1. Plenty of fresh produce and other goodies are still available from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Down to Earth Farmers Market in New Rochelle (North Avenue in front of the high school) and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the New Rochelle Grand Market on Library Green, Lawton and Huguenot streets. And from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Larchmont is the Down to Earth Farmers Market held at the Metro-North train station.
2. Have you seen the new Marine Education Center in at Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck yet? If not, come on down this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon to check out spider crabs, shells, horseshoe crabs and more. It's open every Saturday this month.
3. The 3rd Circles of Peace event is at 5 p.m. Saturday at Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck. It's International Peace Day and we'll go for a Peace Walk and participants will write down their 'dreams for the world' which will be photographed and displayed at the library in Mamaroneck in January 2014.
4. You never know when you might get lost in the woods for the night. Learn how to construct a life-size shelter using only materials found in nature at the Marshlands Conservancy at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22. The Marshlands Conservancy is located at 220 Boston Post Rd. in Rye.
5. A group against Common Core Standards in New York State is holding a forum on Sept. 21. The STOP group believes that Common Core Standards adopted by states nation-wide promotes a “one-size-fits-all” approach that neglects special education and gifted students. The forum is being held at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel in West Harrison from 1 to 5 p.m. and will include a panel of education experts from a wide spectrum of groups across the nation. They include Jamie Gass, director of the Center for School Reform at the Pioneer Institute, Neal McCluskey, associate director of the Cato Center for Educational Freedom, Emmett McGroarty, executive director of the Preserve Innocence Initiative at the American Principles Project, Sheila Kaplan, founder of EducationalNewYork.com and Christopher Tienken, assistant professor, Seton Hall University. Read more here.
6. Enjoy free music and check out some local art and crafts while strolling down the beachside path at at the Sounds Shore Music and Arts Festival in Rye Town Park this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. If the kids are not into art just yet, they will have plenty to do at the tables set up by Edith Read Sancuary, the Clay Arts Center and the Westchester Children’s Museum. Read more here.
7. The SoWe Food & Wine Festival will be held on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will be home to wine, beer, gourmet food samplings from Westchester's top restaurants, caterers and bakeries. There will also be celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, book signings, product displays, live music and children's activities. The festival will take place on Chase Road, Spencer Place, Harwood Court and Boniface Circle. And tents will cover the entire event in case it rains.
8. Join Ocean Conservancy’s International COASTAL CLEANUP from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. There are two locations where you can help Manor Beach and The Larchmont Reservoir Conservancy. For more information and to register, contact Amy at (914) 834-1443.