The Big Days Are Almost Here

Dear friends and neighbors,

There’s only one weekend left before Chanukah and Christmas so it is time to pick up your last-minute gifts in the shops and stores of the 88th Assembly District. While you’re out shopping, take some time to enjoy many of the other holiday events our cities, towns and villages 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

  • New Rochelle native Sam Friend returns to The Roscoe Room at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) where he will perform with New Rochelle High grad Justin Perler from 8-11 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.

    Bill of Rights

    Bill of Rights

  • The St. Paul’s Church and National Historic Site (897 South Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon) will host an educational program commemorating the 225th anniversary of the adoption of the Bill of Rights at 10 a.m. Visit nps.gov/sapa for more information.
  • The City of White Plains Winterfest and Downtown Holiday Market will continue on Court Street between Main and Martine Avenue and run through Sunday. There will be food, crafts, unique holiday gifts and entertainment. Visit cityofwhiteplains.com for more information.
  • Dobbs & Bishop Fine Cheese (107 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) will host an American cheese tasting class from 6:30-8 p.m. Visit bronxvillechamber.com for more information.

 FRIDAY

  • The Rocky Middletown Duo will perform at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) from 7-11 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • The Hoff-Barthelson Music School (25 School Lane, Scarsdale) will present “The Song is You – Jazz Vocal Workshop Series” from 7-9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. There will be several topics covered and performances by MJ Territo. Visit hbms.org for more information.

    MJ Territo

    MJ Territo

  • The White Plains Performing Arts Center (11 City Place, White Plains) will present “Sister Act”, a performance based on the hit Whoopi Goldberg movie, at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and again on Sunday at 2 p.m. Visit wppac.com for more information.
  • The Westchester Ballet Company will perform “The Nutcracker” at The Westchester County Center at 10 a.m. There will also be performances on Saturday (12:30 and 4:30 p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m.). Visit westchesterballet.wordpress.com for more information.
  • Candy Rox (66 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) will host a gingerbread house decorating party from 7-8:30 p.m. Visit bronxvillechamber.com for more information.

 SATURDAY

  • The Eastchester Church (11 Woodlot Road, Eastchester) will present “The Living Nativity” with Broadway performers, elegant costumes and incredible music in a 7:30 p.m. performance. There will also be a performance on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Visit eastchesterchurch.org for more information.
  • The Westchester Italian Cultural Center (One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe) will present “Merry Christmas With Strega Nonna”, a story about the true spirit of giving and Christmas, at 2 p.m. Visit wiccny.org for more information.
  • The Hoff-Barthelson Music School (25 School Lane, Scarsdale) will continue its Master Class Music Series with a 1 p.m. performance by cellist Pamela Devenport. Visit hbms.org for more information.
  • The St. Paul’s Church and National Historic Site (897 South Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon) will host Kathryn Jones as she performs holiday classics on the 1830 Erben Pipe Organ. The program, which begins at 2 p.m., will be preceded by a Wreaths Across America ceremony to honor the military members buried at St. Paul’s. Visit nps.gov/sapa for more information.
  • The Playgroup Theater (One North Broadway, White Plains) will present “Captain Louie”, a fun, energetic story about friendship, at 8 p.m. and again Sunday at 2 p.m. Visit playgroup.org for more information.louie
  • The Bronxville Women’s Club (135 Midland Avenue, Bronxville) will hold “A Christmas Cabaret” at 7 p.m. Join the Pipe Dream Theatre for a memorable performance. Visit bronxvillewomensclub.org for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Synagogues Temples Tremont and Emanu-El (2 Ogden Road, Scarsdale) will host its third annual Vodka and Latkes Adult Party from 8-10 p.m. There will be a variety of drinks and music. Visit sstte.org for more information.
  • The Westchester County Mobile Shredder will be in Scarsdale (25 Ramsey Road) from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Please remove all large binder clips and covers.  Papers from businesses, institutions, or commercial enterprises are not acceptable and will be rejected, as will any junk mail or newspapers. Service at the events works on a first-come, first-served basis, as the Mobile Shredder unit can reach its maximum capacity before closing time. In extreme weather, events may be cancelled or terminated early.Please call the county’s Recycling Helpline at (914) 813-5425 to check on a cancellation or early closure. Visit environment.westchestergov.com/mobile-shredder for more information.
  • The New Rochelle United Methodist Church Choir will travel to St. John’s Riverside Hospital (967 North Broadway, Yonkers) for Christmas Caroling from 3-5 p.m. Visit newrochelleumc.org for more information.
  • Big Viv’s Annual Toy Drive will take place at NR Future (247 North Avenue, New Rochelle) from noon-5 p.m. Call Vivian Spady (914) 281-3875 for more information.

