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Catskills Great Outdoor Expo in Kingston

Catskills Great Outdoor Expo in Kingston

Saturday, May 5: See what the Catskills have to offer. Presenters will include hiking clubs, paddling outfitters, climbing guides, skiing/mountain biking centers, gear outfitters, cultural attractions, local trail-food producers and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Mary Beth Pfeiffer reads from her new book on Lyme disease in Woodstock & Poughkeepsie

Mary Beth Pfeiffer reads from her new book on Lyme disease in Woodstock & Poughkeepsie

Sunday, April 15: Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change has already garnered critical accolades, including from such environmentalist icons as Jane Goodall and Bill McKibben. The book makes the case that Lyme disease is spreading rapidly around the globe as ticks move into places they could not survive before, infecting half a million people in the US and Europe each year, and untold multitudes in Canada, China, Russia and Australia.

Learn about ethnobotany and new ALS & Alzheimer’s treatments at SUNY-Ulster

Learn about ethnobotany and new ALS & Alzheimer’s treatments at SUNY-Ulster

Tuesday, April 10: Among the researchers racing to find cures for deadly diseases within the world’s threatened ecosystems is renowned ethnobotanist Dr. Paul Alan Cox, director of the Brain Chemistry Labs in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Dr. Cox’s current focus is on finding new treatments for ALS and Alzheimer’s disease. Aside from common concerns about ecological issues, that makes his work of especial relevance to Northeasterners, considering recent indications that ALS may be connected to late-stage Lyme disease.