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october 2019 volume twenty-nine | number ten

departments 6 Editor’s Note 8 Events & Offers 10 Bits & Pieces 12 Spotlight

Straight Talk About Straight Teeth

28 ASK THE SPECIALIST

Battling ‘Tween Cell Phone Addiction

30 Let’s Go

The AKC Museum of the Dog

46 Last BITE

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Pumpkin Patches, Hayrides, and Corn Mazes! Check out the top nine choices for fabulous family fun this season. A photo of your wee one next to a huge pumpkin is Instagram heaven! Be sure to take a hayride, get lost in a corn maze and experience other delights such as apple cider donuts and fresh cider. Here’s where to go!

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24 How Exercise Helped a Survivor 25 Breast Radiology Options &

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38 Editor’s Pick: Teen Night: Nightmare at the HRM 39 Tarrytown Gets Spooky 40 #Familyplaydays Fall Farmers’ Markets

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Academic Enrichment

14 Dental Health 18 Meet the Program Directors

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Happy Halloween

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Orthodontics

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Cell Phone Addiction

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Yummy Yoga: Playful Poses and Tasty Treats

Melissa & Doug This famous toy line hails from nearby Connecticut – who knew? We get up close and personal with Melissa, a dedicated entrepreneur and mother of six as she talks about play, creativity, and motherhood. Party On Whether you are planning a birthday bash or bar/bat mitzvah we have tips and suggestions for making your celebration the best ever. Plus … Westchester Family’s awardwinning searchable calendar for families and much more! Look for it starting October 25!


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Editor’s Note

President and Publisher Victoria Schneps-Yunis CEO and Co-Publisher Joshua Schneps Westchester Family WestchesterFamily.com Publisher Clifford Luster cluster@schnepsmedia.com co-Publisher/Editor Jean Sheff edit@westchesterfamily.com Calendar Editor Marissa Rodriguez calendar@westchesterfamily.com

Saluting Breast Cancer Awareness October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. According to the American Cancer Society a woman living in the United States has a 1-in-8 lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. As of January 2019, breastcancer.org cites that there are more than 3.1 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment. Although about 41,760 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2019 from breast cancer, the good news is death rates have been decreasing since 1989. Women under 50 have experienced the largest decreases. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening and increased awareness. Westchester Family recognizes the effect breast cancer has on families and the importance of spreading the word that more needs to be done to stop this disease. This

month we offer you a section that is dedicated to breast cancer awareness, including local resources, advice from survivors, updates on radiology, reconstruction warnings, and the benefits of exercise. It’s a time for all of us to increase our efforts to eradicate the second leading cause of cancer death among women. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from speaking to some of the amazing women who shared their breast cancer story this month, it’s that life goes on and embracing every minute counts. Do what you can to help family, friends and neighbors facing this disease and then make sure to celebrate your life. In Support, Jean Sheff Co-Publisher, Editor

Happy Halloween! It’s here, the biggest dress-up day of the year. As a parent we know you’ll be looking for fun ways to get good use out of your kids’ costumes. Isn’t it great when they can wear it more than once? Check out our Calendar of Events and look for the amazing number of Halloween related events our calendar editor Marissa Rodriguez has found. There’s something for every age group — including adults. Have fun!

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FIND YOUR FALL Explore plentiful pumpkins, silly scarecrows, bountiful harvests, and more for a fall you won’t forget. Spooky Pumpkin Garden Honey & Harvest Weekend Spooky Pumpkin Nights Giant Pumpkin Weekend

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events & offers

Our October contests Laurie Berkner’s latest Enter to win Waiting for the Elevator, Laurie Berkner’s new album released just this month! The album is a compilation of songs about exploring and learning emotional, practical, and life skills. Kids learn how it’s more fun to do things together while we wait, like in the song “Waiting for the Elevator.” The album is chuck full of interactive songs that can help children learn new ways to play, learn and express themselves. Retail value, $9.49. Contest ends Oct. 25, 2019. Enter now at WestchesterFamily.com/Berkner

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Kumon.com 800-abc-math Kumon is an after-school math and reading enrichment program that unlocks children’s potential so they can achieve more on their own. The method uses an individualized approach that helps children in preschool through high school develop a solid command of math and reading skills. Through daily practice and mastery of materials, students increase confidence, improve concentration and develop better study skills.

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Bits & Pieces

How to Bathe Your Baby Baby’s first bath is right up there with every other simple sounding event that can feel overwhelming as a first-time parent. Guess what? It’s normal to be a little overwhelmed. Take a deep breath and follow these pointers from an American Academy of Dermatology board-certified dermatologist Kalyani Marathe, MD, MPH, FAAD. “The first thing to remember is to start off with sponge baths until your baby’s umbilical cord stump falls off and heals,” says Marathe. After that switch you can to traditional bathing. ”However start slow — if your baby seems to hate getting a regular bath, revert to the sponge bath method for another week or longer,” she advises. To give your baby a traditional bath Marathe recommends the following tips: 1. Prepare ahead of time. Decide where to bathe your baby, such as a sink or a small plastic tub, which can make the task easier. Gather a washcloth, a mild, fragrance-free baby soap, and a baby shampoo if your baby has hair. 2. Place your baby in the water. First, fill your baby’s bath with lukewarm water. Test the temperature of the water on the inside of your wrist to ensure that it’s not too hot. Then, gently guide your baby into the water, feet first. Most of your baby’s body should be well above the water, so occasionally pour warm water over your baby’s body for warmth. 3. Start with your baby’s head. Use the washcloth to gently wash your baby’s face and scalp. Use baby shampoo once or twice a week to clean your baby’s hair. 4. Clean the rest of the body. Soap only really needs to be applied to dirty areas; the neck and diaper area are usually sufficient. Use the washcloth and baby soap to gently clean your baby. Don’t forget to clean between your baby’s fingers and toes. Make sure to rinse off any soap after cleaning. 5. Wrap baby in a towel. After bathing, immediately wrap your baby in a towel for warmth and consider applying a bland, fragrance-free moisturizer.

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Halloween Safety! According to Safe Kids Worldwide (safekids.org), Halloween is scary for more than the ghoulish costumes. On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a vehicle and killed on Halloween than any other day of the year. Teach your children to keep these tips in mind when trick-or-treating. 1. Careful Crossing. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. 2. Heads Up. Put electronic devices

down and keep head up as you walk — not run — across the street. 3. Careful Around Cars. Watch for cars that are backing up or turning. Never dart out into the street between cars. 4. Costume Alert. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size (especially the length) to prevent falls and trips. 5. Lights On. Carry glow sticks or flashlights when trick-or-treating to help see and be seen by drivers.

Lunch Box Pointers The school year is still new and getting the lunch box system down to a science is probably still ongoing in most homes. According to Gina DeVito, RD and director of Wellness Initiatives at Open Door Family Medical Centers in Westchester and Putnam counties, parents can do a great deal in preventing childhood obesity by collaborating with their children when it comes to lunch and snack decisions. She recommends: • Avoid soft drinks with no nutritional value and replace them with flavored infused water. • Employ crunchy vegetables (like carrots or cucumbers) for after school snacks instead of chips or sweets. • Choose fat-free milk rather than chocolate milk. • Avoid energy drinks. • Nix sweet snacks. Offer after school snacks that may include whole grain crackers with some peanut butter

or almonds instead of sweets or ice cream. • Teach about portion and choice. Teach older children, who will stop at the pizzeria after school, to opt for one slice with mushrooms or peppers, instead of two with highly processed meats. “Making even minor changes can make a big difference in overall health and in preventing obesity,” says DeVito. “Food can be both happy and healthy. You don’t want to demonize certain foods, but rather demonstrate balance and mindful choices.”


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Spotlight: orthodontics

Straight Talk About Straight Teeth What parents need to know about orthodontics

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races are something of a rite of passage for most children. An estimated 4.5 million Americans – most of them children and teenagers – wear braces on their teeth, according to the American Association of Orthodontics. For parents, the thought of braces brings to mind a mouthful of uncomfortable metal, pokey wires, and complaints of discomfort. But kids have an entirely different perspective. “Braces used to have a negative social impact,” says Garrett A. Weston, DDS, of Larchmont Orthodontics. “My patients are actually excited to get their braces because all their friends have them. They get to choose wild colors for their elastic bands that celebrate their favorite teams, camp, birthdays, holidays, and the colors change every month. Braces are thought of as almost a fashion and social accessory rather than a medical device.” How does orthodontic treatment work? Orthodontists generally see patients for a first look at 7 to 8 years old, or second to third grade, if the primary pediatric dentist sees early signs of disharmony in the alignment of the child’s bite or issues regarding incoming adult teeth. From there, the orthodontist makes a determination as to whether early intervention is needed or if treatment can wait until 5th or 6th grade. This is when most children get braces and they will wear their appliances for 24 to 30 months. At the end of active treatment (when teeth and jaws have been guided into ideal position by braces), most patients wear retainers to support the new position of the teeth and continue to see the orthodontist for another year or so. Biggest changes in orthodontics “Orthodontists have become more scientific

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in their approach as opposed to anecdotal,” says Weston. “We have the benefit of more than 30 years of scientific data, statistics, observations, and experience than the previous generation of dentists and orthodontists who had to work more by intuition.” Design of orthodontic appliances has evolved to the point that braces are no longer the clunky metal construction that parents might remember from their youth. Nanotechnologies and engineering advancements have improved the ability to mill braces and retainers that are much smaller and more comfortable. But among the most noticeable changes in orthodontics, is that the gloopy, vinyl impression molds that made kids gag are a thing of the past. “New digital technology called the intraoral scanner is the biggest game changer in the last 10 years for patient comfort as well as diagnostic accuracy and treatment advancement,” says Weston. Previously, orthodontists took an impression, poured plaster models, sent it to a lab and then created the dental appliance. Now, the orthodontist simply passes a small rounded wand over the teeth and gums

Choosing an orthodontist In choosing an orthodontist, parents must be certain that the practitioner has not only graduated from a fouryear dental school, but has gone on for advanced study for an additional two to three years at an accredited orthodontic and dentofacial residency program. General dentists do not have the same level of education and experience in orthodontic treatment that orthodontists do, so parents should be certain of their general dentist’s experience if they suggest providing orthodontic treatment. Most of the time, parents choose orthodontists based on word of mouth or referrals from their primary care pediatric dentist. Parents can also find an orthodontist referral through the American Association of Orthodontists’ website, aaoinfo.org. In choosing the orthodontist that is right for your family, it is important to find someone that you not only like but that is not far from home as your child will likely be visiting the office at least once a month for up to two years in some cases. The orthodontist should also be easily available for appointments and accessible for questions and emergencies. “This is your child’s face and smile. You want to do this right and you don’t want to do this more than once,” says Weston. “It’s critical that parents and the child are able to collaborate and ask questions of the orthodontist. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if something doesn’t feel right about the treatment, and if you are not satisfied, get another opinion.” Corinne Zola is one of the founders of the Westchester Children’s Museum and a current Board member. She is a proud mom of two and lives in Mamaroneck.


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Pumpkin Patches, Hayrides, and Corn Mazes! 9 great choices for family fun on the farm this fall

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he air is crisp, the sun is shining and it’s still comfortable to be outdoors all day long. Here’s a list of our favorite places in Westchester and the surrounding area that offer tons of fall fun. Note that pumpkin patches generally feature a vast display of pumpkins off the vine. It’s Instagram heaven to get a shot of your little ones with huge pumpkins! Take a look at who has pumpkin patches, hayrides, and corn mazes this season! Be sure to check for apple and pumpkin availability before you head out as they are subject to change. Barton Orchards

Pumpkin patch, hayrides, corn maze

Weekends are fun at Barton Orchards. Visit the Haunted House, Fun Park, and corn maze. There are hayrides, live music, and amusements for the entire family. Pick-yourown apples and pumpkins plus a country store and The Tap Room are onsite. $15 admission on weekends plus Oct. 1, 9 and 14 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Also, Tree Top Adventures open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily for ages 7 and up at $49.95 per person. Reserve your time slot on their website. Barton Orchards, 63 Apple Tree Ln., Poughquag. 845-227-2306. https://staging. tangibleagency.com/barton/ Fishkill Farms Pumpkin patch, wagon rides, corn maze

Take a wagon ride out to the orchards and pick-your-own sustainably grown apples! There’s also live music, fresh cider donuts

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and a hard cider garden, and a corn maze that raises funds for charity. The farm store is open and the Farmers & Chefs Food Trucks visit on select dates. See their website for food and music schedule. These Fall Harvest Festivals are held Saturdays and Sundays through October from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pumpkin Decoration on Oct. 26 and 27, allows you to purchase a pumpkin and decorate it with paint, stickers, and glitter. Admission is $5 per person, kids 12 and under are free, this gets you an apple bag to fill with apples and purchase. Corn maze is $3. There’s also yoga every Saturday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. for $18, which gets you free admission to the Festival. Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction. 845-897-4377. fishkillfarms. com.

