classes, workshops, support groups and more

Libraries. Truly our new community centers, with an abundance of classes, learning, socializing. Check out what they’ve got going on for Spring!

Talks, Classes, Learning and Libraries.

MARCH 5, 12, 19, 26; APRIL 2, 9: 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

MARCH 6, APRIL 3 & MAY 1: 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.

MARCH 7: 7PM
WHAT’S NEXT IN MY LIFE & CAREER
Discovering possibilities after 50. A professional career counselor will discuss how people over 50 can reinvent themselves. Reg. req. Lewisboro Library, 15 Main St., South Salem; 914-875-9004; lewisborolibrary.org

MARCH 15: 10AM-2PM
BUILDING A GREEN WALL
Would you like to bring the outside inside? Green walls help create a calm, healthy environment by reducing noise, removing air toxins, and adding moisture and fresh oxygen to your living area. Discover best practices about what hardware, plants, and watering systems to use, while building a small living wall under the guidance of interior plant scape expert Chris Raimondi. . NY Botanical Garden, Bronx, Watson Room 101; 718-817-8747; nybg.org

MARCH 14, APRIL 11 & MAY 9: 8:30AM
THE BREAKFAST CLUB
Free breakfasts with presentation by guest speaker and light exercise program. Please call to register. Phelps Hospital, 701 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, Cafeteria, G Level. 914-366-3937 or email ewoods3@northwell.edu to register.

TUESDAYS: 7-8:30PM
MARCH 19 & 26, APRIL 2 & 9
READER’S THEATER
Let’s put on a play! No costumes or memorizing lines. Each week brings a one-act plays (mystery, comedy and old-time radio dramas). Experience literature as an active participant and enjoy a few laughs with other armchair thespians. Four-week class led by writing teacher Kim Kovach. Reg. req. Lewisboro Library, South Salem; 914-875-9004; lewisborolibrary.org

MARCH 20, APRIL 17 & MAY 15: 9AM
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE
Monthly lectures on a holistic, patient-centered approach to preventing, treating, and reversing chronic disease by identifying and understanding the root causes of the individual’s symptoms and conditions, including genetic predispositions, environmental contributors, and lifestyle factors. Each lecture followed by an exercise or intro to alternative medicine. Phelps campus, 755 N Broadway building, 4th flr; 914-366-3937 or email ewoods3@northwell.edu to register.

MARCH 23: 7:30PM
DICK CAVETT PRESENTS… A CONVERSATION WITH BLYTHE DANNER
Danner is best known for her role as Dina Byrnes in Meet the Parents, and its sequels Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers. She has collaborated on several occasions with Woody Allen, appearing in three of his films: Another Woman, Alice, and Husbands and Wives.. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT; 203-438-5795; ridgefieldplayhouse.org

MARCH 25, APRIL 1, 8, 29, MAY 6: 10:30AM-12:30PM
SPRING INTO ART
Experiment making art using water-soluble oil pastels and watercolor pencils! Students will learn ways each medium can create great effects. No experience required – join us and have fun! Inspirational music will accompany your creative journey. Call to find out suggested supplies and to register (required). Somers Library, Rte 139 & Reis Park, Somers; 914-232-5717; somerslibrary.org

MARCH 26: 11AM-1PM
SIMPLE AND SLEEK FLORAL DESIGN IDEAS
Fifteen minutes is all it takes for a stylish arrangement that will transform your table! Working with a variety of seasonal flowers, you’ll learn how to execute simple yet impactful designs that are versatile, sophisticated, and eco-friendly. Take home one finished arrangement — and plenty of easy design ideas. NY Botanical Garden, Bronx, Watson Room 101; 718-817-8747; nybg.org

APRIL 8: 8:30-11:30AM
ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH FORUM: LATEST SCIENCE DEVELOPMENTS
Family caregivers are invited to a discussion with Alzheimer’s experts and elected officials.The featured speaker/panelist is Dr. Nicole Schupf, professor of Epidemiology at Columbia Medical Center, who will receive the the Margaret M. Cahn Award for Alezheimer’s research. Dr. Rebecca Edelmayer, director of scientific engagement for the Alzheimer’s Association, will also speak. Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill Mansion, 81 Highland Ave., Tarrytown; call 800.272.3900 to register; alz.org/hudsonvalley

