The Last Weekend In February Has Arrived

Dear friends and neighbors,

The last weekend of February is here which means winter is almost over. It’s time to celebrate so go out and take in all the sights and sounds that the cities, towns and villages of the 88th Assembly District have to offer.

Here’s a closer look at some of the events that are taking place in the 88th. Have a good weekend and remember that if you have an event you’d like me to include in the coming weeks, send the information to Paulina@NYAssembly.gov.

THURSDAY

  • The College of New Rochelle (29 Castle Place, New Rochelle), along with the African-American Arts & Cultural Appreciation Council, will celebrate Black History Month by presenting “Black in America Symposium” at 5:30 p.m. Visit nrca.org for more information.
  • The Alliance Francaise of Westchester will hold its Winter Break Camp on Thursday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. The children will enjoy learning French in a fun atmosphere. Visit afwestchesterny.org for more information.
  • The Church in the Highlands (35 Bryant Avenue, White Plains) will host English Country Dancin
    Larry Salley

    Larry Salley

    g at 7:30 p.m. Wear low-heeled, soft-sole shoes and arrive early for some beginner instruction. Call Christiane at 845-642-2074 for more information.

  • ArtsWestchester (31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains) will host an opening reception and fundraiser in memory of photographer Larry Salley. ArtsWestchester and African American Men of Westchester will co-host the 6 p.m. event, which is a retrospective of Salley’s work. Visit artswestchester.org for more information.
  • The Westchester Shooting Stars will take on the Connecticut Stars in a 5 p.m. contest at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. Both teams are part of the WSS Basketball Women’s Developmental League. Visit countycenter.biz for more information.

 FRIDAY

  • The White Plains Performing Arts Center (11 City Place, White Plains) will present “The Jungle Book Kids” at 5 p.m. as a culmination of a weeklong workshop. Visit wppac.com for more information.

    International Gem and Jewelry Show

    International Gem and Jewelry Show

  • The Alliance Francaise de Westchester (31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains) will host French Immersion Day, from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit afwestchesterny.org for more information.
  • The International Gem and Jewelry Show will take place at The Westchester County Center in White Plains from noon-6 p.m. and again on Saturday (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.-5 p.m.). Visit intergem.com for more information.
  • The Victor LaGamma Trio return to Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) for a 7 p.m. performance. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.

 SATURDAY

  • The White Plains Performing Arts Center (11 City Place, White Plains) will host Bubble Extravaganza: An Interactive Bubble Show at 2 p.m. Visit wppac.com for more information.
  • The Westchester Italian Cultural Center (One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe) will host “Carnevale per Bambini” at 2 p.m. Children can make masks, celebrate the holiday and learn about its history. Visit wiccny.org for more information.
  • The Bokandeye African Dance and Drum Troupe will perform at the New Rochelle Library (1 Library
    Leslie Pintchik

    Leslie Pintchik

    Plaza, New Rochelle) at 2 p.m. Visit nrpl.org for more information.

  • Alliance Francaise de Westchester (31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains) will host “A Virtual Afternoon in Paris” at 1:30 p.m. Visit afwestchesterny.org for more information.
  • Beth-El Synagogue Center (1324 North Avenue, New Rochelle) will host scholar-in-residence Rabbi Benjamin Segal as he delivers a sermon on faith and doubt in Ecclesiastes. Visit bethelnr.org for more information.
  • The Westchester Knicks of the NBA Developmental League will take on The Greensboro Swarm in a 5 p.m. contest at The Westchester County Center in White Plains. Visit countycenter.biz for more information.
  • The Leslie Pintchik Trio return to Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) for a 7:30 p.m. performance. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.

 SUNDAY

  • The White Plains Historical Society will celebrate George Washington’s birthday with a 1 p.m. program at the Jacob Purdy House National Historic Site (60 Park Avenue, White Plains), which also served as Washington’s headquarters. There will be a flag raising, reenactments and a feature presentation entitled “The Stormy Relationship Between Thomas Paine and George Washington”. Gary Berton, the secretary of the Thomas Paine National Historic Association will present. Visit whiteplainshistory.org for more information.

