Fri., Apr. 17

  • GIVE THE GIFT OF KINDERGARTEN TO YOUR CHILD. Community Synagogue of Rye, 200 Forest Ave., Rye. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Special information session for parents to learn more about the kindergarten religious school program. RSVP to rs@comsynrye.org or call 914/967-7598.
  • 3-D 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.
  • THE NURSE IS IN. Hill House, Riverside. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. A nurse is on site to take blood pressure readings and answer your health questions. 203/863-4444.
  • RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE. White Plains Presbyterian Church, 39 N. Broadway, White Plains. 11:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. To make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800/733-2767.
  • CANCER SUPPORT TEAM'S CELEBRATE SPRINGTIME EVENT. Larchmont Yacht Club, 1 Woodbine Ave., Larchmont. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Event honors Betty Kelly. For information call 914/777-2777.

    Sat., Apr. 18

  • SPRING BIRD WALKS. Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Rd., Greenwich. Saturdays, 7-8:45 a.m. No charge or RSVP required. For information call Ted at 203/930-1353.
  • INTRO TO THE HEALING QUALITIES OF CRYSTALS. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Workshop led by Patricia Nast, MPH, L.Ac. and Natalie Kasdan, LMT, CST is an introduction to the magical world of crystals. In this highly experiential workshop you will be invited to open up all your senses to choose the stones you will work with and truly experience what they can do. All you need to bring is your belief in magic, miracles and healing. $148 for non-members. Register at www.wainwright.org.
  • BIRDING BY EAR. Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Rd., Greenwich. 9:30 a.m.-noon. Indoor discussion of how and why birds vocalize, introduction to useful bird sound recordings and outdoor walk to practice birding by ear skills. For adults and interested youth. $12 for adults; free for youth. RSVP to Ted at 203/930-1353 or tgilman@audubon.org.
  • EMPIRE STATE COLLEGE INFORMATION SESSIONS. 210 N. Central Ave., Hartsdale. 11 a.m. Information sessions about the college's associate and bachelor's degree programs. 914/948-6206.
  • ADULT LEARNER INFORMATION DAY. College of New Rochelle, 29 Castle Pl., New Rochelle. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and at CNR campuses in Co-op City, South Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Information available on bachelor's degree program specifically for adults. Advisors will answer questions, and attendees are invited to tour the campus, meet faculty and students and talk to academic and financial advisors. At this event, applicants will have the opportunity to complete the entire registration process in one stop. Register at http://www.cnr.edu/web/school-of-new-rochelle/visit.
  • DON'T STIR, YOU'LL AWAKEN THE DRAGON: ACCEPTING THE WISDOM, POWER AND GUIDANCE OF YOUR TOTEM ANIMAL. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. Today & Apr. 25. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Led by Nadine Gordon-Taylor. In these workshops you'll find your animal, bird and/or insect symbols and listen to and interpret what these powerful teachers have to share with you. Then you will meditate, reflect and create your own animal totem mixed media/collage board to help you connect with your personal animal guide. Bring lunch. Materials included.$60 per workshop for non-members. 914/967-6114.
  • HAMMOND MUSEUM AND GARDEN OPENING DAY. 28 Deveau Rd., N. Salem 1-3 p.m. Reception for the artists of the exhibition Brush With Nature (see Exhibits) with eclectic jazz by Chick's Candy Outlet. Refreshments. Free admission. 914/669-5033.
  • THE HEALING KITCHEN: REMEDIES FROM NATURE'S PHARMACY. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. 2-4 p.m. Andrea Candee, Master Herbalist, discusses transforming the contents of your kitchen's pantry in to a natural pharmacy. Using common fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, learn how to create remedies that are safe, natural and effective. Learn how to heal sprains, bruises, joint pain, insect bites, bleeding cuts, headaches, constipation and help enhance or detoxify your system. $52 for non-members. Register at www.wainwright.org.
  • SOUND OF MUSIC SING-ALONG. PepsiCo Theatre, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase. Today at 8 p.m., tomorrow at 3 p.m. Part karaoke, part costume contest, this is the mother of all sing-alongs. $20 & $15. For tickets, go to artscenter.org.

