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April 22, 2015 - New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce's 3rd Annual Business Showcase     Mary 2, 2015 - Women's Health & Fitness Expo

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ON-GOING EVENTS:
For additional on-going happenings, visit our Art, Theater & Peforming Arts section, Community News Page, Recreation Page, Lessons & Enrichment Activities Page, Area Information Page, Township Pages, Local Libraries, Farmers' Markets, and peruse through our website pages for additional resources.

Art Along the Hudson.  Each month the art cities along the Hudson River celebrate the arts - 100 miles of art.  The year is filled with great art shows, events, open studio tours, awards and more.   On the website, click on the different cities and to their websites for their current art shows, concerts, and more.  www.artalongthehudson.com

The Repair Café of the Hudson Valley. Please check www.facebook.com/RepairCafeNewPaltz for the next scheduled Repair Café. Bring your broken but beloved things - small appliances, chairs, lamps, jewelry, books, china, clothes, toys, bikes and more. Watch how we mend them for free. Learn how to mend them yourself. Held in various locations in New Paltz, Kingston, Stone Ridge, Poughkeepsie, and other towns.

First Saturdays - Kingston Art Receptions.
 Held throughout Kingston in various galleries. Arts Society of Kingston (A.S.K.); 5pm-8pm; 338-0331; www.askforarts.org

Second Saturdays - Woodstock Poetry Society and Festival. 
A Woodstock Second Saturday event featuring guest poets. The Golden Notebook, 29 Tinker Street Road, Woodstock; 2pm; For info contact Phillip Levine at 246-8565; pprod@mindspring.com   www.woodstockpoetry.com

3rd Saturdays - Phoenicia Art Openings.
Bring a dish, it's a pot-luck affair.  Arts Upstairs Gallery, Main Street, Phoenicia; 6-9pm; info@artsupstairs.com

3rd Saturdays - Movies With Spirit. Hollywood and independent films that awaken our sense of joy and wonder, inspire love and compassion, and evoke a deeper sense of connection with each other and with life itself. 7 p.m. on the third Saturday of every month across Ulster and Dutchess counties; 389-9201; Check www.movieswithspirit.com or www.facebook.com/MoviesWithSpirit for monthly films and locations.

3rd Tuesdays - Community Holistic Healthcare Days.
The Rondout Valley Holistic Health Community (RVHHC, Inc.) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to holistic healthcare for all. Holistic practitioners and community members volunteer their services.  Visit our website for the kinds of services available, depending on which practitioners are available on a particular day. Though no money or insurance is required, RVHHC invites patients to give a donation or an hour of volunteer community service if they can. Community service may be given by family and friends on behalf of the patient. We recognize that some patients will be unable to make donations or give volunteer hours. No one will be turned away. Marbletown Community Center, Main Street, Stone Ridge; 4-8pm; www.rvhhc.org

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COMING SOON...

First Fridays - Village of Saugerties.   March-December. 
Great music in unusual places, lively cocktail tastings and sips of local microbrews. Art lovers linger on the sidewalk while shoppers find designer clothing & great things for the home. It's a one-of-a-kind First Friday where elegance and apple pie mix it up, where scrappy meets sophisticated. 5-10pm; www.facebook.com/SaugertiesFirstFriday

HITS-on-the-Hudson 2014
HITS-on-the-Hudson. May 20, 2015 - September 6, 2015. World-class equestrian show jumping. Wednesday - Saturday Free; Sunday Adults $5, children under the age of 12 get free admission. All proceeds from the gate go directly to Family of Woodstock, Inc., a non-for-profit organization serving Ulster County. View website for schedule of events. HITS-on-the-Hudson, 454 Washington Avenue Extension, Saugerties; 246-5515 (during horse shows) or 246-8833; www.hitsshows.com/saugerties-ny/saugerties-ny--2

Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, NY

Maverick Concerts.  June – September. America’s oldest continuous summer chamber music festival. Maverick Concert Hall, Maverick Road, Woodstock; 679-8217; www.maverickconcerts.org


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JANUARY 2015


1-February 13    Early Registration YMCA Indoor Triathlon.
  $20 early registration, $50 late registration after February 13. Event date: March 8. This event is geared for all abilities and ages starting at 12 & up. You can do this. 15 min swim, 20 minute bike, 20 minute track run.  Registration Fee Benefits The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. Register at the YMCA Office, 507 Broadway, Kingston; 338-3810 x103. www.ymcaulster.org

