Community Events Calendar

Compiled by Jane McAfee
Tuesday, 10/17, 7pm No-Tax Hike Pledge: Panacea or Time Bomb?

"Journal News Tax Watch" columnist David McKay Wilson will explore the Westchester County Executive's no-tax increase policy, its impact on county services and infrastructure, and the county's future. Sponsored by "The Journal News." At Sarah Lawrence College in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center Donnelley Film Theatre at 917 Kimball Ave. FREE. More info or 914.395.2412.

Wednesday, 10/18, 2pm Craft Talk with Lincoln Michel

Craft Talk with Lincoln Michel, author of "Upright Beasts" and the co-editor of "Gigantic Worlds," an anthology of science flash fiction, and "Tiny Crimes," an anthology of short crime fiction. FREE. At Sarah Lawrence College in the Slonim House Living Room at 911 Kimball Ave. More info or 914.395.2412.

Wednesday, 10/18, 7-8:30pm Women's Backpacking: Round Table Discussion.

This is a great opportunity to share with others your experiences backpacking and/or get tips from other women who know just what it's like to hike and camp in primitive locations. REI's expert backpacker will lead the discussion. She will include topics such as: favorite trails, safety, hygiene, making a plan and taking care of your mind, body and gear. FREE. More info and to register. At the REI store at Ridge Hill off I-87 or Tuckahoe Rd at the Ridge Hill exit.

Thursday, 10/19, 6-7pm: Zumba Class

Ditch the workout and join the party! Zumba combines Latin and international music with a fun and effective workout system. This FREE class for teens and adults will be led by certified Zumba instructor Maria Vargas. No experience is necessary. Dress comfortably for moving. In Community Room A & B at the Riverfront Library across the street from the Yonkers Train Station.

Thursday, 10/19, 6:30-8:30pm Artists in Yonkers - Passion, Vision, art and Community Engagement

Panel members include: Golda Solomon (Poet-in-residence, Blue Door Art Center), Haifa Bint-Kadi (Visual Artist, Groundwork Hudson Valley), Kwame Johnson (Theater Actor, Founding Artistic Director at Youth Theater Interactions), Ricardo Lima (Theater Actor, Director at Youth Theater Interactions), Christopher St. Lawrence (Director of Waterfront Development for the City of Yonkers, Department of Planning and Development). FREE. Light snacks served. Hosted by Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak at 35 Alexander St, one block north of the Yonkers Train Station.

Friday, 10/20, 4-6pm CAPE for Kids

Presented by the Child Development Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, the Community Adventure Play Experience (CAPE) gives children the ability to use their imagination to transform recyclables, other everyday items and discarded materials...boxes, string, buckets and the like. Children can create, play and interact with the materials however they wish. Materials will be provided. This FREE program will be on the east lawn in front of Philipse Manor Hall at 29 Warburton Ave. at the corner of Dock St, across the street from the Saw Mill River Daylighting.

Friday, 10/20, 6-8pm Art & Wine Time Workshops

Adult workshop at the Blue Door Art Center with instructors Judith & Richard Wilde who will lead the group in Creative Collage & Cabernet. No experience is necessary and all art supplies will be provided. The gallery will supply both white and red vino! Email Maria@BlueDoorArtCenter.org to pre-register, or call the Blue Door at 914.375.5100. Join Blue Door for a series of unforgettable evenings of wine, light refreshments, friends, and art! Must be 21+. FREE. The gallery is at 13 Riverdale Ave just south of Main St.

Saturday, 10/21, 9-11am Adopt-A-Highway Rumsey Road Vine Cutting and Cleanup

Join the small and stalwart band of faithful monthly regulars for an hour or two of easy, pleasant public service. Bring your work gloves, clippers and loppers and help control the invasive vines that threaten to overtake our beautiful old trees and help pick up trash that is a blight on our landscape. Tools, safety vests and garbage bags will be provided. Sponsored by the Yonkers Land Conservancy. At the north end of Rumsey Road near the intersection of the Cross County and Saw Mill Pkwys. You can park your car near the entrance to the parkways (northeast side of Rumsey Road). Questions and more info, email Norma Guzman HERE.

