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Patch Picks: 'Once Upon A Mattress'; 30 Lessons for Living; Playwriting

There is something for everyone to do this week in the Hudson Valley.

BCT presents "Once Upon A Mattress." Jan. 19. 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a new spin on the classic tale, "The Princess and the Pea" that includes songs, humor, romance, and adventure. Written by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer. Music by Mary Rodgers Lyrics by Marshall Barer. Directed by David Fritsch. Produced by Teresa Donkin, Carolyn Nielsen and Christina Dieck. Musical direction by Matt Vanacoro. Choreography by Jessica Vanacoro. Performance schedule: Jan 18 - 7:30 p.m.; 19 - 2 and 7:30; 20 - 2; 25 - 7:30; 26 - 2 and 7:30; 27 - 2. Email bctonline@optonline.net to buy tickets. Include name, phone number, address, number of tickets and time/date of performance. Someone will contact you to confirm ticket order. You can also leave your ticket order information with the Bedford Recreation and Parks office at (914) 666-7004. BCT will call you to confirm your ticket order. www.bedfordcommunitytheatre.org. Bedford Hills Community House, 74 Main St, Bedford Hills$20.

Random Farms Kids' Theater Presents "Legally Blonde." Jan. 26. All day. The Random Farms Kids' Theater will present "Legally Blonde" at The Tarrytown Music Hall, Jan. 26 through Feb. 3, 2013. Random Farms Kids' actors explore themes of love, friendship and achieving one's dreams through the scope of comedy and musical theater. Performances: Jan. 26 -- 3 p.m., 8 p.m, 27 -- 1 p.m., 7 p.m.. Go to www.tarrytownmusichall.org for more information. $18.

Cornell Professor: "30 Lessons for Living" Talk at The Osborn. Jan. 24. 7:30 p.m. Cornell professor Dr. Karl Pillemer shares 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans, a collection of life lessons from the "wisest" Americans. RSVP is required: 1-800-815-8534 or RSVP@theosborn.org, The Osborn Retirement Community, 101 Theall Rd, Rye. FREE.

PLAYWRITING with Marilyn Heberling at EMBARK @ EMC. Jan. 19. 7 p.m. Adults and seniors learn playwriting techniques from Marilyn Heberling on Thursdays beginning Jan. 17. Heberling is a 30-year theater veteran. Registration in progress. Energy Movement Center, 925 South St, Peekskill. $12.

Jan. 25. 11 a.m. Head to the Brewster library for story hour with puppets and a flannel board game every Friday with children ages 2 to 5. Brewster Public Library, 79 Main St, Brewster. FREE.

ENVIRONS: IMAGES ENCOUNTERED IN PIERMONT & VICINITY by LAURIE PEEK. Jan. 21. All day. View Laurie Peek’s photographs of everyday objects and environments in Piermont and surrounding areas. Her works examine wet leaves, a crushed can, parking lots, watery reflections, and more, revealing the magic in the mundane. Peek was a staff photographer for NYC’s Dept. of General Services where she documented the city's community gardens and Mayor Ed Koch, and her photos have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Brooklyn Paper, The Progressive, The Village Voice, City Limits, and 2003 Oscar-nominated documentary film "Tupac: Resurrection." Attend the closing reception next weekend on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library, 25 W Fly Wheel Park,Piermont. FREE.

Mr. Kurt at Night Concert. Jan. 24. 6 p.m. Take the kids to a 6 p.m. concert with musical performer Mr. Kurt at the New City Library. One adult per child, ages 1 and up allowed. Adults must show their New City or West Nyack Library cards at the door. New City Library, 220 N Main St, New City. FREE.

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