    Sun., Apr. 19

  • ADVANCED BEGINNERS HEBREW. Greenwich Reform Synagogue, 1037 E. Putnam Ave., Riverside, Ct. Every Sun. 9:30 a.m. Taught by Rabbi Andrew Sklarz. You'll develop Hebrew reading proficiency and a better understanding of the Shabbat and holiday liturgy. Plus a basic understanding of biblical and modern Hebrew grammar. Free but donations are appropriate and greatly appreciated. Register at 203/629-0018.
  • JEWISH YOGA. Greenwich Reform Synagogue, 1037 E. Putnam Ave., Riverside, Ct. Today & May 10. 9:30-10:25 a.m. Discover how we can express and deepen our understanding of Jewish spirituality through the practice of yoga. Join certified yoga teacher Naomi Norman to explore the qualities of middot-soul traits. All levels are welcome. Bring a mat if you can, otherwise one will be provided for you. Classes are free but donations are appreciated. Reservations are required. 203/629-0018 or info@grs.org.
  • EARTH DAY & ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Greenburgh. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Roll up your sleeves and make a difference. Learn how to gather fresh rainwater for your gardens and turn your food scraps and garden waste into rich compost that will build up your soil. Join in the planting of a tree in recognition of Arbor Day. Enjoy sun-powered music and a solar cooking demonstration by Solar Punch. 914/723-3470.
  • WISDOM LITERATURE. Greenwich Reform Synagogue, 1037 E. Putnam Ave., Riverside, Ct. Every Sun. 10:30 a.m. appreciated. Register at 203/629-0018.
  • EARTH DAY. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Native & Pollinators, plant sale. Attract birds, bees and butterflies. 914/967-6080 www.wainwright.org.

    Mon., Apr. 20

  • THE NURSE IS IN. Rye YMCA, 21 Locust Ave., Rye. Today & Apr. 27. 9-11 a.m. and at the Greenwich Library, 101 W. Putnam Ave., Greenwich. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. A nurse is on site to take blood pressure readings and answer your health questions. 203/863-4444.
  • LET'S TALK...ENGLISH! White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Ave., White Plains. Every Monday & Thurs. at 2 p.m. Adult learners who speak English as a second language are invited to practice English in a conversation group with librarian facilitator. Register at the Reference Desk or by phone at 914-422-1480.
  • MUSIC & MEDITATION. Gilda's Club Westchester, 80 Maple Ave., White Plains. 2-3 p.m. Free. Led by Madeline Rhinehart, Certified Meditation Facilitator and Coach, This workshop will provide a guided meditation along with soothing music to help relieve stress and anxiety. Sign up required. 914/644-8844.
  • 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.
  • BARIATRIC SURGERY: THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOU? Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Rd., Greenwich. 4:45-5:45 p.m. Free. Find out if you are a candidate for weight-loss surgery and what types of procedures are available at Greenwich Hospital. Led by bariatric surgeon Harold Neyra, MD. Bring your questions. Light refreshments will be served. 203/863-3646.
  • BARIATRIC SUPPORT GROUP. Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Rd., Greenwich. 6:15-7:15 p.m. Free. If you have had or are planning to have gastric bypass, lap band or sleeve gastrectomy surgery, get ongoing support and information. Guest speakers will address a variety of medical, nutritional and lifestyle topics to help you achieve the best possible outcomes. Register at 203/863-3646.
  • BACKSTAGE LEGENDS AND MASTERS AWARD. Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase.7 p.m. The 4th annual Award will be given to Technical theatre legend Gene O'Donovan. Free and open to the public.

