Earth Day & Arbor Day Events in April

Earth Day & Arbor Day Events in April

Just as the city is about to burst out in bloom, its time to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day.  Earth Day is on April 22 and National Arbor Day is April 29 but there are events spreading across the next two weeks that bring our attention to our beautiful planet and how we can be a little nicer to her.  Check these out:

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Free Movie tonight @St.Pauls Chapel

  
This is a great way to wind down your week…

St. Paul’s Chapel concludes its seasonal movie series tonight with the “Dirty Dancing,” the 1987 classic about a sheltered young woman who defies her parents and falls in love with a camp dance instructor (Patrick Swayze) while on family vacation. 
July 24, 7:00 p.m.  St. Paul’s Chapel, 209 Broadway, at Fulton Street, Lower Manhattan. trinitywallstreet.org/movies. 
This is a free event.

Tales of Brier Rabbit Puppet Show

Tales of Brier Rabbit Puppet Show

When all my children were much younger we would make a point of catching the Puppetmobile. I still have a few who, regardless of their age, still love a good puppet show – it has universal appeal and is a great way to introduce children to theatre.

PuppetmobileThis summer, the CityParks PuppetMobile’s is presenting their original production of Tales of Brier Rabbit. The show follows the adventures of notorious trickster Brier Rabbit, who is once again up to no good. Deceiving and stealing from his fellow animal friends, Brier Rabbit thinks he’s much too clever to ever get caught. However, in this modern adaptation of the American folk tale, Brier Rabbit’s pals are on to his tricks, and set out to teach him a lesson he won’t soon forget!

CityParks PuppetMobile, one of the only traveling puppet theaters in the country, brings Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre productions and puppet making workshops to all corners of the city, free of charge. Traveling the five boroughs in a PuppetMobile equipped with a stage and staff of professional puppeteers, the CityParks PuppetMobile brings entertainment to 50,000 children and families each year.

The free  performances are held in parks, playgrounds and recreation centers from April to October. Check out the schedule here BrierRabbit Schedule 2015  to see when it arrives at a park near you.

 

Fleet Week, May 20-26

 

I missed the parade up the river! I almost always see it – so frustrating.  If you missed it yesterday you can take a look at the pics other people snapped- check out #fleetweek on twitter (love @CBSNews Warshipedia graphic!)

The folks at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum have an amazing week of events and activities planned to celebrate and honor Memorial Day and the military, including presentations by NASA, interactive displays and demonstrations and the most coolest – movie night on the Intrepid! You can sit on the deck and watch Top Gun! Awesome!

If you’re too faint of heart to bear the lines for the tours of the various ships (free and open to the public through Memorial Day at Pier 92 (12th and 52nd) and Sullivans Pier on Staten Island), just wander along Hudson River Park for a great view.

Follow and share your Fleet Week experience #FleetWeek at @FleetWeekNYC  @IntrepidMuseum  @StatueEllisNPS  @SnugHarborCCBG

Films on the Green

Films on the Green

Mark you calendars for May 29th. That is the day of the kick-off of the annual Films on the Green – a free, outdoor film festival in New York City organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the City of New York Parks & Recreation, and FACE Foundation.

Since 2008, the festival has brought classic and contemporary French cinema to New Yorkers, each season’s films cover a different theme from musicals to literary adaptations and Male figures in French cinema.

To thoroughly enjoy these classics make sure you pack a blanket and a picnic basket, and if you don’t speak French don’t worry – all films have English subtitles.

You can share your experience with #filmsonthegreen #nycurbanlife.

 

Films for 2015 are:

Friday, May 29, 8:30 pm | Central Park, Cedar Hill
...AND GOD CREATED WOMAN
By Roger Vadim with Brigitte Bardot, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Curd Jürgens

 

 

Friday, June 5, 8:30 pm | Washington Square Park
CARAMEL
By Nadine Labaki with Nadine Labaki, Yasmine Al Massri

 

 

Friday June 12, 8:30 pm | Washington Square Park
PEPE LE MOKO
By Julien Duvivier with Jean Gabin, Mireille Balin, Marcel Dalio

 

 

Friday, June 19, 8:30 pm | Tompkins Square Park
PRICELESS (Hors de Prix)
By Pierre Salvadori with Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh

 

 

Friday, June 26, 8:30 pm | Tompkins Square Park
ZARAFA
By Rémi Bezançon & Jean-Christophe Lie (Ages 7+)

 

 

Friday, July 10, 8:30 pm | Riverside Park, Pier I
GOHA
By Jacques Baratier with Omar Sharif, Claudia Cardinale

 

 

Friday, July 17, 8:30 pm | Riverside Park, Pier I
QUEEN TO PLAY
By Caroline Bottaro with Sandrine Bonnaire, Kevin Kline

 

 

Friday, July 24, 8:30 pm | Transmitter Park (BK)
LA DERIVE
By Paula Delsol with Jacqueline Vandal, Pierre Barouh

 

 

Friday, July 31, 8:30 pm | Transmitter Park (BK)
LA COLLECTIONNEUSE
By Eric Rohmer with Patrick Bauchau, Haydée Politoff

 

 

Thursday, Sept. 10, 7:30 pm | Columbia University
THE RABBI’S CAT (Le Chat du Rabbin)
By Joann Sfar & Antoine Delesvaux

 

 

Location Map

Films on the Green Map

West Side Community Garden’s Arts & Crafts Festival,  Sept. 13-14

West Side Community Garden’s Arts & Crafts Festival, Sept. 13-14

West Side Community Garden is hosting a weekend arts festival that includes
poetry readings, a performance by the New York String Orchestra, and artwork
and crafts for sale by local westside artists.

DATES:  September 13th and 14th . 
TIMES:  10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  
LOCATION: West 89th Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus
Avenues.
Paintings, photographs, jewelry,
ceramics, quilting and limited edition clothing and more will be sold by the
garden’s West 89th Street entrance (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues).
On Saturday, September 13th, you can enjoy a free crafts workshop for children (all materials provided) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, in a garden setting.. Entertainment starts at 1:00 p.m. and at 3:00 p.m.  when Iluminada & Guillermo will play Spanish guitar and lead a folk music singalong for children and adults (in English and Spanish).
On Sunday, September 14th, the New York String Orchestra, conducted
by Stephen Josephs, will present a concert on the garden green from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. From 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. local poets Howard Pflanzer and Rosalie
Calabrese will be featured in readings.  Students from NYU’s Creative
Writing programs will join them, with a book signing and reception to follow.

The WSCG Arts & Crafts festival is funded in
part by The Lily Auchencloss Foundation and is an annual event of the West SideCommunity Garden, open year-round from dawn to dusk.  

Kayaking on the Hudson

Kayaking on the Hudson

Join the Downtown Boathouse for 20-minute instructional paddles, and explore the Hudson River first hand. Please wear a bathing suit or shorts and a t-shirt, and know how to swim. Weather permitting. No registration required. Kayaks and life vests provided.Sundays through September 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – 72nd St. & Hudson River