10    18th Annual Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest.
 Providing wonderful entertainment for the entire family.  Twenty plus regional restaurants bring their best batches of chili to compete for the coveted “Best of Fest” People’s Choice Award in both the meat and vegetarian categories.  The chili entries vary widely from mild to spicy. Children love the great number of free activities and games designed with them in mind.  In addition, there is a wagon drawn hayride along the trail, marshmallows for toasting and roasted chestnuts for all to enjoy.  On sale are hot dogs, hot beverages and more. Ccome on out and enjoy the day.  Admission is $2 with children six and under free.  Taste one chili for fifty cents or taste them all for $8. Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot at 101 New Paltz Road,  Highland; 11am-2pm; For more info call 1-781-640-0881 or www.hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net  and visit us at www.facebook.com/hudsonvalley.railtrail  for updates.

10    Winter Wings. Birding For Children.
 Free. Learn how different birds have adapted to survive the winter, how to use your binoculars, and how to use field marks and flight patterns to identify birds. Binoculars will be provided or you may bring your own. Children ages 5 and up welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This is an indoor program with brief outdoor activity if weather permits. Reservations are required.  Mohonk Preserve, Rt. 44/55, Gardiner; Please call 845-255-0919 for info and reservations; www.mohonkpreserve.org/events

11    Scout Day at Belleayre Mountain. For Scouts & immediate family. Bring valid Scout ID. Discounted lift tickets $38, rentals $TBD, group lessons $15. Reserve for groups of 15+. Belleayre Mountain, 181 Galli Curci Rd., Highmount; 9am-4pm; 254-5600; www.belleayre.com/company/calendar.htm

January 16-19    Frost Valley Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Family Weekend.
 A winter wonderland of fun: skiing, skating, tubing, and hot cocoa by the fire. 2 or 3 night packages. Frost Valley YMCA. 2000 Frost Valley Rd. Claryville; 985-2291; www.frostvalley.org/group-and-family-retreats/family-weekends

17    Annual Brook's Chicken BBQ Fundraiser.
  Come and join us for 1/2 chicken or rib dinners. Eat in and visit with your neighbors or take to go, the choice is up to you. $13. Extra half chickens only are available for sale at $7. Woodstock Fire Co.1, 242 Tinker St., Woodstock; 3-6pm; For info call 845-679-2927.  

18    Woodstock’s 25th Annual Birthday Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.
Through reflection, celebration, education and song let us remember the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. Woodstock Town Hall, 76 Tinker Street, Woodstock; 2pm; 845-679-2113.

19    MLK Day: Celebration of Service.
  UlsterCorps is hosting a thank you party honoring all volunteers in Ulster County. We cordially all volunteers to be a part of the celebration. The event will be free and will include live music, refreshments and raffles. Marbletown Multi-Arts (MaMA), 3588 Main St (Route 209), Stone Ridge; 1-5pm; www.ulstercorps.org/events/mlk-day-of-serviceulster-volunteers-day/  www.facebook.com/events/1584555018431419/

19    Shandaken Primitive Biathlon.
  The event will consist of a 1.25 mile course and 4 shooting stations with 2 shots per station.   The course will  be a timed event where the number of scored targets will subtract time from a competitor's overall time.  An extra minute will be subtracted if a competitor wears 1800s era attire. Competitors will be divided into 4 age groups: 1) 12-16 years old, 2) 17-40 years old, 3) 41-59 years old, 4) 60 years old & over. There will be prizes awarded for the first place in each age group, and a special prize will be awarded to the youth group winner. There will also be an un-timed woodswalk division for those wanting to just snowshoe and shoot the course. Tomahawk and Sharpshooter competitions will be included as separate events. Registration Fees:  Advance  $15, Day of event $18, Woodswalk  $12. Early registrations must be postmarked by January 11th, 2015. The Upper Esopus Fish & Game Club, Little Peck Hollow Road, Oliverea; 9am-Noon; For more info and to register: www.shandakenprimitivebiathlon.net

26 (Snow Date January 27)   7th Annual Local Ingredient Chili Challenge
.  Enter your best chili using at least five local ingredients for a chance to win in several categories including Best Home Chef, Best Vegetarian, People's Choice, Most Creative, and Best Professional. Friendly rivalries and snarky banter in the courtyard make this one of our best, most energetic events of the year. Tickets to taste will be sold at the event and all proceeds go to St. Joseph’s Food Pantry which feeds hundreds of local families. Water Street Market, 10 Main St., New Paltz; noon-3pm; 255-1403 or to enter or volunteer email terryfall@gmail.com  www.waterstreetmarket.com

