Out & About: Soup for Polar Bears

BRRRRRRRRR! THE ANNUAL Polar Bear Plunge at Orchard Beach takes place Feb. 11 and it’s expected to invigorate the swimmers (see details under Editor’s Pick).
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Editor’s Pick

Soup for Polar Bars
BronxNet and BronxWorks present The Bronx Polar Bears 2017 Dip Against Homelessness, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. at Orchard Beach, followed by hot soup for the participants. Registration is requested to help raise money for services provided by BronxWorks for the Bronx homeless. Donations are welcome for winter hats, gloves, socks and scarves. For more information and to register, call (646) 393-4002. 

The Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd., presents Songs of Freedom and Inspiration, performed by pop/jazz Cody Childs and The Ladies of Soul, featuring gospel, soul and folk, Feb. 11 at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call (718) 579-4244/46/57 or visit 

Lehman College’s Center for the Performing Arts, 250 Bedford Pk. Blvd. W., presents the following performances: Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue, Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. and The National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine, Feb. 12 at 4 p.m., featuring classical music (tickets for each: $25 to $45; $10/age 12 and under); and Love in Salsa, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m., featuring a variety of performers (tickets: $50 to $65; $100/VIP). VIP includes pre-concert wine and hors d’oeuvres reception at 6:30 p.m. and the best seats in the house. For more information and to RSVP, call (718) 960-8833.

The Bronx Arts Ensemble presents NY Philharmonic Clarinet Virtuoso Anthony McGill, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m., in the home of Paula Luria and Bill Caplan, 761 W. 231st St. ($90). For more information, call (718) 601-7399.


The Williamsbridge Oval offers free Women’s Self Defense Workshops for females ages 10 and over, Sundays through Feb. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Learn self defense moves and discuss the threats faced by females. For more information, call (718) 543-8672.

Bronx Community Board 7 Veterans Committee presents the first annual Veterans Breakfast and Soaring Eagle Award Ceremony, Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon, at Lehman College’s Music Building Faculty Dining Room. This event will honor and give thanks to those who have served and hear their inspiring stories; and honor those who strive daily to improve the lives of veterans in our communities. Continental breakfast will be served to 75 veterans as well as present each with Certificates of Merit. For more information, call (718) 579-4260.

Wave Hill, a Bronx oasis at 675 W. 252nd St. in Riverdale, offers Family Art Projects: Coyote and Owl Fixtures and tricksters, to learn about these animals, followed by creating a tableau of simple paper puppets, Feb 4 and 5; and Hearts for Flowers, Love for Manatees, to create flowery cards and gifts and make a stuffed manatee; both in the WH House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also scheduled is Nature Presentation: Feb 4: Owl Discovery, and Feb. 5: Owls: Raptors of the Night, both in WH House at 2 p.m.; to meet live owls; free with admission to grounds. Grounds admission is free until noon Saturdays and Tuesdays all year. For more information and a schedule of events including tours and walks, call (718) 549-3200.

The NY Botanical Garden presents The Orchid Show, Feb. 18 through April 9, at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. For more information, call (718) 817-8700.

The Bronx Documentary Center, 614 Courtlandt Ave. at 151st Street, presents Whose Streets? Our Streets!, a photo exhibit through March 5, Thursdays and Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m., featuring New York events from 1980 to 2000. For more information, call (718) 993-3512.

Library Events
The Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd., presents the following for children: Hands-On Projects at 4 p.m.: (ages 7 to 12; preregistration required), Groundhog Puppet Making, Feb. 2; and Red Rectangle Robot Making, Feb. 9; Valentine Card Making: Feb. 5 at 3:30 p.m.; and Family Storytime: (ages 3 to 5; preregistration required), reading aloud and crafts, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. Adults can join Social Security: Medicare and Taxes:  to learn about benefits, Feb. 4 at noon; and Microsoft Word 2010 for Beginners at 10 a.m.: Feb. 7 and 9. For more information, call (718) 579-4244/46/57 or visit

The Mosholu Library, 285 E. 205th St., offers for teens/young adults: film: “Suicide Squad,” Feb. 11 at 1:30 p.m. Adults can enjoy: Knitting Circle: Thursdays at 3 p.m. For more information, call (718) 882-8239.

The Jerome Park Library, 118 Eames Place (near Kingsbridge Road), offers for children: Valentine’s Day Party: (ages 5 to 12), crafts and games, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m.; Preschool Story Time and Craft at 11:15 a.m.: (ages 3 to 5), featuring books, puppetry, dramatics, crafts and flannel boards, Feb. 2, 9 and 16; and My Life as Celia Cruz: (ages infant to 12), story of her life with songs and audience participation, Feb. 13 at 3 p.m. For more information, call (718) 549-5200. 

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