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HoneybeeLives’ Organic Beekeeping Classes
This two-day winter weekend class has dates available in the Hudson Valley and Brooklyn. The Beekeeping class will introduce students to organic/natural beekeeping with a biodynamic influence. While we need the bees to nourish our plants and produce, we also need the nourishment of this informational course to help us better our beekeeping. A philosophy of care is imparted in the course as well as practical knowledge in preparation for starting hives in the spring. This class is also helpful for current beekeepers who are looking for a culture of nurturing to advance their skills. The New Paltz location is offered January 19 & 20, January 26 & 27, or February 23 & 24. The Brooklyn location offered February 2 & 3 only. Please visit www.HoneybeeLives.org for more info on class and registration, or call 845-255-6113.

Energy Efficiency Can Keep You Warmer This Winter
As the winter months are swiftly approaching us, it is vital that we stay conscious and prepared for what may lie ahead. Such preparation may including saving up for higher fuel bills, putting snow tires on your vehicle, or placing an emergency pack in the car of blankets or flashlights if you were to get stranded. Many of us are concerned about how our fuel bill are assessed, and considering the fact that heat rises, it is a worry that much of the heat is going straight towards your upstairs neighbor. The good news is the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and your local Community Energy Advisors at Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) can help. Residents all over New York and the Hudson Valley are discovering programs and incentives to help renters and homeowners take a whole-house approach to reducing their energy burden. Most New Yorkers are eligible for a free home energy assessment. Contact a Community Energy Advisor at 845-677-8223 to learn how.

Sound Healing, Mandala art, Centering Prayer and Poetry Workshop
The expressive arts are a healing, transforming, and integrative force, and when navigated skillfully, they can lead to profound spiritual or psychological insights. This special workshop offers participants an opportunity to experience firsthand the power and beauty of sacred sound and vibrational healing, experiment with a variety of creativity modalities—no art experience is necessary. You will take home two different mandalas, learn new and easy to use tools for group work or individual mentoring/ counseling, practice self-care through play, and nourish yourself. Rev. Therese Bimka is a licensed clinical social worker, spiritual counselor, artist, educator, and director of One Spirit’s Interspiritual Counseling Program. The workshop will be held on Sunday, January 13th from 9:30am-5pm. Visit onespiritinterfaith.org for locations and info about their video conferences.

Ulster County Volunteers Honored with MLK Day Celebration
All local media is invited to join volunteers from UlsterCorps and many other Ulster County based service agencies as they come together and celebrate the volunteers who give so much to make our community such a special place. The day will celebrate the broad circle of kindness and generosity that knits us together as a community and demonstrates the value of the volunteer spirit across all generations. The event is free and features live music by Blind Mice and Women of the World as well as refreshments from local restaurants and and raffle drawings for the volunteers. For Ulster County Volunteers only. The event is on January 19th from 2-5pm at the Rosendale Recreation Center located at 1055 NY-32.

Rail Trail WinterFest
Outdoor winter festival featuring “Best of Fest” chili contest, roasted chestnuts, toasted marshmallows, light snacks and beverages, wagon rides, wood carving demonstration and activities for children of all ages. Children under 6 are free. Though it might be chilly, there is nothing like a hot bowl of chili or hot cocoa to warm the winter blues right out. Meet at the Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot on 101 New Paltz Road on January 12th at 11am.

Avant Garde Flamenco Sensation Rocio Molino in “Impulso”
The spectacular avant-garde choreographies of Flamenco dancer Rocío Molina have electrified audiences around the world. Her extravagant, mesmerizing and mostly improvised pieces combine traditional Flamenco with modern dance, avant-garde theatrics, objects, paint, and eclectic music compositions. Impulso is an intimate portrait of Molina, one of the dance world’s most passionate artists, as she travels the world to perform her improvised “impulsos” at unusual venues ranging from prisons to modern art museums. This year the film will come to The Rosendale Theatre located on 408 Main Street for one day only. The 2pm matinee show is on Sunday January 13th. Get your tickets and check out what else is showing at the Rosendale theatre at www.rosendaletheatre.org

Ice Festival
The 21st annual ice festival includes a four day detailed and jam packed course for advanced ice climbers as well as those who may be just starting off in the field. Beginning on Friday, January 25th and running through the 28th the festival will provides guidance to you as you travel through the many wonderful Hudson Valley Ranges. Some of the classes and group trips to include are glacier travel & crevasse rescue, bouldering clinic, basic ice movement class, steep ice techniques, intermediate ice movement, mixed climbs & dry tooling, and backcountry day in the Ravines. The demo gear will be located at Rock and Snow in New Paltz so that you can try out the latest harnesses, ice tools, crampons and clothing from the best companies. What a great way to sharpen up on skills you may have already developed and an even better way to learn something new. Visit alpineendeavors.com/catskill-ice-festival-2019 for the full list of events and locations.

