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Weekend Planner: Elephant Appreciation Day, Fall Crafts, Wheelchair Games, Irish Fest

Some suggestions from the many choice events happening around the region this weeekend.

Native American Pow Wow Festival

When/Where: Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at FDR State Park in Yorktown

Why Go: Redhawk hosts four of the largest Native American Pow Wows in New York and New Jersey. The two-day Native American Powwow will offer a look into the diversity of cultures within the Native American tradition and showcase those differences with dance presentations, storytelling, music and crafts.  

Price: $12 adults and teens; $7 children 6-12 years old, seniors 65+;
Free for children 5 years old and under; $8 Parking

 

Fieldhome's 8th Annual Fall Festival

When/Where: Sat, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2276 Catherine Street, Cortlandt Manor

Why Go: There will be arts and crafts, a classic car show, pumpkin patch, bake sale, fall plants sale, great food, live entertainment and a kid’s zone with inflatable rides, pumpkin decorating, face painting, petting zoo, pony rides, games and prizes. 

There will also be a food drive to benefit Yorktown Community Help. Please bring canned and dried foods to donate and drop them off at the welcome tables.

Price: Free admission and parking

Contact: For more information call 914-737-2255 or email patti.l.horvath@gmail.com.

 

Lasdon Flower Show- “It’s a Zoo”

When/Where: Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Lasdon Park and Arboretum in Somers

Why Go: The ninth district of the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State present a horticultural tribute to animals. It is a flower show dedicated to animals in all their forms.

 

Elephant Appreciation Day

When/Where: Saturday, Sept. 22, 11:a.m. at the Somers Public Library, (movie begins at 1 p.m.)

Why Go: Bring the kids for “An Elephant Storytime,” (ages 3 to 5); and at 1 p.m. enjoy the movie "Born to Be Wild.” It tells the inspiring story of two independent women, each with a singular mission to rescue elephants in Kenya and orangutans in Indonesia (with the cutest baby animals you have ever seen).

Price: Free, no registration necessary

 

Karate Tournament to Benefit Community Cares

When/Where: Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jim Smith Karate in Yorktown Heights

Why Go: Competitors and local businesses are coming together for the inaugural Karate Tournament to benefit Community Cares, a a non profit organization in Mahopac with a network of volunteers and businesses whose main goal is to support families in medical crisis. The event is hosted by Jim Smith Karate in Yorktown Heights. Read more about in Lori Miley's blog about the event.

 

Peekskill Rotary Club’s 42nd Annual Horse Show and Country Fair

When/Where: Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23 at Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill

Why Go: The Rotary Club of Peekskill will host its 42nd Annual Horse Show and Country Fair September 22nd and 23rd at the

Price: Visit www.peekskillrotary.com for more info

 

Hudson Valley Irish Fest

When/Where: Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, 11a.m.–7 p.m. at Riverfront Green Park in Peekskill

Why Go: This community-based, not for profit cultural event was established to celebrate and promote the rich Irish-American heritage that exists in the lower Hudson Valley. The Fest will feature music by recording artists Black 47 and Jameson’s Revenge, Girsa, from Ireland - Just2 and "The Bard of the Hudson" Tim Murphy, and a Salute to the Heroes and Victims of 9/11 with massed pipe bands and "America's Piper" Pipe major Joe Brady. Also, see the Jack McAndrews Memorial Cultural Tent featuring arts, historical displays along with talented local Irish step dancers and fine traditional Irish musicians.

In addition, the Fest features the work of outstanding artists and craftspeople from both Ireland and the Hudson Valley including a wonderful children's area with storytelling, crafts, and other activities. Food and refreshments will be available.

Price: $10

 

Croton-on-Hudson's Fun Fall Festival

When/Where: Saturday, Sept. 22, 3 p.m. at Vassalo Park

Why Go: The Village on Croton-on-Hudson and the Croton Business Council are hosting an afternoon and evening of fun, food, music, a movie and loads of local goods, goodies and treats at the Fun Fall Festival at Old Post Road and Vassalo Park. Great music, food, drinks, shopping and fun.

