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

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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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Upcoming Swing Dance to The Gordon Webster Sextet (3/12, 8:30-11:30pm). Beginner’s lesson 8-8:30pm; followed by the Dance from 8:30-11:30pm. Admission $15/$10 full time students. Every One Welcome. The Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, 135 S. Hamilton St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.   Sponsored by Hudson Valley Community Dances. Info: or 845 454-2571.

Register at The Door! Classic Blues Workshops, Swing Dance Lessons & Dances, sponsored by Hudson Valley Community Dances. This is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization committed to sharing the joy of dancing, preserving traditional music and dance and building community through dance. Dance workshops take place in Dutchess and Ulster counties. These events are open to the public, an admission fee that is large enough to cover costs. Dances are open and friendly, especially to new dancers.   Info: or 845- 454-2571.

Twilight Yoga: A Sanctuary for Yin & Restorative with Lynda Elaine Carré, E-RYT IAYT. Every Friday at Mountain View Studio, 20 Mountainview Avenue, Woodstock. Donation $10. Your weekly Rx to Relax Deeply, Recharge, and Revitalize. [email protected] or 845- 684 -5941. Starts 2/13.

Register Now! Breathe/ Chant/ Envision/ Reflect/Connect. A bimonthly musical, meditative journey to reset, renew and inspire … with a variety of talented musicians, eclectic instrumentation, original mantra music and lyrical verse that provide the perfect landscape for your reflections and intentions… Dreamy, mellow, deep, lighthearted, rockin’… a powerfully engaging and potent odyssey into your own heart and the heart of the world.Promoting personal and collective wellbeing through voice, music and a vision for a better world. Info: other Sunday,4:30-6pm, $15. At the Living Seed, 521 Main Street, New Paltz.

Upcoming Art Workshop with Susan Togut. Meets Tuesdays, 1 - 3 pm. 16 weeks of guided projects. Open to all Woodstock residents 55 and older for a voluntary materials fee. Backstage at Mescal Hornbeck Community Center, Rock City Road, Woodstock. Info:

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington offers a night out in the Berkshires. The beautiful historic theater offers music, dance, theater, opera, movies and family programs. Check our calendar for upcoming events. Info:   413-528-0100 or

Jurying Begins for The Woodstock-New Paltz 35th Art & Crafts Fairs. Scheduled for Memorial (5/28-5/30) & Labor Day (9/3-9/5)Weekends. Jurying begins 1/28.Details at or contact Scott Rubinstein at 845 -246 -3414.

The Chamber Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Ten Local Scholarships for 2016. All applications must be submitted online via the scholarship portal hosted by The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley. Applicants should create a login ID and password and will then be able to access his or her application at any time. Applications will be accepted through 4/1.

Coach House Players Audition Notice for Neil Simon’s “California Suite.” Needed for the roles are 5 men and 5 women; age range 40’s to 50’s. There is also a non-speaking role for a woman in her 20’s. Performance dates are April 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17 at the Coach House Players Theater, 12 Augusta St., Kingston. Auditions will be held on 1/ 28 ,7 -10pm; 1/ 30, 1-4pm; & 1/31,7 -10pm, held at Hudson Valley Sr. Residence, 80 Washington Ave., Kingston. Info: 845-331-7242 or [email protected]

Register Now: 2nd Annual Walkway Marathon Race. Scheduled for 6/ 11 & 6/12, Races Feature Dutchess, Hudson Valley Rail Trails. Runners registering for any of the Walkway Marathon races can do so at Walkway Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie.

Notice: The Office for the Aging is pleased to announce the Rhinebeck Senior Friendship Center has moved to a new location at the Memorial Lutheran Church located at 1232 Route 308, Rhinebeck. The Friendship Center is open every Monday – Thursday between 10 am - 2 pm. Transportation to the center and weekly grocery shopping may be available for those without a car. All of our eight Senior Friendship Centers serve a nutritious midday meal and offer plenty of opportunities for socialization and events. For more information about the Rhinebeck Friendship Center, call (845) 758-0571 or -845-486-2555.

Upcoming: High Woods Sportsmen’s Club Swap & Sell (3/13, 8am-5pm).Rain or Shine - Indoors. High Woods Sportsmen’s Club, 870 Church Rd (Zena-High Woods Road), Woodstock. Info: Wolfie 845-866-3177.

Nationwide MS Awareness Tour (2/20, 8am-6pm). Ski or ride to make a difference in the lives of people living with MS at this on-snow fundraiser Vertical Express for Can Do MS features on-mountain and aprŠs activities for people of all ages and ability levels. Hunter Mountain, Hunter, $25.

Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Stationary Clinic for Dogs. Every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Males, $120 and up; females, $150 and up; includes spay/neuter, rabies vaccine, and cone collar. All surgeries performed by appointment only; Also, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Stationary Clinic for Cats. $70 per cat includes spay/neuter, rabies vaccine, ear cleaning, nail trim.All surgeries performed by appointment only. Info: 845-343-1000. The Animal Rights Alliance (T.A.R.A.), 60 Enterprise Place, Middletown.

