Community Events Calendar

Compiled by Jane McAfee
Thursday, 2/1, 5:30-7:30pm First Thursday Gallery Hop. View contemporary art from emerging and established artists on the first Thursday of every month at multiple galleries in Downtown Yonkers. Participating galleries include Blue Door Art Center at 13 Riverdale Ave, PC4 and YOHO Artists at 16 Warburton Ave, Philipse Manor Hall at 29 Warburton Ave, the Riverfront Art Gallery at 1 Larkin Center, and Urban Studio Unbound at 66 Main St. IMAGE Blue Door's show is the annual exhibit that showcases the work of the BDAC artist community. Philipse Manor Hall's show is "Winter Time: A Short History of the Civil War." Riverfront Art Gallery's show "The Way Back" celebrates five artists exploring black heritage through socio-political, cultural and historical themes. Urban Studio Unbound's show is their Winter 2018 Exhibition featuring works of 25+ artists.
FREE event. Local restaurants generously provide discounted dinner for Gallery Hop participants: Belle Havana, Cafe Hudson, Dolphin, Francey Brady's, Guapo, Khangri, Le Moulin, X20, Yonkers Brewery and Zuppa.
Saturday, 2/3, 9-11am New Year, New Idol! 11th Annual Idol Search Competition. Yonkers Idol Search is a three-round singing idol 2018 competition open for Yonkers residents ages 10-19. The winners are awarded the title of "Yonkers Junior Idol" and "Yonkers Idol" for a year and given the opportunity to participate in various city and community events as well as receiving a cash prize from the Untermyer Performing Arts Council. This first audition is at the Nodine Hill Community Center at 140 Fillmore St. FREE. More info and register HERE.

Saturday, 2/3, 9am-4pm Celebrate Girl Power.All girls are welcome to participate in Interactive Workshops sponsored by the Police Athletic League: Volleyball, Yoga, Health and Wellness, Zumba, Boxing, Beauty, Boot Camp & Fitness, Soccer, Basketball, Kayaking and more. FREE but you must register at 914.377.7381 or via email to At 127 North Broadway.

