Kids’ Almanac (Jan. 1-8)

Science fun workshop at Fishkill’s Blodgett Library

Between winter break and seasonal illnesses, it can feel like the kids have been out of academic mode forever. Here’s one event that looks to be fun and educational as part of the transition back to the regular schedule: This Saturday, January 3 at 1 p.m., the Blodgett Memorial Library invites kids in grades one through five to join “Science Fun with Dan for Reaction Action.” Admission to this event is free, but registration is required.

The Blodgett Memorial Library is located at 37 Broad Street in Fishkill. For reservations or more information, call (845) 896-9215 or visit



Kitchen Workshop for kids at Yum Yogurt in New Paltz


Kitchen Workshop is a new culinary series at Yum Yogurt for children ages 7 to 13, where they will learn how to prepare a complete meal for four to five people, with a different menu each week. Classes begin the week of January 5 and run for three weeks, but additional sessions are scheduled, so reserve your slot now. You pick your weekday and time slot: any day Monday through Friday, either from 3 to 4:45 p.m. or from 4:15 to 6 p.m. The cost for the session is $60.

Yum Yogurt is located at 215 Main Street in New Paltz. To register or for more information, call (646) 734-6582, visit, contact or stop by the shop.


Coming up

Register now for YMCA’s Indoor Triathlon

Register for the March 8 YMCA Indoor Triathlon and make good on some of your top resolutions at the same time: Exercise, as you prepare for this mini-sporting event; spend time with the family, since this event is open to ages 12 and up; and save money, since early registration costs $20, and late registration after February 13 costs $50. This indoor tri consists of a 15-minute swim, a 20-minute stationary bike ride and a 20-minute track run.

For more information or to register, contact the YMCA, located at 507 Broadway in Kingston; call (845) 338-3810, extension 103, or visit


Greene County Biggest Loser Contest seeks entries

Here’s another event to encourage healthy habits in the New Year: the Greene County Biggest Loser Contest. The weight-loss contest begins on Monday, January 26, lasts for 12 weeks with a final weigh-in on April 17 and is open to any Greene County residents. The weight-maintenance contest begins April 20 and lasts until the final weigh-in on August 14.

Participants must register for the contest and lose at least five percent of their starting weight. There are more than 40 prizes available for winners in various categories. For more information or to register, visit


Special education rights workshops

Here’s a link to the 2015 Special Education Rights Workshop list presented by the Resource Center for Accessible Living. These workshops are intended for parents, educators and human service professionals and take place in Ulster County between January 14 and June 24 in Kingston, New Paltz and Ellenville. Workshops cover topics including families’ rights, schools’ responsibilities, services available to children and how to obtain them, as well as information about the Committee on Special Education.

Registration is required to attend the workshops, as well as a $5 materials fee. For more information or to register, call (845) 331-0541 or visit


Zylophone casting winter musical in Montgomery

Zylophone teaches performing arts programs to people of all ages with special needs. In addition to classes and workshops, Zylophone is gearing up for its winter 2015 musical production, Swamped: a musical about friendship, tolerance and courage. Classes begin on Saturday, January 10. The cost for the regular six-week class session is $159, and the cost for the theater production is $375.

Programs take place at Ms. Claire’s Music Cupboard at 8 Factory Street in Montgomery and at the Zylophone studios at 26 Eager Road in Montgomery. For more information or to register, call (845) 476-8257 or visit


Erica Chase-Salerno celebrates possibility in 2015. She lives in New Paltz with her husband Michael and their two children: the inspirations behind She can be reached at