ARTS AND SCIENCE BARGE SUNDAYS
Aboard the Science Barge
99 dock Street, Yonkers, NY
Suggested $5 donation for supplies: 
Sundays from 2-4pm, beginning July 1 though Oct. 28

See website for schedule
RSVP Ivoire LaVann 
Ivoire@groundworkhv.org or Bob Walters bob@groundworkhv.org
www.groundworkhv.org
914-513-7354​

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YONKERS DOWNTOWN WATERFRONT EVENTS
https://yonkersdowntown.com/calendar/

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SISTER TO SISTER INTERNATIONAL

STEAM CAMP FOR GIRLS

JUNE 25-JULY 1

Info  914-207-0368

stsionthemove@gmail.com


For Immediate Release… May 22, 2018
CONSUMER REPORTS & SISTER TO SISTER INTERNATIONAL PARTNER TO DEVELOP THE NEXT GENERATION OF STEAM LEADERS

According to the National Math and Science Initiative, Science Technology Engineering Art & Math - STEAM jobs will grow almost twice as fast as non-STEAM jobs over the next decade.  Yet, black and women of color are significantly under-represented in this workforce. 

Cheryl Brannan, founder and architect of Sister to Sister International’s STEAM Program stated, “If businesses in the Lower Hudson Valley want to remain profitable and competitive they need to invest in the development of local talent.  ‘It takes a village,’ and the public and private sector must work in partnership to create a win-win situation for all.“

Sister to Sister International, Inc. a local nonprofit based in Yonkers for over 20 years, was one of the first in the region to create a cutting-edge STEAM summer camp for Black and girls of color, over 9 years ago. The summer camp and now year-round STEAM Academy have nurtured over 1,000 girls in the Lower Hudson Valley through various exposure activities and events.

One such event was a student tour at Consumer Reports over three years ago, followed by a presentation by their, president Dr. Marta Tellado, at an STSI Girls Empowerment Forum along with interest from their Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.

The partnership has grown to include STSI interns, and most recently the culmination of a year-long Career Coaching series which consisted of ten high school students paired with CR employees. The program was facilitated by the Network of Women (NOW) Business Resource group which is part of the Consumer Reports’ Diversity and Inclusion initiative.

The interactive career coaching sessions covered everything from resume writing, interviewing and soft skills.  Additionally they received guidance on social media presence and creating an elevator pitch.  Nalo Russell, rising senior at the Chapin School and STEAM Camp Co-President said  “It was great to get this kind of exposure especially as a junior preparing for college and future internships; Having this crucial information is very valuable and as I create my profile as a student and an intern and job applicant. it was very enriching to have a mentor of this caliber.”

The wrap-up session included a social media presentation on Linkedin by CR’s Social Media Program Manager, Sheree Roach, which was both practical and relatable for the students. 

JoAnne Boyd, Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis and executive sponsor of the NOW Business Resource Group stated, “This has been a very rewarding opportunity for the NOW group.  Not only do we get to work with and learn from a terrific group of young women, our talented staff can share their skills and experiences in STEAM related fields with the future workforce. As an added benefit, we get to introduce all the work our organization does to a new audience.  I can honestly say that both groups benefited immensely from the experience.”


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NEWS FROM CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT 

MIKE KHADER


In the wake of last week's passing of the budget, the City Council has been in discussion about how to implement operational changes in order to avoid a repeat of history. I will be working tirelessly with my colleagues, the administration and various commissioners to see where we can agree on cost-saving measures.

I have put forward a Whistleblower law designed eliminate fraud abuse and waste. The law calls for the establishment of Office of Internal Audit. A function that is lacking, and clearly needed in the City of Yonkers. I look forward to discussing with my colleagues and the administration the most effective means for change. Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts with my office. 

HOUSING HELP

I had an opportunity to sit down and meet with area representatives to discuss the housing crisis for renters and homeowners.
Westchester Residential Opportunities Inc is dedicated to promoting equal, affordable and accessible housing opportunities for all residents in the region, including seniors, renters and homeowners behind on their mortgage payments.
For more information about the great work they do, click HERE. 


HRCA ANNUAL OUTING

City Council President had a great time at the Hudson River Community Association's (HRCA) meet and greet BBQ this week!

