 North Highland Avenue, Ossining, 914.762.0063,



The Lantern Gift Shop at St. Paul's-on-the-Hill has cancelled its scheduled February 5 Valentine and bake sale because of bad weather.  Instead, the sale day will be Saturday, February 12. 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: The Lantern shop is adjacent to the church at the Ganung Drive entrance.



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, Christina Papes at 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, New York 10562, or 941-3554.



Bring your ice skates… The Veterans Park Pond is open (weather dependent) for Ice Skating. Call the Recreation Department for ice conditions and hours of operation, their number is 941-3189. 



Teatown Events: 

-Saturday, February 12, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm -SNOWSHOE HIKE-ALL WELCOME. Strap on a pair of Teatown’s snowshoes, and experience a winter’s day in the woods. If there is no snow, we’ll hike instead. Wear boots and dress in layers. Families – not suitable for children under 6.

-Sunday, February 13, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm - ANIMAL ADVENTURES – SCAVENGERS!

CHILDREN. Meet a few of Teatown’s ambassador animals in this program featuring local scavengers.

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.)



Congregation Sons of Israel Nursery School Open House February 13, 2011, 3:00pm – 4:30pm  Parents and children are welcome to come experience all the school has to offer. Visit classrooms, play games, do arts & crafts.  Meet the Director and teachers.  Learn about our Summer Camp and special programs.  Also your child will have the opportunity to get FREE fingerprinting and receive ID’s.  Come join us at 1666 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor, 10510.  (914)762-6396, email or visit the website at 



Join the staff of Atria for a very special afternoon at Atria on the Hudson.  For more than 20 years, internationally known author and public speaker, David Troxel has been reinventing care for patients with dementia and Alzheimer's. He has co-authored four influential books, most notably: A Dignified Life: The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care.  Join them Tuesday February 15th for this special presentation including a meet and greet and book signing.  Refreshments will be served. Professionals are encouraged to join us at 8:30 am, until about 10:00 a.m. and Family and Friend from 3 PM to 5:30 PM.  If you know of anyone with dementia be it family or friend you will be amazed to hear the progress David has made. He is a member of the Ethics Advisory Panel for the United States Alzheimer's Association. RSVP to the Atria on the Hudson Concierge at 914-762-1980.



Come celebrate Black History Month at the Ossining Public Library as they welcome award-winning journalist and author Esther Iverem to the library on Wednesday, February 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Budarz Theater.  She will be discussing her book We Gotta Have It: Twenty Years of Seeing Black at the Movies, 1986-2006.


Relay for Life of Ossining is recruiting Committee Members - If anyone is interested in taking on a leadership role, please contact  A Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 17th at 6:30 pm in the second floor conference room.  For more information regarding Ossining's Relay for Life or to sign up for this year's event (to be held on June 4th) please visit 



The Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club Scenery Lab – The next club meeting will offer a hands-on scenery lab as each participant will model a hill with a large rock outcropping, grass and a tree. All the materials are being donated by a member so the session will be free to all. There are only 10 kits available, so be sure to be one of the first to sign up.  The club has its next monthly meeting Thursday, February 17, 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.

NMRA Metro North Division The Metro North Division of the National Model Railroading Association (NMRA) will be meeting in the New Canaan Historical Society through the end of Winter.  Their remaining meetings are scheduled for 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. 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:  Seminar topics for the March 19 have not been announced yet so check the link above.  All are welcome!


Karma Lounge of Westchester Presents The Spare Change Comedy Tour, Friday, February 18th at Karma Lounge Restaurant 175 Main Street, Ossining.  Warm up with friends, enjoying fun & laughter, listening to New York's funniest stand-up comedians.  Stand-up comedians Amy Carlson, Paul Marino, Freddy Sheffiled, Brian Jian and Edward Dominguez kick off the evening performance at 10pm. Your host is Eric Woodlin of Incoming Tide Entertainment, visit website for more event details at Limited seating, reservations suggested, $15pp. Reservations accepted at or call SmartTix at 212-868-4444.



An Old Man Makes a Long Journey To Mend His Relationship With His Brother “The Straight Story” is February Feature At International Film Festival By Maryknoll Fathers And Brothers  The featured film for February as part of the 2010-2011 International Film Festival sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. It will be shown Friday, February 18, 7:30 p.m. at the Maryknoll Mission Center, 55 Ryder Road in Ossining. Admission is free.  The Straight Story is a 1999 France-U.S.-U.K. film from director David Lynch. It is based on a true story of an old man who makes a long journey by tractor to mend his relationship with an ill brother.  The film festival provides nine monthly offerings from September to April. The current series, Life through Death: Self-giving Love and the Joy of Reconciliation, includes an introduction by a Maryknoll missioner and a brief discussion after the screening.  For more information contact:  Nancy Kleppel at 914-941-7590 or Follow Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers on Twitter at and Facebook at  Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is the overseas mission outreach of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, following Jesus in serving the poor and others in need in 27 countries. All Catholics are called to mission through baptism, and Maryknoll’s mission education outreach in parishes and schools throughout the country engages U.S. Catholics in mission through prayer, donations, as volunteers and through vocations.  The Society will commemorate its centennial with a theme of The Gift of Mission – The Maryknoll Journey. These missionaries will celebrate as they continue their journey into the next 100 years to share God’s love and the Gospel in combating poverty, providing healthcare, building communities and promoting human rights.  For more information, visit 



Ossining Family Ties of Westchester Gold Fundraiser SELL your old or unwanted trinkets, lost earrings and/or broken jewelry.  MAKE some money or DONATE your PROFITS to RAISE FUNDS for respite opportunities for Ossining Family Ties children and families.