30, 31, February 1    3rd Annual Winter Hoot. 
With music, dancing, food, film, art and nature activities for all ages.  The community, one and all, are welcomed for a spirit-raising good time in mid-winter. Hear world-class musical acts from our Hudson Valley region and beyond.  Enjoy local food, beer, wine, blacksmithing, dancing, hiking & more throughout the weekend. Come for a few hours or the whole weekend. Indoor lodging is available. The Hoot builds community through music and dance & raises scholarship funding for the thousands of children whose lives are transformed by experiencing nature. The Winter Hoot is "pay what you want" this year. Suggested donation $30-60 per adult. Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge; For info and reservations call 845-657-8333; www.homeofthehoot.com/#winterhoot

31    Annual Wawarsing Winter Festival.
 Awesome Family Event. Food & Craft Vendors on a heated Midway. Bon Fires, Ice Skating, Broom Ball, Poker Run, Snowshoe Hike, Bike Race on Ice, DJ Vinny 'Boom Batz' Nigr, and Hay Rides. Free Admission. Sponsored by the Ellenville Wawarsing Youth Commission, Renegades Mountain Bike Club & The Lippman Park Committee. Lippman Park, Rt. 209, Wawarsing; 10am-4pm; Download Vendor Application at www.ewyouthcommission.org  Call the EW Youth Commission for more info 845-647-7800 ext 129.


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FEBRUARY 2015


1    3rd Annual Winter Hoot.  With music, dancing, food, film, art and nature activities for all ages.  The community, one and all, are welcomed for a spirit-raising good time in mid-winter. Hear world-class musical acts from our Hudson Valley region and beyond.  Enjoy local food, beer, wine, blacksmithing, dancing, hiking & more throughout the weekend. Come for a few hours or the whole weekend. Indoor lodging is available. The Hoot builds community through music and dance & raises scholarship funding for the thousands of children whose lives are transformed by experiencing nature. The Winter Hoot is "pay what you want" this year. Suggested donation $30-60 per adult. Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge; For info and reservations call 845-657-8333; www.homeofthehoot.com/#winterhoot

7, 8    23rd Annual DanceFest!  
This family-friendly, comunity-building event features performances by eleven of the area's dance schools. Participating dance schools:  American Youth Ballet, Ballet Arts Studio, Barefoot Dance Center, The D’amby Project, The Dutchess School of Performing Arts,  Figures in Flight, Gina Marie’z, New Paltz School of Ballet, New York Academy of Ballet, Rhinebeck Dance Centre, Saugerties Ballet Center, The Vanaver Caravan Dance Institute. Tickets are available as pre-sale orders through the individual dance schools as well as being sold at the door: Adults $18, children 12 and under, seniors $12.   McKenna Theatre, SUNY New Paltz; Saturday 7pm and Sunday 2pm; for more info call 845-256-9300; www.vanavercaravan.org

February 8 - Family of Woodstock's Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Brunch and Benefit Auction
February 8    4th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Brunch and Benefit Auction.  
 Enjoy a decadent chocolate inspired brunch hosted by the exquisite Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern, an exciting live auction and an opportunity to support the youth in our community.   A benefit to reduce the number of homeless children living in motels in Ulster County by supporting the expansion of our shelters to accommodate more families.  Preview auction items  www.myminiauction.com/familyofwoodstock  Diamond Mills, 25 South Partition St., Saugerties; noon-3pm; For more information, please contact 845-331-7080 or nvillani@fowinc.org  Purchase tickets at www.nycharities.org/events/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=7801

12, 13    VDay Hudson Valley and the Anchor Present: Vagina Monologues.
The award-winning play is based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women. Advance tickets $10, Door tickets $15, VIP $25. Proceeds from this event go to Family of Woodstock & The Washbourne House. The Anchor, 744 Broadway, Kingston; 7-10pm; Buy your  advanced tickets www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1173993  www.familyofwoodstockinc.org

13    One Billion Rising: “What’s Your Revolution?”
 The event includes Gwen Wright, Executive Director of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence,  the T.M.I. Project, musician Shana Falana and others. The event is free with a suggested donation of $10 to the Washbourne House, a domestic violence shelter located in Ulster County. For more information please contact Hale Advisors at: 845-383-1361; www.familyofwoodstockinc.org/

14    Subzero Heroes.
An icy dive to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. Coffee & snacks in heated tents during the event for observers.  Afterglow party with food and heat, music by WBPM radio. Berean Park, 1000 Reservoir Rd., Highland; Setup & Registration 10am-noon, Jump noon-1:30pm; Info and to register call 471-2655 or visit www.subzeroheroes.wordpress.com/jump-day/

17    New Paltz Clergy Shrove Tuesday Community Pancake Supper.  
The meal provides a traditional Fat Tuesday start to the Lenten Season and includes sausage and applesauce as well as pancakes.  Supper is free, although we gratefully accept donations. The entire community is invited to attend. It is always a good meal and lots of fun watching the local clergy flipping pancakes. St. Andrew’s will, as always, contribute proceeds after expenses to Family of New Paltz, a local emergency-services agency and walk-in crisis center. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 163 Main St., New Paltz; 5-7pm; For info call 255-5098.

