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Weekend Planner: Sandy Benefit Concert, Somers Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, Yorktown Blood Drive

Here are some area events to enjoy this weekend.

Performers to Stand Up to Sandy with Benefit Concert

When/Where: Saturday, Nov. 17 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Winery at St. George in Mohegan Lake

Why Go: There will be 12 performing acts to raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims. This event was put together by a couple of Carmel Central School District's students, Haley O' Connor, Margaret Chan, Hailey and Samatha Knox with the help and supervision of their mother Jamie Knox. There will be raffles with a chance to win great prizes that were donated by Randovich and Dean, Carmel Diner, Carmel Cinema, and Magic Mirror Salon. All proceeds will go to the Archdiocese of NY.

Price: $10

Hope For The Warriors Fundraiser at Pure Physique

When/Where: Saturday, Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pure Physique, 3695 Old Yorktown Road in Shrub Oak.

Why Go: The second annual 'Train the Trainer' fundraiser will raise money for two Marines who suffered injuries in 2010 and 2011. This year Pure Physique will raise money to grant two Wishes through the Hope For The Warriors’® “A Warrior’s Wish®” program. One Wish is for a kayak for a USMC Sergeant injured in 2010. The second Wish is for a bicycle and cycling equipment for a USMC Lance Corporal injured in 2011.

Contact: Call 914-302-2022 or email beth@purephysique.com.

Price: Attendees can contribute by donating a dollar amount ($1 or more) for each repetition a trainer is able to perform for a given exercise, or through a silent auction and raffle.

My Brother Vinny's Holiday Food/Coat Drive Party

When/Where: Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Yorktown Elks Lodge, located at 590 Waverly Road in Yorktown

Why go: Yorktown resident Paula Miritello is holding her second food and winter coats drive in memory of her late brother Vincent. All donations will be accepted at several locations through Nov. 17 when all efforts will culminate with a party at the Elks Club in Yorktown. The party will feature food, drinks, raffles, cupcake decorating, arts and crafts for kids and a coat swap. Read more here.

Yorktown Lions Peace Poster Contest

When/Where: Sunday, Nov. 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m at the John C. Hart Memorial Library in Shrub Oak. 

Why Go: Yorktown Lions Peace Poster Contest is on display through the end of November. Lions Clubs worldwide has invited middle school students (ages 11,12,13) to reflect upon the theme – "Imagine Peace" –as part of the Lions initiative to promote increased understanding among peoples of the world. 

The submissions from Yorktown area middle school students are on display at the Hart Library. The reception and presentation will be held on Sunday.

FDR State Park Hurricane Sandy Cleanup Day

When/Where: Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at FDR Park in Yorktown

Why Go: Hurricane Sandy roared through Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Yorktown leaving more than 100 down trees and debris that still remain at the park. The Friends of FDR are asking residents to join them for a few hours and help rake debris and move branches. People who are willing to help are encouraged to dress in layers of work clothes and bring work gloves. Tools will be provided, but bring a rake if you can.

Price: Free to help

Contact: Participants in the clean up effort can contact Susan Butterfass at the Park Office to sign up. Call 914-245-4434 x102, or email Susan.Butterfass@parks.ny.gov.

Yorktown Police Department and PBA Blood Drive

When/Where: Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Yorktown Police Department (on the NY Blood Center Bus), 2281 Crompond Road.

Why Go: Help the Yorktown Police and PBA “Pay it Forward” as they sponsor their first blood drive for the community. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are preferred. Medical questions, please call 1 800-688-0900.
Please bring ID and eat well before donating. 

Contact: Schedule an appointment here

Literary and Vocal Performances at the Hart Library

When/Where: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. at the John C. Hart Library, 1130 Main Street, Shrub Oak 

Why Go: Hear the literary voices of older adults – 55 plus – where participants will share their stories, poems and personal essays created in a free class sponsored by the library and Lifetime Arts. 

