The Port Chester Carver Center will hold an open house and a Harvest festival this Saturday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Housed in a former YMCA building at 400 Westchester Ave., the center recently re-surfaced the gym floor and created a dance studio and boxing ring. Last year an unused wing of the building was renovated and made into a community gym/fitness center, with cardio and weight equipment.
The nonprofit organization, which incorporates recreation, education and civic events into, dates to 1943 when it was founded by African-American families. See the Carver Center website to learn more about current programs.
The Harvest Festival and Open House is open to the entire community, and is a chance for community members to tour the building and learn more about the programs, services, and facilities Carver offers. Carver Center staff will be present to answer questions about programs, and several of Carver Center’s Saturday Programs will be in session for parents and children to observe. These programs include martial arts, ballet, and music. Parents can register their children and teenagers for the Saturday programs and the Teen Center, and adults and youth over age 13 can join the Fitness Center.
Children can also participate in arts and crafts activities including face painting, tattoos, and jewelry making. Students who are members of Carver’s Teen Center will be volunteering to help children with the crafts. Craft activities are open to all children, free of charge.
A DJ will be playing music outdoors for all attendees to enjoy. Free refreshments will also be available, including hamburgers, hot dogs, Sno Cones, popcorn, and apple cider.