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    Thursday pick of the day: Edward Lear's Absurd-Ditties

    Thu Oct 8

    The mastermind behind The Cosmic Bicycle --a company that today presents Edward Lear's Absurd-Ditties --is Johnathan Edward Cross, a talented marionette-wielder and actor. This show is completely family-friendly (if a bit obscure): A puppet-operetta sets Lear's fantastical poems set to a score of accordion- and percussion-tinged tunes. Performers bring these works to life using toys, household objects, marionettes and more--all guided by the direction of Cross.

    Don't miss today's Read for the Record literacy celebration

    Thu Oct 8

    Tote your tot to the library today to take part in the fourth annual Read for the Record campaign, which is sponsored by Jumpstart, a nonprofit organization that provides books to low-income families. Thousands of events are taking place all over the country; here in the Big Apple, a bunch of book-related venues are hosting readings of Eric Carle's classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. To find an event near you, visit readfortherecord.org or visit your local library.

    New York Week for the Animals begins Saturday October 10

    Thu Oct 8

    Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! If you've got little ones who are obsessed with anything that barks, oinks, chirps, meows or growls, then clear your calendar from October 10 - 18 for the first-ever New York Week for the Animals . There are a slew of events throughout the state, including a bunch in our pet-friendly metropolis, and they range from the wild (animal-themed film fests and comedy shows) to more domesticated fare (pet care and adoption). The kick-off starts on Saturday, Oct 10 in northern Central Park from 7am-4pm with free spaying and neutering, micro-chipping and vaccination clinics, an onsite DJ and plenty of cute critters. Other fest highlights happening in the five boroughs include: FREE Wild Parrot Safari Sat Oct 10 11am--3pm. Meet at Brooklyn College, Hillel Gate, Hillel Pl at Campus Rd in Brooklyn. For more info, e-mail steve@brooklynparrots.com. Wild Monk Parakeets (a.k.a. Quaker Parrots) have called Brooklyn home ever...

    See the Dreamland Bell in Brooklyn

    Wed Oct 7

    Photo: Kathryn Kirk If you happen to be wandering around downtown Brooklyn with your brood during the next few weeks, be sure to stop by Borough Hall . From now until October 23rd, Coney Island's long-lost Dreamland Bell —which was retrieved from the Atlantic Ocean last month—will be on display. The 500-pound, three-foot-tall bell was discovered under water in September by diver Gene Ritter; it landed on the ocean floor back in 1911 when an 18-hour fire burned down Dreamland Park. Because the bell was underwater for almost a century, the only way to preserve it is to keep it wet (a hose has been set up to trickle water over it while it's on view). For young fans of Coney Island and parents depressed by the park's sorry state, the bell is a nice reminder that the Brooklyn fun zone has faced tough times in the past—and managed to overcome them and flourish. So cheer up and give your kids a peek at NYC history. There may still be glory days ahead for Coney Island....

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