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Pumpkin patch, hayrides, corn maze

You can pick-your-own pumpkins and apples at this Dutchess County farm. The Hudson Valley Farmers’ Market, an on-site grocery store and eatery, serves breakfast, lunch, and to-go dinners. Choose from omelets, wraps, fish tacos, pot pies, chili, soups, burgers, a kids menu, and more. There’s also the SoHu Craft Market with crafts and art by local artisans, a Saturday Seafood Market, and Art Gallery. Take a few quarters and purchase alfalfa pellets to feed the pygmy goats out of your hand as they play in their jungle gym. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through October. Apple picking costs about $25 per bag. Greig Farm, 227 Pitcher Ln., Red Hook. 845-758-8007. greigfarm.com.

Fall weekends are packed with fun at Hurds Family Farm. You can pick-your-own apples (minimum $8) and pumpkins are priced by size. Free activities include playground area, hiking trails, storybook trail, and a Horse Hoop Toss. Attend on Saturday and Sunday and Columbus Day through Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. VIP Activity Wristband $15 includes corn maze with photo challenge game, mini ABC corn maze, air pillow, apple launcher, cow train and hayride, apple obstacle course, rubber duck derby, giant slide on sand mountain. Express Wristband, $9 includes hayride and corn maze. Children under 3 are free. Other activities offered for an additional fee. Hurds Family Farm, 2187 State Rte. 32,

Pumpkin patch, hayrides

Experience hayrides, pony rides, bouncy castles, face painting, and food vendors. There’s a pumpkin patch and apple picking is offered too. Check out the delicious apple cider donuts, fresh pressed apple cider, and specialty beer from Hardscrabble Cider. A Fall Festival is held here every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 27 as well as on Oct. 1, Oct. 9, and Columbus Day on Oct. 14. The events are cash only and can cost between $5 and $10 each, apple picking is $30 per bag. The Festival is very popular so prepare for a crowd and perhaps plan to arrive early or late. Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard, 130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem. 914-4851210. harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com.


Modena. 845-883-7825. hurdsfamilyfarm.com. Muscoot Farm Pumpkin patch, hay wagon rides

Attend Pumpkin Picking Weekend at Muscoot Farm on Columbus Day weekend as part of its pumpkin picking autumn celebration. There are also fun activities and games for families. Tractor-pulled hay wagon rides are offered for $3 per person. Free admission, cost for pumpkins. The celebration is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 12, 13, and 14. Muscoot Farm, 51 Rte. 100, Katonah. 914864-7282. muscootfarm.org. Outhouse Orchards Pumpkin patch, tractor rides, corn maze

Pick your favorite pumpkin from the patch, take a ride on the big green tractor, pick your own apples, pears or peaches and have fun

in the corn maze where you can learn some interesting facts about apples. The orchard is open daily in October from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $25 for an apple-picking bag. $10 per person for the corn maze. Parking is $10 on weekends, weekday parking is free. Outhouse Orchards, 139 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem. 914-277-3188. outhouseorchards.com. Stuart’s Fruit Farm Pumpkin patch, tractor rides

Stop by the farm stand to purchase your pre-picked pumpkin. The bakery is open and selling apple cider donuts, pies, and other homemade treats. Take a tractor hayride on weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to see the orchard and farm. Pick-your-own apples from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through November. Contact the farm for pricing. Stuart’s Fruit Farm, 62 Granite Springs

Road, Granite Springs. 914-245-2784. stuartsfarm.com. Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm Pumpkin patch, hayrides, corn maze

Visit the farm to pick-your-own apples and pumpkins. There are three shops featuring cider donuts, fresh apple cider, baked goods, snacks, and country-themed gifts and crafts. There’s now White Hill Winery as well open on weekends! The farm is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through October. Minimum to enter orchard for every two adults is a peck bag (about 11-12 lbs.) of apples, $21. Corn maze, $3 per person. Wilkens Farm, 1335 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights. 914-245-5111. wilkensfarm. com. Jean Sheff is co-publisher and editor of Westchester Family. October 2019 | WestchesterFamily.com

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Beth And Jean Logrea LOGREA DANCE ACADEMY 2 Dale Ave., Ossining 914-941-2939 logreadance.com

Beth and Jean Logrea have provided quality dance training as directors of the Logrea Dance Academy and Westchester Ballet Company for 33 years. Besides annual scholarship auditions, a boys initiative and a special pre-ballet program ages 3-5, there are extensive performing opportunities including the Westchester Ballet Company’s production of The Nutcracker and annual spring performances. Fall classes enrolling now!

Eileen Oddo MUSICAL MUNCHKINS 40 Archer Ave, White Plains 914-771-7000 Eileen Oddo is happy to be in her 35th year as director of Musical Munchkins in Westchester County. With degrees in piano performance and piano pedagogy from Loyola University and the Conservatoire de Cachan in France, she is qualified to understand the steps from early childhood to success on an instrument. With the creation of Musical Munchkins and her Early Childhood Piano program, she has honed her approach to each stage from 6 months-4 years for Munchkins and 5-9 years for piano.

Nancy Solomon Rothenberg STUDIO B DANCE CENTER 281 White Plains Road, Eastchester 914-793-2799 studiobdance.com Nancy Solomon Rothenberg has been involved with every aspect of running a studio. She has spoken at various dance conferences throughout the country, written articles for Dance Teacher Magazine, and consults with several costume and dancewear companies. Studio B is celebrating its 24th dance season. COME SEE THEIR STATE-OF-THE-ART STUDIO!


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Breast Cancer Survival: One Woman’s Story By Judy Koutsky

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n honor of breast cancer awareness month, we talked to Larchmont resident Mary Olson-Menzel, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. Olson-Menzel is now six-years cancer-free, but at the time of her diagnosis she had to juggle her family, treatments, and her job (she runs her own business). She took us through getting the initial diagnosis, what helped her through her journey, and tips for others going through this experience. Life before cancer Olson-Menzel is a busy working mother balancing life and work. She’s the president and owner of MVP Executive Search and Development and Co-Founder of SparkinSight Coaching. She leads executive recruitment and coaching on a national level across multiple offices, which means lots of travel, lots of meetings, and a very busy schedule. “I definitely worked 50 hours a week,” says Olson-Menzel. “I founded the company to inspire and create things on my terms and to also be there for my kids.” She was 46 when she was diagnosed with cancer (she’s now 52). Getting the call When Olson-Menzel first got the call from her doctor that she had breast cancer, she was “shocked, scared, my whole world went dark.” Her husband, Dan, was very supportive right from the start. “He came home the day of my diagnosis and went with me to the doctor to discuss our options for treatment plans.” Being a mom, she was worried what a cancer diagnosis would mean for her kids. “I remember sitting in Manor Park [in Larchmont] shortly after my diagnosis and thinking I’m not afraid to die, but I was terrified of leaving my two older stepkids and my 3-year-old son behind.” Telling her kids she had cancer was hard. “Luckily my youngest was so little at the time, he might not even remember the details. He knew that I took naps with him and snuggled in to watch a lot of movies and read a lot of books with him. I once heard him tell a preschool friend, ‘Don’t hug my Mommy too hard because she has a boo-boo on her chest.’”

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Support from friends and the community At first Olson-Menzel was reluctant to tell people, as she needed time to process the news on her own terms, but then word slowly got out. “My 11-year-old stepson asked his class to pray for me at CCD one Wednesday afternoon – I was humbled and amazed by the outpouring of support and love from my friends, family, and our community,” she says. Having that support made a huge difference; especially on the days it felt so overwhelming and terrifying. She remembers how the calls, meals, gifts, and time spent with friends and family, made it all just a little bit easier. “Once we had a plan, the friends that drove me to surgeries and treatments became the bright spots in my days,” she says. “Meals were really helpful, my book club hired a chef to make healthy gluten-free meals three days a week.” Her sister-in-law put together a calendar for people to drive her to treatments and drop off little gifts for the last month of her treatment schedule. Her nanny and husband made sure the kids were well taken care of. Being kind to the body Having cancer taught Olson-Menzel to be patient with herself and with her body. She learned to rest when she needed to and tried not to take on too much. “This was not natural to me, I was a successful business woman and a mom, balance and rest was not on my radar. This diagnosis taught me a lot about that.” She started cancer treatment in March 2013 when she was diagnosed and finished in August of that year. Olson-Menzel had two surgeries in two weeks, then eight weeks of daily radiation followed by almost six years on Tamoxifen. She is now considered cancerfree. For the first five years, she had checkups every three months with her oncologist and breast surgeon. Now at year six, she sees her surgeon every six months and her oncologist every year. Juggling work, family, and treatment “My biggest struggle in the beginning was dealing with the fear that comes with a cancer

Mary Olson-Menzel (left), a breast cancer survivor talks about her journey from diagnosis to recovery. Like many moms, Olson-Menzel says she was concerned how her diagnosis would affect her family, especially her stepson, stepdaughter, and young son (above). diagnosis,” says Olson-Menzel. “Trying to hold it all together for my family, especially for my 13-year-old stepdaughter, my 11-yearold stepson, and my 3-year-old son. Trying to run my business without skipping a beat and keeping my clients happy was also a top priority for me.” It was a lot to deal with and looking back, she wished she had allowed herself to rest more and to reflect more as she was going through the process. One thing that really helped was writing her blog, mvpcancercourage.com. “It allowed me to process emotions through the written word and also gave me a place to direct family and friends for updates so that I was not constantly talking about it. The blog also became a place where others who were going through something similar could go to read about my journey.” Where there other things that helped her? Olson-Menzel says meditation, prayers, walks, yoga, tea with friends, and snuggling with her kids made the biggest difference. Giving back Yoga was integral for Olson-Menzel. “I’ve been doing yoga for many years and I’ll say that I’m a better person when I have a regular and consistent practice. I am more mindful, more focused, more balanced, and much calmer.” She took yoga at the Equinox gym in Mamaroneck as well as classes at Larchmont Avenue Church and St. John’s Church. “My favorite yoga instructors are Robin Giacomo, Gunda Sabel-Sheehan, Megan


charity event and Olson-Menzel worked with her yogi friends and together they pulled together their first event for MVP Yoga for a Cure, the charity she started to fight breast cancer. ”MVP Yoga for a Cure was my passion and my mission for five years. We held it every October at the Larchmont Yacht Club who donated their beautiful space every year. We typically had about 75 to 100 participants and it was growing in size. We raised almost $100,000 to help fund research to find a cure and all proceeds were sent straight to the National Breast Cancer Research Foundation.” Many local merchants also donated items for the event’s raffle, including Pink on Palmer, Clutch, Hiawatha’s Martial Arts, Salon Firefly, Addison Street Spa, Vision of Tomorrow, Medallion Jewelers, and Chit Chat Wines. Last year, she did some serious soul searching and decided to “sunset” the event. “I needed to focus more on my family, my health, and my business, which has been growing in leaps and bounds. It was bittersweet, but I felt so deeply that I had done what I wanted to in raising money and giving back,” she says. She now does pro-bono work for Bear Necessities (bearnecessities.org.), a pediatric cancer foundation that is near and dear to her heart. Olson-Menzel also invites newly diagnosed women to her house for tea and support. Her message to others: cancer is something that people can recover from if caught early enough.

Graham and Twee Merrigan (now teaching in Breckenridge), they dedicated their time and energy to my MVP Yoga for a Cure event! I also love Franklin Shire and Susan Malcolm at Equinox.” For her, yoga helped both mentally and physically. “Yoga and the people

who supported me throughout my treatments made all of the difference. I was blown away by the support from family, friends, and community. So as soon as I felt like I could, I wanted to find a way to give back.” Her husband had the idea of a yoga

Advice for others Getting a cancer diagnosis is not easy, and it’s easy to feel very alone or isolated, but it’s key to realize that you’re in this with others (your doctors, your friends, your community). Olson-Menzel recommends finding a team of doctors that you trust. She says: “Pray (if praying resonates with you). Meditate. Let the people who love you help you. You are not alone in this, even though sometimes it feels that way, and sometimes you have to swallow your own pride and independence to allow people to help you.” Get your mammograms, stay on top of your health and be as proactive as you can. “I’m trying to continue to do the things that give me joy,” says Olson-Menzel. “Because that heals your cells. Happiness heals, deep and true happiness can make a huge difference.” Judy Koutsky is a Westchester-based freelance writer.

