Marc Ferris will speak about the origins and history of the “Star Spangled Banner” Sat., Aug 24 at St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site in Mt. Vernon. See listing for details.
Marc Ferris will speak about the origins and history of the “Star Spangled Banner” Sat., Aug 24 at St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site in Mt. Vernon. See listing for details.

Fri., Aug. 23

BEADING WITH CHRISTINA. Gilda’s Club Westchester, 80 Maple Ave., White Plains. Today & Aug. 30, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Facilitator is Christina Santiago. All types of beads to work with and she will help you create lovely projects that will give you hours of pleasure to make. Everyone is welcome—beginners and artisans of every level. Sign up required. 914/644-8844.

PLAYLAND PARK SCHEDULE. Playland Parkway, Rye. Today, tomorrow, Aug. 30 & 31, 12-11 p.m. Sun., Aug. 25 & Sept. 1 and Mon., Sept. 2, 12-10 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., Aug. 27-29, 12-10 p.m. Sat.& Sun., Sept. 7 & 8, 12-8 p.m. Every Friday thru Aug. 30. Fireworks at 9:20 p.m. “Laser Nights: Rockin’ Lights,” takes place at the Music Tower Theater evenings at 7:45 and 9 p.m. With the sounds of many genres and from different eras of popular music from ‘70s rock and disco through the decades to what’s new on our playlists this year, everyone in the audience is sure to enjoy the sounds as beams dance overhead and create images on the stage. Tues.-Sun. Kiddyland shows this year include: Coaster’s Country Jamboree, an old-fashioned hoedown every day. Kids will learn some of: the favorite moves of Playland’s mascot, Coaster the Dragon, play some backyard-style games and jam to some of the best music Nashville has ever produced; Katy the Kat’s Comedy Show will cause giggling, chuckling and LOLing in our comedy show just for kids. Funky Fairytales: Rapunzel. She's unique. She's got style. And she's oh, so colorful…She’s Rapunzel! Join her and her funky crew for an all new theatrical remix that is an ultra-hip rendition of an all-time classic and Play It DJ! For the first time in more than a decade: new ride this year: the Disk’O 24. $20 admission Tues., Wed. & Thurs. thru Aug. 29, 5 p.m.-closing. Boardwalk Memories: Art on the Beach—Floating Forest. South Bathhouse thru the end of summer. Hours vary. Exhibit features jellyfish suspended from the ceiling at varying heights with lights cast down upon them, creating an engaging and interactive piece that adults and children can enjoy. Aug. 23: Amish Outlaws concert. 7 p.m. Free with admission to park. Aug. 31: Jessica Lynn at 7 p.m. She treats Playland to her country set list. Free with Park admission. Regular admission: $25 ride wristbands Westchester residents; $30 for non-residents; Junior ride wristbands (under 48” in height) $15 Westchester residents; $20 non-residents; non-rider spectators free for Westchester residents; $10 for non-residents. Parking is $10 weekdays and weekends; $15 holidays thru Sept. 3; $5 senior citizens. For information and complete schedule go to www.playlandpark.org.

NY LIBERTY VS. ATLANTA DREAM. Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains. 7:30 p.m. Tickets and information are at liberty.wnba.com or ticketmaster.com. Parking fees apply. 914/995-4050.

Sat., Aug. 24

HISTORY AND ORIGINS OF THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER IN 1814. St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site, 897 S. Columbus Ave., Mt. Vernon. 1 p.m. Free. Author and musician Marc Ferris will talk about the development of our national anthem, punctuated by live musical renditions of the song’s original version along with other tunes considered for anthem status in this broad sweep of American musical history. 914/667-4116; www.nps.gov/sapa.

HOW TO THINK LIKE A TRACKER. Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Playland Park, Rye. 1-2:30 p.m. Ages 12 & up. Free. Discover how the landscape influences animals and their impact on the land. 914/967-8720.

CPR FRIENDS AND FAMILY (INFANT/CHILD). Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Rd., Greenwich. 6-8 p.m. Covers obstructed airway. Suggested for parents and caregivers, this single-session program is designed for lay rescuers only and meets American Heart Association standards. $65. Register at 888/305-9253 or greenwichhospital.org/events.

END OF SUMMER ITALIAN WINE TASTING. Westchester Italian Cultural Center, 1 Generoso Pope Pl., Tuckahoe. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Taste delicious Italian wines in an elegant setting along with friends and fellow wine lovers. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served along with the wines. $50. Register at www.wiccny.org or 914/771-8700.

