local learning and libraries

Lifelong learning, classes and offerings at our local libraries, talks to help us improve our lives – check out some of the things you can take advantage of in and around Westchester. And most everything is FREE!

TALKS & CLASSES & LEARNING & LIBRARIES

SEPTEMBER 4, OCTOBER 2, NOVEMBER 6: 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.

SEPTEMBER 8: 2-4PM
LIRIC OPEN HOUSE
Come to the Learning In Retirment at Iona College open house and learn about the lifelong learning fall curriculum, meet members and register. Parking available at the Iona Parking Garage. Spellman Hall, Iona College, New Rochelle. 914-633-2675; iona.edu/LIRIC

SEPT 9, 16, 23 & OCT 7:
10:30AM-12:30PM
PAINTING IN AUTUMN
Draw from nature’s colors using acrylic paints, watercolors or watercolor oil pencils. This class offers you the time and space to make new art work to express yourself. Local artist and instructor Judika Lieberman will demonstrate the advantages of each medium. Novices to experts are all welcome! Bring supplies for the first class: canvas paper, brushes, water cup, palette, and your favorite medium. Then the fun begins!. Somers Library Conference RoomProgram Room, Route 139 & Reis Park; 914-232-5717; somerslibrary.org

SEPTEMBER 10: 8:30AM-2PM
SENIOR LAW DAY
Educational event for seniors, family members and caregivers. Features free consultations and 25 workshops to choose from including Estate Planning, Elder Law, Medicare/Medicaid, and Housing Options. Westchester County Center, 198 Central Park Ave., White Plains; jsw1@westchestergov.com or call 914-813-6300; seniorlawday.info

SEPT. 11, NOV. 13: 11AM
SEPT. 25, OCTOBER 23,
NOVEMBER 27: 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.

SEPTEMBER 12, OCTOBER 10, NOVEMBER 14: 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.

SEPTEMBER 17, OCTOBER 15, NOVEMBER 19: 10AM
SENIOR STEPS
HEALTH SCREENINGS
Free Health Screenings for seniors. Call for specific programs which may include Medicare, Balance, Cognitive and Hearing Screenings, 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.

SEPTEMBER 17, 24, OCTOBER 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, NOVEMBER 5, 12, 19, 26,
DECEMBER 3: 10:30AM-NOON
OR SEPTEMBER 10, 17, 24 & OCTOBER 1 & 8: 6:30-8PM
WRITERS INSPIRATION
New and experienced writers will be inspired each week to write creative non-fiction and fiction stories in the morning and evening sessions. Author and writing teacher, Kim Kovach, brings fun, fresh ideas to keep everyone motivated! Registration required for AM or PM classes. Pound Ridge Library 271 Westchester Avenue Pound Ridge, NY. 914-764-5085. Poundridgelibrary.org

SEPTEMBER 18: 10AM-2PM
LIVABLE COMMUNITIES FAIR
Music, movement, discussion, interactive learning with inspired thinkers and doers. Mt Pleasant Community Center, 125 Lozza Drive, Valhalla; for more info 914-813-6400

SEPTEMBER 18, OCTOBER 16, NOVEMBER 20: 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.

SEPTEMBER 23:
NATIONAL FALL PREVENTION AWARENESS DAY
Falls are not a normal part of aging. Learn what you can do to prevent falls and enjoy some exercise at the same time. Two locations: 11am-2pm at Mt. Pleasant Community Center, 125 Lozza Drive, Valhalla; and 10am-noon at Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway, Ossining; 914-366-3937 or email Vitality@northwell.edu to register.

OCTOBER 4-7
FRIENDS OF GREENBURGH LIBRARY ANNUAL BOOK SALE
Come show your support and pick up some bargains while you’re at it! CDs and DVDs also, children’s books, all categories. Most hardcover books just $2! Members only preview sale Oct 4: 3-7pm (membership sold at the door). Regular sale Oct. 5,: 10am-5pm; Oct. 6: 1-4:30pm; Oct. 7: 10am-5pm. Cash and checks only. Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Rd., Elmsford; 914-574-6582; friendsofthegreenburghlibrary.org

OCTOBER 8: 1-2PM
HOLISTIC DIETS
A holistic diet is a diet that focuses on eliminating highly processed foods and is personalized to your individual needs, preferences, and lifestyle. Join Holistic Nutritionist Inez Benedict as she walks us through living holistically. Registration is requested. John C. Hart Memorial Library, Shrub Oak; 914-245-5262; yorktownlibrary.org

OCTOBER 15, 22, 29 & NOVEMBER 5: 7-8:30PM
READER’S THEATER
Let’s put on a play! No costumes or memorizing lines. Be an active participant each week in reading aloud one-act plays (mystery, comedy or old-time radio drama) with other armchair thespians. Four week class led by writing teacher, Kim Kovach. Registration required. Lewisboro Library 15 Main Street South Salem, NY. 914-875-9004. Lewisborolibrary.org

NOVEMBER 4: 6-7:45PM
EARRING WORKSHOP WITH JOAN LLOYD
Make earrings for yourself and for a Battered Women’s Shelter. Optional: Bring any old bead jewelry that you can recycle into earrings! If you have any jewelry making tools, bring them along too. John C. Hart Memorial Library, Shrub Oak; 914-245-5262; yorktownlibrary.org

NOVEMBER 18: 6-8PM
HOLIDAY GREETING CARDS WITH LINDA WEINBAUM
Share the best holiday wishes with those you love by creating and giving a homemade holiday card. Make cards that will be truly appreciated by those receiving them. Learn simple paper crafting techniques. Please bring scissors, glue stick and scotch tape; any holiday papers (scraps, gift wrap pieces etc.) that you have, Xacto knife if you have. Optional: rubber stamps, ink pad, and embellishments. John C. Hart Memorial Library, Shrub Oak; 914-245-5262; yorktownlibrary.org

SUNDAYS THRU NOVEMBER
BAGUA WALKING MEDITATION
Walking in a circle around a tree or plant while holding fixed postures. Energy Bagua rapidly replenishes energy, strengthens health and fitness, and increases vitality and longevity. And promotes overall fitness. Hart’s Brook Preserve, 156 Ridge Road, Hartsdale, NY, weather permitting. Contact Jian Yang Rong at 914-614-6938 or jianyangrong@gmail.com

FIRST MONDAY OF
EVERY MONTH: 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.

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. MEDITATION MONDAYS. Also at 7pm – to find the peace within. 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: 2-4PM
MAHJONG INSTRUCTION
This is a group for beginners through intermediate level players. Guidance will be provided at a majority of the sessions by Regina Klenosky. Registration required. Pound Ridge Library, Knight Reading Room, 271 Westchester Avenue, Pound Ridge, NY (914) 764-5085, poundridgelibrary.org

WEDNESDAYS: 12-1PM
TECH WEDNESDAYS FOR ADULTS
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: 7-8:30PM
WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS
A series of classes hosted by health professionals – including holistic health coaches and educators. focusing on different topics such as mindfulness, meditation, etc. White Plains Central Library, 100 Martine Ave.; 914-422-6999 or aolney@whiteplainsny.gov; whiteplainslibrary.org

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. Dempsey House Teaching Kitchen, 1992 Crompond Rd., Cortlandt Manor. 914-734-3780; nyp.org/hudsonvalley

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
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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