Aye Aye What’s Coming to the Y and PBS?!?

It’s less than a week away from our LABA Kids concert, Songs for Unusual Creatures and we checked with Michael Hearst again to get you some more exciting info and updates for this amazing show for the whole family!Aye aye FINAL

In last week’s post, we showed you a video that features the Aye Aye, or Daubentonia madagascariensis, a lemur native to Madagascar. The furry and unusual nocturnal creature uses echolocation to find its food and get around the forest. It also has extra special long middle fingers that it uses to tap on trees to see if they are hollow.

Songs for Unusual Creatures does a great job of uniting music, science, and learning. So much so that the show has been picked up by PBS Kids! The pilot episode will be premiering online on October 14th, and those of you who are joining us this Sunday will get to see the live version of the show. “Being able to make a show that ties in music with science is awesome!” says Hearst, who admires the work of Leonard Bernstein in his young people’s concerts, as it is “a great idea to be able to provide education through music. It is unusual that TV is willing to take a chance on something that is so art-y and yet educational at the same time.”

After the show, kids will be able to try out some of the unusual instruments that accompany these creatures, including the theremin (a crowd favorite!) and the stylofone.  Then, families can watch the series on PBS Kids and remember the great time they had with the instruments, animals, and band live!

The show is almost sold out! So get your tickets here, with a special discount for Y members.

Songs for Unusual Creatures

Sunday, September 29th

11:00am in the Theater at the 14th Street Y

Composting at Camp!

With the launch of our successful composting drop off program last March, the 14th Street Y has discovered how willing people are to participate in composting when given the opportunity to do so. Composting is a great eco educational tool for kids, and it’s never had more room to shine than right now, at our New Country Day Camp. Today we’re sharing a blog written by Aneta, New Country’s very own Greening Coordinator! .

Kids learn about composting at New Country Day Camp!
Kids learn about composting at New Country Day Camp!

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We are very excited to introduce to you our Composting and Gardening program at New Country Day Camp in summer 2013 where campers and staff have been busy playing, smiling, and composting!

Our environmental program exposed 600+ children, from ages 4-12, and 100+ staff to the environmental advantages of composting and Jewish values that are associated with environmental advocacy. The program consisted of a diverse exposure not only to composting, but to gardening, environmental interconnectedness and our responsibility as members and leaders in this world. Campers were introduced to our worm bins, our metal can compost bins, our sensory/Havdalah garden and lead through activities on the "what, how and why" of compost. Our sensory garden featured plants that stimulated different senses: basil and stevia for taste, spearmint, peppermint and English lavender for smell, sunflowers for sight, dusty miller and lemongrass for touch and echinacea for sound because of its attraction to songbirds. It was also entitled a Havdalah garden because it reminds children of the ceremony we have after Shabbat, in which we use our senses to taste the wine, smell the herbs and see the candle.

At lunch, and after every Sustainable snack, children were reminded to throw their food scraps into our green composting bins filled with our compostable bio-bags. A "Yay or Nay" sign supplemented the reminder by showing children what could be (hence the yay!) and what could not be (nay) composted.

Every Wednesday and Friday, the bio-bags were collected and brought onto the Manhattan buses to be brought back to the Y, where it was compiled with the Y's compost. This acted as a zero-carbon footprint method because our children were already traveling on the buses back and forth from camp and the net worth of our compost collection was greater because of the variety of items the Y accepted for composting. On average, NCDC diverted about 130 pounds of food scraps away from landfills and into nutritious soil a week. At the end of Week 5, NCDC has composted 685 pounds of compost and is expected to produce over a thousand pounds in one camp season! That's a whole lot of soil that then is used for local farms upstate.

As for programming, campers how to create seed globes, which are small balls of organic compost, water, red art clay and seeds that act as micro-environments for plants to grow almost anywhere, and exposed campers to Jewish values such as Bal Taschit (avoiding waste), L'avdah u'leshamrah (protecting the environment), Manhigut (leadership) and Arevut (mutual responsibility).

We illustrated the values of composting by creating educational and experiential opportunities for the campers to engage in throughout the day in their age and subject based units. As Greening Coordinator, I designed programming that intertwined environmental education along with each unit. For example, we set up our compost bins, built our sensory/Havdalah garden and made mint lemonade from our garden with CCP, our Cooking, Camping and Pioneering Unit. With Gymnastics, we discussed the importance of a closed cycle and brainstormed other cycles that exist in our lives, such as the cycles of the moon and sun, the planets, and the life cycles of plants and animals. We manifested these ideas through body movements in a show during Shabbat. For Arts and Crafts, we built recycled scarecrows for our garden made out of toilet paper rolls, milk jugs and old clothing. With Science and Technology, we did soil testing, used this information to decide upon the location for next year's planter box and planted sunflowers as an activity for teaching phytoremediation. For Performing Arts, we created stop-motion films that both promoted and educated composting and environmental work to campers and you! the parents.

