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Meditation and Aromatherapy Wednesdays @ The Field Library Tickets
Dec 6 @ 6:30 pm – Dec 27 @ 8:00 pm
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De-stress for the holidays! In this four-part workshop, aromatherapist, master herbalist, and personal trainer Barbara DeMartini Smith will teach the basics of essential oils and group meditation techniques. Session I will concentrate on making and using your own essential oils, and sessions II, III, and IV will feature mediation and aromatherapy. Wednesday nights in December from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. All supplies included. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call the desk at 914-737-0010 to register. The Field Library // 4 Nelson Avenue // Peekskill, NY, 10566

Sinai Free Synagogue Chanukah Open House @ Sinai Free Synagogue Tickets
Dec 17 all-day
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Sinai Free Synagogue is a multi-generational community devoted to lifelong learning.

Sinai Free Synagogue’s diverse creative educational community is having a special Open House on Sunday, December 17th, 2017 from 9:30 to 10:30 as we celebrate Chanukah. Come join us as we spend an hour socializing, eating, and playing dreidel! We welcome new families to take part in this festive event and learn more about our special temple. Children can help make latkes and chocolate lollipops, play dreidel, eat donuts, and create frames for photos we will take during the hour long celebration. Parents and grand-parents in the greater Jewish community are invited to bring their children for this fun festival of lights celebration.

For more information, please contact the temple office, 914-664-1727, or email:

Shinrin-yoku @ Teatown Lake Reservation Tickets
Dec 17 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
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Research continues to emphasize the positive effects that this Japanese practice has on our health. Join us for a meditative, slowly-paced walk led by an experienced guide through Teatown’s meadows and woodlands. For Adults. Members Free, Non-members $7. Programs require pre-registration. To register, visit or call 914-762-2912 x 110.

Santa Visits the Rosen House: A Children’s Christmas Concert @ Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts Tickets
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm
Santa Visits the Rosen House: A Children's Christmas Concert @ Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts |  |  |

Jolly Saint Nick comes to Caramoor to fill the Rosen House with holiday cheer. The little ones will be in for an adventure with I Spy a Santa or Two in the Music Room, followed by a 30-minute concert of favorite holiday songs when Santa Claus will appear to delight the whole family. Santa’s favorite snack — milk and cookies — will be served in the cloisters. Bring your cameras and begin the festive season with joy!

Celebrate Morningstar: Growing Up With Books with Ann Hood at Byrd’s Books @ Byrd's Books Tickets
Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm
Celebrate Morningstar: Growing Up With Books with Ann Hood at Byrd's Books @ Byrd's Books |  |  |

Join us Sunday afternoon December 17th at 3:00p.m. for a very special author talk with Ann Hood, author of Morningstar: Growing Up With Books. (rescheduled from October 29th)
This event will fill up quickly, and we reserve the right to limit attendance due to space. To register, click the link or call: 203-730-2973
About the book:
In her admired works of fiction, including the recent The Book That Matters Most, Ann Hood explores the transformative power of literature. Now, with warmth and honesty, Hood reveals the personal story behind these beloved novels.
Growing up in a mill town in Rhode Island, in a household that didn’t foster a love of literature, Hood discovered nonetheless the transformative power of books. She learned to channel her imagination, ambitions, and curiosity by devouring ever-growing stacks. In Morningstar, Hood recollects how The Bell Jar, Marjorie Morningstar, The Harrad Experiment, and The Outsiders influenced her teen psyche and introduced her to topics that could not be discussed at home: desire, fear, sexuality, and madness. Later, Johnny Got His Gun and The Grapes of Wrath dramatically influenced her political thinking, while the Vietnam War and the Kent State shootings became headline news and classics such as Dr. Zhivago and Les Miserables stoked her ambitions to travel the world. With characteristic insight and charm, Hood showcases the ways in which books gave her life and can transform–even save–our own lives.
About the author:
Ann Hood is the author of the best-selling novels The Book That Matters Most, The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, The Obituary Writer, and Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
Review Quotes:
Morningstar is a love letter to the very act of reading and the power of books to light the way. I can think of no better guide than Ann Hood, whose generosity of spirit, courage, humor, gumption, and grace are a powerful reminder that language and story have the capacity to heal, to instruct, and to change our lives. What a mighty little book, so full of heart. –Dani Shapiro, author of Devotion and Slow Motion
From Alice: I have read and loved this book dearly. Maybe I am just the right age to remember just how books defined certain periods of my life, but this book hit all the right makes for me. Read it, you will remember your own past and the books that resonated then.

National Theatre Live “Follies” @ The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College Tickets
Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm
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Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production of Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (“The Comedy of Errors”).

