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Ossining MATTERS Run, Kayak Launch Set For Weekend

OSSINING, N.Y. – From running to raise money for education to cleaning up the coast, there are a lot of activities this weekend as summer comes to an end. Here's a list of events:

Saturday

Ossining MATTERS Education Foundation 5K Run/2 Mile Walk, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

5K Run/walk will raise funds for the Ossining MATTERS Education Foundation that benefits Ossining's public schools. Run/walk starts at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center at 95 Broadway and goes along the historic Old Croton Aqueduct. Register from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m., run begins at 9 a.m. Free refreshments will be provided All ages are welcome. A kids' festival for the younger runners and walkers will follow the race.

Ossining Kayak Launch/ End of Summer Festival, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Live music on three stages, sailboat rides, food, local vendors, crafts and more. Paul Gallay, the president of the Riverkeeper environmental watchdog organization, will speak at a 1:30 p.m. press conference. New kayak launch along with kayak racks and storage lockers are open for anybody to use. If enough kayakers come down to try the new launch, there may be a kayak race. Free.

19th Annual Homestead County Fair and Barn Dance, Sat. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The John Jay Homestead at 400 Kay Street in Katonah will hold a barn dance on Saturday evening with live music, barbeque, ice cream sundaes and more. On Sunday, there will be a county fair with Revolutionary War re-enactors, horse-drawn wagon rides, Jerry the Magician, visits with Ben Franklin, and more. Cost is $20 - $50 for the dance, $25 per car for the fair.

Learning Trees By Their Leaves, 10 a.m.

Learn tricks to recognize trees and make a scrapbook to refresh your memory about trees at the Cranberry Lake Preserve on Old Orchard Street in North White Plains. Free.

Mold, Paint and Dust: Easy Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality, 10 a.m.

Tour the nature center at Croton Point Park and explore the process of remediating indoor air pollutants. Free.

International Coastal Cleanup, 10 a.m.

Pick up and document tidal debris on one of the islands at the Marshlands Conservancy on Route 1 in Rye. All work materials provided. Long pants and shoes recommended. Free.

Stream Extravaganza, 1 p.m.

Observe the biology of streams fed by underground springs at the Marshlands Conservancy on Route 1 in Rye. Free.

Annual International Coastal Cleanup, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Join the clean-up effort on the beach at Read Wildlife Sanctuary at Playland Park in Rye. All work materials provided. Free.

Sunday

Eric Andersen Opens "Words & Music," 2 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Eric Andersen, a popular folk singer well known in the 1960s and 70s will perform at the Budarz Theater in the basement of the Ossining Public Library. The free concert will open season two of the library's "Words & Music" concert series.

Hawk Watch, 10 a.m.

Join members of the Hudson River Audobon Society as they look for migrating hawks from the great lawn in front of the mansion at Lenoir Preserve on Dudley Street in Yonkers. Free.

Wildflower Walk, 1 p.m.

Learn about wildflowers with naturalist Carolyn Levine as you hike through the back fields of Muscoot Farm on Route 100 in Somers. Free.

Tour of the Synoptic Shrub Border, 2 p.m.

Join a horticulturalist at Ladson Parks, Arboretum & Veterans Memorial on Route 35 in Somers and discover the wide variety of shrubs that can beautify the landscape. Free.

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