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ICC hosts an array of cultural events that inform and connect the community through shared experiences.  
 
Upcoming events:

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April 16

Alien, a documentary with award-winning documentary filmmaker Vidyut Latay

 

Highly skilled immigrants are an essential part of the US workforce filling critical labor gaps in medicine and other STEM jobs.  The US immigration system, however, takes an inhuman and unfair approach toward highly skilled immigrants and their families, the vast majority of whom are Indian.

 

ALIEN intimately follows five Indian high-skilled immigrants and their families as they build lives and families in this country in an uphill battle toward their American Dream.  (83 minutes)

Vidyut Latay's debut documentary "Beyond Silence" screened twice on PBS, at film festivals, has won awards, and been a part of Gallaudet University and UCLA curriculum. Vidyut worked on the award-winning documentaries "Waiting for Superman" and "Kailash.". She was an Executive Producer for India's television networks Zee TV and Zoom (The Times of India group). As a high-skilled legal immigrant with first-hand experience maneuvering through a spectrum of visas, Vidyut brings personal knowledge of the broken immigration system to ALIEN.

Following the screening, Vidyut will discuss the critical need for immigration reform with CT Mirror investigative reporter Katy Golvala, Katy has reported on the mutual fund industry, infrastructure investment, and the Asian American experience in Connecticut. Katy earned a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a master’s degree in Business and Economic Journalism from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. 

7:00 PM

Ticket Prices $14.50 at the box office/$9.00 purchased in advance from ICC

The Avon Theater

272 Bedford Street, Stamford

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June 2

Historical Fiction and Book Signing with YA author Veera Hiranandani

 

Newberry Honor-winning author Veera Hiranandani comes to the Rye Free Reading Room to meet with kids 9 to adult to talk about how to use our lives to create stories, how to write about identity and family history, and about her newest book Amil and the After, a stand-alone sequel to her acclaimed The Night Diary.  The New York Times Book Review called Amil and the After "Masterly… a book about hope, about a boy and his father, both hurt and vulnerable, navigating their traumas and finally surviving — .” 

Moderated by ICC Teens .In partnership with the The Rye Free Reading Room.

Arcade Books of Rye will be selling Amil and the After and The Night Diary before and after the event. To request other Veera Hiranandani titles, call Patrick at Arcade at 914-967-0966.

4:00 PM

No Charge.  Please Reserve Seats

For ages 9 through adult

Rye Free Reading Room

1061 Boston Post Rd, Rye

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October 5

Learn the Art of Henna

 

Just in time for Diwali a Henna class for children 8+ and adults.  Henna artist and instructor Leena will provide background on the origins of henna, demonstrate how to mix henna and fill a cone, instruct students on designs, and do one design on each participant.  All materials will be provided.  You can see some of  Leena's designs on her Instagram page.

ICC encourages kids to introduce a friend to Indian culture and henna. Bring a friend for only $10.  

Limited to 35 participants.  Early registration is recommended. Henna can stain clothing.  Dress appropriately.    

2 PM to 4PM

$25 per person ages 8 through adult

$10 Bring a Friend.

Crawford Park Mansion

122 North Ridge Street, Rye Brook

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HINDI 1: Beginner

Grades K-1

Nandita Sinha

Sunday 9 AM

For children new to Hindi or who have taken one session.  Class time will be split between conversation and nursery rhymes; and, reading and writing Hindi letters.  Students will learn Hindi Varnamala (letters), how to sign their names, basic vocabulary and common greetings and phrases. 50 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 6. 

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HINDI 2:  Advanced Beginner

Grades 1-3

Nandita Sinha

Sunday 10 PM

For students who have at leats two session of Hindi, have been exposed to Hindi at home, and/or have a basic knowledge of Hindi greetings.  Students will be introduced to listening and conversation.  They will learn Hindi phonetics, vocabulary, writing their names and vowels, pronunciation, basic conversation and grammar.  50 minutes. 

Enrollment limited to 6.

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Hindi 3: Intermediate

Grades 1-4

Vaishali Akole

Sunday 11 AM

For children who have taken Advanced Beginner Hindi for at least one year and are ready to begin speaking short sentences.    Children will build on their understanding of phoenetics and vocabularly  50 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 6.

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Hindi 4: Advanced Intermediate

Grades 2+

Vaishali Akole

Sunday Noon

For children who have taken Intermediate Hindi for a least one year, have taken three years of Hindi, or can understand and speak simple sentences. The emphasis of the class is to build a more detailed understanding of phonetics and vocabulary. Children will learn to increase their ability to read and write two or three letter words. Through conversation and role playing they will gain greater confidence speaking with Hindi-speaking family members and transacting with merchants.  50 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 6.

