Calendar of Community Events

December 17th, 2014

The Calendar of events is a listing of area events categorized by date. Click on the appropriate day you are looking for or just scroll away!

• Thursday, December 18
• Friday, December 19
• Saturday, December 20
• Sunday, December 21
• Monday, December 22
• Tuesday, December 23
• Wednesday, December 24

We also have ongoing activities at local musuems & historic locations and galleries. If you have a community event you will to submit, click here.

Thursday, December 18

For Kids
Preschool storytime. 10:30 a.m. Plattekill Public Library, 2047 State Route 32, Modena. All preschoolers ages 2 and up are welcome. 883-7286.

Wildlife in Winter Storytime. 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Gardiner Library, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike. Join special guest Laura Conner, Environmental Educator at Minnewaska State Park Preserve, and Children’s Librarian Amy Laber, to discover how wildlife survives winter. The story time will have books that feature animals in winter and explore what animals do in winter. There will be a game in which children will pretend to be bears in winter and a craft of a bear in a cave. This program will take place during the normal story time for four and five year olds, accompanied by a parent or guardian. 255-1255. Gardinerlibrary.org.

Elf Readloud. 6 p.m. Plattekill Public Library, 2047 Route 32, Modena. Elf themed activities, goody bags, snacks and special guest reader, Will Farrell reading elf stories. (This is Will Farrell, the town’s recreation director, not Will Ferrell, star of the movie Elf.) 883-7286.

Instruction
Crocheting/Knitting for Adults- 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Highland Library Clintondale Branch, 1811 Meeting House of the Clintondale Friends Church on the corner of Crescent Avenue and Maple Street. Bring your needles/hooks and yarn and join us for some relaxation and conversation. From beginners to experts. Ages 18+ 883-5015.

Organizations
Drawing Club. 6 – 8 p.m. ArtsWAVE Center, 12 Market St., Ellenville. Adults bring your pencils, pens, paper and any material for an evening of relaxed drawing and camaraderie. $2 suggested donation. 210-4416.

Exodus: Newburgh Extension (ENE). 6-8 p.m. The Hope Center, 85 Grand St. Newburgh. Prison re-entry support group. etcny.org. 569-8965.

Henry Hudson Toastmasters 7 – 9 p.m. Walden Savings Bank, Route 17K Scott’s Corners. Experienced professionals and beginning speakers alike can benefit.

Town of Crawford Historical Society. 7 p.m. Hopewell Church, Thompson Ridge.

Classical Music Lover’s Guild. 8 p.m. Judy and Howard Garrett’s home, 177 Union St., Montgomery. Discussions about and listening to classical music. 457-9867.

Events
Bridge Game. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Powelton Club, Balmville Rd., Newburgh. Lunch served and beverage avail. Open, sanctioned game with points awarded. Proper dress required. $12. 561-7548, 541-0748 or 561-4151.

Duplicate Bridge. 12:30 – 4 p.m. Town of Newburgh Recreation Center. 564-7815.

Scramble for Scrabble Night. 6 – 8 p.m. Josephine-Louise Public Library, Municipal Square, Walden. Bring your boards or join in a game. 778-7621.

Family Lego Night- 6:30 p.m. Highland Library, 30 Church St. Bring the entire family and get building! Join us the last Thursday of each month for an hour of Lego mania, fun for all ages. Registration suggested, walk-ins welcome. 691-2275

We Recover Too. 8 p.m. King of Kings Lutheran Church, 543 Union Ave., New Windsor. Nar-Anon Family Group. WeRecoverToo@gmail.com.

Live Music
Ferry Godmother Christmas Caroling Series. 6-7 p.m. Beacon-Newburgh Ferry Landing Newburgh side. Community members, youth organizations and church choirs are welcome to join the Ferry Godmother Community Carolers singing to commuters as they disembark from the ferry.

Theater
Film: The Sound of Music, 3 p.m. Josephine-Louise Library, Walden. Special sing-along included.

Film: Looking Back While Moving Forward. 6 p.m. Newburgh Free Library. This free program is part of the celebration of a year-long project commemorating the landmark decision on the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education, which unanimously held that segregation of children in public schools violated the Fourteenth Amendment. 563-3619

The Nutcracker. 7 p.m. New Rose Theatre, 35 East Main St., Walden. Hudson Valley Conservatory Production. Join young Clara and the Nutcracker Prince as they are whisked away to a fantastical winter carnival, by the magic of Miss Drosselmier, a substitute teacher with a few tricks up her sleeve. Still cracked up and nuttier than the traditional tale, Clara and her Prince journey from blackboard to big top in a whimsical world where they encounter winter white school kids, popcorn angels, candycane acrobats, and many more hilarious big top characters. $20/$15 778-2478.