For more information about the great work being done by the group, you can visit their website by clicking HERE. 

COMMUNITY WALK-THROUGH

On Friday City Council President Khader took part in a community walk-through in Yonkers.
Here he is seen touring Stanley Street and Jefferson Terrace with residents. 
Please contact our office if you'd like the Council President to walk through your neighborhood to address quality of life concerns.

AUTISM PROJECT

It was an honor to be guest speaker at Tuesday evening's kickoff for the Autism Project's inclusion walk.
Our special needs children are our most vulnerable. City Council President Khader commends the great work being done by the Autism Project. 



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Media Inquiries:
Briggette Sayegh
Communications Director, Office of the City Council President
914-377-6063
HOUSING HELP

Briggette Sayegh
Communications Director, Office of the City Council President
914-377-6063er camp through May 31st. For more information log onto s2si.org to see the brochure, or call 914-207-0368 and email stsi@optonline.net. Follow stsi at @stsionthemove@gmail.c om​



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​Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Online registration is now open for swimming and aquatic fitness classes at Saxon Woods pool in White Plains, Tibbetts Brook pool in Yonkers, Willson’s Woods pool in Mount Vernon and Playland pool in Rye. 

For children and for adults just getting started with swimming, Learn-to-Swim lessons are offered for all ages and ability levels, from six months of age to senior citizens. Classes begin Wednesday, July 5 and meet twice a week. Lessons for adults ages eighteen and older will be held only at Saxon Woods pool; children ages 6 months up to 3 years will meet only at Willson’s Woods and Sprain Ridge pools.

Registration fee is $80, which includes pool admission fees for the participant. Adults and teens participating in the Learn-to-Swim program at Tibbetts Brook and Saxon Woods pools must present a valid Westchester County resident Park Pass on the first day of class, except at Playland. Children under twelve registering for the lessons must be accompanied by a Park Pass-holding parent or adult guardian. All children under age 3 must be accompanied by an adult during their lesson. There is a $5 parking fee at Tibbetts Brook Park.

For swimmers who want a high-power, cardiovascular fitness workout, Aqua Fit classes are offered at two pools. Classes will be held on Wednesday nights from 6 to 7 p.m. at Saxon Woods Pool, beginning June 27, and on Saturdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Tibbetts Brook Pool, beginning June 23. Fee is $80 for eight sessions, or you can pay as you go weekly. There is a $5 parking fee at Tibbetts Book Park. A Park Pass is not required but participants must be Westchester County residents.
Only online registration is accepted for all classes.
For more information or to register for Learn-to-Swim and Aquatic Fitness classes, go to parks.westchestergov.com/activities/swimming.
Please forward this e-news to family and friends who may be interested in this information.

Sincerely,

Christopher Johnson

Westchester Counter Legislator, 16th District

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Press Preview: Thursday, May 31, 10am
Download press images here

Contact: Tara Dawson -- tdawson@hrm.org; 914.963.4550 x240 
Samantha Hoover -- shoover@hrm.org; 914.963.4550 x216


April 17, YONKERS, NY - The Hudson River Museum announces its summer exhibitions, with works by contemporary artists who explore the landscape and the river to create evocative works of art that are keenly attuned to the environment around them. In addition, a selection of prints from the permanent collection by Minimal artist Donald Judd will further explore the iterative process and creative possibilities of abstraction. The Museum will also feature a rotation of works in blown glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany, drawn from the permanent collection. The exhibitions will be on view from June 1 – September 9, 2018 at the Hudson River Museum. 

Force Field: Drawings by Christine Hiebert
Christine Hiebert, (American, born Switzerland, 1960) a Brooklyn-based artist, investigates the nature and language of line and how different types of marks relate to one another and energize a blank field. Over the past three decades she has embraced drawing as central to her artistic journey, whether it be with charcoal, graphite, and ink, or even tape and dirt. She is known for her gestural works on paper, as well as her site-specific blue-tape drawings in large architectural spaces. She travels to remote natural environments, lately exploring desert and range topographies of the American West, where, she says, “the earth’s gestures are most visible.”

