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POSITIVE NEWS BRIEFS & OPPORTUNITIES – APRIL 2019

Dog Trivia Night
Who was the most recent canine to occupy the White House? Who was the first dog in outer space? What breed was Rin Tin Tin? If you have the answers or if you want to know them then come to the dog trivia night at the beautiful Capital Tavern in Kingston for an evening that combines fun facts, food, and drink and it’s all for a good cause! Plus there will be great prizes to the top winners. Dog Trivia Night is on Friday, April 12, from 7pm to 9:30pm. Capital Tavern is located at 404 Steward Lane in Kingston at the Wiltwyck Golf Club. Admission is $35 per person, which gets you trivia tournament games, appetizers and a shot at championship prizes. Reserve seats in advance at 845-687-7619 or RSVP at animalsforadoption.org. Admission is also available at door. All event proceeds will benefit Animals for Adoption (AFA) in Accord, underwriting its training for dogs who support special needs children, prisoners, and cancer patients.

Awake Recovery
As we are becoming more aware of the present opioid crisis throughout the United States, it is important that we discuss the ways of sustaining recovery from painkiller recoveries. Stories and paths taken will be shared at this event which is hosted by Dr. Maya Hambright and David McNamera. While we may touch on modes of detecting an issue and the pain of substance misuse and its destructive waves, the emphasis of this meeting will be on solutions, including alternative treatment modalities and how we may all help each other toward higher thresholds of freedom. Persons affected as well as loved ones are all welcome to join this discussion. The meeting will be held on Sunday, April 7 from 5-6:30pm at Mountain View Studio on 20 Mountain View Ave in Woodstock.

Mohonk Consultations
All are invited to attend the 2019 Mohonk Consultations Spring Forum, supporting farmers and farm workers in the Hudson Valley, Sunday, April 7, 2019, from 3pm to 6pm in the Parlor at Mohonk Mountain House. This interactive forum will invite participants to collaborate in seeking ways to support sustainable and just farming in the Hudson Valley. Under the theme, “Better Together,” the forum will highlight current resources and generate possibilities for complementary or new ones for both farmers and farm workers. It will draw on the perspectives and experience of a diverse panel of local farmers, farmworkers, and organizations that support them.

Spring Fun Fest
Let’s celebrate the return of Spring at the Annual 4-H Spring Fun Festival hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County’s (CCEUC) 4-H Youth Development Program. The event takes place on Saturday, April 13 from 10am-2pm at the High Falls Firehouse located at 1 Firehouse Road in High Falls. This exciting family event will feature a variety of fun activities for all ages including a chicken scratch treasure hunt, easter egg coloring, face painting, plant flower and vegetable seeds for your own home gardens, meet and pet adorable baby chicks, rabbits and other fuzzy critters, learn how to raise your very own backyard rabbits and chickens, and sample a tasty homemade treat from the bake sale! Donations of dog, cat, rabbit, or bird food will be accepted for regional animal shelters. Admission is $2 per child, $3 per adult, or $6 per family. All profits from this event will benefit Ulster County 4-H Community Service Projects.

Punch Hooking Day
Hooks & Needles, Yarns & Threads is an informal weekly social gathering for rug hookers, knitters, crocheters, and all other yarn crafters. The group meets every Thursday at the Tivoli Free Library from 10am-2pm. But on Saturday, April 13 it is International Punch Hooking Day. Bring your current punch needle project to the Tivoli Fire House and be a part of the international punch hooking community. Limited supplies will be available so register no later than April 6 with Pat at (845) 883-0648. A mini punch needle instruction (with worsted weight wool) is available upon request and snacks and beverages will be provided. There is a $10 fee payable at the door. The workshop will go from 10am-3pm at the Tivoli Fire Company at 2 Tivoli Commons.

CoWork Kingston
Haven’t you always wanted to work in Uptown Kingston? Well now is your chance! A beautifully renovated industrial building, adjacent to the historic Senate House, is an ideal business location for companies with two to six employees or for solopreneurs. You can choose to commit month to month or a longer term for 24-hour access to conference areas, meeting rooms, wifi, kitchen, lounge areas, and beautiful grounds with outdoor picnic area. You’ll enjoy networking benefits like easy access to hudson valley tech meetups, evening concerts and other special onsite events, and a friendly coworking environment with like minded creatives and business owners, too. CoWork Kingston is located in the heart of Kingston’s thriving commercial district, with public parking, restaurants/cafes, coffee shops, shopping center and the Trailways bus station all within easy walking distance. Visit coworkkingston.com for more information and pictures of the site.

Spring Volunteer Day
Get outside and help do a little spring cleaning to get ready for the season at the Ashokan Center. Volunteers receive a complimentary lunch and 50 percent discount on tickets to the evening’s Bach-N-All dinner, dance and midnight concert. Tasks include will include garden preparation, trail and path maintenance, and invasive removal. It is advised that volunteers bring work gloves, work boots and gardening tools. The cleanup will be on Saturday April 6 from 10am-4pm at the Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road in Olivebridge.

Barrel Tasting Event
It’s that time of year again for spring wine barrel tasting. Join Benmarl’s winemaker in the cellar for a rare and intimate look at the 2018 vintage as he walks you through the intricacies of how small batch wines are crafted as well as taste through the unbottled wines from the previous harvest. The winery is located at 156 Highland Avenue in Marlboro. There are multiple tastings each day starting on April 5 and running through the 7th. Visit benmarl.com for registration and more details.