    Tues., Apr. 21

  • BE FIT MALL WALKS. The Westchester, Bloomingdale Road, White Plains. This walking club holds walks Tuesdays and Fridays from 8-10 a.m. Walkers meet at the horse fountain on retail level 2 (near Crate and Barrel). Westchester County's Be Fit program members get free pedometers and logbooks to track the number of miles they have walked. The mall is offering prizes to walkers who complet25, 50 and 100 miles at the mall. Free parking is available to registered walkers between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. on club days only. 914/864-7077 or www.westchestergov.com/fitness.
  • 2015 CELEBRATING WOMEN'S ACHIEVEMENT AWARD BREAKFAST. Eileen Fisher Learning Lab, 50 Buckhout St., Irvington. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Hosted by Westchester Women's Agenda, the event honors three women as unsung (s)heroes who have made outstanding contributions on behalf of women in Westchester. Recipients of this award are Ronda Billig, Sheila Klatzky and Patricia Ryan. $20 general admission; $10 students. Westwomensagenda@gmail.com.
  • CONTENT MARKETING SEMINAR. River Park Office Complex, Conference Room, 800 Connecticut Ave., Norwalk, Ct. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This professional seminar features main presenter BBHS grad Carrie Schmelkin Majewksi. Designed as an educational and networking event, this comprehensive seminar provides marketers the opportunity to learn about content marketing test practices in the burgeoning content marketing arena. The complimentary workshop is open any professional seeking to improve their content marketing practices and campaigns. 203/852-6800.
  • THE NURSE IS IN. Greenwich Hospital cafeteria, 5 Perryridge Rd., Greenwich. Today & Apr. 28. 10 a.m.-noon; today at the Byram Shubert Library, 21 Mead Ave., Greenwich. 12:15-1:15 p.m. today at the Perrot Library, 90 Sound Beach Ave., Old Greenwich. Free. A nurse is on site to take blood pressure readings and answer your health questions. 203/863-4444.
  • PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP. Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Rd., Old Greenwich. Today & Apr. 28. 1:30-3 p.m. Free. Education, support, exercise and social activities for people with Parkinson's, their families and caregivers. Today: Exercise with Miriam Shaw, RPT; caregiver support meeting. Apr. 28: Learn & Share: Tips for Everyday Living. 203/863-4444.

    Wed., Apr. 22

  • ITSY BITSY PLAYGROUP. Temple Sholom, 300 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich. Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Moms with babies under 24 months gather to nourish the need for community. Bond with other mommies and babies during music time and gross motor play led by music specialist Sarah Fradkin. Older siblings are welcome. Registration required. 203/869-7191; www.templesholom.com.
  • SORTING THROUGH THE HEADLINES: LEARNING THE FACTS ABOUT CANCER. Scarsdale Public Library, 54 Olmstead Rd., Scarsdale. 1 p.m. Dr. Joshua Raff, Director of the Digestive Cancer Program at White Plains Hospital, will help sort through the truth behind recent headlines. Reservations required. 914/681-1119.
  • ADVERTISING: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY AND HOW YOU CAN KNOW. SCORE Westchester, 120 Bloomingdale Rd., White Plains. 1-3 p.m. Free. Register at www.scorewestchester.com.
  • EARTH DAY CELEBRATION: HIKE AT WARD POUND RIDGE RESERVATION. 4 Reservation Rd., Pound Ridge. 1-3 p.m. Meet at the end of Michigan Road. Free. This will be a moderate intensity hike around 3 miles long. The focus of the hike will be on the importance of biodiversity in Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Registration required. 914/422-4053.
  • CHRONIC PAIN SUPPORT GROUP. Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Rd., Greenwich. Today & Apr. 29. 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Resource for learning and sharing skills to cope with changes caused by persistent pain. Learn how to regain positive emotional energy, reduce discomfort and enhance the effects of prescribed medications. Facilitated by Joanne Mortimer, MS, BCIAC. Pre-registration required. 203/496-4574.
  • JOINT REPLACEMENT SYMPOSIUM. Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Rd., Greenwich. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Learn about symptoms that suggest replacement is an option to consider. Hear about available procedures, individual care that each patient receives before and after surgery and how physical therapy can help hasten your return to an active and comfortable life. Panel includes moderator Anna Cerra, RN, Surgery Program Director, orthopedic surgeons Francis Ennis, MD, Brian Kavanagh, MD, Seth Miller, MD; anesthesiologist Mark Chrostowski, MD, nurse navigator Tori Kroll, RN and physical therapist Ann Nardi, PT, DPT. Register at 203/863-4277, 888/305-9253 or www.greehwichhospital.org.
  • BASIC TRAINING FOR START-UPS: A PROVEN PATH TO BUSINESS SUCCESS. Greenburgh Town Hall, 177 Hillside Ave., White Plains. Tues. tonight-May 20, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Presented by SCORE Westchester. A series of five interactive workshops, the program is designed to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with the knowledge, tools and skills essential for the successful launch of their new business. Each workshop will be conducted by a Certified SCORE Mentor, expert in the subject covered and will include interactive exercises. Register at www.scorewestchester.com and click on "Workshops and Events" at the top of the page or call 914/948-3907.

