Roost Studios to host paint and sip night on March 10 in New Paltz
Roost Studios will host a paint and sip night on Tuesday, March 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Schatzi’s Pub & Bier Garden of New Paltz. Dinner will be served from 6 to 7 p.m., painting will be from 7 to 9:10 p.m. The cost is $55 per ticket and includes dinner, one drink and all materials for a 16” X 20” painting; the total ticket price of $63.25 includes 15% gratuity for the waitstaff at the event.
To purchase tickets, visit https://www.roostcoop.org/product-page/paint-sip-with-roost-3. Schatzi’s is located at 36 Main Street in new Paltz.
Corned beef and cabbage dinner fundraiser
The Gardiner Day Committee is hosting a corned beef and cabbage dinner fundraiser on Saturday, March 14 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gardiner Fire Department, located at 2349 Route 44/55. Wear your green clothing for a night of food and fun.
For tickets and more information, check out the event on the Gardiner Day New York facebook page (“Gardiner Day New York”).
Tickets are available at Ulster Savings Bank in Gardiner, Walden Savings Bank in Gardiner, Majestic’s Hardware, Eventbrite or call Jewell at (845) 797-3629 or Desi at (845) 750-5085.
Mohonk Consultations to present spring forum, “Finding Common Ground Despite Differences”
Former member of Congress and two-time presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich will be the featured speaker at the Mohonk Consultations spring forum, “Finding Common Ground Despite Differences,” on Sunday, April 5, from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Mohonk Mountain House parlor. The Forum continues the work of Mohonk Consultation’s three-day conference held last fall, “Creating and Sustaining Peace.”
This gathering is an opportunity to explore practical means to prevent and resolve conflict — a key element in peacebuilding. As Kucinich told The Nation in a 2012 interview, “We tried war, we tried aggression, we tried intervention. None of it works. Why don’t we try peace, as a science of human relations, not as some vague notion — as everyday work.”
Kucinich will be joined by his wife Elizabeth, an advocate for sustainable and regenerative, science- and integrity-based approaches to human security, with a focus on ecological systems.
Following the keynote segment, there will be a presentation by former TV host Lester Strong on the Peaceful Guardians initiative in Kingston, which brings together law enforcement and youth.
Louis Turpin will speak about peacebuilding programs for youth and young leaders conducted by the Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls.
The event will wrap up with community conversation groups — providing networking time to “Talk it over at Mohonk” and make lasting connections.
For registration and further information, visit www.mohonk-consultations.org.
The Ride for Mental Health opens registration for the 2020 ride
The Ride For Mental Health has announced that early registration is now open for the 2020 Ride For Mental Health to be held June 27 and 28 at the Ulster County Fairgrounds, located at 249 Libertyville Road in New Paltz. All proceeds from the ride go directly to benefit the programs and services of McLean Hospital, a world-renowned Harvard Medical School affiliate.
Founded in 2017 by Mac Dorris in honor of his late son who suffered from a mental illness, Dorris hopes The Ride For Mental Health will help to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness and alleviate some of the barriers to care that exist for patients.
The ride takes cyclists through various routes within the Hudson Valley. Riders choose from four options of varying difficulty: a 25-mile route or two different 50-mile routes or a 100-mile route. Riders can elect to ride on one or both days. For those who are not comfortable riding with cars, choose the 14-mile Wallkill Valley Rail Trail option (a flat, car-free ride) up to Rosendale and back. All road ride options begin and end at the Ulster County Fairgrounds.
Not a rider? Take the virtual rider route and support the ride even if you are unable to participate.
To register to ride, visit https://www.bikereg.com/the-ride-for-mental-health-2020.
New Paltz Garden Club to meet on March 16
The New Paltz Garden Club invites all interested gardeners to its first 2020 meeting on Monday, March 16 at 6 p.m. in the social hall of the New Paltz Reformed Church on Huguenot Street.
A plant giveaway and potluck dinner, hosted by club members, will be followed by a talk on proper planting and pruning times in our region by speakers Andrew Sinno (former garden supervisor at Mohonk Mountain House and now the greenhouse manager at the Wallkill View Farm Market) and Clinton Clausen (currently head gardener at Mohonk).
All are welcome. For additional information, call (845) 255-2320.
Later programs this spring will feature a workshop to create your own garden stepping stones and a tour of the public and private gardens at Woodland Pond.
“Experience the Power of Women” event on March 8
In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, Resisterhood New Paltz is hosting “Experience the Power of Women” for a second year in a row, showcasing and celebrating art, music, poetry and spoken word by those who identify as women — for everyone. The event will be held on Sunday, March 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Yard Owl Craft Brewery, located at 19 Osprey Lane in Gardiner.
Yard Owl will share free pretzels. Cash/credit for rest of bar/foods.
Admission is free. Any donations and all proceeds from silent auction will benefit The Family Inn, a domestic violence, family and children’s shelter in Kingston. There will be many items and gift certificates donated by local women-owned businesses.