National Theatre Live lets you experience the best of British Theatre, recorded live in London and rebroadcast in spectacular digital HD on the big screen.

Tickets: $22.50

Saw Mill River Audubon Third Sunday Walk at Pruyn Sanctuary (NEW!) @ Pruyn Sanctuary Tickets
Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Saw Mill River Audubon Third Sunday Walk at Pruyn Sanctuary (NEW!) @ Pruyn Sanctuary |  |  |

Meet at the Woodmill Road trails entrance of Pruyn Sanctuary for a family-friendly walk for adults and young people age 5 and older. No registration needed. Rain or shine. Please always check our website before traveling, in case of inclement weather which could cause us to make changes to the outing.

“#MeToo” is the theme of the Sunday, December 17 services at The Unitarian Church in Westport. @ The Unitarian Church in Westport Tickets
Dec 17 @ 11:00 pm – 11:00 pm
"#MeToo" is the theme of the Sunday, December 17 services at The Unitarian Church in Westport. @ The Unitarian Church in Westport |  |  |

“#MeToo” is the theme of the Sunday, December 17 services at The Unitarian Church in Westport.
The reality is that most all women have experienced sexual harassment, abuse and denigration. Rev. John Morehouse’s sermon will address the issue of sexual harassment from a faithful perspective.

Why is that women have so long been abused and ignored in our society? What role does religion play in this system of oppression? And how can we as women and men find a way for women to be heard safely and healing to begin? Our service, organized by women members of the congregation, will include the prophetic voices of women past and present as well as a healing ritual for all women so hurt.

Renard Lectures presents: From One, Two – Three Centuries of Duo Violin Music @ Shames JCC on the Hudson Tickets
Dec 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Renard Lectures presents:  From One, Two - Three Centuries of Duo Violin Music @ Shames JCC on the Hudson   |  |  |

In this Performance-Lecture, Violinists Shem Guibbory and Sergey Nazarov will present the inside view of a violinist’s world of sound. They will highlight for you differences and blends in iconic works by Telemann and Bach, sweet unknown works by Leclair and Pleyel, and heart-wrenching, foot-tapping folk music compiled and arranged by Bartok.

Violinist SHEM GUIBBORY is an internationally acclaimed, award winning musician, and creator of mixed-media performance art. Since 1992, Mr. Guibbory has been amember of the first violin section of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Beethoven Halle Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony and the Symphony of the New World. He was the original violinist in the Steve Reich Ensemble – his recording of Violin Phase on the ECM label has become an American classic of avant-garde music – and has performed recitals and chamber music throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He has also recorded five CDs with Anthony Davis, including Maps, a violin concerto commisioned by the Kansas City Symphony; other recordings are on ECM, Gramavision, Opus 1, DG, Albany, Bridge, CRI and MSR Classics. His latest CD, Voice of the People (2010), received excellent reviews – it presents Gabriela Lena Frank’s Peruvian-influenced music with Dmitri Shostokovich’s Sonata For Violin And Piano, Op.137 (1968) along with short illustrative films.

Violinist SERGEY NAZAROV has performed extensively in Europe, the Ukraine, the United States, Brazil and Canada. His active career includes performances at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, solo and chamber music engagements with Brooklyn Neighborhood Orchestra, Albert Einstein College Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Mountain Festival, Connecticut Alliance for Music. A member of Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and concertmaster of New York Stage Originals, Mr. Nazarov also played with the Greenwich Symphony, New American Chamber Orchestra, Festival de due Mondi, Italy, and Classical Winter in Jerusalem. Mr. Nazarov has received intensive training as a soloist, orchestra and chamber musician. Mr. Nazarov received his Bachelor and Master Degrees in violin performance from Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Albert Markov, Ariana Bronne and members of The American String
Quartet. In addition to his active performing schedule, Mr.Nazarov is on the faculty of several private music schools in the New York area including the Shames JCC on the Hudson Music School. TODAY’S LECTURE IS SPONSORED BY The WEXLER FAMILY

The Renard Lecture Series welcomes persons 50 years of age and older who are seeking a cultural and intellectual experience at the Shames JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown on Mondays from 10-11:30 am. PLEASE NOTE: Doors Open at 9:30 am. Registration is not required. Fee is $5. per person, per visit. For more information call Linda 914.366.7898 ext. 1126. Thanks.

Support Group for Alzheimer’s Early Stage Caregivers @ Meals on Wheels Tickets
Dec 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
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Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease? You don’t have to face it alone. Sharing with others who understand can bring relief and help everyone who participates. Our groups are open to the public. This is a free program for early-stage caregivers. For more information and to register, please call Debbie Kagan-Birkeland, Alzheimer’s Association, 845.639.6776.