Almanac Weekly’s calendar of events (August 20-29)

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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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Learn the Divine Healing Art of Reiki! A Reiki “Level One” training will be held on 8/ 28, 6pm-9:30pm (part A) and 8/29 10am-1:30pm (part B). Cost $120 or $60 for those who have taken Reiki I before. Reiki is a Japanese form of “laying on hands” healing that helps release problematic stress patterns while supporting deeper levels of awakening to your natural state of health and joy. Call 845-389-2431 or email [email protected] more info “Shirt Factory”” 77 Cornell St. Kingston.

Save The Date! Drum Boogie Festival Returns to Woodstock (9/12, 11am-8pm). A Free World-Class Music Festival with Dance & Voice.One-day music festival which is family-oriented and multi-cultural, celebrating the diverse styles of music, dance and voice from around the world. The festival brings together world-class talent while introducing the audience to a variety of styles involving percussion such as: Jazz, Rock, Classical, African, Balinese, Reggae, Steel Pan and more. Folks who will be performing this year include Jack DeJohnette, NEXUS, NYU Steel Band, Valerie Naranjo and The Big Takeover Reggae Band, to name a few. Rain date 9/13. Free. Andy Lee Field, Rock City Rd,Woodstock. Info:

Register Now! Essential Mahamudra: The Union of Shamatha and Vipassana. Three Nights of Teaching (8/24-8/26, 7-9pm). Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, 335 Meads Mt. Rd, Woodstock. Teacher: Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche. Introducing mahamudra, the highest form of meditation in our Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, Her Eminence Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche will discuss the methods of joining mental tranquility with insight into the nature of mind and reality. Looking deeply into mind’s nature, we are freed from deadening habits and brought to a place of vibrant wisdom and compassion.   Price: Registration for the full three nights of teachings: $150 ($120 members). Meals and overnight accommodations available at KTD’s usual rates. For reservations or more information call 845-679-5906..

Sign Up Now! Emotional Healing from Trauma.   A Weekend Retreat 8/28-8/30. Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, 335 Meads Mt. Rd, Woodstock. 8/ 28, 7-8:30 pm.; 8/29, 9 am-12 pm. & 2-6 pm. and 8/30, 9 am-12 pm.& 2-4 pm.Teachers:Lama Tsultrim Yeshe, James L. Knoll IV, M.D., Trish Malone, and Kell Julliard. Buddhism has a lot to say about suffering — its source, its cause and how it can be relieved. This retreat, which combines knowledge gained from Western psychological science and Buddhist teachings, is designed to help people of all denominations recover from traumatic experiences and loss. In addition to talks by the four teachers, the retreat also includes periods of silent meditation. explorations of healing through the arts, and private, individual consultations with Lama Tsultrim Yeshe.Price: Full Weekend Registration $120 ($96 members) . Meals and overnight accommodations available at KTD’s usual rates. For reservations or more information call 845-679-5906 x3.

Upcoming Event: SE15 presents A Summer Evening Performance with D’amby Project - “Bones to Square Ten” (9/12, 6pm). Performance and conversation with The Dancers. Bring a seat. Rain or shine Refreshments provided. All are welcome. Key Bank, W. Market St, Red Hook. Info: or

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.

Medicare and Medicare Savings Plan Information. For disabled people of any age and seniors over 65. Eleanor Minksy from UC Office of the Aging will be available. Call for an appointment: 845-340-3456. Family of Ellenville, 221 Canal St, Ellenville.

Volunteers Needed: The F.W. Vanderbilt Garden Association. If interested, please call 845-229-6432 and leave your name & number, or email [email protected]. Hyde Park.

Register Now! Third Annual Mark Conlin Benefit Golf Tournament (8/22). 18 holes of golf, cart, breakfast, lunch and dinner banquet. Tee-off time is 9am. The banquet is served at 2pm. Reg reqr’d. Info: 45-389-7989. Rondout Golf Course, Accord, $100, $40 /dinner only.

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.

Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary Saving Lives With Free Love Adoption Event! From now until the end of the summer, members of the public can adopt their new best friend for no adoption fee. Open from Sat to Wed from 10am to 4pm and Thurs and Fri from 10am to 7pm. Pets Alive, 363 Derby Rd, Middletown.

Save the date! Budget Vote & Trustee Election. Thursday, September 3rd. Polls open 12 (noon) to 9pm at the Library. for registered voters of the Town of Woodstock. Info: 845-679-2213 Woodstock Public Library, 5 Library Ln, Woodstock.

Call for Art Entries: The Jewish Experience: An Exhibition of Judaica and Works from the International Festival of Jewish Scribal Arts. Submissions must be hand delivered on 9/8 from 12pm-4pm. Info: 845-679-2218, 845-679-4937. Woodstock Jewish Congregation, 1682 Glasco Tnpk, Woodstock.

Sign Up Now! Zombie Camp (8/24-28). A mission to evade hordes of undead brain-eaters in this survival-themed camp. Campers will gain basic survival skills and practice practical problem solving. For kids ages 12+. Reg reqr’d. Info: 845-758-3241 or Hook Public Library, 7444 S. Broadway, Red Hook, free.

Movie Night: EPIC plus much more(8/29, 7pm). Free shuttles from lower level parking Pack a cooler and lawn chairs and join us for live music, stargazing, and outdoor film! From the creators of Ice Age comes EPIC-an exhilarating animated adventure! No registration required. Free shuttles from lower level parking. Info: Olana State Historic Site, 5720 State Route 9G, Hudson, free.

Register Now: Farm Lease Workshop: Understanding and Writing a Good Farm Lease (8/25). Bring a copy of your current lease or a draft of a lease to discuss. RSVP to Carrie Anne at 845-340-3990 ext. 311 or [email protected] by 8/21. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County, 232 Plaza Rd, Kingston, free.

NYSERDA Provides Free Energy Assessments for Small Businesses and Not-for-Profits. A team of energy efficiency experts identify cost-effective, energy-saving opportunities (e.g. lighting, heating equipment, motors, thermostats, insulation) to help your organization make informed decisions. Organizations with 10 full-time equivalent employees or fewer are eligible for this free program.Contact L&S Energy Services, the regional program contractor, at 518-383-9405,x223 or [email protected].



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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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