Friday, April 11, 2008

Weekend Events

Amphibians for Kids Get a close-up look at local frogs, toads, and salamanders. Kids can learn about amphibian life cycles and adaptations, how to imitate their songs and calls, and then visit their home with dip nets in hand. Ages 5 and up. Saturday, 1:00. Trailside Nature Museum, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation

Fire, Stone, Wood, and Woodworking Children can learn how to shape wood with fire and stone tools and make a spoon, bowl, or miniature canoe. Registration required. Saturday, 1:00. Croton Point Nature Center

Robert Larson Works on Paper An exhibition of works by Robert Larson, including Stacked Lines (above) Saturday, 12:00 to 4:00. Eyebuzz Fine Art Gallery

Discovering Turtles Discover the secrets of the Sanctuary's resident turtles and then take a short hike to Bechtel Lake to learn about the turtle monitoring program and watch as the staff sets turtle traps. Saturday, 3:00. Westmoreland Sanctuary

The Mingus Big Band Keeping alive the music and spirit of the late Charles Mingus, the Grammy-nominated Mingus Big Band performs. Saturday, 8:00. Performing Arts Center

Open Hearth Cooking Workshop Come and explore the delicious taste of early spring, using a variety of 18th-century recipes and techniques. Reservations required. Sunday, 10:00 to 2:00. Van Cortlandt Manor

Metropolitan Hot Club The "gypsy jazz" group Metropolitan Hot Club performs. Sunday, 1:00. Peekskill Coffee House

The Story of Stuff A screening and discussion of The Story of Stuff, a fact-filled and humorous look at the underside of production and consumption, and The Secret Lives of Cell Phones. Sunday, 3:00. Katonah Village Library

Cara(moor) Italia Two renowed artists, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and pianist Norman Krieger, interpret duo and solo works with strong connections to Italy. Sunday, 4:00. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts

Celebrating First Books Join a reading and discussion of Jeff Gordinier’s X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft but Can Still Keep Everything from Sucking and Steven Kurutz’s Like a Rolling Stone: The Strange Life of a Tribute Band. Sunday, 4:30. The Hudson Valley Writer's Center

Organ Recital Celebrated organist Paul Jacobs performs a collection of music spanning 16th century to contemporary styles. Organized by Historic Hudson Valley. Reservations required. Sunday, 3:00. Union Church of Pocantico Hills