Is it May already? Really? Well, around here that means…Sheldrake, Strawberries and Playland….
Celebrate the League of Women Voter’s 90th Anniversary with Assemblyman George Latimer at a special luncheon this Friday at 12 p.m., to be held at New Rochelle’s Davenport Club. Assemblyman Latimer will be discussing pertinent Albany-related issues at this public event. $45 per person; email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Tickets will be available at the door.
Green Week’s last hurrah is Larchmont’s annual BARK for the PARK this Friday from 3 – 4:30 p.m. Kids can celebrate Arbor Day by planting and watering new trees in Constitution Park. Don’t forget shovels and mud boots!
Assemblyman George Latimer and Legislator Judy Myers are back with A Cup of Joe with Judy & George this Saturday at 2 p.m. Enjoy a free cup of coffee at Mamaroneck’s Nautilus Diner while discussing local issues with the representatives.
Celebrate Mother’s Day a little early this year with a Pre Mother’s Day Formal Tea, presented by the STRIVE Dance Leadership Academy of New Rochelle this Saturday, at the Hugh Doyle Center. Teatime is from 1 – 4 p.m. and tickets are $15 per person; free for children under four. Tickets can be purchased by calling (914) 654-2048.
For the 38th year, the College of New Rochelle is hosting its annual Strawberry Festival on Sunday… featuring fresh strawberries in a variety of different treats, music, face-painting and rides. Free. www.cnr.edu
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Enjoy a classical concert at the New Rochelle Public Library during Keynote Concert May Day this Saturday in the Ossie Davis Theater. From 3 – 4 pm., guests will be treated to a performance by the Half Moon Trio (pianist Diane Guernsey, violinist James Elkin and cellist Mike Lunapiena). www.nrpl.org
Support young local arts at the Rye Art Center’s Young Student Art Exhibit Opening Reception, this Sunday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. The show features work from student art classes, and will be available for viewing from May 2nd – May 8th. Free. www.ryeartscenter.org
(Additional arts listings below from our Arts Calendar)
KIDS & FAMILY
The whole family is invited to sing, dance and party with Groove this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Family Jam! Featuring Music for Aardvarks is sure to keep everyone moving and in great spirits. Preregistration required. www.findgroove.com
Come out for a day of fun at Rye Playland’s MayFair this weekend. Be among the first to enjoy the park’s fabulous rides this season from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. $25 Westchester residents; $30 non-residents; $3 resident (non-ride) spectators; $5 non-resident spectators. Parking is $7. The park official opens on Sunday. www.ryeplayland.org
Larchmont’s Sheldrake Environmental Center is hosting its 2010 Spring Festival this Sunday from 1 – 4 p.m. Families can enjoy crafts, face-painting, scavenger hunts, a “green” raffle and other natural, educational activities like a demonstration of Ikebana flower-arranging. There will also be shows at 1:20 p.m., 2:20 p.m. and 3:20 p.m. of local animals presented by the New Canaan Nature Center. Free for members; $5 nonmembers ages three and up. Parking/shuttle service available from Bonnie Briar Country Club. www.sheldrakecenter.org
Sunday is Healthy Kids Day and the Rye Derby, featuring the 22nd Annual five mile U.S. Track and Field Sanctioned Race. Be sure to sign up in advance to take part i the race, kicking off at 10:15 a.m. Or, if walking is more your style, there’s a one mile walk/run through the streets of Rye at 12:15 p.m. www.ryeymca.org
The Mamaroneck Indoor Farmers’ Market runs from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. this Saturday. Make sure you stop by the Carpenter’s Kids Café for a beverage while you shop!
Scarsdale’s Farmers’ Market takes place in the Village Hall’s lower level parking lot this Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. You’ll find local and organic products like wine, meat, produce and jams each week.
More Westchester events for Friday from our Arts Calendar…
DANCE: Performing Arts Center at Purchase College presents Purchase Dance Corps. Spring Concert 2010. Classical and contemporary ballet and modern dance by outstanding choreographers. 3pm, 4/30-5/3. 251-6200 or www.artscenter.org
LECTURE: Westchester Photographic Society presents Member’s Competition #6, one of many regular member competitions. 8pm, 4/30. 837-2361 or http://wpsphoto.org
MUSIC: Paramount Center for the Arts presents Venice Baroque Orchestra. A special spring concert featuring Antonio Vivaldi’s magical Four Seasons concerto for violin.
8pm, 4/30. 739-2333 or www.paramountcenter.org
MUSIC: Purchase College presents Opera Scenes by the Conservatory of Music. 7:30pm, 4/30. 251-6800 or www.purchase.edu
THEATER: Irvington Town Hall Theater presents Willy Wonka. Carb-loaded, lighthearted and utterly satisfying! 7:30pm, 4/30-5/1. 591- 6602 or www.irvingtontheater.com