Kids’ Almanac (Jan.-Feb.7)

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

“The thing is to free one’s self: to let it find its dimensions, not be impeded.”
– Virginia Woolf



Canstruction at Poughkeepsie Galleria benefits Food Bank of the Hudson Valley

Food insecurity means living in a state of not knowing where your next meal will come from, and the Poughkeepsie Day School is one of five schools participating in a creative way to help: Canstruction! On Friday, January 30 at the Poughkeepsie Galleria, each group of students will build structures out of cans, which will be on display for one week beginning Saturday, January 31 and culminating with the Canny Awards on Saturday, February 7. The Poughkeepsie Day School’s plan is to construct a medieval castle with the slogan, “Hunger can be history!”                 The public can vote for their favorite display by contributing a can of food. All of the cans will be donated to the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, which supplies food pantries in our region. The Poughkeepsie Galleria is located at 2001 South Road in Poughkeepsie. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or visit


TSL in Hudson screens Oscar-nominated shorts

This weekend is a chance to enjoy the 2015 Oscar-nominated live-action and animated short films at Time & Space Limited before the big awards ceremony on February 22. On Friday, January 30, animated shorts are screened at 6 and 8 p.m., and live-action shorts begin at 8:15 p.m. On Saturday, January 31, animated shorts start at 7:45 p.m. and live action shorts at 5:30 p.m. On Sunday, February 1, animated shorts begin at 3 p.m. and live action shorts at 12:30 and 4:15 p.m. Tickets cost $8, $6 for students and TSL members.

Time & Space Limited is located at 434 Columbia Street in Hudson. For more information, including the list of short films being shown, call (518) 822-8100 or visit For trailers of the nominated shorts, visit



Kingston parks host WinterFest

Want to try some new activities with the family in our area’s winter wonderland? Come to WinterFest this Saturday, January 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and it’s free! Activities at Hasbrouck Park include instructional snowshoe hiking and animal tracking, s’mores and crafts; and at Kingston Point, enjoy guided bird walks. WinterFest is “snow or no,” so make sure there’s white stuff on the ground before you come out for the event.

Hasbrouck Park and Kingston Point are located on Delaware Avenue in Kingston. For more information, call (845) 481-7333 or visit


Paul Green Rock Academy students perform at Bearsville

Warm up your winter with the Best of Season Show by students of the Paul Green Rock Academy, featuring special guest Tracy Bonham. On Saturday, January 31, doors open at 6 p.m. at the Bearsville Theater for this music-and-fundraising event, which begins at 7 p.m. You’ll hear Black Sabbath, Corporate Rock, Pink Floyd, Rock Goddesses and Radiohead while bidding on a variety of auction items. Tickets range from $15 to $40, and all proceeds benefit the Rock Academy scholarship fund.

The Bearsville Theater is located at 291 Tinker Street in Woodstock. Tickets are available at For more information, call (845) 247-3034 or visit


Magic show at Spackenkill High School raises funds for Croft Corners Fire Company

“Firemen: Your worst day is our every day,” says Michael Perry, volunteer firefighter. Don’t just say “Thank you” to our community’s first responders; let’s support them any way that we can.

On Saturday, January 31 at 7 p.m., illusionist Ryan Dutcher performs at Spackenkill High School as a fundraiser for the Croft Corners Fire Company, a volunteer firefighter organization. The show appeals to all ages and includes plenty of comedy, suspense and audience participation. Tickets cost $15 and available at, via e-mail at [email protected] or at the performer’s website,

Spackenkill High School is located at 121 Spackenkill Road in Poughkeepsie. For more information, call (845) 463-6037 or visit


Lippman Memorial Park hosts Wawarsing Winter Festival

Has it been a while since you’ve played broomball? How about a bike race on ice? Bring the family to the Wawarsing Winter Festival at Lippman Memorial Park for these activities and more on Saturday, January 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Look for signs of winter animal activity at the interpretive hike at 10:30 a.m. and fun nature games at 1 p.m., both with Minnewaska State Park Preserve educators. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome.

Lippman Memorial Park is located on Route 209 in Wawarsing. For more information, call (845) 647-7800, extension 129, or visit To learn more about Minnewaska State Park Preserve’s year-round activities, visit


Free Day at MASS MoCA

The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, better known as MASS MoCA, is worth a family day trip any time of year. But this Saturday, January 31 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., admission is free! During Free Day 2015, hear about the history of the museum campus, learn how art fabricators take a project from concept to completion, watch the tech crew build a concert light show, see dance performances, do art projects, take tours and more.

MASS MoCA is located at 1040 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams, Massachusetts. For more information, call (413) MoCA - 111 or visit




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