    Thurs., Apr. 23

  • THE NURSE IS IN. 55 Holly Hill La., Greenwich. Today & Apr. 30. 9-11 a.m. Free. A nurse is on site to take blood pressure readings and answer your health questions. 203/863-4444.
  • JOYFUL BABY MASSAGE. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. Today, May 7 & 14. 10-11 a.m. $110 for non-members for 4 sessions; $25 for 1 time audit. Linda Thomas leads the hands-on small group class. Learn strokes and stretches to promote relaxation, build a strong healthy immune system, facilitate weight gain and help develop body awareness and coordination and learn techniques to offer relief from colds, colic, hiccups, constipation, diarrhea and teething irritabilities. Register at www.wainwright.org; 914/967-6080.
  • FROM THE WHITE HOUSE TO YOUR HOUSE. Garden Education Center, 130 Bible St., Cos Cob. 10 a.m. Ruth Loiseau, a nationally recognized master floral designer, will design eight fresh flower arrangements, while talking about her experiences at the White House. She will bring a wonderful slide show presentation from all five administrations for your enjoyment. $45 for non-members. Registration required. www.gecgreenwich.org; 203/869-9242.
  • COSMIC MEMORY OF FOOD. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. or 6-8:30 p.m. Led by Laura Parisi. This workshop focuses on whole, fresh, organic and local foods. Includes a full set of recipes, hands on instruction and a family style meal. $68 for non-members. Register at 914/967-6080.
  • GOOD COUNSEL ACADEMY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL INFORMATION SESSION. 52 N. Broadway, White Plains. 6 p.m. This is an opportunity to learn about the school's new Valhalla home and a general information session about the school. 914/761-4423; goodcounsel#gcaelem.net.
  • STRATEGIES FOR FINANCING YOUR GROWING BUSINESS. TD Bank, 1820 Central Park Ave., Yonkers. 6-8 p.m. Free. Presented by SCORE Westchester. Register at www.scorewestchester.com.
  • BIRDING WITH YEATS: A DISCUSSION WITH LYNN THOMSON. Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Rd., Greenwich. 6:30-8 p.m. Join noted author Lynn Thomson for a book signing and conversation with Audubon Connecticut Executive Director Stewart Hudson. Reception after the discussion. Suggested donation: $10. RSVP to 203/930-1349.
  • BASIC TRAINING FOR START UPS: A SERIES OF 5 INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS. Greenburgh Town Hall, 177 Hillside Ave., White Plains. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Presented by SCORE Westchester. Free. Sign up at www.scorewestchester.com.
  • THE AGING EYE: MACULAR DEGENERATION AND PREVENTIVE MEDICINE. Byram Shubert Library, Byram, Ct. 7-8 p.m. Free. Opthomologist Jerry Tsong, MD, will provide an overview of this disease, which is the leading cause of blindness among Americans age 65 and older. He will highlight new treatment breakthroughs and include ways for healthy people to protect their eyes and prevent eye diseases. Register at 203/863-4277, 888/305-9253 or www.greenwichhospital.org.
  • BREAST CANCER RISK REDUCTION & UPDATED APPORACH FOR BREAST CANCER SCREENING. Pelham Public Library, 530 Colonial Ave., Pelham. 7:30 p.m. Dr. Sara Sadan and Dr. Pamela Weber will discuss breast cancer risk reduction, 3D mammography, 3D ultrasound and an updated approach to breast cancer screening. For reservations call Denise Kansella at 914/684-8100.

