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POSITIVE NEWS BRIEFS & OPPORTUNITIES – MARCH 2019

Maya Gold Foundation Community is Seeking Hudson Valley Teens to Join Youth Action Team
The mission of the Maya Gold Foundation is to empower our local youth to access their inner wisdom and realize what their dreams are and how they can accomplish them. The Youth Action Team speaks directly to teens in order to accomplish this goal. The team is made up of group of members who offer guidance and insight to the Maya Gold’s full Board. They meet with a board liaison throughout the year to assist in planning and implementing events and programs, offering feedback to the foundation, and generating ideas for new initiatives. They also offer our youth the opportunity to lead, to participate and grow through service to their own community. This year, The Maya Gold Foundation is pleased to offer two Community Service Scholarships in support of their mission and of the foundation. The scholarships are offered to Hudson Valley high school freshman, sophomores, and juniors who are committed to participate in a community service project or service initiative. The goal is to support two students in realizing this commitment with a $500.00 cash scholarship per student. Scholarship applications are due by May 1. For more information, and to apply, go to mayagoldfoundation.org/stay-in-touch/apply.

Tunezday
Join the community on the first Tuesday of the month starting on February 5th for some great collaboration and music making. You can find Tunezday happening from 4pm-5pm on the third floor of the Tivoli Free Library located on 86 Broadway. This weekly event is a youth musical jam session that you will not want to pass up. Once you come to one, you may find yourself there every week. Bring your own instrument (and any power supply/batteries, and such) and start making some funky tunes and music for all to enjoy. The library has an electric piano and a full drum-set on hand. This is an informal, fun way to make music together for children ages 10-17.

Tim Kuhl
Tim Kuhl is a drummer, composer, and producer from Brooklyn, known best for his work with Sean Lennon’s The Gosatt and with Margaret Glaspy. His new album Sky Valley merges his passion for jazz, modern pop sounds, and ‘80s film scores, and mines tonal influences from films by David Lynch, John Carpenter, and Michael Mann. He will be doing two live performances this March in the Hudson Valley. The first will be on Friday, March 15 at Tubby’s in Kingston, and the second performance is on Saturday the 16th at Quinn’s in Beacon. Both shows begin at 8pm.

Hudson Valley YMCA
The YMCA building located at 507 Broadway in Kingston was built in the late 1960s, and has since been providing the community with family-geared events and training, sports facilities, and many workout options for the everyday individual. It now even has a swimming pool and an indoor track, but that is not all it has. The YMCA has recently announced that an unknown person has donated $3.5 million dollars to the facility towards funding. Officials describe the YMCA in need of critical repairs and infrastructure update and the new funds will go towards remodeling the facility so that it is more user friendly to the public. Thank you for this great news and we look forward to seeing the positive changes!

Spring and the YMCA
Along with its new renovations, the YMCA has announced its spring 2019 youth bicycling program, Bike It. Bike It is open to kids aged 10-15, and consists of eight sessions held on Saturdays, March 30-June 1 running from 9am to 12pm. Children will learn the terrain of the bike paths in our local area and will be taught how to fix and tweak your bike so that it is always in safe riding condition. The starting locations will vary each week. Each session includes an instruction and a bike ride. All participants receive a T-shirt, water bottle, patch kit, and bike multi-tool. Bikes and helmets are provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own.  Registration is $50 for YMCA members and $75 for non members. Register and find out more information at ymcaulster.org.

Water Treatment Grant
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s regional grant of $103 is nothing but good news for the Hudson Valley. The grant allows for more than 124 projects to proceed in improving water quality and improving the drinking water across the state. More specifically, it will reduce the amount of untreated sewage released into the Rondout Creek. Ultimately the grant will lead to better engineering and funding that will assist in wastewater treatment facilities. We are very glad to see NYS addressing the growing threats while remaining a leader in restoring invaluable water resources.

Classical Guitar with Eric Roth
Local classical guitarist Eric Roth will present a program of classical guitar music from the Baroque through the Romantic periods this March 27th at the Rosendale Library. The program will include historically informed interpretations of master works and he will also perform his own piece, Passacaglia, composed in 2017 as well his own arrangement of Caprice, Op. 7 No. 9. Information about the instrument, repertoire, composers, and history will be provided. The event is free and will begin at 7pm. 

Home Composting Seminar
Have you always wanted to start composting, but never had the motivation or the tools necessary to begin? Now is your opportunity to learn and begin composting in your own home this spring. The UCRRA Recycling Coordinator and Recycling Educator teaches a  home composting seminar that will cover everything you need to know to start composting with confidence. You will even receive your very own composting bin to get you started. There is a $45 class fee which includes the compost bin, 1.5 hours of instruction, and guided tour of UCRRA’s commercial composting operation. Class size is limited so you should reserve your seat today. Register with payment by calling 845-336-0600. The seminar is on Saturday March 9 from 10am-12pm at the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency on 999 Flatbush Road in Kingston.