Resisterhood New Paltz is also seeking artists, musicians and poets (who identify as women) interested in performing and showing their work. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
Purim Carnival on March 8
The Jewish Congregation of New Paltz will be holding its annual Purim Carnival this Sunday, March 8. Festivities will start at the synagogue, located at 8 Church St., at 10 a.m. with a reciting of the book of Esther. Promptly after the service (approximately 11 a.m.), the party will move to the Community Center, located at 30 North Chestnut Street. There will be hamantaschen (traditional Purim cookies) and bagels served on the house. In addition, knishes and drinks will be available for purchase. The carnival will include various games and prizes, including flushing the infamous Haman down the toilet, face painting and crafts. Costume wearing is encouraged, and all are welcome. This event is free.
Kids’ drive-in movie at Gardiner Library
The kids’ drive-in movie continues at the Gardiner Library this Sunday, March 8 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Children bring a cardboard box big enough that they can sit in and decorate it like a car. They then can drive up and watch the show. The movie will be Cars.
The box car making craft begins at 12:30 p.m. with the movie showtime of 1 p.m. All ages welcome. The library will provide the art supplies, popcorn and juice. Please note that the library will NOT have extra boxes, so participants need to bring their own box.
The fun will be held in the library community room, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike. For further information, call 255-1255 or visit www.gardinerlibrary.org.
An evening of story telling with John, Dick and Harry
The High Falls Conservancy will host an evening of storytelling and reminiscing about High Falls on Thursday, March 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The SPY. This will be an opportunity to swap your own stories with three men who were born and raised in High Falls: John Novi, Dick Stokes and Harry Jansen, who have loads of their own memories and stories about the hamlet. Small bites, compliments of George and Brigitte, and a cash bar will round out the fun.
Slow Stitching Club at Gardiner Library
Gardiner Library will host a Slow Stitching Club meeting on Tuesday, March 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy hand sewing as a form of meditation, relaxation and socialization. Bring a portable hand-sewing project and enjoy some “me” time while artfully stitching a favorite project — hand-quilting, embroidery, crewel, linen, ribbon and crochet.
The group meets in the library community room, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike. For further information, call 255-1255 or visit www.gardinerlibrary.org.
Little Women book tea party and activities at Gardiner Library
The Gardiner Library will host a Little Women book tea party and activities on Saturday, March 14 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Pre-registration for this event is open until March 11.
The program takes place in the library Community Room, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike. For further information, call 255-1255 or visit www.gardinerlibrary.org.
A beginner’s guide to a plant-based lifestyle with Rebecca Carucci
The Gardiner Library will host a “Beginner’s Guide to a Plant-Based Lifestyle” with Rebecca Carucci this Saturday, March 7 from noon to 1 p.m. Learn more about the benefits of eating a plant-based diet. Some of the topics that will be discussed are the health benefits, breaking down the myths and how to get started. Participants will also learn how to prepare a quick and easy plant-based meal that they will be able to sample.
The workshop takes place in the library community room, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike. For further information, call 255-1255 or visit www.gardinerlibrary.org.
Jewish Congregation of New Paltz to hold community luncheon
The next community luncheon, sponsored by the Jewish Congregation of New Paltz, will be on Tuesday, March 10, noon, at the Jewish Center, located at 30 North Chestnut Street in New Paltz. Volunteer chef Alan Kraus has planned a “Flavors of India” menu including: Red lentil and kale soup; homemade vegetarian Indian-flavored chickpea burger with your choice of (optional) chutney toppings (not hot, no chili peppers); a healthy salad with grated carrots, apples, raisins and lemon juice; and for dessert, Khir, a rice pudding flavored with cardamom, rosewater, raisins and pistachios.
The cost is $9 for non-members of the Congregation and $5 for members, payable at the door. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat, please contact Myra Sorin (255-5016 or email@example.com). Please try to reply by the Friday before the luncheon.
The luncheons are designed for adults, with special encouragement to seniors, and are open to the entire community. Bring a friend.
Madeline Odak to manage the New Paltz branch of Riverside Bank
Riverside Bank, a division of Salisbury Bank and Trust Company, has announced the retirement of John Sorlie.
Sorlie originally started with Empire State Bank as a branch manager in its New Paltz branch in March of 2011 and joined Salisbury when it acquired the branch in 2017.
Madeline Odak has been hired as assistant vice president, branch manager for the New Paltz office.
“We are pleased to welcome Madeline as the new branch manager of our New Paltz office,” said Amy Raymond, executive vice president, chief retail banking and CRA officer. “She comes to us with many years of banking and customer service experience. Madeline is a native of Dutchess County and has two years’ prior experience supervising a New Paltz branch.”
Gardiner Library’s ukulele club meeting
The Gardiner Library will host another meeting of the ukulele club, the Ukuleleans, led by Jeff Pfeffer on Wednesday, March 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. This free monthly club is for all ages of ukulele players, from beginner to experienced.
Clubs meet in the library community room, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike. For further information, call 255-1255 or visit www.gardinerlibrary.org.
U-Act to meet on March 8
U-Act (Ulster Activists) will have its monthly meeting this Sunday, March 8, 4-6 p.m. at the New Paltz Village Hall, located at 25 Plattekill Avenue.
