CORTLANDT, N.Y. — Check out the ball drop and New Year's Eve Extravaganza on Monday in White Plains. Then watch divers take an icy plunge into the Hudson River at the Polar Plunge at Peekskill's Riverfront Green. For more to do, see our Events page.
Monday, Dec. 31
White Plains New Year's Eve Extravaganza. 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The City of White Plains hosts a dance party on Main Street, between Court Street and Renaissance Square. The city also hosts a ball drop. The Celebration Entertainment DJ will play from 10 to 11 p.m., followed by "The Showtime Dance Band."
New Year's Eve Dinner at Bedford Post Inn. 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. The Bedford Post Inn will serve celebratory four-course prix fixe menu with two seatings. Check out out the menu here . Prices and times vary. 954 Old Post Road, Bedford.
Tuesday, New Year's Day
Annual New Year's Day Walk. 9 a.m. Start off your 2013 bird list with a walk through Rockwood Hall State Park on the Hudson River, with Croton arborist John Grant. Bald eagles are usually spotted on this annual walk. Dress warmly in layers as the wind off the river can be brisk. Spotting scopes will be shared for views of river birds. This event is free, and there is no need to register. Rockwood Hall State Park is at 701 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, behind Phelps Memorial Hospital.
Polar Plunge 1 p.m. Participants will take a plunge into the freezing Hudson River to raise funds for the This Is Me Foundation, which raises awareness about alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss. The event is sponsored by the Quiet Man Public House. Become a participant by emailing here or sponsoring a participant here . Spectators can cheer on the participants. Peekskill's Riverfront Green Park.
Wednesday, Jan. 2
Schools reopen: The Hendrick Hudson and Croton-Harmon Schools resume classes after the holiday break.
Book and a Blanket 6:30 p.m. Join other knitting and crocheting enthusiasts to knit blankets for newborn babies at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. Simple patterns and materials are supplied. Hendrick Hudson Free Library, 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose.
Croton Conservation Advisory Council 7:30 p.m. The Croton Conservation Advisory Council meets to discuss sustainability issues in the Village of Croton. This meeting is open to the public. Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building, 1 Van Wyck St., Croton.
Thursday, Jan. 3
Weight Loss Workshop 2 to 3 p.m. This free monthly weight loss workshop is sponsored by the Hudson Valley Hospital Center. It provides an educational and support group to help participants make healthy choices. For more information or to register, call 914-526-2366. Hudson Valley Hospital Center's Dempsey House, 1992 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor.
"It Might Just Be Grand," by Kev Filmore 2 to 4 p.m. This mixed media show opens Thursday and celebrates local artist Kev Filmore. A reception will be held 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5. This event takes place on the second floor of the Hendrick Hudson Free Library, 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose.
Croton-Harmon Board of Education Meeting 7:30 p.m. The board meets to discuss business in the school district, and will likely discuss the budget. The meeting takes place in the Community Room of Croton-Harmon High School, 36 Old Post Road S., Croton.