Saturday, 10/21, 10am-12pm Luscious Lip Balm Workshop for Kids

Join instructor Nikki Rodriguez for aworkshop at the Blue Door Gallery to make Luscious Lip Balm. This workshop is for children ages 4-10. Email Maria@BlueDoorArtCenter.org to register for workshops. Include the workshop(s) you're interested in, and your child's name(s) and age(s). FREE. The Gallery is at 13 Riverdale Ave just south of Main St.

Saturday, 10/21,10am OR 1pm Halloween Spooktacular 2017 at the Cross County Shopping Center

Trick or Treating, Story Time, Crafts and more! The same Spooktacular events are being held at two different times during the day so you can go either at 10am OR at 1pm. Choose ONE TIME and RSVP to help Cross County Shopping Center manage the supplies. Event includes: Trick-or-Treating (throughout the mall), Halloween Arts & Crafts (near Forever 21), Fortune Teller with Palm Readings (near Hyatt Place Hotel), Strolling Entertainers (around the center), Story Time (near Michael Kors), Inflatable Kid's Maze (near Gap), Coloring Station (near Victoria's Secret), Selfies with Binx the Inflatable Cat (near NY&CO). RSVP via email HERE or call 914.968.9571 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) and specify which time you are reserving and how many children will be attending. More info. Event and parking are FREE!

Saturday, 10/21, 12-3pm HarvestFest at Ridge Hill

It's Fall Ya'll on the hill! Fun for the whole family at Ridge Hill's 5th Annual HarvestFest with pony rides, arts & crafts and much more! Enjoy live bluegrass music and square dancing with the Foot & Fiddle Dance Company and celebrate autumn's arrival with seasonal fare, drinks, and kids activities. From 1-2pm, kids are invited to wear costumes and get their fill of candies, treats and more at treat-stops located throughout the center. FREE admission. HarvestFest will be held near Ridge Hill's Fountain Plaza. Ridge Hill is off I-87 or Tuckahoe Rd at the Ridge Hill exit.

Saturday, 10/21, 2-3:30pm Kids Explore the Landscape with Zafiro Acevedo

In this hands-on workshop series led by artist Zafiro Acevedo, participants will examine classical landscape elements and create works using natural elements, pine cones, grass, and leaves in addition to traditional art materials. Recommended for ages 5-10. Museum admission: $3-$6 (members FREE). More info or 914.963.4550. The Museum is at 511 Warburton Ave.

Saturday, 10/21, 2-4:15pm Weekend Movies at Your Library

See "Wish Upon" (PG13). A teenage girl discovers a box that carries magic powers and a deadly price for using them. FREE. At the Riverfront Library across the street from the Yonkers Train Station.

Saturday, 10/21, 2-4:15pm 9th Annual Pet Parade

It's that time of year again when your pets get to dress up in costumes and march along in the pet parade along the waterfront. Registration will begin at 12pm at Bark and Purr Petshop at 1 Pierpoint St across from the Yonkers Pier. Make sure to sign up and get your number upon arrival. Contest will be held for best costume, cutest pet, most unusual costume and more! FREE. To sign up in advance, email Info@YonkersDowntown.com or call 914.969.6660. (PARADE RULES: All dogs must be on a leash. Rabies & all vaccinations must be current (no puppies under 4 months without vaccinations). Pets must wear ID tags at all times. Costumes must be safe. No aggressive dogs. No dogs in heat.)

Sunday, 10/22, 10am-3pm Introduction to Mountain Biking Class, Level 1

Experience the thrill of mountain biking with REI's enthusiastic, knowledgeable instructors. They will address proper bike fit and making necessary adjustments to your bike. You'll see riding techniques, including body and pedal position, shifting, braking, climbing, descending, and navigating minor obstacles on the trail. They'll also go over important communication skills and mountain biking trail etiquette with the aim of keeping multi-use trails open and safe for everyone. Then you'll practice all these new skills on a great trail ride in Sprain Ridge Park. Don't have a bike? REI will provide mountain bikes for students at no additional charge. Recommended for those 14 and older; those under 18 must be accompanied by parent or responsible adult. FREE. More info (what you need to bring and other optional items) and to register. At the REI store at Ridge Hill off I-87 or Tuckahoe Rd at the Ridge Hill exit.

