Kids’ Almanac (Mar. 6-13)

International Women’s Day March on the Walkway

Saturday, March 8’s International Women’s Day March on the Walkway over the Hudson is a chance to walk together in celebration of women and in solidarity for change. This event is an easy way to invite your family to connect with 51 percent of the world’s population who seek equality in every area of life.

The walk begins on the Poughkeepsie side at 9 a.m. and features Mecca Santana, chief diversity officer for New York State, as the keynote speaker. The first attendees to arrive will receive a special handcrafted gift from Woman to Woman, a collective of Cambodian women with physical disabilities.

The Poughkeepsie entrance to the Walkway is located at 64 Parker Avenue, and shuttle buses will run from the Highland side as well. For more information, call (845) 454-1700, extension 1000, or visit To learn more about the celebration of this day, visit



Model-making workshops in Hopewell Junction

Kids ages 7 and up can take a break from their Rainbow Looms and make a new handicraft this weekend: their very own model, with the members of the Hudson Valley Historical Miniatures Guild at the East Fishkill Community Library. This free program takes place on Saturday, March 8 from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and includes all materials, but participants must preregister.

The East Fishkill Community Library is located at 348 Route 376 in Hopewell Junction. To register or for more information, call (845) 221-9943 or visit


Tree ID walk at Shaupeneak Ridge

The John Burroughs Natural History Society’s Winter Tree Identification Walk is a terrific chance to check out the Shaupeneak Ridge, if you haven’t already. The roadway is actually part of Sojourner Truth’s walk to freedom from slavery, and the Epic Explorers 4-H group has some Sojourner Truth-themed geocaches worth checking out while you’re there. So go for the tree identification hike, stay for the scenery and the history.

This winter walk takes place on Saturday, March 8 at 10 a.m. and is free and open to the public. Meet up at the Shaupeneak Ridge trailhead lot, located on Poppletown Road, 2.5 miles from Route 9W. For reservations or more information, e-mail or visit


Celtic Crossroads play West Point

For the cost of a case of Guinness, or a fraction of a flight to Dublin, you can bring Ireland to you with Celtic Crossroads’ performance at West Point. Celtic Crossroads appears on Saturday, March 9 at 8 p.m. in Eisenhower Hall. Tickets cost $38. Use the Stony Lonesome Gate off Route 9W or Thayer Gate in the Village of Highland Falls to access the West Point property, and leave plenty of extra time for the security check on the way in. For tickets or more information, call (845) 938-4159 or visit


Music classes for special-needs kids in Montgomery

Zylofone’s Saturday Spring Workshops begin on Saturday, March 8. Classes support individuals with special needs through music-making and take place at Ms. Claire’s Music Cupboard, located at 8 Factory Street in Montgomery. The series costs $149 per person. For a complete list of course dates and descriptions or to register, call (845) 476-8257 or visit


Sunday, March 9

Spring ahead!

Despite the frigid weather we’re having, it’s almost time to spring ahead: Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour for the time change at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 9.


Paul Green Rock Academy Show Band in Hudson

The Paul Green Rock Academy Show Band is comprised of area youth who know how to rock out with real music. They perform Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Heart, the Police, Frank Zappa and more this Sunday, March 9 at 6 p.m. at Club Helsinki Hudson. The doors open at 5 p.m., the show is at 6 p.m., and if you get there on the early side, you can enjoy dinner. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door, with proceeds going to the Academy’s scholarship fund matching program.

Club Helsinki is located at 405 Columbia Street in Hudson. For tickets or more information, call (518) 828-4800 or visit


Monday, March 10

Festival of Contemporary Music at SUNY-Albany

Some of you like to get the earliest glimpses of tomorrow’s superstars. Well, here’s a secret for you: The Empire State Youth Orchestra is full of young players who will be headlining expensive concerts when they grow up. Here’s your chance to say that you heard them before they went big, while inspiring your own kids to practice. On Monday, March 10, the Empire State Youth and Repertory Percussion Ensembles perform a Festival of Contemporary Music at 7 p.m. at the University at Albany Performing Arts Center.

The University at Albany is located at 1400 Washington Avenue in Albany. For more information including additional concert dates for the String Ensemble, Repertory Jazz Ensemble, Youth and Repertory Orchestra, visit


Tuesday, March 11

Preschool art program at Red Hook Library

The Red Hook Library’s free “Petite Picasso” preschool art program means fun for your kids, and no messy house for you. Petite Picasso takes place on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. at the Red Hook Library, located at 7444 South Broadway in Red Hook. For more information, call (845) 758-3241 or visit

Art of the Bag at Rosendale Theatre

Art of the Bag: A Speed Bag Story is a movie about boxing, and specifically about the apparent pleasure and artform of hitting that little spunky punching bag that snaps back and forth when you strike it. I’m intrigued by this topic after watching the trailer, and this showing is followed by a question-and-answer session with the director: Joe Saba of ZazaCast Films from Voorheesville. With local opportunities for kids to learn boxing such as the Kingston Police Athletic League’s KO Boxing, I think that movies like this can inspire a new path toward physical and mental health and strength.

Art of the Bag will be screened at the Rosendale Theatre on Tuesday, March 11 at 7:15 p.m. Tickets cost $7 general admission, $5 for members. The Rosendale Theatre is located at 408 Main Street in Rosendale. For more information, call (845) 658-8989 or visit To learn more about the movie, visit


Wednesday, March 12

HVP Young People’s Concert at the Bardavon

“You Can Change the World!” This rousing sentiment is also the theme of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concert. The one-hour performance takes place on Wednesday, March 12 at 10 and 11:45 a.m. at the Bardavon, and features overtures by Rossini, Mozart, Wagner, Beethoven and Suppe. A downloadable Common Core Study Guide can be accessed through the Bardavon website. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $6 for children, and reduced rates are available for school groups.

The Bardavon is located at 35 Market Street in Poughkeepsie. For tickets or more information, call (845) 473-5288, extension 106, or visit


Irish party at Arlington Branch Library

Bring out your inner leprechaun at the Arlington Branch Library’s “Wearin’ o’ the Green” this Wednesday, March 12 at 4 p.m. Activities include music, dancing and stories, but most of all, remember to wear green!

The Arlington Branch Library is located at 504 Haight Avenue in Poughkeepsie. For more information, call (845) 485-3445 or visit

This week, Erica Chase-Salerno celebrates the girl who changed everything: Happy Birthday to my amazing daughter. Erica can be reached at