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What's Happening in White Plains This Week

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Here's what's happening in White Plains this week:


- The Common Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. The council will hold a public hearing on Thirsty Turtle's and Kelly's Pub and Grill's applications for a cabaret permit. Members will consider an ordinance amending the zoning code to include a bed-and-breakfast category. The council will vote on accepting a $30,000 grant to rehabilitate a 15-bed Family Services of Westchester home at 32 Ridgeview Ave., using $25,000 to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for free in homes of low- and moderate-income families, and selling a White Plains Urban Renewal Agency-owned property to a family for $250,000 within the Affordable Home Ownership Program. The complete agenda is available online .

At the library:

- An Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2007 course will be offered from 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

- Adults speaking English as a second language are invited to converse together from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

- Teens are welcome to enjoy pizza at Galaxy Hall from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. while telling staff which programs, books, movies, etc. they'd like to see at the library.

- The library will host a program in Spanish from 7 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. to help families learn more about preparing their children for college. Un taller que le ayudara a usted y a su hijo conocer mas sobre la importancia de la educacion universitaria. Mary Garcia, LMSW, trabaja como consejera EOP/Asesora Academica en Purchase y hablara sobre ayuda financiera y otros recurso disponible.


- The RDC Center for Counseling and Human Development will begin a six-week program for Hispanic mothers and daughters looking to improve their communication. The 6:30 p.m. session will be held at 52 N. Broadway.

- Pace Law School will hold an opening reception for its "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" traveling exhibit at 5 p.m. Assistant Dean Mark Shulman will discuss what Abraham Lincoln could teach us about confronting 21st century national security threats. The exhibit examines how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront the Civil War, the secession of southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties.

At the library:

- A basic computer class in Spanish will be taught from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Clases basicas de computadoras en espanol.

- 2- and 3-year-olds with adult accompaniment are invited to a "Rhyme Time" song, game and story in the Trove. Tickets will be given out a half-hour prior to the 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. events.


- The Westchester SCORE will hold a free business workshop on email marketing at 1 p.m. in the Department of Labor's 120 Bloomingdale Road location.

- The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. in City Hall. The board will hear from Arthur Hamilton, who wants to legalize a storage building and garage near his Robertson Avenue home; Joseph Prunesti Jr., who seeks to add a two-story, rear addition to his Seymour Place home; Edwared Ignaszewski, who wants to build a pool on Clifton Lane; and I&S Food Mart, which needs a special permit amendment for its Post Road business. The full agenda is online .

- Assemblyman Robert Castelli (R-Goldens Bridge) will host a forum on the proposed state budget in the White Plains Library from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Residents are invited to share their thoughts, concerns and suggestions on the budget.

At the library:

- The Trove will host a "Kids Like Me" story time and craft activity for 4- and 5-year-olds. Tickets will be given out a half-hour before the 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. events.

- The library will continue it's "1st Wednesday" series with an open mic, poetry slam competition and a performance by guest poet Will Evans. The event will be held in Room B from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

- Galaxy Hall will throw a bilingual story time for families that includes crafts, books and snacks. Tickets will be availabe a half-hour before the 7 p.m. program.


- Congregation Kol Ami will continue its series on Jews & Muslims in America Post-9/11. The 252 Soundview Ave. synagogue has invited Zead Ramadan of the New York Council on American-Islamic Relations to speak and answer questions from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

At the library:

- A Parent-Child Connection program will bring 1- to 3-year-olds and parents together for crafts, singing and play. Experts will be available to informally discuss child development, nutrition and speech from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Pre-registration is required. Call (914) 422-1476 for more info.

- Adults speaking English as a second language are invited to converse together from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

- Galaxy Hall will hold a silly singalong and story session for families with 3- to 5- year-olds from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

- Kindergartners through second-graders are invited to "A Story From India," with a craft and cookie at the Trove. Tickets will be given out a half-hour before the 4:30 p.m. event.


- Post Road PTA is holding its seventh annual Spring Fest from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The 175 W. Post Road school will dole out more than $17,000 worth of prizes, including a Cancun hotel package, a new American doll and lunch with local public safety officers. Spring Fest 2012 will have activities for kids. Admission is $5, and raffle tickets range from $1 to $7.

- The White Plains Performing Arts Center will debut its rendition of Ken Ludwig's "Lend Me a Tenor" at 8 p.m. The 1930s comedy follows an Italian opera superstar who goes missing after joining an Ohio opera. Tickets are $25 for children and $35 for adults.

- Red Monkey Theater Group and Axial Theater will bring one-act plays to ArtsWestchester. Admission to 31 Mamaroneck Ave. is $15 or $10 for seniors and ArtsWestchester members. Plays will begin at 8 p.m.

- White Plains has partnered with Rescue Nature's Nutrients to encourage landscapers to begin recycling grass. Landscapers and residents interested in learning about grasscycling can attend a free training session at 85 Gedney Way from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

At the library:

- Galaxy Hall invites caregivers with 20- to 29-month-olds to a "Let's Count Sheep" activity. Tickets will be given out a half-hour before the 1 p.m. program.

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