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By Mark Jeffers

We just received a copy of a new book, “What Would Mary Ann Do,” yes the Mary Ann from my Dad’s favorite TV show “Gilligan’s Island.”  Dawn Wells gives life advice such as “Sometimes all we have is words.”  It was a fun and fast read, which left me enough time to write this week’s “wordy, but fun” edition of “News & Notes.”

Trying to schedule your Thanksgiving Dinner…please keep in mind some of our struggling neighbors and donate holiday food items to the Community Center of Northern Westchester in Katonah.  In addition to the items listed on their website, beginning now and through the holidays the Center asks for frozen turkeys (up to 12 lbs.), frozen roasting chickens, and frozen turkey breasts, sugar,  flour, cake mixes, hot chocolate, coffee, tea bags, and fruit juice.

Are you “beezy” on October 25th, if not you may want to stop by the Read Wildlife Sanctuary at Rye Playland Park to catch “For the Love of Bees: Winterizing Your Beehives,” at 1pm.  Learn how to prepare your bees for the winter months with beekeeper Margaret von der Meden. 

The experts say that keeping your brain active is a key factor in healthy aging; just as we exercise our bodies we must exercise our minds. Learn the benefits of brain stimulation on Friday, November 7th, at The Westchester in White Plains as part of the Mall Walk program.  Stacey Zaslow-Cook from Aging Smart, Inc. will discuss the importance of exercising the brain to help maintain cognition as we age by using a variety of cognitively challenging activities. All activities focus on cognitive strengthening, maintaining and improving hand- eye coordination, and using fine motor skills.  The program will begin at 9am at the Food Court on Level 4.  Admission and parking are free for members of the mall walk program.  This sure sounds interesting as long as my wife does not stop mid-walk to shop…

Are you ready to be scared and thrilled at the same time, then check out “The Great Jack O ’Lantern Blaze,” where you will see more than 5,000 individually hand carved illuminated jack o ’lanterns now through November 16th.

Bedford Chamber Concerts will be presenting their first concert of the new season on Wednesday, October 29th, starting at 8pm.  Launched through the efforts of the all-volunteer Music Committee of St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Bedford, the Bedford Chamber Concerts has drawn on the talents and resources of renowned musician, conductor and
composer Anthony Newman who serves as Music Director.

This just in from our gourmet reporter, award-winning chef Michael White will be opening Campagna, a new restaurant in the former Farmhouse at Bedford Post Inn.  If he is looking for food critics, my wife and I are available…

Maybe it is the influence of Halloween approaching or maybe it is the peacefulness of the place, but my wife enjoys walking around old cemeteries in the fall.  If anyone else is interested in exploring the historical cemeteries around Bedford be sure to look for the many restored headstones that have been worked on by the Friends of Bedford Burial Grounds.  Under the direction of our friend Jenny Weisburger, the group has been honoring history through the graveyards for almost two years. The work they have done is remarkable so get out and take a stroll and don’t be afraid of the ghosts.

Looking for a new career, aren’t we all…then you won’t want to miss the annual Manhattanville College’s Sport Business Management Career & Internship Fair being held on Friday November 21st from 10am to 2pm at Reid castle on campus in Purchase.

On October 26th at the Cranberry Lake Preserve in North White Plains there will be “A Walk Back in Time,” at 1pm, walk back through time during a hike to the quarry.  Does that mean I get younger the further I walk…

Who knew there were so many wonderful Oktoberfests in our area, cheers to all…see you next week.







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