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How Exercise Helped a Survivor By Janine Clements

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ust before she turned 40, Westchester mom, Devina O’Reilly, was diagnosed with breast cancer. During her first routine mammogram they found something that looked suspicious in her right breast. “I figured it would be nothing because that’s the way I think. Unfortunately, it was cancer. It had to be removed pronto,” says O’Reilly who is from the U.K., but lives in Rye with her husband and two daughters. Within a few weeks, only a week before her 40th birthday, she had a mastectomy and her life turned upside down. What followed was a lengthy period of chemotherapy, constant hospital visits, and radiotherapy. As well as having to come to terms with the changes to her body, she had to deal with unpleasant side effects including losing her hair and fatigue. Before her diagnosis, she had been a regular at spin classes and loved Zumba. “Post-surgery and post-treatment, things were very different. I couldn’t move my right arm and I was tired all the time. I wasn’t sleeping or eating properly, I was anxious and it was physically overwhelming,” explains O’Reilly. The role of exercise Although cancer patients were once encouraged to rest and avoid strenuous exercise, things are changing. According to Jun J. Mao, M.D., MSCE and Chief of Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, “Being physically active can help maintain quality of life, prevent functional decline, and accelerate recovery once treatment is completed.” Recent studies have also shown exercise can help reduce fatigue and stress, improve memory, and lower the chance of recurrence, but actually doing it can be hard. O’Reilly’s physical therapists were huge advocates of exercise during treatment and afterward, as long as it was done in the right way. Too tired to hit the gym, she started walking. Instead of driving to the city for medical appointments, she caught the train to Grand Central and walked. “It got me out of the house and meant I could do a bit of physical exercise without having to go to the gym,” she says. Even during chemotherapy, when she was in pain because her joints were aching and was struggling doing basic things around the house, she would walk to Rye Beach, where she would

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A jubilant Devina O’Reilly (left) after completing the Westchester Triathlon accompanied by her friend Cheryl Salters (right). sometimes sit on the bench and cry. “I’m usually really optimistic and knew I’d be fine, but it was a change and I found it hard. Walking helped me get through it,” says O’Reilly. After 11 long months, her treatment finished and she was in remission. O’Reilly was desperate to get fitter and stronger mentally and physically. Her doctors advised her to eat well and exercise. “That became my new prescription,” she says. Moving more She spent New Year’s with her family and friends at a ski resort in Vermont. “My girls love skiing, my husband loves it and we went as a big group. I skied, not much, but I did,” she says. This gave her a boost and she decided to contact Soul Ryeders, a charitable organization in Rye dedicated to empowering people affected by cancer through various programs. At one point when she was feeling really low, she started doing their Yoga 4Cancer, a special class for cancer patients and survivors. “The instructor was like an angel and just made you feel good. Even if I couldn’t do the positions, I just lay there, panting,” she recalls. O’Reilly signed up for Live Strong, a

free 12-week exercise program designed for survivors at the Rye YMCA. “It was a turning point because it actually required going into a gym and doing classes,” she remembers. “At first I struggled because I was so out of shape or I’d worry I’d hurt myself, but it made me feel independent and gave me control over my body again, and that made me feel good.” She incrreased her exercise, got a personal trainer, joined Life Time Athletic, a health club in White Plains, and signed up for events including the Avon Walk, a 39-mile walk that raises money for breast cancer awareness. She did the Westchester Triathlon Super Sprint and then the actual triathlon on a Soul Ryeder’s Soul Fit relay team. “I did the cycling leg, but didn’t realize 26 miles was so far. I’d never even ridden a bike on the street,” she says. “I didn’t realize I could do it and it was so empowering when I did.” O’Reilly’s incredible sense of optimism is evident. “I want to enjoy doing stuff with my kids. I hated feeling like the feeble one, I was so fragile for so long, but I’m not dead, I’m alive and I want to do everything I can,” she says. Janine Clements is a Westchester-based freelance writer.


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Breast Radiology Options & Advances By Henrietta Toth

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ammography screening for breast cancer became widespread in the 1980s. Since then information and guidelines about mammograms have continued to change as the technology to screen for cancer has evolved and advanced. Gail Calamari, M.D., a radiologist at Rye Radiology in Rye Brook, clarifies some key points on guidelines, options, and advances in breast radiology. Named among America’s Top Radiologists in the Guide to America’s Top Doctors, Calamari has practiced at Rye Radiology for 26 years. Importance of screening The importance of screening for breast cancer cannot be understated. Calamari explains that the “whole point is to find cancer at its earliest stage when it is easier to treat and is therefore less impactful on a woman’s life.” Simply stated, Calamari notes that mammograms decrease deaths from breast cancer. Yet, some women might still be apprehensive about mammograms citing them as harmful and uncomfortable. “Radiation in a mammogram is equivalent to the exposure received from two months of daily living,” explains Calamari. Women who find mammograms painful can schedule the exam when their breasts are least tender, plus take an anti-inflammatory drug like Ibuprofen one hour before the screening. Current guidelines “The goal is to save the most lives, so start having mammograms at age 40 and then every year for women that are at average risk,” advises Calamari. This is also the screening schedule established by the American College of Radiology, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, and the Society of Breast Imaging. Screening guidelines for patients at higher risk – those with a family history of breast cancer, known genetic mutation, and African American women – may benefit from earlier testing as recommended by their doctors. Screening options Different screening options are available based on the types of breast tissue and risk factors. Mammography is still the primary screening tool that has been proven to

decrease mortality. Newer 3D testing provides clearer images and more precise results than traditional 2D mammograms. The multiple images of 3D mammography show even small cancerous masses in breast tissue and find 40% more cancers than 2D screening with less false positive results. Ultrasound is a supplemental test, which has been demonstrated to find more cancers in women with dense breast tissue. A radiologist determines the level of breast density based on the mammogram and whether supplemental testing is needed. Density is important for two reasons: density has been shown to be a risk factor for breast cancer; and dense tissue can make it more difficult to spot cancer because both show up white on a mammogram. MRI screening has been used for more than 20 years for women with a 20% or greater lifetime risk for breast cancer. This indepth, more invasive, and sensitive screening tool is particularly helpful in guiding biopsies of lesions not otherwise picked up by a mammogram or ultrasound. Screening advances Contrast-enhanced digital mammography (CEDM) might be the future in breast cancer

screening. Newer than 3D mammograms, this type of exam simulates MRI testing. Although not widely available and still being researched as a screening tool, CEDM could be highly effective in diagnosing breast cancer in women at high risk and with dense breast tissue. Currently, there are no recommendations for CEDM testing. A new recommendation was issued in 2018 by the American College of Radiology for women to undergo risk assessment for breast cancer at age 30. This recommendation is not yet being generally applied, but Calamari suggests that all women have the risk assessment, which includes a detailed family history of whether a mother, sister, or even father suffered from breast disease and at what age. The results can help determine whether a patient is at average or higher risk and whether they should begin screening at age 40 or earlier. While it’s important to follow the advances in breast radiology and to request the best options available, Calamari urges that the “best way to improve chances of surviving breast cancer is finding it early.” Henrietta Toth writes middle-grade nonfiction and contributes to Westchester Family.

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Textured Breast Implants Recalled Worldwide Due to association with rare cancer of the immune system By Constance M. Chen, M.D.

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extured breast implants made by Allergan, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of breast implants, were recently recalled worldwide. The recall was due to a concern about breast implantassociated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a rare cancer of the immune system that can form as a reaction to breast implants. The most recent studies published by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center estimate the incidence of BIA-ALCL as 1 in 443 women with textured breast implants. There have been 573 cases of BIA-ALCL identified worldwide, resulting in 33 deaths. Of the known cases of BIA-ALCL 95% have been associated with implants that have a rough or textured surface. While the FDA does not currently recommend removal or replacement of textured breast implants or tissue expanders in asymptomatic patients, many women do not want to wait until they have symptoms to remove their implants. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first suspected a connection between breast implants and ALCL in 2011, but there were very few cases and it was difficult to determine the factors that increased a patient’s risk. In 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged that the association between breast implants and ALCL was real, and renamed the disease Breast Implant-Associated ALCL, or BIA-ALCL. In December 2018, Allergan voluntarily suspended sales of its textured implants in Europe after the implants were denied renewed safety certificates in France because of concerns about BIA-ALCL. In May 2019, Allergan voluntarily suspended sales of textured implants in Canada after the country’s health agency suspended the licenses for the implants, citing health concerns. In February 2019, the U.S. FDA held meetings to review the safety of all breast implants. In July 2019, Allergan voluntarily suspended sales of all of its textured implants worldwide, including the United States. For women undergoing breast implant surgery, most plastic surgeons consider smooth-shelled implants a better choice at this time.

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Understanding ALCL Anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) is a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that develops in the lymphatic system from a type of white blood cell called a T-cell. When ALCL is associated with breast implants, it is not a cancer of the breast tissue but rather it is a cancer located in the scar tissue, or capsule, that naturally forms around the breast implant. The most common symptom is swelling of the breast that occurs over several years after placement of the implant, with most cases occurring after seven to nine years. Women with breast implants who notice swelling, fluid buildup, or any change in the shape of the breast, can get a breast MRI to see if there is fluid around their implant or a mass on their capsule. ALCL can be diagnosed by sampling the fluid around the breast or taking a biopsy of the capsular mass. BIA-ALCL has an excellent prognosis when the disease is confined to the fluid or to the capsule surrounding the breast implant. In general, the treatment for BIA-ALCL is to surgically remove the implant and the entire capsule that surrounds it in one piece, a procedure known as an “en bloc capsulectomy.” When caught in its early stages, an en bloc capsulectomy should be curative. If not properly treated, the tumor can be recurrent and grow as a mass around the implant capsule or can extend to regional lymph nodes. In more advanced cases, such as when the disease has spread to the lymph nodes or other parts of the body, further treatment may be necessary, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy. No deaths or progression to advanced disease have been reported in patients who have undergone a complete en bloc capsulectomy to treat early stage BIA-ALCL. Textured breast implants, which represent about 5 to 12% of implant procedures in the U.S., were developed to make an implant less likely to move around in the breast pocket. Researchers don’t know yet why a textured surface increases the risk of cancer, but they hypothesize that the textured surface may create particles that cause abrasions that trigger the immune system to respond and then, over time, to malfunction. Chronic inflamma-

tion is known to lead to lymphoma, and the increased inflammation caused by implants as a foreign body may lead to proliferation and activation of T-cells. Another hypothesis is based on the possibility that bacteria on the surface cause infection, which is believed to be greater in textured implants. It is conceivable that there are multiple factors, including the woman’s genetic makeup, that contribute to the risk of cancer. As of now, the textured surface is the primary risk factor, although 5% of BIA-ALCL cases have been associated with smooth-shell breast implants. There appears to be no difference in risk in implants filled with silicone or saline, or implants placed for cosmetic or reconstructive reasons. Implant alternative For women who need breast reconstruction after mastectomy, an alternative to implants is natural tissue breast reconstruction, in which a new breast is created from a woman’s own tissue, such as her lower abdomen or inner thighs. Natural tissue breast reconstruction is a more complex operation than implant-based breast reconstruction, but it has the advantage of recreating breasts that are soft and warm, in which the breasts grow and shrink as the patient gains and loses weight. In addition, natural tissue breast reconstruction offers the possibility of restoring breast sensation after mastectomy, even if a woman has already had implant-based breast reconstruction. If a woman ultimately decides that she prefers implant-based breast reconstruction, however, she must be aware of ALCL and fully educate herself about the risks and benefits of breast implants so that she can make an informed decision about what is best for her. Constance M. Chen, M.D., is a board-certified plastic surgeon with special expertise in the use of innovative natural techniques to optimize medical and cosmetic outcomes for women undergoing breast reconstruction. constancechenmd.com.


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upport comes in many forms. As a patient you can join a support group, attend exercise classes designed especially for breast cancer, sign up for a meditation workshop or reach out to others. As one who is looking to give support you can participate in a breast cancer walk, volunteer at a cancer support organization, drive patients to treatments, deliver meals or just be there to listen and encourage someone fighting breast cancer. Here is a brief list of events, services and groups in our community.