21    Healthy Highland Day: A Health and Wellness Fair & American Red Cross Blood Drive. We want to provide our local community with information about a wide variety of items to  help promote Healthy Living. There will be a variety of healthcare professionals, doctors, massage therapists, chiropractors, podiatrists, nutritionists, etc. as well as insurance and fitness professionals available. Each attendee will be provided with a Reusable Carry Bag to be able to gather information.  Sponsored by The Highland Rotary Club. Highland High School Gymnasium, 320 Pancake Hollow Road, Highland; 11am-4pm; For more information please contact Sue Naglieri at 914-489-2443 or suenaglieri7210@yahoo.com (put Healthy Highland Day in the subject line).

25    92nd Annual George Washington Dinner & Dance.
Kevin Quilty is the honoree. Lions Club is the music. Country style appetizers will feature "the best ham biscuits you ever ate" with assorted cheeses, fruits and vegetables. Dinner will consist of beef burgundy served alongside of horseradish infused mashed potatoes and a salad of mixed spring greens and pickled beets. Tickets $30/in advance $20. Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall Street, Kingston; 6:30-9:30pm;  For advance tickets click here or call (845) 338-6759; For more details click here.

27    2nd Annual Spring Fashion Show Benefit for Hudson Valley Autism.  
See the season’s new riding gear and fashion line, through the models of the Autism Society of HV. Music by Big Sister Band, and food, drink, raffle, 50/50 and, of course, fun.  Admission $10.  Hosted by Woodstock Harley-Davidson.  Woodstock Harley-Davidson, 949 St. Rt. 28, Kingston; 6-8pm; 845-338-2800, ext 110;  joi@woodstockharley.com    www.woodstockharley.com

28    18th Annual Chili Bowl Fiesta Fundraiser.
The Women’s Studio Workshop will once again transform the Rosendale Community Center with a vast and colorful landscape of hand-crafted pottery.  Not only will Fiesta guests enjoy live entertainment, raffle drawings, and the satisfaction of supporting local arts, but they’ll also put their new wares to use with a complementary serving of delicious, piping hot chili. More than 20 Hudson Valley restaurants and chefs donate 50+ gallons of chili, satisfying meatlovers, vegans, and vegetarians alike. Guests can also buy a paper bowl, and bottomless bellies can purchase additional servings. All proceeds from the Chili Bowl Fiesta support artistic programming at WSW. Rosendale Community Center, 1055 New York Rte 32, Rosendale; $5 early admission 2-4pm, free admission  4-7pm, featuring live music by Dog on Fleas 4-7pm; www.wsworkshop.org/support-us/chili-bowl-fiesta/

27, 28-March 8    Annual Lawn & Garden Show.
 Each year in late February through mid March, the Adams Landscaping crews design and install an amazing backdrop of patios, ponds and walkways for hundreds of flowering spring bulbs, annuals, trees and shrubs in our greenhouses. Vendors, knowledgeable staff and garden experts from throughout the region are there to answer all your questions. The Garden Show is free to attend and also includes seminars, giveaways and free raffles. Adams Fairacre Farms, 1560 Ulster Avenue, Lake Katrine; During store hours; www.adamsfarms.com/location/kingston/



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MARCH 2015


1-31    Kiwanis Kingston Classic Pre-registration. 
Friends & Family Mile, 5k, 10k, Half & Full Marathon. Boston Qualifier. In Kingston, April 19. Online registration closes Friday, April 17 at 12pm. www.kiwaniskingstonclassic.com  www.hitsendurance.com

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8    Annual Lawn & Garden Show. 
Each year in late February through mid March, the Adams Landscaping crews design and install an amazing backdrop of patios, ponds and walkways for hundreds of flowering spring bulbs, annuals, trees and shrubs in our greenhouses. Vendors, knowledgeable staff and garden experts from throughout the region are there to answer all your questions. The Garden Show is free to attend and also includes seminars, giveaways and free raffles. Adams Fairacre Farms, 1560 Ulster Avenue, Lake Katrine; During store hours; www.adamsfarms.com/location/kingston

3     The Hurley Reformed Church Youth Group is sponsoring The Famous Brook's BBQ
"The best BBQ ever!' March 3, 2015, Dinners include 1/2 Brook's famous chicken or ribs, baked potato, coleslaw, roll, butter, dessert and beverage. Chicken or ribs: $12.00 Free delivery on 10 or more dinners at the Hurley Reformed Church, 11 Main St., Hurley, NY.; 4pm-7pm; For reservations or delivery, call Kathy Burns at 845-399-1884. Walk-ins welcome!