    Fri., Apr. 24

  • BE FIT MALL WALKS. The Westchester, Bloomingdale Road, White Plains. This walking club holds walks Tuesdays and Fridays from 8-10 a.m. Walkers meet at the horse fountain on retail level 2 (near Crate and Barrel). Westchester County's Be Fit program members get free pedometers and logbooks to track the number of miles they have walked. The mall is offering prizes to walkers who complete 25, 50 and 100 miles at the mall. Free parking is available to registered walkers between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. on club days only. 914/231-4645 or www.westchestergov.com/parks.
  • LWV-RYE, RYE BROOK AND PORT CHESTER SPRING LUNCHEON. Orienta Beach Club, 1054 Walton Ave., Mamaroneck. 12-2 p.m. Featured speaker will be Prof. Zephyr Teachout, a former candidate for NY Governor and an Associate Professor of Law at Fordham University. Prof. Teachout will discuss democracy and political corruption. $60. 914/381-8509 to RSVP.
  • HEALTH RELATED COOKING WORKSHOP. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., Yorktown Heights. 1-3 p.m. Taught by Mary Opfer, MD, RD & CDN, a Culinary Nutritionist. Learn how to cook and eat to address various health issues that could help you and your family. Cooking For Thyroid Disease. $35 for non-members. Online registration required. HilltopHanoverFarm.org.

    Sat., Apr. 25

  • RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE. St. John's Lutheran Church, 122 Fenimore Rd., Mamaroneck. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Donors will all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor app., visit redcrossblood.org or call 8//733-2767.
  • INTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATION. Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies, 400 Westchester Ave., W. Harrison. Today, tomorrow, May 9, 10, 30, 31 and June 13 & 14. 9 a.m.-12 p.m./2-5 p.m. (12 hours per workshop). Participants may enroll in one or more workshops, and those completing all 6 workshops will receive a certificate of completion. The workshops are designed for current healthcare middle managers as well as those who have transitioned into healthcare from other industries. Today & tomorrow: Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Issues examines past and current political, legal, technological and economic healthcare policy developments. May 9 & 10: Data Analytics provides the participant with an introductory capacity to identify and describe the structure and conduct of quantitative analytical methods. Data will be examined both qualitatively and quantitatively to determine patterns and trends with hands-on experience using typical analytical software packages. May 30 & 31: Navigating the Healthcare System: Who Are the New Caregivers? Introduces the new types of caregiver roles evolving in provider venues with a special focus on MDs. DOs, physician assistants, visiting nurses, CNAs, healthcare navigators and social workers. June 13 & 14: Healthcare Marketing, Social Media and Ethical Advertising offers an introduction to the methods and strategies associated with healthcare marketing and patient information services. Cost is $500 per workshop. Register at 914/367-3301 or email healthcarepcs@fordham.edu.
  • ANNUAL NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH FAIR. Thomas Slater Center, 1 Fisher Ct., White Plains. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration ends at 8:30 a.m. Stop by for free screenings, information and exhibits. Screenings include cholesterol, sickle cell, diabetes, breast exam, prostate, blood pressure, HIV, stroke risk, vascular, lung screening and more. For information call 914/681-1119.
  • KINDERGARTEN OPEN HOUSE. Community Synagogue of Rye, 200 Forest Ave., Rye. 9:30-10:45 a.m. Families will enjoy fun and exciting activities, including baking a chocolate chip challah together. RSVO to rs@comsynrye.org or call 914/967-7598.
  • NATIVE PLANT CENTER'S 16TH ANNUAL NATIVE PLANT SALE. Westchester Community College, 75 Grasslands Rd., Valhalla. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Edible native plants will be featured among the hundreds of perennials, shrubs and trees available. In addition to edible plants, the sale will offer enduring garden favorites like phlox and coralbells as well as species beloved by songbirds, hummingbirds, butterflies and bees such as chokeberry, beebalm, milkweed and hyssop. Native plant specialists will be on hand throughout the sale to answer questions and assist gardeners in choosing great options for their sites. 914/606-7870.

