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Maple Sugaring for All Ages February & March 2020 ~Tenafly, NJ~

Experience at our demonstration stations how to identify a maple tree, how to drill a maple tree, and the process of boiling down maple sap to make fresh, warm maple syrup, a sweet treat for all to taste. All ages are welcome.

SOURCE: https://www.tenaflynaturecenter.org

Location: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Avenue, Tenafly, NJ

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Extreme Maple Syruping Collection for Families February 20 ~Stamford, CT~

Help to collect the sap run of the day, see how much syrup has been made so far for the season, and learn how we go from sap to syrup. We’ll also do a maple syrup taste test challenge. As always, we’ll reward our hard work with one of our favorite treats – ice cream with maple syrup!

SOURCE: https://www.stamfordmuseum.org

Location: Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 151 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT

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Virtual: Japanese for Kids 3-10 Class Beginning February 7

Learn Japanese through a series of fun, interactive courses designed just for kids! This spring, we are offering new exploratory sessions for children ages 3-5 and 6-10.
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SOURCE: https://www.japansociety.org

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February Break Art Week-Long Workshops for Ages 5-12 February 15-19 ~Rye, NY~

Choose from Drawing/Painting Week, Ceramics Week, or Miniature Fun Model Making Week!
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SOURCE: https://www.ryeartscenter.org

Location: Rye Arts Center, 51 Milton Road, Rye

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Valentine’s Day Pop Up Cards Workshop February 13 ~Rye, NY~

Bring a picture of a special person or animal you love. We will make a copy of the picture and provide all the materials you need to make three special Valentine’s cards!</blockquote
SOURCE: https://www.ryeartscenter.org

Location: Rye Arts Center, 51 Milton Road, Rye

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Valentine’s Day Workshop: Laser Cutting with Glowforge February 11 ~Rye, NY~

Using CAD design students will create a Valentine’s themed pendant or pin that will then be laser cut and engraved on our new machine! All supplies included.
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SOURCE: https://www.ryeartscenter.org

Location: Rye Arts Center, 51 Milton Road, Rye

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Virtual: Seed Starting 101: Annual Vegetables and Flowers Beginning February 10

Get a jump start on the growing season! Join long time urban farmer-educator Molly Culver for a virtual, hands-on exploration into how to start seeds indoors for annual crops. For the community gardener and home gardener alike, this class will be a deep dive into seed starting basics and seedling care. We’ll review containers, soil media, seed needs, and baby plant care needs.

SOURCE: https://classes.bbg.org

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Virtual: Grow a Flower Cutting Garden Beginning February 17

Discover the amazing variety of annual and perennial flowering plants suited for NYC’s hardiness zone, as well as preferred seed and plant and seedling sources. We will review basic soil, nutrient, light, water, and space requirements for your cutting garden. And learn pro tips for successful flower growing, harvesting and arranging, pinching, integrated pest management, trellising, harvesting, and post-harvest care.

SOURCE: https://classes.bbg.org

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Virtual: Welcoming Migrating Birds Back in Spring Beginning February 24

Migrating birds are facing overwhelming population declines. Discover how to attract and support migrating birds in your garden with the natural habitat and food sources they need.

SOURCE: https://classes.bbg.org

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The Stamford Piano Art & Music Project CALL FOR ARTISTS Deadline February 16 ~Connecticut~

Each year Stamford Downtown hosts a distinguished outdoor sculpture exhibit designed to attract both local and regional audiences. Art in Public Places Outdoor Sculpture exhibit features artwork lining the sidewalks and parks of the Downtown.

The 2021 exhibit, The Piano Project, will bring both art & music to the streets of Stamford Downtown!

The fun and interactive exhibit will feature 20+ upright pianos designed and painted by local artists. The pianos will be on display all summer for the public to interact with and play!

SOURCE: http://stamford-downtown.com

Location: Stamford Downtown, Fairfield County, Connecticut

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Virtual: The Magical World of Kimchi Beginning February 3

make white kimchi, as well as kimchi with gochujang (chili paste). Grab these ingredients to follow along: 1 medium Napa cabbage, non-iodized salt, 2-3 inches ginger root, 1 head of garlic, gochujang paste, a vessel to ferment in (quart-sized glass jar, ceramic fermentation crock, or food-grade plastic bucket). Feel free to bring other add-in ingredients, such as radishes, daikon, carrots, seaweed, or onions. Or just watch and learn, and walk away with the recipes and know-how to make kimchi on your own.

SOURCE: https://classes.bbg.org

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Virtual: Chinese Brush Painting Beginning February 3

Learn to paint in the Chinese style using bamboo brushes, ink, watercolor paints, and rice paper. Explore the origins of Chinese characters and the different styles of Chinese calligraphy.