For Hiebert, drawing starts with the problem of the line, how to form it and how to follow it. The gesture of a line has an inherent energy and direction, played out on a sheet of paper. There is a tension between her marks and areas left blank, and the white voids begin to suggest light. “I send out a line to negotiate the blank field of the paper, the unknown," says Hiebert. "I try to find my place there, to engage with space in a way that is both freeing and creates a sense of belonging.”

More than a dozen works on paper will be on view in the Museum’s two-level atrium gallery, including 8-foot, scroll-like works accompanied by smaller related drawings. The sense of space and light the artist creates in these drawings conveys the vastness and unpredictable energy of nature. Hiebert recalls: “I had some very early years of painting in woods and fields with a portable box easel. I would soon start a very different path in my work that was not related to observation. But the practice did tell me that I like to stand in an open field for a very long time, that I like to explore and to ‘settle’ in the outdoors, that the weather is energizing, and that there is a way of getting to the truth of some problem in my mind when surrounded by the tangible truths of the natural world.”   

Laura Vookles, curator of the exhibition and Chair of the Hudson River Museum’s Curatorial Department, adds: “I am interested in all the ways artists express a connection to nature, from realistic depictions to the most abstract. The linear play in Hiebert’s work evokes energy and movement in the world around us.”

The artist’s work has been featured in exhibitions at The Drawing Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Morgan Library and Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art. Her drawings are held in the collections of The Fogg Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, The Menil Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.


Ellen Kozak and Scott D. Miller: riverthatflowsbothways
riverthatflowsbothways, a video installation by artist Ellen Kozak (American, born 1955) and composer 
Scott D. Miller (American, born 1956), takes its name from the translation of the Lenape word for the Hudson River. The artist states, “I use the surface of the river as a giant watery lens that assimilates reflection, color, and pattern. riverthatflowsbothways creates a contemplative space that lengthens one’s sense of time and evokes feelings of wonderment and comfort but also conjures presentiments of destabilizing undercurrents.” Kozak asserts the primacy of the river as a site of aesthetic and environmental concerns.

This unique collaboration weds three video channels with a single audio channel using non-synchronous loops that present viewers with ever-changing compositional combinations. Miller’s string-ensemble score features ambiguous hymn-like chords, recalling Shape-Note singing and the harmonic adventures of Charles Ives. While Miller draws upon the history of American music, Kozak’s video connects to both contemporary and historical traditions focused on perception in the visual arts.

Kozak draws from her ongoing experience as a painter as well as from her background in the early formative years of video. Without offering views or realistic representations, Kozak’s piece is an immersive meditation on the movement and luminosity of the river. Working beside the Hudson River, Kozak roots her art in the use of the river’s surface as, in her words, “a lens that collects activity from the sky above: the movements of clouds, fog, foliage, planes in flight; and on the Hudson, barges transporting crude oil.” Intimately observed abstract images and sound coalesce within the gradually changing images, bringing viewers in contact with the river as a living organism.

“Kozak’s diurnal commitment to riverine views, whether in painting, collage, or, as here, video, reminds all of us of the transcendent potential in everyday phenomena,” states Assistant Curator Ted Barrow. “Especially here, at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers where we overlook the Hudson River, her radiant work underscores the central place of nature in our lives.”

Since 1994, Kozak’s artist studio has been on the east bank of the Hudson River, providing a view of the river in all seasons. She works directly on the banks on the river, sometimes even in the river, where her visual ideas are guided by direct observation. Her work has been exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the tri-state area, including the Katonah Museum of Art; the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, NY; The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY; the Odetta Gallery in Brooklyn, NY; and the Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery in New York City. Collections in which her works are found include The Brooklyn Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, The New York Public Library, and Yale University Sterling Memorial Library.


Donald Judd: Variations on a Theme

Though he resisted the title, Donald Judd (American, 1928–1994) was a towering figure in the Minimal art movement of the 1960s and 1970s. He created three-dimensional works in series, which engage the space around them. Variations on a Theme showcases Untitled, 1977–78, a series of 16 etchings by Judd from the Museum’s permanent collection. Consistent with his three-dimensional constructions, called “Specific Objects,” by Judd, these prints incorporate clean, precise geometric forms with slight variations. Important for Judd, they are not made by the hand of the artist. Like many of his Pop Art and Minimalist contemporaries, he had his sculptures factory produced and his father Roy, who was trained as a printmaker, produced many of the artist’s prints. 

