The Holiday Season Continues In The 88th Assembly District

Dear friends and neighbors,

Hanukkah has begun and Christmas is right around the corner. While you’re celebrating, remember there are plenty of ways to enjoy the season in the cities, towns and villages of the 88th Assembly District. Here’s a closer look at some of the events that are taking place. Remember that if you have an event that you’d like me to include in the coming weeks, send the information to Paulina@NYAssembly.gov.

THURSDAY

  • Patti Wood will address the Scarsdale Forum about the environment and health-related issues at the Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) at 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served at 7:30 p.m. Wood will focus on the significant and growing use of pesticides and the link they have to health issues. Visit scarsdaleforum.com for more information.
  • The Beth-El Synagogue Center (1324 North Avenue, New Rochelle) will host Rabbi David Schuck and Rabbi Zach Sitkim along with Dr. Carol Diament for a 9:30-a.m. discussion that will compare Jerusalem in biblical and rabbinical sources with Jerusalem in modern Israeli literature. Visit bethelnr.org for more information.
  • The Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services will host a guidance program on county services for seniors at the Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org for more information.
  • The New Rochelle Little Beehive Holiday Market will be open from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the New Rochelle Train Station (1 Penn Central Railroad Plaza, New Rochelle). There will be local vendors on hand for the city’s new holiday outdoor market. Visit newrochelledowntown.com for more information.
  • The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park) will host a Teddy Bear tea from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit bartowpellmansionmuseum.org for more information.
  • The Indoor Scarsdale Farmer’s Market will take place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursdays through April 26 at 13-15 Boniface Circle, the former home of Space NK. Visit scarsdale.com for more information.
  • Sarah Lawrence College (1 Mead Way, Bronxville) will present “A Gamelan Ensemble Performance” at 7 p.m. A gamelan angklung is a bronze orchestra that includes four-toned metallophones, gongs, drums, and flutes. Visit sarahlawrence.edu for more information.
  • Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El will host a Menorah Lighting Celebration at Stew Leonard’s (1 Stew Leonard Drive, Yonkers) at 5:30 p.m. There will be a traditional Chanukah* sing along followed by latkes, hot cocoa and jelly donuts. Visit sstte.org for more information.
  • Liz Kemble, the founder of Travellati Tours, will speak from 7-8 p.m. at The Pelham Library (530 Colonial Avenue, Pelham) about Picasso, Braque, Matisse and Gris and their time in Céret, a town in the French Pyrenees. Visit pelhamlibrary.org for more information.
  • The Bronxville Library (201 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) will continue its Thursday Matinee Movie Series with a 1:30-p.m. presentation of “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors”. Visit bronxvillelibrary.org for more information.

 FRIDAY

  • The Westchester Sandbox Theatre will present “Once Upon A Hanukkah” at The JCC of Mid-Westchester (999 Wilmot Avenue, Scarsdale) at 7 p.m. There will also be shows at 1 and 4 p.m. on Sunday. Visit wstshows.com for more information.
  • The Westchester Reform Temple (255 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale) will host its annual Community Outdoor Chanukah Candle Lighting (Fourth Candle) at 6:15 p.m. Visit wrtemple.org for more information.
  • The Woman’s Club of White Plains (305 Ridgeway, White Plains) will hold its annual Holiday Boutique and Dinner from 6-8:30 p.m. There will be wine, shopping, dinner and more with the proceeds going to The Playgroup Theatre. Visit womansclubofwhiteplains.org for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Task Force on Drugs and Alcohol will hold a community meeting at Scarsdale high (1057Post Road, Scarsdale) beginning at 9 a.m. Visit scarsdaleschools.k12.ny.us/domain/764 for more information.
  • The Westchester Ballet Company will perform The Nutcracker at The Westchester County Center in White Plains at 10 a.m. There will also be shows on Saturday (12:30 and 4:30 p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m.). Visit countycenter.biz for more information.
  • The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (8 Carman Road, Scarsdale) will host its annual Christmas Fair between 8:45 a.m. and 3p.m. in the Lower Church. There will be shopping, a bake sale, games, food and more. Visit ihm-parish.org for more information.

