About Town: Weekend Events In and Around Rye

iPads, eBay, Rye Brook birthday, pomp and circumstance, fund raisers, June Bugs, lectures, Best of Rye deadline and a lot more, including a Farmer's Market.

Workshops on iPads and eBay; a Happy Birthday party for Rye Brook; and the pomp and circumstance of the Rye Higth School graduation, there’s lots going on in and around Rye over the next few days.

The deadline to vote for the “Best of Rye” also fast approaches, a Rye YMCA event for the Japan relief fund, a talk based on a TV documentary screening about class distinctions in the schools, and a bottle and can collection so that deposit refunds can help fund a local high school band. Even a Farmer's Market on Father's Day.


The deadline is midnight to vote for the “Best of Rye” and pick your favorite merchants in Rye. Results will be announced at upcoming Chamber of Commerce luncheon June 23, 12:30 p.m. at Rye’s Apawamis club.


In a switch on the normal baby-sitting routine, will hold a fund-raising event allowing parents to drop off kids ages five to ten years old at the Y from 6 to 9 p.m. for dinner, arts and crafts, games, swimming, a movie and more. 

Proceeds will be donated to the Japan relief fund through YMCA World Service. Information: 967-6363.



Do you have a new iPad and lots of questions?

, 50 Milton Road, will supply lots of answers to questions during a workshop focusing on the iPad, a tablet that is rapidly making inroads into replacing the laptop for everyday use. 1-4 p.m.

Workshop will cover photo organization, web surfing, e-mail access and more. Useful apps, such as Photoshop Express for basic editing, will also be covered.

Information: 967-0700; www.ryeartscenter.org.


Rye Brook will celebrate its 29th birthday and Volunteer Appreciation Day, noon to 4 p.m. at , 122 North Ridge Street, with a free program including games, rides, and a water park theme.

Attractions include a water slide, dunk tank, water wars, Euro Bungi, Air Bounce, a DJ and more. Participants are advised to bring a lawn chair, blanket, bathing suit, towel and a birthday gift of canned goods. The donations will be distributed to community soup kitchens.

A nominal fee of $3 will be charged for food. The money pays for hamburger, hot dog, chips and a raffle ticket for a raffle drawing. There will also be soft drinks and a 50/50 drawing.

Program is sponsored by the Blind Brook Federation of Teachers, the Town of Rye, the Rye Town Hilton, United Water and Greenwich Hospital, among others.

Information: 967-6663.


Jennifer Stevens, certified eBay Business Consultant, will explain the ABCs of online auctions from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the . She has sold more than 10,000 items to buyers in 43 countries and is an eBay top-rated seller.

Stevens has lots of tips on turning unwanted items into cash using ebay as a sales vehicle to earn supplemental income, liquidate inventory or raise money for a cause via the online auction route.

 Information: 231-3161.


Thanks for the Memories: graduation at 10 a.m. will have 208 graduates including valedictorian Jasmine Wort-Menker and salutatorian Susan Alimena as well as such All-American athletes Lia Belizzi and Tatiana Saunders –the top scorer and ace goalie on the Garnets nationally top-ranked girls soccer team. Also on hand: the school’s most famous catcher in the Rye, football version, in Brian Pickup, the grad who will always be remembered for making "The Catch” that beat archrival Harrison in the final seconds of The Game.

Helpful hints: Those with a gold stole over their caps finished in the top 10% of their graduating class academically. If it rains, the ceremony will be moved indoors from the Nugent Stadium athletic field.


Rye Brook civic activist Dick Hubert will discuss “Class…And the Classroom” as part of a Building Community Bridges (BCC) program presenting what may well have been the first ever television special to document efforts to desegregate school based on socio-economics rather than race.

Hubert- a member of BCC-  will introduce the screening of his 1972 DuPont Columbia Award-winning TV documentary. He will also discuss how relevant the program is today to Rye Brook, Port Chester, Westchester and beyond during his presentation at the Carver Center, 400 Westchester Ave. in Port Chester, 6 p.m.



Port Chester High School teachers parking lot on Tamarack Road in Rye Brook will be the site of the Port Chester High School Marching Band bottle and can collection with deposit refunds helping underwrite band expenses throughout the year.


Don’t forget to honor dear old dad on Father’s Day, perhaps with a stroll 'round the on Purchase St. with his purchases on you.


And remember the second week of June Bugs starts Monday and runs through Friday with the popular nature program at the designed to emphasize the use of the five senses. The week-long session that aims to help fill the weeks between the end of pre-school and the beginning of summer camp. Participants take part in arts and crafts, games, outdoor activities and more.

Information: 967-5150; www. ryenaturecenter.org.


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