11th Annual Fresh Air Fund Maple Celebration. Visit the sugar shack. Activities include hikes, planetarium and live animal shows. Farmer’s market includes potters, cheese maker, candle maker, soap maker, papermaker, honey and syrup vendors and more. This event is co-sponsored by the NY State Outdoor Education Association. Sharpe Reservation Environmental Center. 436 Van Wyck Lake Road, Fishkill. TStanley@freshair.org or sharpereservation.org. 845-897-4320 or 896-5910. Saturday, March 15. 10-4pm.
Hyde Park Brewing Company. Little Caesar. Friday, March 7. 9pm. O’Solo Vito in the taproom. Saturday, March 8. 8pm. Willa McCarthy Band. Friday, March 14. 9pm. Steve Black solo in the taproom. Saturday, March 15. 8pm. Breakaway featuring Robin Baker. Friday, March 21. 9pm. Lucky House Duo. Saturday, March 22. 8pm. Reality Check. Friday, March 28. 9pm. Bryan Gordon solo in the taproom. Saturday, March 29. 8pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company. 4076 Albany Post Road (Route 9), Hyde Park. hydeparkbrewing.com. 845-229-8277.
Fireside Chats on Historical Topics. A Determination to Work: A Look at the Life and Career of Malvina Thompson, Eleanor Roosevelt’s Secretary and Friend. A look at the woman behind the woman by Trish Maloney. Snow date is March 13. St. James Episcopal Church. 4526 Albany Post Road (Route 9), Hyde Park. firstname.lastname@example.org. 845-229-2820. Thursday, March 6. 7pm.
Sweet Charity. The Stissing Theatre Guild at Pine Plains Junior/Senior High School is proud to present Sweet Charity. Sweet Charity is a Tony Award-winning musical about the comic misadventures of Charity Hope Valentine, an incurable optimist who works as a dance hall hostess. adults $12, students and seniors $10. Pine Plains Junior/Senior High School. 518-398-1272. March 7 and 8. 7:30pm. March 9. 2pm.
Monthly Singles Dance. Singles dance includes a wide range of music by DJ Johnny Angel (requests welcome) and a light dinner buffet with dessert and coffee. Door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Couples welcome. Sponsored by Dutchess County Singles. $15. Mercury Grand Hotel. 2170 South Road, Route 9, Poughkeepsie. Janine@mercuryhospitality.com. 845-462-4600. Friday, March 14. 8-12pm.
International Women’s Day Celebration. For the fourth consecutive year, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Leadership Alliance (WLA) is proud to celebrate International Women’s Day. There will be a walk of solidarity across the Walkway, tables staffed by local not-for-profits that serve women, and keynote speaker Mecca Santana, the newly appointed New York State Chief Diversity Officer. The first guests to attend will receive a special handcrafted gift from Woman for Woman, a group of Cambodian women challenged with physical disabilities, while supplies last. In a country without social services, the purchase of these gifts by the WLA will support Woman for Woman for a full year. HealthQuest, KeyBank, Ulster Savings Bank, DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota, McQuade Development, Omega Institute and Vassar College generously sponsor this event with special thanks to the New York State Department and the Walkway Over the Hudson. Walkway Over the Hudson. Poughkeepsie. wlahv.org, dcrcoc.org or email@example.com. 845-454-1700 x1023. Saturday, March 8. 9am.
Hudson Valley Auto Show. Poughkeepsie South Rotary Club presents a new car show. Many local dealers will have their best cars on display for show and sale. Mid-Hudson Civic Center. 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-5800. Monday, March 3. 11am-5pm.
Travel and Adventure Programs. Rick Ray, Lost Worlds of the Middle East. Join Rick on his personal journey in words and images exploring the essential nature of the Middle East. Gain a better understanding of the peoples, cultures and sources of conflict in this historical, yet volatile, area of our planet. Visit Petra, Palmyra, the Dead Sea, Damascus, Jerusalem, Beirut, Baalbek and the Cedars of Lebanon. March 5. Buddy Hatton, The Faces of Korea. South Korea is a land of contrasts. Buddy will take us through this country of modern, vibrant cities and smaller, more traditional towns and country side. Visit Seoul, the country’s economic power house, where you will also see the royal palaces and gardens which reflect the country’s 5,000 years of history. March 12. Clint Denn, Vietnam, Cambodia and Cruising the Mekong. From Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, renowned for its gradeful colonial architecture, to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Clint and Sue Denn take us on an unforgettable journey through these two fascinating countries. With them we cruise down the Mekong River, as it meanders through small cities, fishing villages, fertile rice paddies, and numerous ancient temples and monasteries. March 19. $5. Poughkeepsie High School. 70 Forbus Street, Poughkeepsie. firstname.lastname@example.org. 845-451-4850. 7:30pm.
Ballet Hispanico. From its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe, Ballet Hispanico has grown into a world class institution. Now under the artistic direction of Eduardo Vilaro, the Company performs a diverse repertory by the foremost choreographers of our time as well as emerging artists. The works fuse Latin dance with classical and contemporary techniques to create a new style of concert dance in which theatricality and passion propel every move. gold circle $60, $45, $20. Bardavon 1869 Opera House. 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie. email@example.com. 845-473-2072. Saturday, March 15. 8pm.
Third Thursday Luncheon. Have a nice lunch here and the proceeds benefit Dutchess Outreach Lunch Box. donation $6, takeout orders $7. Church of the Messiah. 6436 Route 9, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3533. Thursday, March 20. call for takeout orders. 9:30am-12pm.
Center For Performing Arts Family Series. Celtic Heels Irish Dance. Joan McGrenaghan and her performing troupe have delighted audiences for over two decades. Enjoy jigs, reels and hornpipes choreographed to energetic, hand-clapping, toe-tapping instrumentals. Saturday, March 1. Berger’s and Frank’s Magic Show. Derrin Berger and Frank Monaco have a combined 60+ years of magical experience and they’re going to pack it all into one great family show with magic, comedy, and audience participation all rolled into one. Be prepared to laugh in amazement as the magic happens live, right before your eyes. Saturday, March 8. Barefoot Dance Company. This unique company of young dancers will perform several innovative modern dance pieces in a delightful concert. Bring your kids as the event is family friendly. Audience members of all ages will find the variety of work exciting and inspiring. Saturday, March 15. $9, children $7. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck. erikah@centerfor performingarts.org. 845-876-3088. 11am.
5th Annual Morton Talent Show. Nineteen acts have committed for the performance part of the evening. There is still room for a few more performers and plenty of display space for visual art, not to mention table and tummy space for edible art. Morton Memorial Library and Community House. 82 Kelly Street, Rhinecliff. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. 845-876-2903. Friday, March 7. 8pm.
Teen Geek Squad at the Library. Learn answers to questions about operating a NOOK, iPod, iPad, Kindle, laptop, or other electronic devices. Help using Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint is also available. Facebook, email, and book downloads can also be explained. Free and open to all thanks to a grant the library district received from Dutchess County to coordinate a Teen Geek Squad. Tivoli Free Library, Watts dePeyster Hall. 86 Broadway, Tivoli. firstname.lastname@example.org. 845-757-3771. Saturdays in March. 10am-2pm.