Friday, December 19

For Kids
Teen scene. 3:30 – 5 p.m. Plattekill Public Library, 2047 Route 32, Modena. 883-7286

Organizations
Knitting and Crocheting Club. 6-8 p.m. Marasco Center, behind the New Windsor Town Hall. Kathleen Braun, Master Knitter and Crocheter will instruct and offer assistance with your project.

Events
Menorah Lighting. 4 p.m. Congregation Agudas Israel, North Street, Newburgh. 562-5604.

Dinner with Santa. 6-9 p.m. The Theatre at West Shore Station, 27 Water St., Newburgh. Tickets include dinner and dessert, hot and cold beverages including wine for the adults, Santa’s arrival on the Candy Cane Carpet, performance by the Up in Arms Puppets, sing-a-long with Mrs. Claus and the Elves, dress-up contest with prizes for fanciest girl (children), fanciest boy (children), most amazing holiday sweater (adults). There will be a Christmas raffle finale. Included will be a wrapped gift chosen specifically for your child. Bring your camera so you can get pictures with Santa Claus and his Elves! Everyone over the age of one attending the event must have a ticket. Purchase tickets in advance via phone call or e-mail. Please include your name, number of children attending with their ages and whether they are a boy or girl, number of adults and contact phone 565-3791, tickets@justoffbwy.com, justoffbwy.com.

A Night of Dodgeball. 6 p.m. Marlboro High School. $5 admission. Proceeds to benefit modified baseball and softball.

Bingo. 6:45 p.m. Middletown Elks Lodge. 48 Prospect St., Middletown. Doors open at 6 p.m. 343-1097.

“Child’s Christmas in Wales”. Read by Tom Gale. 6:30 p.m. Crawford Gallery of Fine Art, 65 Main St., Pine Bush. (Snow Date: Dec. 20)

Film and discussion: Microbirth. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Gardiner Library. 133 Farmer’s Turnpike, Gardiner. River and Mountain Midwives and the Gardiner Library kick off “Informed Choices in Childbirth,” a winter film series. Microbirth is a new 60-minute documentary investigating the latest scientific research about the microscopic events happening during childbirth. These events could have life-long consequences for the health of our children and potentially could even impact mankind. Featuring prominent scientists from the UK and North America, Microbirth examines how modern birth practices could be interfering with critical biological processes potentially making our children more susceptible to disease later in life. 255-1255. Gardinerlibrary.org.

Live Music
Maybrook Wind Ensemble. 7 p.m. Maybrook Senior Center. Free. 078-0617. maybrookwindensemble@gmail.com.

Friends, Neighbors, Music: Open Mic. 8-11 p.m. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. Acoustic, electric, blues, jazz, poetry, comedy, a capella. Coffee & cake. Free. 831-4988.

Theater
The Nutcracker. 7 p.m. New Rose Theatre, 35 East Main St., Walden. Hudson Valley Conservatory Production. Join young Clara and the Nutcracker Prince as they are whisked away to a fantastical winter carnival, by the magic of Miss Drosselmier, a substitute teacher with a few tricks up her sleeve. Still cracked up and nuttier than the traditional tale, Clara and her Prince journey from blackboard to big top in a whimsical world where they encounter winter white school kids, popcorn angels, candycane acrobats, and many more hilarious big top characters. $20/$15 778-2478.

It’s A Wonderful Life. 8 p.m. The Center for Performing Arts, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck. Up In One Productions. $24 adults, $22 seniors/children under 12. 876-3080. Centerforperformingarts.org.

Saturday, Decmber 20

For Kids
Meet the Animals. 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Wildlife Education Center at Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Cornwall-on-Hudson. Join museum staff to meet the animal of the week, then visit all the animals. 534-5506, Ext. 204.

Instruction
Kirtan or Devotional Chanting 7 – 9 p.m. Shanti Mandir Ashram. 51 Muktananda Marg-off Route 208, Walden. 778-1008. shantimandir.com.

Knit & crochet for a purpose. 10:30 a.m. Plattekill Public Library., Route 32. Items are being made for the Homeless Veterans’ Center and Battered Womens’ Shelter. Open to all adults with or without experience For info call 883-7286.

Organizations
Orange County Origami Club. 9:30 a.m., Thomas Bull Memorial Boathouse, Rt. 416, Montgomery. Info: 361-1903, 496-7705.

American Legion Rose-Sheeley Post 1034. 10 a.m. Shawangunk Town Hall Social Room.

