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School Supply Drive

Katonah, NY

With limited space at the Community Center and still so many children in need of our support, we ask for your help to donate PRE-FILLED bags of BRAND-NEW school supplies each year. If you would PLEDGE TO FILL BAGS (even 1 bag will be a help!) you will be playing a big role in helping us to ensure that all children have the tools they need to succeed when they return to school in the Fall. Almost 2,000 children rely on our support. School supply bags with age-appropriate lists inside are available at the Community Center for pick up during regular hours as of June 1st and we ask that they be filled and dropped off by July 26th. Preschool bags cost approx. $10 to fill, and elementary, middle, and high school cost approx. $25 to fill. Would you rather DONATE to help ERASE THE NEED? A donation of $25.00 will provide a child with the basic supplies they need to start their school year. This year we also have the option to purchase supplies from our AMAZON WISHLIST and have them sent directly to the Center.

Free

A.C.T. OF CT PRESENTS Summer Teen Conservatory

A.C.T of CT 36 Old Quarry Road, Ridgefield

A.C.T. of CT’s Summer Teen Performance Conservatory offers middle school and high school performers (incoming 7th through 12th graders) a multi-week musical theater intensive culminating in a fully-staged production on A.C.T. of CT’s professional stage, incorporating full lighting, sound, and technical elements. The Summer Teen Performance Conservatory will be an exciting opportunity for a small group of teen actors to work directly with A.C.T. of CT Artistic Director, Daniel C. Levine, to develop, rehearse, and perform an original musical theater piece, unique to this specific cast. This creative and collaborative format will allow all cast members to be prominently featured, highlighting each performer’s strengths and specific talents. This is an auditioned production and the cast will be limited. Please complete the pre-audition registration form by clicking the button below. Auditions must be submitted by no later than May 1st, 2024 and acceptance is on a rolling basis.

$1295

Sounds of Summer

Jacob Burns Film Center

We’re on the road again for our summertime tour through the wide world of music, featuring everything from our favorite hits to rediscovered deep tracks. Join us as we celebrate the nearly forgotten—but now lauded—sounds of The Zombies in Hung Up on a Dream, and the singer-songwriter extraordinaire behind Lost Angel: The Genius of Judee Sill. Take a look back at one of the most instrumental figures of the Jazz Age with the recently restored Artie Shaw: Time is All You’ve Got, and dive into the calypso scene with a vibrant restoration of One Hand Don’t Clap. Along the way we’ll toast to a few anniversaries, with screenings commemorating the 60th anniversary of The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night, the 50th anniversary of Sun Ra’s Afrofuturist experimental jazz work Space is the Place, and the 40th anniversary of the beloved Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense. Don’t miss out on special events like a new presentation from the Bob Dylan Center, or a day-long jazz celebration culminating with—what else?!—but the unmatched classic Jazz on a Summer’s Day.  

Event Series John Jay Farm Market

John Jay Farm Market

John Jay Homestead 400 Jay St, Katonah

The John Jay Homestead Farm Market is a weekly outdoor, certified market which provides the finest New York-grown, fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables, seafood, breads, specialty items and more on a historic farm setting. Every Saturday, customers can expect to find certified organic and biodynamic produce, ethically-raised, organic meat and eggs, as well as a wide variety of artisan food items with dozens of weekly vendors. While at John Jay Homestead, patrons can also enjoy a walk, sight see, and explore flower, herb, and vegetable gardens or picnic on the historic grounds of John Jay Homestead. Members Only First Pick Members of Friends of John Jay Homestead provide invaluable support for our education and public programming. As a token of our appreciation, we are offering an exclusive opportunity for Members to shop the Market from 9:00am to 9:30am before the general public. Not a Member? Memberships can be purchased here and are fully tax deductible. If you are unsure of your Membership status, please contact Heidi at [email protected]

Event Series Take it or Leave it!

Take it or Leave it!

Bedford Hills Train Station

Take it or Leave it - Open again! Every Saturday through October. (Saturdays through October) 10:00am -12:00 pm Train Station Commuter Lot in Bedford Hills Leave a gently used item, find a treasure! You never know what you'll find at the TIOLI.

Free Saturday at the Aldrich Museum

Aldrich Museum 258 Main St, Ridgefield

Visit the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield for FREE the third Saturday of every month as part of our Third Saturdays program. Participate in a Story Time at 10:30 am, a Discovery Tour of Raven Halfmoon, Yvette Mayorga, Chiffon Thomas, and Ping Zheng's exhibitions at 1 pm, and drop-in to The Studio for art-making activities.

