Fighting Forward: The Path toward Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice. Bard College’s Levy Institute presents a conversation about cutting-edge work to create a more just, prosperous future for all. April 2. 7–9pm. 845-758-7073.
Good Neighbors Annual Spring Festival. Sponsored by the Town of Poughkeepsie and the Good Neighbors Committee at Vassar College, the event will include a parade, egg hunt, and cookie decorating. April 7. 11am-1pm. Joss Beach, Vassar campus, Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie.
Peter Serkin and Friends. The piano great performs Bach, Mozart and Beethoven with wind players. April 7, 3pm. László Z. Bitó ’60 Conservatory Building, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.
Susan Orlean and Sarah Thyre: Crybabies. A great writer and actor moderated by Malcolm Gladwell for what others will experience as a podcast. April 11. 7:30pm. Sosnoff Theater, Fisher Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. Tickets at selectedshorts.org/detail/?id=9729.
Hudson Valley Job Fair. Please wear appropriate work attire and bring resumé. April 11. 1-5pm. Falcon Hall, SUNY Dutchess, Poughkeepsie.
Northern Dutchess Symphony – Latin Pasión. Music by Piazzolla, plus Bizet’s Carmen. April 14. 8pm. Marriott Pavilion at The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park.
The Orchestra Now. Stravinsky’s great Rites of Spring. April 15. 2 pm. Fisher Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.
Why We Can’t Afford to Abandon Our Public Schools. Educational activist Deborah Meier argues that the purpose of universal education is to provide young people with an “apprenticeship for citizenship in a democracy.” She analyzes the last several decades of education reform, challenging narrow profit-driven conceptions of school success. April 18. 6:30pm. Weis Cinema, Campus Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.
Author Junot Diaz. Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award author, a recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, discusses his craft and vision. April 18. 8 pm. College Center Villard Room, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie.
The Chancellor’s Sheep & Wool Showcase. A family festival that celebrates historic fiber arts, culture, and craft. April 21. 11am-4 pm. Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown.
Hope In Times Of War. The Hudson Valley Philharmonic with renowned actress Mary Stuart Masterson narrating An Elegy for Anne Frank, with music from Schindler’s List plus works by Wagner and Sibelius. April 21. 8pm. Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie.
A Cup of the Valley Coffee & Tea Festival. Immerse yourself in the world of imported coffees, teas and tasty gourmet treats from local providers. April 22. 11am-5pm. The Culinary Institute of America, Marriott Pavilion, Hyde Park.
12th Annual Magnolia Party. A fundraiser supporting the ongoing preservation and maintenance of the historic, landmark Victorian structures that house the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center. $50.00 per person. April 26. 5:30pm. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 9 Vassar St. Poughkeepsie. Reservations: cunneen-hackett.org.
48th Annual Wappinger Creek Water Derby. 8-mile canoe/kayak race down the Wappingers Creek. Many different classes. Trophies awarded. April 28. 8am-4 pm. Pleasant Valley Recreation Center, Rt. 44, Pleasant Valley to Greenvale Recreation Park, Rt. 376, Poughkeepsie. aquaticexplorers.org
Hudson Valley KidVenture. An inclusive two day weekend event for all abilities, featuring entertainment, demonstrations, hands-on activities, Touch A Truck and more. April 28. 11am-4pm. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. hvkidventure.org.
Confronting Climate Change: What Are the Challenges? Dr. Henry Pollack, Professor Emeritus of Geophysics at University of Michigan, speaks about the growing dangers. April 5, 7:30 – 9pm. SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center 100, New Paltz. Small fee.
The Golden Age of New Paltz: Part 2. An exhibition in three parts celebrating the New Paltz artists of the 1960s. Reception on April 7. 5 – 7pm. Wired Gallery, 11 Mohonk Road, High Falls.
Ethnobotany and the Search for New ALS & Alzheimer’s Drugs in Island Villages. Dr. Paul Alan Cox, Ethnobotanist, sponsored by the Ulster Garden Club at SUNY Ulster. April 10. 2pm. College Lounge, Vanderlyn Hall 203, SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge.
19th Annual Spring Garden Day: Trowel to Table. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County Master Gardeners welcome beginners to experts to take part in a day-long gardening experience with a keynote address by Fredda Merzon, metal sculptor and gardener. $50. April 14. 8:30am – 4:15pm. SUNY Ulster Community College, 491 Cottekill Road, Stone Ridge. tinyurl.com/2018-Garden-Day.
Addressing Ageism. A Diversity Day lecture about age discrimination. April 18. 1pm. SUNY Ulster, College Lounge, Stone Ridge.
3rd Annual Leap for Autism. A skydive from 13,500 ft., hosted by Skydive the Ranch, in which you will be harnessed to an experienced professional. Family events on the ground, too. April 21. 10am – 5pm. Skydive the Ranch, 55 Sand Hill Rd, Gardiner,
Byrdcliffe Spring Fling. Musical gala with fashion show, performance art, food, great company, in an historic cultural setting. April 21. 5:30 – 7:30pm. Byrdcliffe Barn, Woodstock. Woodstockguild.org.
NEXUS with Garry Kvistad. The Ulster Chamber Music Series continues its 50th season with famed percussive ensemble in the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 104 Wurts Street, Kingston. April 22. 3 – 5pm. Redeemer Lutheran Church, 104 Wurts Street, Kingston.
SUNY Ulster Spring Open House. Learn more about academic programs, services, resources, scholarships, exciting opportunities, campus life, student activities, athletics and much more. April 28. 9am. SUNY Ulster, 491 Cottekill Road, Stone Ridge.
Photography Conference- Raw Wars: Battle of the Landscape Pros. The pros process each other’s raw files using the same tools to create very different artistic visions. This workshop should appeal to photographers of all different skill levels. $35.00. April 28. 8am – 4pm. SUNY New Paltz, Lecture Center 100, New Paltz.
Devereux Rising Nickel Social. A fundraiser for the self-advocacy group’s “around the world” gala for adults with developmental disabilities at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health. April 28. 11am – 4pm. Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall St. Kingston .
Meet the Museums – Planning an Ulster County Staycation! Hudson River Maritime Museum allows a chance to “meet” museums and historical organizations from all over the region. April 28 – 29. 11am – 5pm. Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston.