April 2010 – Planet Watch with Pamela Cucinell

The Ram Charges Ahead
Luck is in the air on April 1 and 2, and you bloom with renewed enthusiasm. Write down new ideas on April 3 for another day. If you feel thwarted on April 4, modify your routine. April 5 is a terrific day for research and hard questions. A financial or romantic merger heats up starting April 6.  Networking for business, pleasure, or a beloved cause is favored from April 7 through 9.

Preparations for a Fresh Start
Creative activities flourish with cooperation on April 10 and 11. Make decisions about what you can release and where to put your focus on April 12 and 13.
The April 14 Aries New Moon awakens inspiration and mysticism; change and growth begin with reflection. Ideas put in motion on April 15 and 16 have excellent chances for success. April 17 encourages relating (especially romantic); be on the lookout for resources, too.

Mercury Retrograde
This retrograde begins April 18 and lasts through May 11. Rewards take time. Read small print, back up your files and don’t crowd too many appointments into one day.

Approach the Bull Quietly
On April 19, tread lightly and give people space. The Sun enters Taurus on April 20; people will be cheerful unless rushed. Make April 21 a play day, but avoid shopping for expensive items. On Earth Day, April 22, keep alert for agendas that can put projects in jeopardy.
Something can suddenly come together on April 23, so make room for romance. April 24 is detail-oriented; lay out a garden or work on a design. Step forward if you don’t want to be held back on April 25. Look into legal/partnership pros and cons on April 26. Good decisions are made through trust and deep spiritual seeking. On April 27, go to an art show, see a performance or listen to music you love with lovable people.

Full Moon in Scorpio
The power struggle of status quo verses change is in the news on April 28. Although this brings intense emotion, it is good to set your own priorities and focus on goals. April 29 is a satisfying day for research and meaningful conversations. An inspired vision can trigger the answer you’re seeking. April 30 is a productive day, but you want to keep moving and stay stimulated. Try not to begin anything new that day unless you’re ok with it not working out as planned.

Pamela Cucinell writes more astrology at AstrologyOasis.com. Pamela is a Life Path Astrologer who guides clients on a one-time or ongoing basis. Minimize stress and make decisions with confidence—call 917.796.6026.

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April 2010 Events

Saturday, April 3

Gossett’s Farmer’s Market Spring Outdoor Market Begins – 9am-1pm. Gossett’s Farmer’s Market. 1202 Rt. 35, South Salem. Info: gossettsfarmmarket.com.

HypnoBirthing® Classes – 9:45am-12:45pm. 4/3, 4/10, 4/17 & 5/1. Complete childbirth education course for mom-to-be and birth companion. 12-hour course taught in 4 sessions. Full Circle Family Care. 1241 Mamaroneck Ave. White Plains. Register/info: 914.421.1500; fullcirclefamilycare.com.

Music at the Markets – 10:30am-12:30pm. Paul Meuller entertains with the hammered dulcimer, an instrument that originated 2,000 years ago in Persia. Free. Community Markets Indoor Winter Farmers Market. Briarcliff Congregational Church. 30 S State Rd. Briarcliff Manor. Info: 914.923.4837; communitymarkets.biz.

Sunday, April 4

Free Community Yoga Class – 1:30-2:30pm. Come visit the Yogascape and Spa for the free community class held the first Sunday of each month.1100 Route 52, 2nd Floor (at Farmers Mills Rd.), Carmel. Info: 845.225.YOGA; theyogascape.com.

Monday, April 5

Herbal Gifts for Mother’s Day or Any Day – 7-8:30pm. w/ Janice Ditchek. Learn to create cost-effective, hand crafted herbal gifts for family and friends. Free. Full Circle Family Care. 1241 Mamaroneck Ave. White Plains. Register/info: 914.421.1500; fullcirclefamilycare.com.

Tuesday, April 6

Free Intro to Yoga by the Beach – 9:15-10:15am. At the Rye Town Park (Oakland Beach/Playland). Contact Jill Mulholland to reserve a spot: 203.485.9450; herawellness.com.

Free Intro Yoga by the Beach – 9:15-10:15am. 4/6, 4/8, 4/13 & 4/15. w/ Jill Mulholland & Lee Sandford. Deepen a yoga practice in the natural beauty of the outdoors with views of The Sound. Rye Town Park, Register: 203.485.9450; herawellness.com
Master of Arts in Experiential Health and Healing: An Information Session – 4-6pm. Stamford Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness, Stamford, CT. Info: 203.874.4252.

