Almanac Weekly’s calendar of events (March 17-26)

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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.

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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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Explore the Catskills/ Save the Rails Org Meeting (3/19,7pm).      Discussion about the $600 million revitalization program for the Scenic Byway from Olive to Andes. This weeks program will be attended by a broad mixture of people. Meeting will address how to make the rail and trails completely compatible. Organizations has partnerships with other tourist railroads. A cooperative coalition that is working with all Supervisors, Executives and legislators. Ongoing meetings on Saturday s at 7pm. Night at 7 pm. This weeks meeting will be at Joseph Hurwitz Architects office on Rt 28 and Van Dale Rd (Old Methodists Church), West Hurley.

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington Events. This historic theater offers music, dance, theater, opera, movies and family programs. Info:   413-528-0100 or

Early Bird Discount & Full Scholarships available for Woodstock Youth - ages 9-12 & 13-17. Registration open: Voice Theatre’s Summer Youth Workshops July 11th–24th. A fun, supportive environment for young people to explore theatre skills. Professional instructors will lead a program of acting, theatre games, the speaking voice, movement, improv and physical theatre. Each five-day workshop plus Saturday rehearsal finishes with an Open Presentation.   In the air-conditioned Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. Beginners are welcome. Session 1: July 11-17. Session 2: July 18-24.   Sibling discounts available. Info & registration contact Shauna Kanter: [email protected] | 845-679-0154 |www.

Become a Reiki Instructor! Take a life-transforming Reiki Master course, combining Traditional Japanese Reiki , Shamanic Reiki, and Ancient Qi Gong Healing methods. Held on five Mondays 12:15-3:45pm at 77 Cornell st. Kingston, Suite 116. Cost: $500. Prerequisites: Reiki I & II (from me or another instructor). call Michael 845-389-2431

Audition Notice: STS Playhouse Phoenicia Casting 2 females - age 25-50 and 30-40 for Angel Intrudes and the The Stronger. 3 males- age 15-18, 30-40 for Witch of Coos and Tatters. Performance Dates are June 10-12. Call Susanne Traub 845-657-2189.

Talk About Dying: Free Community Workshop (3/26, 2-5pm). Aid in Dying New York: Your Right to Choose. Presentation by guest speaker:Laurie Leonard, LMSW.End of Life Choices, NY.Associate Director and a licensed social worker specializing in end-of-life issues, with hospice and hospital experience and a private practice in bereavement counseling. End of Life Choices New York is a nonprofit organization that through leadership, advocacy, education and counseling, seeks to expand choice at the end of life and improve the quality of care for New Yorkers, ensuring that their values and wishes are respected.IThis presentation will discuss aid in dying, which is now legal in five states. Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity for questions, answers, and discussion. Talk About Dying is a project created by Jill Dorsi LCSW and Dr. Carol Robin DC,CCN. Info: Universalist Congregation of the Catskills. Offered at the 320 Sawkill Rd, Kingston.

Platte Clove Artist in Residence Program Accepting Applications. Deadline: 4/8. The residencies run from July through September and artists can choose to stay from a couple days to a full week, depending on availability. Info: or [email protected]

Senior Writing Workshop Welcomes New Members.       Writers at all levels of experience, beginner to expert, are invited to join the Writers Workshop of the Woodstock Senior Recreation Program. Whether interested in non-fiction, short stories, plays, memoir, or poetry, writers age 55 and above may join the group, which meets in the Mescal Hornbeck Community Center, Rock City Road,Woodstock from 10:30am-12:30 pm. on Wednesdays as follows: April 13 and 27; May 11 and 25; June 8 and 22.The workshop stresses trying out new forms and content in a supportive atmosphere. No fee is required. The workshop is led by experienced writer, editor, and instructor Lew Gardner.Info: 845 679-2880.

Yoga Rolla Workshop with Terry Fister (3/19, 1-3pm). Utilizing the principles of trigger point therapy. This workshop will give you the tools to work on yourself with the soft roller at home to leave you feeling less chronic pain, more stretched out and walking taller than before. Woodstock Yoga Center, 6 Deming Street, Woodstock. Info: 845-679-8700, $40.

Fun with Eggs Workshop with Barbara Boris (3/26,1-3PM). In honor of Easter, we’ll be exploring the versatility of the incredible, NON-edible egg prop. We will do both active and restorative asanas using these contoured blocks. $35.Woodstock Yoga Center, 6 Deming Street, Woodstock. Info: 845-679-8700,

Bus Trip to the Neue Galerie in Manhattan for an exhibit of Edvard Munch and Expressionism (4/13, 8am-5:30pm). Hosted by the Starr Library. $65 per person, which includes round-trip bus service from Starr Library to The Neue Galerie in Manhattan, entrance fee, and private group tour of the exhibit.Payment must be made by3/23.Register at 845-876-4030 or at Starr Library, 68 West Market St, Rhinebeck.

Hudson Valley Community Dances 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. Dances take place in Dutchess and Ulster counties. These events are open to the public and everyone is welcome. or 845- 454-2571.

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.

Call for Art: Catskill Interpretive Center New Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit.   Deadline 4/1. The guidelines for submitting proposals can be downloaded from Info: 845-586-2611. Catskill Interpretive Center, 5096 Rte 28, Mount Tremper.

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.

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.

Mohonk’s Spring Family Festival - Kids Stay & Eat Free.Hop into the Spring Family Festival at Mohonk Mountain House (3/20-3/31). Groove with the kids at Grammy-winning artist Tom Chapin’s concert. Let teens loose at night with our glow-in-the-dark egg hunt. Learn how to build a masterpiece out of LEGO® bricks.Mohonk Mountain House, 1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz. Info: 845-765-3286.

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.

Teen Photo Contest. Submission deadline: March 30th. For photographers in grades 8 through 12. Photos can be black and white or in color and must be taken in New Paltz. Categories include Portrait, Landscape, and Other. Info: 845-255-5030. Elting Memorial Library, New Paltz.

Sign Up Now! Kiwanis Kingston Classic, Race(4/23). Info: Dietz Memorial Stadium, Kingston.

Comedy Night Of The Stars (4/2). Benefit for the Rondout Valley Food Pantry. Includes a Dessert Reception and Open Bar. Headliners include local favorites: Patrick Carlin (George Carlin’s Brother), Verna Gillis, Rich Shultis and Jimmy Q! Info: or845-594-9214 Diamond Mills, 25 South Partition St, Saugerties, $60. .

Master Gardener Fruit, Vegetable and Native Plant Sale. No orders will be accepted after Friday, April 1. Featuring perennial fruit and vegetable plants. No orders will be accepted after Friday, April 1. This year there will also be new pick-up dates and a new pick-up site: May 4, 5, and 6 from 10am-4pm. Info: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County, 232 Plaza Rd, Kingston.

The Mid Hudson Community Orchestra. New members needed-French Horn, Oboe, Trumpet, viola, cello and bass. Concert dates April 27 and May 13. Rehearsing Wednesdays, 7:30 -9:30PM. Info: 845-876-2765. SUNY Dutchess, Dutchess Hall, Poughkeepsie.

Call for Entries: 13th Annual Athens Cultural Center Members Exhibition. Artists are invited to submit interpretations of “Greene” or “Green.” Celebrate Greene County,with recycled art. Drop off: 4/9. Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second St, Athens.

Mark Your Calendars! Book Signing by local Artist Melissa McGill, author of Constellation (4/2 12-2pm). Author info: Boscobel House and Gardens gift shop, Garrison. Info:

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