The Gardiner Library will be holding several classes for children from ages 3 to 13 years this summer. There is a fee for all the classes, which helps raise funds for the library.
Harmony yoga: A musical experience for children 3-6 years old meets Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 1 to 1:45 p.m. with instructor Amy Laber. The cost is $40 for the series.
Ooey gooey art class for kids ages 4-6 years old meets Tuesdays, July 12, 19, 26 and August 2 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. with instructor Emi Disciullo. The cost is $40 for the series, plus $15 materials fee.
Stretch your body and imagination in an art and yoga class for kids ages 8-13 years old. This class meets Tuesdays, July 12, 19, August 2 and 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. with instructor Ezra Silverman. The cost is $120, plus a $15 materials fee.
For further information about these classes, visit www.gardinerlibrary.org/children.html. Pre-Registration is required. Call 255-1255 or visit the library at 133 Farmer’s Turnpike to register.
Free movie night at Yummies in Highland
Yummies Ice Cream and Mini Golf Café will hold a free movie night this Saturday, June 25 featuring Theatre of Blood (1973, starring Vincent Price and Dianna Riggs). The event will be held under the stars, weather permitting, or indoors at 288 Route 299 in Highland. Demonstrations by the Grand Guignol Horror Society (GGHS) will begin at 8 p.m. and the movie will begin about 8:30 p.m. Donations for the GGHS are appreciated. Contact Yummies at 691-7080 for details.
Grow your own organic and (very) local vegetables
Lee Reich will hold a workshop, “How to grow lots of vegetables with little space, time and effort,” from 9 to 11:30 a.m. this Sunday, June 26 at his New Paltz garden. Learn how site selection, variety selection, soil preparation and especially, planning (in time and space), make for abundant harvests of lettuce, tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables from even a small garden. It’s not too late to prepare for abundant harvests for the rest of this season, or even too late to start a vegetable garden for this season. Space is limited so registration is a must. The cost is $40. Call 255-0417 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for registration or more information.
Donations are needed for the library fair
The rumors of the demise of the flea market portion of the Elting Memorial Library Fair are greatly exaggerated. In fact, the library hopes to have its best year ever with a little help from the community. But they need donations. As usual, the 55th Annual Elting Library Fair will have a flea market, a jewelry table, a plant sale and a toy and games section. And there will still be more books than you can shake a stick at, a raffle with more than 100 prizes (including the ever-coveted stay at Mohonk Mountain House), a silent auction, live entertainment, children’s games and food vended by Gomen Kudasai Japanese Noodles, Jamaica Choice Caribbean Cuisine, the Taco Shack, as well as coffee, bagels, hot dogs and sodas at the library’s concession stand.
Donations for the flea market and the toy and games section will be accepted until the weekend of July 4 and pick-up can be arranged in special cases. For additional information, call 255-5030.
Just for teens at Elting
So, you want a career in gaming? Learn what it takes when you “tour and talk” with staff members of “Vicarious Visions” at their studios in Menands. These are the video game developers that brought you “Guitar Hero.” This free program for teens is offered by Elting Memorial Library. A chaperoned van will leave the library parking lot at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 28 and return to New Paltz by 4 p.m. that day.
Teens are also invited to play “Pathfinder” -- a popular tabletop fantasy role-playing game in the style of Dungeons and Dragons -- at Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz on Thursday, June 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Doug Maynard will be the facilitator and will help you choose and personalize a hero (such as a wizard, fighter or rogue). Teens will then work together to solve puzzles and fight monsters in a storyline set in the fantasy world of Golarion.
Space is limited for both events, so register ahead of time at the library located at 93 Main Street in New Paltz.
Heart of the Hudson Valley Farmers Market
The Heart of the Hudson Valley Farmers Market will open this Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cluett Schantz Park in Milton. Opening day will include fresh, farm fresh, nutritional organic and traditional grown produce. Pickles, honey, maple syrup, jams/jellies, fudge, cheese, baked goods, eggs, handmade soaps and plants will be available at the market. A zumba class will take place at 9:45 a.m. and yoga will be offered at 10:45 a.m. For more information, visit www.hhvfarmersmarket.com or call 616-7824. The farmers market will be open every Saturday until mid-October.
Plan ahead for Highland HudsonFest
The Town of Lloyd Events Committee will once again host Highland HudsonFest weekend Oct. 8-9 on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail at 74 Havilland Road at the entrance to Walkway over the Hudson.