March 7    Ashokan Center Maple Fest.
 A day of family fun, hand-on activities, hikes, pancakes and maple syrup and more. Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge; 11am-4pm; (845) 657-8333; info@ashokancenter.org  
www.ashokancenter.org/events/mar-7-maple-fest


7    Sudbury Book Carnival. 
Carnival Games, Photos with Clifford, Book Sale, Face Painting, Bake Sale.  Free admission.  $1 game tickets. Hudson Valley Sudbury School, 84 Zena Road, Kingston;10am-1pm; 845-679-1002; www.sudburyschool.com

7    Eighth Annual LGBTQ Spring Gala.
Join us for a wonderful evening of celebration, good company and community with cocktails, dinner, silent and live auctions, awards and dancing. Individuals, partners and families welcome. You can even bring a group of friends and field your own table. The Grandview, 176 Rinaldi Boulevard, Poughkeepsie; 6-11pm; For reservations and tickets visit www.lgbtqcenter.org/events/gala/

8    YMCA Indoor Triathlon.
  You can do this. 15 min swim, 20 min bike, 20 min track run. This event is geared for all abilities and ages starting at 12 & up. YMCA, 507 Broadway, Kingston; First Wave starts at 8am;  338-3810; www.ymcaulster.org

Coleman Musical Theatre Presents Mary Poppins
8     Pancake Breakfast To Meet the Characters of the Coleman HS Musical Theatre Production Of Mary Poppins.  Benefits Coleman HS Musical Tehatre. 8:30am-12noon; Tickets: Adults $8; Children under 12 @ $5. Held at Coleman High School, 430 Hurley, Ave., Hurley, NY; Call 845-338-2750 for reservations. Click here for Reservation Form.

9-22    Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2015.
Nearly 200 of the region’s top restaurants offer prix fixe, three-course dinners for $29.95 and lunches for $20.95. Many chefs use New York product on their Restaurant Week menus. Whether it’s trying a new place or returning to a true favorite — wherever you choose to dine — Restaurant Week means a good deal on a great meal. www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com/home.php

15   27th Annual Shamrock Run. 
A  2 mile run to benefit Caring Hands  Soup Kitchen.  Parade and Post-race party at the Rondout Neighborhood Center following run.  From Academy Green to the foot of Broadway. Followed by St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Check in across from Academy Green at Gov. Clinton Apartments, 1 Albany Ave., Kingston; Registration 10:30am-12:30pm; Run starts 12:50pm sharp; For registration/info www.shamrockrunners.org

15    Kingston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. 
Parade kicks off from the Kingston Plaza and proceeds down Broadway to the Rondout Creek waterfront district in Kingston. Numerous bands, floats and community organizations celebrate the "wearing of the green" at this annual fun-filled Irish celebration. Sponsored by Ancient Order of Hibernians Fr. Con.  338-6622; 1-4pm; events@ulsteraoh.com   www.ulsteraoh.com

19, 20, 21, 22    Woodstock Writers Festival. 
This is one of the gems of spring here in Woodstock.  You can take workshops, attend lectures and meet some of the finest writers in the country.  For the complete schedule and to purchase individual tickets or full festival passes visit www.woodstockwriters.com

20    17th Annual Gateway Foundation Raffle.
 Cocktail Party and Drawing for ticket holders.  Winner need not be present. Many, many additional prizes awarded. Tax deductible portion of ticket is $90. 1st Prize $10,000, 2nd Prize $1,500, 3rd and 4th Prize $500. Tickets are $100 each. To benefit the programs of Gateway Industries, Inc.  Hillside Manor, 240 Boulevard, Kingston; 6-8pm; Tickets are still available, call 845-331-1261 Ext. 288.


20,21,22,27,28     Coleman Musical Theatre Presents Mary Poppins.  Directed by Lise Landis Hopson. Flying by Foy! March 20 @ 7:30pm; March 21st @ 7:30pm; March 22nd @ 3pm; March 27th at 7:30pm; March28th at 2pm and 7:30pm. Tickets: Adults $16; Children under 12 @ $11. Tickets available at the door; Coleman High School, 430 Hurley, Ave., Hurley, NY; Call 845-338-2750 for reservations.

