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

Wednesday 7/15

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 other programs: or 845-213-1785. Blue Cliff Monastery, 3 Mindfulness Rd, Pine Bush.

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

7:30AM Waterman Bird Club Field Trip: Turkey Hollow/Tamarack Preserve. Plan to carry lunch. Call: Adrienne @ 845-264-2015. Web: Tamarack club house parking lot, 4754 Route 44, Millbrook.

8AM-5PM HITS-on-the-Hudson IV: Equestrian Grand Prix. World-class equestrian show jumping. Info: 845-246-5515 or—2. HITS-on-the-Hudson, 454 Washington Ave Ext, Saugerties, free.

9AM Rip Van Winkle (RVW) Hiking Club: Huntersfield Mountain (elevation 3424’), ascent 1200’. Relaxed paced moderate hike, 4.5 miles, 4.0 hours.. Info: 845-247-3154 or Catskill.

9AM 2015 Guided Art Trail. Catskill Mt. House and North-South Lake (easy). Pre-registration is required. Info: 518-943-7465 or The Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring St, Catskill.

9AM-10AM Senior Kripalu Yoga with Susan Blacker. Gentle yoga class with each student encouraged to move and stretch at his or her own pace. Includes warmups, poses for strength and balance and breath work for relaxation. Open to Woodstock residents 55 and older, $1donation requested. Fire Co. #1, Rt 212, Woodstock.

11AM Knitting Circle. Wednesdays. Info: 845-657-2482. Olive Free Library, Rt 28A, West Shokan, free.

11AM-5PM Two Person Exhibition. Works by Patricia Powers and Kathi Peters. Exhibits through 8/23. Info: 845-901-4074. Equis Art Gallery, 7516 North Broadway, Red Hook.

11:30AM-1PM Nonviolent Communication Practice Group (NVC) in New Paltz. Learn Compassionate Communication as founded by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg. Meets the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month, 11:30am-1pm. To register: New Paltz.

12PM Gallery Talk: Punctuating Space - The Prints and Multiples of Richard Artschwager with Patricia Phagan, the Philip and Lynn Straus Curator of Prints and Drawings. Info: 845-437-5632 or Vassar College, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie.

12PM Rotary Club of Kingston Meeting. Fellowship, lunch, and an informative and interesting presentation from a guest speaker. Meets every Wed at 12noon. Web: Christina’s Restaurant, 812 Ulster Ave, Kingston.

12PM Woodstock Senir Citizens’ Club Meeting. Annual picnic. Town of Hurley Park, Pavilion, West Hurley.

1PM Sawkill Seniors Meeting. The meeting begins with a formal format, followed by a raffle, socializing and refreshments.All seniors are welcome. Town Hall, 906 Sawkill Rd, Kingston.

2PM Bard SummerScape presents Oklahoma! Play by Rodgers and Hammerstein. New Music Arrangements Daniel Kluger. New Choreography John Heginbotham. Directed by Daniel Fish. Tickets start at $25. Info: 845-758-7900 or Bard College, LUMA Theater, Annandale-on-Hudson.

3PM-7PM Highland Farmers’ Market. Info: 845-691-8112. 1 Haviland Rd, Highland.

3:30PM Math Regents Prep. Every Wed. @ 3:30pm Certified Math Teacher - Don’t fail Algebra, Geometry, and Trig. Empowering Ellenville, 159 Canal St, Ellenville, 877-576-9931.

3:30PM-8:30PM Woodstock Farm Festival. Info: 845-679-5345. 6 Maple Ln, Woodstock.

4PM Summer Reading Program: Jerrice Baptiste will read from her new book, Look What the Mouse Dragged In. Info: 845-876-2903 or [email protected]. Morton Library, 82 Kelly St, Rhinecliff.

4:30PM-5:30PM Art Hour with Francesca. Every Wednesday. Ages 3 to 103! Frannie will cook up something creative to do each week. Francesca is known for her work with natural, found objects as well as jewelry. Info: 845-688-7811. Phoenicia Library, 48 Main St, Phoenicia.

5:30PM Woodstock: Christian Centering Prayer and Meditation. On-going, every Wednesday 5:30-6:30pm Everyone welcome. 845-679-9534. First Churchof Christ, Scientist, 89 Tinker St, Woodstock.

6PM-8PM Ukulele Circle. Pull up a ukulele and learn a song! This is a friendly group who welcomes all comers. Info: 845-657-2482. Olive Free Library, Rt 28A, West Shokan, free.