Wednesday, April 7

Fabric: Integrating the Threads of Yoga at O2 Living – 11am-1pm. 8-weeks, 4/7-6/2. w/ Basil Jones. Students deepen their yoga practices through exploring asana, meditation, and philosophical scripture/book study in an intimate and supportive environment. O2 Living. 6 Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. Info/register: 914.763.6320.

Herbal Aides for Breastfeeding – 5-6:15pm. Learn about herbs that stimulate milk supply and ease some of the common challenges affecting breastfeeding mothers and their children. Free. Full Circle Family Care. 1241 Mamaroneck Ave. White Plains. Register/info: 914.421.1500; fullcirclefamilycare.com.

Thursday, April 8

Free Intro to Yoga by the Beach – 9:15-10:15am. At the Rye Town Park (Oakland Beach/Playland). Contact Jill Mulholland to reserve a spot: 203.485.9450; herawellness.com.

Exploring the Integrative Care Continuum – 4-6 pm. An Information Session on a new certificate program. New Milford Hospital, Rooms Robison A & B. Info: 203.874.4252.

One Light Healing Touch – 7-9pm. Penny Price Lavin demonstrates how energy flows and how one creates their reality. Tap innate healing ability and intuition. Become grounded, focused and more. $25. Synchronicity. 1 Broad St. Pawling. Info: 845.855.1172.

Friday, April 9

7 Day Cleanse Retreat Program at O2 Living – 4/9-4/16. Supervised by executive medical director and cleanse educator Dr. Michael Finkelstein. Cleanses prepared by Live Food Chef Tom Donnelly. Hikes, meditation, chanting, yoga classes, spa treatments and evening discussion groups daily. O2 Living. 6 Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. Info/register: 914.763.6320.
Hip Hop For Kids: Ages 7-12 – 4:15-5pm. 4/6-5/14, 6 weeks.

High energy dance class combines Hip Hop and Jazz with games for a terrific overall exercise routine. $90. Solaris Sports Clubs. Register: Somers Parks & Recreation. Valerie Conigliaro: 914.962.4094 x 21.

Reiki Healing Circle –7-8:30pm. An evening of sharing Reiki healing energy, practitioners and newcomers welcome. Suggested: $10. Register: 914.672.1916; putnamhealingarts.com.

Saturday, April 10

KatonahGreen Local Food, Local Chef Demonstration – Gossett’s Farmer’s Market. 1202 Rt. 35, South Salem. Info: gossettsfarmmarket.com.

Awaken Wellness Fair – 9am-5pm. Activities, talks, health screenings, shopping. $10/online, at AwakenFair.com through 4/7; $15/door. DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown. Info: AwakenFair.com.

All-level Yoga Class – 10am-12pm. Yoga and a chance to meet the Yogascape staff as they donate time for a worthy cause, “Food For Life Schools” in Vrindavan, India. $20.  1100 Route 52, 2nd Floor, Carmel. Info: 845.225.YOGA; theyogascape.com.

Cooking Demo with Chef Emily – 10:30am-12:30pm. Learn the art of seasonal cooking with Chef Emily Peterson who will creates a farm fresh dish. Sampling and recipe. Free. Community Markets Indoor Winter Farmers Market. The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester. 351 Main St. Mt. Kisco. Info: 914.923.4837; communitymarkets.biz.

Sunday, April 11

Upside Down And Inside Out: An inversion Clinic – 12-2pm. w/ Liz Schulman. Shoulderstands, headstands, forearmstands and handstands add a whole new dimension to a yoga practice. Explore the elements that lead to a safe inversion practice. O2 Living. 6 Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. Info/register: 914.763.6320.

Connecting With Angels Online Classes
– 3-4:30pm. 4/11, 4/18 & 4/25. w/ Lisa K. Students learn to connect with Angels and hear messages of love and divine guidance. Register/info: 914.432.7886; lmk88.com.

Monday, April 12

EFT & Holistic Approaches to Managing Diabetes – 7-8:30pm. Restore peace and bring balance to mind, body, spirit with EFT, guided meditation, Diabetes education. $25. Register: 845.228.8132; putnamhealingarts.com.

Thriving with Food Allergies & Sensitivities – 7:30pm. Identify them and ways to successfully manage them. Full Circle Family Care. 1241 Mamaroneck Ave. White Plains. Register/info: 914.421.1500; fullcirclefamilycare.com.

Tuesday, April 13

“Earth School” at Hilltop Hanover Farm – 4/13, 4/20, 4/27 & 5/4. w/ Laurie Gershgorn. Pre-school and after-school workshops. Children harvest from the gardens and learn how to prepare and cook delicious, healthy meals and snacks. $75. 1271 Hanover St.Yorktown Heights. Register: 914.217.9249.