Sun., Aug. 25

RYE FARMERS MARKET. Parking lot off Theodore Fremd Avenue, Rye. Sundays-Dec. 8. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Today: Community Table: Center for Green Building.

FARMERS MARKET. Muscoot Farm, Rte. 100, Somers. Every Sunday thru October. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Local farmers offer a variety of produce and food goods. 914/864-7282. For a list of vendors go to muscootfarm.org.

Mon., Aug. 26

FOURTH MONDAY BIRD WALK. Croton Point Park, 1 Croton Point Ave., Croton-on-Hudson. 7:30-9:30 a.m. Bring binoculars and join members of Saw Mill River Audubon at the ballfield parking lot. Beginners welcome. 914/862-5290.

THE NURSE IS IN. Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Rd., Greenwich. 9-11 a.m. and at the Rye YMCA, 21 Locust Ave., Rye. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. A nurse is on site to take blood pressure readings and answer health questions. 203/863-4444.

SELF-HYPNOSIS SKILLS FOR CANCER PATIENTS. Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Rd., Greenwich. Mondays, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Learn from Kathleen Conway, APRN, a nurse and cancer counselor who has advanced training in hypnosis and is a clinical member of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis. Initial consultation required. Register at 203/863-3704.

FREE WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY INFORMATIONAL SESSION. Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Rd., Greenwich. 5-6 p.m. For people 60 pounds or more overweight and concerned about developing obesity-related conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and gastric reflux. Register at 888/305-9253.

MIND, BODY, FERTILITY YOGA. Greenwich Hospital, 38 Volunteer La., Greenwich. Every Monday, 5:30-7 p.m. and Wed., 6-7:30 p.m. Program is ongoing and is aimed at calming the body and mind for women trying to conceive. The class prepares the endocrine and reproductive systems to work as efficiently as possible. $25 drop-in fee per class. Register at 8888/357-2409 or go to greenwichhospital.org/event.

Tues., Aug. 27

BE FIT MALL WALKS. The Westchester, Bloomingdale Road, White Plains. Enjoy some window-shopping as you keep in shape during Mall Walks at The Westchester in White Plains. The program offers indoor walking at Westchester’s premier mall on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 8 to 10 a.m. throughout the year. A special guest speaker is presented on the first Friday of each month providing information on health issues, safety and nutrition. The talk takes place at 9 a.m.at the Level One Nordstrom’s E-bar seating area. Admission and parking are free for all registered members of the mall walk program. To join, sign up at the Horse Fountain Plaza near Crate & Barrel on Retail Level Two, on Tuesday and Friday mornings during the program. 914/231-4645; www.westchestergov.com/mall-walking.

NEW MOM? Online, Tuesdays, 9-10 a.m. Bring your bundle of joy with you, join others and begin the process of understanding and navigating your new life. Facilitated by Mary Karlan, CSW and offered by JFS of Greenwich. 203/622-1881.

THE NURSE IS IN. Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Rd., Greenwich. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and today at the Perrot Library, 90 Sound Beach Ave., Old Greenwich, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Free. A nurse is on site to take blood pressure readings and answer health questions. 203/863-4444.

GENTLE EXERCISE/STANDING PILATES. Gilda’s Club Westchester, 80 Maple Ave., White Plains. Gentle exercise from 10-11 a.m.; Pilates, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Facilitator Mari Kent. Workout with Mari and leave refreshed and energized. Sign up required. 914/644-8844,

MUSIC AND MEDITATION. Greenwich Hospital Chapel, 5 Perryridge Rd., Greenwich. Tuesdays 12:45-1:15 p.m. No meditation. A free weekly journey into deep relaxation using crystal singing bowls, flute, guitar and guided imagery. Walk-ins welcome. 203/863-4444.

FRACTURED FAMILIES, HEALING HEARTS. Jewish Family Services of Greenwich, 1 Holly Hill La., Greenwich. Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m. This group is designed to give participants an opportunity to talk about strained family relationships—whether with a parent, a sibling, a grandparent, a son or a daughter. This group will help you explore your issues of grief, anger, regret and forgiveness in a safe environment with other people who understand. Register at 203/622-1881 or email llsmith@jfsgreenwich.org.

Wed., Aug. 28

SOUND MEDITATION. Greenwich Hospital Chapel, 5 Perryridge Rd., Greenwich. Every Wednesday. 12-12:30 p.m. Free. A weekly sound meditation group using the healing vibrations of the gong and flute. Walk-ins welcome. Greenwichhospital.org/events.