Ulster Ballet Company presents the 32nd Annual Festival of Dance at UPAC, Kingston, NY
21    The 32nd Annual Festival of Dance.
 Since 1984, the festival has showcased both aspiring and professional dancers and choreographers, with a diverse range of styles and techniques. Each year, its stunning, original programs captivate dance enthusiasts of all ages. This will be an electrifying, explosive, and dynamic coming together of dance companies and dance styles from around the metropolitan area and around the region, who will be presenting works in keeping with an international theme. Tickets  are $22 for adults; $18 for senior citizens and UPAC/Bardavon members.  For groups of ten or more, and children 12 and under, tickets are $15. UPAC, 601 Broadway, Kingston; 8pm; To purchase tickets, call the UPAC box office at 845-339-6088; visit Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com  or call 800-745-3000. For information about Ulster Ballet Company  visit www.ulsterballet.org  or call  845-246-4316.

21    Ulster SPCA 16th Annual Fur Ball.
  Please join us for our biggest fundraiser.  Enjoy a silent auction, live auction, cocktails, and dinner. Join us in celebrating our Fur ever friends. Tickets $85. Diamond Mills Hotel, 25 South Parition Street, Saugerties; 5:30pm; Please RSVP by March 12 by contacting  Cindy Caporale: 845-246-5914 or email luckbea123@aol.com ; www.ucspca.org/?ai1ec_event=16th-annual-fur-ball

21, 22, 28, 29   Maple Sugar Open House. 
Visit one of Frost Valley’s maple sugar open houses to learn about how pure maple syrup is made. See the tap to table process, identify a sugar maple tree, see our evaporator, and try a sample of fresh syrup. Free and advance registration is not required. Our Maple Sugar/Sap House is 1 mi. east of our main entrance at 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville;  10am-4pm; For more information contact the Natural Resource Department at 845-985-2291 ext. 397; www.frostvalley.org/event/maple-sugar-open-house-5/#sthash.NlZ73fRJ.dpuf

21, 22, 28, 29   Maple Weekend.  See firsthand how real maple syrup is made and get a tour of our creek-side maple farm.  Marty’s Maple Products, 52 Bell Lane, West Shokan, 845-417-8448; www.mapleweekend.com

22    The Kingston Model Train and Railroad Hobby Show. 
This show will again feature the best in model train displays, memorabilia and related hobby items, for fun and for sale. Admission Adults $6/Children under 12 $1. Andy Murphy Rec Center, 467 Broadway, Kingston; 10am-4pm; www.kingstontrainshow.com

22    Family Fun Harmonica Fest. A musical program for all ages.
Bring your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and most important you. Concert / Funshop / Jam session led by NY Blues Hall of Fame artists David Laks and his Masterful Music Mavens David Winograd, Larry Balestra, Rusty Boris, Melissa Lovaglio, and Dennis Yerry.  Ticket price includes: harmonica, learning guide, and refreshments: Kids 6-12 $10, Teens/Adults $15. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation & SUNY Ulster.  College Lounge, Vanderlyn Hall,  SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge; 2-4pm; For more info  call 338-8131 or email info@ucjf.org; To register onlline please visit www.ucjf.org

28    Easter Egg Hunt at Forsyth Park
.  Arts and crafts, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and a hat parade through the park before the hunt. The event is divided into three age groups: pre-k, kindergarden-second grade and third-fifth grades. We provide goody bags to participants as long as supplies last.. This event is free to the community and all residents, no matter what their age, are welcome. Free parking is available at Dietz Stadium.  The Forsyth Nature Center & Park, of Lucas Ave., Kingston;  11am, Egg Hunt starts noon; For more information call 845-481-3534 or email us at info@juniorleaguekingston.org 
www.juniorleaguekingston.org/current-projects/egg-hunt

28    Crazy Hat Bingo Party.
Attention, Hudson Valley’s Bingo mavens and Mad Hatters. The crowning glory of the High Falls Civic Association’s annual calendar returns: this year’s edition of the insanely popular Crazy Hat Bingo Party.  The event features a buffet meal with fresh homemade desserts, coffee and tea. BYOB (adult beverages allowed).  Eye-popping prizes will be given for all Bingo game winners, as well as for outstandingly decorative head coverings in the following categories: Most Environmentally Friendly, Most Humorous, Most Seasonal, Most Artistic, Best Couple, Most Topical (Current Events) and Most High Falls. People, start building your chapeau entries now.  Admission is $15, $12 for seniors.  Marbletown Community Center, Route 209, Stone Ridge; 7-10pm; Email your reservations early to eschoelwer6@gmail.com  or call 845-687-3473. (Yes, last year we had to turn away people from the full room.); www.highfallscivic.org

