Kids’ Almanac (Feb. 28-Mar. 7)

Sleuth Pro Art Studio in Poughkeepsie celebrates anniversary

Congratulations to Neil Sleuth Pro Johnson in honor of Sleuth Pro Art Studio’s first anniversary! May you have many, many more glorious years ahead of building community, celebrating the spoken word, giving people the tools to ask new questions and providing a supportive place for folks to share their stories in all types of ways.

Head over to Sleuth Pro Art Studio on Saturday, March 2 at 8 p.m. for music, food, vocalists and an art exhibit. Sleuth Pro Art Studio is located upstairs at the Cunneen-Hackett Theater at 12 Vassar Street in Poughkeepsie. For more information, call (845) 224-3461 or visit Neil Sleuth Pro Johnson on Facebook.


Math & science workshops for girls at DCCC in Poughkeepsie


Don’t you love when you read about something cool, like a special math and science gathering for girls, and then you discover that it takes place right where you live? And that it has been happening for 17 years? Amazing! That’s how I felt when I heard about this weekend’s “Math & Science Matter…Especially for Young Women.”

On Saturday, March 2 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Dutchess County Community College hosts hands-on workshops for girls in grades 5 through 8, such as “Phooling with Physics” or “Fun with Sensors and Soldering,” and there are four optional programs for parents about college preparation. Registration costs $10, and preregistration is required.

Dutchess County Community College is located at 53 Pendell Road in Poughkeepsie. For more information or to register, call (845) 431-8545 or visit


Steve Johnson’s Magic & Variety Show in Rhinebeck

I want you to be happy. I’m not just saying that; I really do. But this weekend also marks National I Want You to Be Happy Day, according to Bonny Algozzine at

If you want to be happy and make your whole family feel the same way, plan to check out Steve Johnson’s Magic & Variety Show at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. This fun and interactive show for all ages takes place on Saturday, March 2 at 11 a.m. Tickets cost $7 for children, $9 for adults and seniors.

The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck is located at 661 Route 308 in Rhinebeck. For tickets or more information, call (845) 876-3080 or visit To learn more about the performer, visit


Guess How Much I Love You onstage at UPAC & the Bardavon

“I love you right up to the moon – and back.” It just triggers me: I get emotional, and I’m having a hard time just typing it. As some of you may recall, it’s the last line in Sam McBratney’s book Guess How Much I Love You, where Little Nutbrown Hare shows his Daddy Big Nutbrown Hare how much he loves him; but Daddy loves him more.

Round up the kids and grandkids and spend some time together enjoying this story in a stage production by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. The show also includes a performance of I Love My Little Storybook: “I love the way it looks. I love the way it feels. I love the places I can go to in my storybook,” says the bunny, delighting in his imagination sparked by his book.

Guess How Much I Love You is recommended for children ages 3 to 7 years, and takes place on Tuesday, March 5 at 10 a.m. at the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC); and on Wednesday, March 6 at 10 a.m. and 12 noon at the Bardavon. Tickets cost $10 general admission, $7 for members.

UPAC is located at 601 Broadway in Kingston. The Bardavon is located at 35 Market Street in Poughkeepsie. For tickets or more information, call (845) 473-5288, extension 106, or visit To learn more about the performers, visit

Erica Chase-Salerno wishes her daughter a brilliant new year filled with love, light, laughter, discovery and wonder: “You are invited to the festival of this world and your life is blessed.” Happy Birthday! Erica can be reached at