    Sun., Apr. 26

  • STRENGTHENING FAMILIES ONE STEP AT A TIME WALKATHON. Rye Playland, Rye. 9 a.m. Hosted by April's Child. There will be entertainment, food, games and prizes. Children, families, friends and colleagues will have a lot of fun at a 5K walk or a ½ mile stroll. Registered walkers will get a tee shirt, a goody bag, refreshments and prizes. To register walkers, call 914/997-2642.
  • WALK FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS RESEARCH. Glen Island Park, Pelham Rd., New Rochelle. 9:30 a.m. Walk is to raise awareness and funds for multiple sclerosis research. Participants will enjoy the scenic 1.5 mile fully accessible routes around the park with view of the Long Island Sound. Register at www.walkMSnyc.org or call 212/463-9791.
  • MONTHLY HOMESTEADER WORKSHOP SERIES. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., Yorktown Heights. Today, May 17, June 14, July 19 & Aug. 16. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. A look at many of the things you can do at home to increase your food independence and peace of mind by closing the gap between yourself, your food and the land. Today: Lawn to Garden. May 17: Foraging, June 14: Composting 101. July 19: Backyard Greenhouse. Aug. 16: Seed Saving. $35 per class. Online registration required. HilltopHanoverFarm.org.
  • EDIBLE NATIVE & INVASIVE PLANTS. Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Rd., Greenwich. Two-part event. Part 1: Indoor lecture: Preserving Native Plant Knowledge, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. This lecture is designed to expose the audience to a wide-range of useful plants that grow in New England landscape. Arthur Haines, Research Botanist, will discuss favorite species while also proposing that our waning use of wild plants is correlated with a decline in health of both our bodies and our local landscapes. $15 for non-members. All ages. RSVP to greenwichcenter@audubon.org or 203/930-1349. There will be a lunch break from 12-1. Part 2: Field Walk: ID & Use of Edible Native Plants. 1-3:30 p.m. Discover southern New England's edible native plants with Arthur Haines. $25 for non-members. Ideal for adults and/or interested youth. RSVP to 203/930-1349.

    Sun., Apr. 26

  • ADVANCE DIRECTIVES WORKSHOP. First Congregational Church of Greenwich, 108 Sound Beach Ave., Old Greenwich. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Advance directives, also known as "living wills," are instructions for others to follow when an individual is unable to make his or her wishes known in a medical crisis or as one approaches the end of life. Donna Coletti, MD, Director of Palliative Care and Judy Holding, MAR, Oncology Chaplain will the guides through the process of developing and documenting your plans. Participants will receive materials to begin the process of establishing their own advance directives. Register at 293/863-4277 or 888/305-9253.
  • ROCK AND MINERAL FAMILY DAY. Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich. 1-4 p.m. Steve Okulewicz presents "Magic of Geology) at 3 p.m. Activities include mineral ID and geode cracking with the Stamford Mineralogical Society. www.brucemuseum.org.
  • NORWALK YOUTH SYMPHONY OPEN HOUSE. Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East St., Norwalk. 1:30-3:30 p.m. All interested parents and students are invited to witness the inside world of the Norwalk Youth Symphony. Conductors, student musicians and board members will be available to give guided tours and answer questions. 203/866-4100; www.norwalkyouthsymphony.com.
  • RHYTHM IS THE CURE: A HEALING DANCE AND PERCUSSION WORKSHOP. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. 2-6 p.m. Led by Alessandra Belloni, internationally renowned singer & percussionist. This class is based on the roots of an ancient form of music and dance therapy known as Tarantella. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing, gain the healing and stress-relieving effect of these rhythms and dances and release blockages of emotional and sensual energies expelling feelings of depression and depression. Participants are encouraged to dance in bare feet and wear a skirt. Dress in white clothes if possible. $88 for non-members. www.wainwright.org or 914/967-6080.
  • LOVING OUR ENEMIES. Maryknoll Mission, 55 Ryder Rd., Ossining. 2:30 p.m. Speaker will be peace activist and lay theologian, Jim Forest who will discuss the concept of loving our enemies in a violent world, the message Jesus taught through direct instruction through parables and by example. Free and open to the public. Reservations are required. 914/941-7636 ext. 2445 or email MaryknollSpeakersSeries@maryknoll.org.
  • SING ALONG SOUND OF MUSIC. PepsiCo Theatre, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase. 3 p.m. Part karaoke, part costume contest, this is the mother of all sing-alongs. Best costume competition at 1:30 p.m. Pre-show workshop for kids ages 6-16. Free of charge with the purchase of a ticket. $20 & $15.
  • GREENWICH LANDMARK RECOGNITION RECEPTION. Greenwich Country Club, 19 Doubling Rd., Greenwich. 5-7:30 p.m. Champagne, wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Purpose of the program is to encourage preservation through the recognition of historic and architecturally significant structures. Properties include a backcountry estate, the former Greenwich Post Office, French Farm, a charming Cos Cob Victorian and the Riverside Avenue Bridge. $75 per person. Advance reservations are required. www.greenwichhistory.org or 203/869-6899 ext. 10.