Story Time for Kids: Ada and the Galaxies by Anna Lightman and Olga Pastuchiv

Aldrich Museum 258 Main St, Ridgefield

Bring your budding artists to The Aldrich for Story Time, in collaboration with the Ridgefield Library! Together, we will explore the work of artist Esther Ruiz, who uses everything from seashells to stars in the sky to influence her sculptures. Then, we will read Ada and the Galaxies by Anna Lightman and Olga Pastuchiv and illustrated by Susanna Chapman. Finally we will move to The Studio to create our own ocean and galaxy scenes using real shells and rocks!

Move with Grace Farms x lululemon | Yoga with Jane Krantz

Grace Farms

Join Jane Krantz for a yoga class promising to be a fluid experience, centered on moving through transitions with grace & finding stability in order to move with freedom, awareness, and expression. Starting with grounding breathwork, Jane will guide you through movement that will ignite a little bit of heat and a lot of joy, ending in a restful savasana. Move with Grace Farms x lululemon is a series of monthly movement classes hosted in partnership with local lululemon ambassadors. These classes, for all levels of experience, focus on restoring and igniting the energy needed to live a more balanced life. To enhance the wellness experience, each class includes a cup of tea from Grace Farms Tea & Coffee, a Certified B Corp, picked specifically to complement the movement. 

Event Series Yoona Hur: Moving Stillness

Yoona Hur: Moving Stillness

Heather Gaudio Fine Art - Greenwich 382 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to present Yoona Hur: Moving Stillness, her solo exhibition at the gallery. The show will open June 6th with a reception for the artist 6-8pm and will be on view through July 20th, 2024. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Hur is a New York-based artist who explores cultural identity, spirituality and materiality through ceramics and paper. For this exhibition, Hur will present spatial dialogues between ceramic vessels and paper forms mounted on canvas. Hur’s paintings and ceramics draw from Korean traditional arts, architecture, Buddhism, and nature, as well as the Dansaekwha movement (Korean abstract painting from the 1970s). Buddhist understandings of timelessness, vulnerability and ephemerality are rooted in her artistic explorations, and she collapses time and space by reinterpreting past vernaculars through a contemporary lens. For Hur, patterns and textures are a way to suggest subtle movements and impermanence of inner awakenings. Hur honors her cultural past with paneled canvas works referencing Hanok, the classic home in Korea made of wood, stone, and Hanji paper (traditional hand-made mulberry paper). These typically have an open courtyard that creates a void – an empty space for the every-changing surrounding nature to enter. In Korean architecture, the […]

Music & Meditation in the Garden Geneva Lewis, violin

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts 149 Girdle Ridge Rd, Katonah

Center yourself within the tranquility of the Sunken Garden in full mid-summer bloom, as a solo violin gently guides you into a state of serenity amidst the summer breeze. Following an expert-led meditation, the experience continues with music performed by New Zealand-born violinist Geneva Lewis (2022 Evnin Rising Star), who has forged a reputation as a musician of consummate artistry whose performances speak from and to the heart. Each Music & Meditation program begins with a meditation guided by Jennifer Llewellyn (of Majestic Hudson in Katonah) and continues with live music performed by some of the best classical music stars of our generation. https://caramoor.org/event/geneva-lewis-summer-2024/  

Sensory Screening: Despicable Me 4

Bedford Playhouse 633 Old Post Road, Bedford

This is a Sensory-Friendly Screening. This monthly series will screen a family film in a safe and accepting environment. We are turning sound levels down and keeping the lights on low. Sing along, leave your seat, move or talk when you need to. Everyone is welcome. Presented in partnership with the Inclusive Initiative.

$15

Grace Farms | Summer Concert | Rick Snell

Grace Farms

Join us for a lively summer afternoon with bluegrass singersongwriter Rick Snell! Steeped in quintessentially American genres, Snell’s music encompasses influence from blues, folk, jazz, and country. His playing, nostalgic and energetic, is sure to get the entire family up and dancing in the Sanctuary aisles. Snell founded and hosts Mona’s Bluegrass Session, where audiences can gather to hear the best bluegrass music in New York City. In 2022, he played the mandolin/guitar chair in the National Broadway tour of Oklahoma!, and he currently subs the guitar/mandolin chair at Fiddler On the Roof at New World Stages. He has toured nationally in support of Regina Spektor with Only Son. This seasonal music series is curated by our Music Director, Marcus G. Miller.