This series demonstrates the variety possible under certain scrupulous parameters. Different angles and varied relationships between lines change our perceptual understanding of each print. Judd wanted his art to be self-evident—what you see is what you see. Refusing to align the diagonal angles of these prints, for example, he highlights specific qualities of the medium itself: graphic, two-dimensional, and not illusionistic. According to Judd, “A work needs only to be interesting.”

Though this exhibition focuses solely on his prints, Judd extended his scope from artwork to furniture and architecture. One of the first artists to convert a former industrial loft into a living and work space in SoHo, Judd later purchased anabandoned army barracks in Marfa, Texas as a space to work outdoors and to contend with the desert landscape itself. These goals were not just aesthetic, but also deeply rooted in environmental concerns. Like reusing industrial space and materials in the production of his art, his Marfa project was twinned with the burgeoning environmental preservation movement of the 1970s.

The exhibitions are organized by the Hudson River Museum.

The exhibitions are featured on the HRM website, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter via the hashtags #ChristineHiebert #EllenKozak #DonaldJudd #HRMAbstraction



Monotype Printing Without a Press
Saturday, June 9, 2 – 4pm
Create a one-of-a-kind print in this workshop led by artist Kathleen Gallagher and inspired by the work on view in Force Field: Drawings by Christine Hiebert. Participants will sketch and print a monotype—an image drawn on an ink-coated surface, then transferred onto paper. Recommended for ages 10+

Relief Printmaking Without a Printing Press
Saturday, June 16, 2 - 4pm
Create your own print in this workshop led by artist Kathleen Gallagher and inspired by the work on view in Donald Judd: Variations on a Theme. Participants will sketch their drawing onto a block, to be inked and transferred onto paper to produce multiple impressions of the same image. Recommended for ages 14+

Watercolor Workshop with Ellen Hopkins Fountain
Saturday, June 30, 2 – 4pm
Capture the abstraction of water, air, and light at play on the Hudson River in this en plein air watercolor workshop led by artist Ellen Hopkins Fountain. Some painting experience required. Tickets: $8; Members $4.

Summer Teaching Artist-in-Residence
Melanie Aguirre, Summer 2018 Teaching Artist-in-Residence, has choreographed a series of Hip Hop dance experiences that align the artwork of the abstract artists on view—Christine Hiebert, Donald Judd, and Ellen Kozak and Scott D. Miller with gestural depictions of the elements—earth, water, wind, and fire.

Abstract Elements: Earth
Saturday, June 23, 1:30–2:30pm—Explore the element “earth” in an interactive dance workshop.
Sunday, June 24, 1:30–3pm—Explore the element “earth” with a Breaking performance with Edwin “Indio” Garcia.

Abstract Elements: Air
Saturday, July 21, 1:30–2:30pm—Explore the element “air” in an interactive dance workshop.
Sunday, July 22, 1:30–3pm— Explore the element “air” with a performance by Elijah “E Solo” Soto.

Abstract Elements: Water
Saturday, August 11, 1:30–2:30pm—Explore the element “water” in an interactive dance workshop.
Sunday, August 12, 1:30–3pm— Explore the element “water” with a Flexing performance with Joshua “Sage” Morales.

Abstract Elements: Fire
Saturday, June 23, 1:30–2:30pm—Explore the element “fire” in an interactive dance workshop.
Sunday, June 24, 1:30–3pm— Explore the element “fire” in an interactive performance around a “fire circle.”
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The Hudson River Museum is open Wednesday - Sunday, 12 - 5pm. Summer Hours: From July 6 - September 1, the Museum’s hours are extended and admission is FREE on Fridays & Saturdays, 5 - 8pm, with a FREE Planetarium show at 7pm.

Museum Admission: Adults $7; Youth 3 - 18 $4; Seniors 62+ and Students with ID $5. Planetarium Admission: Adults $4; Youth 3 -18 $2; Seniors 62+ and Students with ID $3.

The Museum is accessible by Metro North, Yonkers or Glenview Stations, by Beeline Bus Route 1 (Warburton Avenue at Shonnard Terrace), by car, via the Saw Mill River Parkway. Make your visit a One-Day Getaway, and get a combined rail and admission discount ticket. Click here for Metro-North Deals & Getaways information.