    Joey Berkley

  • Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El (2 Ogden Road, Scarsdale) will host “A Sermon in Song – Lighting Up The Darkness” Shabbat service in conjunction with Shaarei Tikvah from 8-9:30 p.m. The combined choirs of both congregations will perform. Visit sstte.org for more information.
  • Temple Israel of New Rochelle (1000 Pinebrook Boulevard, New Rochelle) will host a Community Shabbat Chanukah Dinner & Celebration at 7 p.m. Visit tinr.org for more information.
  • The Joey Berkley Quartet will perform at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) from 7-10:30 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) will continue its Foreign Film Series with a 1:45-p.m. presentation of Lore, the story of five German children who undertake a journey of self-discovery after their staunch Nazi parents are captured by the Allies near the end of WWII. Visit scrasdalelibrary.org for more information.

SATURDAY

  • The Playgroup Theatre (1 North Broadway, White Plains) will present “James and the Giant Peach” at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. Visit playgroup.org for more information.
  • The Westchester Sandbox Theatre will present “A Fairytale Christmas Carol” at The JCC of Mid-Westchester (999 Wilmot Avenue, Scarsdale) at 4 p.m. and on Monday at 7:30 p.m. Visit wstshows.com for more information.
  • The Reformed Church of Bronxville (180 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) will hold its annual performance of Handel’s Messiah at 4 p.m. The performance will be led by four professional soloists from The Chancel Choir, along with the chamber orchestra featuring professionals and student musicians from Bronxville High School. Visit reformedchurch.org for more information.
  • The Westchester Reform Temple (255 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale) will host “Israel Conversation: Where are the Maccabees?” at 12:30 p.m. Visit wrtemple.org for more information.
  • The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park) will host “Bartow’s Literary Elevenses” from 10-11:30 a.m. Museum guides Laura DeRiggi and Caitlyn Sellar will lead an historical-fiction book club. Visit bartowpellmansionmuseum.org for more information.
  • The St. Paul’s Church and National Historic Site (897 South Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon) will participate in Wreaths Across America honoring military members who are buried on site at St. Paul’s in a noon ceremony. Visit nps.gov/sapa for more information.
  • GirlAgain (4 Martine Avenue, White Plains) will host a “Holiday Tote Craft Project” at 11 a.m. Make and decorate a doll-sized holiday purse for your American Girl doll. Visit girlagain.com for more information.
  • Twisted will perform at Growlers Beer Bistro (25 Main Street, Tuckahoe) at 9:30 p.m. Visit growlersbeerbistro.com for more information.
  • Chabad of Bronxville will be hosting a VIP Chanukah Reception in The Wine Cellar at The Tapp House (16 Depot Square, Tuckahoe) at 7 p.m. There will be menorah lighting, a latke bar, donuts and a comedy show. Visit jewishbronxville.com for more information.
  • Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) will hold its annual Holiday Boutique, featuring gifts from a variety of unique vendors, from noon-4 p.m. There will also be a Christmas craft corner where children can create doorstops for local seniors. All proceeds will go to WestCOP. The Peter Hand Trio will perform from 7:30-11 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • The Westchester Italian Cultural Center (One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe) will host Tombola Night from 7-9 p.m. Play the classic Italian game while enjoying wine and desserts. There will be raffles and more. Visit wiccny.org for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) will host “Local Artist and Author Day” from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. More than a dozen local artists and authors will be on hand to discuss their work. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org for more information.

 SUNDAY

  • The Songcatchers 23rd annual Concert for Peace will take place at The College of New Rochelle Chapel (29 Castle Place, New Rochelle) at 4:30 p.m. Call (914) 654-1178 or e-mail songcatchers@gmail.com for more information.
  • The Reformed Church of Bronxville (180 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) will present The Christmas Handbell Concert at 4 p.m. There will be three handbell choirs, comprised of 40 ringers of all ages who will perform traditional and contemporary carols with bells, organ and congregational singing. Visit reformedchurch.org for more information.
  • The Grace Baptist Church (52 South 6th Avenue, Mount Vernon) will present Handel’s Messiah featuring the Grace Cathedral Choir and the Grace Christmas Orchestra at 6 p.m. Visit gracechurchtoday.org for more information.
  • The Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains (468 Rosedale Avenue, White Plains) will present a Winter Chorale Concert featuring Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and other seasonal favorites at 12:30 p.m. Visit cucwp.org for more information.