Kingston St. Patty’s Day Parade
The 32nd annual St. Patty’s Day Parade steps off from the Kingston Plaza in the historic stockade area of uptown Kingston and continues through the City of Kingston to the Rondout section where the Rondout Creek flows to the beautiful Hudson River. Numerous bands, floats and community organizations celebrate the “wearing of the green” at this annual fun-filled Irish celebration. It will commence at 1pm on Sunday March 10. Wear your best green attire and we will see you then!

NYSERDA Announces Solar For All Program to Assist Low Income New Yorkers
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently announced the “Solar For All” program, including four community solar projects in the Mid-Hudson region that have been awarded contracts as part of the program. This is the first in a series of awards under the program to provide access to no cost community solar to 10,000 low-income New Yorkers. Increasing access to renewable energy for all New Yorkers is a cornerstone of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s clean energy agenda, and the announcement supports both the state’s goal of building three gigawatts of solar projects by 2023 and the Governor’s mandate for 50 percent of New York’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030 to combat climate change. Eligibility for Solar for All is based on a resident’s location, household income, and annual electric usage. For more information, contact your Cornell Cooperative Extension Community Energy Advisor at 845- 677-8223.

“Rockin Around the Rink”
The Skating Club of Saugerties proudly presents it’s annual show Rockin Around the Rink at Kiwanis Ice Arena in Saugerties on Saturday, March 16 at 5pm. Tickets are $5 each with children under 10 free. There will be a 50/50 and a raffle to win a giant stuffed bear named Axel and all proceeds will be going to the Skating Club of Saugerties. The show will consist of programs from the Skating Club of Saugerties skaters, competitive teams, Saugerties Skating School group piece and a special performance from the Valley Cats Theatre on Ice Team. The rink is located on 6 Small World Avenue in Saugerties.

Adams Lawn & Garden Show
Each year in late winter, the Adams Landscaping crews design and install an amazing backdrop of patios, ponds and walkways for hundreds of flowering spring bulbs, annuals, trees and shrubs in our greenhouses. Vendors, knowledgeable staff, and garden experts from throughout the region are there to answer all your questions. The Garden Show is free to attend and also includes seminars, giveaways, and free raffles. The show runs from March 8-17, Monday-Saturday from 8am-8pm and then on Sunday from 8am-7pm. There will be plenty of time to make the visit. Adams is located on 160 Old Post Road in Wappingers Falls.

Sugar Maple Celebration
Discover the wonders of Sharpe Reservation and celebrate the 16th Annual Sugar Maple Celebration on March 23 from 10am-4pm. The Sharpe Reservation has over 2,000 acres of beautiful land with lakes, ponds, streams, and hiking trails through the woods. Located in the Hudson Highlands near Fishkill, NY; the special free event will include many exciting activities some of which to include are a maple sugaring demonstration, historical characters of Sharpe, nature discovery room, planetarium, live animal show, local crafts, and food market, and the annual maple syrup judging contest. Lunch will also be available for purchase. This event is co-sponsored by the New York State Outdoor Education Association. See you at 436 Van Wyck Lake Road in Fishkill.

St. Pat’s Celebratory Concert at Olivebridge
Seven-time all Ireland accordion champion John Whelan teams up with the American Roots band Low Lily for a spectacular St. Pat’s celebration. Exploring the roots music of Ireland and America, this dynamic show will showcase energetic jigs and reels alongside lushly arranged songs, featuring fiddle, accordion, guitars, mandolin, double bass, and harmonious vocals. The entire family will delight in this show. Weather you are Irish or not, come and bring your good spirit to the celebration. The event is on Sunday, March 10 from 6-10:30pm at the The Ashokan Center.

Erin Costelo Live in Woodstock
On Sunday, March 10, a throwback soulful singer-songwriter that brings to mind the “golden age” of music will fill the concert halls with her unique and powerful voice. Erin Costelo’s fifth full-length album, “Sweet Marie” on Compass Records, is a 10-song collection, which was  recorded in only 10 days. Wow! The performance will be pulsing with a confident and cathartic energy. Her incredible voice soars even as her songs dive deep to draw comparisons to such icons as Nina Simone and Carole King. The doors will open up at 7pm and the show begins at 8pm at the Colony on 22 Rock City Road.

Chili Weather Weekends at the Millbrook Vineyards and Winery
Come spend a winter weekend afternoon with the community chillin’ in the Taproom by the fire with a delicious bowl of chili and a glass of your favorite Millbrook tap wine. Slammin’ Salmon has put together a great lineup of different chili’s to keep you coming back over and over again! This is a recurring event for every weekend throughout the month of March. Music and Chili is from 12-5pm at 26 Wing Road in Millbrook.