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City Pools Open for Summer, 
Kittrell and Gardella Parks. Everyday. Passes required,  Details here

StoryWalk, "Camping Spree with Mr. Magee, Bryant Mamaroneck Park,  Half mile trail, Dawn to dusk

Independence Day Celebration , WP High School, Fireworks & music featuring West Point's Benny Havens Band, 6 - 10 p.m., Free

New York Liberty, WNBA, Westchester County Center,

Noon Day Concerts. Every Thursday, Renaissance Plaza, Free

Summer Concert Series, Every Thursday, City Center Coutyard, 6 - 8 pm. Free. Sponsored by WP BID.

Farmers' Market , Every Saturday and Wednesday until mid-November. Court Street (NO WED. Market 7/4)

TILI (Take It or Leave It) Shed, Every Sat.  9-12 and Wed. 2-4, Gedney Recycling Yard

Neighborhood Nights, Music, Magic and fun  in your local park & on Court St., Monday thru Thursday nights all month long, 7 pm start

Summer Second Tuesdays , Free Concert, One North Broadway Plaza, 5 - 7 pm. Sponsored by WP BID.

Dancing Under the Stars, Court Street, 7 pm, Every Wednesday thru August 15th

Shakespeare in the Park -- Hamlet  presented by Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Turnure  Park on Lake Street, 7 pm. Free. If rain, Eastview School.

Get Ready To Rock at City's Independence Day Celebration on July 3rd at WP High School
The City of White Plains has a special treat in store for residents as part of the free Independence Day Celebration on July 3rd at White Plains High School. 

In addition to fireworks, food and fun activities for the kids, we are excited to announce that this year on the main stage we'll have the famous West Point Benny Havens Band. They are not your father's marching band. They have performed for the NY Giants half-time show and many other venues. They are sure to rock - and we know you won't be disappointed! Check them out here.
Did You Know?
242 Years Ago NYS was Born  in White Plains
On July 9, 1776, New York State was born in White Plains. The Fourth Provincial Congress of New York, assembled in White Plains after fleeing New York City ahead of British forces, approved the Declaration of Independence, which they had received earlier in the day. They also changed their name to "The Convention of Representatives of the STATE of New York." 

Two days later, depicted above, Judge John Thomas of Purchase stood on the steps of the courthouse in White Plains and read the Declaration of Independence to the public for the first time in the State of New York.  Read more here.
The White Plains Library is Now Fine Free for Children & Young Adults!
The White Plains Public Library is eliminating late fees on children's and young adult books.

Why? The Library wants kids to read -- so it is eliminating fees -- one of the biggest barriers kids face in checking out books.

A  public library's most important responsibility is to develop readers. And research has shown that having books in the home is a critical factor in becoming a reader. But the sad fact is, too many young people can't borrow books because of outstanding fines.

Even though the Library is removing fines, kids and their caregivers will still be responsible for returning all library material - or else risk having their account suspended.   Read more.
Rollin' Down the Avenue -- 
Bike Share Comes to White Plains
Q: What's up with those green and yellow bikes I've been seeing around town?
A: They are part of the City's dockless bike share program. The city has permitted two bike share operators: Lime (lime green bikes) and ofo (yellow bikes).
Q: Why bike share?
A: Dockless bike share is easy to use and is an affordable and green transportation option. It is a great 1st mile / last mile solution.
Q: When did this happen?
A: The Common Council adopted a dockless bike share ordinance in March. The ordinance includes detailed operating standards as well as standards for the bikes themselves. Permitted operators will be able to deploy up to 150 bikes in the first 30 days of operation. Additional bikes would need the approval of the City. The operators will be responsible for maintaining their fleet of bikes and for "rebalancing" the bikes around the city on a regular basis.
Q: Sounds interesting. How do I ride?
A: You can download the Lime and/or ofo apps (available for iOS and Android) for free. Register your basic information and payment method. Once that is done you'll be able 
to see a map showing where the company's bikes are located. Find the bike nearest you. Scan the QR code on the rear fender to unlock the bike and start your session and ride! 

When you are done, park the bike responsibly and use the rear lever to lock the bike. Scan the QR code again. This will tell the company to stop charging you. 

Remember, riding a bike share bike is just like riding any other bike. You must obey the rules of the road and respect other users of our streets and sidewalks. This includes not riding on the sidewalks and staying alert for pedestrians. Ofo charges $1.00/hour and Lime charges $1.00/half-hour to ride. Both companies are offering incentives to riders.
Q: What does "dockless" mean?
A: Dockless bike share bikes do not need to be parked in a docking station at the end of a ride (think CitiBike in NYC).
Q: So if there's no docking station where do I park the bike?
A: The dockless bikes can be parked in any bike rack, painted bike parking area, or any other legal and appropriate place for a bike to park (For example -- just like regular bikes, bike share bikes cannot block pedestrian access to the sidewalk, accessibility ramps, or entrances to public or private property. Neither can they block vehicular access to the street.)
Kayak Classes & Rentals at Liberty Park
Every weekend from now through Labor Day Mountain Valley Guides will be offering classes and renting kayaks for scenic explorations of mile-long Silver Lake. Beginners welcome. 

And, with a permit from the White Plains Recreation & Parks Department, you can launch your own kayak any day from now through October 15th.  Full details here .

This Fall the White Plains Education and Training Center is offering a CompTia A+ Certification Bootcamp... Free of Cost! 

The 11-week Monday thru Friday course begins September 24th. It's challenging work, but for many it could be the key to a new career.

The certificate is designed to certify the competency of entry-level PC computer service professionals in installing, maintaining, customizing, and operating personal computers.

Spread the word! Space is limited so don't delay. Find out more.
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