    George Frideric Handel

  • Chabad of Pelham will host “A Chanukah Magical Spectacular” at The Daronco Townhouse (20 Fifth Avenue, Pelham) from 4-5:30 p.m. Devonte Magic will perform. There will also be a photo booth, food, games and more. Visit chabadpelham.com for more information.
  • The Pelham Jewish Center (451 Esplanade, Pelham) will host a Hanukkah Celebration, featuring The Dreamcoat Experience, from 1-3:00 p.m. Visit thepjc.org for more information.
  • The Symphony of Westchester will perform an All-Baroque Concert, featuring concertmaster Alexander Abayev performing Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, at 3 p.m. in Iona College’s Murphy Auditorium (715 North Avenue, New Rochelle). Visit thesymphonyofwestchester.org for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El (2 Ogden Road, Scarsdale) will host “The Parents Circle For Non-Jewish Parents Raising Jewish Children” at 9:30 a.m. This month’s topic is “How to do Chanukah”. Visit sstte.org for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) will host “The Scarsdale Writer’s Center Festival of Writing” from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. More than two dozen local writers will read from their work. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org for more information.

*Chanukah and Hanukkah are both accepted spellings for the holiday.

Please visit www.burbio.com/lists/district-88-events for more information about these and other area events.

 

December Arrives With A Flourish

Dear friends and neighbors,

The holiday season is in full swing and there are plenty of ways to celebrate in the cities, towns and villages of the 88th Assembly District. Here’s a closer look at some of the events that are taking place. Remember that if you have an event that you’d like me to include in the coming weeks, send the information to Paulina@NYAssembly.gov.

THURSDAY

  •  The Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services will host a guidance program on county services for seniors at the Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org for more information.
  • The Beth-El Synagogue Center (1324 North Avenue, New Rochelle) will host Rabbi David Schuck and Rabbi Zach Sitkim along with Dr. Carol Diament for a 9:30-a.m. discussion that will compare Jerusalem in biblical and rabbinical sources with Jerusalem in modern Israeli literature. Beth-El Synagogue will also host Rabbi Lila Kagedan, the first Orthodox woman to achieve the title of rabbi, will be the guest scholar at the Open Beit Midrash at 8 p.m. Visit bethelnr.org for more information.
  • The Westchester Reform Temple (255 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale) will host Rabbi Jonathan Blake as he concludes his informative series “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Reform Judaism” at 9:30 a.m. Visit wrtemple.org for more information.
  • The Westchester Reform Temple will also host its 5th Annual Water and Wine with Alon Ben-Gurion in Conversation with Rabbi Jonathan Blake from 7:30-9 p.m. Contact Stephanie Risa Balkin, The Jewish National Fund director for Westchester County & Southern Connecticut at srbalkin@jnf.org or 212-879-9300, ext. 510.
  • John McAuliff, the Executive Director and Founder of the Fund for Reconciliation & Development, will give a 5:15-p.m. presentation entitled “Cuba-U.S. Relations in the Era of Donald Trump” at Sarah Lawrence College (1 Mead Way, Bronxville). Visit sarahlawrence.edu for more information.
  • The Temple Israel Center of New Rochelle (1000 Pinebrook Boulevard, New Rochelle) will show “Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort” at 7:30 p.m. as part of its Prime Time 4 Adults Movie Series. Visit tinr.org for more information.
  • Yan Kjar will man the piano bar at Underhills Crossing (74.5 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) from 7-11 p.m. Visit underhillscrossing.com for more information.
  • The New Rochelle Library (1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle) will host the Friends Antiquarian Book Sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Visit nrpl.org for more information.
  • The Bronxville Library (201 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) will continue its Thursday Matinee Movie Series with a 1:30 p.m. showing of “Churchill”. Visit bronxvillelibrary.org for more information.

