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Adult Programs

PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - *See registration procedures on the right

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Adult Computer Classes

Concert and Theater Performances

Art Exhibits and Receptions

Book Clubs

Wednesday, May 31 at 6:30 pm
Demystifying MEDICARE
This presentation is for anyone trying to navigate their way through the complicated healthcare system for older adults. If you are approaching 65, already in Medicare, or assisting others with their senior healthcare decisions this program is for you. Topics include original Medicare (Parts A and B), Medicare Advantage and supplemental plans, prescription drug plans (Part D), financial considerations, enrollment, and cost-saving programs. Walk-ins are welcome, but please register for this program online or at the reference desk.Register Online

Thursday, June 1 at 7:00 pm
Adult/Teen Theater Workshop
Daphne Platt of Ovation Acting, leads an "Actors' Studio" style workshop for new and experienced actors and playwrights. This two-hour workshop is a great way to learn, improve your skills, network and enjoy an evening of fun. Ovation Acting welcomes actors and playwrights who would like to a supportive, nurturing and creative environment. Even if you've never been on stage you will enjoy this workshop. Playwrights can bring short scenes; actors can bring a short monologue, or read some that will be available. For Adults & Teens.Register Online

Saturday, June 3 at 1:00 pm
How to End Painful, Achy Joints
By Dr. Michael Berardis. - Uncovering common myths about arthritis - Get to the root cause - Feel better and improve your function Register Online

Thursday, June 8 at 7:00 pm
Organizing 101: Conquer the Clutter
Got Clutter? Get Organized! This workshop is presented by Ellen Kosloff, Certified Professional Organizer. Please sign up online or at the reference desk. You will: -Define what "being organized" really means -Understand the 'paralysis' of clutter and how to break through it -Recognize why your previous organizing efforts may not have worked -Control the actual cost of clutter -Learn the 5-step process to organize anything Register Online

Monday, June 12 at 6:30 pm
Reduce Your Student Loan Debt Workshop
Student loan debt is the fastest growing category of consumer debt and is now the second largest category of debt after mortgages. Many consumers are struggling to repay student debt and are unaware of the variety of payment options available for their federal student loans. Moreover, some unscrupulous companies are attempting to take advantage of struggling borrowers by charging hundreds of dollars for services that borrowers can access on their own for free. This FREE workshop, presented by the NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) will provide information about available repayment plans, forbearances, deferments, loan consolidation, rehabilitation and student loan forgiveness. Ways to bring your loan out of default and stopping wage garnishment will also be discussed. Don't miss out on this important resource! Register Online

Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 pm
Historical Society Program: Bear Mountain and the Bridges of the Hudson River
When the Bear Mountain Bridge opened in 1924 it was the longest suspension bridge in the world, the first large bridge built to carry automobiles and the first to rely on auto tolls to pay for its construction. It also opened the floodgates on an era of American bridge construction. On January 15th we will take a look at the history of the Bear Mountain Bridge, the historical significance of the site it occupies and the other unique crossings that followed creating the society and the prosperity of the modern Hudson Valley. Our guest will be Harry Stanton, a member of the board of the New York State Bridge Authority and a 40-year veteran of New York State and local transportation agencies. All are welcome, no registration.

Monday, June 19 at 6:00 pm
Earring Making Workshop
Led by 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. For Adults & Teens & Tweens. Register Online

Tuesday, June 20 at 6:00 pm
Paper Arts "Inchies" Collage Workshop
Led by Linda Weinbaum. The name "inchies" is derived exactly from the technique used to create the work of art: "one inch squares." Artists collect pieces of images from any and all sources - photos, magazines, fabric, calendars, postcards, poems, significant papers, letters etc. and assemble them in a grid to create a meaningful collage of aesthetics or memories or … The technique can be used on any surface - notebooks, greeting cards, wood panels, canvases etc. We will create a canvas ready to be mounted and hung. Please register for this program online or at the reference desk. For the class it is best to come with these materials: -1 canvas board (9X12) -a collection (Ziploc baggie, or envelope full ),of precut squares along with any interesting images, magazines, scrapbook papers etc. The squares do not have to be an exact square - in fact, this is not about precision, but about aesthetics and meaning -Xerox copies (so as not to destroy the originals) of photos, birth certificates, letters etc. that you would like to incorporate in your collage -Good pair of scissors -You must bring your own adhesive: At least 2 Permanent glue sticks; OR Quick Drying tacky Glue OR jar of Golden's Gel Matte Medium (not Liquitex brand). -Ruler -Pencil -Paint brush -Acrylic paint - white , black and any other color you wish -Embellishments - any other small 3 dimensional decoration - button, charm, flower, broken jewelry etc. Register Online

Thursday, June 29 at 7:00 pm
AN EVENING OF MURDER, MYSTERY AND MAYHEM
Crime fiction, murder mysteries and detective stories dominate the best seller lists. Three local authors will discuss how to write them, how they work and how to get published. Join Maggie Barbieri (Murder 101 and Once Upon a Lie series and writing as Maggie McConnon, The Belfast McGrath Mysteries), John Roche (Bronx Bound) and Shaun Coen (The Pot O'Gold Murder) for a Q & A, discussion and reading on Thursday, June 29 at 7 pm. All are welcome.

