Almanac Weekly’s calendar of events (March 12-21)

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Note to our readers: Every page marks a different date in our online Almanac Weekly calendar of events.  The weekly post includes: premier listings on the first page; the events for Thursday on page 2; Friday on page 3; Saturday on page 4; etc.

How to get your event in Almanac Weekly’s calendar:

If you’d like to submit information about an upcoming event for publication in our popular calendar of events, please e-mail a single-spaced, plain-text document file to Donna Keefe, our calendar manager, at [email protected]. Send the name of the event, time, date, location of event, a telephone number (for publication) and admission charge (specify if free). A brief description is helpful, too. Events are published in the newspaper as a community service and on a space-available basis. Almanac Weekly’s calendar is printed on Tuesdays, so we must receive all entries no later than the previous Friday at noon. If you’d like to speak with Donna directly, call (845) 334-8200 ext. 104.



premier listings

Hudson Valley Restaurant .Week 2015 (through 3/22). Nearly 200 of the region’s top restaurants offer prix fixe, three-course dinners for $29.95 and lunches for $20.95. Many chefs use New York product on their Restaurant Week menus. Whether it’s trying a new place or returning to a true favorite   wherever you choose to dine   Restaurant Week means a good deal on a great meal. Info:

Theater Improv Games for Everyone. Access the joyful, fearless you using Keith Johnstone’s methodology! Starts April 2nd, 7:30-9:30pm, four classes $100, uptown Kingston. Space limited. Call Kathleen Donovan to register at 684-5219.

Woodstock Writers Festival (3/19-3/22). This is one of the gems of spring here in Woodstock. You can take workshops, attend lectures and meet some of thewriters in the country. For the complete schedule and to purchase individual tickets or full festival passes visit

Claryville: Maple Sugar Open House (3/21, 3/22, 3/28 & 3/29). Visit one of Frost Valley’s maple sugar open houses to learn about how pure maple syrup is made. See the tap to table process, identify a sugar maple tree, see our evaporator, and try a sample of fresh syrup. Free and advance registration is not required. Our Maple Sugar/Sap House is 1 mi. east of our main entrance at 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville; 10am-4pm; For more information contact the Natural Resource Department at 845-985-2291, x 397;

Meditation Retreat: Understanding the Mind (3/14,10am-5pm). A day of immersion in contemplation and meditation. Includes delicious vegetarian lunch. Shanti Mandir,51 Muktananda Mar, Walden, or 845-778 -1008.

Meditation Intensive with Mahamandaleshwar Swami Nityananda(4/11,9AM-4PM). A day immersed in meditation. Guided sessions, discussion and stillness. Includes a delicious vegetarian Shanti Mandir51 Muktananda Mar, Walden, or 845- 778-1008.

Concert: For Tibet with Love (3/14, 8pm) . Featuring Tenzin Choegyal, Jesse Paris Smith, Nhuchhe Narayan & Friends. Tenzin Choegyal’s international award-winning music has been described as “beautifully evocative,” “healing,” and “transcendent.” With a particular connection to the music of the nomads of his homeland, Tenzin is celebrated for his extraordinary vocal ability and skill on the Tibetan lute and bamboo flute. Made possible in part through the generous support of DLMWeb. Table seating with refreshments. Tickets $20. Buy online at or call 845-383-1774. The Tibetan Center, 875 Route 28, Kingston.

REGGAE Concert to Benefit Brain Cancer Patient 4/11). Groove to the smooth sounds of reggae during the  “Leith of Life : Reggae Concert and Benefit” at Bearsville Theater (291 Tinker Street) in honor of local cancer patient Leith Rogovin. Early show starting at 5 pm.  A late-night show will kick off at 8:30 pm with renowned performer DJ Downbeat the Ruler and guests Brigadier Jerry, Jeremiah, Sister Nancy, Jah Eyes and Ranking Joe. Woodstock jazz artist Studio Stu will emcee the early show and Leah Boss will emcee the late-night show.   Proceeds from the concert and a corresponding silent auction will be collected through the nonprofit HelpHOPELive to pay Rogovin’s uncovered medical expenses. Tickets start at $25, a price that includes admission to all early and late-night reggae performances. Find more information about the event at Can’t make the concert? Donations can be made to a fundraising campaign in honor of Rogovin at or by calling 800.642.8399. Checks can also be mailed “in honor of Leith Rogovin” to HelpHOPELive: 2 Radnor Corporate Ctr., Suite 100, 100 Matsonford Road, Radnor, PA. 19087.

TheaterSounds Hudson River Valley Playreading Series presents a staged reading of Sarah Treem’s keenly perceptive play The How and the Why. This performance will take place Saturday, March 21 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, 320 Sawkill Road in Kingston. Show time is 7:30pm. Admission is free, contributions appreciated.

