winter talks, classes, learning

Find loads to do between library offerings, talks, computer help and more, for the months of December through February. 

Support groups appear at the end.

DECEMBER 5: 2PM
MIND GAMES FOR FUN
Group games and puzzles using memory skills, visual recall, focus and speed. Board Room/ C Level at Phelps campus, 701 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow; 914-366-3937 or email ewoods3@northwell.edu to register.

DECEMBER 12: 11AM
TINY TERRARIUM GIFTS
Learn to make a tiny terrarium to give as a living gift. Supplies provided. Please register as space is limited to 10 participants. Riverfront Library, Yonkers. Reg: 914-375-7966; ypl.org

DECEMBER 13, JANUARY 10 & FEBRUARY 14: 8:30AM
THE BREAKFAST CLUB
Free breakfasts with presentation by guest speaker and light exercise program. Please call to confirm dates and time. Phelps Hospital, 701 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, Cafeteria, G Level. 914-366-3937 or email ewoods3@northwell.edu to register.

DECEMBER 14: 1-2:30PM
SING MEMORABLE SONGS
Come and join us as we sing Memorable songs. New and seasoned singers welcome as well as listeners. Spread the joy of music and singing! Free and open to the public. Yonkers Library – Crestwood Branch, 16 Thompson St., Yonkers; 914-779-3774; ypl.org/crestwood

DECEMBER 19: 11AM
3D PRINTING FOR ADULTS
Come and learn about 3D printing and design using free software. Participants will have the chance to design an original object and print it out in physical form, to be collected at a later date. Call to confirm location. Located in the Edge Media Lab at the library. White Plains Central Library, 100 Martine Ave.; 914-422-6999; whiteplainslibrary.org

DECEMBER 19: 6-8PM
JAZZ JAM WITH ART BENNETT
Join musician Art Bennett in the cafe for an evening of jazz. Bring your instrument and any tunes you want to work on, or just bring your ears to relax and listen. All musical skill levels are welcome. Art likes to run a workshop-style event, where you get a chance to see how musicians who have never played before work together to create! An electric piano and a PA will be available. White Plains Central Library, 100 Martine Ave.; 914-422-6980; whiteplainslibrary.org

JANUARY 16: 6:30PM
WINTER FILM SERIES
The film being shown in this series is titled “Julieta” by Pedro Almodovar. 99 minutes. Spanish, The Budarz Theater, Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Ave.; 914-941-2416; ossininglibrary.org

JANUARY 27: 11AM-2PM
BEESWAX CANDLES
The soft light and honey-like aroma from beeswax container candles create a warm, romantic atmosphere. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the basic science and history of candle-making, while creating a container candle to take home. NY Botanical Garden, Bronx, Watson Room 102; 718-817-8747; nybg.org

FEBRUARY 5, 6, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27: 10AM-3PM
AARP TAX AIDE PROGRAM
AARP volunteers will be available to help low- to moderate-income taxpayers, especially those 50 and older. Volunteers are trained to assist you in filing certain tax forms and schedules, including the Form 1040. Offered in partnership with the AARP Foundation; White Plains Central Library, 100 Martine Ave., Room B; 888-227-7669; whiteplainslibrary.org

JANUARY 31: 6:30PM
MAKING MISO

High in protein and rich in vitamins and minerals, miso has played an important nutritional role in Japan for centuries. Explore the science behind making miso— both with soy and without, why it’s good for you, and how to prepare it yourself. New York Botanical Garden – midtown Manhattan center: 20 West 44th St.; 800.322.NYBG (6924); nybg.org

FEBRUARY 6: 6:30PM
LAYERED SAND & SUCCULENT TERRARIUM
A delightful oasis garden tucked into a glass vessel, author of Terrariums: Gardens Under Glass Maria Colletti will show you how to create your own mini-ecosystem with layers of different colored sand and plump succulents, thick moss, and smooth stones.. New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, Watson Room 102; 718-817-8747; nybg.org

FEBRUARY 10: 10AM
GROW GOURMET MUSHROOMS INDOORS
Mushrooms have been utilized for thousands of years for medicinal and edible purposes. John Michelotti, owner of Catskill Fungi, will show you how to cultivate gourmet mushrooms at home using safe and simple techniques. Using cardboard and coffee grounds, create your own oyster mushroom starter (Pleurotus ostreatus) to take home. New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, Watson Room 102; 718-817-8747; nybg.org