Tuesday, July 11 at 6:00 pm
Paper Arts Iris Folding Design Workshop
Led by Linda Weinbaum. Iris folding is a craft that was originally developed in Holland. It involves folding strips of colored paper in such a way as to form a design, whose center resembles the iris of an eye or camera lens. The folding is done with a pattern and any lightweight paper - such as origami paper, the inside of envelopes, gift wrap paper, thin ribbons etc. It is a good idea to have some coordinating colors. Before you throw out any envelopes look on the inside - especially the insides of envelopes from financial institutions. In order to promote security the envelopes are often printed with colorful patterned insides - these work great!!! Please register for this program online or at the reference desk. For the class it is best to come with these materials: -Scissors -Roll of clear scotch tape - this is critical that everyone have their own roll. It is not convenient to share because this is used constantly. -X-acto knife if you have one -Self healing Cutting board if you have one -Teacher will supply the patterns, directions etc. Register Online

Wednesday, July 12 at 6:00 pm
Earring Making Workshop
Led by 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. For Adults & Teens & Tweens. Register Online

Thursday, August 3 at 6:00 pm
Paper Arts - DIY Notebook
With Lavinia Wiggins. Make your own little notebook, the perfect size to stash in your bag or car! We'll put together and decorate our book, learn a simple assembly method that you can recreate at home. The fun part is doing a simple collage accented by complimentary colors and subtle accents. Please bring: Decorated paper or paper to use for collage (not card stock), Focal point - photo or item, Craft paint, 2-3 colors of your choice, Stencils, Scissors, quick dry glue or matte medium and small paint brush or cosmetic sponge. You may also want to bring: papers, embellishments, ribbon, etc. Register Online

Thursday, August 10 at 6:00 pm
Menopause and Treatment Options
Dr. Monica Grover, is a Double Board-Certified Physician in Family Medicine and Obstetrics. She specializes in Integrative Women's Health, which encompasses the fields of Primary and Preventative care, Gynecology, and Clinical Nutrition. She has a keen interest in the management of Menopause, and opening up conversations with her patients to feel more comfortable with this transitional state. Register Online

Saturday, August 12 at 1:00 pm
Sleep Deprivation Workshop
Feeling sick AND tired? Learn how sleep deprivation could be affecting your health - and what to do about it. Come join, Millie Elia, APRN in this interactive workshop and explore the relationship between chronic sleep deprivation and debilitating health conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and mood disorders. Included will be valuable tips and information to help you on your way back to a good night's sleep. Register Online

Monday, August 28 at 6:00 pm
Earring Making Workshop
Led by 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. For Adults & Teens & Tweens. Register Online

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*Registration Procedures
The Programs are FREE, but ONLINE
Registration is required. You can register online or at the Reference Desk or call 914-245-5262 ext. 227. (Registration is not required for some programs, see details under each program description.)

For more information on Adult
Programming contact Melinda O'Brien at MOBrien@wlsmail.org or 914-245-5262
ext. 245

Senior Benefits Information Center
Drop in – no appointment needed Tuesdays, 10am – 1 pm
AND SAT. NOV. 19th, 10am - 3pm
 
Trained volunteers help older adults and their caregivers find programs and government benefits to help them stretch their budgets.  Find out about: Medicare health and prescription plans; Nutrition assistance; the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP); Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC), and more. 


Weekly Drop In Programs

Thursdays 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Quilting & Needlework
Bring your needlework project. All levels welcome - from beginner to advanced. No registration necessary.

Thursdays 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Mah Jongg Drop In & Play
Bring your own tiles and sit down and play. No registration necessary. Beginners welcome.

Mondays Noon - 2:00 pm
Chess
Drop in and play. No registration needed. Not interested in chess? Bring a friend and play checkers, backgammon or another game of your choice. We have two small chess and checkers sets or bring your own. In the Story Hour Room.

Mondays 3:00 - 6:00 pm
New hours beginning May 1: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Adult Coloring
"Coloring books are no longer just for the kids…" - Kelly Fitzpatrick, CNN.
Drop-In, socialize and relax. Bring your own books and materials or use ours!