The festivities begin on Saturday night, Oct. 8, with the Hudson Valley Rail Trail Gala and continues with the festival on Sunday, Oct. 9. HudsonFest takes place on the eastern spur of the trail with vendors lining the trail to the entrance of Walkway over the Hudson.
The Highland HudsonFest celebrates the contributors of taste, sound, vision and artistry to the Hudson Valley and the hamlet of Highland. Vendor applications and sponsor opportunities are now being accepted at www.hudsonfest.com, or visit them on Facebook using the keywords “Highland HudsonFest.”
New Paltz joins statewide anti-fracking day
This Saturday, June 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., rain or shine, New Paltz area individuals and families are invited to join an anti-fracking demonstration on Main Street with smiles and waves, along with banners and petitions. Tens of thousands of other New Yorkers will be taking to the streets this day demanding that our government bans fracking in New York State.
“This is the chance for those of you who have been standing on the sidelines wanting do something to stop fracking from entering New York. Your participation can help prevent the devastation of our valuable clean water supplies, our rural environment, hazards to our health and damage to our important tourism and agricultural economies,” says Rosalyn Cherry of New Paltz Climate Action Coalition, the sponsor of this local event. “For all New Yorkers, this is the environmental issue of the century.”
Participants should meet in front of the Elting Memorial Library at 10:30 a.m. to receive placards and directions for the demonstration. For more information, contact the Climate Action Coalition at 255-9297.
Reuse Center to open this Saturday
The New Paltz Reuse Center will hold its grand opening this Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A ribbon cutting will take place at 11 a.m. The center is located on Clearwater Road and will be open for schools, businesses and individuals. On Saturdays only, fill a Reuse Center bag for $5 or get doors, windows, sinks, cabinets, vanities for $1. For more information, call 255-8456 or e-mail email@example.com.
New Paltz Police Chief honored
New Paltz Police Chief Joseph Snyder was recently awarded a Chiefs’ Award at the New York Police Chiefs’ Benevolent Association awards dinner in Woodmere. This award is given for demonstrating superior leadership and running a professional police agency.
“It is an honor to receive such an award and I am proud of our department members for placing me in this category,” said Chief Snyder.
Sesquicentennial of New Paltz Rural Cemetery
The 150th anniversary of the New Paltz Rural Cemetery will be celebrated with two events on the weekend of July 2-3. A re-dedication ceremony will take place at the cemetery on July 2 at 1 p.m. Rod Dressel Sr., president of the Cemetery Board, will preside over the ceremony and the Rev. Howard Major will re-read the original dedicatory address given by the Rev. Charles Stitt in 1861. Carol Roper, the secretary of the Cemetery Board, will give a short history of the cemetery and Tim Copeland will talk about the future of the cemetery. Barbara Hardgrave will be singing the National Anthem and The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Refreshments will be served.
On Sunday, July 3, Carol Johnson and Susan Stessin-Cohn will be giving a tour of the cemetery at 4 p.m. Their tour will focus on the Civil War soldiers that are buried in the cemetery. The tour will be highlighted with readings, photos and memorabilia of the brave men who fought in America’s most bloodiest war. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, call Carol Roper at 255-0609.
Volunteer at the New Paltz Community Center
The New Paltz Community Center is looking for a volunteer for three hours (9 a.m. to noon) one day a week. If interested, please inquire at the Community Center Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.
Work by Carl Van Brunt is on display at the Bakery
Digital works by Carl Van Brunt are currently on display at the Bakery in New Paltz through July 6. Of the two sets of works on display, Van Brunt writes, “The abstract pictures are from around 2002 and exemplify an improvisatory approach in which I had no idea what the final image would be when I began working. The Buddha pictures on view are more recent work. I made fairly detailed hand-drawn sketches before going to the computer and I had a pretty good idea of what the colors would be. These ‘paintings’ also have fairly specific (though open-ended) meanings rooted in my studies of Buddhism.”
The Bakery is located at 13a North Front Street in New Paltz. For more information, call 255-8840 or go to www.ilovethebakery.com.
Free live music at Water Street Market
Fairweather Friends will finish up their East coast tour this Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m. in the courtyard at Water Street Market. Check out this Indie folk rock duo, comprised of singer songwriter Adir Cohen and Jed Kosiner playing unique percussion. Bring a picnic; free popcorn will be available. For more information, visit www.waterstreetmarket.com or www.adirlc.bandcamp.com.