Free Intro to Yoga by the Beach – 9:15-10:15am. At the Rye Town Park (Oakland Beach/Playland). Contact Jill Mulholland to reserve a spot: 203.485.9450; hera-wellness.com.

Tarot Classes
– 6-8:30pm. 4/13, 4/20 & 4/27. w/ Kimberly Taylor. Tap into intuitive potential. Bring a tarot deck consisting of the Minor Arcana, Major Arcana and Court cards consistent with traditional decks. Store discounts for deck purchases. $25/class. Synchronicity. 1 Broad St. Pawling. Info: 845.855.1172.

Essential Oils: Holistic Moms Network – 7-9pm. Learn how to use essential oils to make affordable household cleaners and skincare products. All welcome. Holistic Moms of Putnam County. Desmond-Fish Library. Rt. 9D & 403, Garrison. Info: 845.809.5242.

Thursday, April 15

Free Intro to Yoga by the Beach – 9:15-10:15am. At the Rye Town Park (Oakland Beach/Playland). Contact Jill Mulholland to reserve a spot: 203.485.9450; hera-wellness.com.

Trigger Point Therapy Workshop – 6:15-7:45pm. Learn about trigger points, how they affect health and how to release stress in affected areas. Must bring someone to work with. Refreshments. Free. Stern Chirporactic & Integrative Wellness. 27 Radio Circle Dr. Suite 104, Mount Kisco. Register: 914.864.2222.

Reiki I for Tweens & Teens: Connecting Mind & Spirit (ages 9-16) – 6:15-8:30pm. w/ Genevieve Lowry. Perfect for young people who experience stress or anxiety due to school, family or peer pressure, or health challenges. Wainwright House. 260 Stuyvesant Ave. Rye. Register/Info: 914.967.6080; wainwright.org.

Friday, April 16

Friday Night at the Movies for Adults – 7:30pm. Watch the movie Greenfingers; based on a true story about a group of British convicts who became prize-winning gardeners. at Somers Library. Register: somerslibrary.org, or 914.232.5717.

Saturday, April 17

TalknDrum Music and Language Program – Ages 1.5-5. 4/17-5/22, 6 weeks. Children learns Spanish and basic American sign language through music and movement. $110. Solaris Sports Clubs. Register: Somers Parks & Recreation. Valerie Conigliaro: 914.962.4094 x 21.

Access Your Healing Potential – 4/17 & 4/18. Healing, rejuvenating and experiential. Learn Radiant, Scanning, Chakra and Color healing with One Light Healing Touch. CEUs given. $250. E. Fishkill. Info/register: Penny Price Lavin: 845.878.5165; onelighthealingtouch.com.

Pajama Yoga with Kids – Different age groups. Gentle and relaxing yoga poses along with calming breathing and visualization techniques will soothe children before bedtime. Kids wear PJs. Milk and cookies served. Info: Cindy 914.400.6675; growinglove.net.

Astrology 101
– 9:30am-4:30pm. w/ Pamela Cucinell. Acquire basic knowledge about the symbolism of the planets, signs and houses in a horoscope and what they reveal about strengths and challenges. Register with birth-date to learn about horoscope. Wainwright House. 260 Stuyvesant Ave. Rye. 914.967.6080; wainwright.org.

Art at the Market with Pelham Art Center – 10:30am-12:30pm. Drop in and make an art project to celebrate Earth day. Free. Community Markets Indoor Winter Farmers Market. St Thomas’ Episcopal Church.168 W Boston Post Rd. Mamaroneck. Info: 914.923.4837; communitymarkets.biz.

Intro to Energetic Psychology & Equine-Facilitated Learning – 3-5pm.w/ James Cassese. Find out about a new form of human-horse engagement aimed at promoting personal growth through equine-facilitated learning. $40. Mistover Farm, 258 West Dover Rd. Pawling. Info: 212.477.4475.

Reiki Circle
– 6-8pm. w/ Marcus Feighery.  Everyone receives Reiki in the circle, for stress reduction and relaxation, improved health and enhanced the quality of life. $25. Synchronicity. 1 Broad St. Pawling. Info: 845.855.1172.

Sunday, April 18

Shamanic Drumming Circle – 1:30-4:30pm. During this circle, learn to drum or rattle, dance, journey and connect with nature for both personal and planetary healing. $30. Circle of Tranquility. Hawthorne. Register: 914.237.0241. Info: bobbisholisticcare.com.

