Almanac Weekly’s calendar of events (April 30-May 9)

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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.



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Free Bike Safety Clinic (5/1, 3:30pm). Part of  Women’s Woodstock Grand Prix  Event.   Participants will be awarded a helmet after safe completion of the skill drills.  Overlook Mountain Bikes, Woodstock will be handling all Bicycle Inspection as well as any necessary adjustments and/or repairs. Followed by Race Registration at 5:30pm. Woodstock Fire Department  242 Tinker St, Woodstock.

Women’s Woodstock Grand Prix Pre-Race Community Dinner   (5/1, 6-8pm). Dinner $12, payable at the door(cash only please)Seating is limited!Info: to RSVP for the event.Event is assisted by Colavitabrand products.All proceeds of the  night pre-race dinner will go to benefit the Woodstock FireDepartment. Woodstock Fire Department  242 Tinker St, Woodstock.

3rd Annual Women’s Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix Race Day and Family Fun Ride (5/2, 9am). Traveling through Woodstock, Saugerties, and Phoenicia.  Hosted by the Woodstock Fire Department.   Line- up: 9am  Gran Prix Racers; 9:30am  Family Fun Ride.  fRace followed by an  Awards Ceremony & Block Party.   Grand Prix Race, prize purse, license requirements and race cost  and First Annual Family Fun Ride Registration is available at Registration and race number pick up will  be available at 5:30pm during  Race Registration and at  the Pre-Race Dinner (5/1, 6-8pm) at  Woodstock Fire Department, 242 Tinker St , Woodstock, as well as day of event starting at 6:30am  at  20 Mountainview Ave, Woodstock. This is a one-day competitive cycling event consisting of 2  Women’s Only bicycle races on a national caliber course.   First Annual Family Fun Ride is presented by Esopus Strength and Fitness. Ride out time:  9:30am (Weather Permitting), starting and ending  right in the heart of Woodstock. A totoal of   6.2 miles. $10/adults, free/12 & under. Register  early - Field limit  to 200 riders.   Limited scholarship entries are available upon request and are under written by the Bernard Family.T-shirts: Children age 12 and under will receive a complementary event T-shirt. For more information and ride map Parking and Festivities located at 20 Mountainview Ave Woodstock.   Overflow parking will be available at theRock City Road Parking Lot.

Breakfast at Oriole 9 (5/2, 6am) for Women’s Woodstock  Grand Prix & First Annual Family Fun Ride Racers.  Oriole 9   has generously agreed to openand offer a range of amazing breakfast items for  racers.  Cost will vary depending on what  is  ordered. Oriole 9, Tinker St, Woodstock.

 Women’s Woodstock  Grand PrixAwards Ceremony & First Annual Block Party (5/2, 1pm). Emceed by the one and only Dan Reinhard from WKNY! Not up to competing? Please come out and support these amazing athletes as they take on the Catskills! Followed by  First  Annual Block Party! Grills provided and food  served by the Woodstock Fire Department.There will be music and vendors to peruse at your leisure.Check out all the amazing shops and restaurants right in the heart of Woodstock! Part of the race proceeds will go to benefit: Raising Hope - Women mentoring women to success. See story in the Woodstock Times for Road Closures for this event.

Rhythm & Jazz (5/2, 7-10pm) featuring: Matthew Fink - guitar, Pete Levin - keyboard, Mark Usvolk - bass, & Tony Jefferson - drums. No cover charge. Wed Night - Mexican;Thurs - Gourmet Pizza;Fri - Duck; & Alt. Sat - Live Jazz & Smoked Ribs.Lydia’s Cafe & Bar,  7 Old Rt  209 , Stone Ridge, 845-687-6373.

Register Now! Hypnosis  for Smoking Cessation ( 5/6,5:30-6:30pm) .A small group led by Frayda Kafka, certified therapeutic hypnotist. $25;free  if you are employed by The Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley.Sponsored by the HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley. Open to everyone. Health Alliance, 80 Mary’s Ave. Kingston . To register: Call Doris 845-339-2071 or email: [email protected],

“Write Saturday,” A Writing  Workshop on (5/30, 9 am to 3 pm). Devote  a full day to Writing withPoet and Educator, Kate Hymes.   The full day gives writers extended writing and response times. A “Write Saturday” is a great way to experience a Wallkill Valley Writers workshop for the first time. Kate also offers weekly writing workshops in New Paltz. Info: Kate has over twenty years teaching experience at local colleges and community colleges, and over ten years leading writing workshops that follow the priciples of the Amherst Writers and Artists method. Info:  The event will take place in Accord, in a private home lo­cation to be disclosed upon registration. The cost for the workshop is $75. A $35 deposit will reserve a spot. Please contact Kate Hymes at [email protected] to register. Contact Kate Hymes, [email protected] or 845-255-7090.

