Almanac Weekly’s calendar of events (July 9-18)

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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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Register Now: Life Without Pressure. A Weekend Teaching (7/10-7/12). Teacher: Lama Karma Drodhul. Lama Karma offers simple ways to find contentment and cherish the compassion that ultimately brings joy. Price: Full Weekend Registration $120 Single Sessions $30).Meals and overnight accommodations available at KTD’s usual rates. For reservations or info, call 845-679-5906 x3. Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, 335 Meads Mt. Rd, Woodstock.

“‘By the Grace of God, Free and Independent: The Revolutionary War in Ulster County.” Features a selection of Revolutionary War-era documents and objects from the Historic Huguenot Street Archives and Permanent Collection. Exhibits through 8/2. DuBois Fort Visitors Center, New Paltz.

Sign Up Now! Art Works: Adventures in the Arts(7/22) . One day workshops in the Arts for active older adults. Workshops include the visual arts, movement and dance, music and singing, theater and improvisation, and creative writing. or 845-246-2800, x 452. Woodstock Jewish Congregation, 1628 Glasco Turnpike, Woodstock.

Working with Masters - A Unique Musical Experience. Guided by Nancy Chusid and members of the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice. For children 6 to 12yrs olds. Held 8:45am - 3:30 pm , 7/20 - 7/24. Emerson Resort and Spa, Rt 28, Mt. Tremper. Info: 845- 586-3588.

Register Now: Vietnamese Speaking Retreat at Blue Cliff Monastery (7/15-7/19). A mindfulness practice center in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Enjoy sitting, walking, and eating meditation, talks by senior monastics, and simply being together. Reg or info on otherprograms: or 845-213-1785. Blue Cliff Monastery, 3 Mindfulness Rd, Pine Bush.

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (thru-9/1) presents in repertory: The Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Arabian Nights, An Iliad, The Tempest. Info: hvshakespeare.or 845-265-9575. Boscobel House and Gardens, 1601 Route 9D, Garrison.

The Phoenicia Festival of the Voice (7/ 29 – 8/2).Volunteers needed in many different categories and in return you will receive the gift of mingling with other music lovers & hearing professional world-class Opera, Broadway, Choral, Early Music & Aboriginal singers in Phoenicia. Info:

Film: Three Animated Shorts by Tibetan filmmaker Gentsu Gyatso (7/11,7:30pm). The Hunter and the Skeleton (China 2012, 26 mins). A spectacular animated version of an Eastern Tibetan folk tale. While out on an excursion in the mountains a Tibetan hunter encounters a skeleton demon. Unsure whether the skeleton is friend or foe, the hunter soon becomes the hunted in this surreal landscape. Followed by An Apple Tree (11 mins) and A Mantra of Time (6 mins). In Tibetan with English subtitles. $8 suggested donation.The Tibetan Center, 875 Rt 28, Kingston, 845- 383-1774.

Register Now! Summer Theatre Institute. The Institute is for students interested in learning more about theatre performance and production. Info: 845-339-2025 or SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge, $450.

Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic: 10am-2pm, 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. Info: 845-343-1000.

Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics for Dogs: by appointment only every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at TARA’s stationary clinic in Middletown. Males $120 and up; Females $150 and up; rabies vaccine included. 845-343-1000.

Woodstock Trails Friday Night Hikes. Meet 6pm at the Community Center on Rock City Rd. Dress appropriately for the weather (possibly light rain-gear), wear good hiking shoes, bring water and insect-repellent, as desired. A flashlight or a headlamp are a must. Only heavy rain or thunderstorm cancels. Group-hike rate of $10./person. Dogs on leash only. To register , or for more info., contact Dave Holden -845-594-4863 [email protected] Like Woodstock Trails on Facebook.