Hudson Valley Tole and Decorative Painters. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Munger Cottage, Cornwall. New artists welcome to observe and participate in meetings, which promotes the advancement of decorative painting. Every month a decorative artist teaches a seminar. 429-7562.

Walden Chess Club. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Josephine-Louise Public Library, second floor, Municipal Square, Walden. Everyone is invited to participate in non-ranked, non-competitive games. Free. 778-7621.

Anime Orange. 1 – 4 p.m. Newburgh Free Library, 124 Grand St., Newburgh. Monthly meeting of local group interested in the Japanese art of animation. Open to adults and teens age 16 and older. 563-3609 or 563-3638.

Plattekill Historical Society. 2 p.m. Clintondale Firehouse meeting room, Route 44/55, Clintondale. 883-6118.

Anime Club – 2-5 p.m. Sarah Hull Hallock Free Library in Milton, Age 13 and older, Anime, manga, cosplay and more.

Outdoor Activities
Mohonk Preserve Singles and Sociables Outing – Beacon Hill. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Meet at Minnewaska State Park Preserve Upper Parking Lot. This is a moderate, 6-mile hike led by Art Raphael (255-5367).

Events
Breakfast with Santa. 8-11 a.m. Wallkill Masonic Lodge, 61 Main Street, Walden. $6. 778-1217.

Exercise for a Cause. 8 a.m. New Paltz Elks Lodge 290 State Route 32 S, New Paltz. Participate in aerobics, strength training and step aerobics – and all it will cost you is a donation of non-perishable food items that will go to our neighbors in need and local food pantries. Call Susan Loxley-Friedle at 255-9317 with questions – or just show up in sneakers with those cans and boxes of food to share.

Cookie Walk. 9 a.m. Pine Bush Area Library, Maple Avenue. Cookies by the pound as well as notecards, bookmarks and totes to benefit the library. 744-3375.

Knit & Crochet for a Purpose. 10:30 a.m. Plattekill Public Library, 2047 State Route 32, Modena. Items are being made for local homeless veterans’ centers and battered women’s shelters. It is open to all adults with and without experience. 883-7286.

Dinner with Santa. 2-5 p.m. The Theatre at West Shore Station, 27 Water St., Newburgh. Tickets include dinner and dessert, hot and cold beverages including wine for the adults, Santa’s arrival on the Candy Cane Carpet, performance by the Up in Arms Puppets, sing-a-long with Mrs. Claus and the Elves, dress-up contest with prizes for fanciest girl (children), fanciest boy (children), most amazing holiday sweater (adults). There will be a Christmas raffle finale. Included will be a wrapped gift chosen specifically for your child. Bring your camera so you can get pictures with Santa Claus and his Elves! Everyone over the age of one attending the event must have a ticket. Purchase tickets in advance via phone call or e-mail. Please include your name, number of children attending with their ages and whether they are a boy or girl, number of adults and contact phone 565-3791, tickets@justoffbwy.com, justoffbwy.com.

Christmas at Hill-Hold. 3-7 p.m. Hill-Hold Museum, Route 416, Hamptonburgh. Enjoy a warm and nostalgic tour during the annual candlelight tours. The parlor will host the traditional holiday tree with the famous antique toys. Cooking over the open hearth. Refreshments will be available. 291-2404, hillholdandbrickhouse.org.

Christmas at Knox’s Headquarters 4-7 p.m. Vails Gate. Take a tour of the elegantly appointed 1754 Ellison house decorated for Christmas and staffed by Revolutionary War era costumed interpreters. 561-1765 ext. 22.

Art Along the Hudson. 4 – 8 p.m. Village of New Paltz. There are eleven Art Loop partners: The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz; Historic Huguenot Street; G. Steve Jordan Gallery; Mark Gruber Gallery; Ryan E. Cronin; Transcendence Gallery; Upstate Lights Photo-Graphics; Van Buren Gallery; Water Street Market; Inquiring Minds Bookstore and Celebration of the Arts (COTA). host open houses.

Devotional Chanting. 7:30 – 9 p.m. Shanti Mandir Ashram. Route 208, Walden. Experience the Bliss of the Self. Free. 778-1008.

Live Music
Classic Choral Society. 7 p.m. King of Kings Lutheran Church, 543 Union Ave., New Windsor. 55th annual holiday concert with special guest artists, the Hudson Valley strings. Free. 928-6462.

Music for Humanity Performance Night. 7:30 p.m. Noble Coffee Roasters, 3020 Route 207, Campbell Hall. Music by Greg Melnick, Aldo Troiani from Little Sparrow and Don Elliker.