    George Washington

    George Washington

  • Renowned bassist Hilliard Greenewill perform at The New Rochelle Library (1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle) in a concert entitled “Milestone Negro Spirituals Until The Civil War: When Folksongs Bring Freedom” at 2 p.m. He will explore the role that folk songs and spirituals played in the slaves’ road to freedom. Visit nrpl.org for more information.
  • The Highbridge Voices Chamber Choir will perform at The Grace Episcopal Church (33 Church Street, White Plains) at 5 p.m. This talented group of students has performed at Yankee Stadium and the Supreme Court’s annual gala. Visit dtmusic.org for more information.
  • The Westchester Knicks of the NBA Developmental League will take on The Erie Bayhawks in a 5 p.m. contest at The Westchester County Center in White Plains. Visit countycenter.biz for more information.
  • The New Symphony will perform at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital (785 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains) at 3 p.m. Visit newsymphony.org for more information.
  • Bill Fitzhugh, the Director, Arctic Studies Center, and the Curator, Department of Anthropology, at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, will present “Vikings – The North Atlantic Saga” at the Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) at 2 p.m. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org for more information.

 For information about these and other events in our area, please visit http://www.burbio.com/lists/district-88-events.

 

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Braving A Cold January Weekend In The 88th Assembly District

Dear friends and neighbors,

We have the chance to enjoy a three-day holiday weekend as January reaches its midpoint so why not go out and enjoy all the wonderful events taking place in the 88th Assembly District. There are plenty of things to see and do in our cities, towns and villages, from music and lectures to cultural events and movies.

Here’s a closer look at some of the events that are taking place in the 88th. Have a good weekend and remember that if you have an event you’d like me to include in the coming weeks, send the information to Paulina@NYAssembly.gov.

THURSDAY

  • The Westchester Italian Cultural Center (One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe) will present “Pontormo and Bronzino: Hidden Masters of the Late Renaissance”, a discussion about the two painters who produced some of thsophiee most beautiful paintings ever created, at 6:30 p.m. Visit wiccny.org for more information.
  • Temple Israel of New Rochelle (1000 Pinebrook Boulevard, New Rochelle) will host Paint Nite, an opportunity to indulge your creative side. The painting begins at 8 p.m. but there will be wine and cheese at 7 p.m. Visit tinr.org for more information.
  • The Temple Beth-El Sisterhood (1324 North Avenue, New Rochelle) will host its first Wine & Cheese Evening Book Club event of the new year at 7:30 p.m. The book is Saving Sophie by Ronald H. Balson. Visit bethelnr.org for more information.
  • The JCC of Mid-Westchester (999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale) will present “Contemporary International Cinema – A Look at Food & Family in Comedies & Dramas” at 10:30 a.m. Visit jccmw.org for more information.
  • The Westchester Knicks of the NBA Developmental League will host The Fort Wayne Mad Ants at the Westchester County Center in White Plains in a 7 p.m. matchup. Visit countycenter.biz for more information.

FRIDAY

  • The Coalition for Mutual Respect Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dinner and Service will take place at Temple Israel of New Rochelle (1000 Pinebrook Boulevard, New Rochelle) at 6 p.m. Visit tinr.org for more information.
  • The Westchester Reformed Temple (255 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale) will host its annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Shabbat Service and Gospel Music at 7:45 p.m. Reverend Dr. Stephen W. Pogue of the Greater Centennial AME Zion Church in Mount Vernon, will be the guest speaker.
  • The White Plains Sports Card Show “Winter Extravaganza” will take place at The Westchester County Center in White Plains from 2-8 p.m. The show will continue on Saturday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) Visit nyshows.org/white-plains-show/future-show/ for more information.

    White Plains Winter Card Show

    White Plains Winter Card Show

  • The New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce will host its “Brown Bag Lunch Meeting” at noon at NR Future (247 North Avenue, New Rochelle). Visit newrochellechamber.org for more information.
  • The Family Christian Center (592 Main Street, New Rochelle) will host “A Night of Worship With Singer/Songwriter A’Leithia Sweeting” at 7:30 p.m. Visit fccnr.com for more information.
  • Funky Friday returns to Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) at 7:30 p.m. The area’s premier after-work mixer will feature a live funk band that will play throughout the evening. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • The New Rochelle Library (One Library Plaza, New Rochelle) will host a Senior Benefits Information Center from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Trained volunteers will be on hand to instruct senior citizens about which benefits they may be entitled to receive. Visit nrpl.org for more information.
  • The Eastchester Library (11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester) will continue its film series, showing Deepwater Horizon, at 1:30 p.m. The film chronicles the 2010 oil-spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The film will be shown again at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

 SATURDAY

  • The Westchester Italian Cultural Center (One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe) will present “The San Lorenzo Complex”, a discussion about the parish church used by the Medici family, at 10:30 a.m. Come back to the WICC at 2 p.m. for “Pizza, Pizza, Pizza”, a chance to make your own pizza dough and pie. Visit wiccny.org for more information.
  • The Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse music series will continue at The Memorial United Methodist Church (250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains) at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by Mustard’s Retreat plus The Reverend Robert B. Jones, Sr. & Matt Watroba. It’s an eclectic blend of old and new music along with some storytelling. Visit walkaboutclearwater.org for more information.

