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Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival – October 14


Have the chance to meet more than 80 popular authors, who bring your favorite characters to life–from princesses to pups, to angst-filled teens, and every crazy character in between. The authors will sign their books upon request and some will host special readings scheduled during the day. Bring your whole family for tons of fun, food, kid-friendly activities, and entertainment and, of course, books to buy!

This is a nonprofit, self-supporting event. Local sponsors and an army of volunteers have turned this Book Festival into one of the largest on the East Coast in less than five years. It’s a wonderful event but also a story of true grit. How a group of parents, local writers and friends were disappointed that a book festival was leaving the area–and like an old movie script, they said “we can do this!” And they did!

For those of you in the city, it’s a lovely day trip–tons of parking and a short walk from the Chappaqua MetroNorth Station (A selected MetroNorth Weekend Getaway!). You will pass through a famers’ market in the morning and have access to a food-truck food court all day long. Let your children dream and meet the folks who have illustrated those dreams or spun the tales we have been enjoying for more than a generation. Do your holiday shopping in October. Or just experience the joy of the day!

Come meet authors and illustrators of every genre—preschool pictures books, early chapter books, nonfiction, middle grade fiction, graphic novels, and YA fiction. Here are just a few names you may recognize from your own bookshelves.

Nick Bruel author and illustrator of the NY Times bestselling series about Bad Kitty
Alyssa Capucilli, the author of Biscuit, and many books for young readers
“Barbara Dee, middle grade author with two new releases– Star-Crossed and Halfway Normal.”
Gail Carson Levine, who gave us the classic “Ella Enchanted” and more books for delighted readers.
Bruce Degen, author and illustrator, co-creator of The Magic School Bus Series with Joanna Cole, and others
Victoria Kann, the bestselling co-author/illustrator of the “Pinkalicious” series
David Lubar has written 35 books for teens and young readers. He’s written Hidden Talents and the Weenies series.
Gloria Jean Pinkney is the author of several storybooks set in familiar places. She collaborates with her husband, illustrator Jerry Pinkney.
Jerry Pinkney has illustrated more than 100 books & this year received to lifetime achievement awards: the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award.
SuJean Rim, author/illustrator of the “Birdie” series.
Rosemary Wells, author and illustrator, has given readers such unforgettable characters as Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko. She has created 120 books
Jane Yolen, a consummate storyteller, has written 350 books including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight.
Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewes, author and illustrator of the Click, Clack, Moo series.

And many, many more!

For a full list of authors please visit the festival web site



September 21, 2017 |

James Patterson Awards 20 Scholarships to Students at Manhattan College, His Alma Mater


James Patterson Awards 20 Scholarships to Students at Manhattan College, His Alma Mater
Best-selling author James Patterson ’69 gives students academic scholarships for the sixth straight year.

RIVERDALE, N.Y., September 21, 2017 – For the sixth consecutive year, best-selling author James Patterson ’69 will award 20 Manhattan College students with $110,000 in academic scholarships. The scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year was given to 10 juniors and 10 seniors from the Schools of Liberal Arts, Business, Education and Health, Engineering, and Science.

Patterson started the scholarship program to recognize and reward Manhattan College students who have achieved great academic standing and have shown leadership potential, especially those interested in the field of education. All 20 students received the scholarships based on merit, need and involvement in activities that are tied to the College’s mission.

“Manhattan College students have impressed me year in and year out,” Patterson said. “This group of scholarship recipients are no different. Their dedication in receiving an education is obvious in their hard work and talents. I’m honored to award this scholarship to such exemplary Jaspers.”

The scholarship recipients include:


Rinor Ahmetaj, civil engineering (Bronx, N.Y.)
Kaiyun Chen, secondary education (Woodhaven, N.Y.)
Alessandra Palmisano, mechanical engineering (Bronx, N.Y.)
Jaycie Cooper, communication (Monroe, Conn.)
Claudia Ramirez, biology (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico)
Diana Balaj, international studies (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.)
Karla Ortiz, secondary education (Bronx, N.Y.)
Melissa Gallardo, communication (Islip Terrace, N.Y.)
Meghan Polhemus, chemical engineering (Pine Beach, N.J.)
Muhammad Buttar, civil engineering (Brooklyn, N.Y.)