More Programs for 2017

Saturday, September 9 at 1:00 pm
Overview of Women's Holistic Health
Join Dr. Marianne Messina, for an interactive workshop: Health and Wellness is a continuum of practice and awareness. Learn how to incorporate, change and be aware of patterns to assist and optimize heath in a safe, natural way. Bring a pen and paper. Register Online

Thursday, September 14 at 6:00 pm
Decorating Your Home to Sell: The Stress-Free Guide to Preparing Your Home to Sell Quickly and for Top Dollar!
You'll learn: Our top ten tried-and-true Do-It-Yourself home staging tips. What home buyers really want. The current climate of the Northern Westchester real estate market. How today's home sellers can edge out the competition. Bring your questions and enjoy this fun and interactive discussion. Presented by: Susan Atwell, home staging expert and President of AtWell Staged Home and Denise Giordano, Associate Real Estate Broker at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Register Online

Friday, September 22 at 1:00 pm
Blissville...An Investigation: a Film
This is a video about a remote and forgotten corner of Queens, NY. Blissville is the former name of the tiny triangle bounded by the Newtown Creek, the Long Island Expressway, and Calvary Cemetery ( the largest cemetery in the US ). In addition to the world's largest fortune cookie factory; there is a factory with the exclusive rights for making replicas of the Statue of Liberty; a sushi factory, an Afghan bakery, and a giant car crusher. Through street interviews video maker Hank Linhart investigates the origin of the name of Blissville, and the character(s) of the town. Along the way we discover a nearby Romani village in the 1930's. The village was the largest gathering of Romani in the US and was known as the "Gypsy Ellis Island". The village was razed to make way for a highway to the 1939 World's Fair. Blissville is more of a 'docu / poem' than a documentary.( 59:52 - 2017). Presenter Hank Linhart is a media artist who lives in Brooklyn and formerly taught video at NYU, SVA, and Pratt Institute. Previously, he co - produced Fearful Visitation an experimental documentary about the 1904 General Slocum Disaster in NYC harbor, which was premiered at the NY Historical Society and was aired on several PBS stations. Registration is requested, online or at the reference desk, not required.Register Online

Monday, September 25 at 6:00 pm
Earring Making Workshop
Led by 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. For Adults & Teens & Tweens. Register Online

Thursday, September 28 at 6:00 pm
Integrated Marketing for Your Small Business
How to combine marketing tools to build trust and effectively grow sales. With so many marketing tools available today, how do you know which ones to use to impact your sales? This unique presentation about integrated marketing covers websites, email marketing, AdWords, direct mail, search engine optimization and other tools and how to structure them so they work together to maximize their effectiveness for your business. Learn how to: -Turn your website from a "brochure" to a lead generation machine -Use email marketing to grow your social media presence -Make direct mail help you acquire email addresses -Create events to identify prospects Attend this presentation and walk away with an understanding of how to integrate your marketing tools so they become prospect magnets and deliver consistent results. Register Online

Sunday, October 22 at 1:00 pm
Introduction to Investing
Information on what defines stocks, bonds and the different types of each as well as the various stock indexes i.e., Dow and S&P as well as, asset allocation in a portfolio. The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index of 500 widely held stocks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is an unmanaged index of 30 widely held securities. Keep in mind that indexes are unmanaged and individuals cannot invest directly in any index. Index performance does not include transaction costs or other fees, which will affect the actual investment performance. Individual investor results will vary. Diversification and strategic asset allocation do not ensure a profit or protect against a loss. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Investing always involves risk and you may incur a profit or loss. No investment strategy can guarantee success. Presentation by Frank Calderone, Calderone Financial Services, Inc., frank.calderone@raymondjames.com. Register Online

Monday, October 23 at 6:00 pm
Earring Making Workshop
Led by 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. For Adults & Teens & Tweens. Register Online

Saturday, October 28 at 10:00 am
Demystifying MEDICARE
This presentation is for anyone trying to navigate their way through the complicated healthcare system for older adults. If you are approaching 65, already in Medicare, or assisting others with their senior healthcare decisions this program is for you. Topics include original Medicare (Parts A and B), Medicare Advantage and supplemental plans, prescription drug plans (Part D), financial considerations, enrollment, and cost-saving programs. Walk-ins are welcome, but please register for this program online or at the reference desk.Register Online

Saturday, November 4 at 1:00 pm
Why Not Write a Book…You Know You Want to
The New York Times says that 81% of people want to write a book. Unfortunately, very few people ever take the plunge and do it. This hour-long seminar will show you how to get your ideas from your mind to the page… and maybe even get published. Whether it's a personal story, a book (or e-book) to promote your business, or a book about your favorite hobby, a pastime or passion, your dream of having a book can become a reality. You'll learn about getting those first words on paper, setting up a schedule, writing an outline, editing your work, doing research, rewrites and finally getting published. Best-selling author Rich Mintzer has been writing professionally for more 30 years. He has over 70 published non-fiction books as an author or ghostwriter. He currently runs Your Book Your Way, a ghostwriting and editing service. He will also bring some books to sell and sign too! Please register for this program online or at the reference desk. Please register for this program online or at the reference desk. Register Online

Monday, November 27 at 6:00 pm
Earring Making Workshop
Led by 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. For Adults & Teens & Tweens. Register Online

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