American Cancer Society Look Good Feel Better Program, Wigs (free or at reduced cost) 2 Lyon Pl., White Plains, N.Y. 914-949-4800 cancer.org Cancer Support Team Free professional nursing, social work and cancer support services 2900 Westchester Ave., Suite 103, Purchase, N.Y. 914-777-2777 cancersupportteam.org Gilda’s Club Westchester Cancer support for the family, a variety of patient support groups 80 Maple Ave., White Plains, N.Y. 914-644-8844 gildasclubwestchester.org Hudson Valley Cancer Resource Center Provides information, educational resources and support services 100 Ward St., Suite A, Montgomery, N.Y. 845-457-5000 hudsonvalleycancer.org Rye YMCA Free exercise classes for cancer survivors 21 Locust Ave., Rye, N.Y. 914-967-6363 ryeymca.org

Participate in a walk to help raise funds for breast cancer research, and support services. Support Connection Breast and ovarian cancer support groups, wellness programs, educational workshops and referral services 400 Triangle Center, Suite 100 Yorktown Heights, N.Y. 914-962-6402 supportconnection.org Soul Ryeders Monthly workshops and fitness classes for cancer patients 1091 Boston Post Road, Rye,N.Y. 914-412-4884 soulryeders.org The YWCA of White Plains & Central Westchester Inc. Free tai chi, yoga and meditation classes for breast cancer patients and survivors Ned Corona at 914-949-6227, ext. 208 or via email ncorona@ywcawpcw.org 515 North St., White Plains, N.Y. 914-949-6227 ywcawpcw.org

Area Fundraising Walks Support-A-Walk FDR State Park, Yorktown Heights, N.Y. Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 Pre-Walk Activities: 9 a.m Start: 10 a.m. 914-962-6402 supportconnection.org walk@supportconnection.org The 25th annual fundraiser for Support Connection that offers free breast cancer support services. They receive no funds from other cancer groups. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Manhattanville College 2900 Purchase St., Purchase, N.Y. Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 Check in: 8 a.m. Start: 9:30 a.m. 866-774-6365 makingstrideswalk.org/westchester WestchesterNYStrides@cancer.org A noncompetitive walk bringing people together to make a difference for everyone touched by breast cancer. - Jean Sheff October 2019 | WestchesterFamily.com

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Battling ’Tween Cell Phone Addiction By Stacey Pfeffer

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his year my biggest parenting regret has been getting a smartphone for my 11-year-old son. The move created a lot of conflict in my house, and while at times it serves as an entertaining “babysitter,” the reality is I’ve learned that cell phone use can easily spiral out of control, especially if parents don’t set firm guidelines. We spoke with Wendy Hart, a founding member of HeadsUp Rivertowns, a group of Rivertown parents who advocate delaying the age of when children first get a smartphone and Amber daSilva, an Irvington-based social worker and therapist who counsels kids addicted to their smartphones. They both offer helpful advice for families to tackle the problem of ‘tween cell phone addiction. The gift of delaying smartphone usage With 10 being the average age that children in the U.S. obtain a smartphone, former CEO of Microsoft Bill Gates made a flurry of headlines when he told reporters back in 2017 that his kids did not get a smartphone until they turned 14. “The biggest gift parents can give their children is to wait until they are older to get a smartphone,” explains Hart. “Kid’s brains are not mature enough to handle things that come with smartphone use such as social media, YouTube and games.” Echoing that sentiment, daSilva explains how smartphones can become quickly addictive to youngsters. “Practically every kid that comes into my office says they are addicted to their phones. The colors on the screen, the push notifications or social media likes, these all send a dopamine rush to the brain. Big tech is designing these technologies to hit the exact same receptors that drugs and alcohol stimulate. With children’s brains not being fully developed, they are much more susceptible to this addiction.” The effects on the growing brain According to the Pew Research Center, the average 8- to 10-year-old is spending approximately eight hours a day on various screens including their smartphones. One has to wonder what the long-term effects of this are and research is starting to show how over-use of smartphones affects cognition in children. A National Institute of Health study

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showed that kids who spent more than seven hours a day on a screen exhibited prefrontal cortex thinning which may lead to a loss of learning capacity. In addition, the mere presence of a child’s smartphone either on a desk or in a bookbag nearby was shown to reduce the brain’s cognitive capacity due to distraction. It’s no secret that rates of childhood and ‘tween anxiety and depression are also increasing. “It is difficult to pinpoint smartphones as the cause of this,” comments daSilva but experts do believe there is a correlation. She counsels a lot of children who are addicted to playing Fortnite on

their phone or are constantly checking their SnapChat. “These kids might not be addicted to the actual phone, but they are addicted to apps on it.” She sees a lot of girls addicted to social media and boys addicted to games. “The addiction is real and with a smartphone all of this is so much more accessible,” daSilva notes. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) now lists video game addiction as a mental health condition and behavior disorder. Many of daSilva’s patients who take a break from their smartphones at sleepaway camp report that they are happier and less


anxious without them but that they’d never admit that to their parents. Children say they feel more connected to their friends when the interactions happen face-to-face rather than through a device, she adds. Signs and symptoms of addiction If you are worried that your ‘tween is addicted to their smartphone, daSilva suggests that parents be mindful of the following symptoms. Many of these signs can mimic just regular stages of ‘tween development, so if you are concerned about your child it is best to discuss this with a mental health professional: • Withdrawal/isolation from family and friends • Weight gain/loss (some kids are so addicted they forget to eat or eat mindlessly while on a device) • Loss of cognitive function • Higher levels of hostility/anger • Trouble sleeping Setting guidelines Both Hart and daSilva offer tips for parents

seeking advice on how to set guidelines for smartphone usage. “I think many parents just give their old cell phones to their kids when they get an upgrade,” says Hart. If you do this she suggests deleting any apps or games on that phone so that the phone just functions as a calling and texting device until your child is ready for a fully functioning smartphone. “Children should feel the that the smartphone is on loan,” says daSilva. “Tell them that you, as their parent, are allowed to have access to it anytime you wish,” she continues. This isn’t to say that you should constantly be snooping on them but this can serve as a warning so that they do not send inappropriate texts or look at adult content. Other tips are: • No phones in the bedroom. Eight of 10 kids with smartphones fall asleep with them in their hand, under the pillow or on the nightstand. • No phones at mealtimes. • No phones in the car. Hart says that traveling in the car with her kids and their friends helped her get a lot of information that she wouldn’t get otherwise.

For more information about HeadsUp Rivertowns including tips to help combat cell phone addiction, links to articles providing additional information, and initiatives you can explore with your children, see headsuprivertowns.com.

• Only one screen at a time. Kids shouldn’t be on multiple devices simultaneously. • Decide what apps are allowed and when and where. • Model good smartphone behavior as a parent. Don’t walk around the house with it. Keep it in the kitchen to charge and teach children not to use it when they are walking. • Consider turning your child’s phone to grayscale suggests Hart as this may make the phone less appealing and addictive. “Like everything else, kids are always watching what their parents do. It is hard for them to follow these rules, if you yourself are addicted to your smartphone,” sums up daSilva. Stacey Pfeffer is a writer and editor based in Chappaqua.

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hat better way to celebrate the fourlegged members of our families than at the American Kennel Club (AKC) Museum of the Dog? Returning to midtown Manhattan after 32 years in St. Louis, Missouri, this unusual museum is all about — yes, dogs! The museum’s new location in the Kalikow Building is an easy two-block walk south from Grand Central Terminal. For all dog lovers In light and airy rooms across two floors, dog lovers of all ages will find something of interest — from fine art for the adults to interactive experiences for the kids and kids at heart. My 12-year-old niece is crazy about dogs and didn’t know which way to turn first. She was captivated right at the entrance by the virtual dog scroll where silhouettes of every breed romp their way along an overhead screen. Art and artifacts Throughout the museum, art and artifacts are interspersed with digital activities and displays. The rotating and permanent exhibits include oil and watercolor paintings, photographs, and figurines. On the day we visited the life-size bronze dog statues thrilled some kids so much they couldn’t help but hug them. The DogNY sculpture of a German Shepard honors the search and rescue dogs of 9/11. Queen the Carousel Dog is slated to return this fall following restoration. Among the unique dog memorabilia are early collars, a Victorian child’s dog cart and dog house, and a Roman-era paw print set in terra cotta. Interactive fun For many visitors, the real fun at the AKC Museum is its digital activities. Meet the Breeds is an interactive source of canine facts. Different breeds scamper across the table’s screen until you find one you want to learn about by putting it in your doghouse. The Story of the Breeder is another interactive screen that highlights the work of outstanding breeders. Find Your Match is a quirky digital activity that matches your facial expressions to your type of dog. Take your picture and the visual recognition software shows you which dog looks like you. You can learn about your matching breed and email the photos to

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Art and artifacts are interspersed with engaging digital activities and displays at the AKC Museum of the Dog, yourself. Dogs on the Job explains the functions of working dogs and shows you how to train a police or therapy dog. Then try your skills in Puppy Training 101 by training a virtual Labrador named Molly to respond to your hand signals and voice commands.. My niece could have stayed for hours throwing a virtual ball and teaching Molly how to fetch it. Molly also wags her tail as she responds to your hand signals and voice commands to come and stay. Not just for kids In the museum’s library, children and adults were seated around an activities and craft table working on projects related to the exhibits. Crafts correspond to the Breed of the Month exhibit; for October, it’s the Basset Hound. Worksheets like Dog Breed Word Search puzzle, All About Dog Art, and coloring pages of different breeds kept everyone busy. The adults were as into the word search puzzle as were the kids. The breed crossword is also a scavenger hunt. My niece enjoyed hunting down the information in the exhibits to complete the crossword and earned an AKC pencil. Visitors are also encouraged to create original dog art and display it on the museum’s Community Wall and its online Instagram page.

Shopping and dining The gift shop stocks all things related to dogs. Kids can choose from plush dogs, books, and souvenirs, and museum-branded wear. Adults will find artwork, jewelry, and other gift items. The museum does not have dining facilities or vending machines, but there are several options on Lexington or Madison Avenues. A better bet is the Lower Level Dining Concourse at nearby Grand Central Terminal which offers 20 dining venues. Plan to spend at least two hours at the museum. The kids — and many adults — will want to stay at the virtual games and library activities, but try to give equal time to the art and dog memorabilia that remain tributes to man’s best friend. Henrietta Toth writes middle-grade nonfiction and enjoys visiting historic places. When You Go … THE AKC MUSEUM OF THE DOG 101 Park Ave., New York, N.Y. 212-696-8360 museumofthedog.org Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed on Monday Admission: $15 for adults, $5 for children under 12.


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Behold books, authors, and illustrators galore at the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival on October 5.

2019 Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival Some 145 renowned children’s book authors and illustrators are participating in this seventh annual event. The Festival, that promotes community and literacy, features authors covering multiple genres and reading levels, plus author readings, illustrator demos, book signings, books for sale, and a gourmet food court. Join the Chappaqua Library for a Storywalk throughout downtown with the book, A Kite for Moon. Other fun activities include the Bubble Bus, art projects, juggling and tightrope walking, hair braiding, and learning a musical instrument. This year, KidLit TV is filming and broadcasting live from the Book Festival. 10am-4pm Oct. 5. For all ages. Free event. Reservations not required.

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● ● Apple Suncatchers. Craft DIY apple suncatchers from scratch. It’s a perfect craft to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. 4:15-4:45pm today. For ages 3-6. $20. Reservations required. Lil Chameleon, 29 Elm St., Tuckahoe. 914-346-5148. lilchameleon.com.

✪ Boo at the Zoo. Spend the day at the Zoo and participate in many Boo-tiful activities. See a magic show, watch the costume parades and pumpkin carving demos, visit the corn maze, and pick up your favorite Halloween treats along the way. Weekdays, 10am-5pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-5:30pm, until Oct. 31. For all ages. Free with admission $39.95 adult, $29.95 child, under 3 free. Reservations not required. The Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, 718-3671010. bronxzoo.com. ✪ The SpongeBob Musical. Be there when SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face catastrophe until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage. Get ready to explore the depths of theatrical innovation in The SpongeBob Musical, where the power of optimism really can save the world. Daily, check website for times; until Oct. 6. For all ages. Tickets starting at $31. Reservations required. The Bushnell, 166 Capital Ave., Hartford, Conn. 860-987-5900. bushnell.org.

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shapes and sizes, a host of silly scarecrows and frightfully fun activities. Experience the thrills of the season with visits from creepy creatures of the night, after-dark adventures, and the arrival of monstrous pumpkins. Daily, 10am–6pm; until Oct. 31. For all ages. Included in AllGarden Pass, $28 adults, $12 children, Monday- Friday; $23 adult, $10 children, Saturday and Sunday. Children under 2 free. Reservations not required. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd. at Fordham Rd. 718–817–8700. nybg.org.

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● ● Tent Tales for Tykes. During each session, explore a different nature or outdoor theme, followed by related activities, games or crafts. 10:30-11am today, Oct. 8, 15 & 22. For all ages. Reservations not required. L.L. Bean at Ridge Hill Shopping Center, 1 Ridge Hill Blvd., Yonkers. 914-207-2900. ridgehill.com.

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● ● Budding Buddhas’ Yoga for Tots. Stay active with your little one and have fun doing yoga exercises. Meets at the connect lounge, level 4. Wednes-

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days, 11-11:30am, until Oct. 30. Ages 2-5. Reservations not required. The Westchester, 125 Westchester Ave., White Plains. 914-683-8600. simon.com/mall/ the-westchester.

✪ Fall Carnival. Annual Fall Carnival features rides, games and plenty of great food. 4-10pm today and Oct. 3 & 4; noon-11pm Oct. 5; 1-10pm Oct. 6. For all ages. Free admission. Reservations not required. Sts. Peter & Paul and St. Ursula Church, 129 E. Birch St., Mt. Vernon. 914-6689815. ● ● ✪ Little Folk Farm Day.