 FRIDAY

  • Scarsdale’s “Light the Dale”, the annual tree-lighting event in Boniface Circle, will be held from 5-7 p.m. The Hoff-Barthelson Music School carolers will perform. Visit scarsdale.com for more information.
  • The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park) will host its annual Holiday Luncheon from 12:30-2 p.m. There will be gifts and home-baked goods in addition to lunch. The Museum will also host its First Friday! Music and Trolley program from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The MetropoliTones will perform and a free trolley will run continuously from the #6 Pelham Bay Park subway station to BPMM to City Island. Visit bartowpellmansionmuseum.org for more information.
  • Historian Jeremi Suri will discuss the rise and fall of the American presidency at Sarah Lawrence College (1 Mead Way, Bronxville) from 12:30-2 p.m. Visit sarahlawrence.edu for more information.
  • The Bronxville Chamber of Commerce will present the holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Leonard Morange Square at 5:30 p.m. Visit bronxvillechamber.org for more information.
  • The International Gem & Jewelry Show will take place at The Westchester County Center in White Plains from noon-6 p.m. The show will continue on Saturday (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.-5 p.m.). Visit countycenter.biz for more information.
  • The Ajkun Ballet Theatre will present “The Nutcracker” at New Rochelle High School’s Whitney Theater (265 Clove Road, New Rochelle) at 7 p.m. There will also be shows on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Visit ajkunbt.org for more information.
  • The Temple Israel Center of New Rochelle (1000 Pinebrook Boulevard, New Rochelle) will host a Human Rights Shabbat Service at 7:30 p.m. Tamara Fish, the president of the Jewish Multiracial Network, will speak. The topic is Free Speech: A Look at Charlottesville, The NFL and Black Lives Matter through the Lens of Our Tradition. Visit tinr.org for more information.
  • The Chabad of Bronxville (1 Stone Place, Bronxville) will host Soup and Scotch at 5:30 p.m. Following services, there will be a variety of soups and fine scotch to sample. Visit jewishbronxville.com for more information.
  • The Hitchcock Presbyterian Church (6 Greenacres Avenue, Scarsdale) will host The New Choral Society as it performs “F. Händel Messiah, Part I with choruses from Parts II and III” at 8 p.m. and again at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Visit www.hitchcockpresby.org for more information.
  • The Geoffrey Morrow Trio will perform at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) from 7:30-11 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • Dannis Winston will man the piano bar at Underhills Crossing (74.5 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) from 8-11:55 p.m. Visit underhillscrossing.com for more information.

    Newsies at Stepinac High

  • Temple Israel Center (280 Old Mamaroneck Road, White Plains) will continue its Books on Tour series at 7:50 p.m. Author Sana Krasikov will discuss her book “The Patriots”. Visit templeisraelcenter.org for more information.
  • Scholar-in-residence Rabbi Chaim Weiner, a leader of the Masorti (Conservative) movement in Europe, will speak at Shaarei Tikvah (46 Fox Meadow Road, Scarsdale) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. about “The European Origins of Today’s Jewish Customs” and on Saturday at 12:15 p.m. about “The Jews of Portugal–History and Contemporary Challenges.” visit org or call Robin at 914-472-2013 ext.300 for more information.
  • The Archbishop Stepinac High School Theatre Company (950 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains) will present “Newsies” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Visit stepinac.org for more information.