6PM-7:30PM Creative Seed Support Group. For artists to voice their works inprogress in a supportive environment. For Songwriters, Playwrights & Actors.Held by Patrice Blue Maltas, Actress, Playwright, Musician and founder of Blue Healing Arts Center. MeetsWednesday nights, 6-7:30pm. Info: [email protected] or Blue Healing Art Center, 107 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock.

6PM Woodstock Community Chorale. Sing with your neighbors and prepare for concerts. No need to read music, no audition. On-going, Wednesdays, 6pm. Info: 845-688-2169. Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Tinker St, Woodstock.

6PM-8:30PM Home Food Preservation Summer Classes Dehydrating and Freezing, food tasting . Info: or 845-340-3990 ext. 326. Cornell Cooperative Extension, 232 Plaza Rd, Kingston, $30.

6:25PM-6:50PM Learn Remembrance. Info: 845-679-8989. Every Wednesday, 6:25-6:50pm. Remembrance is a deep practice to connect with the Divine in your heart. Spiritual practice (see separate listing) at 7, immediately following this introduction, all are welcome ifyou attend or not. RSVP. Flowing Spirit Healing, 33 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock, free /donations welcome.

6:30PM-8:30PM Newburgh Jazz Series 2015: Nelson Esposito Quintana. Info: Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Orange County Arboretum i, Montgomery.

6:30PM Family Fun Night: Meet Officer Craft and K9 Sara. Police officer Craft will show us how his working mate K9 Sara helps him protect and serve. Info: 845-246-4317 or Saugerties Public Library, 91 Washington Ave, Saugerties, free.

6:55PM-8PM Silent Spiritual Practice. Info: 845-679-8989. Every Wednesday, 6:55-8pm. Group is for both people who currently have a silent spiritual practice such as meditation or Remembrance and those who would like to start such a practice. Q&A to follow.Flowing Spirit Healing, 33 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock, free /donations welcome.

7PM “Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism” Class. Info: 845-679-5906, x 1012 or [email protected]. On-going every Wed, 7pm. This free 90-minute program includes 30 minutes of Quiet Sitting Meditation followed by one of eight lectures on the history, practices andprinciples of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. 8 wk curriculum. Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, 335 Meads Mountain Rd, Woodstock, free.

7PM Music in the Parks: The Bills Toupee Band. Held outdoors at The Vanderbilt National Historic Site and Staatsburgh (formerly known as Mills State Park). In case of rain call 845-229-8086 after 4 p.m. to check rain location. The Vanderbilt National Historic Site, Hyde

7PM-11PM Rosendale Chess Club. Free admission-no dues. On-going every Wed, 7-11pm. Rosendale Café, Rosendale.

7PM Live @ The Falcon: Upstate Rubdown “A Remedy” CD Release Event! Info: or 845- 236-7970. The Falcon, 1348 Route 9W, Marlboro.

7:03PM-10PM Jazz Night! Public is invited to enjoy live jazz music from talentedlocal musicians, along with light refreshments. A portion of all concert Proceeds will benefit Hudson Valley Public Radio. Info: or 845-471-0430. The Hudson Valley Community Center, 110 South Grand Ave, Poughkeepsie, $7.

7:30PM The Winter’s Tale. Play by William Shakespeare. Directed by Melania Levitsky. Info: Hawthorne Valley School Hall, 327 County Route 21C, Ghent, $30, $15.

7:30PM-8:30PM “Receiving Abundance in your Life.” Offering psycho-therapy powerful participation Techniques with MS. Patricia Mitchell. Every Wednesday. Call for address. 917-279-9546. Woodstock, free.

7:30PM The Poughkeepsie Newyorkers Barbershop Chorus.  Meets every Wednesday night, 7:30pm. An evening of singing, fun & fellowship.A male a cappella group that sings in the American “Barbershop Style”of close four-part harmony. Guests are always welcome. Sight reading not required. Info: St. Andrews Church, 110 Overlook St, Poughkeepsie.

8PM Alquains. 845-679-3484. Harmony Café @ Wok ‘n Roll, 50 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock.

8PM Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam World Tour. Info: 845-855-1300 or Town Crier Café, 379 Main St, Beacon.

8:30PM-11PM Live at Catskill Mountain Pizza Company: Acoustic Jazz Trio with Syracuse/Siegel Duo + Special Featured Guest. Featuring Bassist Rich Syracuse and drummer Jeff “Siege” Siegel. No cover or minimum! Info: 679-7969. Catskill Mountain Pizza Company, 51 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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