    For Kids

    Fri.-Sun., Apr. 17-26

  • NY INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL: WESTCHESTER. The Picture House, 175 Wolfs La., Pelham. 6:30 p.m. opening celebration and screening of the animated French film "Mune." Best new films from around the world for ages 3-18. The closing ceremony will take place Sun., Apr. 26 at 6:30 p.m. will end with a screening of "Belle and Sebastian." A full schedule of screenings and film synopses can be found at www.thepicturehouse.org. Tickets are $12 general admission; $10 students and seniors. A family pass (family of 4) to all screenings will be available for $200 for non-members. Tickets will be available at www.thepicturehouse.org or at the box office.

    Sat., Apr. 18

  • "THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR" AND OTHER ERIC CARLE FAVORITES. Emelin Theatre, 153 Library La., Mamaroneck. 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. $15. www.emelin.org; 914/698-0098.
  • COOKING CLASSES FOR CHILDREN. Westchester Italian Cultural Center, 1 Generoso Pope Pl., Tuckahoe. 2 p.m. Appropriate for all ages. Learn how to make crostata di frutta, a popular and timeless baked tart typical of the Italian culinary tradition. Space is limited; early registration is suggested. $40 for non-members; $55 for parent & child. Advance registration and pre-payment required. 914/771-8700; www.wiccny.org.
  • POND EXPLORATION. Rye Nature Center, 873 Boston Post Rd., Rye. 3 p.m. Come to the Nature Center and learn about pond animals. Look at frogs at every stage of their life cycle and see what other types of pond life you can find. $8 for non-members. 914/967-5150; www.ryenaturecenter.org.

    Sun., Apr. 19

  • CREATIVE CREATURES FAMILY DAY. College of New Rochelle, 29 Castle Pl., New Rochelle. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Children learn arts and crafts while adults view the exhibit. A fun-filled day of creative family activity. Children will use toilet paper rolls, markers, decorative paper and other materials to create something new, whether it is a bracelet, race car or creature. Children will be challenged to be creative. In addition tours of the Castle Gallery's current exhibition Not Really: Fictive Narratives in Contemporary Art will be available for adults. 914/654-5423.
  • FAMILY GALLERY TOURS. Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For children ages 6-10 and families. Museum educator will lead an interactive, discussion-based tour of the Museum's current exhibitions. No reservations required. Free with Museum admission, $7 for adults; $6 for students up to age 22 and seniors and free for members and children under age 5. www.brucemuseum.org; 203/869-0376.

    Mon., Apr. 20, 27
    and May 4, 11 & 18

  • MOMMY & ME. Rye Nature Center, 983 Boston Post Rd., Rye. 9:45-10:45 a.m. Sing songs, meet animals and learn about the natural world. For children over 18 months accompanied by a caregiver. $15 per session for non-members. 914/967-5150.

    Tues., Apr. 21 & 28

  • TODDLER TOURS. Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr. Greenwich. 11-11:45 a.m. For children ages 3-5 with adult. No reservation required. Apr. 21: Exploring Madagascar. Apr. 28: Seeking Sculptures. Free with museum admission--$7 for adults; $6 for seniors and free for children under 5. www.brucemuseum.org.

    Sat., Apr. 25

  • PAPERMAKING FOR CHILDREN. Square House Museum, 1 Purchase St., Rye. 1-2:30 p.m. Children ages 7-11 will learn about the history of paper and how to create their own using newspapers and other paper scraps. $15 per child includes all supplies. Reservations are suggested. 914/967-7588.

