Your Weekend: Meet Ray Rice; Chinese New Year

What's what around the region this weekend.


Looking for something fun for the weekend? Check out these activities:

Superbowl Champ Ray Rice Gets Hometown Welcome in New Rochelle, Saturday, January 9, 10:30 a.m. New Rochelle City Hall, 515 North Ave., New Rochelle, NY. Baltimore Ravens Running Back—and New Rochelle native—Ray Rice will be at New Rochelle City Hall Saturday for a celebration of his team's victory at Sunday's Super Bowl. Wear purple and join the celebration on the front steps of City Hall. 

Victorian Valentine Workshop, Saturday, February 9, 1 p.m. 895 Shore Rd. Bronx, NY. Tickets: $8. Show that you care—not with a boring, store-bought card, but with a handmade, full-of-charm, sure-to-woo original creation. Learn about the history of valentines and the use of printed “scraps” used to make them in the 19th century while you craft your own memorable valentine. A fun workshop for the whole family! Registration required. For more information, call 718-885-1461. 

Chinese New Year Celebration, Saturday, February 9, 1:30 p.m. Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Ave., Pelham, NY. Folk Arts Series: Pelham Art Center rings in the Year of the Snake with a lively demonstration of a traditional "Lion Dance," performed by Kwan's Kung Fu Studio of Peekskill, and an art-making workshop. The dance begins at 2:30pm. Don't forget to wear red for good luck! For more information, call 914-738-2525. 

St.Paul’s Church and the Civil War, Saturday, February 9, 12:30 p.m. 897 S. Columbus Ave., Mount Vernon, NY. Opening of new exhibition, St. Paul’s & the Civil War and a recognition of President’s Day & Black History Month. Please join us for the opening of our new exhibition, “St. Paul’s & the Civil War,” helping to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the great national conflict. This includes a talk about the role of religion in the Civil War by Professor John Rodgers of Lehman College. There will also be talks and re-enactments commemorating President’s Day and February as Black History Month, including appearances by Presidents Washington, Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt, and underground railroad icon Harriet Tubman. For more information, call 914-667-4116.   

Maritime Folklore Exhibition: From Shore to Shore Boat Builders and Boat Yards of Westchester and Long Island, Saturday, February 9, 12-5 p.m. ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY. The building and repair of boats and ships of all sizes has long been a vital part of occupational culture during the history of the Hudson River area. While the construction of boats has changed dramatically over the years, the art of traditional boat building is being revived at key educational sites in New York. Reflecting 200 years of maritime tradition, this exciting exhibition will profile master craftsmen, their tools and the landmark boat yards where they work, historical timeline displays, models and actual boats that they have built.  For more information about additional, free Saturday programs associated with this event, visit www.artswestchester.org/from-shore-to-shore


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