 SATURDAY

  • The St. Paul’s Church and National Historic Site (897 South Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon) will host the Sarah Lawrence College A Capella Group for a 1 p.m. holiday concert. Visit nps.gov/sapa for more information.
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help-St. Catharine’s (575 Fowler Avenue, Pelham Manor) will hold its annual Christmas Boutique & Wreath Sale from 4:30-6:00 p.m. and again on Sunday, Dec. 3 from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. There will also be a silent auction, raffles, food and more. olph-pelhammanor.org/ for more information.
  • The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park) will host “Holiday family Day” from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be hot cocoa, crafts, gifts and a chance to meet Santa. The Museum will also hold its annual Evergreen Gala from 7-10 p.m. There will be dinner, a live auction and more. Visit bartowpellmansionmuseum.org for more information.
  • The Huguenot Memorial Church (901 Pelhamdale Avenue, Pelham Manor) will host its annual Charitable Christmas Tree Sale and Alternative Christmas Market from 7 a.m.- 1 p.m. There will be trees for sale, music and more. Visit huguenotchurch.org for more information.
  • Winston Wolfe will perform at Growlers Beer Bistro (25 Main Street, Tuckahoe) at 9:30 p.m. Visit growlersbeerbistro.com for more information.
  • Barnes & Noble (680 Post Road, Scarsdale) will host its first annual Tree Lighting and Season’s Readings event at 7 p.m. Nature’s Cradle of Eastchester donated five trees and they will be covered in decorations inspired by a book. There will also be entertainment. Visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/3304?view= for more information.
  • Concordia College (171 White Plains Road, Bronxville) will present “Searching For Christmas”, its annual holiday community musical, at 4:30 and 7 p.m. in the Schoenfeld Campus Center. There will also be a 3:30-p.m. performance on Sunday. Visit www. http://conservatory.concordia-ny.edu/annual-holida-community-musical for more information.
  • Sarah Lawrence College (1 Mead Way, Bronxville) will continue its Art of Teaching Saturday Seminar Series at 9 a.m. with a presentation entitled “Dewey, Democracy, and Experience in Education: A Paradigmatic Shift”. Visit sarahlawrence.edu for more information.
  • The Tuckahoe Winterfest will take place from 5-9 p.m. in Depot Square and on Sunday from noon-5 p.m. There will be a tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. on Saturday and pictures with Santa beginning at noon on Sunday. Visit tuckahoe.com for more information.
  • The Greenwich Ballet Academy will be performing “The Nutcracker” at the White Plains Performing Arts Center (11 City Place, White Plains) at 1 and 6 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Visit greenwichballetacademy.org for more information.
  • The Temple Israel Center of New Rochelle (1000 Pinebrook Boulevard, New Rochelle) will host “Rock Night” at 7:30 p.m. “Drive All Night NYC” and “Blue Roadhouse Orchestra-BRO” are scheduled to perform. Visit tinr.org for more information.
  • The Temple Israel Center (280 Old Mamaroneck Road, White Plains) will host “Latke Vodka”, presented by The Young Couples Group, at 8 p.m. Visit templeisraelcenter.org for more information.
  • Chanique and Youniqueversal Music will perform at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) from 8-10 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • The Pelham Art Center (155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham) will host a hands-on workshop as part of the “Diwali, Hindu Festival of Lights: Folk-Art Series” at 1:30 p.m. Visit pelhamartcenter.org for more information.
  • Comedian Aaron Ward will perform at Rockwells (105 Wolfs Lane, Pelham) at 9:30 p.m. Visit rockwellsusa.net for more information.
  • The Bet Am Shalom Synagogue will host its annual Judaica Craft Show from 8-11 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Visit betamshalom.org for more information.
  • The 9th annual Hot Cocoa Run/Walk and Dog Walk to benefit MAC Angels and ALS will take place at 8:30 a.m. at Flowers Park (491 5th Ave, New Rochelle). Visit https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/NewRochelle/HotCocoaRun for more information.
  • The Hudson River Potters Functional and Sculptural Pottery Show and Sale will take place at the Eastchester Library (1 Oakridge Place, Eastchester) from 9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. and on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Visit hudsonriverpotters.net for more information.
  • The Friends of Hoff-Barthelson Music School (25 School Lane, Scarsdale) will host their Annual Holiday Music Festival and Holiday Boutique from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Visit hbms.org for more information.
  • The New Rochelle Library (1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle) will host the 54th annual Westchester Musicians Guild Young Artists Concert at 2 p.m. Visit nrpl.org for more information.
  • Boy Scout Troop 1 Bronxville will hold a firewood sale from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Bronxville Boy Scout Cabin (Scout Field, 1820 Midland Avenue, Bronxville). Visit scoutcabin.org for more information.

 SUNDAY

  • The Westchester Reform Temple (255 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale) will conclude its Aging Well lecture series at 10 a.m. This week’s installment will cover Memory Care for Yourself and Your Loved Ones. Visit wrtemple.org for more information.
  • The Soop Theatre Company will present “A Year With Frog and Toad” at The Manor Club (1023 Esplanade, Pelham) at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. There will also be a 10 a.m. show on Monday. Visit sooptheatre.org for more information.
  • Author Linda Fairstein will be at Barnes & Noble (680 Post Road, Scarsdale) at 2 p.m. to discuss “Digging For Trouble”, which is part of her first children’s youth series. Visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/3304?view= for more information.
  • Sarah Lawrence College (1 Mead Way, Bronxville) will host “The Wall to Wall Chamber Music Concert” at 4 p.m. Visit sarahlawrence.edu for more information.
  • The Eastchester Historical Society will host “Christmas in Eastchester: A Day to Party Hop” beginning at 1 p.m. The day kicks off with the annual Victorian Christmas Party from 1-4 p.m. at The Marble Schoolhouse (the corner of California and New Rochelle Roads in Eastchester). Santa’s Workshop will take place from 2-4 p.m. in Gazebo Park. The day ends with a Tree Lighting/Holiday Lights Celebration in Memorial Park, which will be hosted by the Eastchester Beautification Committee, at 4:30 p.m. Visit eastchesterhistoricalsociety.org for more information.
  • The City of White Plains will host “City Lights, Bright Holiday Nights Tree Lighting” at 4 p.m. in Tibbetts Park (1 North Broadway, White Plains). Visit cityofwhiteplains.com for more information.
  • The Temple Israel Center of New Rochelle (1000 Pinebrook Boulevard, New Rochelle) will host a breakfast and discussion with Edward Poliandro from the office of diversity and community affairs at Mount Sinai Hospital at 9:30 a.m. Visit tinr.org for more information.
  • The ADL in Westchester Securing Justice Awards Dinner will take place at Metropolis County Club (289 Dobbs Ferry Road, White Plains) from 5-8 p.m. Honorees Linda Riefberg and Lee Perlman will receive the Philanthropic Leadership Award, Lawrence W. Bahr will be recognized with the Making a Difference Award and Oren Segal, ADL Director of the Center on Extremism, will be the keynote speaker. Visit adl.org/westchester2017 for more information.
  • The Congregation Kol Ami (252 Soundview Avenue, White Plains) will host The Sisterhood Holiday Shopping Spree from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be jewelry, clothing, handbags and much more. Visit nykolami.org for more information.
  • The Eastchester Recreation Department Gingerbread House Decorating Contest will take place at 10 a.m. at The Haindl Field Rec Room (100 Gabriel Rescigno Drive, Scarsdale). Visit eastchester.org for more information.