 SUNDAY

  • The Songcatchers 22nd annual Concert for Peace will take place at The College of New Rochelle Chapel (29 Castle Road, New Rochelle) at 4:30 p.m. Visit songcatchers.org for more information.

    Songcatchers

    Songcatchers

  • The Reformed Church of Bronxville (180 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) will host a Christmas Handbell Concert from 4-5 p.m. Visit reformedchurch.org for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Synagogues Temples Tremont and Emanu-El (2 Ogden Road, Scarsdale) will host a Family Chanukah Party. Please bring rice for The United Interfaith Food Bank. Visit sstte.org for more information.
  • The Sing Your Heart Out Songs of the Season Concert will take place at The New Rochelle Public Library (1 Library Place, New Rochelle) at 4 p.m. There will be Christmas, Chanukah and other winter celebration music performed under the direction of music aficionado Robert Puleo. Visit nrpl.org for more information.
  • The Bethesda Baptist Church (71 Lincoln Avenue, New Rochelle) will hold a Mass Choir Christmas Concert featuring The Singing Christmas Tree under the direction of Sister Deon Franklin at 5:30 p.m. Visit bethesdabaptistny.org for more information.
  • The New York Covenant Church (500 Main Street, New Rochelle) will host its annual Christmas Wrap Party where you can prepare gift bags of much-needed clothing for those less fortunate as the weather turns colder. Visit newyorkcovenant.com for more information.

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

 

The Holiday Season Is In Full Swing In The 88th Assembly District

Dear friends and neighbors,

We’ve made it through Thanksgiving and now the holiday season is in full swing. This is one of my favorite times of the year. I love spending it with friends and family. What better way to enjoy their company than to take advantage of everything 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 Sarah Lawrence College Gerda Lerner Lecture Series will continue with a 6 p.m. discussion led by author Stephen O’Connor entitled “Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings”. The presentation will take place at Slonim House Living Room (915 Kimball Avenue, Bronxville). Visit sarahlawrence.edu for more information.
  • The Bronx Opera Company will perform arias and duets of popular seasonal classics at St. Paul’s Church and National Historic Site (897 South Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon) at 7 p.m. Visit nps/gov/sapa for more information.
  • The Junior League of Bronxville will host a Community Advisory Board Breakfast at The People’s United Bank (111 Kraft Avenue in Bronxville) at 9 a.m. I will be one of the featured speakers and I will discuss the problem of child marriage in New York State. Visit jlbronxville.org for more information.
  • The Bronx River Watershed Summit will take place at the Westchester County Center from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This is the inaugural event to promote projects that preserve, improve and restore the Bronx River. Visit bronxriverwatershedsummit.eventbrite.com for more information.

    The Bronx River

    The Bronx River

  • The New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce will host its 2016 Holiday Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. at Memorial Plaza (6 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle). Visit newrochellechamber.org for more information.
  • The Westchester Reform Temple (255 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale) will host its fourth annual Water & Wine celebration at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy Israel’s wine revolution and speak with an Israeli wine expert. Visit wrtemple.org for more information.
  • The JCC of Mid-Westchester (999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale) will host New York University professor Ralph Buultjens as he discusses “The New President’s Inbox” at 7:30 p.m. Visit jccmw.org for more information.