29    The Kaaterskill Postcard Club Postcard Show and Sale.
Tens of thousands of vintage and historic postcards will be available for sale.  Approximately 20 dealers will be present who carry cards and ephemera in all categories. There will be many dealers with local material for all collecting interests. The club is also assembling a special display of 1960s postcards (fifty years ago - folks).  Food will be available. Admission is $3. Murphy MidTown Center, 467 Broadway, Kingston; 9am-4pm; For more information call 383-0061 or email kpcclub@gmail.com




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APRIL 2015


1-17    Kiwanis Kingston Classic Pre-registration. 
Friends & Family Mile, 5k, 10k, Half & Full Marathon. Boston Qualifier.  In Kingston, April 19.  Online registration closes Friday, April 17 at 12pm.  www.kiwaniskingstonclassic.com  www.hitsendurance.com

11    Kingston Antique Show and Flea Market
. 10,000 square feet of indoor shopping space. Come and find your treasures. Murphy Mid-Town Center, 467 Broadway, Kingston; 10am-4pm; Call 845-657-8563 for additional and vendor information.

14    11th Annual Taste of Rhinebeck
.  This event offers participants the chance to enjoy gourmet eats and raise money for a great cause. Participants can sample from about 25 local culinary venues. It is organized by the Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation.  All proceeds benefit the hospital. Guests enjoy strolling to the village restaurants, spirit shops and town eateries hosted by retailers. Each location features one menu item: an appetizer, main course, dessert or beverage. Some offer more. The cost is $75 per person through April 7 and $100 from April 8-14. Rhinebeck; 6-9pm; For information or to register, visit www.tasteofrhinebeck.com or call 845-871-1711 or email NDHevents@health-quest.org

18    Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners’ Garden Day 2015:
“Beauty & the Feast”.  Welcome to Spring 2015.  This all day program is a gardeners’ dream come true featuring 16 gardening classes, a keynote speaker, vendors, free gardening information to take away for future reference, free soil tests (a must if you want to start your garden off right),  a fabulous bake sale featuring sweets and savory homemade goodies and door prizes. This year’s event features Keynote Speaker, Margaret Roach: gardener, author and garden guru of the popular “A Way To Garden” website and public radio show where she shares her own of brand of “horticultural how-to and woo-woo”.  Pre-registration is strongly recommended, as classes fill up fast. The cost is $35 for pre-registration or $40 at the door.  You can see all the details about Garden Day’s program and print out a registration form by visiting www.cceulster.org . SUNY Ulster, 491 Cottekill Road, Stone Ridge; 8:30-4:30;  To request a printed brochure/registration call Carrie at 845-340-3990 ext. 311 or email cad266@cornell.edu

19    Kiwanis Kingston Classic. 
Friends & Family Mile, 5k, 10k, Half & Full Marathon. Boston Qualifier. Proceeds benefit Kiwanis youth funds including scholarships. Awards and food. Presented by HITS Endurance. Dietz Stadium, Kingston; For more info contact info@kiwaniskingstonclassic.com  For early registration go to www.kiwaniskingstonclassic.com

April 22 - New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce's 3rd Annual Business Showcase
22   New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce's 3rd Annual Business Showcase.
The expo will celebrate the Hudson’s Valley’s diverse businesses while providing professionals with new networking opportunities. Speakers and workshops will be held throughout the day. Novella's, 2 Terwilliger Lane, New Paltz, NY 12561; Showcase from 1pm-5:30pm, followed by a networking mixer 6pm-8pm; Contact the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce for additional information and vendor applications, 845-255-0243 or Click Here for more details.