A Retreat Day for Moms
The holidays are now behind us and it is time to wind down and allow ourselves to take a little “me” time. With that goal in mind, Beyond Mom and Revolution Motherhood have partnered to create a retreat day designed to make moms aware of the benefits of self care. In a light filled private studio overlooking the Hudson River, the participants enjoy the goodness of yoga, meditation, reading, connecting, insightful discussion, indoor swimming/sauna or outdoor wandering, along with a vegetarian lunch. This sounds like the perfect break that you’ve been looking for. The cost for the retreat is $195 and it will be held at The Stillwell Studio in Kingston on January 26th from 10am-5pm.

Mediterranean Boot Camp
With its emphasis on healthful ingredients and vivid flavors, Mediterranean cooking has become a favorite among restaurants in American. In this Culinary Institute of America Boot Camp, you will utilize the unique pantries and flavor profiles of Provence, Southern Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, and North Africa, and discover the four ingredients that unify the dishes from these diverse regions. You’ll also get an introduction to the specific cooking methods and equipment commonly used in the region. From pissaladière, patatas a la Riojana, and pane Sardo to tapas and tagine of lamb, you’ll prepare and savor the best of the Mediterranean table—and bring your newfound skills to your own kitchen. The boot camp begins on Tuesday, January 15th and runs through the 18th. Make sure to visit https://register.culinary.edu/ to register!

Wingfest
The annual Wingfest will be held this year at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center on Saturday January 26th at 5pm. Come and taste more than 30 of the best wings all under one roof. From classic Buffalo wings, hot wings, creative wings and dry rub wings, there will surely be a selection for everyone. There will be live music and a contest for the Hudson Valley Wing Supremacy award. Bring an empty stomach and see you there!

City Winery Opening
The popular food and music venue City Winery is located in many large cities across the United States. The chain is cozy, seats many, and is quite appealing because you can dine in while enjoying a close personal concert of your favorite musicians. Luckily, you no longer have to travel to NYC to visit a City Winery because a location is opening up right along the Wallkill River! City Winery has received over $1.6 million in state grants to not only open up a cafe, but also create a production facility that will supply their other venues across the country with their own wine.

New Animal Shelter
Rescued dogs suffer from behavioral or rehabilitation obstacles and shelters often lack the necessary tools and equipment needed to assist the animals. Operating out of the facility formerly known as Canine Country Club the new facility named Ulster County Canines will aim to help foster dogs in need. Ulster County Canines focuses in the rehabilitation and adoption of dogs who show behaviors that often hinder them from being adopted. The facility will use a “Social Improvement Program” which will be specific towards each dogs particular needs and disabilities. We look forward to giving these animals the second chance they deserve.

Hudson Valley Farm gets 100k Grant
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has awarded $100,000 in vital funding to the Poughkeepsie Farm Project (PFP), an inner-city community farm on the grounds of Vassar College. The grant is going to help the continuing effort to educate, engage and provide workshops to local community members. The after school garden clubs will be seeing an increase in their availability and hours, there will be more community based health food classes as well as gardening and composting workshops. This is only a few of the new advancements that this grant will provide to the PFP. To learn more about the PFP, or information on how you can get involved, visit their site at www.farmproject.org

Wine Tasting Weekend
Famed wine expert Kevin Zraly of the Windows on the World Wine School leads an exceptional tasting of some of the top wines from the beautiful region of France. Enjoy a culinary demonstration with Frances Largeman-Roth and be immersed in the tastes of the countryside by exploring their food, wine, and music. The event will be held on January 4th-6th at the Mohonk Mountain House on 1000 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz.

First Time Homebuyers
Are you in the market to purchase a new home? Is this your first time, or are you trying to relocate? What is your budget, and how will this purchase affect your long term finances? Get all the answers to your questions on January 12th at the Ellenville Public Library with a free informational session from a licensed real estate agent. Diane Westerback will educate the class and allow participants to learn and ask questions about how the home buying process works. The library is located at 40 Center Street in Ellenville and the session will begin at 10am.

Winter Hoot
The Ashokan Center in Olivebridge has been hosting the Winter Hoot event year after year, and it seems to grow larger with each passing age. This year, on Friday February 1st there will be a delicious dinner starting at 6pm in the dining hall. Followed by the dinner will be a screening of two Laura Flanders Show episodes: Kingston Calling and Building the Democratic Economy, from Preston to Cleveland. At 8pm after the screening there will be a discussion and Q & A presented by Radio Kingston, with forward-thinking media creator Laura Flanders, community radio director and host Jimmy Buff, and musician, author, and philanthropist Peter Buffet. Finally, at 9pm the jam session kicks off where all instruments are welcome and all listeners are welcome too! This will be a great activity for the entire family- there will be crafts and a short film screening for the children upstairs in the “kids zone”. Reserve your spot today! http://
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