Saturday, 2/3, 9am-12pm Kids Workshop at Home Depot. Score points with your loved ones and build a Valentine Bean Bag Toss in home depot this hands-on workshop. You and your child can construct a fun bean bag toss game for the whole family to love. Following the bean bag toss game board construction, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a FREE Workshop Apron, and a FREE commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin. FREE but you must register HERE. Home Depot is off I-87 at Stew Leonard Drive.
Saturday, 2/3, 10am-12pm Denim Jean Bookmark Workshop at the Blue Door Art Center.Join instructor Imani Stinson for a fun workshop in Denim Jean Bookmarks for kids ages 4-12. All children's workshops are FREE but registration HERE is requested as class sizes are limited according to each instructor. More info or 914.375.5100. The Gallery is at 13 Riverdale Ave, just south of Main St.
Saturday, 2/3, 10am-1pm Free-A-Tree Invasive Vine Removal. Join Groundwork Hudson Valley in combating a variety of invasive vines free a tree along the Old Croton Aqueduct. Help them free the trees that provide shade for recreation and habitat for wildlife. They will provide tools, gloves, and snacks. No previous experience necessary. On the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail by McLean Ave and Lawton St. You will see signs and volunteers directing participants to the site. Street parking can be found on Lamartine and adjacent streets. Directions for Vehicles: For those using GPS to find the work site, please use 113 Lawton Ave, Yonkers NY 10705. Dress in Layers and wear durable shoes. FREE. More info and to RSVP, contact Roger Osorio at 914.375.2151 or email
Saturday, 2/3, 3-5pm Dramatic Presentation at Philipse Manor Hall. "To Be So Confin'd: Complexities of Slavery in 18th Century New York," a dramatic presentation and discussion panel, will philipse manor hall postcard examine the complexities of slavery in New York, and the multiplex nature of that bondage within one household. The presentation will be performed by Donald Hyman and Frederick Jones as they portray two enslaved men. Discussion Panelists are: Michael Lord, Associate Director of Content Development for Historic Hudson Valley, Mary Dillard, Director of the Graduate Program in Women's History with a focus on African History, and Vinnie Bagwell, acclaimed author, writer and sculptor on the African Diaspora. FREE. More info: 914.965.4027. The historic Hall is at 29 Warburton Ave at the corner of Dock St, across the street from the Saw Mill River Daylighting.
Saturday, 2/3, 6-9pm Opening Reception of Urban Studio's Unbound's (US+U) Winter 2018 Exhibition. Featured Artists: David Alge, Jose Antonio Arvelo, Demetrio Belenky, EJ Berzolla, Michael Calvi, Melanie Delgado, Claire Fishman, David Fischweicher, George M. Gutierrez, Miriam Hendel, Julia Eisen-Lester, Lindsey Francis, Jerry Gallo, Karen Gentile, Amanda Ioco, Mark Jacobson, Satish Joshi, Adi Kraus, Shane Laguna, Alison Marra, Jennifer Persad, Richard Pitts, Eric Rhames, Britta Siddell, Melissa Starke, Chris St. Lawrence, Marcin Szprengiel, Eelco van den Berg, Alexis Wheeler, Rich White & Roddy Wildeman. Artist in Residence/Open Studios: Henry Burgos, Alexandra Momin & Melissa Starke. FREE. US+U is at 66 Main St.
Register by Saturday, 2/3 for Saturday, 2/10, 1-2:30pm Valentine Crafts. Kids make their own crafts to give to their Valentine. This is a FREE event but you must pre-register at 914.968.5851. At Lenoir Nature Preserve on Dudley St, off North Broadway just north of Executive Blvd.
Sunday 2/4, 12:15-4:15pm FREE Weekend Movies at Your Library. Double Feature Sunday. From 12:15-2:15pm: See "Fences" (rated PG13) is about a working-class African-American father who tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life. From 2:30-4:15pm: See "I Am Not Your Negro" (rated PG13) about writer James Baldwin who tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House. At the Riverfront Library across the street from the Yonkers Train Station.
Thursday, 2/8, 7-8:30pm Avalanche Awareness. This REI workshop avalanche awareness is for the winter backcountry traveler. Whether you ski, snowshoe, snowboard or snowmobile in the backcountry, recognition of avalanche danger is an essential and potentially lifesaving skill. This session introduces and explains where and why avalanches occur and provides a basic approach to managing risk in the backcountry. Learn to access local avalanche bulletins and weather reports, recognize basic signs of avalanche danger, and learn simple ways to help avoid avalanche danger. FREE. More info and to register. At the REI store at Ridge Hill off I-87 or Tuckahoe Rd at the Ridge Hill exit.
Friday, 2/9, 7:30pm and Saturday, 2/10, 7:30pm and Sunday 2/11, 5:30pm The Park Hill Players Present "Four Weddings and An Elvis." Laughter and fun to follow! Tickets: $15 advance purchase, $10 at the door. Please RSVP for seating to Kris Ann Barbera at or text 914.255.8608. Open to the public at the Park Hill Racquet Club at Van Cortlandt Park Ave at Lakeside Dr.
Saturday, 2/10 The Neo-Victorians, Contemporary Artists Revive Gilded-Age Glamour. The Hudson River Museum presents their new neo vistorians exhibition. Exploring a recent resurgence of interest in ornamental lushness, this showcases work from more than 20 contemporary artists who are inspired by the aesthetics of the 19th century. See a large-scale installation comprised of preserved insects by artists Jennifer Angus, jewel-like paper sculptures by Kirsten Hassenfeld, a tutu made of sea urchins by YOHO artist Catherine Latson, a "peephole" installation by Patrick Jacobs featuring an enchanted landscape built into the gallery wall, and much more. Show runs until 5/13. Museum admission: $3-$7 (members FREE). More info or 914.963.4550. The Museum is at 511 Warburton Ave.
Saturday, 2/10, 10-11:30am Do-It-Yourself Class at Home Depot. Easy Bath Updates. Acquire the skills you need to upgrade your bathroom in this workshop including a hands-on tutorial of the materials and tools you'll need to quickly refresh your space with ease. Led by an expert store associate, you'll leave proficient in how to install a showerhead and various bathroom hardware to accent and enhance your bathroom. FREE. Register HERE. Home Depot is off I-87 at Stew Leonard's and Ridge Hill's exit.
Saturday, 2/10, 10am-12pm Layered Collage Workshop at the Blue Door Art Center. Blue Door Art Center Join instructor Haifa Bint-Kadi for a fun workshop in Layered Collage for kids ages 6-12. All children's workshops are FREE but registration HERE is requested as class sizes are limited according to each instructor. More info or 914.375.5100. The Gallery is at 13 Riverdale Ave, just south of Main St.
Saturday, 2/10, 2pm Talk & Tour with Nancy Blum at the Hudson River Museum.
Explore "The Neo-Victorians" with featured artist Nancy Blum who creates large-scale works on paper inspired by historical botanical images. Museum admission: $3-$7 (members FREE). More info or 914.963.4550. The Museum is at 511 Warburton Ave.
Sunday, 2/11, 1pm HRM Perspectives with Bartholomew F. Bland.
Take a special tour with Guest Curator Bartholomew F. Bland, Executive Director of the Lehman College Art Gallery, City University of New York, during the opening weekend of "The Neo-Victorians." At the Hudson River Museum. Admission: $3-$7 (members FREE). More info or 914.963.4550. The Museum is at 511 Warburton Ave.
Sunday 2/11, 2-4:30pm FREE Weekend Movies at Your Library. See "Moonlight" (rated R) is a chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. At the Riverfront Library across the street from the Yonkers Train Station.
Tuesday, 2/13, 7-8:30pm Hiking the Appalachian Trail and Trip Planning. This REI class is designed to give the prospective Appalachian Trail (AT) hiker and backpacker a solid foundation for planning a trip on the trail. They'll teach you the logistics behind a hiking or backpacking trip and focus on trip planning skills for day hikes, section hikes, and thru hikers. Learn some basic resources and tips to get you started on your trip planning. More info and to register. FREE. At the REI store at Ridge Hill off I-87 or Tuckahoe Rd at the Ridge Hill exit.
Wednesday, 2/14, 6pm Valentine's Day Under the Stars. Celebrate this special occasion at the Hudson River Museum with a romantic evening under the stars! Join them for a champagne toast and light hors d'oeuvres, followed by cosmic travels in the Andrus Planetarium revealing the many stories of love and devotion that grace our skies. Cocktails are at 6pm and the show is at 7pm. $30, Members $25. Purchase tickets HERE. More info or 914.963.4550. The Museum is at 511 Warburton Ave.