The Hudson River Museum is the largest cultural institution in Westchester County and a multidisciplinary complex that draws its identity from its site on the banks of the Hudson River, seeking to broaden the cultural horizons of all its visitors. The Museum collections focus on 19th-century through contemporary American Art; Glenview, an 1876 house on the National Register of Historic Places; Hudson Riverama, an environmental teaching gallery; a state-of-the-art, 120-seat planetarium, and a 400-seat outdoor amphitheater. It presents exhibitions, programs, teaching initiatives, research, collection, preservation, and conservation – a wide range of activities that interpret its collections, interests, and communities. hrm.org


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

YONKERS MAYOR MIKE SPANO APPOINTS MEMBERS 
TO NEW WOMEN’S ADVISORY BOARD   

YONKERS, NY – March 26, 2018 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced the seven members appointed to serve on the Mayor’s newly created Women’s Advisory Board. The Board’s goal will be to advise the Mayor on issues that affect the quality of life for women in the City of Yonkers. 
 
“Now more than ever, women are enacting change and empowerment. I look forward to working and developing programs and address issues that intricately affect the women here in the City of Yonkers,” said Mayor Spano. “This new Board will provide a greater forum for our women to discuss issues, progress ideas and establish initiatives that help increase the participation of residents within our communities and enhance and protect their quality of life.”
 

Established by Mayor Spano earlier this month, the Mayor’s Women’s Advisory Board will review and monitor City policies, procedures, practices and programs; work with the Mayor and City staff to develop and recommend effective policies, legislation and/or services to eliminate discrimination and improve opportunities for women and their families in Yonkers; and promote equal status of women and encourage public policy to cooperate in such endeavors.
 
The new members appointed by the Mayor to serve on the board include:  

Olivia Powell - art historian and Senior Associate Director for Principal Gifts & Lecturer for the Department of Art History and Archeology at Columbia University and a Park Hill Residents Association Board Member.
 

Elena Goldberg-Velazquez - currently an attorney for the Appellate Division Court for the First Department, and has also practiced in the private sector, member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association and the President of the TucLock Neighborhood Association. 

Josephine Ilarraza - social worker for the New York City Department of Education and a Trustee of the Yonkers Library Board.
 
Margaret Fountain Coleman - Yonkers Public School special education teacher and a member of the Yonkers Branch of the NAACP and the Yonkers Federation of Teachers.

Alessandra Restiano - Committee Coordinator for the Westchester County Board of Legislators Committee on Budget and Appropriation and Committee on Labor and Housing. 

Phyllis Fowlkes - Manager of Adult Education Programs for the Westchester Library System and the Executive Director of Public Space Arts. 

Mackenzie Forsberg - Partner and COO of Genesis Realty Group which manages property in Manhattan, the Bronx and Yonkers. 

Members of Mayor Spano’s Women’s Advisory Board will serve one-year terms. A member of the Mayor’s staff will serve as the Women’s Advisory Board Liaison.

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Media Contact:
Vin Parise
Deputy Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor
City of Yonkers
Phone: 914-377-6057

Vincent.Parise@yonkersny.gov

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Yonkers Police Fourth Precinct Community Council Meetings 


​When: 3rd Thursday of each month 7:00 pm

Where: 53 Shonnard Place 

Captain Emil Cavorti, 

Commanding Officer

Assisted by Lieutenant Lawrence Block

Executive Officer

What happens in our precinct is all part of the big picture. Please plan to attend the Fourth Precinct Community Council Meetings to receive community updates on crime and its prevention


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From Yonkers Historical Society

Patricia Mangold Scholarship Awards Submission

Please contact Cmkor-pub@gmail.com for the documents 

Kindly notify your subscribers of the application period for the Yonkers Historical Society’s 2018 Patricia Mangold Scholarships.  The Society has announced April 9th, 2018 as the deadline for Patricia Mangold Scholarship Award submissions.           

These awards are presented to high school seniors residing in Yonkers who have demonstrated both an educational and significant personal interest in Yonkers history. The applicants must be planning to pursue further education. First prize: $1000; second prize: $500.