Santa’s Sip ‘N Sail (7/16, 6-9pm). Take a ride aboard the Rip Van Winkle on the Hudson River with Santa! While you help support the People’s Place 2015 Jolly Holiday Toy Give-a Way, enjoy a complimentary champagne cocktail (and cash bar), dance to the music of The Michael Dell Band and take chances to win raffle prizes. There will also be delights to munch on from local restaurants and eateries throughout Ulster County. Tickets are available at People’s Place $50. Reserve early. 845-338-4030.

Audition Notice: Sunrise at Campobello, portraying FDR’s struggle with polio after his 1921 diagnosis, and his decision to continue his political career. Dates:  Sat,7/25, 1pm and 7/ 26, at 7pm. The Center for Performing Arts, 661 Rt 308, Rhinebeck. Needed: Adults aged 20 – 60, boys aged 6 – 14, a girl aged 16. Readings will be from the script. All parts are open. No appointment necessary. Bring:  Your personal schedule/calendar and be prepared to list all of your conflicts. Performance dates: 10/2 – 10/11. For further information: [email protected].

Sign Up Now! Writing Into History - A Young Writers’ Program. For ages 12 to 16. 7/20-7/24, 9am-3pm. Info: Scholarships are available 845-257-2847. Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historic Sites, Hyde Park, $295.

Register Now! New Genesis Day Camps. In 2015, the camps are offered for three age groups: 7-12 years (6/29-7/12), 12-14 years (7/13-7/26), and 14-17 years (7/27-8/9). For more information, visit New Genesis Productions, West Shokan.

Minnewaska Distance Swimmers Association Testing. You need to be at least 18 years of age and pass the swim test which consists of a 500 yard swim that includes 25 yards each of the crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke and backstroke plus 3 minutes treading water. For more particulars and an application, go to our website at: will be at 5:30pm, 6/28,7/ 12, 7/19 & 7/ 26. The final test will be 8/2. All tests are held at the Moriello Pool ($3 pool entrance fee, cash only) located on Mulberry Street 1 block east of Route 32, 1 mile north of New Paltz. The membership fee is $20.

Audition Notice: Sweeney Todd (8/1 , 1pm), Sunday, August 2 at 7pm. Needed: Male and Female singers/actors/dancers ages 18 - 60. Prepare: 16 bars of a song from the show or in the style of the show. Bring sheet music in thecorrect key. Info: Info: 845- 876-3080. The Center For Performing Arts, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck.

Sign-Up Now! Beginning Reiki Level One Workshop (7/25, 10am-1:30pm). Reiki is a Japanese form of “laying on hands” healing that helps release problematic stress patterns while supporting deeper levels of natural health and joy. To register contact Michael 845-389-2431 email [email protected] more info $60. Shirt Factory, 77 Cornell St, #116, Kingston.

21st Annual Catskills Irish Arts Week (7/12-7/18). A week of classes by Master Teachers in a wide range of Irish dance, music, history, language and crafts. Classes run all week. Various locations within the East Durham Community East Durham. Info: 518-634-2286

Register Now! Philadelphia Trip (9/16-9/18). Sponsored by The Hurley Senior Citizens. 3 days and 2 nights. A couple of openings left.if interested call 845-331-2919. Hurley.

Coach House Player’s Audition Notice: Variety Show. 7/13, 7 -9 pm. Info: Coach House, 12 Augusta St, Kingston.

Sunflower Arts Festival (8/8, 10am til dusk). A one-day art, music, and community festival. A live art experience, where artists of all ages& capabilities will turn blank canvases into an explosion of color & creativity.Live music & food. Admission is free, donationto St Jude’s appreciated. Info: 843-419-5219 or Tuthill House at the Mill, Gardiner.

Sign Up Now! Safe Sitter Program for Adolescents (7/21). For youth, ages 11-14. The registration deadline is 7/14. The fee must be paid before the day of the program - or the individual is not enrolled. Info: or 518-828-3346 Extension Education, 479 Rt 66, Hudson.

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (6/9-9/1). Presents in repertory: The Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Arabian Nights, An Iliad, The Tempest. Info: hvshakespeare.or 845-265-9575. Boscobel House and Gardens, 1601 Route 9D, Garrison.





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    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.

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