Theater
It’s A Wonderful Life. 3 and 8 p.m. The Center for Performing Arts, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck. Up In One Productions. $24 adults, $22 seniors/children under 12. 876-3080. Centerforperformingarts.org.

The Nutcracker. 7 p.m. New Rose Theatre, 35 East Main St., Walden. Hudson Valley Conservatory Production. Join young Clara and the Nutcracker Prince as they are whisked away to a fantastical winter carnival, by the magic of Miss Drosselmier, a substitute teacher with a few tricks up her sleeve. Still cracked up and nuttier than the traditional tale, Clara and her Prince journey from blackboard to big top in a whimsical world where they encounter winter white school kids, popcorn angels, candycane acrobats, and many more hilarious big top characters. $20/$15 778-2478.

Comedy with Mikhail Horowitz & Gilles Malkine. 8 p.m. Unison Arts Center, 68 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz. $21 in advance, $26 at the door. 255-1559.

Sunday, December 21

For Kids
Meet the Animals. 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Wildlife Education Center at Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Cornwall-on-Hudson. Join museum staff to meet the animal of the week, then visit all the animals. 534-5506, Ext. 204.

Kids’ Christmas Party. 2-4 p.m. Maybrook VFW Post 2064, Main St., Maybrook. Santa will visit. Refreshments served.

Instruction
Satsang with Gurudev Swami Nityananda 10 a.m. – Noon. Includes spiritual discourse, singing of bhajans and kirtan. Prasad (vegetarian lunch) follows. Satsang is preceded by the Guru Gita chant. 9 – 10 a.m. Free. Shanti Mandir Ashram. 51 Muktananda Marg-off Route 208, Walden. 778-1008. shantimandir.com.

Organizations
Mended Hearts Support Group. 1:30 p.m. St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Cornwall Campus conference room B, 15 Laurel Ave., Cornwall. A support group for heart disease patients, their families and caregivers. 255-0637.

Events
Christmas at Hill-Hold. 12-4 p.m. Hill-Hold Museum, Route 416, Hamptonburgh. Enjoy a warm and nostalgic tour during the annual candlelight tours. The parlor will host the traditional holiday tree with the famous antique toys. Cooking over the open hearth. Refreshments will be available. 291-2404, hillholdandbrickhouse.org.

Christmas Pageant. 2 p.m,. St. Joseph’s School, Route 32, New Windsor.

Community Christmas Party. 2-6 p.m. Dan Leghorn First Engine Co., 426 South Plank Rd, Newburgh. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 444. Hot Buffet, Fun, Live DJ Music, Santa bringing gifts for children. $20. 566-0235.

Live Music
Unplugged Acoustic Open Mic. 3:30 p.m. sign up; 4 – 6 p.m. performance. Unison Arts & Learning Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz. Folk, blues, country, jazz, classical, and poetry welcome. $5 members; $6 non-members. 255-1559.

Classic Choral Society. 4 p.m. Unted Church of Christ, 2 Old Dominion Rd, Blooming Grove. 55th annual holiday concert with special guest artists, the Hudson Valley strings. Free. 928-6462.

Theater
It’s A Wonderful Life. 3 p.m. The Center for Performing Arts, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck. Up In One Productions. $24 adults, $22 seniors/children under 12. 876-3080. Centerforperformingarts.org.

The Nutcracker. 2 p.m. New Rose Theatre, 35 East Main St., Walden. Hudson Valley Conservatory Production. Join young Clara and the Nutcracker Prince as they are whisked away to a fantastical winter carnival, by the magic of Miss Drosselmier, a substitute teacher with a few tricks up her sleeve. Still cracked up and nuttier than the traditional tale, Clara and her Prince journey from blackboard to big top in a whimsical world where they encounter winter white school kids, popcorn angels, candycane acrobats, and many more hilarious big top characters. $20/$15 778-2478.

Monday, December 22

For Kids
Chinese Kenpo Karate. 4-4:35 102 Old South Plank Road, Newburgh. Free karate class for kids, ages 6 – 14. 566-7933.

Instruction
Tech Savvy Computer Training for those with little or no experience. 11 a.m. Plattekill Public Library, Route 32, Modena. Includes Basic Skills, Navigating the Internet, Setting Up and Using Email. Register at 883-7286.

Organizations
Walden Chess Club. 6 – 8 p.m. Josephine-Louise Public Library, Municipal Square, Walden. Everyone is invited to participate in non-ranked, non-competitive games. 778-7621.

New Single Parents Support Group. 6:30 p.m. YMCA Middletown. The group will address the challenges of being a single parent. Childcare will be provided for children ages 3-16.