 Please visit www.burbio.com/lists/district-88-events for more information about these and other area events.

 

 

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.

 

A Musical Weekend To Celebrate The Holiday Season

Dear friends and neighbors,

If you love music then you will certainly enjoy this weekend in the 88th Assembly District. There are plenty of holiday concerts and other musical performances that are certain to appeal to people of all ages. So take the whole family and check out one or more of these special musical events that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

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 Knicks, the NBA D-League affiliate of the New York Knicks, will play the Delaware 87ers at the Westchester County Center (198 Central Avenue, White Plains) at 7 p.m. Visit westchester.dleague.nba.com for more information.knicks
  • The White Plains Library (100 Martine Avenue, White Plains) Short-Story Discussion Series will take place at 2 p.m. Librarian Barbara Wenglin will lead the discussion using the anthology “Love Stories”, copies of which are available at the reference desk. Visit whiteplainslibrary.org for more information.
  • Enoch Davis, the primary practitioner at Sojourn Acupuncture Center, will speak at The Manor Club (1023 Esplanade, Pelham Manor) about “Demystifying Acupuncture” at 7:30 p.m. as part of The Manor Club Talks Series. Visit themanorclubofpelham.org for more information.
  • The Westchester Reform Temple (255 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale) will hold its Winter Luncheon from noon-2 p.m. Bernd Wollschlaeger, author of A German Life: Against All Odds Change Is Possible, will be the guest speaker. His father was a Nazi tank commander in WWII and was presented with the Iron Cross by Adolf Hitler. Wollschlaeger will talk about the past his father hid from him, how he was devastated by the Holocaust, which led to his conversion to Judaism and emigration to Israel. Visit www.wrtemple.org for more information.
  • The 24th annual Edythe Kurz Conference will take place at The Westchester County Center (198 Central Avenue, White Plains) from 8:30 a.m.- noon. The topic is “Substance Abuse Treatment: Widening the Circle”. Visit wjcs.com for more information.
  • Beth-El Synagogue Center (1324 North Avenue, New Rochelle) will present Dinner With The Mosaic Storytelling Project at 6:30 p.m. Come and meet two teens who identify as Jewish and LGBTQ as they tell their personal stories. Visit bethelnr.org for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Forum will take place at The Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) at 7:30 p.m. The topic is “The Global Economy: What Lies Ahead”. Visit scarsdaleforum.com for more information.

FRIDAY

  • The Westchester Italian Cultural Center (One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe) will host the annual Tombola Gala Fundraising Event at 6:30 p.m. There will be live music, dinner, cocktails, gift bags and more. Visit wiccny.org for more information.

    MJ Territo

    MJ Territo

  • The Hoff-Barthelson Music School (25 School Lane) 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.
  • The Young Israel of Scarsdale Synagogue (1313 Weaver Street, Scarsdale) will host a Community Kabbalat Shabbat and Dinner With Family & Friends. The dinner is scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m. Major Gil Revivo, a wounded hero of the IDF, will speak. Visit yisny.org for more information.
  • Beth-El Synagogue Center (1324 North Avenue, New Rochelle) will host “Sing Out Shabbat”, a service for anyone of any age, at 6:30 p.m. Visit bethnr.org for more information.
  • The New Rochelle Library (1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle) will host a “Senior Benefits Information Center” from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Seniors will get help regarding benefits they may be entitled to receive, including Medicare health and prescription, food stamps, HEAP, EPIC, weatherization, minor home repair, tax relief programs and many more. Visit nrpl.org for more information.
  • The Westchester Artists Guild will be holding its annual Holiday Art Show and Sale at St. Bartholomew’s Church (82 Prospect Avenue, White Plains) from 6-8 p.m. There will also be a reception. The sale resumes on Saturday from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Visit hopefriedlandartist.com for more information.