SOURCE: https://classes.bbg.org

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Virtual: Tap Your Own Maple Tree in Wilton, CT Orientation Workshop January 30 & 31

Learn the science and history of maple sugaring by being a hands-on part of the process. While we are not able to hold our traditional informational workshops this season due to state regulations, we will provide virtual resources and a Zoom call to answer your questions. Then on January 30th or 31st (provided the sap is running), we invite your family out to Ambler Farm to choose your Maple tree and hang your bucket to collect sap. Choose the day and time that works best for you.

Then, each week we will send regular updates on the running of the sap so that your family can come out to the Farm to collect sap from your tree. We will boil down the sap in our sugar shack and send each family home with their very own bottle of Ambler Farm Dark Maple Syrup.

SOURCE: https://amblerfarm.org

Location: Ambler Farm, 257 Hurlbutt Street, Wilton, CT

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New York State DEC Seedling Programs for Schools, Vocational, College, University and Youth Education Programs DEADLINE March 31

Planting and caring for tree seedlings can help young people learn about ecosystems and the valuable role trees play. Schools and youth organizations are eligible to receive free trees or shrubs by participating in this educational program. Participants receive seedlings from the Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery along with guidance on how to plant and care for them.

Provide young people with a hands-on way to understand natural systems, observe their environment, and learn key vocabulary. When students plant tree seedlings they can discover the structure and function of trees while building their awareness about conservation.

As the trees mature they can serve as an ongoing living laboratory for young people to learn from. The experience can help students make informed decisions about the conservation and use of natural resources.

Eligible Organizations

  • All schools located within New York State – public, private, nursery, elementary, secondary, vocational, college or university.
  • Any youth education-based organization.

SOURCE: https://www.dec.ny.gov

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New York State Summer School of the Arts Virtual Auditions and Portfolio Reviews for Grades 8-12 this January and February

The New York State Summer School of the Arts provides over 400 of New York’s talented students the opportunity for advanced study in the visual and performing arts fields. NYSSSA is comprised of seven component schools: Theater, Ballet, Modern Dance, Orchestral Studies, Choral and Vocal Studies, Visual Arts, and Media Arts. The summer arts program offers highly competitive pre-professional training to promising artists from a variety of disciplines.

Students are accepted into the schools through a competitive audition and review process conducted by the artistic staff. Due to the nature of the 2021 program, tuition will be free for all students, enabling every student who qualifies the opportunity to participate in the program. Audition information and application materials are available on the NYSSA website.

Though usually experienced as a four-week residential arts program, NYSSSA staff have adapted the curriculum due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

SOURCE: https://www.newyorkalmanack.com

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Bird Book Sculpture Workshop for Ages 9-12 January 23 ~Rye, NY~

Have you ever wondered what to do with an old book? With a pair of scissors and glue, transform it into an objet d’art! Bring an old book (hardcover or paperback) and sculpt out a phoenix or a bird of your own design.

SOURCE: https://www.ryeartscenter.org

Location: Rye Arts Center, 51 Milton Road, Rye, NY

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Loosen Up And Paint: A BYOB Night Out! January 21 ~Rye, NY~

Participants will be encouraged to work at their own pace, and in their own style. No experience necessary; if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush, make this the first time! All supplies included. (remember, BYOB!)
Pre-registration required.

SOURCE: https://www.ryeartscenter.org

Location: Rye Arts Center, 51 Milton Road, Rye, NY

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Improv Class for Grades 5-8 Beginning January 22 ~Elmsford, NY~

Through a series of improvisational games and exercises, students will learn how to think on their feet, actively listen, and react in the moment while increasing their creativity and confidence as performers.

SOURCE: http://www.randomfarms.com

Location: Random Farms, 77 Executive Blvd, Elmsford, NY

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Virtual: Interactive Digital Media Class Beginning January 28

This course will teach how to apply the best practices of design thinking found in interactive digital media such as websites, applications and much more. Students learn how essential human-centered approaches are applied to a successful product design. Each student will participate in the iterative processes of design thinking to develop an effective UX/UI prototype. In a collaborative team environment, students resolve the complexities of a human-centered product design. Using hands-on examples and tutorials, students will understand how to facilitate and contribute to the design thinking processes that serve diverse end-users for commercial and public industries.

SOURCE: https://www.sunywcc.edu

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VIRTUAL: Social Media Strategies and Tactics Class Beginning January 21

Learn about setting Goals, Objectives, KPIs, and Tactics. Students will learn about creating content calendar for timing and key dates, and incorporating content marketing into a social context. In addition, students will look at several social media tools, including Hootsuite, content management systems, and other common tools used in a social media role. Plus, this course will cover how to build a brand advocacy program and look at ways to engage influencers.

SOURCE: https://www.sunywcc.edu