learning opportunities

Opportunities to learn, engage and expand your horizons abound in Westchester. We have some of our favorite suggestions right here.

DECEMBER 2, JANUARY 6 & FEBRUARY 3: 10AM
KEEP YOUR MEMORY ALIVE!
Learn about lifestyle factors that improve brain health and may delay cognitive decline. Phelps campus, N. Broadway, 755 Building, 4th flr Residency Conference Room, Sleepy Hollow; 914-366-3937 or email ewoods3@northwell.edu to register.

DECEMBER 5 & 19: 11AM
REIKI CIRCLE
Learn how to receive energy healing, release stress and restore balance through this interactive class. You will be guided through a breathing exercise, visual mediation and instruction for self treatment. Wear comfortable clothing. All participants will be seated in a chair during the entire class. Yonkers Public Library, Riverfront Branch, Yonkers Room on the 4th flr. 914-375-7966; ypl.org

DECEMBER 6 & 13: 1:30PM
THEATER IMPROVISATION
Meet new people and try out some theater games. Dorot Westchester’s improv program for seniors will focus on exercising your body, voice and imagination with other community members. Led by theater artist Julie Kline. No experience necessary, adaptable to physical limitations. Dorot, 925 Westchester Ave., Suite 200, White Plains; Reservations req. 914-485-8356; dorotusa.org

DECEMBER 7: 11AM
EXPLORING EXCEL
Learn the basics of setting up a spreadsheet, manipulating data and creating a chart. Lewisboro Library 15 Main Street South Salem, NY. 914-875-9004. Lewisborolibrary.org

DECEMBER 8: 2PM
ART IN FOOD AND FOOD IN ART
Culinary Historian Peter G. Rose discusses Dutch foods and their American adaptations through the centuries. Includes a book signing and tasting from his new book History On Our Plate: Historical Recipes from America’s Dutch Past for Today’s Cook. Lewisboro Library 15 Main Street South Salem, NY. 914-875-9004. Lewisborolibrary.org

DECEMBER 11, JANUARY 8 & FEBRUARY 12: 11AM
JANUARY 2 & FEB 26: 5PM
MEDITATION
Free guided meditation sessions. Meditation can remove stress and replace it with a dose of inner peace. It’s one of the best tools we have to balance our emotions, deal with physical and psychological distress, and promote the peace of the present moment. Phelps campus, N. Broadway, 755 Building, 4th floor; 914-366-3937 or Vitality@northwell.edu for more information and to register.

DECEMBER 12, JANUARY 9 & FEBRUARY 13: 8:30AM
THE BREAKFAST CLUB
Free breakfasts with presentation by guest speaker and light exercise program. Talks include back pain, cardiology, neurology. Please call to register. Phelps Hospital, 701 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, Cafeteria, G Level. 914-366-3937 or email ewoods3@northwell.edu to register.

DECEMBER 12: 7-8:30PM
HARMONIC ALCHEMY
Immerse yourself into a therapeutic sound journey consisting of singing bowls, gongs, drums, flutes and more. Sound vibration affects all the cells of the body to reduce stress, align and balance the body’s energy centers while harmonizing body, mind and spirit. Yonkers Public Library – Crestwood Branch, Children’s Room. Reg: 914-779-3774; ypl.org

DECEMBER 18, JANUARY 15 & FEBRUARY 19: 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.

DECEMBER 20 & JAN 17: 1PM
SENIOR SOCIALS
In the great company of art-loving guests and an expert docent, explore the work of women artists of Abstract Expressionism and reminisce about New York in the 50s. Coffee and treats provided. Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St. Route 22, Katonah. 914-232-9555; katonahmuseum.org

DECEMBER 21: 10:30AM
SEASONAL FLORAL DESIGN
This is a beginners friendly hands-on course. Instructor Wendy Podell will show you how to achieve and create beautiful floral arrangements using basic techniques and tools. Easy and fun, you’ll learn floral tricks for keeping flowers alive and healthy even if you don’t have a green thumb. Arrangements will be seasonal. Flowers and containers will be provided for one floral design per student. Feel free to bring your own flowers. Please bring floral clippers to each class. Flowers make every day special! Classes are limited to 12 people. Please register asap. Program Room, Route 139 & Reis Park; 914-232-5717; somerslibrary.org

MONDAYS: 8:30-9:30AM
JANUARY 6-JUNE 22
INTRO TO MEDITATION
In this class you will begin with gentle stretching to loosen the muscles, listen to a 30-minute guided meditation and then enjoy tea while discussing your experience. Instructor Kristen Lu. Multipurpose Center, 11 Olympic Lane, Ardsley. Call to register 914-989-1822; pmurphy@greenburghny.com

MONDAYS: 6-7PM
TECH MONDAY FOR ADULTS
JANUARY-FEBRUARY
A series of classes focusing on different advanced digital technologies each week. Beginners encouraged, all equipment is provided. Reg. req. White Plains Central Library, Edge Media Lab, 100 Martine Ave.; 914-422-6999 or aolney@whiteplainsny.gov; whiteplainslibrary.org

MONDAYS: 7-8PM
MEDITATION MONDAYS
Experience peace from within. Join for any or all sessions. COMPUTER HELP. Also at 7pm. 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. 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

TUEDAYS: 2-4PM
FEBRUARY 25-APRIL 14
SAMBA: SINGIN’, SWINGIN’
In this active exploration of jazz singing, participants will learn swing, blues, and Latin jazz songs and to improvise with these tunes. No musical experience required. Free. Sponsored by a grant from ArtsWestchester and in partnership with the Yonkers Public Library. Taught by jazz vocalist, lyricist and music educator MJ Territo. Grinton Will Branch, Yonkers; 914-318-6667; mjterrito.com

FIRST & THIRD THURSDAYS OF MONTH: 6:30-8:30PM
WRITERS WORKSHOP
Looking for some feedback on your memoir, short story, novel, or poem? Need some editing or polishing tips for your texts? We are the original peer review writers group with no fees, no dues, and many chances to showcase your talents. This group has helped many authors and poets prepare their work for reading, presentation, submission and publication.Somers Library Program Room, Route 139 & Reis Park; 914-232-5717; somerslibrary.org

FRIDAYS: 10:30AM-NOON
KNIT & 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! No registration needed. Somers Library Reading Room, Route 139 & Reis Park; 914-232-5717; somerslibrary.org

YEAR ROUND
BALANCE TRAINING:
TAI CHI, MATTER OF BALANCE
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; stepwisenow.com

YEAR ROUND
CHEF PETER X. KELLY TEACHING KITCHEN
Cooking classes held throughout the year. Recent classes included Apples Galore and Celebrating Squash. Programs include Physician in the Kitchen, co-hosted by physicians from the NY-Presbyterian Medical Group Hudson Valley and Chef Emilie Berner, Healthy Heart Program and Integrative Therapies for Cancer Patients. Dempsey House Teaching Kitchen, 1992 Crompond Rd., Cortlandt Manor. 914-734-3780; nyp.org/hudsonvalley

THE WELLNESS CENTER
NY-PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL HUDSON VALLEY
A variety of classes including stretching, zumba, Feldenkrais, beginning yoga, chair yoga, Hatha yoga, cardio rock, balance and more. NYP Hudson Valley Hospital, 1980 Crompond Rd., Cortlandt Manor. 914-737-9000; nyp.org/hudsonvalley

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. Upbeat, free workshops run by the Westchester Library System in single sessions at 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. Full listing at https://www.westchesterlibraries.org/westchester-seniors-out-speaking/. Pre-reg. requested at 914-231-3236, but walk-ins welcome.

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