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Rubik's Cube:  Beginners

Grades 3-7

Aarav Yadav and Ryan Kovacs

Sunday, 9:00 AM

Over 350 million cubes have challenged millions of kids and adults since the Rubik's Cube was invented 50 years ago.  Aarav Yadav, ICC’s Rubik Cube wizard will take a step-by-step approach and teach students the art of solving Rubik's Cube. By the end of the session, students will be able to solve the cube and perform basic tricks and patterns on the cube. Ryan Kovacs, also a cuber, will work with Aarav and break kids into smaller groups. 40 minutes.

NOTE:  Kids will need a standard 3x3 cube.  They should not play with the cube or attempt to solve the cube before the first class.

Enrollment limited to 15.

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Rubik's Cube:  Intermediate

Grades 3-7

Aarav Yadav and Ryan Kovacs

Sunday, 10:00 AM

For kids who can solve Rubik's Cube, Aarav Yadav, ICC’s Rubik Cube wizard will teach kids how to solve the cube in less time with the aim of solving the cube in under 2 minutes. 

Ryan Kovacs, also a cuber, will work with Aarav to break kids into smaller groups. 40 minutes.

NOTE:  Kids will need a standard 3x3 cube.  

Enrollment limited to 15.

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Ultimate STEM 

Grades 1-2

Amanda Sackey

Sunday 11 AM

No prior classes required.  This special STEM curriculum for chilldren in grades 1 and 2 is written and taught by a popular Rye Country Day science teacher.  It is designed to maximize inquiry and exploration using materials that are easily attainable from home.  Challenged with mini weekly projects, students will work individually and collaboratively to create, test, and problem solve, and they will collect citizen science data in their neighborhoods.  45 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 8.

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Ramayana Storytime

Grades 1-2

Akruti Babaria

Sunday Noon

Back by popular demand, take a journey through one of the biggest Indian epics: Ramayana. Akruti shares the story of Ramayana as a read-a-loud, story-telling enactment and live interactive chat  Kids will prepare for a short performance at the end.  If parents would like to order Ramayana, Akruti will be reading from A Treasury of Ramayana Stories, an illustrated children's book that can be ordered from Kulture Khazana.  (Use Code ICC and ICC will receive 20% of all sales from Kulture Khazana).  Note:  Ramayana will be treated as a story and not as a religious text.  Illustrations are nonviolent. 45 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 8.

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Creative Writing with Veera Hiranandani

Grades 4-8

Veera Hiranandani

Tuesday, 4:00 PM  FIVE WEEK CLASS:  Oct 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov 3

Join Veera Hiranandani in a five-week virtual creative writing class for fourth through eighth graders. Veera's Young Adult book about Partition, "The Night Diary" was awarded a Newbery Honor in 2019 and is written in the form of a young girl's diary who journeys from her home in Pakistan to India during Partition. Through writing prompts, discussion, and sharing our writing in an encouraging and creative atmosphere, students will learn how to mix fact with fiction and get to the heart of the stories they want to tell. 45 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 8.

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Investigations in Math 2-3

Grades 2-3

Alissa Helgesen

Wednesday, 4:00 PM

Building upon grade level skills, students will extend their conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas through hands-on experiences, games, and collaborative inquiries. Students will use their critical and creative thinking skills to solve real-life problems involving mathematics. Concepts covered will include number fluency, pattern investigation, shape and space analysis, estimation, probability, and more!   45 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 10.

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Mock Math Olympiad

Grades 4-5

Alissa Helgesen

Thursday 4 PM

Kids have fun building upon the foundational concepts taught in school by learning problem-solving techniques used in competition style math. They will gain confidence and fluency in their understanding of mathematical concepts as they develop logical reasoning and problem-solving skills while working collaboratively in breakout groups.  Kids will participate in timed mock Math Olympiad competitions.  60 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 15.

Back
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HINDI 1: Beginner

Grades K-1

Nandita Sinha

Sunday 9 AM

For children new to Hindi or who have taken one session.  Class time will be split between conversation and nursery rhymes; and, reading and writing Hindi letters.  Students will learn Hindi Varnamala (letters), how to sign their names, basic vocabulary and common greetings and phrases. 50 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 6. 

Back
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HINDI 2:  Advanced Beginner

Grades 1-3

Nandita Sinha

Sunday 10 PM

For students who have at leats two session of Hindi, have been exposed to Hindi at home, and/or have a basic knowledge of Hindi greetings.  Students will be introduced to listening and conversation.  They will learn Hindi phonetics, vocabulary, writing their names and vowels, pronunciation, basic conversation and grammar.  50 minutes. 

Enrollment limited to 6.

