Almanac Weekly’s calendar of events (June 18-27)

Thursday 6/18

Wake Up! A Mindfulness Retreat  for Young People (ages 18-35) at Blue Cliff Monastery (6/17-6/21), a mindfulness practice center in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Join other young people and learn how to slow down, nourish happiness, and contribute to building a healthier and more compassionate society. Blue Cliff Monastery, 3, Mindfulness Road, Pine Bush.

7:30AM-9AM Pine Bush Chamber’s June Breakfast. RSVP: by June 16th to [email protected] American Legion, 2 Martin St, Pine Bush, $5 /guest.

8:30AM-9:30AM Free Daily Silent Sitting Meditation. On-going every Morning, seven days a week, 8:30-9:30am in the Amitabha Shrine Room. For info contact Jan Tarlin, 845-679-5906, x 1012. Karma Triyiana Dharmachakra, 335 Meads Mountain Rd, Woodstock.

9AM-11:15AM New Paltz Playspace. NPZ Town Rec Center, off of Rt 32, New Paltz.

9:30AM-10:30AM Senior Fit After 50 with Diane Collelo. Three-part class offering movement for balance and breath, weight-training for bone health, and mat work for flexibility and core. Open to Woodstock residents 55 and older, $1 donation requested. Town Hall, Woodstock.

10AM Art Exhibit: Retrospective.  Show runs thru 7/3. Works by Anthony Bonagura.  Elting Memorial Library, New Paltz. Free. Info: 845-240-2752. Elting Memorial Library, New Paltz.

10AM-11:30AM Parkinson’s Dance & Exercise Class. Led by Anne Olin. For people with PD & other neurological disorders. Groups are challenging, creative and fun! Info: 845-679-6250. $12 for one or $22 for two. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 207 Albany Ave, Kingston.

1PM-4PM Senior Duplicate Bridge with John Stokes. Woodstock Bridge Club offers a short lesson and a game of Duplicate Bridge. Most players are elementary and intermediate players. Open to Woodstock residents 55 and older, $1 donation requested. Rescue Squad Bldg, Rt 212, Woodstock.

3PM-5PM Story Circle. Come with a story to tell or an open heart and ears for listening. This timeless form of entertainment casts its spell. Info: 845.254.5469 or Pine Hill Community Center, 287 Main St, Pine Hill, free.

3PM Kingston YMCA Farm Project Farm Stand Grand Opening. Thursdays thru September. The Farm Stand/Cornell Cooperative Extension will feature fruits and vegetables freshly harvested from the Farm. Info: 845-340-3990 or [email protected] YMCA Main Lobby, 507 Broadway, Kingston.

3PM-7PM Arlington Farmers’ Market. 3pm-7pm. Thursdays, spring through fall corner of Raymond & Collegview Avenues, Poughkeepsie.

4PM Outdoor Concert! Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Info: 845-786-2701. Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain.

4PM-5PM Meditation Support Group. Every Thursday. 30 minutes seated meditation followed by 15 minutes walking meditation. Walk-ins welcome. Info: 845-679-2100. Mirabai Bookstore, 23 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock, $5.

4:30PM-6:30PM Opening Reception: Small Photographs. Works by Phyllis Segura. Blue Stone Coffee Roasting Café, 139 Partition St, Saugerties.

5:30PM-9PM Celebrate Community A festive evening of live music, great food and celebrating the spirit of community. Under the test at the Senate House. RSVP by email at [email protected] Senate House, 296 Fair St, Kingston, $75.

6PM-9PM Live Music by Caprice Rouge, Gypsy jazz. No cover. Info: 845-687-9794. Lekker, 3928 Main St, Stone Ridge.

6PM-7PM Free Meditation Practice at Sky Lake Shambhala Retreat Ctr. Meets every Thursday, 6-7pm. Free and open to the public. Contact info: 845-658-8556 or Sky Lake, 22 Hillcrest Ln, Rosendale.

6PM Hudson Valley Playwrights. Every Thursdays. A creative venue for local playwrights to develop new works, from first inspiration to final production. RSVP. Info: 845-217-0734, [email protected], or Morton Memorial Library & Community House, 82 Kelly St, Rhinecliff.

7PM Circus Goes Green. Students from Warring Academy (4th & 5th grades) participate in a two week residency with Circus Clown Seano Fagan. .Info: 845-473-5288 or Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market St, Poughkeepsie, $6.