An Evening with Dar Williams
Dar Williams has been noted as one of America’s very best singer songwriters who specializes in pop folk. Williams has performed with renowned folk artists whom you may recognize, including Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Patty Griffin. She’s released ten studio albums and authored four books including her latest, What I Found in a Thousand Towns, which was  released in September. Known as much for her staunch progressive ideals as her raw acoustic energy, Williams has been captivating audiences with her sheer elegance and honesty in her folk pop songwriting since the 1990s. Now, she will be performing at the Studley Theatre in New Paltz on Friday, April 12. This will be an event for all ages as it blends the old tunes we know and love with some pop folk songs that our younger generations will also enjoy. Her performance will begin at 8pm on 1 Hawk Drive in New Paltz.

Catskill Mountains Railroad Bunny Express
Climb aboard the many vintage trains at the Kingston Plaza station for a ride across the Hurley Flats to Hurley Mountain and return. Enjoy the sights and sounds of classic railroading as your train climbs the grade up Hurley Mountain, following the same rail route travelers have used since the 1860s. Passengers will disembark to take part in an Easter egg hunt and to visit for photos with the friendly Easter Bunny and mischievous Fernando the Fox before returning to Kingston. Please allow up to one hour for the complete train ride experience. The train ride will be on Saturday April 13 from 10:30am-5:30 pm at 149 Aaron Court in Kingston. All aboard!

YMCA Youth Cycling Program
The YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County announces its Spring 2019 youth cycling program, “Bike It!” for kids aged 10-15. Beginning on Saturday March 30, the program operates from 9am to 12pm and will continue through June 1.  Each session includes instruction in bicycle safety and maintenance as well as a bike ride. All participants receive a t-shirt, water bottle, patch kit and bike multi-tool. Bikes and helmets are available, or you may bring your own.Register online at: ymcaulster.org/services/lend-a-wheel

Healthy Ulster Spring
As part of the ongoing campaign to make Ulster the healthiest county in New York, Mohonk Preserve is offering a free, one month membership for residents of Ulster County. Visitors with proof of Ulster County residency may obtain their passes on Friday April 26 at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center, 3197 State Route 55, Gardiner from 10am-8pm, and on Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, at the Visitor Center and the Spring Farm Trailhead, Upper 27 Knolls Road (off Mohonk Road), High Falls from 10am-4pm. Membership passes will be valid through May 19, 2019. Passes must be picked up in person, with the exception of minors, whose parent or guardian may pick up a pass on their behalf. This is a great way to encourage your friends and family to hike the trails this spring. Use the free passes to complete the lemon squeeze, climb the rock scramble, or even just a stroll around lake Minnewaska. Perfect for all ages.

Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue
When Lucky Orphans opened their barn doors in 2008, they have helped many horses, sheep, and goats to find a more promising and meaningful future. It is the goal of LOHR to not only save these wonderful animals, rehabilitating them and rebuilding their trust in people, but also to use their stories of struggle, overcoming adversity, building trust, leadership, and teamwork to create an understanding and inspiration in children, young adults, and the community. On Saturday, April 20 from 10:30am-12:30pm come spend a few hours on the farm and go paddock to paddock for Easter Candy while meeting all the horses. The horses will enjoy all the attention and the kids will love it. This event is free; you’ll find Lucky Orphans on 2699 Route 22 in Dover Plains.

PoughETRY Festival
PoughETRY Fest is a one-day festival, free and open to the public highlighting the art of both written and spoken poetry, as well as poets of the Hudson Valley and beyond. It will celebrate past and present poetry and visitors will experience the spirit and diverse voices reflected in today’s poetry. There will be various activities and programs all throughout the day, including a youth open mic and workshop, Beacon’s Poet Laureate, LGBTQ Open Mic and Poelodies (PoughETRY Finale). The festival is on Saturday, April 20 from 12pm-9pm and the programs will be running every hour starting at 12pm. See you then at the Cunneen-Hackett Theatre and Gallery on 12 Vassar Street in Poughkeepsie.

LUNAFEST
Please join your community at LUNAFEST on Wednesday, April 24 from 5:30-8:30pm and enjoy eight incredible short films by, for and about women and girls. The evening will benefit Girls’ Leadership Worldwide (GLW), a program of the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, and Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP) which are two groups dedicated to empowering and improving the lives of girls and women. The event, which will include a pre screening buffet supper/reception, film screening, and fantastic raffle prizes, is the perfect opportunity to celebrate girls and women while supporting the missions of these two national nonprofits. Tickets start at $40 and it is necessary that tickets are purchased ahead of time.  LUNAFEST will be held at 4079 Albany Post Road in Hyde Park.

Taste Of Rhinebeck
On Tuesday, April 30 the Taste of Rhinebeck food crawl competition returns for its 15th year. This walkable trail of culinary delights features restaurants, spirit shops and specialty food retailers. More than 20 venues in the Village of Rhinebeck are expected to participate, giving attendees the chance to enjoy a variety of food and drinks, creating a great night out with friends. One price includes tastings at every stop along the way. For more information and to reserve your spot, please visit tasteofrhinebeck.com.