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Meet all the animals that live at Green Chimneys. Enjoy hayrides, pony rides, glitter tattoos and crafts. Jump and climb with FunZone Inflatables and watch live educational shows. Today 10am-2pm. Rain date Oct. 4. For preschool - 3rd grade. $10. Children under 2 free. Reservations required. Green Chimneys Brewster Campus, 400 Doansburg Rd., Brewster. 845-279-2995. greenchimneys.org.

✪ My Ability. A supportive program designed to facilitate sensory-friendly discoveries for individuals with sensory processing differences and other special needs. 3:30-4:30pm today, Oct. 10, 17, 24 & 31. For all ages. $15 adults and children. Reservations Required. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave., Norwalk, Conn. 203-899-0606. steppingstonesmuseum.org. ✪ New York Comic Con. See

● ● Young Discoverers. Simple experiments and craft projects add to the excitement of learning something new. Every month features a new theme. Wednesdays, 11-11:30am, today - Oct. 30. For ages 2-5. Free with $7.50 admission. Children under 1 free. Reservations not required. Westchester Children’s Museum, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. 914-4215050. discoverwcm.org.

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✪ The Great Jack O’Lantern

Blaze. Meander through an 18th-century landscape and discover a breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns, all designed and hand-carved on site by a team of artisans. Daily, check website for times; today - Oct. 31. For all ages. $22 adults ($27 Fri & Sat), $16 children 3-17 ($20 Fri & Sat ), children under 3 free. $2 ticket surcharge for onsite and phone purchase. Ticketed time slots. Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 S. Riverside, Croton-on-Hudson. 914-631-8200. hudsonvalley. org/historic-sites/van-cortlandtmanor.

● Museum Minis. Meet up at toddler beach for songs, movement, stories and plenty of fun. Thursdays, 10:30-11am, today Oct. 31. Ages 18-24 months. Free with admission, $7.50. Children under 1 free. Reservations not required. Westchester Children’s Museum, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. 914-421-5050. discoverwcm. org.

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✪ Stepping Stones Museum for Children. The museum stays open late with free admission and activities. 5-8pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave., Norwalk, Conn. 203-899-0606. steppingstonesmuseum.org.

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● ● Exploring Play. This weekly class features a new theme every month, brought to life through creative and fun movement activities, singing, storytime and a take-home project. Fridays, 11am, until Oct. 25. Ages 2-4. Free with $7.50 admission. Children under 1 free. Westchester Children’s Museum, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. 914-4215050. discoverwcm.org.

✪ Hocus Pocus Movie Trivia. You saw the movie, now test your trivia knowledge and win prizes. 7-8:30pm today. For all ages. $5. Reservations required. Muscoot Farm, 51 Rte. 100, Katonah. 914-864-7286. muscootfarm.org. ● ✖ Horseman’s Hollow. Philipsburg Manor transforms into a terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane. Visitors begin walking a haunted trail, stumbling upon scary scenes of a town driven mad by the Headless Horseman. Check website for times, ticketed time slots. Today and Oct. 5, 6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, and 31.

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Ages 10 and up. $22 (Sat $28) $2 surcharge for onsite and phone orders. Reservations required. Philipsburg Manor, 381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow. 914-631-8200. hudsonvalley.org.

✪ Irving’s Legend. Master storytellers offer dramatic performances of Washington Irving’s classic tale, featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Flavored with live spooky music, the spellbinding storytelling captivates all audiences. Check website for times, ticketed time slots. Oct. 5, 6, 1114, 18-20, 25-27, 31. For ages 10 and up. $25 adult, $20 children under 18. Reservations required. Philipsburg Manor, 381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow. 914-631-8200. hudsonvalley.org. ✪ New York Comic Con. See City Picks page 43.

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Listen to haunted Halloween tales on stage at Caramoor on Oct. 30.

Spooky Tales ● ● ● Take your little ones to a riveting storytelling performance to begin the Halloween weekend. Enjoy Halloween tales followed by a special brew (apple cider) and ghostly treat (cookies). Come in costume. Prizes given to all. 3:30pm Oct 30. Ages 3-8. $15 adult, $10 child. Reservations required. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah. 914-232-1252. caramoor.org.

✪ Play Days @ Jay. See #Familyplaydays page 40. ● ● Rhyme Time by the Hudson. Spark your little one’s curiosity and imagination during this interactive program of nursery rhymes, songs, parachute play and storytelling. 9:30am today. Recommended for ages 1-4 with caregiver. Pay-what-youwish admission. Pre-registration required. Boscobel House and Gardens, 1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison. 914-265-3638. boscobel.org. ● ✪ The Sleepy Hollow Experience. See Tarrytown Gets Spooky page 39.

5 Saturday

✪ 2019 Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival. See Top Pick page 33.

✪ 30th Anniversary of Yorktown Community Day. Join the Yorktown community for local food, fun, merchants, community organizations, music, children’s activities and dance performances. 10am-3pm.

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For all ages. Reservations not required. Jefferson Valley Mall, 650 Lee Blvd., Yorktown Heights. 914-245-4688. jeffersonvalleymall. com.

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✪ Blessing of the Animals. Bring your pet (it can be a stuffed animal too) to St. Thomas where your animal receives an individual blessing. Everybody is welcome. 2pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 168 West Boston Post Rd., Mamaroneck. 914-698-0300. sainthomasmmrk.org.

✪ Fall Food Truck Festival. This family-friendly event features delicious food for purchase, live music, pumpkin patch, fire trucks, face painting and temporary tattoos. Free parking across the street in commuter lot #1. Take your blanket and chairs. Noon-4pm. For all ages. Free admission, cost for certain activities. Reservations not required. Memorial Park, 61 Murray Ave., Larchmont.

✪ Fall Festival. Experience hayrides, pony rides, bouncy castles, face painting, and food vendors. Apple picking is offered every day, including festival days. Don’t forget the delicious apple cider donuts. Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-5pm, until Oct. 27. For all ages. Admission and parking are free. Cost for separate events. Reservations not required. Harvest Moon Farm &

✪ Fall Harvest Festivals. Each weekend through October the farm is packed full of autumnal fun. Pick sustainably-grown apples straight from the trees, enjoy wagon rides throughout the orchard, get lost in a corn maze and listen to live music. 9am6pm today; Oct. 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27. For all ages. $5. Kids 12 and under are free. Reservations not required. Fishkill Farms, 9

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Receive a lesson from experienced and dedicated ceramic artists. Learn how to use the potter’s wheel and choose glaze colors. Return in two to three weeks for your masterpiece. 6-8pm today; 6-8pm Oct. 26. Ages 9 and up. $45. Reservations required. Clay Art Center, 40 Beech St., Port Chester. 914-937-2047. clayartcenter.org.

● ● Fire Plane. Attach the wings, landing gear, adjust the tail fin, decorate the propellers with stickers and get ready to fly. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a workshop apron and a commemorative pin while supplies last. 9am-noon. For all ages. Reservations not required. Home Depot, 3051 E. Main St., Mohegan Lake. 914-528-1539. 114 Federal Rd. Danbury, Conn. 203730-9600. homedepot.com.

✪ Follow the Yellow Balloons Downtown Hastingson-Hudson. Enjoy Oz themed specials and activities at local businesses. 9am-noon: build and paint a colorful paper cache elephant. 3-5pm: the good witch’s bubble party-families make oversized bubbles. Themed refreshments, cake walks on the hour and a musical performance. 5:30-7pm Oz face painting at the library (227 E. State St.). 7:30pm Wizard of Oz film screening at Fulton Park (adjacent to the library). Take a blanket. For all ages. Reservations not required. Hastings-on-Hudson Metro North Station, 134 Southside Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson. destinationhastings.org. ✪ Great Pumpkin Event. Decorate your own unique pumpkin during this great pumpkin event. Buy the craft pumpkin, and the supplies to decorate it are provided. 1-3pm. For all ages. Cost for pumpkin.


Reservations not required. Michael’s Craft Store, 750 Central Park Ave., Yonkers. 914- 595-463. 3131 East E Main St., Mohegan Lake. 914-528-0572. michaels. com.

âœŞ Home of the ‘Legend.’ This special exhibit highlights how the Legend has lived in the imagination of popular culture through the centuries since its publication. Create Halloweenthemed art activities, explore the grounds on a literature-themed scavenger hunt, play historic games, pose for a photo op, and listen to some spooky tales. Check website for times, ticketed time slots. Oct. 5, 6, 12-14, 19, 20, 26, 27. For all ages. $16 adult, $12 ages 3-17. Free for children under 3. Reservations required. Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, 3 W. Sunnyside Ln., Tarrytown. 914-366-6900. hudsonvalley.org/ historic-sites/washington-irvingssunnyside.

âœŞ Live Birds of Prey. Have a close encounter with hawks and owls and see them in action. Learn about the natural history of falconry and native raptors’ habitats and adaptations. 1-2:30pm today. For all ages. Reservations not required. Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Playland Park, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. friendsofreadwildlifesanctuary. org.

âœŞ New York Comic Con. See City Picks page 43.

â—? â—? Planetarium Show: One World, One Sky. On a trip from Sesame Street to the moon, Big Bird and Elmo with friend Hu Hu Zhu discover that planets are difference from one another but people on Earth are often the same - they love to fly kites. Saturdays and Sundays, 12:30pm, Oct. 5 - Oct. 26. For all ages. $5 adults,$3 children ages 3-18. Reservations not required. Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914-963-4550. hrm. org.

âœŞ Pound Ridge Harvest Festival. Celebrate local food and culture alongside great music and activities for the entire family. Kids enjoy rides and inflatables with crafts, fun games and prizes. 1-6pm today. For all ages. Free admission, parking fee $20, cash only. Reservations not required. Pound Ridge Town Park, 179 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge. 914-764-3987. poundridgeharvestfestival.com.

âœŞ Spooktacular Night Walks. Grab your favorite costume and have an evening of Halloween fun. Experience animal encounters and Halloweenthemed educational activities. 5-7pm today and Oct. 11, 18 & 26. For all ages. $45. Reservations not required. The Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., between East 182nd St., Bronx. 718-367-1010. bronxzoo.com. â—? âœŞ The Sleepy Hollow Experience. See Tarrytown Gets Spooky page 39.

â—? â—? The Ultimate Willy Wonka Party. See Willy & The Chocolate Factory. There is a Q&A after the screening, and two of the original kids from the movie are attending the screening so you can ask Paris Themmen (Mike TeeVee) what it was like to be so tiny and ask Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt) what happened after she got dumped down the bad egg chute. Plus, each member of the audience receives a special edition Wonka poster signed by Paris and Julie. Enjoy bubbles, candy, sniffable wallpaper and a pre-show karaoke contest. 4pm. Ages 6 and up. $31.69. Reservations required. Alamo Drafthouse, 2548 Central Park Ave., Yonkers. 914-226-3082. drafthouse.com/theater/yonkers.

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ervations not required. Croton Point Nature Center, Croton Point Ave., Croton. 914-862-5297. parks. westchestergov.com/croton-pointnature-center.

✪ Family Gallery Tour. This tour takes families through the museum’s current exhibitions. While learning about the different exhibitions, families are able to engage in conversations about the arts and sciences and do activities relating to the exhibitions. 11:30am-12:15pm today; Oct. 13 & 20. Ages 5 and older. Free with museum admission, $10 adults, $8 children. Reservations required. Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich, Conn. 203-869-0376. brucemuseum.org. ✪ Family Gardening Days. Hands-on activities include watering, weeding, mulching, planting and harvesting. Noon-4pm today. For all ages. Reservations not required. Ridge Hill Shopping Center, 1 Ridge Hill Blvd., Yonkers. 914-207-2900. ridgehill.com.

✪ The Feast of Saint Francis and Blessing of the Animals. See City Picks page 43.

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It’s a night of Halloween horrors and delights at the Hudson River Museum on Oct. 25.

Teen Night: Nightmare at the HRM ● Teen ghosts, ghouls, witches, and zombies flock to the HRM for a wicked night of Halloween horrors and delights. See the Night Frights planetarium show, enjoy spooky tours in their gilded age mansion, take part in gory-ous, strut your look in a costume contest, sing a karaoke tune, and dance the night away to fang-tastic music. 5-8pm Oct. 25. Older children. Free with admission, $7 adults ; $4 youth. Reservations not required. Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914-9634550. hrm.org.

✪ Harvest Festival. See City Picks page 43. ✪ Heritage Applefest. Cider pressing, apple preserving, and sweet and hard cider sampling. Listen to renowned entertainer, Mark Rust enthrall families and guests with his spectacular array of music and tales. Rain date Oct. 13. 11am-3pm today. For all ages. $22 adults, $13 children. Reservations not required. Boscobel House and Gardens, 1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison. 914-265-3638. boscobel.org.

✪ New York Comic Con. See City Picks page 43.

