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Free Events for July & August
Join us for Music, Dance, Movies, Yoga & more!

2 Outdoor Dance & Music Parties in July
Disney Summer Hit Monday Movie Series
All About Animals Wednesdays – "Close Up & Personal" and on Film
Outdoor Movie on the Green on August 4th
Yoga on the Green Friday Evenings

July 21st at 6 pm / Learn how to Samba!
Nanny Assis returns to the Green with sensational sounds of Samba, Bossa-Nova, Baiao, and Brazilian Jazz standards. His group will be joined by two professional Samba dancers in costume—who will also share their moves in lessons.
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July 28th at 6 pm / Salsa Baby
Grupo Latin Vibe, a 7-piece Latin jazz band, brings a high powered energy show to every band stand. The band's irresistible groove makes them a favorite of Metropolitan area salsa dancers, a number of whom will be providing the demonstrations and lessons.
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August 4th at 8 pm / Movie on the Green: Wizard of Oz
What a great night! A costume contest, parade and then the movie on a two story high screen on Library. Don't miss this event. 8:00 pm: Costume Contest; Film Begins at 8:45 pm. MORE »

 

 

Yoga on the Green
Fridays, starting July 8th, 15th, 22nd & August 5th, 12th / Classes are at 6-7 pm & 7:15-8:15 pm
Experience a yoga class taught by certified instructors outside on Library Green! Mandatory registration begins 15 minutes prior to class. Please bring a yoga mat. MORE »

Saturday July 30, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Unmask Your (Dance) Potential!
Dance Connection Open House. Schedule of Free Mini-Classes. MORE »

Disney Summer Hit Parade Movie Series
Mondays through August 8th at 6 pm

July 25th, 6:00 pm – The Three Lives Of Thomasina (1964) MORE »
August 1st, 6:00 pm – Herbie Rides Again (1974) MORE »
August 8th, 6:00 pm – The Shaggy D.A. (1976)
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All About Animals – "Close Up & Personal" and on Film
Alternating Wednesdays at 11 am–1 pm
Every Wednesday throughout the summer the library will feature a variety of free live, interactive shows to entertain and enrich, alternating with family movies about creatures great and small. Live Animal Shows: First-come, first-served to 50-seat capacity. Films: First-come, first-served to the 145-seat capacity. Ossie Davis Theater at the New Rochelle Public Library
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Wed., July 20th at 11 am and 1 pm
Live Animals from the New Rochelle Humane Society Celebrating its 100th year, the New Rochelle Humane Society cares for dogs, animals and other animals left homeless. They will be bringing some of their current residents for everyone to enjoy and showing slides illustrating the valuable work they do. MORE »

Wed., July 27th / Family Films Starring Pigs

11:00 am – Charlotte's Web MORE »
1:00 pm – Babe
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Wed., August 3rd / Live Animals from Animal Embassy
11:00 am – Talk to the Animals
1:00 pm – Amazing Adaptations
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Wed., August 10th / Family Films with Animals on the Move
11:00 am: Curious George MORE »
1:00 pm: Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey MORE »


BUSINESS REVIEW
Gnarly Vine
by Kathleen Vandeloo

Kathleen Vandekoo lives in Bronxville with her husband Mike and son Connor. She works in Manhattan and he works in Connecticut. When they are not working, they are busy with their community and their church so during their limited free time, having a great place to relax and catch up, which also has great food and wine, is important to them. Kathleen is a regular at the Gnarly Vine. She loves the ability to spend time with her girlfriends in a comfortable setting with interesting dining fare and drinks. She, her husband Mike, and their son Connor, also enjoy being with each other and friends at the Gnarly Vine.

My girlfriends and I coordinate a night out at least once every month—to get together, share some good food and drinks and catch up on the latest news. Each month a different woman picks a restaurant so that we can try out different restaurants and bars. Despite this, we all agree on one thing—our favorite ladies night out spot is The Gnarly Vine in New Rochelle.

The Gnarly Vine serves small plates so we can share different items as we drink some of the best wine and beer options in Westchester. On the weekends, they have awesome live music and the chef-owner-wine connoisseur William Leon creates amazing dishes that change seasonally and have included items ranging from wild mushroom, gruyere and truffle oil quesadilla salads to figs stuffed with manchego. I am often there with my husband for mouth-watering burgers or lobster rolls (their Thursday happy hour special). And we also enjoy evenings out at the Gnarly Vine with our son Connor who is enjoying trying new things from their changing seasonal menu and as a result is developing quite a palate.

Everything is amazingly fresh and it is refreshing to visit a restaurant and learn from the staff and the chef about the wine and food—something they clearly love in this place. The Gnarly Vine embodies the "slow food" movement that many restauranteurs in Manhattan, including Mario Batali, are embracing—making this an excellent place to enjoy the Manhattan experience without the cost and time required to go to Manhattan.

Husband and wife owners William and Jennifer Leon opened The Gnarly Vine in 2007. William originally trained in Spain and Mexico and for years was part of the growing restaurant scene in Manhattan where chefs were introducing a hungry public to a market to table experience, inventively combining international cuisines into new dishes and pairing them with great wines, champagnes and boutique beers to create a full dining experience. During his Manhattan days he loved the many quality neighborhood bistros in New York City where people could comfortably meet friends, try new dishes prepared with fresh ingredients, learn about wines and do so affordably so that friends could meet there regularly. MORE »