Price: Free

 

Fall Crafts Fair in Tarrytown

When/Where: Sept. 21, 22, 23, Friday and Sunday from 10a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown

Why Go: In its 28th year, this popular craft show is taking place this weekend in Tarrytown. Discover the unique designs and creative artistry of 300 leading artists and craftspeople, from across the country, as they exhibit, sell and talk about their contemporary handcrafted works of art. You can meet the artists and will have the opportunity to purchase their latest work. Check out the one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry, fashion and accessories, furniture, and home décor pieces, as well as functional and sculptural work in ceramics, glass, metal, painting, photography, wood and mixed media. Food and children’s activities also available.

Price: General admission is $10 per person, seniors are $9, children 6 – 16 are $4; children under 6 admitted free. Held rain or shine. No dogs allowed.

 

33rd Annual Wheelchair Games in White Plains

When/Where: Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m. at Burke Rehabilitation Center in White Plains

Why Go:  Each year, the Burke Rehabilitation Center hosts its Wheelchair Games, bringing wheelchair athletes to this very special competition. Burke’s Wheelchair Games gives those with physical impairments an opportunity to stay fit, enjoy sports, and compete. Wheelchair athletes participate in separate divisions for Futures (six years of age and younger), juniors (ages seven through 21) and Adults. The variety of events includes table tennis, a slalom obstacle course, javelin, shot put, discus, club throw, softball throw, and 60, 100, 400, 800 and 1,500-meter races. Along with the sporting events, the Wheelchair Games also features carnival games, raffles and live entertainment.

Price: The cost per athlete is $20 if registration was received before September 1 and $25 thereafter. The event is free for spectators.

 

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

When/Where: Saturday, Sept. 22, 11–11:45 a.m. at the Ossining Public Library

Why Go: Storyteller, musician, actor, and writer David Gonzalez will tell stories in Spanish and English which will celebrate the rich cultural Hispanic heritage.

Price: Free, event is for grades pre-K–3 (children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult).

 

9th Annual Hudson Valley Walk for PKD

When/Where: Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m.-12 noon at Bedford Hills Memorial Park

Why Go: friends and family members from the Hudson Valley region will walk to help support the PKD Foundation's search for a cure for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD).  PKD is one of the most common life-threatening genetic diseases, and affects more people than Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, and sickle cell anemia combined.

PKD affects 600,000 Americans and 12.5 million newborns, children, and adults, worldwide. The disease causes cysts to form in the kidneys, interfering with its ability to filter toxins out of the blood, resulting in eventual kidney failure. Dialysis and transplantation are the only treatments for PKD; there is no cure for PKD.

 

16th Westchester Crossword Puzzle Tournament

Where/When: Westchester Table Tennis Center on Friday, Sept. 21 from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m.

Why go: For the second consecutive year, Pleasantville resident Will Shortz's Table Tennis Center will host the county's Crossword Puzzle Tournament. All proceds benefit the Pleasantville Fund for Learning. Participants will tackle three previously unpublished New York Times puzzles—Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The fastest solver from each round will then go onto a Thursday puzzle, to be solved on a large board. You can compete individually or in pairs. Trophies and puzzle books will be awarded to the best overall solvers and several other categories. Register in advance at The Village of Bookstore or at the door. All proceeds will benefit Pleasantville Fund for Learning.

Pricing: $30 person; $45 pair

 

The Prisoner of Second Avenue

Where/When: Whippoorwill Hall (19 Whippoorwill Rd. East, Armonk) on Friday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m.

Why go: The Small Town Theatre Company will present the 1971 Broadway production of The Prisoner of Second Avenue, which won a Tony for Best Play in 1972. The play will be directed by Donna Garr (Katonah), co-founder of The Small Town Theatre Company and will include the cast of Sam Morell (Armonk), Susan King (Brewster), Fred Lichtstein (White Plains), Misti Tindiglia (Harrison), Melissa Stone (Croton on Hudson), and Joy Rohman (White Plains). Tickets can be purchased online via www.SmallTownTheatre.com or by phone at 914.273.0300.

Pricing: $17 general admission; $15 seniors and students

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