Please refer to the attached press release and award documentation for additional detail.  Applications may be downloaded from the YHS Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/YonkersHistoricalSociety 

Thank you for your consideration of this request. 

Regards,
Chris Kenney O’Rourke
Trustee, Yonkers Historical Society
Cmkor.pub@gmail.com
(914) 274-7717
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The City of Yonkers is planning the Yonkers Greenway and we at Groundwork Hudson Valley are seeking the community’s input to help inform the design. The Greenway will be a 2 mile path from Van Cortlandt Park to downtown Yonkers that is set aside for recreation, transportation and environmental protection.
In order to gain more information and ideas from the Yonkers community, we have created a short survey available in English and Spanish. This link takes you to the Survey Monkey for completion online and we have also attached hard copies for printing.
 
English version: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MHX8V3C
Spanish version: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BKWYWD9
 
We would greatly appreciate you circulating the survey to your connections in the Yonkers community, and encouraging them to complete it for a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card! If there is anyone or an organization or business that makes a difference in your neighborhood that we should also circulate this survey, please let us know. Also included is a link to our Facebook page, where you can find a link to the survey with more information. All of the survey answers are confidential and anonymous.
 
https://www.facebook.com/GroundworkHV/ 

 
Thank you for your consideration, and we look forward to hearing back from you about this exciting venture!
 
Sincerely,
Brigitte Griswold
Executive Director
Groundwork Hudson Valley
22 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Yonkers, NY 10701

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
With warmer weather just around the corner, Westchester County has announced that registration is open for Westchester County Parks’ popular summer camps for children and young people.


Online registration is available at parks.westchestergov.com/activities/childrens-camps.

Perfect Pitch and Swing Baseball Camp,ages 8 to 12, V.E. Macy Park in Ardsley, (914) 231-4673.
Slam Dunk Basketball Camp, grades 3 to 9, Westchester County Center, White Plains, (914) 231-4673.
Girls Volleyball Camp,grades 6 to 12, Westchester County Center, White Plains, (914) 231-4673.
Challenger Sports Soccer Camp, grades 1 to 9, V.E. Macy Park, Ardsley, (914) 714-8601 or challengersports.com.
Hole-in-One Junior Golf Camp, ages 10 to 17, the county courses: Dunwoodie and Sprain Lake, Yonkers; Hudson Hills, Ossining; Maple Moor, White Plains; Mohansic, Yorktown Heights; and Saxon Woods, Scarsdale. (914) 231-4673.
Children’s Summer Ecology Program,grades 1 to 6, Cranberry Lake Preserve, North White Plains, Marshlands Conservancy, Rye, and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River. (See website for contact info.)
Conservationists in Training, grades 7 to 9, Cranberry Lake Preserve, North White Plains and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River.
Stewards, grades 10 to 12, at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River.  (See website for contact
info.)
Muscoot Wranglers, ages 4 and 5, Muscoot Young Farmers, grades 1-8, Muscoot Farm, Somers, (914) 864-7282.
Summer Music Center, grades 3 to 12, Westchester County Center, White Plains, (914) 231-4673.

Sincerely,


Christopher Johnson

Westchester County Legislator, 16th District

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The Department of Public Works: Snow Emergency Routes are in effect during snow storm of usually 12" or more

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2018



HUDSON RIVER MUSEUM

AMPHITHEATRE EVENTS

https://www.hrm.org/summer_amphitheatre.html
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Experience Hip Hop at the Hudson River Museum This Summer with Teaching Artist-in-Residence Melanie Aguirre and Company

Performances take place on June 23 & 24, July 21 & 22, Aug 11 &12, and Sept 1 & 2

Melanie Aguirre, HRM Summer 2018 Teaching Artist-in-Residence, has envisioned, curated, and is leading a series of hip-hop dance experiences that align with the abstract artworks on view at the Museum this summer—Force Field: Drawings by Christine Hiebert; Ellen Kozak and Scott D. Miller: riverthatflowsbothways; and Donald Judd: Variations on a Theme.

The dance experiences are gestural depictions of the elements—earth, wind, water, and fire. They will be presented over the course of four weekends, one each month, with a Saturday workshop teaching a particular hip hop style and a Sunday interactive performance in the galleries in the same dance style. Participants will learn breaking, litefeet, and flexing from professional dancers and will be invited to join performances in the galleries under their guidance.