    Every Sat. & Sun.

  • SEE & DO ART ACTIVITIES. Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St., Katonah. Every Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and every Sunday 12-5 p.m. For children of all ages accompanied by an adult. On weekends children can view and discuss works on exhibit with a Learning Center facilitator, then participate in special art activities. Non-member admission: free for children under 12; $5 for adults; $3 for students and ages 60+. www.katonahmuseum.org.

    Tuesdays

  • BEREAVEMENT GROUP JUST FOR KIDS. Gilda's Club Westchester, 80 Maple Ave., White Plains. First & third Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Designed to provide peer support to children ages 5-12 who have experienced the death of a family member or friend due to cancer. Members of this group will use expressive activities such as art, poetry, games and stories to help them express their feelings and join with others who have had similar experiences. For additional information, call Jen Scully at 914/644-8844.

    Wednesdays

  • TODDLER TALES. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave., Norwalk. 9:45, 10:15 and in Spanish at 10:45 a.m. Young children enjoy a story, songs, movement and art activity. Admission is $15; $10 for seniors 62+; free for children under 1. Free parking. 203/899-0606 or www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.
  • MUSIC TIME. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave., Norwalk. 1:30-2 p.m. Exploratory musical play time. Sing, dance and play a variety of instruments. For all ages. Free with museum admission: $12; $10 for seniors 62+; free for children under 1. 203/899-0606; www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.
  • ZUMBA KIDS, JR. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave., Norwalk. 2:30-3 p.m. No age limit. Free with museum admission: $12; $10 for seniors 62+ and free for children under 1. 203/899-0606; www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.

    Thursdays

  • ART CART. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave., Norwalk. 2:30-3 p.m. Try out a variety of art materials and techniques while designing a masterpiece of your own. Free with museum admission: $12; $10 for seniors 62+; free for children under 1. 203/899-0606; www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.
  • KIDS' CANCER CONNECTIONS GROUP. Gilda's Club Westchester, 80 Maple Ave., White Plains. Second and fourth Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. An ongoing peer support group for children ages 5-12 who either have a family member living with cancer or have cancer themselves. 914/644-8844.

    Tuesdays & Fridays

  • ZELDA THE ZANY OWL. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave., Norwalk. 12:15-1:15 p.m. For ages 36 months and younger. Learn your ABCs and 123s with the peppy, purple professor. Free with museum admission: $15; $10 for seniors 62+; free for children under 1. 203/899-0606; www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.

    Tuesdays & Saturdays

  • MUTT-I-GREES®. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave., Norwalk. 11 a.m. All ages. Meet a real dog from PAWS and do pet-themed crafts. Admission is $15; $10 for seniors 62+; free for children under 1. Free parking. 203/899-0606; www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.

    Ongoing

  • ENERGY LAB. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave., Norwalk. Wet, wild and wonderful way for children under 10 years of age to learn about the science of energy. They'll find a "working lab" that inspires a natural curiosity to imagine and invent. Exhibition includes a Solar Lab, Potential Energy Platforms, a Wind Lab, Water Lab and a Coal, Oil, Natural Gas and Uranium Lab. Admission: $15; $10 for seniors 62+; free for children under 1. Free parking. 203/899-0606 or www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.

    For Seniors

    Wed., Apr. 22

  • THE OSBORN SANDWICH GENERATION CONFERENCE. The Osborn, 101 Theall Rd., Rye. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Sponsored by Heard in Rye, SPRYE and The Osborn. Dr. Sandra Haymon will present The Sacred Journey of Caregiving-A Transformational Approach to Life. 914/481-5706.

    Every Tuesday

  • TUESDAY MATINEES. The Picture House, 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham. 2:30 p.m. Seniors are free for 2:30 p.m. matinees. For film schedule log on to www.thepicturehouse.org or call 914/738-7337.

    Every Wednesday

  • SENIOR WEDNESDAYS. City Center 15: Cinema de Lux, White Plains and Saw Mill Multiplex, Hawthorne. This program provides patrons with a chance to catch new movies at a price that can't be beat. Tickets are $5.50 for ages 60 & up for all shows. For additional information, log on to www.nationalamusements.com.