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Thursday, April 30

“Strategies for Deer Management in Westchester’s Suburban Communities.” This symposium will include an overview of the history of deer populations in New York State; discussions on defining and measuring success of deer management efforts and those efforts in Region 3-S, which includes Westchester; and regional approaches to deer management. Westchester County Center, 198 Central Park Ave., White Plains. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Parking is $7 in the lots. Advance registration required. Info and registration: Contact Jason Klein at 914-864-7322.

Great Books Forum Series. “Half of a Yellow Sun” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will be discussed. Led by Prof. Christine Bobkoff. Westchester Community College’s Gateway Center, Room 131, 75 Grasslands Rd., Valhalla. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Info: Contact Professor James Werner at 914-606-6840 or e-mail

“Voting Rights and Income Inequality: Seeing the Connections.” Westchester for Change, an all-volunteer, grassroots organization, will host this educational forum exploring how making voting easier in New York State may lead to economic changes. Speakers will be Julie Ebenstein, staff attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, and Kristina Andreotta, deputy organizing director, Citizen Action of New York & Public Policy and Education Fund of New York. Greenburgh Town Hall, 177 Hillside Ave., Greenburgh; 7:30 p.m. Free.

Autism Author Event. Robin K. Schneider, author of Silent Running: Our Family’s Journey to the Finish Line with Autism; 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 230 Main St., White Plains.


Friday, May 1

Free Book Fair. The White Plains PTA Council is hosting its 3rd Annual Free Book Celebration. Over the course of two days, May 1 and 2, the PTA will give away an estimated 10,000 books to students in the White Plains School District; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Eastview Middle School, 350 Main Street, White Plains. Free Summer Reading Books. Free Test Prep Books. Free Spanish Language Books. Free Refreshments. Free Entertainment. Free Giveaways to the first 250 White Plains City School District students.

Evening Howl for Pups of All Ages. Enjoy visiting the wolves during their favorite hour — dusk. Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families and discover why spring is a magical time for packs in North America. Guests will take a short sunset hike to howl with Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr and behold the critically endangered red wolves and Mexican wolves.  Weather appropriate treats served. Please bring flashlights. Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem. 6:30 p.m. Adults: $16. Children (under 12): $13. Also May 9 and 16 at 6:30 p.m. and May 30 at 7 p.m. Pre-registration required. Info and registration:

WCC Film Series: “Bethlehem.” A story of the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant. Shuttling back and forth between conflicting points of view, the film is a raw portrayal of characters torn apart by competing loyalties and impossible moral dilemmas. Westchester Community College’s Gateway Center, Davis Auditorium, 75 Grasslands Rd., Valhalla. Doors open at 7:10 p.m. Refreshments at 7:30 p.m. Screening at 7:50 p.m. $11. Seniors (60 and up): $10. Info: Contact Bob Bruckenthal at 914-723-3186.


Saturday, May 2

Family Fun Day Tag Sale. Presented by the Junior League of Central Westchester at Wayside Cottage, 1039 Post Road, Scarsdale. Discover treasures, games, toys, clothing, baby items, other bargains, and baked goods. Early Bird fee of $5 from 8 to 9 a.m., and then 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. is free admission. For more information call 914-723-6130; or visit

TILI Shed. The White Plains Take It or Leave It Shed is open 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Gedney Recycling Yard, 87 Gedney Way, White Plains.

Saving a Species. Learn what it takes to help save a species from the brink of extinction. Guests will get an inside look at the process of matching potential breeders, what criteria must be met to recommend wolves for release into the wild, the husbandry challenge of caring for animals are rarely seen and how it feels to help Mexican gray wolves resume their rightful place in the wild. Guests will visit the ambassador wolves and the critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem. 11 a.m. Adults: $13. Children (under 12): $11. Also May 30 at 2 p.m. Pre-registration required. Info and pre-registration: Visit

Nature Spies. Discover the different signs that animals leave behind. Learn the basics of animal tracking and explore tracks, pelts, bones and teeth. Along the way, try to figure out which animals have visited our trails. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 1 p.m. Members: $5 per person. Non-members: $8 per person. Info: 914-723-3470 or visit

North American Wildlife With Animal Embassy. Animal Embassy Director and founder Chris Evers will introduce families to a diversity of animal ambassadors indigenous to North America. Meet an alligator snapping turtle, a soft-shelled Turtle, an Arizona Mountain King Snake, a rabbit and a Sonoran Desert Toad. Explore their habitats and learn how animals from other parts of the world have come to call North America home. Guests will visit the ambassador wolves and the critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem. 4 p.m. Adults: $15. Children (under 12): $12. Info: Visit