Through this unique residency, the Museum is able to offer our audiences a choice of entry points to understanding and appreciating abstract art to develop their own stories through experiences in movement and music. Hip hop, with its energetic gesture, rhythm, and angularity, speaks the language of abstraction in a kinesthetic medium that is universally accessible and engaging.

A founder of the entertainment company Rep Your Style and a young community leader in New York City, Aguirre provides the city-wide dance community with competitions in performance, discussion groups, charity fundraisers, workshops, and job placement through creative outreach. As a dance educator, she teaches multiple styles, such as Waacking, Vogue, Hustle, and Belly, both regionally and internationally. She has been featured in magazines such as Cosmo Girl and Dance Spirit, has been a member of the House of Ninja, and Dance Soul Co., and has developed choreography for artists Keyshia Cole and Shaggy, and for Univision and MTV. In addition, she has a featured role on the new ABC series The Unusual, is highlighted in Usher’s “Lil Freak” video, and has been principal performer on NBC for Pitbull, Neyo, T-Pain, and Marc Anthony. #HRMAbstraction #HRMDance

DANCE WORKSHOPS AND INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCES 

Hip Hop Abstract Elements 

EARTH
Saturday, June 23, 1:30–2:30pm
Sunday, June 24, 1:30–3:00pm

Inspired by Force Field: Drawings by Christine Hiebert, the first choreography explores the element earth with a dance workshop on Saturday and an interactive Breaking performance with Edwin “Indio” Garcia on Sunday. Through instruction and practice in the workshop, and inspiration and repetition, watch the pros, learn the moves, and dance with them in the galleries!

AIR
Saturday, July 21, 1:30–2:30pm
Sunday, June 22, 1:30–3:00pm 
Inspired by Donald Judd: Variations on a Theme, the second choreography explores the element air with a dance workshop on Saturday and an interactive Litefeet performance with Elijah “E Solo” Soto on Sunday. Watch the pros, learn the moves, and dance with them in the galleries!

WATER
Saturday, August 11, 1:30–2:30pm
Sunday, August 12, 1:30–3:00pm
Inspired by Ellen Kozak and Scott D. Miller: riverthatflowsbothways, the third choreography explores the element water with a dance workshop on Saturday and an interactive Flexing performance with Joshua “Sage” Morales on Sunday. Watch the pros, learn the moves, and dance with them in the galleries!

FIRE
Saturday, September 1, 1:30–2:30pm
Sunday, September 2, 1:30–3:00pm 
The final choreography explores the element fire with a dance workshop on Saturday and a culminating interactive performance with Melanie Aguirre on Sunday bringing together the various dance styles which visitors are invited to perform!
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The Hudson River Museum is open Wednesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm.

Museum Admission: Adults $7; Youth 3 - 18 $4; Seniors 62+ and Students with ID $5. Planetarium Admission: Adults $4; Youth 3 -18 $2; Seniors 62+ and Students with ID $3.

The Museum is accessible by Metro North, Yonkers or Glenview Stations, by Beeline Bus Route 1 (Warburton Avenue at Shonnard Terrace), by car, via the Saw Mill River Parkway. Make your visit a One-Day Getaway, and get a combined rail and admission discount ticket. Click here for Metro-North Deals & Getaways information.

The Hudson River Museum is the largest cultural institution in Westchester County and a multidisciplinary complex that draws its identity from its site on the banks of the Hudson River, seeking to broaden the cultural horizons of all its visitors. The Museum collections focus on 19th-century through contemporary American Art; Glenview, an 1876 house on the National Register of Historic Places; Hudson Riverama, an environmental teaching gallery; a state-of-the-art, 120-seat planetarium, and a 400-seat outdoor amphitheater. It presents exhibitions, programs, teaching initiatives, research, collection, preservation, and conservation – a wide range of activities that interpret its collections, interests, and communities. hrm.org

The Museum’s general operations are supported in part by Westchester County, the City of Yonkers, the Yonkers Board of Education, and the Westchester Delegation of the NY State Assembly and Senate. They are also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.  

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