Kids’ Almanac (Feb. 20-27)

Korean film fest at the Gardiner Library

Love to travel, but schedules, responsibilities and finances get in your way? Intrigued by “Gangnam Style,” or Juan Pablo’s experience in Seoul, South Korea during Week Four of The Bachelor? Well, “Gwen chan ah yo!” (No problem!), because this weekend, Korea comes to you!

On Saturday, February 22 from 3 to 5 p.m., the Gardiner Library hosts the Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project, including two documentary films about Korea’s achievements in the arts as well as in the industrial sector. The films will be followed by a reenactment of a Korean traditional wedding, or sebae, and the events will conclude with a traditional Korean meal and refreshments.

Admission to this event is free, but preregistration is required. The Gardiner Library is located at 133 Farmers’ Turnpike in Gardiner. For reservations or more information, call (845) 255-1255 or visit https://gardinerlibrary.org. To learn more about the organizers, visit www.kscpp.net.

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Anti-bullying art exhibit at BOCES in Port Ewen

This is the last week to check out the No Name-Calling Week youth art exhibit on display at Ulster BOCES Career & Technical Center until Friday, February 28: “This special art exhibit provides an opportunity for hundreds of youth across the Hudson Valley, kindergarten through high school, to speak out about bullying and celebrate kindness.”

The exhibit is free and is open to all. After this week, the display travels to locations in Dutchess and Orange Counties. Ulster BOCES is located on Route 9W in Port Ewen. For more information, call the LGBTQ Community Center at (845) 331-5300 or visit https://lgbtqcenter.org.

 

It’s Kids’ Week at the Intrepid

Enjoy the final few days of Kids’ Week at the Intrepid. Kids’ Week lasts through Sunday, February 23, with different themes and activities to experience each day, including topics such as “How Big Is Space?” and “The Real Scoop on Space Poop.” Save $2 on Kids’ Week general admission tickets by buying them online: Discounted prices are $10 for children ages 3 to 6 years; $15 for veterans; $17 for youth ages 7 to 17 years; $18 for college students with valid ID as well as seniors ages 62 and older; and $22 for adults.

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is located on the West side of Manhattan on Pier 86, at 12th Avenue and 46th Street. For more information, call (877) 957-SHIP (7447) or (212) 245-0072, or visit www.intrepidmuseum.org.

 

Dance parties in Gardiner & Kingston

Years ago, my friend Mo and I organized a kidlet dance party at the Gardiner Library, and it was such a blast. I am delighted to see a preschool dance party among the Gardiner Library’s upcoming events – I highly recommend it!

On Wednesday, February 26 from 4 to 5 p.m., round up your littles for a Preschool Dance Party: “Kids ages 2 to 5 years are invited to come show off their dance skills to hip tunes. Certified dance instructor Jen Wait will teach fun dance moves.” Bring a treat to share and $5 for the suggested donation.

The Gardiner Library is located at 133 Farmers’ Turnpike in Gardiner. For more information, call (845) 255-1255 or visit https://gardinerlibrary.org.

 

How about a dance party that advocates for the LGBTQ community? Supports LGBTQ-affirming food pantries? And is open to all ages? Then get your dancing shoes on and head over to “Sharing the Love,” the annual dance and food drive at Apuzzo Hall at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center. Sharing the Love takes place on Saturday, February 22 from 7 to 11 p.m. Free admission is granted to anyone with a donation of food or dry goods. The evening includes dancing and refreshments.

The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center is located at 300 Wall Street in Kingston. For more information, including a list of most-wanted items for donation, call (845) 331-5300 or visit https://lgbtqcenter.org.

 

Story fun at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck

Oblong Books hosts a cool monthly author event series for ages 8 through 12 called the League of Extraordinary Readers, complete with giveaways, snacks and fun. This month, families can connect with Tim Federle and his book Five, Six, Seven, Nate! the sequel to Better Nate than Never; and Natalie Standiford and her book, Switched at Birthday. This event takes place on Saturday, February 22 at 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested.

Oblong Books & Music is located at 6422 Montgomery Street in Rhinebeck. For reservations or more information, call (845) 876-0500 or visit www.oblongbooks.com. To learn more about the authors, visit https://timfederle.com and www.nataliestandiford.com.

 

Live-action roleplaying at Sudbury School in Kingston

Wayfinder: You’re either hooked or you’ve been curious to check it out. Here’s a fun way to experience Wayfinder while supporting its Hero Fund, Wayfinder’s financial aid program. On Saturday, February 22 from 6 to 10 p.m., the Wayfinder Experience presents “Family Tavern Scene,” where participants will enjoy a night of mystery, fun and surprise: “This is an in-character, roleplaying family event. Based on the information in the story intro, you can make up any character you’d like (or get some help from our experts at the door).”

Festivities include costume and weapon rentals; face-painting and Tarot readings; refreshments; live weapon customization while you wait (take home a personalized sword!); and a raffle with great prizes. Admission costs $10 per person, or a $25 cap for a family of three or more. This event is for ages 8 and up, or ages 6 and 7 with a parent.

Family Tavern Scene takes place at the Hudson Valley Sudbury School, located at 84 Zena Road in Kingston. For more information, including the story intro, call (845) 481-0776 or visit www.wayfinderexperience.com.

 

Tracy Bonham & Marco Benevento at Woodstock Day School

On Thursday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m., the Woodstock Day School Storytellers’ Music Series presents Tracy Bonham and Marco Benevento in concert and conversation. The concert will be held in the WDS Bridge Building Theater.

“Maybe joy is the best word to describe the feeling that will emanate from the audience when Marco and Tracy share the stage. These are incredibly skilled musicians and composers with a wealth and depth of musical knowledge steeped in classical and jazz traditions and schooled in the world of rock we love. They are also two of the nicest people you could hope to meet, and we welcome all to come and share in their talents and in their thoughts about music, their careers and whatever else may come to mind.”

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Tickets cost $15 for adults and are free for students and children under 18 (donations are welcome) and for participants in the WDS Open House held on the same evening from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. Tickets will be sold at the door on the evening of the performance, and refreshments and food will be available.

The Woodstock Day School is located at 1430 Glasco Turnpike in Saugerties. For more information, call (845) 246-3744 or visit ulsterpub.staging.wpenginedayschool.org. To learn more about the artists, visit www.tracybonham.com and https://marcobenevento.com.

 

“Said the river: Imagine everything you can imagine, then keep on going.”
– Mary Oliver

Celebrating the lives of…

Morgan Finch of Saugerties, 14 years, after a long battle of leukemia. Donations in her name may be made to the Morgan Finch Fund at any Ulster Federal Credit Union Branch in Saugerties or Kingston.

John Paul Henson of Saugerties, 48 years: father to two daughters; husband; puppeteer; and son of Muppets creator Jim Henson.

Erica Chase-Salerno thinks that Everything Is Awesome. She and her husband Mike live in New Paltz with their two children: the inspirations behind www.hudsonvalleyparents.com. She can be reached at kidsalmanac@ulsterpublishing.com.