● ✪ The Sleepy Hollow Experience. See Tarrytown Gets Spooky page 39. ● ✖ Weekend Admission to

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Stone Barns Center. A full day of activities led by farmers and educators. Visitors are also welcome to explore the property at their own pace. 10am-4pm today; Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27. $22 adults, free for ages 14 and under. Reservations required. Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, 630 Bedford Rd., Tarrytown. 914-366-6200. stonebarnscenter.org.

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● ● ● Nature Strollers. Follow gentle stroller-friendly trails and explore the fields, ponds and forest as you enjoy a fun nature lesson. Mondays, 9:30-10:30am, until Oct. 28. For all ages. $5 per family. Reservations not required. Hudson Highlands

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Nature Museum Wildlife Education Center, 25 Blvd., Cornwall. 845-534-5506. hhnm.org.

● ● Storytime with Mr. Ben. A weekly storytime featuring songs and crafts. Reading together strengthens the parent-child bond and promotes early literacy, leading to success in school and in life. 4pm today, and Oct. 14, 21, & 28. Recommended for ages 1-5, but all are welcome. Reservations not required. Barnes & Noble, 3089 E. Main St., Mohegan Lake. 914-5286275. stores.barnesandnoble.com/ store/2897.

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✪ Brick or Treat. Halloween-themed LEGO mosaic-build

activity, haunted miniland takeover, a spooky, kooky scavenger hunt and BOO-tacular photo ops. Sundays – Thursdays, 10am5pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 10am -7pm; until Oct. 28. For all ages. $19.95-$37.95. Reservations not required. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, 39 Fitzgerald St., Yonkers. westchester.legolanddiscoverycenter.com.

● ● Not So Scary. Zoo Tots come together for themed related songs or games, live animal encounters and a simple craft. 10:30-11:15am today and Oct. 9. Ages 22 months-4 years old. $15. Reservations required. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport, Conn. 203-3946565. beardsleyzoo.org.

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✪ Nature at Night. Find out what goes on in the fields and forests of the sanctuary after dark. Explore the sanctuary without flashlights, expanding your senses and learning about the creatures that come out at night. 7-8pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Playland Park, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. friendsofreadwildlifesanctuary.org. ✪ Storytime. Music-filled storytime. Learn about the life and music of Cuban legend Celia Cruz and celebrate this Latin American music icon during Hispanic Heritage Month. 11:30am today. For all ages. Free with admission, $7 adults, $4 children ages 3-18. Reservations required. Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914963-4550. hrm.org.

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✪ Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns. See 1,000+ hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns creatively arranged along a scenic walking path that’s sure to bring out the fall spirit in visitors of all ages. Check website


for times; Oct. 11-13, 17-20. For all ages. $20 adults, $18 children ages 3-17. Reservations Required. Yorktown Grange Fairgrounds, 99 Moseman Ave., Yorktown Heights. 914-962-3900. yorktowngrangefair.org.

● ✪ The Sleepy Hollow Experience. See Tarrytown Gets Spooky page 39.

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✪ My Grandparent and Me Day. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum celebrates grandparents by offering free admission all day to grandparents when accompanied by their grandchildren. 9:30am-5pm today. For all ages. Reservations not required. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0589. mhcm.org. ✪ Play Days @ Jay. See #Familyplaydays page 40. ● Scared by the Sound. There’s a 12,000-foot enclosed haunted house and outdoor cemetery loaded with a terrifying cast of characters eagerly awaiting your arrival. 8-11pm today and Oct. 18 & 25; 7-11pm Oct. 12, 19 & 26; 7-10pm Oct. 13, 20 & 27. For ages 10 and up. $20. Reservations Required. Playland Park, 1 Playland Pkwy., Rye. 914813-7010. playlandpark.org. ● ✪ The Sleepy Hollow Experience. See Tarrytown Gets Spooky page 39.

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✪ Bilingual Family Art Class. Using fine art, natural, and recycled materials, participants create a floating river sculpture, or “escultura del rio,” that can launch on the river, along with a message of environmental action written in Spanish or English. 1:30-3:30pm today. For all ages. Free with admission, $7 adults, $4 children ages 3-18. Reservations required. Hudson River Museum, 511 WarburtonAve.,Yonkers.

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See colorful floats, walking skeletons, marching bands and animal costumes at the Tarrytown costume parade on Oct. 26.

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little bit of mayhem. Sip seasonal drinks and enjoy tasty treats at the Van Tassel’s harvest party. 6:30pm & 8:30pm Oct. 4-6; 10-13; 17-20; 24-27 and 31. For all ages. $45 adults, $25 children ages 3-7, under 3 free. Reservations required. Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, 3 W. Sunnyside Ln., Tarrytown. 914-366-6900. hudsonvalley.org/historicsites/washington-irvings-sunnyside.

nal Decor. On the classic mansion tour see the majestic vestibule and entrance hall, reception room, parlor, library, and the sumptuous Victorian dining room. They are all decorated with trimmings for the autumn season. Tours are offered Thurs. through Mon., except when autumn Open House Tours are offered. Thursdays - Mondays, 10am-4pm, until Oct. 31. For all ages. $16-$24. Reservations required. Lyndhurst, 635 S. Broadway, Tarrytown. 914-631-4481. lyndhurst. org.

● ✪ The Sleepy Hollow Experience. Meet Ichabod Crane and Katrina Van Tassel, along with a certain headless Hessian, in the very place where the author imagined them. Follow the characters from scene to scene with live music and a 914-963-4550. hrm.org.

✪ Halloween T-Shirt. Stop by Michael’s Craft Store and purchase a T-shirt to spice up for Halloween. All decoration supplies are provided. 1-3pm today. For all ages. Cost for T-shirt. Reservations not required. Michael’s Craft Store, 750 Central Park Ave., Yonkers. 914- 595-463. 3131 East E Main St., Mohegan Lake. 914528-0572. michaels.com. ✪ Harvest Fair. Corn maze,

✪ Tarrytown Halloween Parade. Villagers of Tarrytown dress up in their best costumes to stroll down Rte. 9. Witness fantastic floats. Prizes awarded for best in show, best adult, child, group and pet. Stay after the parade for a block party on Main Street, which includes a DJ, live band, street entertainers and food trucks. 5:30pm Oct 26. Rain date is Oct. 27. For all ages. Reservations not required. Patriot’s Park, Rte. 9, Tarrytown.

petting zoo, kid’s fun park, dog park, live music, and a haunted house. Apple and vegetable picking are additional costs. Daily, 10am-6pm; today - Oct. 14. For all ages. $15. Reservations not required. Barton Orchard Farms, 63 Apple Tree Ln., Poughquag. 845-227-2306. bartonorchards. com.

✪ Hike around the Lake. Join in for a leisurely stroll around the lake taking in all the beauty it has to offer.

1-2pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Cranberry Lake Preserve, 1609 Old Orchard St., North White Plains. 914-4281005. parks.westchestergov.com/ cranberry-lake.

✪ Honey and Harvest Weekend. Learn about bees and honey with a live hive viewing, sample honey and honeycomb, and take home honey-inspired recipes with cooking demonstrations. Daily, check website for times; today - Oct. 14. For all

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ages. Included in All-Garden Pass, Oct 12 and 13 $28 adults, $12 children ages 2-12, under 2 free. Oct 14 $23 adults, $10 children ages 2-12 under 2 free. Reservations not required. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd. at Fordham Rd. 718-817-8700. nybg.org.

● ● Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey. Join Marvin the Mouse on the space adventure of a lifetime; a trip to the surface of the moon on his homemade rocket filled with misfit creatures and awesome beauty. Lightwire Theater blends the art of puppetry and technology to create a cutting edge, glow in the dark, spectacle. 11am & 1:30pm today. Ages 5-10. $20 adults, $15 children. Reservations required. Emelin Theatre, 153 Library Ln., Mamaroneck. 914-698-0098. emelin.org.

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✪ Pumpkin Picking Weekend. ● Rhyme and Read. Learn a new nursery rhyme by singing, watching and pointing, then do a craft. 11am; today & Oct. 19. Recommended for ages 3-5. Free with $7.50 admission. Space is limited first-come, first-serve. Reservations not required. Westchester Children’s Museum, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. 914-4215050. discoverwcm.org.

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Take in amazing autumn scenery while enjoying time together.

✪ Play Days @ Jay. Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at the Homestead and explore the discovery centers. Education staff leads a short hands-on activity at 1pm. Fridays, noon-2pm, until Oct. 25. For all ages. Check website for price. Reservations not required. John Jay Homestead, 400 Jay St., Katonah. 914-232-5651. johnjayhomestead.org.

✪ Sleepy Hollow Street Fair. Some 100+ local vendors offer high-quality crafts, local food and much more. 10am-5pm. For all ages. Free admission. Reservations not required. Beekman Ave., Sleepy Hollow.

✪ Feeding Time. Prior to the Aquarium opening for the morning, participants can take a turn feeding the rays, diamondback terrapins and horseshoe crabs. Engage in a close connection with an aquarist as the trainer feeds the harbor seals. 8:30-10am today. Ages 5 and up. $40 adults, $20 children, ages 12 and under. Reservations required. The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, Conn. 203-852-0700. maritimeaquarium.org. ✪ Pumpkin Picking Weekend. See #Familyplaydays page 40.

● ✪ The Sleepy Hollow Experience. See Tarrytown Gets Spooky page 39.

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✪ Apple Cidering. In this seasonal program, children use an old-fashioned screw press to make apple cider. Participants also learn about the colonial experience of cider making and get a taste of fresh, tangy apple cider. 1-2pm today. For all ages. $8. Reservations required. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 914-723-3470. greenburghnaturecenter.org.

✪ Pumpkin Picking Weekend. Muscoot Farm offers pumpkin picking, hayrides and much more on Columbus Day weekend as part of its pumpkin picking autumn celebration. 10am-4pm Oct. 12-14. For all ages. $3 hayrides, check website for price of other activities. Reservations not required. Muscoot Farm, 51 Rte. 100, Katonah. 914-864-7286. muscootfarm.org.

● ✪ The Sleepy Hollow Experience. See Tarrytown Gets Spooky page 39.

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✪ Family Art Project: Compost Herbaria. Step into your role as a naturalist by creating a backyard herbarium and flower press with everyday materials. Take a walk through the woodlands to collect fallen flowers and leaves and then head back to the studio to create work that infuses your unique observations. 10am-1pm Oct 13. For all ages. Free with admission to grounds, $10 adults, $4 children, free for ages 6 and under. Reservations not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Riverdale. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org.

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✪ Disney’s Hollow-een Treat. Celebrate the 70th anniversary of Disney’s classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow as the town of Sleepy Hollow itself celebrates the 200th Anniversary

with a behind-the-scenes look at each film. 2:30pm today. For all ages. $18. Reservations required. Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St., Tarrytown. 914-631-3390. tarrytownmusichall.org.

of Washington Irving’s original frightening fairy tale. Walt Disney Archives Director, Becky Cline and voice actor, Bret Iwan,

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treat the audience to a special selection of Disney’s spookiest shorts before a screening of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, complete

✪ Pegasus Farm Festival. A fun family day on the farm. Flea market, bake sale, pumpkin decorating, photos with horses and farm tours. Event is rain or shine. 11am-3pm today. For all ages. Reservations not required. Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, 310 Peach Lake Rd., Brewster. 845-669-8235. pegasustr.org. ✪ Pumpkin Painting Party. Start the afternoon by painting


your own pumpkin and stay for dinner, refreshments, interactive floor video games, disco dancing and Lego building. 3-5pm. For all ages. $25 children. Reservations required. Fun Craft, 590 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale. 914-4721748. funcraftparties.com.

✪ Pumpkin Picking Weekend. See #Familyplaydays page 40.

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✪ Art All Day. Stop by Chappaqua Library to use an assortment of materials to create your own work of art. All art supplies provided. 9:30am-4pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Chappaqua Library, 195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua. 914238-4779. chappaqualibrary.org. ● Mama and Baby Yoga. Mama and Baby Yoga helps you stretch, strengthen, and breathe while bonding with your baby and getting to know other new moms. Tuesdays - Thursdays, 11:30am, until Oct. 31. $23 adult and baby. Reservations required. Prana Prenatal Yoga, 14-20 Willett Ave. Suite 203, Port Chester. 914-5752069. pranaprenatalyoga.com.

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● Itsy Bitsy Playgroup. Connect with other parents over the joys and bumps of parenthood, while engaging your infant/toddler in a group settingthrough music, motor play and story time. 10:30-11:30am today, Oct 23 & 30. For ages 2 and under. Reservations not required. Temple Sholom, 300 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich, Conn. 203-8697191. templesholom.com. ● ● Storytime. Kids have fun during this bi-lingual storytime at Mt. Kisco Library. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 11:15-11:45am, Oct. 16 - Oct. 31. Ages 18 months to 5 years. Reservations not required. Mount Kisco Library, 100 E. Main St., Mt. Kisco. 914-666-8041. mountkiscolibrary.org.