Platte Clove Artist in Residence Program Accepting Applications. A retreat for artists, working in a variety of disciplines, located in the living landscape where American art began. The residency is open to visual artists and performing artists who have an affinityfor the natural world. The residencies run from July through September. Applications are due by April 8th. Contact: Katie Palm: 845-586-2611or [email protected] The Catskill Center, Rt 28,, Arkville.

Apply Now ! 2016   Catskill Center’s Senior Scholarship Program. Applications are due by 3/11. Award recipients will be announced the beginning of April. To apply: or contact Katie Palm at [email protected]

Dutchess County “Senior Citizens of the Year” search has officially begun. Categories of Senior Male, Senior Female or the Senior Citizen Couple of the Year. Info and application: 845-486-2555.

Greene County Council on the Arts announces their Exhibitions for 2016 - Words & Images. This show is an exploration of the integration of words and images to tell stories, including graphic novels, illustrations, comic books, and animation. Open to all mediums, including video.Submission deadline: 2/27;Show dates: 4/23 - 6/4; & Reception - 4/23. Info:

Free AARP Tax Prep at Libraries Begins in February. The Library District partners with AARP to provide free Tax Preparation assistance at two locations in Poughkeepsie. The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program provides free, reliable tax preparation service for low to middle income families, individuals and seniors.  There is no age limit and you do not have to be a member of AARP.  Tax Preparation assistance is available by appointment only.  Call 211 or 800- 899-1479 to schedule an appointment. The Boardman Road Branch Library is located at 141 Boardman Road in Poughkeepsie.

Search For 100 Year Olds! Do you know a Dutchess County resident who will be turning 100 or older anytime this year, or a couple celebrating 70 or more years of marriage?  If so, call 845- 486-2555.   The Office of Aging would send them a personal invitation to their annual Celebration of Aging luncheon which is held each May, Older Americans Month.  All honorees and their guest are admitted free. Also honored at the Celebration of Aging are the Dutchess County Senior Citizens of the Year.  Awards are given out in the categories of Senior Male, Senior Female and Senior Couple.  Generally these are residents over the age of 60 who make a difference in our community through volunteerism, civic engagement, etc.  If you know of a senior citizen who deserves this very special recognition, please fill out a nomination form which you can obtain from our office or on Page 6 of the winter edition of the Spotlight on Seniors newsletter, found on our website:

Design a Sun Catcher Contest! Design a sun catcher with the theme of “American Patriotism” and it might be the 2016 winner. Download the form from the website to submit your artwork. Gillinder Glass Factory, Port Jervis. 845-856-5375,

Family of Woodstock Hotline Training ( thru 3/9). Training covers the core of Family’s phone and texting hotline and walk-in services. Training topics include domestic violence, child abuse, mental health and substance abuse. Info: 845-679-2485 Family ofWoodstock, 16 Rock City Rd, Woodstock.

Juvenile Community Accountability Board Training (2/24 9:30am - 4:30pm). Volunteers for the JCAB meet with the youth and their parent/guardian in order to help the youth understand the impact of their action. Contact Dana Katz at 845-514-0239 [email protected] for the application. Business Resource Center, 1 Development Court, Kingston.

Woodcarving Classes (begin 3/9). Led by master woodcarver Andy Willner. Pre-registration is through the Museum. Info: Hudson River Maritime Museum, Riverport Wooden Boat School, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, $180, $20 /material fee.

Register Now! 2016 New Paltz Challenge Run (6/19). A half-marathon, Family 5K, and/or kid’s 1-mile run. Proceeds will benefit the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce and its community projects. Reg reqr’d for half-marathon. Info: or 845-255-0243.

Register Now! Gretchen Primack Poetry Writing Workshop. The five session class will run on Tuesdays, 6:15pm to 7:45pm, from 2/23 through 3/22. Gretchen welcomes past students along with newcomers. Info: [email protected] Woodstock.

Fluid Ecologies: Hispanic Caribbean Art from the Permanent Collection. an exhibition of thirteen works on paper by seven of the most celebrated Hispanic Caribbean artists of the last five decades. Exhibts through 5/8. Info: 845-437-5632 Vassar College, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie.

Open Barn will begin this month with limited visiting hours on the weekends from 11 to 1 pm. Bring the family to meet the sheep, cows, pigs and chickens. Our new Kids Barn Guide program is an opportunity for children and their parents/guardians to learn about our livestock and how a working farm operates while educating visitors. Children must be 11 years of age and be accompanied by an adult during Open Barn hours. Training is available. Info: 845-831-3800. Stonykill Farms, 79 Farmstead Lane Wappingers Falls New York 12590 845-831-3800 or

Sign Up Now! Tractor Safety Certification Course for Teens. The course meets March 22, 24, 29, 31, and April 5 at 7 pm. Driving practice and test in May. Please register online at Deadline 3/11.Space islimited to the first 20 paid registrants. Ulster County, $50

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