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Rockland Rampage 11U Travel Baseball OPEN Try Outs
When/Where: Thursday, Jan. 17 at 5 p.m./ 99 Torne Valley Rd, Hillburn, NY
Why Go: Rockland Rampage 11U Travel Baseball Team will be having Open Try Outs on January 17th from 5 to 6 p.m. and January 24th from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Torne Valley Bubble in Hillburn.
Cost/Contact: Free / firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up
STAC 2013 Winter Baseball Clinic
When/Where: Six sessions starting Friday, Jan. 18 at the St. Thomas Aquinas College Gymnasium. Sessions run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for ages 6-8 and 7:30 to 9 p.m. for ages 9-12.
Why Go: This six-session baseball clinic is designed for ages 6-12. Instruction is in small groups, with four in each. Participants are grouped by ability. The STAC coaching staff and players will provide instruction. There is a 70-foot batting cage and indoor mounds at the STAC gym.
Cost/Contact: Cost is $119 for six sessions. Checks payable to STAC Baseball. Register online here. For more information, go to stacathletics.com or contact STAC baseball Head Coach Scott Muscat at smuscat @stac.edu or through the website at stacathletics.com/sports/bsb.
When/Where: Sundays at Pearl River High School. Buddies arrive at 9:45 a.m. and players come at 10 a.m.
Why Go: Athletes from ages three to 21 with developmental disabilities can learn basketball and social skills while working with non-disabled peers known as buddies. The buddies get the opportunity to help others in an athletic environment. They can also fulfill volunteer hours if needed. Buddyball is part of the Orangetown Mighty Midgets, drawing players and buddies from Orangetown and surrounding communities.
Cost/Contact: $45 for players. Free for buddies. Players must pre-register. Buddies register on site. For more information, go to http://www.buddyballsports.org/.
Matty Roxx Concert
When/Where: Thursday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m./New City Library, 220 N Main St, New City
Why Go: Ages: 12 months and up. Sing, play along and dance! Due to space constraints only one adult per child will be admitted. All adults must show their New City or West Nyack Library cards at the door.
Winter Tales with Chuck Stead
When/Where: Saturday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. until 12 p.m./307 Hungry Hollow Rd, Chestnut Ridge
Why Go: The Nature Place Day Camp spotlights their favorite storyteller, Chuck Stead, to spin tales of winter, wonder, and surprise. Chuck enthralls children and adults alike with his hilarious and heartbreaking stories. This event will be followed by an open house from 1- 4pm.
Crafts: Buy & Decorate
When/Where: Saturday, Jan 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. at A.C. Moore
Why Go: Come Buy and Decorate Your Own Nicole Crafts Heart Wreath with Creative Hands Foam Stickers
Cost/Contact: Free / A.C. Moore
Art Gallery Reception
When/Where: Sunday, Jan. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m./ Nanuet Public Library
Why Go: The Mon Amie Corinne gallery is by Jane Coco Cowles. She says, “In this series, I part with something I once thought too painful, my originals. After losing the best friend I searched a lifetime to find, there is no better time to grant her wish and let go of my originals. With each image in this series, Mon Amie Corinne, I share a piece of an incredibly talented and beautiful woman. We all have a friend who touches our soul. For me Corie was that person. May her spirit live on as I rediscover a medium I abandoned years ago. I dedicate it to her daughter Gracie. I want her to see all of the things her mother loved through the eyes of her best friend."
Cost/Contact: Free / Nanuet Public Library
Film Showing: Big Eden
When/Where: Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2:30 p.m./ Nyack Public Library
Why Go: Big Eden is a tiny fictional town in northwestern Montana, as Preston Sturges or Frank Capra might have envisioned it. Timber and Cowboy country. This is the story of Henry Hart, a successful New York Artist, who returns to the town of his childhood to care for the ailing grandfather who raised him; Rated PG-13
Cost/Contact: Free / Dane Paciarello at 845-358-3370, ext. 244