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Volume 20, Number 40 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | Feb. 15 - 21 , 2008

Youth Activities

American Red Cross Babysitter’s TrainingFor boys and girls ages 11-15. Tues. – Thurs., Feb. 19-21 from 7:15-9:15pm, three-session course during mid-winter vacation. Advanced registration required. COMMUNITY CENTER, Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers St. 646-210-4292. www.ccshs.org. $50 members, $60 non-members.

Animation WorkshopRenowned native digital media artist Joseph Erb (Cherokee) discusses animation and storytelling techniques. Then, he helps participants build their own claymation figures and capture them on camera to create a short stop-motion film. Feb. 21-22. Session 1 at 10:30 am - for ages 8 - 12, Session 2 at 2 pm - for ages 13 – 16. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN, Diker Pavilion, One Bowling Green, Registration required. 212-514 –3716, www.AmericanIndian.si.edu.

Book DriveP.S. 234 is collecting books for Project Cicero, an annual non-profit book drive designed to supplement school and classroom libraries for children in under-resourced NYC public schools. New and gently used books for children and young adults must be in new or excellent condition. March 3-6. P.S. 234. 292 Greenwich St. www.projectcicero.org.

BPCPC Annual Art ExhibitionKids, teens & adults show their artwork created in BPCPC’s Painting & Drawing Programs. Continues thru March 28. BATTERY PARKS CITY PARKS CONSERVANCY, 2 South End Ave. 212-267-9700. www.bpcparks.org. Free.

Children’s ConcertElliot Sharp performs kid-friendly tunes on his acoustic guitar, referencing American blues and folk music, as well as non-Western music from India and Africa. Sat., March 1 from 2-3pm. ROULETTE, 20 Greene St., bet Canal & Grand Sts. 212-219-8242. www.roulette.org. $15, $10 students.

CinderellaEnjoy the classic love story with a bit of Latin flavor. The piece features romantic tango rhythms, magic and wonder. Presented by Teatro Sea, New York’s only Latino Bilingual Children’s Theatre. Sat., Feb. 16 & 23 at 3pm. TEATRO LA TEA, 107 Suffolk St., Suite 200, bet Rivington & Delancey. 212-529-1545. www.sea-online.info. $15, $12.50 kids.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the BusThe friendly bus driver leaves us with one simple instruction: “Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus!” However, the Pigeon cajoles and sings to get his own way. Based on Mo Willems’ children’s book series. Ages 3+. Sat., March 15 at 1:30pm.The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other FavoritesEric Carle’s stories, narrated by Gordon Pinset, also include “Little Cloud” and “The Mixed-Up Chameleon.” Presented by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, the show’s visual design and original music make this a great treat for the whole family. Feb. 24 at 2pm. TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, 199 Chambers St. 212-220-1460. http://www.tribecapac.org/box_office.htm#. Tickets to each event are $25 adults, $15 students & seniors.

Family WorkshopFamilies are invited to attend a free hands-on workshop entitled Exploring Identity, Immigration and Memory through Art and Culture of the Dominican Republic. During art-based activities and talks with artist educators, families will create a memory box incorporating portraiture, writing and collage. During mid-winter vacation, Mon. – Fri., Feb. 18-22 from 11:30am -1pm. MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE, 36 Battery Place. Free, reservations encouraged, call 646-437-4202.

The Festival of the VegetablesA troupe of child and professional dancers and actors will perform a series of poems and dances that reveal the secret life of vegetables. Ages 5+. Thru Feb. 17; Sat. & Sun. at 11am. METROPOLITAN PLAYHOUSE, 220 E. 4th St. 212-995-5302. www.metropolitanplayhouse.org. $10, $8 kids ages 12 and under.

Flag FootballDuring the winter months, Manhattan Youth will offer a touch football clinic outdoors for students in grades 5-10. Thru March; Sundays from 11am – 1pm. PIER 40, Houston St. & the Hudson River. 212 766-1104.

The Further Adventures of Uncle Wiggily: Windblown VisitorsA verse play with music for young audiences that describes the dislocation of families during Hurricane Katrina. A child is uprooted from New Orleans and separated from her grandfather during her rescue. She is whisked off to distant relatives in New York and finds herself in a strange new world. Feb. 28 - March 23; Fri. at 8pm, Sat. & Sun. at 3pm. THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY, Joyce and Seward Johnson Theater, 155 1st Ave. at 10th St. 212-254-1109. www.theaterforthenewcity.net. $12, $5 kids 12 & under.

Hansel & GretelThe classic Brothers Grimm story presented for children ages 5 and up. Through March 30; Sat. & Sun. at noon & 2pm. MANHATTAN CHILDREN’S THEATRE, 52 White St., 1st floor, bet Broadway & Church Sts. 212-352-3101. www.theatermania.com. $20, $15 kids 2-17 and seniors.

High School Winter SoccerPick-up games with referees for all high school kids ages 14-17. Bring shin guards and soccer cleats or Sambas. Great way to warm up! Every Sat 4 - 6 pm through March 1. PIER 40 ROOFTOP at Houston and West Sts. For info and application, visit www.downtownsoccer.org

K StudiesAfter-school enrichment programs combining academic skills with fun-filled real world experiences for 2nd thru 5th graders. Programs include Little Greenies about the environment, Magazine Study, Culinary Adventures, Movie Making Study, Art History for Kids, Birdwatching, Garden Study and Homework Help. Tribeca Community School, 22 Ericsson Place. All programs meet once a week at TCS; pick up is at 5:30pm. For more information, email kstudies@kstudies.com. Sign up with a friend and receive a 10% discount.

PS 89 School ToursAdults only, no children please. Bring a picture ID for security. Thurs., Feb. 28 at 9pm in the school cafeteria.

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