More Truth Will Set You Free Workshop – 2-6pm. w/ Elka Boren, Shaman and Clairvoyant. $65. Also private sessions w/ Elka available 4/15-4/20. Human Bodyworks Massage Therapy & Healing Arts Center. 32 Main St. Hastings on Hudson. Register/info: 917.445.1767; HumanBodyworks.com.

Monday, April 19

Baby Care Class – 6-8pm. Hands-on approach to educate parents-to-be in caring for a newborn. Topics include: Bathing Baby, Umbilical Cord Care, Safe Sleep Practices and more. Full Circle Family Care. 1241 Mamaroneck Ave. White Plains. Register/info: 914.421.1500; fullcirclefamilycare.com.

Tuesday, April 20

Networking for Women – 11am-1:30pm. Relaxed networking gathering for womenpreneurs. Designed to aid women in connecting to resources, building relationships and growing their businesses. $25/includes lunch and attendance roster.  Infinite Possibilities. 1132 Main St. Peekskill. Info: Cindy 914.400.6675; growinglove.net.

Students for a Sustainable Future EXPO – 6-9pm. Over 60 exhibits of inspiring, positive real-world solutions to global issues from Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation. Pace University Goldstein Fitness Center. 861 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville. Free.students, $10/adults. Info: celfeducation.org; 914.238.4743.

Understanding Fibromyalgia: A Holistic Approach to Chronic Fatigue & Pain – 6:15-7:45pm. w/ Dr. Lawrence Stern. Lecture on natural solutions to resolve symptoms and improving quality of life. Refreshments. Mount Kisco Public Library. 100 East Main St. Mount Kisco. Register: 914.864.2222.

Workshop: Natural Approaches to Lyme Disease – 7-9pm. Learn how to address Lyme and its viral co-infections with Master Herbalist Andrea Candee. Successful, time-tested modalities. Brewster Adult Education. Contact: 877.856.7680.

Sacred Foods & Traditions – 7-9:30pm. 4/20 & 4/27. Holistic Chef Karen Spirer discusses Wise dietary traditions, Dr. Weston A. Price, Nature’s “Pharmacy,” Ancient Chinese Food Therapies and more. Cost: $59-$72, two classes. Inter-Village Continuing Education (IRV HS, S101), 500 Farm Rd. Ardsley. Info/register: 914.674.1258.

Thursday, April 22

World Healing: Earth Day Group Intention for Environmental Healing – 11:30am-1:30pm. Singing bowl, guided meditation to manifest Healing Intention for the earth. Share creative and practical ideas. Refreshments. $10 suggested. Register: 914.672.1916; putnamhealingarts.com.

Open House at Vitalize Health & Wellness – 6-8pm. Lisa Rudley, certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Director, discusses her Homeopathic Detoxification Program for Autism Spectrum Disorders. 62 Waller Ave. White Plains. Register: 917.414.9190.

Workshop: The Healing Kitchen – 7-9pm. Learn how to use what’s in the pantry for healing coughs, cuts, sprains, headaches, and much more, with Master Herbalist Andrea Candee. Westchester Community College at Mahopac High School. Contact: 877.856.7680.

Saturday, April 24

Stop Stress & Sugar Cravings – 11am-12:30pm. Renee Simon discusses ways to manage stress and stop stress eating and sugar cravings. Guided meditation and techniques demonstrated. $25. Total Wellness Nutrition. 15 Gilbert St. South Salem. Register: 914.763.9107.

17th RiverArts Studio Tour –11am-6pm. Free. Human Bodyworks Massage Therapy & Healing Arts Center. 32 Main St. Hastings on Hudson. Info: 917.445.1767; HumanBodyworks.com.

Holistic Pet Care for Dog, Cat Owners & Shelter Workers –1-4pm. Learn easy techniques to release fear-aggression issues that are also helpful with making strays and ferals more adoptable. $40. Circle of Tranquility. Hawthorne. Info/register: 914.769.1446; bobbisholisticcare.com.

Slow Food Potluck Meetup
– 6pm. $5. South Salem. Please RSVP: to Dr. Susan Rubin: meetup.com/Katonah-Green-and-Beyond.

Sunday, April 25

Reiki I – 10am-4pm. Participants learn how to heal themselves and others on the physical level with this love-centered energy. $125 includes text. Circle of Tranquility. Hawthorne. Info/register: 914.769.1446; bobbisholisticcare.com.

17th RiverArts Studio Tour – 12-5pm. Free. Human Bodyworks Massage Therapy & Healing Arts Center. 32 Main St. Hastings on Hudson. Info: 917.445.1767; HumanBodyworks.com.