 FRIDAY

  • The Westchester Italian Cultural Center (24 Depot Square, Tuckahoe) will present “An Appreciation of Color and Light”, the second installment of its Understanding Italian Renaissance Paintings series at 6:30 p.m. Visit wiccny.org for more information.
  • The New Choral Society will present Handel’s Messiah Part I with selections from Parts II and III at the Hitchcock Presbyterian Church (6 Greenacres Avenue, Scarsdale) at 8 p.m. Visit hitchcockpresby.org for more information.
  • The New Rochelle Library (1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle) will be holding a “Friends Huge Book Sale” from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Visit nrpl.org for more information.
  • The Hoff-Barthelson Music School (25 School Lane, Scarsdale) will host “The Song Is You” as part of its Jazz Vocal Workshop Series at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. MJ Territo will be the guest vocalist. Visit hbs.org for more information.
  • The Jared Pauley Quartet will perform at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) from 7-11 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • The Gem and Jewelry Show will take place at the Westchester County Center from noon to 6 p.m. Shop from designers, wholesalers and manufacturers. The show will continue on Saturday (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.-5 p.m.). Military and their immediate families receive free admission with proper ID. Visit countycenter.biz for more information.
  • The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum will host its annual Holiday Luncheon from 12:30-2 p.m. There will be delicious food, shopping and home-baked goods. Visit bartowpellmansionmuseum.org for more information.
  • The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park) will host its “Holiday First Friday Music & Trolley” program from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The MetropoliTones will perform while the trolley will make hourly trips from the #6 Pelham Bay Park subway station. Visit bartowpellmansionmuseum.org for more information.
  • The Bronxville Hometown Holiday Tree Lightning will take place at 5 p.m. in Leonard Morange Square. Visit bronxvillechamber.org for more information.
  • The Ajkun Ballet Theatre will perform The Nutcracker at The Whitney Theater (265 Clove Road, New Rochelle) at 7 p.m. There will also be performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday. Visit ajkunbt.org for more information.

    The Nutcracker

    The Nutcracker

  • The Bronxville Chamber of Commerce will turn a vacant storefront into Santa’s North Pole Workshop (118 Kraft Avenue, Bronxville) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and again on Saturday (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) and Sunday (Noon-2 p.m.). Visit bronxvillechamber.org for more information.
  • Temple Israel of New Rochelle (1000 Pinebrook Boulevard, New Rochelle) will host a “Community Shabbat/Service Dinner” beginning with a 6 p.m. service. The dinner is slated to begin at 7 p.m. Visit tinr.org for more information.
  • Moshe Halbertal, the scholar-in-residence at Beth-El Synagogue Center (1324 North Avenue, New Rochelle) will speak about the Jewish Democratic State and Israel Between Nationalism, Religion and Democracy at 7:45 p.m. The presentation will be preceded by services and a dinner. Visit www.bethelnr.org for more information.

 SATURDAY

  • The Pelham Art Center (155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham) will host its annual Diwali: Hindu Festival of Lights celebration from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Visit pelhamartcenter.org for more information.
  • The Westchester Italian Cultural Center (24 Depot Square, Tuckahoe) will present “Two Medici Women”, which is the story of two powerful women, Caterina, who became the Queen of France over unbelievable hardships, and the last Medici woman, Anna Maria Luisa, and her gift to Florence, at 10:30 a.m. Visit wiccny.org for more information.
  • The St. Lawrence College 13-member A Capella Group will perform seasonal classics at the St. Paul’s Church and National Historic Site (897 South Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon) at 1 p.m. Visit nps.gov/sapa for more information.
  • The New Rochelle BID Family Day Make A Gift Fair will take place at The New Rochelle Library (1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle) at 10:30 a.m. The “Cook By The Book” Book Club will also meet at the library at 12:30 p.m. to share recipes and sample new dishes. Visit nrpl.org for more information.
  • The Hoff-Barthelson Music School (25 School Lane, Scarsdale) will host its annual Holiday Music Festival and Boutique from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. There will be shopping, food, music and more. Visit hbms.org for more information.
  • Donnie Bosco will perform at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) from 7:30-11 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.