TECH WEDNESDAY FOR ADULTS: HOW TO BUILD A COMPUTER. White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Ave., White Plains. 12 p.m. Participants will learn about the various components of a computer and how they all work together. 914/422-1480.

HOW TO CREATE AND DELIVER A SUCCESSFUL ELEVATOR SPEECH. SCORE Westchester, 120 Bloomingdale Rd., White Plains. 1-3 p.m. Free. Fred Claar, former business owner and SCORE mentor, will teach you how to promote yourself, best explain your idea and grow your business by creating an elevator speech that will get the attention of others. Register at www.scorewestchester.com.

Thurs., Aug. 29

THE NURSE IS IN. Greenwich Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop, 199 Hamilton Ave., Greenwich. 9-11 a.m. and today at the YWCA of Greenwich, E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich, 1:45-2:45 p.m. Free. A nurse is on site to take blood pressure readings and answer health questions. 203/863-4444.

3D ARCHERY COURSE. Blue Mountain Sportsman Center, 183 Watch Hill Rd., Cortlandt Manor. Thurs. & Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and federal holidays that fall on Mon., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The 3-D archery course is a walking path through the woods with 14 shooting stations and targets along the way. No children under 12 are permitted, and children 12 & over must have proof of age. No dogs allowed. Fees: $12 per round with County Park Pass; $15 per round without pass. www.westchestergov.com/parks or 914/862-5280.

2ND CONFERENCE ON CONCUSSION. Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains. 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Presented by Westchester County and Phelps Hospital, Northwell Health for parents, coaches, school administrators, athletic trainers, healthcare professionals and youth athletes. Learn about how to recognize signs and symptoms of concussion, what to watch for and help for navigating the process if you child is injured; the important role of exercise and active rehabilitation post-injury and the impact on return to team and return to sports. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to Eventbrite.com and enter White Plains, August and concussion.

Fri., Aug. 30

BE FIT MALL WALKS. The Westchester, Bloomingdale Road, White Plains. Enjoy some window-shopping as you keep in shape during Mall Walks at The Westchester in White Plains. The program offers indoor health walking at Westchester’s premier mall on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 8 to 10 a.m. throughout the year. A special guest speaker is presented on the first Friday of each month providing information on health issues, safety and nutrition. To join, sign up at the Horse Fountain Plaza near Crate & Barrel on Retail Level Two, on Tuesday and Friday mornings during the program. Go to westchestergov.com/parks or call (914) 231-4645.Admission and parking are free for all registered members of the mall walk program. To join, sign up at the horse fountain plaza near Crate & Barrel on Retail Level Two, on Tuesday and Friday mornings during the program. 914/231-4645; www.westchestergov.com/mall-walking.

Sat., Aug. 31

HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PULLMAN STRIKE OF 1894. St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site, 897 S. Columbus Ave., Mt. Vernon. 1 p.m. Free. 1 p.m. Author and historian Jack Kelly will speak. 914/667-4116; www.nps.gov/sapa.

Sun., Sept. 1

RYE FARMERS MARKET. Parking lot off Theodore Fremd Avenue, Rye. Sundays-Dec. 8. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

FARMERS MARKET. Muscoot Farm, Rte. 100, Somers. Every Sunday thru October. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Local farmers offer a variety of produce and food goods. 914/864-7282. For a list of vendors go to muscootfarm.org.

For Kids

Sundays

FAMILY GALLERY TOURS. Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich. 11:30-12:15 p.m. This tour takes children 5 and up, and their caregivers, through the museum’s current exhibitions. While learning about the different exhibitions, families will be able to engage in conversations about the arts and sciences plus do interactives activities relating to the exhibitions. Free with admission to the Museum: $10; $8 for students ages 5-20 with ID; free for children under 5. www.brucemuseum.org.

Tuesdays

BLOOMING BABIES. Greenwich Reform Synagogue, 92 Orchard St., Cos Cob. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Led by JCC Preschool Director Sarah Gregoire. Children from 6 months-2 years will have fun exploring, playing and socializing with other babies and toddlers. $10 per class or $25 for three classes. Register by emailing SGregoire@StamfordJCC or call 203/487-0944.

BRUCE BEGINNINGS. Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich. 11-11:45 a.m. or 1-1:45 p.m. For children ages 2-5 with caregiver. Bruce Beginnings takes youngest visitors through the museum and gets them exploring the collection. Children will also get to hear a story time and do a hands-on activity related to the program’s topic. Advance registration required. Free with museum admission

STORYTIME TUESDAYS. Muscoot Farm, Rte. 100, Somers. 1-1:30 p.m. Youngsters and their adults can enjoy stories every week at the farm. 914/864-7282.