APRIL 8: 10-11:30AM
400 YEARS OF WESTCHESTER
This program chronicles the fascinating history of Westchester County from Native American occupation to the present time. Major events such as the Revolutionary War and topics such as industry and commerce, notable county residence, transportation, and the suburbanization of the county are discussed. Presented by Patrick Raftery, Assoc. Director and Librarian at the Westchester County Historical Society in Elmsford NY. Shames JCC on the Hudson, 371 S Broadway, Tarrytown; 914-366-7898; shamesjcc.org

APRIL 8: 6PM
GARDENING IN SMALL SPACES
Explore how to maximize a small space. Topics include tips and techniques for terrace, patio, as well as annuals, perennials, herbs, and vegetables, trees, shrubs. Led by Master Gardener, Krys Mernyk. No reg., all are welcome. All welcome. John C. Hart Memorial Library, Community Room, Shrub Oak; 914-245-5262; yorktownlibrary.org

APRIL 10: 7-8:30PM
SOUND HEALING
Explore the ancient, restorative potential of Tibetan singing bowls. Michelle Clifton shares an experience of beautiful sounds that can calm the mind and release tension. Clifton is a Master Sound Healer and massage therapist who incorporates singing bowls into her private practice. For more information, see sonicbowls.com. Note: Bring a blanket or yoga mat if you wish to lie on the floor; chairs will be provided for those who prefer to sit. White Plains Central Library, Auditorium, 100 Martine Ave.; 914-428-8506; whiteplainslibrary.org

APRIL 13: 10:15AM-1PM
DEMYSTIFYING MEDICARE
This interactive presentation is to help those who already have Medicare, as well as people soon to be 65, planning their retirement, or assisting relatives and friends with their medical decisions. Reg. req. Lewisboro Library, South Salem; 914-875-9004; lewisborolibrary.org

THRU APRIL 15
AARP TAX-AIDE PROGRAM
Get help preparing your 2018 tax return at one of 20 Westchester County libraries offering this service. AARP membership is not required. First come, first served. Contact your local library for more information or go to: aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide

APRIL 19: 10-11:30AM
SENIOR DEBATE
Senior Debate is a lively, interactive discussion. The audience-centered debate method used by the moderator is informal and relaxed. Audience members are not required to give comments or speeches. Phelps Hospital Auditorium, N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow; 914-366-3937 or email ewoods3@northwell.edu for more information and to register.

APRIL 28: 2PM
FILM: BOTANIC GARDEN
A funny, poignant drama about a widow who is desperate to get out of a first date. An inventively constructed portrait of an imperfect marriage between people who always loved each other, even when they didn’t get along. Directed by Olympia Dukakis. John C. Hart Memorial Library, Community Room, Shrub Oak; 914-245-5262; yorktownlibrary.org

TUESDAYS: 6:30-8PM
APRIL 23-MAY 28
STORIES INSPIRED BY ART
New and experienced writers will be inspired by works of art from around the world in this 6-week adult writing program led by author and writing teacher Kim Kovach. Reg. required. Pound Ridge Library, 271 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge; 914-764-5085; poundridgelibrary.org

MAY 5: 11AM-5:15PM
BOOMING BETTER EXPO
Join us for a free day of fun, learning, socializing and new horizons. Area experts and interactive talks covering health-wellness-fitness, beauty and style, finances, legal, technology. Drop by for a bit or the full day – whatever works for you. Register at boomingbetter.com to receive updated schedule , timing and avoid regular check-in line. Reg. not required but is appreciated. Reid Castle at Manhattanville College, 2900 Purchase St., Purchase, NY; boomingbetter.com

