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This Week in White Plains

This Saturday, May 12, the White Plains Cares Coalition presents the White Plains ComicFest! Now in its fourth year of operation, The White Plains ComicFest is a one-day event celebrating all things pop culture.

Admission is free. On hand will be special guests, comic book artists/vendors, publishers, toy vendors, and more.

It all happens on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 between 11am – 6pm at The Galleria at White Plains (Food Court Level).

Activities include:
  •     Cosplay
  •     Video Gaming Tournaments
  •     Create Your Own Superhero Buttons
  •     Digital Animation Workshops
  •     Panel Discussions
  •     Face Painting
  •     Create Your Own Comic Strip
  •     Tons Of Photo-Ops
  •     and more!
Be sure to pre-register to be entered in the raffle! Also, pre-register for Cosplay and the Video Gaming Tournaments.

Trove Time Caregiver Workshop

This Friday, May 11 at 11:00 a.m., the Trove will hold Parenting With Love & Limits: a caregiver workshop presented by staff of Westchester Jewish Community Services.

In this workshop you'll learn how to set limits, stay calm, and get on your child’s level. Empower yourself to parent with love and feel more confident communicating with your child.

Children ages 2-4 with the caregiver will have the opportunity to play outside the Story Trove with Play Assistants from Trove Time during the workshop so that caregivers can be more focused on the presentation.

Mindfulness for Teens

Join Reiki practitioner Andrea Deierlein this Friday, May 11 at 4:00 p.m. for some fun and relaxation. We’ll learn how mindfulness techniques, such as breathing and meditation, can promote calmness and creativity. We’ll also explore mind-body awareness with exercises and games.

This program is for teens in grades 7-12. Registration is required. To register, call the Edge at 914-422-1480 or visit our online calendar.

Your Personal Data & Its Keepers: Facebook

“Travel and tell no one, live a true story and tell no one, live happily and tell no one, people ruin beautiful things.”
– Khalil Gibran

With the dawn of the Internet, we were so gosh darn excited and having so much fun at all we could see, hear, learn and do online that we failed to notice that we were on a slippery slope where we increasingly sacrificed our security and privacy for convenience. While some of us started to become aware of the dangers in doing so, many simply had the attitude that they have nothing to hide, so what’s the big deal? For the purpose of these articles, I’ll not focus on why it’s important to protect one’s data, but how to do it. For further discussion on the importance of maintaining privacy, see this article from Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics: Loss of Online Privacy: What’s the Harm?

So after years of online blissful ignorance, we’ve had a wake up call. We found we had already provided a wealth of personal information to various companies and organizations in order to take advantage of their oftentimes free services. We had also discovered that, no matter how careful one can be to protect one’s own computer from prying eyes, some of those companies had experienced massive data breaches that exposed our personal data to nefarious individuals.

So what do we do now? Aside from damage control, such as changing passwords, we need to stop the further leak of data. To read more on this topic and to find out how to protect your data by adjusting your settings on Facebook, visit our website.

Small Business Programs

We have two great programs coming up this week for small business owners!

SBA Workshop: How to Write a Business Plan
Tuesday, May 15 at 1:30 p.m.
Learn how to develop a business plan that fits your trajectory. A business plan is an essential road map for business success. This living document generally projects 3-5 years ahead and outlines the route a company intends to take to grow revenues. What makes your business unique? Determining this could help you stand out from the crowd and give you advantages over your competitors. Your Business Plan is a snapshot of your business. A business plan provides direction, keeps you on track and is usually a requirement when you seek finance. Registration required. To register, call us at (914) 422-1480 or visit our online calendar.

Cybersecurity and Small Business:
Why be concerned beyond the obvious?

Wednesday, May 16 at 1:00 p.m.
Knowing what to be concerned about can help the small business owner be better prepared to move forward with a cybersecurity plan. This workshop aims to provide an overview and includes such topics as understanding the threats, controlling digital operations and types of attacks. To register, visit Score's website.

Nonfiction for Mother's Day

We all have one. And for some, the relationship with our mother is the most intense, complicated and influential one we will have in our lifetime.  These books explore themes of motherhood from a variety of angles.  

Bringing up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
by Pamela Druckerman
Entertaining cross-cultural exploration of child-rearing.  Just say “non” and relax more is its main advice to overthinking American parents.  Thought-provoking.

The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to his White Mother by James McBride
McBride’s strong-willed, white mother married an African American minister and raised 12 children in a Brooklyn housing project, passing along to them the values of education tempered with religion. McBride’s exploration of her past is his way of honoring her, as is this book.

Mom & Me & Mom
by Maya Angelou
 “You have power—power and determination.  I love you and I am proud of you.  With those two things, you can go anywhere,” Angelou’s beautiful and spunky mother tells her in this mother-daughter memoir.  And Maya did.

Not Becoming my Mother: and Other Things She Taught me Along the Way by Ruth Reichl
In exploring her mother’s life—including sacrifices such as giving up work she loved in order to marry—Reichl discovers the truth of her own: “in the end you are the only one who can make yourself happy. More important…it is never too late to find out how.”

Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s first Year

by Anne Lamott
Single mom Lamott captures it all—the bliss, infatuation, exhaustion, and exasperation (“Last night was death.  Vietnam. He was colicky from 10:00 til nearly 1:00”)—of bringing her son into the world. Snappy writing and funny.

Photo of The Week

: Sunday, April 22nd, 2018. Photo by John Lolis.

We want your photos! In each issue of This Week on Martine we will feature one patron submitted photo that was taken in White Plains. To submit your photography for a chance to be featured, visit our photo submission page, upload one of your photos and fill out our form with a short description of the photo and your name.
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