We couldn't have done it without your campers! To continue your camper's composting efforts and help bring the habit home, below are a few links on how to deal with the food waste that your home produces:

1. A worm bin is a great way to do indoor composting. Worm bins can be purchased through the Lower East Side Ecology Center: http://www.lesecologycenter.org/index.php/composting.html. They even have a compost hotline!

2. Outdoor compost bins are also an option for any outdoor space.

3. GreenMarkets accept compost collections, and other forms of recycling such as textile recycling, from homes at varying times and locations in NYC: http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarket/ourmarkets. An excellent way to keep food scraps in your home in between visits is to freeze your compost!

4. Last but not least, the Y is happy to accept any and all of your compost. Click here to learn about the Y’s Composting Program!

Join our campers in our composting efforts and keep on composting!

Aneta Bujno, our Greening Coordinator, has worked at NCDC for five summers. Aneta learned how to teach environmental education by volunteering at Bushwick City Farm, a grassroots community organization in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Come EAT With Us!

Looking for something fun to do this weekend (and spend some time out of the humidity)? Come EAT with us!

This weekend, the 14th Street Y is excited to be hosting EAT: An Arts Festival by LABA, Saturday June 1st at 8:30pm and Sunday June 2nd at 3:00pm in the Theater at the 14th Street Y. Guests will enjoy food and wine in a tasting lead by LABA Fellow Erin Patinkin of Brookyln’s Ovenly  while engaging with art including theater, music, visual art and readings, as well as the artists that created the work.

Want to bring the whole family together? Sunday’s program also includes a FREE event from LABA KIDS (with the purchase of an adult ticket) for kids ages 4-12, a collaboration between LABA and Puppet Cinema. Your kids will get a chance to be the artists themselves!

Y Members can save in two ways:

Buying tickets online pre-sale at http://labafest.brownpapertickets.com/

Special members only discount code: 14STYFRIEND

Check out a sneak peak of the kids program here:

 

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Listen to our artists speak about their work! Check out this interview with LABA Fellows Misha Shulman and Amir Shpilman:

Lost and Found Puppet Show presented at The Theater at the 14th Street Y

This Sunday, March 17, 2013 from 11 am – 1 pm, LABA Kids at the 14th Street Y presents Lost & Found in Israel, a puppet show developed by Israeli artists Zvi Sahar and Leat Klingman at the Theater at the 14th Street Y.

 

lost and found

Families will learn about Israeli culture, and our expert puppeteers will teach them how to create shadow puppets they can use at home with a flashlight or table lamp, in the shapes of fruit like the puppets in the show.

“We made that show from all the things we love and miss in Israel – the land, the people, and of course – the food!” explained creators and performers Zvi Sahar and Leat Klingman.

lost and found performance

Zvi Sahar is an Israeli born actor, director and puppeteer. He is also an alumnus of the LABA: House of Study at the 14th Street Y, where he developed an innovative piece of live puppet cinema, Salt of the Earth, which has received the Jim Henson 2013 Foundation Project Grant.

Leat Klingman is a puppeteer-filmmaker, artist and musician. Her new feature film, Wolfy’s Journey, is a puppet-musical feature film.

Join our puppets on a magical journey to Israel this Sunday, March 17th 11 am – 1 pm at the Theater at the 14th Street Y.   Bring some of the magic home with you with your own shadow puppet and some Israeli chocolate!

FAMILY FIT DAY This Sunday October 21st!

Why?  Because Families are busy, but still want to spend time together, build great habits, and model a healthy lifestyle for their kids. 

We’re celebrating our Family Fitness Initaitives with FAMILY FIT DAY  at the 14th Street Y.  Climb a rock wall, play silly sports, run fun relays (gunny sack races, anyone?) and play super soccer stars TOGETHER.  Sponsored by Beyond Sushi (YUM!), East Village Body Works (chair massage for adults!) Tu-Lu’s Bakery (also, YUM!) Gym Source, Web MD (thanks!) and our friends at the wonderful Ciao for Now.

11:00AM-2:00PM.  Hope to see you there!

Family Fitness–What a Lift!

ImageOur first Family Fitness Intensive was as fun as it looks!  Don’t be sad if you missed it. 

Our next Family Fitness Intensive will be Sunday, November 4th at 12:30PM, Family TRACK DAY!  We’re so happy that so many people came to stretch, strengthen, breathe and bond at Family Yoga! 

Also, don’t forget that we’re celebrating Family Fitness on FAMILY FIT DAY, Sunday October 21st, 11:00-2:00PM. FAMILY FIT DAY will give us more opportunities to play together, with rock wall climbing, relay games, fun and healthy food and even chair massages for adults!  We can’t wait to see you.