    Donnie Bosco

    Donnie Bosco

  • The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park) will kick off the December Holiday Season with a celebration of Holiday Trees Past-Present-Future. Visitors can view the trees from noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesday and on other special occasions through Dec. 31. The museum will also host Holiday Family Day: Santa and Sing-Alongs on Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit bartowpellmansionmuseum.org for more information.
  • The Junior League of Pelham will light up luminaries around Pelham Town Hall and The Daronco House at 5:30 p.m. as part of the Light Up Pelham (LUP) program. LUP brings attention to the needs of those in need of food in Westchester County. Food collected over the last month will be donated to Hope Community Food Services in New Rochelle at the ceremony. Visit jppelham.org for more information.
  • The Greenwich Ballet Academy will perform The Nutcracker at The White Plains Performing Arts Center (11 City Place, White Plains) at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and then again at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Visit greenwichballetacademy.org for more information.
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help-St. Catharine’s annual Christmas Wreath and Boutique Sale will take place from 4:30-6 p.m. and on Sunday from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the OLPH School (575 Fowler Avenue, Pelham Manor). Santa will also be available for photos on Sunday. Visit olph-pelhammanor.org for more information.
  • The Village of Tuckahoe Winterfest will kick off in Depot Square from 5-8 p.m. There will be a tree lighting, food, ice skating much more. The Winterfest continues Sunday from noon- 5 p.m. Visit tuckahoe.com for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) will host “Person, Place Thing with Randy Cohen – An Interview With Max Krohn”. Cohen, the author of The Ethicist column in The New York Times weekly magazine, will tape an interview with Krohn, a Scarsdale High grad, who was the co-founder of TheSpark.com, SparkNotes.com and OkCupid.com. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org for more information.

 SUNDAY

  • The New Choral Society will present Handel’s Messiah Part I with selections from Parts II and III at the Hitchcock Presbyterian Church (6 Greenacres Avenue, Scarsdale) at 3 p.m. Visit hitchcockpresby.org for more information.
  • The SOOP Theatre Company will perform “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at The Manor Club (1023 Esplanade, Pelham Manor) at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Visit sooptheatre.org for more information.cb
  • The 53rd annual Westchester Musician’s Guild Young Artist Concert will take place at The New Rochelle Library (1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle) at 2 p.m. Visit nrpl.org for more information.
  • The Kol Ami Synagogue (252 Soundview Avenue, White Plains) will host a “Dinner Theatre Evening Featuring The Westchester Chordsmen Chorus and Quartets” at 6 p.m. Visit nykolami.org for more information.
  • The Eastchester Historical Society will host its annual Victorian Christmas Party from 1-4 p.m. at The Marble School House (388 California Road, Eastchester). There is also a Santa Stop at Gazebo Park and a Tree Lighting Ceremony in Memorial Park at 4:30 p.m. Visit eastchesterhistoricalsociety.org for more information.
  • The Bronxville Women’s Club (135 Midland Avenue, Bronxville), along with Ballet Arts/ The Performing Arts Center of Southern Westchester, will host An Elegant Holiday Luncheon and an Afternoon of Song and Dance at noon. Visit bronxvillewomensclub.org for more information.
  • The White Plains Library (100 Martine Avenue, White Plains) will host a Celebrate Hanukkah Story Time at 2 p.m. A free ticket will be given out 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the event. Visit whiteplainslibrary.org for more information.
  • New York Times columnist and author Ron Lieber will speak at The Westchester Reform Temple (255 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale) at 1:30 p.m. about how, when and why to speak to your kids about money. Visit wrtemple.org for more information.
  • The City of White Plains will host “City Lights, Bright Holiday Nights” at 4 p.m. at Tibbits Park (North Broadway and Lake Street). There will be carolers, music, refreshments and a tree lighting ceremony. Visit cityofwhiteplains.org for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Library Writer’s Center Festival of Writing will take place from 11 a.m.5 p.m. Twenty-six local authors will be featured. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org for more information.
  • Beth-El Synagogue (1324 North Avenue, New Rochelle) will host a blood drive from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Visit bethelnr.org/blooddrive for more information.
  • White Plains Hospital will be hosting a blood drive at Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El (2 Ogden Road, Scarsdale) from 9 a.m.-noon. Visit sstte.org for more information.
  • Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El will also host Scarsdale resident and former New York City police officer Thomas Ruskin as part of the Brotherhood Breakfast. Ruskin will discuss being a NYPD officer and the progression of policing from the 1980s through today. Visit sstte.org for more information.
  • Temple Israel of New Rochelle (1000 Pinebrook Boulevard, New Rochelle)will host its second annual Community Mitzvah Day from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Donations of gently used children’s books, gently used children’s clothing, baby shampoo, lotion, wipes and more are needed and can be donated. Visit tinr.org for more information.
  • The JCC of Mid-Westchester (999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale) will show “Fight For Justice: David and Me” at 2 p.m. It’s a documentary about friendship and a fight for freedom. Visit jccmw.org for more information.

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