Tuesday, December 23

For Kids
Bouncing Babies Story Time. 9:30 – 10 a.m. Gardiner Library, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike, Gardiner. Lap time stories and finger plays. Birth to 18 months old. Free. 255-1255.

Terrific Twos and Threes Story Time. 10 – 10:45 a.m. Gardiner Library, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike, Gardiner. Books, action rhymes, music and crafts. 255-1255.

Community Play Space. 10 – 10:45 a.m. Gardiner Library, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike, Gardiner. Space features books, toys and stuffed animals for children to play with and socialize with other kids. 255-1255.

Book Buddies for ages 4-5. 10:30 a.m. Wallkill Public Library, 7 Bona Ventura Ave., Wallkill. Children enjoy stories and crafts independently. Parent remains in the library. 895-3707.

Craft Night. 6:30 p.m. Highland Library, 30 Church St. Make a toilet paper roll reindeer. Ages 8-13. 691-2275.

Kids Crafting Corner. 6:30 p.m. Highland Library, 30 Church St. Create a snowman ornament. Ages 5-11. 691-2275.

Instruction
Meditation in the Temple 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Shanti Mandir Ashram. 51 Muktananda Marg-off Route 208. Walden. 45 minutes of silent meditation with the Shanti Mandir community, in the sacred space of the Temple. The meditation is preceded by the chanting of Sri Ram Jai Ram: 5:30 p.m., with Arati at 6 p.m. Free. 778-1008. shantimandir.com.

Organizations
Hudson Valley Leads Exchange. 7:15 a.m. Neptune Diner, Route 17K, Newburgh. We are a networking group who has served the Orange County area for the past 19 years . Come and join us for your free breakfast and a chance to check out how we can help you increase your business. 283-6307.

Orange County Toastmasters. 8 – 9 a.m. Orange County Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, 40 Matthews St., Goshen. Learn by doing workshop in which men and women hone their communication skills in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. 374-6006.

Knitting Club for Cancer Patients. 10 a.m. Conference Room B, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, 19 Laurel Ave., Cornwall. Yarn and knitting needles will be provided. Various pattern levels and designs also will be available, and a group leader from The Cornwall Yarn Shop, LTD, will be on hand to support beginners. 458-4544.

Life’s New Beginning’s Widow & Widower’s Club. 2 – 4 p.m. Newburgh Recreation Center, 311 Route 32, Newburgh. 564-7819.

Pine Bush Chess Club. 2 p.m. Pine Bush Area Library.

Knitting and Crocheting Club. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Town of Newburgh Recreation Center, Route 300 and 32. 562-6623.

Evening Meditation. 7 – 9 p.m. Dharma Drum Retreat Center, 184 Quannacut Road, Pine Bush. Sitting, walking meditation, yoga and Q and A. 744-8114.

A Friend Through Christ Ministry. 7 p.m. Chapel Hill Bible Church, 49 Bingham Road, Marlboro. A Christian support group for divorced/separated persons. 236-7144.

Knitting Club. 7 – 8:30 p.m. Newburgh Free Library. Come share ideas; instruction available for beginners. Bring your own materials. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. 563-3623.

NAACP, Middletown Chapter. 7 – 8:30 p.m. Temple Sinai, 75 Highland Ave., Middletown. www.middletownnaacp.org.

Song of the Valley Chorus, Sweet Adelines International. 7:15 – 9:30 p.m. 142 Stage Road, Monroe. A woman’s a cappella 4-part barbershop harmony. Women of all ages, join the chorus. For more information, call 928-6879.

Events
Immunization Clinic. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Orange County Health Dept., 33 Fulton Plaza, Middletown. Must bring immunization record. 291-2369.

Wednesday, December 24

For Kids
Preschool storytime. 10:30 a.m. Plattekill Public Library, 2047 State Route 32, Modena. All preschoolers ages 2 and up are welcome. 883-7286.

Tiny Tots Storytime. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Sarah Hull Hallock Free Library, Milton. Ages 2 and 3 with an adult. Get your little one started reading and learning with Miss Barbara. With stories, songs, finger plays, games and crafts. Free. 795-2200.

Community Play Space. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Gardiner Library, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike, Gardiner. Space features books, toys and stuffed animals for children to play with and socialize with other kids. 255-1255.

Organizations
Bereavement Support Group. 10 – 11:30 a.m. Orange Regional Medical Center’s Community Health Education Center, 110 Crystal Run Rd., Room C, Middletown. This is a non-denominational support group for anyone who has lost a loved one. Registration is not necessary and there is no charge for attending. 333-1014.

Outdoor Activities
Mohonk Preserve Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. Adults of all ages and levels of ability are welcome. 255-0919.

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