West Shokan Maple Weekend (3/21,3/22,3/28 & 3/29). See firsthand how real maple syrup is made and get a tour of our creek-side maple farm. Marty’s Maple Products, 52 Bell Lane, West Shokan, 845-417-8448;

Exhibit: “Gallery Lev Shalem: Works from the Collection.” Select pieces. accessibly priced, from the Woodstock Jewish Congregation’s (WJC) collection of unique works of donated art are now available for special viewing, and are being offered up for sale through 3/7. Info:845-679-2218. Woodstock Jewish Congregation, 682 Glasco Tnpk, Woodstock.

Call for Artists’ Submissions- The Stories We Tell, the 2015 edition of the Hudson Valley Artists series. The deadline for artist submission is 3/23. Web: SUNY New Paltz, The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz.

Call for Art - 9th Annual Big Read Teen Art Contest. Mid-Hudson Valley high school students are invited to enter. Deadline: Wed, May 27, Artwork must be inspired by themes from this year’s Big Read book selection, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Info: Library, 93 Market St, Poughkeepsie.

Capital District Garden & Flower Show (3/27-3/29). Over 17,000 square fee of designed, fully blooming landscape exhibits. Gardens are packed with shrubs, mature trees, colorful flowers & tranquil water features.Plus 150 garden themed exhibits, wine tastings, & hourly lectures and cooking demonstrations. All offered free with paid admission. Partial proceeds benefit Wildwood Programs. Hudson Valley Community College, McDonough Sports Complex, Troy.Advance sale tickets online $10, door/$12.

Phoenix Rising: A Transformational Workshop using imaginative journeying and movement/sound to release disfunctional patterns and birth wondrous, vital expressions of your Self. Saturday, March 14th, 10am-4pm, $100, Phoenicia. Taught by Kathleen Donovan and Darlene Van de Grift. No experience necessary. Call 845-684-5219.

Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. Help release the past using gentle energetic healing techniques. Meets the first Saturday of every month from 11:30am - 1 pm, $15. For more information and to register, contact Cindy at 845-282-6400 or Cindy@RisingStarEne.

Exhibit: The Age of Alice: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and Nonsense in Victorian England. Exhibit to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland. Thru 6/15. Info: Vassar College, Poughkeepsie.

The Animal Rights Alliance (T.A.R.A.) Mobile Clinic. Low-cost spay/neuter for cats. Performed by appointment only, by NY state licensed veterinarians. Fee includes spay/neuter, rabies vaccine, ear cleaning, and nail trim. Info: or 845-343-1000.

Children’s Call for Performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Ajkun Ballet Theatre is looking for young dancers (Pre-K to Young Teens) for a summer production. Rehearsals and performances will run from August 3 throughout August 15,at The EGG Performing ArtsCenter in Albany. Info: [email protected] or 646-368-9800. Albany.

Audition Notice: “Our Country’s Good.” Open auditions on 3/14 and 3/15. Paid acting positions for both Equity and Non-Equity actors. There are 7 male and 4 female roles, all types, ages and ethnicities are sought. Set-up an interview/audition appointment with thedirector at [email protected] or 845-679-0154. Woodstock Reformed Church, 16 Tinker St, Woodstock.

Free Income Tax Assistance. Times: Walk-in hours on Mondays: Noon - 2 p.m. and 4 - 8 p.m.; Tuesdays: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Thursdays: Noon - 8 p.m.; and Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.Sponsored By: The School of Business. Info: 845-257-2622. SUNY New Paltz, van den Berg Hall, Rooms 208C and 341, New Paltz.

Hatmaker’s Attic Productions, Inc. is seeking submissions of original plays from the Newburgh area for 2015’s Newburgh Illuminated festival. Deadline to submit: 4/1. Manuscripts can be submitted electronically to [email protected] The Lobby at The Ritz, Newburgh.

Talk: “The World Within,” (3/12,6:30-8:30PM ). An inquiry into the truth of the divisive nature of the human mind, its impact on relationship, and its connection with society and the world. Presented by The Krishnamurti Foundation of America. Info: 845-514-0194. Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock, free.

Sign Up Now: Tractor Safety Certification Course Deadline to register is March 13. The course meets March 19, 24, 26, 31, and April 2 at 7 pm at the Stone Ridge Firehouse. Space is limited to the first 20 paid registrants. Info: 845-340-3990, or Stone Ridge Firehouse, Stone Ridge, $45.




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  1. Do you publish something like the Almanac for Dutchess County?

    • Yes, Almanac Weekly is on newsstands every Thursday, tucked inside each issue of our sister papers, Woodstock Times, New Paltz Times, Saugerties Times & Kingston Times, but it is also distributed a stand-alone publication throughout Ulster, Dutchess, Columbia & Greene counties.
      It includes events and interesting things to do from all those areas.

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