 SATURDAY

  • The Westchester Italian Cultural Center (One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe) will host “Yummy Struffoli”, an evening of baking and enjoying these fried dough treats. Visit wiccny.org for more information.
  • The India Center of Westchester will hold its annual dinner and dance at The Lake Isle Country Club (660 White Plains Road, Eastchester) from 6-11 p.m. Visit indiacenter.us for more information.
  • The Music Conservatory of Westchester (216 Central Avenue, White Plains) will host “Performathon 2016”, an all-day performance by the conservatory’s fabulous student musicians. Visit musicconservatory.org for more information.
  • Jay Unger and Molly Mason, the Emmy-nominated duo, will perform at Memorial United Methodist Church (250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains) as part of the Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse music series. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. but the Walkabout Clearwater Chorus sing-a-long will begin at 6:45 p.m. Visit walkaboutclearwater.org for more information.
  • The Hoff-Barthelson Music School’s Annual Festival Orchestra Winter Concert will take place at The Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation (468 Rosedale Avenue, White Plains) at 7 p.m. This year’s theme is “Life and Nature: The Best of Czech Music”. Visit hbms.org for more information.
  • The Westchester Toy and Train Show will take place at the Westchester County Center from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit westchestertoytrain.com for more information.
  • The St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site (897 South Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon) will present Holiday Music and The Holiday of Christmas, a French Horn and Harp ensemble, at 2 p.m. The show will be preceded by a discussion. Visit nps,gov/sapa for more information.
  • The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park) will host The Bronx Arts Ensemble as it presents The Manhattan Brass Quintet as they perform a holiday concerts at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Visit bartowpellmansionmuseum.org for more information.

    The Manhattan Brass Quintet

    The Manhattan Brass Quintet

  • The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum will also present a Candlelight Tour with Victorian Carolers from 6-8 p.m. Visit bartowpellmansionmuseum.org for more information.
  • Folk singer Caroline Doctorow will perform at The Bronxville Library (201 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) at 3 p.m. Visit bronxvillelibrary.org for more information.
  • The New Rochelle United Methodist Church (1200 North Avenue, New Rochelle) will present “A Joyous Christmas Celebration” at 6:30 p.m. Concert and recording artist Kay Boyd is the headliner. Call 914-699-3041 for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Parks and Recreation Department will host a Holiday Breakfast in the Scarsdale High cafeteria (1057 Post Road, Scarsdale) from 9-11 a.m. There will be holiday activities and pictures with Santa. Visit scarsdale.com 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.
  • The Reformed Church of Bronxville (180 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) will present its annual Handel’s Messiah Sing at 4 p.m. Professional singers and a chamber ensemble lead one of the largest community sing-a-longs of Handel’s masterpiece in the area. Singers of all skill levels welcome. Visit reformedchurch.org for more information.
  • Stillmeadow Gourmet (65 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) will hold a Cookie Decorating Class for Children at 3 p.m. Visit stillmeadowgourmet.com for more information.
  • Visitors to The Silk Road (101 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) will be able to create their own memory quilts courtesy of My Quilting Beehive from noon-4 p.m. Visit bronxvillechamber.org for more information.
  • The White Plains High School (550 North Street) Craft Fair will take place at 10 a.m. Visit tinyurl.com/zm2nsxa for more information.
  • The Family Christian Center (592 Main Street, New Rochelle) will host The Performing Arts Ministry’s Christmas Spectacular at 5 p.m. Visit fccnr.com for more information.
  • The Leslie Pintchik Trio will perform at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • The City of White Plains Winterfest and Downtown Holiday Market will kick off on Court Street between Main and Martine Avenue and run every day through Dec. 18. There will be food, crafts, unique holiday gifts and entertainment. Visit cityofwhiteplains.com for more information.
  • The Tuckahoe Library (71 Columbus Avenue, Tuckahoe) will host “Holiday Books and Tea Tchaikovsky and The Nutcracker” at 11 a.m. Visit tuckahoe.com/library for more information.
  • The YWCA of White Plains (515 North Street, White Plains) will host a “Breakfast With Santa and a Side of Latkes” from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Visit ywcawpcw.org for more information.

