Your Weekend: Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Charity Concert

Music and books dominate this week's roundup of local activities.

The Pleasantville Clergy Association is hosting its annual interfaith Martin Luther King Day Jr. celebration Monday, while the Briarcliff Manor Public Library kicks off a new book group for middle and high schoolers on Saturday.

NEXT Music Charity Concert

Where/When: on Friday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m.

Why go: Chris Bro is continuing of charity concerts with a performance by My Pet Dragon on Friday. All of the concerts in the series benefit Gilda's Club of Westchester and the Greyston Foundation. Bro described My Pet Dragon on his website as "U2 to mid-80s electro pop," and added, "plus backup singer Reena Shah’s Indian dancing is visually impressive."

Pricing: $10

Where/When:  on Monday, Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Why go: The Pleasantville Clergy Association is sponsoring its annual interfaith celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. The event is open to all. See for footage from last year's event.

Pricing: Free

Where/When:  on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m.

Why go: If you're a teen who loves to read, be sure to check out this casual book discussion offered at the library. Local middle and high schoolers will be able to share book suggestions and make new friends in the Teen Room while enjoying a potluck breakfast each second Saturday of the month. Register in advance by emailing abgkaplan@gmail.com or calling 941-7072.

Pricing: Free

Where/When:  on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 3 p.m.

Why go: The 35th season of the Chamber Music Society is underway and this free concert will showcase music by the Quintet of the Americas—Karla Moe, flute; Matt Sullivan, oboe; Nicholas Gallas, clarinet; Barbara Oldham, horn; and Maureen Strenge, bassoon. Click to see the concert program.

Pricing: Free

Max Pavey Chess Club

Where/When: on Friday, Jan. 13 from 7 to 11 p.m.

Why go: The Max Pavey Chess Club is open to all—including youths and adults—for friendly play, tournaments and matches with other clubs. Residents of Briarcliff Manor receive half-price membership. First lesson free. Call Stanley Kravitz at 232-4836 for more information.

Pricing: Free to check out; $20/adult, $10/youth for membership

Where/When:  on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.

Why go: Tuckahoe native David Carraturo will be discussing his debut novel, Cameron Nation: Going All-In to Save His Country before a signing at the Pleasantville branch of the Mount Pleasant Public Library. Carraturo's book is a fictional story about character Chris Cameron, of Westchester, becomes U.S. president.

Pricing: Free to attend; books available for $15


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