MONDAYS: 1:30PM
ADULT COLORING GROUP
Coloring has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety. Come and be creative and meet new friends, all while listening to tranquil music.Coloring sheets and materials will be provided. Bronxville Public Library, 201 Pondfield Rd.; 914-337-7680; bronxvillelibrary.org

MONDAYS: 7PM
COMPUTER HELP
Individual, one-on-one computer help on Monday evenings. Sign up at the Reference desk or call to make an appointment. These classes are free and open to the public. Or sign up for a one-hour individualized session with a Warner Library staff member on a library technology issue including email, downloading e-Books or audiobooks, and using online library resources and databases, such as Ancestry.com, Morningstar, or NY Newspapers. Warner Library, Tarrytown; 914-631-7734; warnerlibrary.org

YEAR ROUND
BALANCE TRAINING
Everything from tai chi, line dancing, zumba, chair yoga, ballet for balance, pilates and private sessions. See ad in this issue for one free class. StepWise Now, 325 S Highland Ave., Suite 109, Briarcliff Manor; 914-292-0602; molly@stepwisenow.com; stepwisenow.com

TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS: 8-10AM
MALL WALKS & TALKS
Window shop as you get and stay in shape with indoor walks. Special guest speaker first Friday each month at 9am (on Level 1 Nordstrom E-bar seating area). Adm. and parking free for members of mall walk program. Sign up at horse fountain near Crate & Barrel, Level 2, Tues and Fri mornings during program. Westchester Mall, White Plains. Info: 914-231-4645.

TUESDAYS @ DORRY’S: 6-7PM
WEEKLY TABLE TALK
Weekly informal table talk. Order your food from Tracy and Gina, prepared by Chef Jeff, and enjoy the discussion and company. No reservations req. Coordinated by Dorry’s friends at Memorial United Methodist Church and Congregation Kol Ami, and brings participants from a cross-section of our communities. Dorry’s Diner, 468 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains; 914-682-0005; juliedc@igc.org

1 WED./MONTH: 1:30PM
BROWN BAG BOOK GROUP
All adult library patrons are welcome to join the group and experience the joys of discussing and sharing adventures in reading. Take turns picking book favorites to discuss during the monthly meeting. Call Martha Iwan for more info: 914-864-0136; Mount Kisco Library, 100 East Main St., Mt. Kisco; mountkiscolibrary.org

WEDNESDAYS: 1PM
CANASTA
Everyone familiar with the game of canasta are invited to drop in and play on Wednesday afternoons. Beginners are encouraged to register for Friday morning tutorials. John C. Hart Memorial Library, 1130 East Main St., Shrub Oak; 914-245-5262; yorktownlibrary.org

WEDNESDAYS: 12:15PM
LUNCHTIME MEDITATION
A weekly meditation program. Brief beginning instruction will be followed by meditation. No experience or special equipment needed. A guest instructor will lead the program the first Wednesday of each month. White Plains Central Library, 100 Martine Ave.; 914-422-1496 or cdeschamps@whiteplainsny.gov; whiteplainslibrary.org

THURSDAYS: 10AM-NOON
DROP IN QUILTING AND NEEDLEWORK
Drop in and join us. Bring your quilting or needlework project. All welcome. John C. Hart Memorial Library, Community Room, Shrub Oak; 914-245-5262; yorktownlibrary.org

FRIDAYS: 10:30AM-12:30PM
COLORING BOOK CLUB
Relax, color, socialize – all for free! Materials are provided, or bring your own colored pencils and coloring books (recommended.) Registration is not required. Somers Library Conference Room, Route 139 & Reis Park; 914-232-5717; somerslibrary.org

FRIDAYS: 4:30PM
MINDFULNESS CLASS
This weekly mindfulness series has two alternating formats. The meditation format relaxes the mind and body and the In Daily Life format looks at practical ways to reduce stress, improve health, and overcome fear and anxiety. The class also covers tips on how to problem solve and use techniques. Ossining Public Library, 2nd flr conference room, 53 Croton Ave.; 914-941-2416; ossininglibrary.org

