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What's Happening in White Plains This Week

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Here's a look at what's happening this week in White Plains:


- The Design Review Board will meet at 7 p.m. in City Hall. The board will consider  City Limits Diner's request to update its exterior design, Lola's Restaurant and Lounge's request to replace its facade and the Living World Christian Church's plan to expand its sanctuary and add classrooms and offices upstairs. The full agenda is available online .

- The White Plains Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the proposed school budget at 7:30 p.m. in the education house.

- The White Plains Board of Ethics will meet at 8 p.m. in the second-floor law library at City Hall.

At the library:

- Families with children ages 24 months or younger are invited to a "Hurray, St. Patrick's Day!" event at Galaxy Hall. Tickets will be given out 30 minutes before the 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. readings.

- The library will host a conversation group for adults speaking English as a second language from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

- A GED test preparation class will be open to 16-year-olds and up from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


- The Hudson Valley Coalition for a Fair Economy will hold a forum called "America's Overlooked Deficits: Jobs and Public Investment" at 7 p.m. at the YWCA of White Plains. Speakers will include Congressperson Nita Lowey, Chuck Bell of the National Jobs for all Coalition, former New York State Assemblyperson Richard Brodsky and Amy Traub, senior policy analyst at Demos.

- The Cable Access Television Commission will convene at 7:30 p.m. at 11 Midland Ave.

- Lt. Kevin Christopher, who commands community policing, will speak at the 7:30 p.m. White Plains Council of Neighborhood Association meeting at the education house.  Christopher will discuss the department's Citizens Academy, which is designed to teach residents about police officers' and firefighters' behind-the-scenes work, how Compstat tracks crime data, and the Neighborhood Watch program. He will also be available to answer questions.

At the library:

- The library will hold a basic computer class in Spanish from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Clases basicas de computadoras en espanol.

- Two- and three-year-olds with adult accompaniment are welcome to a "Rhyme Time" song and game session at the Trove. Tickets will be distributed 30 minutes before the 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. events.


- Westchester S.C.O.R.E. will hold a free workshop on the legal issues surrounding businesses and taxes at 1 p.m. in the 120 Bloomingdale Road Department of Location facility.

- White Plains Hospital and City Hall have teamed up to offer a free "Balance Basics" course for those 50 or older in the 65 Mitchell Place community center. Attendees will learn about fall-prevention techniques from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

- The library Board of Trustees will meet  at 7 p.m. in the library board room.

At the library:

- The Trove will hold a "Pet Show" story and craft activity for 4- to 5-year-olds. Tickets will be given out 30 minutes before the 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. readings.

- Teens are invited to celebrate the release of "Hunger Games" with cupcake decorating, trivia, pizza and the library's own 'Hunger Games" at 4:30 p.m.

- The New Canaan Nature Center will introduce owls and other critters featured in the Harry Potter series for families with children in kindergarten through sixth grade. The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the auditorium.

- An adult computer class will cover how to use the mouse, point and click, work pull-down menus and other Windows functions from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.


- The Kensington, an assisted-living facility for seniors, will host a financial planning panel called "Life Options: Best Ways to Save" from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The free event will cover the benefits of long-term insurance, changes in the power of attorney law, health care proxies, living wills and reverse mortgages. RSVP by calling (914) 390-0080 or emailing .

- JP Morgan Chase has invited real estate brokers and attorneys to host a first-time homebuyers seminar that outlines the steps to buying in the current market. The 6:30 p.m. event will be held at the 191 Mamaroneck Ave. Chase branch. RSVP by calling (646) 872-2808.

- The Recreation Advisory Committee will meet at 7:30 p.m. at 85 Gedney Way.

- The White Plains Board of Education will host a budget forum at 7:30 p.m. in Post Road Elementary School's auditorium.

At the library:

- An adult computer class will cover how to use the mouse, point and click, work pull-down menus, and other Windows functions from 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

- The library will host a conversation group for adults speaking English as a second language from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

- Parents and their 3- to 5-year-olds are welcome to attend a silly singalong from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Galaxy Hall.

- The Trove will read "A Story from Ireland," organize a related craft and serve a cookie snack for kindergartners through second-graders. Tickets will be given out 30 minutes before the 4:30 p.m. program begins.


- The Music Conservatory of Westchester will celebrate its Music Therapy Institute's 25th anniversary with a 6:30 p.m. “Dance the Night Away” evening of dinner and dancing. Bill Evans, a meteorologist for ABC-TV, will host the event. Don DuPont Big Band and alumni from the Music Therapy Institute will perform at the C.V. Rich Mansion at 305 Ridgeway. The conservatory will honor Marsha Gordon, president and CEO of the Business Council of Westchester, and Alan Katz, a conservatory board member, for their commitment to the arts community.

At the library:

- Galaxy Hall will hold a "Five Green & Speckled Frogs" event for 20- to 29-month-olds and their caregivers. Tickets will be given out 30 minutes before the 1 p.m. event.

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