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RiverTalks Winter 2016 Series in Yonkers
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RiverTalks brings together inquisitive minds and a wide range of experts for informal presentations about a variety of Hudson River topics. The program is co-sponsored by SLC CURB and the Yonkers Paddling & Rowing Club (YPRC). RiverTalks Winter 2016 series is curated by Lee Reiser, an avid kayaker, board member of YPRC, and Atlantic division director of recreation and promotion for the American Canoe Association.

1/21/2016 to 2/11/2016
When: 1/21/2016
Where: Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak
34 Alexander Street
Yonkers, New York  10701
United States
Contact: Lenore Person
914.420.6864

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RiverTalks Winter 2016 Series in Yonkers

Four consecutive Thursday evenings, January 21 – February 11

 

RiverTalks 2016 opens with a crowd-pleaser—Hudson River Lighthouses—on Jan. 21

 

Yonkers, N.Y. (January 8, 2016). RiverTalks 2016 opens with Hudson River Lighthouses, a presentation by local historian Scott Craven, on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak (SLC CURB). Free off-street parking. Suggested donation $5. SLC CURB, 35 Alexander Street, Yonkers, NY 10701. yprc.org/rivertalks 

 

RiverTalks brings together inquisitive minds and a wide range of experts for informal presentations about a variety of Hudson River topics. The program is co-sponsored by SLC CURB and the Yonkers Paddling & Rowing Club (YPRC). RiverTalks Winter 2016 series is curated by Lee Reiser, an avid kayaker, board member of YPRC, and Atlantic division director of recreation and promotion for the American Canoe Association.

 

This series, entering its sixth year, is held at SLC CURB, an environmental education, research, and community center on the banks of the Hudson River just north of the Yonkers Pier.

 

RiverTalks Winter 2016 Schedule

 

Hudson River Lighthouses

with Scott Craven, Hudson Valley historian

Thursday, January 21 at 7:00 PM 

Discover fascinating stories of six lighthouses of the lower Hudson and New York Harbor with Hudson Valley historian Scott Craven: the Ambrose Lightship, the Sandy Hook Light, Jeffrey’s Hook Light  (the Little Red Lighthouse) the Lighthouse at Sleepy Hollow, Rockland Lake Light—one of the “lost lighthouses of America,” and the Stony Point Lighthouse. 

 

Scott Craven speaks extensively about a variety of Hudson River topics and teaches local history to teachers at the Ossining Teachers Center. He is a thirty-year member of the Ossining Police Department.

 

When the Sea Rose 400 Feet: The Hudson Valley and the End of the Ice Ag

with Dr. Bill Menke, earth scientist and naturalist 

Thursday, January 28, at 7:00 PM 

Travel back in time with Dr. Bill Menke, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and see life emerge in the Hudson Valley as the great continental glacier of the Ice Age melted and receded.

 

Dr. Bill Menke is a naturalist with a great love of the outdoors and a deep appreciation of the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley who teaches at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, whose campus is built atop the Palisades Cliffs.  He says, “My studies have taken me to geologic faults, volcanoes, glaciers, and rock formations around the world, but I have always returned to New York, because, to me, it is the most fascinating place of all. I am currently studying the deep roots of the continent beneath our feet.”

 

The Little Things

with Dr. James Cervino, marine biologist

Thursday, February 4, at 6:00 PM

Dr. James Cervino will reveal how the “little things”—smaller organisms living in the oceans and rain forests—influence the comfortable temperature you are experiencing, air that you breathe, food that you eat, and global economy.

 

Dr. James M. Cervino is Visiting Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Earth Institute who is currently focusing on developing biological and chemical probes to detect stress in corals. 

 

Past, Present and Future Importance of the Hudson River

with Scott Craven, Hudson Valley historian

Thursday, February 11, at 7:00 PM

Hudson Valley historian Scott Craven tells the fascinating story of how the confluence of unusual people and the Hudson River—itself a geographical oddity—led to shaping the United States as we know them and making New York the Empire State. Includes a fast forward film of the River from 1917!

 

Scott Craven speaks extensively about a variety of Hudson River topics and teaches local history to teachers at the Ossining Teachers Center. He is a thirty-year member of the Ossining Police Department.

 

 

YONKERS PADDLING & ROWING CLUB (YPRC)

The Yonkers Paddling & Rowing Club, Inc. is an all volunteer-run not-for-profit organization that encourages rowing and paddling sports.

 

YPRC’s programs include rescue and paddling skills clinics, a winter boat-building workshop, and free public kayak sessions at the JFK Marina in Yonkers, which put over 1,190 people on the river in 2015!

 

2013 marked the “75th Jubilee” of YPRC’s historic boathouse just north of The Center for the Urban River at Beczak. It will be featured in an NBC Sports special airing in early 2016 about Americans competitors at the 1936 Olympics including John Lysak from Yonkers Canoe Club (YCC)—the predecessor of YPRC. YCC is remembered for the two Olympic Gold medals it brought home in 1948. Although the boathouse was submerged in four feet of water during Superstorm Sandy, the members have rebuilt it and continue the club’s long legacy of community involvement.

 

YPRC has been recognized through the receipt of grant support from the City of Yonkers, the State of New York, Westchester Community Foundation, the Hudson River Improvement Fund, Hudson River Foundation for Science and Environmental Research, Inc., Toyota, and Public Lands Every Day, a National Environmental Education Foundation Program.

 

yprc.org

 

Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak  (SLC CURB)

Launched  in  2013, the Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak is an alliance of Sarah Lawrence College and the Hudson River Valley Environmental Education Institute. The mission of SLC CURB is to advance environmental knowledge and stewardship by providing high quality K-12 environmental education for the local community, establishing a regional hub for research and monitoring focused on Hudson River estuary and urban watershed issues, and serving as a welcoming open community space for a variety of civic and cultural activities. Located on the banks of the Hudson River in downtown Yonkers, SLC CURB occupies and continues programming of the former Beczak Environmental Education Center, a well-loved river exploration and interpretative center that has been offering programs for adults and children for over twenty years.

 

centerfortheurbanriver.org

Director: Ryan Palmer

(914) 377-1900 x15

rpalmer@sarahlawrence.edu

 

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