Back
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Hindi 3: Intermediate

Grades 1-4

Vaishali Akole

Sunday 11 AM

For children who have taken Advanced Beginner Hindi for at least one year and are ready to begin speaking short sentences.    Children will build on their understanding of phoenetics and vocabularly  50 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 6.

Back
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Hindi 4: Advanced Intermediate

Grades 2+

Vaishali Akole

Sunday Noon

For children who have taken Intermediate Hindi for a least one year, have taken three years of Hindi, or can understand and speak simple sentences. The emphasis of the class is to build a more detailed understanding of phonetics and vocabulary. Children will learn to increase their ability to read and write two or three letter words. Through conversation and role playing they will gain greater confidence speaking with Hindi-speaking family members and transacting with merchants.  50 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 6.

Back
Cube.jpeg

Rubik's Cube:  Beginners

Grades 3-7

Aarav Yadav and Ryan Kovacs

Sunday, 9:00 AM

Over 350 million cubes have challenged millions of kids and adults since the Rubik's Cube was invented 50 years ago.  Aarav Yadav, ICC’s Rubik Cube wizard will take a step-by-step approach and teach students the art of solving Rubik's Cube. By the end of the session, students will be able to solve the cube and perform basic tricks and patterns on the cube. Ryan Kovacs, also a cuber, will work with Aarav and break kids into smaller groups. 40 minutes.

NOTE:  Kids will need a standard 3x3 cube.  They should not play with the cube or attempt to solve the cube before the first class.

Enrollment limited to 15.

Back
Cube.jpeg

Rubik's Cube:  Intermediate

Grades 3-7

Aarav Yadav and Ryan Kovacs

Sunday, 10:00 AM

For kids who can solve Rubik's Cube, Aarav Yadav, ICC’s Rubik Cube wizard will teach kids how to solve the cube in less time with the aim of solving the cube in under 2 minutes. 

Ryan Kovacs, also a cuber, will work with Aarav to break kids into smaller groups. 40 minutes.

NOTE:  Kids will need a standard 3x3 cube.  

Enrollment limited to 15.

Back
IMG_2103_edited.jpg

Ultimate STEM 

Grades 1-2

Amanda Sackey

Sunday 11 AM

No prior classes required.  This special STEM curriculum for chilldren in grades 1 and 2 is written and taught by a popular Rye Country Day science teacher.  It is designed to maximize inquiry and exploration using materials that are easily attainable from home.  Challenged with mini weekly projects, students will work individually and collaboratively to create, test, and problem solve, and they will collect citizen science data in their neighborhoods.  45 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 8.

Back
Ramayana.jpg

Ramayana Storytime

Grades 1-2

Akruti Babaria

Sunday Noon

Back by popular demand, take a journey through one of the biggest Indian epics: Ramayana. Akruti shares the story of Ramayana as a read-a-loud, story-telling enactment and live interactive chat  Kids will prepare for a short performance at the end.  If parents would like to order Ramayana, Akruti will be reading from A Treasury of Ramayana Stories, an illustrated children's book that can be ordered from Kulture Khazana.  (Use Code ICC and ICC will receive 20% of all sales from Kulture Khazana).  Note:  Ramayana will be treated as a story and not as a religious text.  Illustrations are nonviolent. 45 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 8.

Back
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Creative Writing with Veera Hiranandani

Grades 4-8

Veera Hiranandani

Tuesday, 4:00 PM  FIVE WEEK CLASS:  Oct 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov 3

Join Veera Hiranandani in a five-week virtual creative writing class for fourth through eighth graders. Veera's Young Adult book about Partition, "The Night Diary" was awarded a Newbery Honor in 2019 and is written in the form of a young girl's diary who journeys from her home in Pakistan to India during Partition. Through writing prompts, discussion, and sharing our writing in an encouraging and creative atmosphere, students will learn how to mix fact with fiction and get to the heart of the stories they want to tell. 45 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 8.

Back
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Investigations in Math 2-3

Grades 2-3

Alissa Helgesen

Wednesday, 4:00 PM

Building upon grade level skills, students will extend their conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas through hands-on experiences, games, and collaborative inquiries. Students will use their critical and creative thinking skills to solve real-life problems involving mathematics. Concepts covered will include number fluency, pattern investigation, shape and space analysis, estimation, probability, and more!   45 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 10.

Back
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Mock Math Olympiad

Grades 4-5

Alissa Helgesen

Thursday 4 PM

Kids have fun building upon the foundational concepts taught in school by learning problem-solving techniques used in competition style math. They will gain confidence and fluency in their understanding of mathematical concepts as they develop logical reasoning and problem-solving skills while working collaboratively in breakout groups.  Kids will participate in timed mock Math Olympiad competitions.  60 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 15.

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