Our Community - April 2013

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Music Conservatory of Westchester

A select group of Music Conservatory of Westchester (MCW) students were invited by alt rock band Youngblood Hawke to join them onstage at the recent “iHeartRadio” media event, hosted by Clear Channel. This is the first time MCW students have performed with a Top 40 artist at a major event, held in New York City. The opportunity arose as a result of the band’s 2012 interview for the online music series A-Sides with Jon Chattman (www.asidesmusic.com), MCW’s director of communications. Chattman regularly hosts bands at the Conservatory to raise awareness of the nonprofit community school. Music Conservatory of Westchester, 216 Central Ave., White Plains. 761-3900. www.musicconservatory.org.

Hudson River Museum

The Hudson River Museum was the recipient of the proceeds from Hudson Valley Bounty, a fundraising program for the Museum’s programs and exhibitions.

Six Hudson Valley chefs paired a superb six-course menu with award-winning wines for more than 180 guests. Hudson Valley Bounty chefs included Honorary Chair Peter X. Kelly, X2O Yonkers; Mark Kramer, Susan Lawrence, Chappaqua; Vincent Barcelona, Harvest on Hudson, Hastings; Eric Gabrynowicz, Restaurant North, Armonk; Ethan Kostbar, Moderne Barn, Armonk; and Maarten Steenman, La Tulipe Desserts, Mount Kisco. Ralph Leon of Harvest on Hudson Restaurant gave wine commentary. Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 963-4550. www.hrm.org.

WeeZee World of "Yes I Can!"

An ice cream extravaganza was recently held at WeeZee. WeeZee co-sponsored the event with Cold Stone Creamery providing a scrumptious experience combined with playtime in the 16,000 square foot indoor kids’ gym. WeeZee also features Cold Stone Creamery birthday cakes as part of its birthday party packages.

WeeZee World of “Yes I Can!” is Westchester’s gym for kids with programs and activities that exercise and strengthen intellectual, physical and social skills in a one-of-a-kind play center. WeeZee World of “Yes I Can,” 480 Bedford Road, Chappaqua. 752-2100. www.weezeeworld.com.

Yeah for Libraries

by Jean Sheff

April is a banner month for libraries. School Library Month held in April is the American Association of School Librarians’ celebration of school librarians and their programs. Help celebrate the critical role school libraries play in your child’s educational experience.

National Library Week is celebrated this month as well. From April 14 to 20 the American Library Association and libraries across the country celebrate the contributions of the nation’s libraries and librarians. The week is devoted to promoting library use and support.

Children’s Day/Children’s Book Day or El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día), rounds out the month of celebrations on April 30. This day acknowledges the importance of advocating literacy for every child regardless of linguistic and cultural background. Local observances are happening at the Warner Library in Tarrytown on April 25 at 6:30 p.m. and The Riverfront Library in Yonkers on April 20 from 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Capture your child’s imagination by reading them the new picture book, Miss Moore Thought Otherwise; How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children by Jan Pinborough (Houghton Mifflin, 2013).

Did you know that before 1911 children weren’t even allowed in many libraries? That was until a New York City librarian – Anne Carroll Moore – thought otherwise. Moore was instrumental in creating the children’s library section, as we know it today, a child-friendly space with story hours, book activities and shelves of books ready to be borrowed and read. Her first children’s library was housed in what was then the brand new New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in New York City.

Updated 10:59 pm, April 20, 2013
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