Friday, 11/3, through Saturday, 11/11 Yonkers Film Festival Tickets Now on Sale!

In its 5th year, YoFiFest has grown from its humble beginnings as a local weekend event at a public library to an international festival anchored in its own theater that will screen over a hundred films, including features, shorts, documentaries, animation, music videos and student work. There are also networking events, educational workshops and the ever-popular receptions and nightly after-parties where audiences and filmmakers get the chance to connect and converse. The 9-day festival will kick off the weekend on Friday with the popular Opening Night Red Carpet Reception, Opening Night Screening and After Party. All the films will be shown in the YOFI DMAC Theater and Theater 9, both located at 66 Main St. Tickets for sale include single-day, 2-day, 3-day and full-festival passes. A complete schedule of films, workshops, parties HERE. It's a great, fun-filled event in downtown Yonkers!

Friday, 11/10, and Saturday, 11/11, 8pm The Last Flapper

The Park Hill Players Performing Arts Center present "The Last Flapper" starring Park Hill resident Tina D'Amato in a one woman performance. Two performances only! Tickets are $20 per person for mature audiences only. To purchase tickets, email TheBeirneGang@aol.com.

Recurring Events

Every day until 10/31 Stew's Halloween Hayride

Ride runs Monday through Thursday from 3pm to 7pm, Friday 3pm to 8pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 8pm. FREE. All ages welcome. At Stew Leonard's off I-87 or Ridge Hill Blvd from Tuckahoe Rd.

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.

Saturdays and Sundays, 12-6pm The Science Barge

A floating sustainable urban farm operated by Groundwork Hudson Valley, is open every weekend for tours all day. $3 suggested donation. FREE, kids 10 and under. At 99 Dock St, on the Yonkers waterfront just north of the Yonkers Pier.

Wednesdays-Sundays, 1pm and 3pm Glenview Tours

The Hudson River Museum's historic mansion has six restored Gilded-Age period rooms that reflect the lifestyle of its turn-of-the-century residents, the Trevor family. More info.

Fridays, 10am-4pm: Groundwork Hudson Valley's Get Fresh Farmers' Market

Hyper-locally grown fruit and produce, veggies from the Science Barge, baked goods, antibiotic-free meats, dairy and eggs, and other local vendors. Family activities: guided tours of Daylighted parks, Colonial-era games, interactive art and science activities, and musical performances. At Philipse Manor Hall at 29 Warburton Ave.

Fridays and Saturdays, 5-8pm, until 9/2 Planetarium Show

FREE admission to the Hudson River Museum. FREE Planetarium Show Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm. The Museum is at 511 Warburton Ave. More info.

Nearby Performances of Yonkers Artists and Musicians

Spuyten Duyvil

Spuyten Duyvil, a six-piece band of Yonkers musicians, plays original and cleverly recycled alternative folk, roots, traditional and acoustic music. They'll be performing on Saturday, 10/21, at 8pm, at Jalopy in Brooklyn. More info.

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 as 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 ParkHillRacquetClub@gmail.com. Most events are members only but non-members are welcome at specific events and will be noted as such. Details are onwebsite.
Friday, 10/13, 6pm: Friday Night Bonfire Takeout Night. (PHRC members only) Wednesdays, 7:30-8:45pm: Yoga Classes (PHRC members only) Friday, 10/20, 6:30pm: Family Oktoberfest Potluck Barbeque (PHRC members only) Sunday, 12/3: Holiday Boutique (PHRC members only) Saturday, 12/16: Winter Adult Holiday Party (PHRC members only)

Calendar Compiled by Jane McAfee

Jane McAfee, ABR, ASP, e-PRO, SFR, SRES, GREEN

Associate Real Estate Broker Houlihan Lawrence 55 E Grassy Sprain Rd, Yonkers 10710 Cell: 914-262-8836 www.JaneMcAfee.com

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