Engaging Kids Through Gardening. After offering basic tips for starting a garden with children, educators from Hudson Valley Seed will demonstrate hands-on projects for garden-based learning and inspiration. Participants will receive a seed starter kit and ideas for beginning a window box or backyard garden. Presented as part of Scenic Hudson’s Tuesday Evening Lecture Series: Local Produce. RSVP by phone or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). The River Center at Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park. 8 Long Dock Road, Beacon. 845-473-4440, ext. 273. scenichudson.org. March 10. 6–7pm.
Artist Books: Show and Book Signing. This will be a juried show of artists’ books, including the mediums of photography, painting, and more. The artists will be present at the reception to sign books, and there will also be framed prints from their books for sale. A sample of the exhibited works include Little Flowers with Big Attitude by Lori Adams, As the Crow Flies by Linda T. Hubbard, and Chiaroscuro by Mary Ann Glass. RiverWinds Gallery. 172 Main Street, Beacon. 845-838-2880. riverwindsgallery.com. Reception, March 14. 5–8pm. Exhibit open, March 14–April 6. Hours: Wednesday–Monday, 12–6pm.
Beacon Second Saturday. During this monthly celebration of the arts, galleries and shops stay open late to feature exhibition openings, artist receptions, music, food, wine, and other special events. Various locations throughout Beacon. beaconarts.org. March 14.
Spark Media Project Presents: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Filmmaking Workshop. In this intensive weekend workshop, youth ages 10 to 15 work together scripting, storyboarding, filming, and editing a science fiction or fantasy short film. In this training, specific focus will be given to special effects. Program is free, but pre-registration is required. Howland Library. 313 Main Street, Beacon. 845-485-4480. sparkmediaproject.org. March 21. 11am–3pm.
Conservation Easements: What, Why & How? Scenic Hudson Assistant Land Conservation Director Cari Watkins-Bates and Alex Reese of Obercreek Farm LLC in Wappingers Falls will lead a discussion on conservation easements—what they are, why they’re important for protecting farms and our local foodshed, and who benefits when land is protected through an easement (hint: we all do). Presented as part of Scenic Hudson’s Tuesday Evening Lecture Series: Local Produce. RSVP by phone or e-mail (email@example.com). The River Center at Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park. 8 Long Dock Road, Beacon. 845-473-4440, ext. 273. scenichudson.org. March 24. 6–7pm.
Fareground Community Café Pop-Up Restaurant. Fareground’s mission is to nourish the community by providing monthly “pay what you can” delicious, locally sourced, nutritious meals. Fareground offers education and volunteer opportunities and is a gathering place where the entire community can share a good meal. Fun activities for kids (including music, African drumming, movement, and crafts) will also be offered. Suggested donation of $10 per meal. Beacon Community Resource Center. 23 West Center Street, Beacon. 845-202-3273. fareground.org. March 29. 12–3pm.
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Brick x Brick Campaign at Time & Space Limited. Time & Space Limited Theatre (TSL), will launch a fundraising campaign for the $30,000 that was required to replace the brick sidewalk in front of the building, a cost that wasn’t covered by any state or local funds, grants, or loans. Though trucks passing (and parking) along the truck route have destroyed the sidewalk, the sidewalk renewal project returned walkability and vitality to TSL’s portion of Columbia Street, allowing all members of the community to access TSL’s arts programming and enjoy a safer, more beautiful neighborhood. Donors to the campaign will receive rewards including personal thank you notes, TSL memberships, and exclusive events; all donations are tax deductible. Donations can be made online. Time & Space Limited. 434 Columbia Street, Hudson. 518-822-8448. timeandspace.org. March 2–31.