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● Read to Rover. Come practice reading to a therapy dog. For children of all ages who can read. Thursdays, 5-6pm, Oct. 17 - Oct. 31. Reservations not required. Mount Kisco Library, 100 E. Main St., Mt. Kisco. 914-6668041. mountkiscolibrary.org. ● ✪ The Sleepy Hollow Experience. See Tarrytown Gets Spooky page 39.

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✪ Creative Community Pleasantville Farmer’s Market

Encourage healthy eating by buying fall food favorites at local farmers’ markets.

✪ Irvington Farmers’ Market. The Irvington Farmers’ market aims to provide the community with fresh, local produce direct from field to table, to support the local merchants of Irvington. Saturdays, 9am-1:30pm, until Oct 27. For all ages. Reservations not required. Irvington Farmers’ Market, 101 Main St., Irvington. irvmkt. org. ✪ New Rochelle Farmers’ Market. Fresh fruit, vegetables and other staples. Plentiful street parking, live music, fresh flowers, and activities for the kids. Saturdays, 9am-noon, Oct. 5-26. For all ages. Reservations not required. New Rochelle Farmers’ Market, 1 Library Plz., New Rochelle. 914806-3380. newrochellefarmersmarket.com. ✪ Pleasantville Farmers’ Market. With over 50 vendors selling a variety of foods and other goods, you can always discover something new or find returning favorites. Plus, enjoy live music and kids’ events. Saturdays, 8:30am-1pm, until Oct. 27. Reservations not required. Memorial Plaza (near train station). 914-205-4545. pleasantvillefarmersmarket.org.

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● ● ✪ Jay Ghoul’s House

of Curiosities. The Ghoul family opens up their splendid and spooky castle home to those looking for a unique Halloween thrill this year. Meet and interact with the ever peculiar Mr. and Mrs. of the Castle, see what-

Grandmama is cooking up, and find out what other zany family members have turned up at this festive time of year. Reserve your space early time-ticket slots sell out fast. 6pm - 9pm today, Oct. 20, 24, 27 & 31; 6pm-10pm Oct. 18, 19, 25 & 26. For ages 7 and up. $20-$25. Reservations required. Lyndhurst, 635 S. Broadway, Tar-

Friday. Stop by the KMA for a host of fun projects and activities inspired by the exhibition “Sparkling Amazons”. 3-5pm today. Free with Museum admission, $10 adults, free for children under 12. Reservations not required. Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St., Katonah. 914-2329555. katonahmuseum.org.

● Fiddle Heads Cooking at Whole Foods. Gourds decorate many table settings, but underneath their hard shells, they are a bunch of softies. Children learn that these veggies are just as much fun to eat as they are to decorate. 4-5:30pm today. Ages 5-12. Reservations not required. Whole Foods Market, 480 N Bedford Rd., Chappaqua. 914-3405130. wholefoodsmarket.com.

✪ Play Days @ Jay. See #Familyplaydays page 40. ● ✪ The Sleepy Hollow Experience. See Tarrytown Gets Spooky page 39.

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✪ Anatomy of Fear with the Animal Embassy. Learn about the origins of fear while meeting incredible live animal ambassadors from around the globe. 10:30-11:30am today. Ages 4 and up. $15 a person. Reservations required. Muscoot Farm, 51 Rte. 100, Katonah. 914-864-7286.

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● Clearpool Father-Son Weekend. Participate in two days of challenging and educational father-son activities. Overnight lodging provided in heated cabins with shared sleeping quarters and private bathrooms. Meals included. Check website for times; Oct. 19 - 20. $150 per father/son pair. $70 each additional child. Reservations required. Clearpool Green Chimneys, 33 Clearpool Rd., Carmel. 845-225-8226. greenchimneys.org.

● Fall Festival 1 Window Painting and Mask Making. Paint seasonal scenes for Halloween and Thanksgiving on the windows of downtown businesses. A mask-making workshop geared for younger children takes place in Library Green at the Market. In the event of inclement weather, contact 914-654-2116 for a rain makeup date. Families must pre-register in order to paint a window. 1011:30am. Ages 8-12. Reservations required. New Rochelle Farmer’s Market, 1 Library Plz., New Rochelle. 914-806-3380. newrochellefarmersmarket.com.

✪ Fall Foliage Hike. Take in the smells and beauty of the reservation with a hike led by museum staff. 10-11am. For all ages. Reservations not required. Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Rte. 35 and Rte. 121, Cross River. 914864-7322. friendsoftrailside.org.

✪ Family Free Night. MHCM is open late and admission is free. This event is intended for families with children ages birth to 6. 5-8pm. Reservations not required. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie. 845-4710589. mhcm.org. ✪ Halloween Spooktacular. Cross County Shopping Center gets ready for Halloween with a trick or treating parade (10:30am & 1:30pm), arts &

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crafts, inflatables, games and stories, strolling entertainers, DJ dance parties and selfie spots. 10am-12:30pm & 1-3:30pm today. For all ages. Reservations not required. Cross County Shopping Center, 8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers. 914-968-9570. crosscountycenter. com.

✪ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. The first installment of the two-film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows follows Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they leave school behind in order to take up the quest to search for pieces of Voldemort’s soul, hidden in objects spread far and wide. For all ages. $15 adults, $8 children 13 and under. Reservations not required. Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville. 914-747-5555. burnsfilmcenter.org.

✪ HarvestFest. Trickor-treat at Ridge Hill from noon -1pm today. Then join the HarvestFest for arts & crafts, music and seasonal foods. Noon-4pm today. For all ages. Reservations not required. Ridge Hill Shopping Center, 1 Ridge Hill Blvd., Yonkers. 914-207-2900. ridgehill.com. ✪ The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This live musical is based on the classic tale by Washington Irving. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow infuses new life into the classic tale of Ichabod Crane and The Headless Horseman with memorable rock and pop songs and unforgettable ballads. 8pm today, Oct. 24-26 and 2pm Oct. 20. For all ages. $45 - $33. Reservations required. Irvington Town Hall Theater, 85 Main St., Irvington. 914-591-6602. irvingtontheater.com.

● ● Make A Dragon With Polymer Clay. Make a friendly dragon. Using polymer clay to learn how to make simple shapes with clay and put them together to form a cute sculpture. 2-3pm & 3-4pm today. 2-3pm for ages 5-8 & 3-4pm for ages 9-12. $20. Registration required. The Rye

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Arts Center, 51 Milton Rd., Rye. 914-967-0700. ryeartscenter.org.

● ✪ The Sleepy Hollow Experience. See Tarrytown Gets Spooky page 39.

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✪ Bird Walk. Observe and learn about the amazing variety of bird life at Croton Point with experts from Saw Mill River Audubon. All ages and levels of experience welcome. 8-9:30am. For all ages. Reservations not required. Croton Point Nature Center, Croton Point Ave., Croton. 914-862-5297. parks. westchestergov.com/croton-pointnature-center. ✪ The Boneyard. Skulls, bones, teeth, shells, and antlers – see what’s left after an animal carcass decomposes. Team up and try to reassemble a skeleton. 11am-4pm. For all ages. Free with admission to grounds, $10 adults, $4 children ages 6 and up, free for under 6. Reservations not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Riverdale. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org. ● ● ● Mommy N’ Me Halloween. Spend creative time with your little one painting a Halloween themed pottery piece, listening to themed story, and meeting new friends. 9-10am today; 5-6pm Oct. 22. Ages 5 and under. $26.99. Reservations not required. A Maze in Pottery, 76 North State Rd., Briarcliff Manor. 914-502-0088. amazeinpottery. com. ● ✪ The Sleepy Hollow Experience. See Tarrytown Gets Spooky page 39.

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✪ Dinosaur Safari. Take the biggest, most realistic dinosaur ride in America to see 40 life-size animatronic dinos. Plus, visit the fossil dig area and take photos. Weekdays, 10am-5pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-5:30pm,

until Oct. 27 For all ages. Included in Total Experience Tickets. $39.95 adults, $29.95 children 3-12, children under 3 free. Reservations not required. Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., University Heights. 718-220-5100. bronxzoo.com.

● ● Junior Jumpers. Parents can have fun with their smaller children while socializing with their friends in a comfortable, low-key environment. Weekdays, 9-11am, Saturdays, 8-10am, until Oct. 31. For ages 1-6. $19 for two hours of play. Reservations not required. Junior Jumpers, 333 North Bedford Rd., Mt. Kisco. 914743-5730. rockinjump.com.

22 Tuesday

✪ Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Children of all ages can explore the wonders of science and nature in the outdoor 12-acre garden. Climb the boulders and view the landscapes. Daily, 10am-5:30pm. For all ages. Free with All-Garden Pass admission, $23 adult, $10 child. Reservations not required. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd. at Fordham Rd. 718-817-8700. nybg.org.

✪ Governors Island. Enjoy Slide Hill, play fountains, hammocks, biking, kayaking and many other activities. Check website for schedule. Weekdays, 10am-6pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-7pm, until Oct. 31. For all ages. Ferry fares: $3 adults, children under 12 free. Ferry is free on Saturdays and Sundays before noon. Reservations not required. Governors Island, New York Harbor (Ferry leaves from 10 South St.) New York. govisland.com.

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● Ken Salaz: Magician and Master of Astonishment. Celebrity mentalist and magician, reads your mind and evoke the supernatural in a powerful and mysterious Halloween


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performance at Lyndhurst. 7 & 8pm today and Oct. 30. For ages 12 and older. $40. Reservations required. Lyndhurst, 635 S. Broadway, Tarrytown. 914-6314481. lyndhurst.org.

✪ Stew Leonard’s of Yonkers Trick or Treat. Kids are welcome to come in costume to Stew Leonard’s to go trick or treating throughout the store. Maps are available at customer service for kids to use to find special treats throughout. 4pm today. For all ages. Reservations required, see Eventbrite. Stew Leonard’s 1 Stew Leonard Dr., Yonkers. 914-375-4700. stewleonards.com/stews-locations/yonkers.

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✪ Fishkill Farms. Pick-yourCourtesy photo

Grab your badges to attend the NYC Comic Con event beginning Oct. 3.

✪ Big Apple Circus. Big Apple Circus is bigger, better, and back with a brand new show under the big top, at Lincoln Center for its 42nd season. Featuring thrilling new acts from around the world and more immersive than ever before. It’s an experince you won’t forget. Check website for times, daily Oct. 12-31. For all ages. $45-$195. Reservations required. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Lincoln Center Plz., New York, NY. 212-875-5374. lincolncenter.org.

✪ The Feast of Saint Francis and Blessing of the Animals. Festive fair with activities for families. Cathedral clergy will be available throughout the day to bless pets and companion animals. Event takes place after Holy Eucharist Service at 11am. Oct. 6. For all ages. Free. Reservations not required. All welcome! The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave., at 112th St. New York, NY. 212-316-7540. stjohndivine. org ✪ Halloween Boo Bash. Kids have fun creating crafts, playing games and receiving special treats. 3:30-5:30pm Oct. 31. For all ages. Reservations not required. Randall’s Island, New York, NY. 212-860-1899. randallsisland.org.

✪ Harvest Festival. Randall’s Island Park Alliance family-friendly celebration of fall. Hear live musical performances, decorate a pumpkin, meet the chickens, and participate in crafts and games. 12-4pm Oct. 6. For all ages. Reservations not required. Randall’s Island, New York, NY. 212-860-1899. randallsisland.org. ✪ New York Comic Con. The East Coast’s largest pop culture convention and the only one that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media, and licensing capital of the world - Gotham City. Costumes, panel discussions, autographs. 10am-7pm Oct. 3, 4, & 5; 10am-5pm Oct. 6. For all ages. Check website for price. Reservations required. Javits Center, 429 11th Ave., New York, NY. 212-216-2000. javitscenter.com.

✪ The Laurie Berkner Band’s Monster Boogie Halloween Concert. A live Halloween performance by The Laurie Berkner Band. Come in costume and boogie with Laurie and the band as they play your favorite songs. Celebrate Halloween plus a new album. 3pm Oct. 26. For all ages. $39-$100. Reservations required. Concert Hall, 2 W 64th St., New York, NY. 212-874-5210. laurieberkner.com.

own season of fresh fruit. Check website for availability. Daily, 9am-5pm until Oct. 31. For all ages. $5 adults, free for children under 12. Picked fruit costs an additional fee. Reservations not required. Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farm Rd., Hopewell Junction. 845-897-4377. fishkillfarms.com.

● ✪ Harry Potter Night. Join in the fun making a Harry Potter pottery piece. Dinner provided and included in price. 6-7:30pm today. Ages 6 and older. Check website for price. Reservations not required. A Maze in Pottery, 76 North State Rd., Briarcliff Manor. 914-502-0088. amazeinpottery.com. ● ✪ The Sleepy Hollow Experience. See Tarrytown Gets Spooky page 39.

