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Things to do this week in NYC Jul 9-Jul 16: Outdoor Activities

July 9, 2011 - by CG Directory Editor
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New York City is not only home to great cultural institutions, shops and events; it's also a place where there are plenty of things to do outside. If you're looking for ways to enjoy New York's beautiful summer weather, we've got some great suggestions for things you can do outdoors?from New York parks and outdoor cafes to flea markets, sporting events, and street fairs. Here are some of our favorite things to do in NYC this week that will get you out of the house!

Bouncing Souls - Highline Ballroom
July 09, 2011 -

FOR ALL THE UNHEARD Happy First Day Of Spring Everyone!!!! Over the past several weeks, we've been happily dwelling on how much fun we had learning and playing all of our albums this year at "Home For The Holidays" and it got us thinking: Now that we did our homework and we know all these songs, why not take this show on the road and share the fun with our people? So, over the course of 2011, we're going to do just that! We're going to invade some of our favorite cities for a series of 4-night stands planned in some very intimate venues and play almost every song we ever wrote: Two records a night, in chronological order. That means all your favorite songs as well as all the lost causes and forgotten songs you've always wanted to hear live, but we never remembered how to play…come on out and sing along. Support bands and details for the Chicago and Boston shows will be announced next week... presale tickets and 4-night passes will go onsale through Chunksaah on the 29th and regular onsale will be April 1st. Tickets and line-up information for the other cities will happen about 2 months before the show dates, so stay posted!!!!

Birds of Prey - Mystic Aquarium
July 09, 2011 - Mystic

Five happily rehabilitated raptors descend on Mystic Aquarium for a special Birds of Prey Summer Series, presented in conjunction with the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, on July 2, 9, 30, Aug. 13 and Sept. 3 at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on the Sea School Green stage. A Red-Tailed Hawk, Eastern Screech Owl, American Kestrel, two Barred Owls and a Great Horned Owl will appear on the arms of Audubon educators to demonstrate the remarkable beauty and abilities of these incredible birds.

Advancing Nature Photography - Greenwich Audubon Society
July 10, 2011 - Greenwich

Photo hikes led by professional photographer Dan Burns allows you to get outdoors, share photography tips and witness wilderness. Ideal for practicing scenic photography and macro photo techniques.

The ZOOMOBILE Hits the Beach! - Sherwood Island State Park's Nature Center
July 16, 2011 - Westport

JUST ADDED! July 16: The ZOOMOBILE Hits the Beach! 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is traveling to Sherwood Island State Park for some “fun in the sun” as Zoo educators present Remarkable Reptiles: In a Class by Themselves! Presented in conjunction with the Sherwood Island State Park Nature Center, these live animal programs will explore the little-known world of these prehistoric survivors and introduce families to beautiful and endangered reptiles from around the world. Presented beachside (weather permitting) or in the Park’s new nature center, the programs are sure to educate, engage, and inspire! NOTE – This event takes place at Sherwood Island State Park’s Nature Center, not at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. Sherwood Island State Park, 1 Sherwood Island Rd, Westport, CT 06880. (203) 226-6983. For more info, visit

Vines and Canines Vineyard Walk - Martha Clara Vineyards
Through July 24, 2011 - Riverhead

July Dates: 7/9, 7/23 and 7/24. Bring your dogs down and enjoy an educational walk through the vineyards with winemaker Juan Micieli-Martinez and his dog Satchmo. A donation of a non perishable pet food item is requested to be donated to select animal shelter foundations.

Butterflies & Bees Seminar with Christopher Kelly, the General Manager at The Plantage Inc. - Martha Clara Vineyards
Through July 31, 2011 -

Dates: Sunday June 26th, July 10th, and July 31st ONLY. This will be a two hour talk focused on the relationship between insects and plants. A live glass walled observation hive will let people see the inner workings of a beehive in complete safely. It is a family friendly environment. Tickets are limited so reserve your spot today @ $50 / $40 for wine club members.

Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra - New York Botanical Garden
Through August 21, 2011 -

The lush gardens and poetic vistas of the Alhambra -- a legendary Moorish palace and fortress in Granada, Spain -- are re-imagined in NYBG's large-scale, multipart summer exhibition.The exhibit includes a 15,000-square-foot interpretation of Alhambra's gardens in the landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, curated by world-renowned garden writer, designer, and historian Penelope Hobhouse. Closed Mon.

National Geographic Crittercam: The World Through Animal Eyes - Mystic Aquarium
Through December 31, 2011 -

Swim through tropical landscapes with turtles, dive beneath the ice with penguins and forage in the forest with a family of bears — experience life as animals do in a new exhibition opening February 9, 2011 at Mystic Aquarium. Through interactive displays, firsthand footage and evocative environments, visitors to the exhibit can explore the many stories and animals that are part of the science and adventure of Crittercam. The exhibit focuses on Crittercam’s deployment on seals and sea lions, sharks, sea turtles, whales, penguins, bears and lions.

Writing the Garden: A Collection of Books from The New York Society Library and Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Principal Founder of the Central Park Conservancy - the New York Society Library
Through December 31, 2011 -

Writing the Garden: A Collection of Books from The New York Society Library and Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Principal Founder of the Central Park Conservancy. Books on display span more than 150 years and opening fresh vistas into the World of Gardens. Writing the Garden will feature works by remarkable gardeners who wrote with great knowledge and deep passion stemming from their love of nature, plants, and horticulture.

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