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amNY Weekender: Nine things to do in New York City

Photo by Todd Maisel

FRIDAY, JAN. 8

Astronomy Online: Secrets of Saturn: In this virtual event hosted by the American Museum of Natural History, adults and kids alike can learn about the latest discoveries about Saturn during the NASA Cassini mission. Viewers can tune in to the YouTube livestream led by Museum Curator Denton Ebel and planetary scientist Marina Gemma. 1 p.m.

The Motown Project with a Broadway Performer: Presented by Alicia Hall Moran, The Motown Project reimagines the genre with a one-of-a-kind performance. The performance is free to attend and will be presented virtually. 8 p.m.

APAP|NYC+ Conference:  The Association of Performing Arts Professionals is shining a spotlight on performing artists from all disciplines and fuel the collaborations that make art happen through a virtual EXPO Hall, pitch sessions, networking and showcases. The conference with cover a variety of topics including public health, the climate crisis, the racial reckoning, mental health and their impacts on the performing arts, as well as how to best restart the arts. Now through Jan. 12, 

SATURDAY, JAN. 9

Birding: Bald Eagle Watch: It’s the perfect time of year to catch sight of an eagle in New York City. Join the Parks Department Rangers at Payson Park House to see if you can spot one. Masks must be worn and be sure to bring your own binoculars. 9 to 10 a.m.

Friends of J Hood Wright Park Cleanup: The Friends of J Wood Wright are heading out to care for the Haven Avenue Foot ramp down to Fort Washington Park. Be sure to text 917-656-9721 to RSVP if you plan on coming by to help. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Second Saturdays Trailwork Party + Bike Share at Highbridge Bike Park: Enjoy a day of fun in the woods at Highbridge Park. There will be light trail maintenance tasks for all ages from 10 a.m. to noon, and all participants, NYCMTB members, or anyone with logged volunteer hours, receive a free 20-minute clinic and a guided ride throughout the trails from 12:30 p.m to 3 p.m. The event lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ice skating at Bryant Park: All winter long New Yorkers can reserve a skate time at Bryant Park’s Bank of America Winter Village. It’s free to skate (unless you need to rent skates, which starts at $21) and there is a full winter wonderland to explore.

SUNDAY, JAN. 10

PROTOTYPE:  From now through Jan. 16, PROTOTYPE goes global for its reimagined ninth season with three world premieres: one large-scale, digital, self-guided exploration featuring 13 composers and their collaborators; one sonic experience on the past, present, and imagined future of Times Square; and one in-person installation at HERE Arts Center exploring the dynamics of friendship in the midst of an uprising. Additionally, there will be three international works from around the globe that portray the capability of the human voice.

Central Park Zoo: Who doesn’t love a trip to the zoo? The Central Park Zoo is open and ready for guests to come and visit. Be sure to swing by the snow leopard exhibit — perfect for winter — and if you have little ones check out the petting zoo. Tickets are required ahead of time and cost $13.95 for adults, $8.95 for children and $10.95 for seniors, or free for members. 

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