23    Annual Human Services Expo: Let's Get Connected. 
Stroll through the Expo and meet over 50 local service providers committed to serving the people of Ulster County. They will be on hand to discuss their services and answer any questions.  There will be free giveaways, table raffles, and information handouts.  Hosted by the Ulster County Department of Social Services with NY Connects & Ulster County Office for the Aging.  NYSUT Building (Ground Floor), t 201 Stockade Dr. (off Schwenk Dr.), Kingston; 10am-2pm;  For more info, please call Kate Cook at 845- 334-5581 or kcok@co.ulster.ny.us  or Gloria Ferraro at 845-340-3259 or gfer@co.ulster.ny.us

24    Dancing with the Stars Ulster Style.  
Come dance with us. There will be a DJ keeping everyone on the dance floor between performances.  Hors D’oeuvres will be served and there will be a cash bar. Tickets $50 Advance, $60 Door.  Benefit for the United Way of Ulster County.  Diamond Mills Hotel, 25 South Partition Street, Saugerties; 7pm-10pm;  For info and tickets call 845-331-4199 or visit www.UlsterUnitedWay.org

April 25, 2015 - HealthAlliance Foundation's Tulip Ball
25   The HealthAlliance Foundation Tulip Ball. HealthAlliance Foundation supports the programs, facilities and services of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley. The Foundation’s annual fundraising gala will honor the accomplishments of Dr. James P. Corsones, as well as Barbara Connelly Cohen who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Robert Tonner will be presented with the fifth annual Community Service Award. Held at the Lazy Swan Golf and Country Club Village in Saugerties. Reservations for the Tulip Ball are $210 and can be made by calling 
845-334-2760 or visiting www.FoundationUpdate.org


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MAY 2015


1, 2, 3    Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst.
 Showcasing over 275 modern American makers, artists, designers and craftspeople from across the country and is a celebration of all things handmade. These exceptional indie artists infuse each of their pieces with a distinctive creative vision. Meet these talented emerging and seasoned makers who will be selling their exciting contemporary creations at Westchester County’s most beloved arts event and favorite out-of-the-box shopping experience.  A weekend pass is $12; seniors (62+) are $11; children 6-16 are $4 and children under 6 are free. Lyndhurst, Rte 9, Tarrytown; Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm; For more information, discount coupons, group rates and travel directions call 845-331-7900 or visit www.artrider.com
15th Annual Women's Health & Fitness Expo.
2    15th Annual Women's Health & Fitness Expo.  
Join thousands of women to learn, unwind, ask questions and get all the tools you need for healthier living! This is a day for women and their families. Over 150 exhibits. 20 free health screenings (osteoporosis, blood pressure, glucose, depression, body fat, and others). Informative seminars, workshops & fitness demos. Private mini-consultations with specialists at "The Doctor is In" booth. A healthy cooking food court. Spa area and more.  Miller Middle School, 65 Fording Place Rd., Lake Katrine; 8:30am-4pm; Visit www.womenshealthexpo.com or
e-mail us via the contact button on the site info for more information or to volunteer.

16    Swing & Shine Dinner and Dance
. Two of the Catskills’ unique and renowned educational organizations team up for an evening of music, dining, dancing, a collector’s choice fine art raffle, and some fine samples of New York Moonshine.  Benefit for The Woodstock School of Art and The Ashokan Center.  The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd., Olivebridge; 845-657-8333; info@ashokancenter.org  www.woodstockschoolofart.org/events.html

19    The Rondout Rowing Club May Informational.
The club is a not-for-profit, member supported, volunteer organization and this meeting is where the Learn-to-Row Sessions  are explained  in detail by experienced coaches and others who have undertaken to learn the sport. Hudson River Maritime Museum Clearwater Barn, Rondout, Kingston; 6-8pm; Anyone interested in attending should email RondoutRowingClub@gmail.com

HITS-on-the-Hudson 2014
May 20-Sept. 6     HITS-on-the-Hudson. May 20, 2015 - September 6, 2015. World-class equestrian show jumping. Wednesday - Saturday Free; Sunday Adults $5, children under the age of 12 get free admission. All proceeds from the gate go directly to Family of Woodstock, Inc., a non-for-profit organization serving Ulster County. View website for schedule of events. HITS-on-the-Hudson, 454 Washington Avenue Extension, Saugerties; 246-5515 (during horse shows) or 246-8833; www.hitsshows.com/saugerties-ny/saugerties-ny--2

22, 23, 24, 25    Annual Ashokan Uke Fest. 
Workshops, concerts, dancing, jam sessions and lots of fun. Beginner, intermediate and advanced instructional with Marcy Marxer, Joel Eckhaus, Ben Hassenger, Heidi Swedberg, Paul Hemmings, Ruthy Ungar and Gerald Ross. Music styles including Swing, Jazz, Blues, Classical and Rock. Learn to play the music of Miles Davis, the Beatles, the Stones and other greats. Just got your first uke? Try "Ukulele From Scratch" for absolute beginners.  Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd., Olivebridge; (845) 657-8333; For more information and to register please visit www.ashokan.org/camps/uke-fest/



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