7PM-9PM Japanese Movie Night: “Rurouni Kenshin” Anime. Info: 845-255-8811 or Gomen-Kudasai Noodle shop, Rite Aid Plaza, 232 Main St, New Paltz, $5.

7PM Conversations from the 92nd Street Y: Ambassador Martin S. Indyk, former U.S. special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, shares his diplomatic and scholarly perspective on the latest news in the Israeli-Arab conflict with Roger Cohen. Info:845-485-3445, x 3702 or Adriance Memorial Library, Charwat Meeting Room, Poughkeepsie.

7PM Live @ The Falcon: David Bixler Auction Project Featuring Arturo O’Farrill! Info: 845-236-7970 or The Falcon, 1348 Route 9W, Marlboro.

7PM Cafe Singer Showcase.  Hosted by Barbara Dempsey and Dewitt Nelson. Info: 845-687-2699 or [email protected] High Falls Café, Stone Dock Golf Club, 12 Stone Dock Rd, High Falls.

7PM Third Thursday at CEIE: Habitat Restoration in the age of climate change. Pre-register at CEIE at Denning’s Point, 199 Denning’s Ave, Beacon.

7:30PM-9:30PM Life Drawing Sessions. Tuesday and Thursdays, on going. No registration required. Info: or 845-255-1559. Unison Arts Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz, $15.

8PM Gala Event: Spring Awakening. Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater. Music by Duncan Sheik. Based on the play by Frank Wedekind. Rock musical. Info: or 845-679-6900. Woodstock Playhouse, 103 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock, $150, $75.

8PM Live Music: Rachel Grimes Ensemble & Alexander Turnquist. Info: or 518-828-4800 Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia St, Hudson.

8PM Rent. A modern day “La Boheme” set in Greenwich Village and filled with Bohemian and slightly bizarre characters, each with a problem that the others help resolve. Info: 518-392-9292; May-Hayden Theatre, Chatham.

8:30PM Stargazing Event. Hosted by  the Wallkill Valley Land Trust . Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association (MHAA) brings its telescopes and collective sky knowledge to the Osborne Farm and Conservation Easement.General admission to the stargazing event is free; non-WVLT members pay $5. Info: 845-255-2761 or  [email protected] The group will gather at 8:30 pm., allowing some time before full dark to walk out to the viewing site and get the optical equipment set up. If the weather cooperates, you’ll get a great look at the heavens. $5, Osborne Farm, Gardiner.

8:30PM Bluegrass Clubhouse with Brian Hollander, Tim Kapeluk, Geoff Harden, Fooch, Eric Weissberg and Bill Keith. Info: 845-679-3484. Harmony Café @ Wok ‘n Roll, 50 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock.



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  1. FarmOn! Foundation Presents: How Does the Garden Grow? In Partnership with Bronx
    Date: Saturdays and Sundays June 6-October 3, 11AM-4PM
    Price: $20.00
    Location: Bronx Zoo 2300 Southern Boulevard Bronx, NY 10460

    A series of weekend events, viewed by over 2 million Bronx Zoo visitors, strengthening the connection between food, the environment and ourselves with partners and celebrities. As part of the summer celebration of the Children’s Zoo, this June guest programming activities will expand upon our domestic animal farm area. In association with the education department and FarmOn! Foundation will host a number of interactive experiences (How Does our Garden Grow: Planting a Garden, seed & soil & composting, Father’s Day Weekend - Pick, Plant and Cook with Dad - Healthy Eating, Be a Bee - Importance of Our Pollinators) that align with mission and support the following goals: Connect our visitors to nature and natural processes, Generate awareness of and interest in engaging in sustainable actions that relate to gardening, Gain insight into our actions and how they affect the planet.

    Weekend Schedule in June
    June 6-7: “Meet Your Farmer: Seed and Soil”- Get dirty and connect to New York farms with hands-on activities, seed packet crafting, and more.

    June 13-14: “From Kitchen To Compost”- Meet the soil’s best friend, the earthworm, and learn the basics of composting food waste. Create your own seed packet craft.

    June 20-21: “Celebrating All-Star Dads: Healthy Food and Recipes”- Discover healthy, seasonal recipes, learn the art of pickling, and meet Super Sprowtz Roger and Colby Carrot!

    June 28-29: “Celebrating Pollinators”- Enjoy stories from author Lela Nargi, special activities, and honey tastings as you discover the importance of bees. Create your own seed packet craft.

    Tickets can be purchased at

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