Recurring Events:

Saturdays, 11-12:15am Chair Yoga at Philpse Manor Hall. This class takes place inside the Gothic Chamber at Philipse Manor Hall at 29 Warburton Ave at the corner of Dock St, across the street from the Saw Mill River Daylighting. $10 per class and FREE on-site parking. More info: 914.965.4027.
Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 1-2pm and 3-4pm Glenview Tours. Walk through Hudson River Museum's historic home featuring the Great Hall, Sitting Room, Parlor, Dining Room, Ebony Library, and Yonkers favorite dollhouse Nybelwyck Hall. More info or 914.963.4550. The Museum is at 511 Warburton Ave.
Sundays, 8am-2pm Winter Farmer's MarketSponsored by the Yonkers Police Athletic League (PAL). Every Saturday until 3/3. FREE admission. PAL is at 127 North Broadway.
Every Saturday & Sunday Sky shows at the Andrus PlanetariumThe only public planetarium in Westchester County. At the Hudson River Museum. More info about the shows and schedule or 914.963.4550. The Museum is at 511 Warburton Ave.

Nearby Performances of Yonkers Artists and Musicians:

Artist and Park Hill resident Satish Joshi will be showing his work at Urban Studio's Unbound's (US+U) Winter 2018 Exhibition. Opening Reception is Saturday, 2/3, 6-9pm. US+U is at 66 Main St in downtown Yonkers.

What's Happening at the Racquet Club:

The Racquet Club is a year-round private membership organization nestled in the Park Hill section of Yonkers. Established aPHRC logos the Park Hill Country Club in 1892, it is a family club beautifully situated on 2+ acres, welcoming members from many diverse backgrounds. The Club has 4 clay tennis courts, a pool, vintage bowling lanes, kids' playgroup, and social events year-round (see upcoming events below). Interested in joining? Check out the website or contact the Membership Committee at Most events are members only but non-members are welcome at specific events and will be noted as such. Details are on website.
Saturday, 1/27, 8pm: Karaoke! (PHRC members only)
Sunday, 2/4, 5pm: Super Bowl Tailgate Party. (PHRC members only)
Friday, 2/9,7:30pm and Saturday, 2/10,7:30pm and Sunday, 2/11,5:30pm: The Park Hill Players Present "Four Weddings and An Elvis." (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)
Thursday, 2/15,7:30pm Annual Membership Meeting (PHRC members only)
Saturday, 3/10, 8pm: Indoor Tennis Party (PHRC members only)

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