The guest speaker will be Elana Michelson of the Ulster Immigration Defense Network, who will talk about the organization’s work and how activists can join with it to advocate for and help immigrants in the Ulster County community. Members will also review their efforts to work with the Census Bureau to help ensure an accurate 2020 census count for Ulster. Actions for the 2020 election campaign will be on the agenda: post card writing parties with messages sent to disenfranchised voters in contested states, a text banking campaign targeting states with key U.S. senate races and strategic planning to support the re-elections of congressional representative Antonio Delgado and New York State Senator Jen Metzger.
Committees on the environment, voting reform legislation and the New York Health Act will report their actions. Community members are welcome to attend.
Jewish renewal services March 6 and 7
Join Kol Hai Hudson Valley Jewish Renewal for Shabbat services this Friday, March 6, 6:30 p.m. at Woodland Pond in New Paltz. The gatherings are joyful, musical multigenerational and meditative. Participants delve into the meanings of Torah from the ancient Hebrew mystical tradition, sing and chant. Services are followed by Kiddush and a potluck desert.
A Generations Shabbat will be held this Saturday, March 7, at 10 a.m. This service is a family-friendly, all-inclusive gathering, which includes singing, sharing the Torah, a children’s blessing and fellowship. Refreshments follow.
Kol Hai’s music-filled Shabbat services are open to all. Services are held in the great room at Woodland Pond. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.kolhai.org or call (845) 477-5457.
Read with dogs at the Gardiner Library
The Gardiner Library will hold its read with dogs program on Saturday, March 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Beginning and struggling readers sign up for a 15-minute time slot to read to certified therapy dogs. Please sign up ahead of time as spaces are limited.
To sign up, call the library at 255-1255 or stop by at 133 Farmer’s Turnpike. For further information, call the number above or visit www.gardinerlibrary.org.
The New Paltz/Gardiner Senior Club to meet on March 11
The New Paltz/Gardiner Senior Club will meet March 11, 1:30 p.m., at the VFW social hall on Route 208 in New Paltz. Flutist David Levy will showcase his Irish flutes and music. Enjoy birthday cake, coffee, meet new friends and get information about other entertainment and future trips, including the trip to the Brownstone Theater in Patterson, NJ on April 22 for lunch and to hear Greatest Singing Groups of the 50’s & 60’s.
For program information, call Kathy Rivera at 646-361-5190 and for trip information, call Phyllis Maier at (845) 255-6878.
Absentee ballot applications available for BOE election and school budget vote
The New Paltz Central School District has announced that absentee ballot applications for the 2020 Board of Education election and school budget vote are available at the district offices, located at 1 Eugene Brown Drive in New Paltz. Applications can also be downloaded on the district website at www.newpaltz.k12.ny.us under district announcements.
All absentee ballot applications must be received by the district clerk at least seven days (May 12, 2020) before the vote if the ballot is to be mailed to the qualified voter, or the day before the vote if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the qualified voter. By law, the original signature of the absentee voter is required on the application and must be delivered to the district clerk by mail or in person. Applications cannot be accepted electronically.
Absentee ballots given by the district clerk in person may only be given to the qualified voter.
All absentee ballots must be received by the district clerk no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Questions regarding absentee ballot applications should be directed to the district clerk at (845) 256-4031.
Hearing loss group: American sign language
The Hearing Loss Group at the Gardiner Library will meet Thursday, March 12 from 1:30 to 2:30 p,m. This month’s topic is: American Sign Language. Jeanine Byrnes, hearing loss advocate at Taconic Resources for Independence, will teach a few basic signs.
The goal is to provide information and support to those who have or live with someone who has hearing loss.
The group meets in the library community room, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike. The community room is equipped with T-coil technology for those with compatible hearing aids and cochlear implants. For directions, call 255-1255 or visit www.gardinerlibrary.org.
Field trip to Sugar Shack Farm on March 10
The next gathering event of the Mushroom Shed will be Tuesday, March 10. Participants will be visiting the Sugar Shack Farm in New Paltz to tour the indoor grow space and greenhouse. Participate in a laboratory experiments and learn how an indoor operation works. This event requires an RSVP at email@example.com to accommodate parking needs. Time and location will be shared with RSVP.
For more information, contact Amanda Heidel at 732-778-0001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New book club in town
Have you been looking for someone to share your thoughts with after reading a book about the climate crisis? Are you just curious to learn more about the climate crisis and what you can do? If so, then the Climate Smart Book Club might be for you. New Paltz Climate Smart is sponsoring this effort and has selected the book for its second book club meeting on Wednesday, March 11, 7 p.m., at the New Paltz Community Center, located at 3 Veterans Drive. The book selected this month is On Fire: The Burning Case for the Green New Deal by Naomi Klein.
Last month the book club read We Are the Weather: Saving The Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer. This book acknowledged the huge role that the animal agriculture industry plays in carbon emissions and climate change.
The Climate Smart Book Club is open to the public and you are welcome to attend even if you didn’t have a chance to read the book for this month. For additional information, email email@example.com.