Wednesdays

TODDLER TALES. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave., Norwalk. Children join in an interactive storytime through song and movement followed by an art project. 10:30 a.m. open to all. 11 a.m. Cuentos para Ninos (Toddler Tales in Spanish). Unlimited participation for all ages. Free with museum admission--$15 for adults and children; $10 for seniors and free for children under 1. www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.

Thursdays

MUSEUM MINIS. Westchester Children’s Museum, Playland Park, Rye. 10:30-11 a.m. Toddlers 18-24 months and parents/caregivers are invited for songs, moving and plenty of fun. Meet up in Toddler Beach for social play, muscle and brain builders, tumbling and jumping, music and instruments, dancing and story time. Group size is limited—first come, first served. Included with Museum admission--$7.50 per person; $6.50 for seniors; free for children under 1. 914/421-5050.

Saturdays

MULTIGREES. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave., Norwalk. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Enjoy a special canine storytime and discussion. Visit with a shelter dog as you learn about social and emotional skills. Shelter dogs courtesy of P.A.W.S. $15 for adults and children; $10 for seniors; free for children under 1. www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.

Camps

SUMMER CAMP AT THE PICTURE HOUSE. 175 Wolfs La., Pelham. Steam into Green Screen. Satellite Film Lab, 253 Wolfs La., Aug. 26-30. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Grades K-2 & 3-5. A short, age-appropriate script will be adapted from the original story. Kids in grades 3-5 will take on the leading roles, while kids in grades K-2 will fill out the supporting cast. $275. www.thepicturehouse.org.

TARRYTOWN MUSIC HALL ACADEMY SUMMER PROGRAMS. Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St., Tarrytown. Adventure Week. Aug. 19-23. Grades 2-5. Monkey King Rocks. 1-5 p.m. $280. Adventure Week: Greek Myths Come to Life! Grades 5-8. Aug. 19-23. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $280. www.tarrytownmusichall.org.

MUSCOOT FARM’S YOUNG FARMERS. Rte. 100, Somers. For children in grades 1-8. Provides a unique experience that teaches children what life on a farm was like in the early 1900s in Westchester County. Plus there’s a Wranglers Camp for 4- & 5-year-olds. Programs are held in 1-week sessions in August. For information go to parks.westchestergov.com.

SUMMER NATURE CAMPS. Cranberry Lake Preserve in N. White Plains, Lenoir Preserve in Yonkers, Trailside Nature Museum in Cross River and Marshlands Conservancy and Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, both in Rye. For children in grades 1-12. Program focuses on weekly themes to teach about animals, insects and plants. Sessions are offered in August. For registration and information go to parks.westchestergov.com.

For Seniors

Tuesdays

SENIOR CINEMA. The Picture House, 175 Wolfs La., Pelham. Free screenings every Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in the Main Hall. Made possible with support from Con Edison and NEA. For film schedule, log on to www.thepicturehouse.org or call 914/738-7337.

Tuesdays & Thursdays

TAI JI QUAN. YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester, 515 North St., White Plains. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Practice and eventual mastery of 7 individual Tai Ji Quan forms adapted from traditional Chinese forms to enhance balance, strength, stability and ease of movement. 10-week session is $225 for non-members. For additional information call Angela Katz at 914/949-6227 ext. 208 or send an email to skatz@ywcawpcw.org.

Every Tues., Thurs. & Fri.

LIMBERCISE & ZUMBA. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. 1 p.m. Free. Tues. & Thurs.: 45-minute Limbercise. Fri.: Zumba. Under the guidance of a certified Rye YMCA instructor. Register at 914/967-6363.

Every Wednesday

SENIOR WEDNESDAYS. City Center 15: Cinema de Lux, White Plains. This program provides patrons with a chance to catch new movies at a price that can’t be beat. Tickets are $6.50 for ages 60 & up for all shows plus $3.50 for popcorn and soda. For additional information, log on to www.nationalamusements.com.

First Tuesday of each month

OUR PLACE MEMORY CAFÉ. North Street Tavern & Wood Fired Pizza, 1128 North St., White Plains. 2-4 p.m. Thru April except for November when it will be on the first Wednesday. Hosted by The Bristal Assisted Living for residents in Westchester suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease and other memory loss as well as their family members and caregivers. Light refreshments and entertainment will be provided in a support group atmosphere. For information call The Bristal at 914/681-1800.