 SUNDAY

  • Violinist Chi-Chi Lin Bestman and the Solace Ensemble will perform at The Greenville Community Church (270 Ardsley Road, Scarsdale) at 5 p.m. as part of the Hoff-Barthelson Music School Artist Series. Visit hbms.org for more information.
  • The New Rochelle BID Holiday Concert will take place at The New Rochelle Public Library (1 Library Plaza) at 3 p.m. Ursaville, a musical family, will perform. Visit nrpl.org for more information.
  • The Symphony of Westchester All Strings Concert will take place at The Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium on the Iona College campus (715 North Avenue, New Rochelle) at 3 p.m. Oboist Katherine Needleman is scheduled to perform. Visit thesymphonyofwestchester.org for more information.

    Katherine Needleman

    Katherine Needleman

  • The NRAA Adolph Grant Award Show and Exhibit Reception will take place at The New Rochelle Library (1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle) at 5:15 p.m. Visit nrpl.org for more information.
  • The Westchester County Center will play host to World Wrestling Entertainment’s Live Holiday Tour with a 7 p.m. show. Visit wwe.com/wwe-live-holiday-tour-6 for more information.
  • The Picture House (175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham) will present The Nutcracker Magical Matinee at 3 p.m. The whole family will enjoy this holiday classic. This film version
    of The Nutcracker is the same production performed by New York City Ballet
    each December at Lincoln Center. Visit thepicturehouse.org for more information.
  • The Children’s Holiday Recital, arranged by the Bronxville Women’s Club, will take place at the Anna Lawrence Bisland 1928 House (135 Midland Avenue, Bronxville) from 1-3 p.m. Local young artists have the opportunity to perform in a professional setting. Visit bronxvillechamber.org for more information.
  • Santa Claus will be visiting the Blue Moon Café (7-27 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) for a festive holiday brunch and pictures with patrons. Visit bronxvillechamber.org for more information.
  • The Chabad of Bronxville will be hosting a Chanukah Menorah Building Workshop and Family Fun Day at Home Depot (601 Sprain Road, Yonkers) from 2-4 p.m. Visit jewishbronxville.com for more information.
  • The Reformed Church of Bronxville (180 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) will hold its 63rd annual White Gift Christmas Pageant from 4-5 p.m. Join local high school students and the children’s choir as they bring The Nativity to life in a fabulous pageant. Visit reformedchuch.org for more information.
  • The Westchester Reform Temple (255 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale) will screen “Last Stop”, the Israeli documentary that looks at the tensions between non-Jewish and Jewish-African communities at 2 p.m. Dr. Yoel Magid will speak. Visit wrtemple.org for more information.
  • Head over to The Ritz Carlton (Three Renaissance Square, White Plains) for Breakfast with Santa between 9-10 a.m. Visit ritzcarlton.com for more information.
  • The Young Israel of Scarsdale Synagogue (1313 Weaver Street, Scarsdale) will host its annual Chanukah Boutique from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit yisny.org for more information.
  • Beth-El Synagogue Center (1324 North Avenue, New Rochelle) will host Shira Epstein, EdD, at 9:30 a.m. as she presents “Cultivating Curiosity”, a conversation about how parents can cultivate an environment of curiosity, inquiry and question-asking in their homes. Visit bethelnr.org for more information.
  • Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) will present “An Evening of Jazz With The Bernhard Haaks Quartet” from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • The Westchester Chapter of the Archeological Society of America will host Yeshiva University Professor Jill Katz when she speaks at the Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) about Khirbet Keiyafa: A City of David in Goliath’s Shadow at 2 p.m. Visit aiawestchester.org for more information.
  • The Hitchcock Presbyterian Church (6 Greenacres Avenue, Scarsdale) will host a Community-wide Carol Sing and Tree Lighting at 4 p.m. The Flute Choir and the Handbell Choir will perform. Visit hitchcockpresby.org for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El (2 Ogden Road, Scarsdale) will host a Judaica Shop Chanukah Sale from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  Choose from adult and children’s games, menorahs, dreidels, Chanukah gelt and much more. Visit ssttee.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 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.