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● Fish Tales. Toddlers and their parents or caregivers enjoy stories, songs and other activities during Fish Tales. Each session features stories, songs and games that encourage children’s emerging language skills, followed by a playtime. 10:15am today. For children under 5. $26.95 adults, $19.95 children, free under 3.

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Reservations required. The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, Conn. 203-852-0700. maritimeaquarium.org.

✪ Haunted Illusions. Watch as the master illusionist has people levitating, disappearing, and reappearing right before your eyes. Witness never before seen illusions that have been created just for this show. 7:30pm today. For all ages. $22.50-$45. Reservations required. The Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford, Conn. 203-325-4466. palacestamford.org.

✪ Play Days @ Jay. See #Familyplaydays page 40. ● ✪ The Sleepy Hollow Experience. See Tarrytown Gets Spooky page 39. ● Teen Night: Nightmare at the HRM. See Editor’s Pick page 38.

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✪ Boo at the Zoo.

Come to the bear den to make spooky snacks for the black bears. Watch the zookeepers let the bears loose to enjoy the tasty Halloween decorations. Touch real animal skulls, see stuffed specimens, make autumn crafts and learn about bats and not-soscary owls and vultures. Lots of family-friendly fun and activities. 10:30am-3pm today; rain date Oct. 27. For all ages. Reservations not required. Trailside Museum & Zoo, 55 Hessian Dr., Bear Mountain. 845-786-2701. tailsidezoo.org.

✪ Fall Festival 2. Participate in a costume parade followed by Pumpkin Painting in Library Green. March in the parade and then listen to great music during pumpkin painting. Free treat bags for those in costume. 10am today. For all ages. Reservations not required. New Rochelle Farmer’s Market, 1 Library Plz., New Rochelle. 914-806-3380. newrochellefarmer-

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✪ Halloween Boo Bash. Dress in costume for a candy scavenger hunt and Halloween crafts. Refreshments served. Pre-registration required by Oct. 19. 1-3pm. For all ages. Check website for price. Reservations required. Cranberry Lake Preserve, 1609 Old Orchard St., North White Plains. 914-4281005. parks.westchestergov.com/ cranberry-lake. ✪ Halloween Howl. Join ambassador wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr for the WCC’s Halloween Howl. Holiday appropriate goodies are offered to guests and wolves. Visit critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves too. Costumes are strongly encouraged. 5pm today. For all ages. $16 adults, $13 children. Reservations required. Wolf Conservation Center, 7 Buck Run, South Salem. 914-753-2373. nywolf.org. ✪ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war on the Hogwarts campus. Noon today. $15 adults, $8 children 13 and under. Reservations not required. Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville. 914-747-5555. burnsfilmcenter.org.

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spook-tacular family fun. Can you find all of the objects cleverly hidden along the Halloween Trail? Which ones belong in nature and which ones certainly do not? Find them all and earn a prize. Then visit the creepy crawly room and do a Halloween craft or two. Daily, 11am-3pm; Oct. 26 & 27. For all ages. Free with admission, $10 adults, $8 children. Reservations not required. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Wildlife Education Center, 25 Blvd., Cornwall. 845-534-5506. hhnm.org.

✪ The Laurie Berkner Band’s Monster Boogie Halloween Concert. See City Picks page 43.

✪ Music of Phish for Kids Halloween Spooktacular. Using the songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history, The Rock and Roll Playhouse offers babies and kids games, movement, and stories and an opportunity to rock out. 11am & 1:30pm. For all ages. $17, children under 1 free. Reservations required. The Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester. 914-937-4126. thecapitoltheatre. com. ✪ Stew Leonard’s Character Trick or Treat Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch. Halloween breakfast, brunch and lunch with their most beloved costumed characters including Wow the Cow. Breakfast menu at 10am and lunch at 12:30pm. The 2pm seating features lunch menu and other food options. 10am, 12:30pm & 2pm; Oct. 26 & 27. For all ages. $14.99 adults, $9.99 children to age 12. Reservations required, see Eventbrite. Stew Leonard’s 1 Stew Leonard Dr., Yonkers. 914-375-4700. stewleonards.com/stews-locations/yonkers.

aboard Sleepy Hollow’s annual Haunted Hayride. All seems well until you realize too late you are heading down the Albany Post Road past the Old Dutch Church, following exactly Ichabod Crane’s flight from the Headless Horseman. Daily, ticketed time slots 7-11pm; Oct. 26 & 27. For all ages. $35 plus $2.75 fee. Reservations required. Sleepy Hollow Village Hall, 28 Beekman Ave., Sleepy Hollow. 914-366-5100. sleepyhollowny.gov

● ✪ The Sleepy Hollow Experience. See Tarrytown Gets Spooky page 39.

✪ “I SPY” Halloween Scavenger Hunt. Have some

✪ Tarrytown Halloween Parade. See Tarrytown Gets

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✪ Boo at the Zoo. A spooktacular afternoon with harvest hayrides, crafts, story-time, cool critters and of course, candy. Noon-3pm. For all ages. $16 adults, under 12 in costume free with paying adult. Hayrides $2, Reservations not required. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport, Conn. 203-394-6565. beardsleyzoo.org.

✪ Festifall. Families take part in an exciting scavenger hunt, play fun games, meet the animals, and enjoy live music by Native New Yorker Band. Be sure to come dressed for the costume parade. 11am-3pm. For all ages. $15. Reservations required. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 914-7233470. greenburghnaturecenter.org. ✪ JDRF One Walk. Help to create a world without type 1 diabetes by participating in this fun, annual walk. The money raised supports life-changing breakthroughs that give hope to everyone impacted by this disease. 9am. For all ages. Register online to walk in or fundraise for this event. Empire City Casino/ Yonkers Raceway, 810 Yonkers Ave., Yonkers. 212-785-9595. jdrf. org. ✪ Nyack Halloween Parade. The 31st annual Halloween Parade features a trick-or-treat trail for kids and a house decoration contests. See a parade of costumes and house decorations. 3-7:30pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Memorial Park, 4 Depew Ave., Nyack. ✪ Pre-Halloween Celebration. Get dressed up and enjoy treats and wonderful stories at Marshlands Conservancy. 2 and 3:30pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Marshlands Conservancy, Rte. 1, Rye. 914-835-4466. parks.


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● ● ● Spooky Tales. See Editor’s Pick page 36.

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✪ Halloween Boo Bash. See City Picks page 43.

✪ Halloween Candy Crawl. Dress up to go trick- ortreating at the Jefferson Valley Mall and kids can also participate in children’s activities and crafts. 3-5pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Jefferson Valley Mall, 650 Lee Blvd., Yorktown Heights. 914-245-4688. jeffersonvalleymall.com. Marisa Tartaglia

Stop by Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard for everyone’s favorite fall treat, apple cider donuts. westchestergov.com/marshlandsconservancy.

Rd., Stamford, Conn. 203-3221646. stamfordmuseum.org.

✪ Pumpkins and Painted Faces. Have fun sculpting pumpkins and enjoy creative face painting. 1pm. For ages 5 and up. Free with admission, $18 adults, $8 children ages 5-18. Reservations not required. Storm King Art Center, 1 Museum Rd., Mountainville. 845-534-3115. stormking.org.

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● ✪ The Sleepy Hollow Experience. See Tarrytown Gets Spooky page 39.

● ● Trick or Treat on Heckscher Farm. Grab your Halloween costume and head to Heckscher Farm to trick-ortreat with your favorite farm friends. Grab some toys and candy at each station. Nut-free options available. Then, enjoy Ick-Fest with slime table, live reptiles and bugs. Create crafts around Halloween creatures. 1-3pm. Children under 6. $5 per family in addition to admission, $12 adults, $6 children ages 4-7, free under 4. Reservations not required. Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown

● ● ✪ Halloween Horror. Visit the Chappaqua Library and wear your costume to their spooky event, which ends in a mummy-wrapping extravaganza. 7-8pm. Ages 5 and up with an adult. Reservations required. Chappaqua Library, 195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua. 914238-4779. chappaqualibrary.org.

✪ Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm. Visit the farm to pick your own apples and pumpkins. The farm market offers pressed apple cider and freshly baked pies. Daily, 10am-4:30pm until Oct. 31. For all ages. $21 bag of apples minimun for every two adults. Corn maze, $3. Reservations not required. Wilkens Farm, 1335 White Hill Rd., Yorktown Heights. 914-245-5111. wilkensfarm.com.

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✪ Greig Farm. Pick fresh fruit with amazing flavor at this farm in Dutchess County. Daily 9am7pm until Oct. 31. For all ages.

Apples $25 per bag. Reservations not required. Greig Farm, 227 Pitcher Ln., Red Hook. greigfarm. com.

● ● Halloween Workshop: Laser Cutting With Glowforge. Using CAD design, students create a spooky Halloween themed pendant or pin, then laser cut and engrave it. All supplies included. 4:30 - 6pm. Ages 9-12. $25. Registration required. The Rye Arts Center, 51 Milton Rd., Rye. 914-967-0700. ryeartscenter. org.

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● ● Halloween Fun. Stop by the Chappaqua Library for stories, songs and trick-ortreating. Costumes welcome. 4-5pm. Ages 4-6. Reservations required. Chappaqua Library, 195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua. 914238-4779. chappaqualibrary.org.

✪ Outhouse Orchards. There are apples, pears and peaches to pick through the month of October. Daily, 9am-5pm; until Oct. 31. For all ages. $25 for apple picking bag. Reservations not required. Outhouse Orchards, 139

✪ The Legend of Sleepy Hollow & Rip Van Winkle. Spend an early Halloween night watching two live action short films, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. 7:30-8:30pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Irvington Public Library, 12 South Astor St., Irvington. 914-591-7840. irvingtonpubliclibrary.org. ● ✪ The Sleepy Hollow Experience. See Tarrytown Gets Spooky page 39.

✪ Trick or Treat at The Aldrick. Trick-or-treat at The Aldrich on Halloween for an evening full of fun, excitement, and of course, candy.Pose at the hand-painted, spook-tacular photo backdrops. 5-8pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St., Ridgefield, Conn. 203-438-4519. aldrichart. org. ✪ Trick or Treating Event. Meet at the Renegades for a trick-or-treating event. Partake in cookie and candy apple decorating. See staff in costumes. 4-6pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Hudson Valley Renegades, 1500 Rt. 9D, Wappingers Falls. 845-838-0094. milb.com.

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When Yoga Meets Snack Time By Jean Sheff

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oday show nutritionist, best-selling author, and Westchester resident Joy Bauer releases a new book this month titled Yummy Yoga: Playful Poses and Tasty Treats (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2019, $14.99). The book consists of playful photographs featuring a diverse group of kids demonstrating yoga poses. On the opposite side of the spreads, imaginatively sculpted fruits and vegetables mirror the same poses. And then, surprise! Lift the gatefold flaps to find simple, kid-friendly recipes incorporating all of the healthy ingredients featured in each photo. For instance, the Triangle Pose food photo is created with a cute avocado torso, a lime head, and broccoli stalks for arms and legs. The recipe under the flap features Broccomole Dip. Presented like this makes kids want to make it and eat it — or at least try it.

Broccomole Dip Makes about two cups What You’ll Need 1 to 2 cups broccoli florets 2 ripe avocados, peeled and chopped 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes 2 to 4 tablespoons finely chopped red onion 2 tablespoons lime juice 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (optional) 1 garlic clove (optional) Black pepper (optional) How to Make It 1. Steam, microwave, or boil the broccoli in a small amount of water until it’s very soft. Drain off water. 2. Place the broccoli and avocados in a mixing bowl and mash with a fork until smooth. 3. Add the chopped tomatoes, onion, lime juice, and salt. Add the cilantro and garlic to the bowl if you wish. Mix well until combined. Season with a bit of additional salt and a sprinkle of pepper to taste.

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Westchester resident Joy Bauer features eight kid-friendly recipes in her new book, Yummy Yoga: Playful Poses and Tasty Treats. Make her Yummy Yoga Broccomole Dip with your kids to help them stretch their taste buds.

4. Serve with raw broccoli florets, baby carrots, bell pepper sticks, or wholegrain crackers, and start dipping!

The easy-to-learn yoga poses illustrated by kids will inspire action as well. Let your kids

try each pose. Need some encouragement? Consider these stats: • Yoga has been proven to help manage stress and anxiety in children. • Yoga improves children’s physical and mental well-being. • Clinical studies also indicate that yoga improves academic performance and emotional balance. Yummy Yoga: Playful Poses and Tasty Treats is a fun and fresh introduction to yoga and nutrition for kids. Jean Sheff is Co-publisher and Editor of Westchester Family as well as a yoga and veggie fan.


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