MAY 6: 10-11:30AM
FACING WEST
Rahel Musleah is an award-winning journalist, author, singer, speaker, and educator, Rahel is the seventh generation of a Calcutta family who traces her roots to 17th century Baghdad. Her multimedia visual, song, and story presentations offer a rare and intimate view of a rich culture little-known to most. She also leads tours of Jewish India. Shames JCC on the Hudson, Tarrytown; 914-366-7898; shamesjcc.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 appt. Or sign up for a one-hour individualized session with a 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. All free. Warner Library, Tarrytown; 914-631-7734; warnerlibrary.org

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: 10-11:30AM
KNITTING/CROCHETING
& COLORING FOR ADULTS
Join us for a relaxing time of knitting, crocheting and adult coloring. Light refreshments served. Knitters and crocheters, please bring your own materials (yarn and needles or hooks). Coloring materials will be provided. Riverfront Branch Library, Community Room A, Yonkers. Reg: 914-375-7966; ypl.org

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: 12-1PM
TECH WEDNESDAYS
A series of classes focusing on different advanced digital technologies each week. Reg. req. White Plains Central Library, Edge Media Lab, 100 Martine Ave.; 914-422-6999 or aolney@whiteplainsny.gov; whiteplainslibrary.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: 1-4PM
MAH JONGG DROP IN & PLAY
Bring your own tiles, socialize, challange your brain. No reg. req. and beginners welcome. John C. Hart Memorial Library, 1130 East Main St., Shrub Oak; 914-245-5262; yorktownlibrary.org

FRIDAYS: 10:30AM-12:30PM
KNITTING AND CROCHET CLUB
Join Kathy Neggers (facilitator) and other knitters and crocheters to enjoy working on individual projects together. Bring your project and supplies. Beginners are welcome! Just bring a pair of knitting needles or a crochet hook some yarn and learn the basics! Registration is not req. Somers Library Conference Room, Route 139 & Reis Park; 914-232-5717; somerslibrary.org

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

FIRST FRIDAY OF MONTH: NOON-1:30PM
GAMES & GAB
Join your friends or meet new ones at this monthly get together. We will provide a space for you to bring your cards, games, coloring or just sit and chat. All welcome. John C. Hart Memorial Library, Community Room, Shrub Oak; 914-245-5262; yorktownlibrary.org

FRIDAYS: 4:30PM
MINDFULNESS CLASS
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

SATURDAYS: 9-10AM
BEGINNER YOGA
Please bring a yoga mat and blanket. Yoga is taught by certified yoga instructor Catherine Riedel. Reg. not required, program is free. Ossining Public Library, 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

FIRST TUESDAY OF MONTH: 2-4PM
MEMORY CAFE
Meet others in a relaxed and safe environment to enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, friendship and dessert – to find mutual support and info. Those with memory concerns may attend with a family member, friend or caregiver. Sponsored by The Bristal Assisted Living. At Lombardo’s Pizza Bar & Restaurant, 1203 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. RSVP to Riker Danzig (attorneys at law): 914-539-3360

ONGOING CAREGIVERS’ CONNECTIONS
Dorot’s telephone-based support network for caregivers. Wednesdays at 7PM: Caring for a Loved One with Memory Loss. Tuesdays at 7:30PM: Caring for a Parent. Tuesdays at 5PM and Thursdays at 6PM: Bereavement Support Group. $15 for each support group for 5 months of sessions. Register by telephone at 877-819-9147 or online at www.dorotusa.org

MARCH 4, APRIL 1, MAY 6: 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

MARCH 8, APRIL 12 & MAY 10: 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.

MARCH 13 & 27, APRIL 10 & 24, MAY 8 & 22: 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

MARCH 14, APRIL 11
& MAY 9: 10:30AM
OSTEOPOROSIS SUPPORT
For people with osteoporosis, providing education on nutrition, exercise, and activities of daily living.Phelps campus, N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, Board Room/ C level; 914-366-3937 or email ewoods3@northwell.edu to register.

MARCH 19, APRIL 16 & MAY 21: 10AM
SENIOR STEPS HEALTH SCREENINGS
Free Health Screenings for seniors. Call for specific programs which may include Balance Screening, Cognitive Screening, Hearing 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.

MARCH 20, APRIL 17, MAY 15: 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

APRIL 1: 7-9PM
OSTEOPOROSIS AWARENESS GROUP
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

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