Friday, April 29, 2011

Weekend Picks

My picks for the best activities and things to do this weekend in Northern Westchester

Chorale Meets Choreography Two of the area’s premier performing arts groups, Antonia Arts and the Taghkanic Chorale, present a unique collaboration of choral music and classic dance. The program features the music of Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copeland, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Cole Porter. Friday, 8:00 pm. Paramount Center for the Arts

Children's Nature Hike Explore the forest ecosystem and search for signs of animal life and the spring season. Saturday, 10:00 am. Westmoreland Sanctuary 

Amphibians for Kids Families can get a close-up look at many of the local amphibians and take a walk around their native habitat. Learn about amphibian ecology and morphology, and then do a craft project. Saturday, 1:00 pm. Ward Pound Ridge Reservation

Backyard Chickens 101 Learn about raising these wonderful animals in your own backyard and meet some new chicks. Saturday, 10:00 am. Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center

Celebrate Children's Book Day Enjoy a lively show with songs, puppetry, stories, Latino rhythm instruments and movement. Saturday, 10:30 to 11:30 am. Ossining Public Library

World Tai Chi Day Experience Tai Chi demonstrations, Tibetan singing bowls, the Chinese ribbon dance, exotic weapons, the fan dance, origami, and a display of artwork and artifacts. Saturday, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. The Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden

Bread Baking 101 Beginners can learn how to make healthy and delicious homemade bread. Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center

Edible Mushrooms and Their Poisonous Look-A-Likes What is a mushroom? How many kinds are there? How can we tell which are edible and which are toxic or even deadly? Come find out. Saturday, 1:00 pm. Teatown Lake Reservation 

Celebrate Duke Ellington In honor of Duke Ellington's birthday, The Fred Smith Jazz Ensemble presents an evening of the master's music. Saturday, 7:30 pm. Bean Runner Cafe 

Sheep Shearing Activities will include hands-on fiber projects, group weaving, and fiber washing. Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 pm. John Jay Homestead

Hike The Hudson Get ready for an energetic hike through our hills, past the Native American middens, over the hill and by the marsh. Learn about migrating birds, fish, and humans. Sunday, 10:00 am. Croton Point Park Nature Center

Matt Turk Enjoy the folk/pop tunes of Matt Turk. Sunday, 1:00 pm. Peekskill Coffee House

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