YEAR ROUND – VARIOUS LOCATIONS/TIMES
DEMYSTIFYING MEDICARE COVERAGE WORKSHOPS
Topics include Part A and B coverage, Medicare Advantage, supplemental and drug plans, and cost-saving programs. These upbeat, free workshops run by the Westchester Library System in single sessions at the Ossining, Eastchester, Montrose, Pleasantville, Irvington, Yonkers, Pelham, Shrub Oak, Harrison, West Harrison, Lewisboro, Katonah and Armonk libraries, as well as Phelps and community centers in Ardsley, Mount Kisco, and Croton. See the full listing at https://www.westchesterlibraries.org/westchester-seniors-out-speaking/. Pre-registration requested at 914-231-3236, but walk-ins welcome.

CHEF PETER X. KELLY TEACHING KITCHEN
Cooking classes held throughout the year. Recent classes included Mediterranean Meals for Heart Health and One Pan Dinners. Some feature recipes for a gluten-free diet, and are co-hosted by physicians from the NY-Presbyterian Medical Group Hudson Valley and Chef Emilie Berner. These classes are free while others cost $15. Dempsey House Teaching Kitchen, 1992 Crompond Rd., Cortlandt Manor. 914-734-3780; nyp.org/hudsonvalley

SUPPORT GROUPS

DECEMBER 3: 7-9PM
OSTEOPOROSIS AWARENESS
Provides support to individuals suffering from osteoporosis as well as information to those interested in learning ways to decrease their risk of their disease. Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, Billings Bldg #4/ Rosedale Room, 785 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. 914-725-5229 or susanisworking@hotmail.com; burke.org/community/community-calendar

DECEMBER 3 & JAN 7: 1-3PM
WELL SPOUSE SUPPORT GROUP
Provides peer support and education about the challenges and unique issues facing “well” spouses. Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, Billings Bldg #4/ Room 202; 785 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. 914-949-4936; burke.org/community/community-calendar

DECEMBER 11: 12 NOON
HOLISTIC PAIN SUPPORT
For people suffering from chronic pain, providing comprehensive pain management services including exercise, psychological support and complementary medicine practices. Phelps campus, 755 N Broadway building, 4th flr; 914-366-3937 or email ewoods3@northwell.edu to register.

DECEMBER 12 & 26;
JANUARY 9 & 23: 10-11:30AM
ALZHEIMER’S
CAREGIVER GROUP
Encourages caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical and emotional health as well as optimally care for the person with dementia. In addition, they may provide a needed break from care giving responsibilities. Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, Billings Bldg 4/ Room 204; 785 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. Registration req.: 800-272-3900

DECEMBER 13: 10:45AM
OSTEOPOROSIS SUPPORT
For people with osteoporosis, providing education on nutrition, exercise, and activites of daily living.Phelps campus, N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, Board Room/ C level; 914-366-3937 or email ewoods3@northwell.edu to register.

DECEMBER 18: 10AM
SENIOR STEPS
HEALTH SCREENINGS
Free Health Screenings for seniors. Call for specific programs which may include Balance Screening, Cognitive Screening, Swallowing Screening, among others. Appt. required. Also check for building location. Phelps Hospital, N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow; 914-366-3937 or email ewoods3@northwell.edu for more information and to register.
DECEMBER 14: 10AM
ALZHEIMER’S
SUPPORT GROUP
Supporting family caregivers with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease – you don’t have to go it alone. Phelps campus, N. Broadway, 755 Building, Room 545, Sleepy Hollow; 914-366-3937 or email ewoods3@northwell.edu to register.

DECEMBER 19 &
JANUARY 16: 4-5:30PM
STROKE SUPPORT GROUP
Information, speakers, supportive environment and a chance to meet others experiencing similar life changes post stroke. Participants will learn ways to help problem solve, cope, and understand more about stroke and recovery issues, including lifestyle changes that reduce the risk of stroke and promote a healthy life. Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, Outpatient Bldg #8/ 2nd Fl. Conference Room; 785 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. 914-907-7482; burke.org/community/community-calendar

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