Mia Bertolli, biology (Leonia, N.J.)
Lorraine Bishop, radiation therapy technology (Bronx, N.Y.)
Carly Corbett-Frank, international studies (Winthrop, Mass.)
Kathia Coronado, mechanical engineering (Bronx, N.Y.)
Shane Duggan, finance (Pearl River, N.Y.)
Alessandra Eraifez, English (Yonkers, N.Y.)
Maria Mazo, biology (Yonkers, N.Y.)
Yulemmy Mendez, physical education (Bronx, N.Y.)
Shimul Miah, international studies (Bronx, N.Y.)
Lisa Marie Nilaj, civil engineering (Scarsdale, N.Y.)

The scholarship program will award $5,000 to each of the 20 recipients. All seniors are eligible to apply to receive one of four additional $2,500 awards based on essay submissions. The seniors will submit essays detailing their various accomplishments during their junior year and their personal vision for plans after graduation.

“We continue to be extremely grateful for James Patterson’s generosity and steadfast support of our students,” said Brennan O’Donnell, president of Manhattan College. “His scholarship program has enabled us to recognize and reward some of our best and brightest.”

Patterson has sold more than 350 million books as of 2016 and still holds the Guinness record for the most consecutive No. 1 novels on The New York Times Best Sellers List. His well-known books include Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club and the Michael Bennett series, along with his popular children and young adult novels.

In 2016, Patterson was named Book Industry Charitable (BINC) Foundation’s Inaugural Ambassador alongside fellow author Ann Patchett. The nonprofit foundation helps owners and employees of bookstores with financial burdens when crises arise. BINC selected Patterson as their first ambassador because of his donation of $2 million to independent bookstores and libraries in 2015.

About Manhattan College:
Manhattan College is located at West 242nd Street near Broadway in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, one mile from the Westchester County line and accessible by MTA subway line No. 1. For directions to the campus, visit

Founded in 1853, Manhattan College is an independent, Lasallian Catholic, coeducational institution of higher learning offering more than 40 major programs of undergraduate study in the areas of liberal arts, business, education and health, engineering and science, along with continuing and professional studies, and a graduate division. For more information about Manhattan College, visit

September 21, 2017 |

Free Dance Days October 9 – 14 at Seven Star School


Free Dance Days October 9 – 14 at Seven Star School

Experience the magic of dance class for free!

Do you have a child who loves dancing, singing or acting?

Are you looking for something FUN for them to do for free?

Then join us for our Free Dance Days from October 9 – 14 at Seven Star School of Performing Arts!

Choose from our popular children’s specialty classes. We have a variety of classes for ages 2-18. You can select a class that fits your child’s age and your schedule! We even have a Teen and Adult Zumba!

Your new dancer will love dancing to music, meeting new friends and having fun!

No experience is necessary but space is limited. Reserve your spot while space is still available and receive a free treat!

Seven Star School is located at 509 Route 312 in Brewster. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit them at or call 845.278.0728.


September 20, 2017 |

Somers Manor Wine & Food Festival – Tuesday, October 3rd 5:30-8:30pm


THE END OF ALZHEIMER’S STARTS WITH YOU…Come join us as our Somers Manor Walk team raises money to fight to End Alzheimer’s by throwing our 2nd Wine & Food Festival on Tuesday, October 3rd, 5:30pm to 8:30pm. 100% of ticket & raffle proceeds raised at this event will go to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Local Restaurants will be donating their delicious specialties. We will have 3 tents: Featured Food Tent, Spirits Tent, & Sweets Tent. Check out the attached flyer to see who is participating! This event is open to ALL in the community.

Cost of the Ticket/Donation includes all food & drinks. It is $20 per person. Please visit our fundraiser page to purchase tickets online at Click on the Wine & Food Festival Tickets Tab and follow the instructions from there. You will have to manually enter the amount in the · other amount box – for example: $20 per person for one ticket, $40 for two tickets, $60 for three tickets, $80 for four tickets, etc.

*Raffle Tickets for restaurant gift certificates/gift baskets will be sold at the event.


September 18, 2017 |

Quill Pen Writing Workshop at Washington’s Headquarters


Create your own 18th century style letter using a quill pen at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site’s Quill Pen Writing Workshop, Saturday and Sunday, October 7th and 8th, at 2 PM each day. This all-ages workshop uses original documents as a model to assist you in creating your own 18th century style letter using a quill pen, just as General Washington’s aides-de-camp did while headquartered in Newburgh.

The fee is $3.00 per and includes your own quill pen to take home. Reservations are recommended.

While at Washington’s Headquarters for the workshop, take a guided tour of the historic Headquarters and explore the Museum’s exhibits, open 11 AM until 5 PM on Saturday and 1 PM until 5 PM on Sunday.

Call 845-562-1195 for further information and to reserve your spot.

September 14, 2017 |
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