Full Moon Wolf Walk. Learn about the history of wolves in the United States, the importance of wolves in a healthy ecosystem and the efforts to save these magnificent creatures for future generations. Guests then take will take a short moonlit walk to visit ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr. Please bring flashlights. Adults only. Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem. 8 p.m. $25. Pre-registration required. Info and pre-registration: Visit

Unveiled/Yasmina’s Necklace. Two plays presented on the same evening sponsored by the American Muslim Women’s Association; 6 to 9 p.m.; $25 in advance, $50 at the door; refreshments will be served; Yonkers Public Library, 1500 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers; 914-337-1500.


Sunday, May 3

Blessing of the Bikes. This non-denominational, community event is co-hosted by White Plains NY Harley Riders and First Baptist Church of White Plains. It is open to anyone who would like to attend. Please come to the back parking lot of the church (between the parsonage and the cottage, off Bryant Avenue) at 456 North Street, White Plains with your motorcycle at 9 a.m. There will be a procession of bikes from the lot to the circle in front of the church, where Rev. Tim Dalton will conduct a short service at 9:15 a.m. and ask God to bless each rider and bike to be safe for the upcoming riding season. The event will conclude with a biker’s prayer.

Bicycle Sunday. Bronx River Parkway from Westchester County Center in White Plains, south to Scarsdale Road in Yonkers. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; $7 parking at the County Center lot in White Plains. More information: or call County Parks at 914-864-PARK.

A Taste of Harrison. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Friends of the Harrison Public Library are sponsoring this event to benefit the Harrison Public Library. The main event is a walking tour of the downtown Harrison restaurants who are donating a sample of their cuisine to participants who have made a $20 donation to the Friends of the Harrison Public Library (children $10/under age 12; under age 5/no charge). Day of event donation is $25 adults and $15 children. The participants will be identified with a special wristband. To order wristbands or for more info, call 914-835-4575; 914-835-2429 or 914-315-1922. Participating establishments will be identified with a balloon. There will be ample parking in the Harrison Metro North Commuter Parking Lots and the Harrison Senior Transport minivan will be available.

Norwegian Gospel Choir. The Oslo Community Choir of Norway will visit Grace Episcopal Church at 10 a.m. The program will be presented as part of the church’s Sunday morning service. Visitors are welcome. The Choir, which consists of 65 singers from the Oslo area, performs concerts and tour projects through the Norwegian YMCA in Oslo. The choir’s founder and director, Martin Alfsen, is one of Scandinavia’s best-known choir directors in the field of Gospel and Contemporary Christian music. Grace Episcopal Church is located at 33 Church Street, White Plains. For further information, call the church at 914-949-2874 or

White Plains Cinco de Mayo. Mexican food and beer, folk dancers, mariachi and more; Mamaroneck Avenue between E. Post Rd. and Maple Ave., White Plains; 2 to 7 p.m.

Italian Expo 2015. Enjoy a taste of Italy and the Italian culture. A variety of cars such as Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, Alfa Romeos and motorcycles, including Vespas, will be on display. Westchester Community College’s Classroom Building, 75 Grasslands Rd., Valhalla. 1 to 5 p.m. Free. Info: 914-606-6790.


Tuesday, May 5

Symphony at Sam’s. Enjoy an evening of food, drink, and music at Sam’s, famous for their hospitality and generosity to local nonprofit organizations. Sam’s will donate 10 percent of the evening’s food and drink proceeds to New Westchester Symphony Orchestra; no admission fee; 5 to 10 p.m.; Sam’s of Gedney Way, 50 Gedney Way, White Plains. Call Sam’s directly to reserve a table; 914-949-0978;

Tuesdays@Dorry’s. TPP – The Trans-Pacific Partnership. As President Obama seeks to “fast-track” this controversial trade agreement, Sheila Collins will tell us why so many see an urgency to fast-track the opposition. Please join us. No reservations are needed. Presentation is 6 to 7 p.m. Food ordering starts at 5:30 p.m. Dorry’s Diner, 468 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains; 914-682-0005.


Wednesday, May 6

White Plains Farmers Market. The Farmer’s Market will open weekly, on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Farmer’s Market is located on Court Street between Main Street and Martine Avenue in White Plains. The Market welcomes returning and new vendors offering farm-fresh, locally grown fruits and veggies, fish, fresh meat and poultry, breads, baked goods, jams and jellies, olive oil and vinegars, pickles, homemade salami, smoked duck breast, pate and much more.

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