The Lives of Hamilton Fish Screening and Performance. On January 16, 1936, two obituaries in the Peekskill Evening Star appeared on the front page under the same name: Hamilton Fish. One was a well-known Westchester politician, a speaker of the New York State Assembly and a member of the House of Representatives; the other was a serial killer executed at Sing Sing for murdering a 10-year-old. These two men are the basis for Rachel Mason’s cinematic rock opera The Lives of Hamilton Fish, featuring 21 original songs. Mason, who will perform the songs live for this screening, plays a newspaper editor, navigating the parallels between the two men’s seemingly opposite lives. Tickets are $18 for members and $20 for non-members. Hudson Opera House. 327 Warren Street, Hudson. 518-822-1438. hudsonoperahouse.org or livesofhamiltonfish.com. March 14. 8pm.
Live Music at the Hyde Park Brewing Company. Hyde Park Brewing Company. 4076 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park. 845-229-8277. hydeparkbrewing.com. Open mic with Petey Hop. March 4. 8:30pm. Little Ceesar Band. March 6. 9pm. The Bernie Duo in the taproom. March 7. 8pm. Open mic with Petey Hop. March 11. 8:30pm. Four Guys in Disguise featuring Vito. March 13. 9pm. Petey Hop solo in the taproom. March 14. 8pm. Open mic with Petey Hop. March 18. 8:30pm. R&B dance party with Breakway featuring Robin Baker. March 20. 9pm. Rudy with The Backbeat Band. March 21. 8pm. Open mic with Petey Hop. March 25. 8:30pm. The Lucky House Band. March 27. 9pm. Johnny Dell & Nite Life. March 28. 8pm.
Erik Larsen Book Launch for Dead Wake. Oblong Books & Music is proud to present New York Times bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction, Erik Larsen, for the launch of his new book Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. The book tells the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania, and will be published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the disaster. Each event ticket includes a copy of Dead Wake; tickets start at $34 and can be purchased in advance online. Ecolab Auditorium/Marriott Pavilion at The Culinary Institute of America. 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park. 845-876-0500. oblongbooks.com. March 10. 7pm.
Drone Wars Targeting Our Bill of Rights. Citizens peacefully protesting US drone killings of civilians at Hancock Air Base near Syracuse NY are facing prison sentences and heavy fines after the Air Base Commandant charged them with violating Orders of Protection. Hudson River Playback Theatre actors will interview several of these protestors and dramatize their stories and audience reactions. Free. Donations for protestors’ legal fees gratefully accepted. Organized by Drone Alert_Hudson Valley. African Roots Library at Family Partnership. 29 North Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie. 845-699-3051. dronealerthv.org. March 6. 6-8pm. (Snow date March 10, 6-8pm)
8th Annual LGBTQ Spring Gala. Join the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center for a wonderful evening of celebration and good company, with cocktails, dinner, silent and live auctions, awards, and dancing. This event supports the ongoing work of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, celebrating the 10th anniversary of its founding. Individuals, partners, families, and groups welcome. Tickets begin at $75 for youth and $150 for adults. The Grandview. 176 Rinaldi Boulevard, Poughkeepsie. 845-331-5300. lgbtqcenter.org. March 7. 6–11pm.
Health Quest Community Education Presents Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED Course. This course covers basic First Aid, CPR techniques, maneuvers for choking victims, and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator. Instruction provided for adult, child, and infant. This course is suitable for day care workers, construction workers, camp counselors, and many other professions. Registration is $100, with textbook and instructional materials included; successful completion of the course will result in the receipt of a certification card, valid for two years, from the American Heart Association. Northern Dutchess Hospital. 6511 Springbrook Avenue, Rhinebeck. 845-475-9742. health-quest.org. March 14. 9am–3pm.
Stony Kill Foundation Winter Yoga Series. Warm up this winter and practice yoga in the Barn Classroom, while helping the Stony Kill Foundation raise money to keep the farm open and livestock available for the public. Ishia Wilson, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, will lead participants through a vinyasa class to awaken and align the body. All levels are welcome! The fee is $15 per class, cash or check.. Stony Kill Farm Barn Classroom. 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls. 845-831-1617. stonykill.org. March 19. 6:30–7:45pm.