Pancakes for Somers, North Salem Ice Hockey

When/Where: Saturday, Nov. 17 at Applebee's in Brewster from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Why Go: The Somers and North Salem school districts will be holding a special
Pancake Fundraiser to help raise money for the schools' hockey teams. Breakfast goers will be treated to 3 pancakes, 2 slices of bacon, unlimited juice, milk, coffee, tea and soda. Breakfast will be served by the hockey players.

Cost: Each ticket is $5.

Fall Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

Where/When: For a full list of nearly 100 participating restaurants throughout the Hudson Valley and to make reservations go to www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com. Continues through Sunday, Nov. 18. 

Why Go: Even the wind, rain, sleet and snow couldn’t stop the first Fall Hudson Valley Restaurant Week from taking place. “We are finally returning to a sense of normalcy in Westchester County after Hurricane Sandy,” said Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino. “Hudson Valley Restaurant Week has helped residents, visitors and businesses get back on their feet during a hectic time. We want to thank all of the participating restaurants and chefs for hanging in there. And, for those of you who have yet to take advantage of restaurant week, there is still time to make a reservation.” 

Price: Three-course lunch priced at $20.95 and a three-course dinner priced at $29.95. 

St. Patrick's Christmas Boutique 

When/Where: Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., St. Patrick's School 

Why go: Santa Claus is coming to town! He’ll be at St. Patrick’s School in Bedford for the annual Christmas boutique. As always, the school will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland, and over 70 exclusive vendors will be selling wonderful jewelry, accessories, crafts and more.  Fun for the whole family - pictures with Santa and a Café lunch. For more information, call 914-234-7914.

Price: Free entry

Film Series/Q&A With "Muppets" Star Peter Linz

When/Where: Katonah Village Library, Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m.

Why go: Friday: For the adult company and a glass of wine and the movie movie "Bottle Shock," which shows how underdog California went up against the Goliath of the wine world-France and won. Saturday, for an afternooon out wiht the kids watching the hit movie "The Muppets," who will attend and answer questions following the film.

Price: Friday night, $10 and Sat. afternoon, $5.

Harvey's Spotlight Theature Presents '9 to 5'

When/Where: The Harvey School, Nov. 16 at 8pm, Nov. 17 at 2pm & 8pm, Nov. 18 at 2pm

Why go: Catchy tunes: "9 to 5, yeah, they got you where they want you," a humorous plot: Pushed to the boiling point by their boss, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot—a plan that spins wildly and hilariously out of control and the talents of Spotlight Community Theatrt.

Price: $18

Festive Stroll of Homes

Where/When: Meet at Holbrook Cottage on Friday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. or Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m.

Why go: Holbrook Cottage is commemorating Charles Dickens' 200th birthday with its annual tour of local homes that have been artfully decorated for the holidays. There will be Wassail and champagne while you shop and a personalized ornament. A percentage of the event's proceeds will benefit Ossining Children's Center. There is an optional benefit luncheon at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club on Friday from 12 to 2 p.m.

Pricing: $50 for tour alone; $150 for lunch and tour

Friday Night at the Movies

Where/When: Briarcliff Manor Public Library on Friday, Nov. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Why go: Bring the whole family to a big screen presentation of Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13), a new-to-DVD film featuring Bill Murray and Bruce Willis. Light refreshments will be served.

Pricing: Free

Trinity Lutheran Christmas Fair

Where/When: Trinity Lutheran Church (292 Elwood Ave. Hawthorne) on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Why go: Trinity Lutheran Church is hosting its Christmas Fair, which features a selection of new and nearly-new holiday items for everyone on your Christmas list.

Pricing: Free to browse

J.A. Henckels Warehouse Sale

Where/When: Zwilling J.A. Henckels (171 Saw Mill River Rd., Hawthorne) on Friday, Nov. 16 through Sunday, Nov. 18

Why go: The soon-to-be Pleasantville business is hosting its annual warehouse sale this weekend, featured discounted holiday gifts including cutlery, cookware, flatware and more. 

Pricing: Free to browse

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