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Scarsdale 'Tweens, Teens Get Intro To Spa Days

SCARSDALE, N.Y. - The challenge was laid down from behind the bar: OK, one gulp; money on the table!"

Not exactly what one would expect to hear in a teen center, but, then, given the level of sophistication of most teen and 'tween palates, Center Director Ellen Tiven-Moore's urging was no surprise.

The concoction, a vegan juice called The Green Monster, containing liquefied kale, celery, apple, cucumber, parsley, spinach, lemon, ginger and romaine lettuce – a verdant concoction with a taste reminiscent of the aroma of freshly mowed lawn with a hint of citrus.

The Green Monster was one of several samples donated by Andy's Pure Food , a vegan health food store in the Golden Horseshow Shopping Center on Wilmot Road. Many of the other drinks were proving more popular, but those who did take up the Tiven-Moore challenge did not seem put off.

The occasion was the Scarsdale Teen Center's first Spa Day, aimed specifically at middle school-aged girls who are on the cusp of more womanly awareness, said Center Program Director Eugenia Valliades. "They're at the age when they are starting to become familiar with beauty and taking care of themselves," she said.

In addition to vegan drinks from Andy's, the girls were treated to hair stylings by Julius Michael Scarsdale , makeup by Clinique advisers from Lord & Taylor and nail treatments by Empire Beauty School in Peekskill.

The turnout was strong, Valliades said, and the event drew in some first-timers to the center. Nicole Annunziata, 12, took a baby-sitting course there last week, and said she thought the center was "really cool, so I brought her over" this week. "Her" was her friend Keeley Fritsch, 12, a newcomer to beauty treatments as well as a teen center. "It's really nice," she said. "It helps teenagers find something to do."

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