    Mustard's Retreat

    Mustard’s Retreat

  • The St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site (897 South Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon) will present “Shakespeare In Church” at 1:30 p.m. The acclaimed Red Monkey Theatre Group will perform Much Ado About Nothing. Visit nps.gov/sapa for more information.
  • The Playgroup Theatre (One North Broadway, White Plains) will present “Hairspray”, the big and bold Broadway musical that won eight Tony Awards, at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 2 p.m. Visit playgroup.org for more information.
  • Stage 2 Productions will bring “2nd Night Stand: Back For More” to the White Plains Performing Arts Center (11 City Place, White Plains) at 7 p.m. Visit wppac.com for more information.
  • The Leslie Pintchik Trio returns to Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) for a 7:30 p.m. performance. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • ArtsWestchester (31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains) will host an artist talk and closing reception for the Remedy Exhibition at 4 p.m. Visit artswestchester.org for more information.
  • The Junior League of Central Westchester (1039 Post Road, Scarsdale) will hold its MLK Service Day Diaper Packaging Event from 9 a.m.-noon. Visit jlcentralwestchester.org for more information.
  • The Playland Job Fair will take place at The Westchester County Center in White Plains from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be on-the-spot interviews for the first 300 applicants. The available positions are seasonal. Visit countycenter.biz for more information.

 SUNDAY

  • The Beth-El Volunteer Day will take place beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Temple Beth-El (1324 North Avenue, New Rochelle) with a pancake breakfast. Learn about homelessness in the community before going out and volunteering. Visit bethelnr.org for more information.
  • Trumpet player Bill Owens and organist Craig Williams will perform at The Asbury United Methodbhist Church (167 Scarsdale Road, Tuckahoe) at 3 p.m. as part of the Music at Asbury series. Visit musicatasbury.com for more information.
  • The White Plains Public Library (100 Martine Avenue, White Plains) will celebrate Black History Month with an interactive reading of the book, “Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box” written by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein at 2 p.m. Visit whiteplainslibrary.org for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) will host “From Chaos to Peace: Thriving as a Caregiver for a Person with Dementia” from 2-5 p.m. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org for more information.
  • The Eastchester Library (11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester) will continue its film series, showing Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, at 1:30 p.m. The 1967 comedy/drama stars Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy and Sidney Poitier. Visit eastchesterlibrary.org for more information.

 For information about these and other events in our area, please visit http://www.burbio.com/lists/district-88-events.

 

 

 

 

The Weekend Is Upon Us: The Extended Super Bowl Edition

Dear friends and neighbors,

The Super Bowl will be played Sunday evening and I’m sure many of you are looking forward to the big game. There are, however, plenty of things to do and see in the 88th Assembly District this weekend before the big game that will help fill your time leading up to kickoff.

Here’s a closer look at some of the events that are taking place in the 88th. Have a good weekend and remember that if you have an event you’d like me to include in the coming weeks, send the information to Paulina@Assembly.State.NY.US.

Thursday

  • I will be hosting a “Conversation About Aid In Dying” at the Scarsdale Woman’s Club (37 Drake Road, Scarsdale) from 7-9 p.m. It will be a discussion about allowing terminally ill, mentally competent New York adults to voluntarily request and receive a prescription medication to allow them to die with dignity. Visit http://bit.ly/aidindyingtalk to register for the event.
  • The Committee for New Rochelle Black History Month will host a College Resource Night at New Rochelle High School’s House 4 Cafeteria from 6-8 p.m. The school will also host author David Banks in the Linda E. Kelly Theater from 6-8 p.m. Call 914-200-3743 for more information.
  • The Junior League of Bronxville will hold an informational meeting from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on the third floor of The Christ Church (17 Sagamore Road, Bronxville). Visit jlbronxville.org for more information.

 Friday

  • Head over to Alvin and Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway) for Motown Night with Jazmyn. The jazz/r&b/funk duo will perform between 7 and 10:45 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • The Westchester Knicks of the NBA Developmental League will take on the Sioux Falls Skyforce at the County Center in White Plains at 7 p.m. Visit westchesterknicks.com for more information.knicks
  • The New York Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital (55 Palmer Avenue, Bronxville) will conduct a Go Red Women’s Health Screening as part of National Wear Red Day in an effort to raise awareness of heart disease. The event will take place in the main lobby from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Visit nyplawrence.org for more information.
  • The New Rochelle Library will host the “Friends Big Book Sale” from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. followed by a “Mini-Book Sale” on Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit nrpl.org for more information.
  • The St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site (897 S. Columbus Avenue, Mt. Vernon) will present “St. Paul’s and the Presidents”, a program detailing the extensive connection between St. Paul’s and five U.S. presidents from George Washington to Franklin Roosevelt. Visit nps.gov/sapa for more information.
  • I will be a judge at the sixth annual adult and teen spelling bee at Scarsdale High School (1057 White Plains Road) beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event is organized by the Friends of Scarsdale Library. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org/friends.