$8 – $10

Summer Bluegrass Concert at Grace Farms

Grace Farms

Treat the whole family to a lively summer afternoon with bluegrass singer-songwriter and guitarist Rick Snell! Steeped in quintessentially American genres, Snell’s music encompasses influence from blues, folk, jazz, and country. His playing, at once nostalgic and energetic, is sure to get the entire family up and dancing in the Sanctuary aisles. https://tickets.gracefarms.org/events/018df558-a081-f565-5b4a-4195a2732506  

Purcell’s The Fairy Queen in the Venetian Theater at Caramoor

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts 149 Girdle Ridge Rd, Katonah

Les Arts Florissants’ new production of Purcell’s masterpiece invites us to plunge into an enchanting and playful universe — an enchanted forest where reality mingles with dreams, illusion, and the supernatural, as young people gather to indulge in the magic of nature. As the tunes and dances unfold, the boundaries between dancers, singers, and musicians become blurred … leading to the creation of an egalitarian and fraternal community, united by the joy of music. Renowned for his fusion of classical influence and contemporary innovation, French-Algerian choreographer Mourad Merzouki’s staging promises a unique, visually spectacular, and emotionally powerful evening. Artists Les Arts Florissants William Christie, music director Mourad Merzouki, choreographer and stage director Soloists from Les Jardin des Voix Dancers from Compagnie Käfig and The Juilliard School Soloists from Les Jardins des Voix Paulina Francisco, soprano Georgia Burashko, mezzo-soprano Rebecca Leggett, mezzo-soprano Juliette Mey, mezzo-soprano Rodrigo Carreto, tenor Ilja Aksionov, tenor Hugo Herman-Wilson, baritone Benjamin Schilperoort, bass-baritone Seating Options Garden Listening / For those who prefer a more casual concert environment, Garden Listening tickets are $20, and are free for Members and children under 18 years old. Enjoy a picnic, admire a starry sky, or relax with the family. Please Note! This ticket option has no view of the stage or access to the theater. The concert […]

The Manhattan Project’s Alice in Wonderland

Carriage Barn Arts Center 681 South Ave, New Canaan

Version of Lewis Carroll's classic created by The Manhattan Project under the direction of under the direction of André Gregory. Definitely not your mother’s “Alice,” this rarely revived 1970’s Off-Broadway sensation is an exuberant, funny and strikingly relevant fantasy version of Lewis Carroll’s classic story, accompanying Alice down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass where madness awaits at every turn. Director Peter Green offers a fresh new revival of the acclaimed 1970’s Off-Broadway smash hit that invigorated experimental theatre and captivated audiences around the world. Join cast talk-backs after the show on Sunday, 4/28; Friday, 5/3; Sunday, 5/5; Friday, 5/10. Saturday night “Tipsy Tea Parties” offering wine and spiked tea for a donation; special Mother’s Day pre-show Tea Party, reservations required. The Manhattan Project’s Alice in Wonderland runs Weekends from April 26 – May 12, Powerhouse Theatre, Waveny Park, New Canaan, CT.  Not recommended for children under ten. Tickets and information at TPNC.org.

JIM MESSINA

The Ridgefield Playhouse 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield

Pepsi Rock Series Handcrafted by American Metal 068 Magazine Singer Songwriter Series Jim Messina – half of the soft rock duo Loggins and Messina with Kenny Loggins – is an undisputed expert in the fine art of making hit music. Messina’s legacy spans five decades, three super groups, a vibrant solo career, and countless producing and engineering credits. While acting as producer/audio engineer for Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Buffalo Springfield, Messina joined the band as its bass player. After they disbanded, Jim and fellow bandmate Richie Furay formed Poco. With Jim on lead guitar, Poco defined a new musical genre, Country Rock. Three successful Poco albums later, Messina signed as an independent producer with Columbia Records, where he was paired to work with Kenny Loggins. Over the next seven years, Loggins & Messina released eight hit albums, including dozens of hit songs, and sold over 16 million albums. Now, nearly 50 years after first stepping into the studio with Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Richie Furay to engineer Buffalo Springfield, Jim Messina is hitting the road with his band of acclaimed musicians to tell the stories and sing the songs that made Buffalo Springfield, Poco, and Loggins & […]

$40 – $55