Spirituality & Wellness Gathering – 12:30-4:30pm. An opportunity to experience practices that deepen spirituality and promote wellness and healing. Free will offering. Convent of Mary the Queen. Yonkers. Info: 914.476.9811.

Reiki Refresher –1-5pm. Support for a Reiki practice. Experiential workshop for review and regeneration. Prerequisite: Reiki I of any lineage. Facilitated by Ginny Mackles, 5th generation Master since 1986. $75. Millwood. Info: ginnymackles.com; 914.762.7761.

EFT & Holistic Approaches to Managing Grief – 7-8:30pm. Restore peace and bring balance to mind, body, and spirit with EFT; guided meditation, sharing information and healing stories. $25. Register: 845.228.8132; putnamhealingarts.com.

Tuesday, April 27

GreenDrinks and Natural Awakenings Gathering – 6-9pm. At the super-cool bamboo eco-bar, the Rainwater Grill. Greendrinks donation: $5. 19 Main St. Hastings-on-Hudson. RVSP: Natural Awakenings: 914.617.8750.

Sacred Foods & Traditions – 7-9:30pm. Holistic Chef Karen Spirer discusses Wise dietary traditions, Dr. Weston A. Price, Nature’s “Pharmacy,” Ancient Chinese Food Therapies and more. Cost: $59-$72, two classes. Inter-Village Continuing Education (IRV HS, S101), 500 Farm Rd. Ardsley. Info/register: 914.674.1258.

Thursday, April 29

Kidney Awareness Seminar – 7pm. w/  Saleem Mir, MD, Director of Medicine, Phelps Memorial Seminar. Learn the underlying health issues that may affect renal health. Warner Library. 121 North Broadway, Tarrytown. Info:  914.631.7734; warnerlibrary.org.

Herbal Health – Spring Clean Your Body Lecture – 7-8:30pm. Herbalist Bonnie Rogers shares info on how local herbs, or weeds, can help renew the body and keep people healthy. Free. John Hart Memorial Library. 1130 East Main St. Shrub Oak. Register: 914.245.5262.

Friday, April 30

Marriage 911: Introductory Lecture – 6:30-7:15pm. The last Friday of each month. At Dynamic.11 West Main St. Pawling. Register/info: 860.248.5883.

Poetry and Practice – 7:30pm. An evening with award winning Zen Poet Peter Levitt, which will include sale and signing of his newest book of poetry, Within Within.  Donation. Empty Hand Zen Center. 45 Lawton St. New Rochelle. Info: 914.636.1450.

Saturday, May 1

SPCA of Westchester Charity Dog Walk & Pet Fair – 10am-2pm. Pet walk, music, food, games and crafts for kids and shopping in the vendor village. $20/registration; $35/ families of 2 or more; Kids under 12 enter & walk free. FDR State Park. Yorktown Heights. Info:spca914.org.

Painting from the Inside Out: dare to paint anything – 10am-12pm. Come express, explore and play with paint. No skills required. Then at 1:30-5pm, Family Constellation Work: participants’ paintings will help gain insight into family dynamics and unconscious patterns, whether in family, work or other symptoms. $100; $85/by 4/15. Info: evemarieelkin.com; 914.909.6292.

Nature and Native Americans Program – 10am-5pm. 5/1 & 5/2. Family Fun. Bear skulls, large collection of insects, Native American artifacts, Teepee workshops, rock and mineral displays and more. $4/adults, $2.50/seniors, students & children. 6 & under/free. Putnam Valley Grange, 128 Mill St. Putnam Valley. Info: Rosemarie Gratz: 845.528.0345.

Edible Weed Walk, sponsored by Westchester Slow Food
– 1-3pm. Herbalist Bonnie Rogers leads informative tour of edible “weeds” and herbs. Learn how to harvest and prepare common backyard plants: Nettles, dandelion, chickweed and more. $20. 743 Bedford Rd. Sleepy Hollow. RSVP: 914.844.3776.

Tibetan Healing Mandala: Buddhist Energy Medicine – 1-6pm. Lama Lobsang Palden teaches Tibetan holistic healing, Medicine Buddha, Cleansing Breath of Yantra Yoga. $135. Redding Meditation Society. 9 Picketts Ridge, Redding, CT. 917.915.6481.

Sunday, May2

R 4 Women – Networking Event – 11am-4pm. Hudson Valley’s premier event for womenpreneurs. Hollowbrook golf club. Cordland Manor. Info: 914.400.6675; r4women.com.