Saturday

  • The Pelham Arts Center (155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham) Chinese New Year Folk Art Event will take place from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with dancing and craft workshops. Visit pelhamartcenter.org for more information.

    The Year of the Monkey

    The Year of the Monkey

  • The Leslie Pintchik Trio will perform at Alvin and Friends Restaurant in New Rochelle between 7:30 and 11 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestuarant.com for more information.
  • The Big Brew New York Beer Festival returns to the County Center in White Plains from 4-8 p.m. There will be more than 200 craft beers, food and entertainment. Visit bigbrewny.com for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Library will host a Chinese New Year celebration by offering origami and paper cutting with Julie Tang at 11 a.m. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org for more information.
  • The Westchester Italian Cultural Center (24 Depot Square, Tuckahoe) will host an Italian Cooking Class for children from 2-3 p.m. Visit wiccny.org for more information.
  • The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park) will host a Victorian Valentine Workshop (1-3 p.m.) followed by a Winter Walk in the Park (3-5 p.m.). Visit bartowpellmansionmuseum.org for more information.
  • ArtsWestchester will sponsor “Sew and Style: Fashion Design & Creation for Beginners”, an eight-week program that will show you how to bringing your ideas for clothing designs to life. The 10 a.m. class is at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains.
  • The Northeast Etsy Artists Association will put on a Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Shop from noon-4 p.m. at the West Elm on 678 Post Road in Scarsdale. A dozen artists will be there to discuss and sell their handmade creations. The show will continue Sunday from noon-4 p.m. Visit facebook.com/NortheastEtsyArtistsAssociation for more information.

 Sunday

  • The Symphony of Westchester’s Annual Family Concert will take place from 3-4 p.m. at Iona College’s Murphy Auditorium (715 North Avenue, New Rochelle). The winner of the Symphony of Westchester’s Young Artist’s Competition will also be announced. Visit thesymphonyofwestchester.org for more information.

    Symphony of Westchester

    Symphony of Westchester

  • The New Rochelle Library will present “Dreams of Love: Great Romantic Songs by the Masters” as a lead-in to Valentine’s Day. Showtime is 3 p.m. at the library’s Ossie Davis Theater. Visit nrpl.org for more information.
  • The Annual Westchester Camp and Activities Fair will take place at the Crowne Plaza (66 Hale Avenue, White Plains) from noon-3 p.m. There will be camp directors and staff from more than 50 day, specialty and sleep-away camps in and around Westchester on hand to answer questions about their summer programs. Visit westchestercampfair.com for more information.
  • Celebrate Chinese New Year at The White Plains Library during a 2 p.m. presentation. Visit whitplainslibary.org for more information.
  • Scarsdale’s Hoff-Barthelson Music School Master Class Series will continue with a 2 p.m. performance by cellist Alan Harris at the Scarsdale Library. Visit hbms.org for more information.
  • The Woman’s Club of White Plains (305 Ridgeway White Plains) will host a blood drive from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. as part of its 100th anniversary celebration. The drive is part of “100 Acts of Kindness” that will mark the anniversary. Visit womansclubofwhiteplains.org for more information.
  • The Woman’s Club of White Plains will also be hosting a Winter Tea at 2 p.m. Displays of unusual tea pots and services will be shown. Visit womansclubofwhiteplains.com for more information.

For information about these and other events in our area, please visit http://www.burbio.com/lists/district-88-events.

 

 

Celebrating Black History Month

February is Black History Month.  It is an opportunity to remember where we have come from as a country and a time to think about where we still need to go.

Carl Heastie

Carl Heastie

It has been a year marked by racial unrest in many parts of the country, including here in New York.  I am hopeful that we can all take steps as citizens to heal the rifts that have come to the fore.

As I walked out of the Assembly chamber following the election of Carl Heastie as the new Assembly Speaker on Tuesday, I realized that we, as a governing body, had written a new chapter to be included in Black History Month. Heastie is the first African-American speaker in the history of the New York State Assembly.  I am certainly proud that I was able to play a part in his selection and hope that this signals a turning point in the way business is done in Albany. I wish the new speaker every success.

I do believe that these incremental “firsts’ make a difference.  Change is not always swift but when committed, dedicated and energized people come together, good things can happen for New York.