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Ulster Events–March 2016

Holistic Self-Care Class: What is Thai Yoga? An introduction to this ancient wisdom (guided by Elizabeth Gross), this class will explore Thai Yoga massage, a modality of healing that has been on the rise within communities interested in yoga and forms of bodywork which are dynamic and variant from standard Western practices. However the origins of Thai Yoga as the traditional Buddhist medicine of mainly Thailand and India, as well as its unique benefits that are both traditionally and scientifically verifiable, are topics often left uncovered. Elizabeth will offer this exploration based on her in-depth training in SomaVeda Integrated Traditional Therapies, a holistic system of healing based on Thai Traditional Medicine; Ayurveda; indigenous, native, and traditional healing methods incorporating therapies for spirit, mind, emotions, and body. The Rondout Valley Holistic Health Community offers free self-care classes on the first Thursday of every month. Free. Marbletown Community Center, 3564 Main Street, Stone Ridge. March 3, 7-8:30pm.

Solarize Saugerties Kick-Off. Celebratory kick-off of Solarize campaign for people interested in learning more about installing solar panels. Get questions answered, learn about available discounts and tax subsidies, and meet with pre-qualified installers. Open to all residents and small business owners in Ulster County, as well as contiguous areas of Greene County. Free. solarizesaugerties@gmail.com. Saugerties Senior Center, 207 Market Street, Saugerties. March 5, 3-5pm.

Paul Wegener’s The Golem: How He Came Into the World. As part of their Silent Sundays series, the Rosendale Theatre will screen this 1920 silent horror film that was truly sensational upon its release and has left a lasting legacy upon the film industry, alongside another early German expressionist film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The Golem, based on popular Jewish folklore, is an in-depth study of the relationship between Jews and Christians in medieval Prague. Wegener refuses to impose stereotypes on either Jews or Christians and creates individual characters, using mass characterizations only to highlight the themes of the work. The film is often cited as one of the finest examples of the German expressionist movement, featuring highly stylized surrealist sets and high-contrast black and white photography. $7 general admission/$5 members. Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale. March 6, 3pm.


ERH Healing Arts Gallery Presents Lynne Friedman. An oil painter for over 30 years, Lynne Friedman may be seen working outdoors in the warm weather in and around Mohonk, Minnewaska, and the Shawangunk Mountains, taking in the beauty of the landscape. The landscape paintings she has chosen for the Ellenville Regional Hospital Healing Arts Gallery are meant to bring the healing power of art to viewers, transforming public and patient areas into an inspiring environment that encourages a sense of serenity and hope for patients, their families, and healthcare providers. These paintings are inspired by her observations of the seasons in the Mid-Hudson Valley and on her travels. Free and open to the public. ERH, 10 Healthy Way, Ellenville. March 7-April 29, 8am-8pm.

Garden in the Winter. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC) Master Gardeners will be hosting their Winter Lecture Series consisting of two different 90-minute lectures to prepare the avid home gardener for the upcoming growing season. March 10’s Small Fruit Pruning lecture will explore techniques used to produce bigger and better fruit and berries and March 24’s Summer Bulbs lecture will share information about how to plant and care for many varieties of gorgeous summer bulbs such as lilies, cannas, species gladioli, and dahlias. $15 per program. ulster.cce.cornell.edu. CCEUC Education Center, 232 Plaza Road, Kingston. March 10 and 24, 6:30-8:00pm. 

Uptown Swing: Heartstrings Hot Club. An evening of hot jazz, gypsy swing, and dance as The Heartstrings Hot Club perform the very best in traditional manouche jazz. Gypsy jazz is said to have been started by Django Reinhardt, who was noted for bringing a dark, chromatic flavor to the articulation of contemporary swing. This sort of music creates the perfect atmosphere for recalling the exciting sounds of the 1930’s French jazz scene. Beginners’ dance lesson at 8pm. $10. bspkingston.com. BSP, 323 Wall Street, Kingston. March 11, 7pm.

1st Annual Ellenville Art Soirée. Art, wine, and hors d’oeuvres as Great Gunks sponsors this celebration and empowerment of local accomplished and emerging artists Roger Baker, Leslie Bender, Mernie Baker, and recent Ulster County art graduates. Speakers will include Sandra Oglesby, Hal Brill, Pat O’Dwyer, Leslie Bender and more. Free. 12 Market Street, Ellenville. March 11, 7pm.

Ashokan Maple Festival. Head to the Ashokan Center for an all-day pancake breakfast—hot off the grill and topped with Ashokan maple syrup. Tap a tree, watch syrup being made, try your hand at blacksmithing, or go on an invigorating hike to see a historic covered bridge and the Cathedral Gorge. Live music by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason at 12pm and 3pm and Story Laurie & Ira McIntosh at 1pm. $5 for adults/free for kids under 5; $6 pancake breakfast; $5 blacksmithing experience. ashokancenter.org/events. Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge. March 12, 10am-4pm.

Piano Plus! Concert Series. The Piano Plus! chamber music series will enter its third season at Olive Free Library presenting concerts in March, April, and May. The series features outstanding piano soloists along with a surprise “plus” guest musician who will add an unexpected dash of flavor to the program. The first concert in the series features pianist Rami Sarieddine playing Robert Schumann’s Fantasy Op.17 in C major and selections from Schubert’s Winterreise. $12 suggested donation. programs@olivefreelibrary.org. Olive Free Library, 4033 Route 28A, West Shokan. March 12, 2pm.

Free Community Holistic Health Care Day. On the third Tuesday of every month, RVHHC practitioners and volunteers offer a wide variety of holistic health modalities to the general public. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis upon check-in. Though no money or insurance is required, RVHHC invites patients to give a donation or an hour of volunteer community service if they can. Community service may be given by family and friends on behalf of the patient. RVHHC recognizes that some patients will be unable to make donations or give volunteer hours – no one will be turned away! Email rvholistichealthcommunity@gmail.com or visit rvhhc.org for more information. Marbletown Community Center, 3564 Main Street, Stone Ridge. March 15, 4-8pm.

TMI Project’s Spring 10-Week True Storytelling Workshop. TMI Project has begun enrollment for the spring edition of its popular 10-week memoir writing and true storytelling workshop, which culminates in one of TMI Project’s often sold-out performances. Through a series of writing prompts and exercises, executive director Eva Tenuto and editorial director Sari Botton will coach participants in writing their own true, compelling stories from their own experiences—leaving in the “too much information” parts of the stories. Toward the end, they help students edit their work into relatable monologues for the stage, which move audience members while dispelling shame and stigma. Some of the stories are humorous, others are deeply poignant—and many are both. Tuition for the workshop is $450, and includes ten sessions, one of which is the final performance. There are 10 openings for participants, available on a first come first served basis to people of all genders and backgrounds. tmiproject.org. Workshops begin March 15 and are held Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:30pm. Seven21 Media Center, 721 Broadway, Kingston.

SIREN Baroque. SIREN Baroque is an all-female early music ensemble from NYC, committed to infusing historical accuracy with a tinge of modern dynamism.The women of SIREN Baroque are pleased to present their signature impassioned performances in a concert of instrumental music from the high baroque era. The program features playful and intricate music for violins, cello, and harpsichord by Bach, Couperin, Purcell, Geminiani, and other masters, performed on authentic early instruments. $15 suggested donation. programs@olivefreelibrary.org. Olive Free Library, 4033 Route 28A, West Shokan. March 26, 2pm.