Sculptors Call: 3rd Annual Sculpture Expo 2015. Dutchess County seeks outdoor, large-scale sculpture. Find information and entry forms online at or contact [email protected] or call 845-704-2557. Submission deadline is 5/1.

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, 2022 at The EGG Performing Arts Center in Albany. Info: [email protected] or 646-368-9800. Albany.

Volunteers Wanted! Looking for Citizen Scientist Volunteers to assist the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt parks this summer in the study of mercury in  dragonfly larvae. Dragonfly larvae are currently being sampled for mercury levels in many national parks. Mercury is a toxic pollutant that can harm human and wildlife health, threatening the natural resources the NPS is charged with protecting.Info: For more information please contact Susanne Norris @ 845-229-6873 or email [email protected]

2015 Riverkeeper Sweep (5/9). The fourth annual day of service for the  Middle Hudson Valley Region, including Putnam, Orange, Ulster and Dutchess. Thousands of volunteers will help clean up shorelines, plant trees and maintain wildlife in more than 100 locations. Register for one of over 30 local cleanups in the Mid-Hudson region by going to and selecting the location nearest you.

Tango Intensive with Nina Jirka (4/30-5/3). Please check website for exact times. Info: 845-255-1559 or Unison Arts Center, New Paltz, $15 /per session.

Submit Now!  Fall for Art Juried Art Show, Sale and Cocktail Party. Deadline 4/30. Applications available at Kingston.

Decorative Art Class for Kids: Painting, Collage and More. 6-session Decorative Art Class for Kids, taught by Anna Darovsky, beginning Wed May 6th and running through June 10th from 3:45-4:45pm. Pre-registration is required Info: 845-255-1559 or Unison Learning Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz, $120.

Hudson River Exchange has opened  applications for Annual Summer Market, taking place June 27th & 28th. Applications found on Final deadline is May 15th with notification sent out May 19th. Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Hudson.

Call for Art - 9th Annual Big Read Teen Art Contest. Mid-Hudson Valley high school students are invited to enter. Deadline: 5/ 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.

Audition Notice: Agatha Christie’s “The Hollow.” On May 4, 5, & 6 from 7 - 9 pm Six men and six women of various ages are needed for the roles. Info: Coach House Players, 2 Augusta St, Kingston.

2015 Catskills Singing Schools. Singing school is Monday through Friday, starting 4/26. With a pot luck, graduation & community singing held on each Saturday starting at 5 p.m. Participants will receive a free  copy of The Sacred Harp tunebook. Andes Presbyterian Church, Andes.

Tai Chi/Chi Gung: Tuesday Mornings, 10:15am-11:15am or Wednesday Evenings 6:15pm-7:15pm. $10 per class or $25 per month! Over 30yrs exp. Info: 845-389-2431 or michael@whitecranehallcom. White Crane Hall, 77 Cornell St, Kingston.

Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic: 10 am-2 pm every Thursday, TARA Clinic, 60 Enterprise Place, Middletown. For previously spayed/neutered cats and dogs only. No appointment needed. Cash only.  One-year rabies vaccine, $10; 3-year rabies vaccine with written proof of current vaccination, $15; distemper vaccine, $15; canine heartworm/lyme test, $25. Other low-cost services available. Visit for complete service list.

Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics for Cats:  $70 per cat includes spay/neuter, rabies vaccine, ear cleaning, nail trim. Residents of Crawford, Mamakating, Monroe, Montgomery and Wallkill eligible for reduced-price voucher through their town clerk; Chester and Warwick through Warwick Valley Humane Society. Stationary clinic in Middletown for dogs: males, $120 and up; females, $150 and up. Owned pit bulls in Hudson Valley receive $100 off surgery made possible by a grant from The S.L. Gimbel Foundation while funds last. Other low-cost services available. 845-343-1000.

Register Now. Social Skills Training for Kids 7-17. One hour on Saturdays from 5/ 18- 5/9. Kids learn to: Speak so others will listen, make new friends, and read body language. Info: [email protected]




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