WHEN: Thursday, February 24, 2011

TIME: 3pm-8pm

WHERE: Landmark Diner, 265 N Highland Avenue, Ossining. 

For More Information Call Sylvia Escala 914.941.3461 The Mission of Family Ties of Westchester, Inc. is to provide advocacy and support services to families of children with emotional and behavioral difficulties



Taconic Opera Presents Puccini’s MESSA DI GLORIA and GOUNOD’S REQUIEM Before Madame Butterfly or La Bohème, Puccini began his composing career with a Mass as part of a graduation exercise at the Istituto Musicale Pacini where he studied.  The Agnus Dei and Kyrie became so famous he decided to include them in some of his operas.  This work makes it clear why Puccini was chosen to ascend to the throne, becoming the reigning monarch of opera in the 20th century.  In addition, rarely performed, if ever, in the United States, Gounod’s Requiem will also round out the concert.  Gounod died leaning over this music at his table as he put the final touches on this masterpiece.  This work is generally only heard in Europe because of publication restrictions.  Since Gounod was never able to complete all the orchestration himself, the Requiem has been newly reworked to conform more with the composer’s intentions and is now available to U.S. conductors for the first time.  These two extraordinary works will be presented on one day only, Sunday, February 27, 2011, at 3:00 pm at the Ossining Methodist Church, corner of Emwilton St. and Route 9, Ossining.  Tickets are $25, or $20 for seniors and students.  For information, tickets or directions: call (914) 245-3415 or email or visit  This concert is made possible, in part, by the New York Council on the Arts and ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County government, corporations and individuals.



Collegium Westchester Concert, March 5, 2011  Members of Collegium Westchester's chorus and orchestra will present a concert of chamber music on Saturday March 5, 2011, at 8 pm, at the First Presbyterian Church of Ossining (34 South Highland Avenue, on Route 9 opposite Ossining High School). The program consists of Martinu's Nonet for Winds and Strings, Haydn's Quartet for Strings Op. 20, No. 2, and R. Srauss's Brentano Songs for Voice and Piano, Op. 68. Admission is free. For more information, call 914-282-8611 or visit  This event is made possible by the Arts Alive program of ArtsWestchester, with funding from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts.



Benefit Concert for Maryknoll Sisters Global Mission Outreach, “Music for the World,” featuring the Hudson Valley Wind Ensemble, with James D. Wayne, conducting.  Date: March 6, 2011, 3:00 p.m. at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, 10 Pinesbridge Rd., Ossining.  Tickets:  $25. Advanced or at the door. For more information, contact: Tel: 866-662-9900 or E-Mail: .  Directions: Take Rte. 9 A to Rte. 133 and follow the signs.  Maryknoll Sisters are a missionary congregation of women religious founded in 1912 with international membership who work in 24 countries around the world to Make God’s Love Visible. Visit our website



Fine Wines From Napa Valley Featured at Benefit For Phelps Memorial Hospital Center The second annual "Evening of Fine Wines with Fine Friends," benefiting Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, will be held at Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor, Friday March 11, starting at 6:30 p.m.  The event will feature wines produced by Flora Springs Winery & Vineyard in St. Helena, California. Each wine will be introduced by John Komes, president and proprietor of Flora Springs, the Napa Valley winery he established in 1978. Flora Springs offers premium handcrafted wines made from grapes raised organically in the estate's vineyards. The solar powered 19th century stone winery is perched at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains at the widest point of the Napa Valley, known for its breathtaking views. For more information about Flora Springs, visit "">  Wines selected for tasting will be available for purchase to benefit the hospital and hearty hors d'oeuvres will be served. More information and tickets at $125 per person may be obtained by contacting Ruth Burton in the Phelps Development Office at 914-366-3115.  Phelps Memorial Hospital Center is a 238-bed community hospital with 450 medical staff, representing 50 clinical specialties. Phelps is the exclusive Westchester satellite for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and member of the Stellaris Health Network.



Sunday, March 13: Save the Date for Great Music for a Great Cause! Ossining MATTERS presents acoustic folk pop quartet Tripping Lily, in concert to benefit the education foundation at the Ossining High School Auditorium, 29 S. Highland Ave. in Ossining, at 7 p.m. Students from OHS will also perform.  Tripping Lily has a fresh, energetic sound – pop-rock cross-fertilized with folk music and cutting edge vocal harmonies. The Boston Globe has called the band “a genre unto itself.” Their music has gone to #1 on Boston’s WUMB, and their song “Alone” has been featured on Showtime’s “The Big C.”  Tickets on sale soon! More info:



Save The Date!  Croton’s Original Comedy Night Fundraiser for The Croton Teen Theater, a not for profit group affiliated with the Croton Council on the Arts.  Croton's Original Comedy Night, now in its sixth year, is back!  Saturday March 19th 6:30 pm Holy Name of Mary Church, in Croton.  This year's event will feature the hilarious comedians you have come to expect, a fully catered meal from Croton's own TK Casquarelli's Restaurant, a home-baked dessert table, and free wine, beer and soda! Join the Croton Community for this evening of fun and laughter and support one of Croton's biggest and most respected teen programs. Tickets go on sale Monday, February 7th.  Call Anna Reissner at 271-9011 or JoAnn Mclellan at 271-4476 to reserve. Adults age 21 and over only $60! For more information go to 



The Charles L. Brieant Community Center will be hosting the following event:  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



The Ossining Farmers Market moved 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:  Plenty of parking on site.



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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