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Briefs for Nov. 6, 2019

November 5, 2019 10:37 am

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Nov. 6

STAATSBURG — The Staatsburg Library will present the folk music trio The Malvinas at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at Taconic Parks Auditorium, 9 Old Post Road, Staatsburg. This female folk trio from upstate New York, Quebec, and Louisiana performs a broad range of regional music from blues-tinged grooves to Celtic sounds. This event is free and part of the 2019 NEA Big Read events. For information, go to

Nov. 7

HUDSON — Students and staff at the Questar III Columbia-Greene Educational Center (CGEC) will host their annual Veterans Day Lunch on Nov. 7, 2019 to celebrate and honor local veterans for their service to our country. Area veterans, along with a guest, are invited for a complimentary lunch at the Columbia-Greene Educational Center, located at 131 Union Turnpike, Hudson. There will be two seatings, 11 a.m.– noon and 12:30–1:30 p.m. A separate dessert room is available after lunch, so guests can enjoy coffee and socializing. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 518-828-4157.

Nov. 8

RHINEBECK — Roberta Gould will read from her latest book of poems, Woven Lightning, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Clinton Community Library, 1215 Centre Road, Rhinebeck. In Woven Lightning, there is always a concern for the sound and pulse of language. The poems are happenings and are never boring but always serious dealing with varied themes such as: nature, political situation, people, and where we are. This event is free and open to all ages. Books will be available for purchase.

GERMANTOWN — GCS Drama Club is excited to perform its fall drama club production, Little Shop of Horrors, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 and Nov. 9 in Germantown Central School Cafetorium, 123 Main St., Germantown. Adults, $10; students/seniors, $5 at the door.

Nov. 9

KINDERHOOK — Parents Night Out will be held 5-8 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Kinderhook Reformed Church, 21 Broad St., Kinderhook. Free child care for kids 3 and older with dinner provided. Fun evening of age appropriate crafts, story-time and movie in a safe and nurturing environment. Preregistration required. For information and to register, call 518-758-6401.

HUDSON — Temple Israel of Catskill, The Jewish Federation of North Eastern New York and Columbia -Greene Community College present a free screening of the acclaimed film, The Last Goldfish, at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Arts Center Theater, Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Hudson. Told through a personal archive of photos and home movies, The Last Goldfish, is the story of a daughter’s search for her family’s lost European roots beginning in Nazi Germany and Kristallnacht to their journey to Trinidad, and eventually settling in Australia. The movie is a revelation of how they got there and why. Writer and director, Su Goldfish, is related to Temple Israel congregant, Joyce Federman. Su will hold a question and answer session via Skype from Australia after the viewing. A Havdallah service ending the Sabbath will be conducted by Rabbi Zoe B. Zak, spiritual leader of Temple Israel of Catskill. Light refreshments will be served.

COPAKE FALLS — Winds in the Wilderness Concerts will perform ‘Baroque in Many Moods’, a concert of music by Claude Bolling, JC Bach, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Handel, JS Bach, Villa-Lobos and Chinese pipa music at 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at Church of St. John in the Wilderness, 261 Route 344, Copake Falls. The performers are Sharon Powers, flute; Judith Dansker, oboe; Ronald Gorevic, viola; Joh Myers, guitar, pipa; Pete Toigo, bass. The educational and diverse programs are appropriate for all ages. There is a recommended donation of $15 at the door; children, students and underserved free. A reception with the performers will take place after the concert.

STEPHENTOWN — Active Shooter Awareness presentation will be offered by Deputy Jim Phelps, of the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department, 8:30-10 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Stephentown Memorial Library, 472 Route 43, New Lebanon. Deputy Phelps will describe the basic elements of active shooter awareness and survival with consideration for the needs of small businesses, churches, libraries, and other community organizations. Church leaders, business owners, organization directors and concerned citizens are encouraged to participate. There is no charge to attend. Call Mary Linton, RN, 518-733-0469, for more information.

STUYVESANT— St. John’s Lutheran Church, 159 Route 26A, Stuyvesant, Annual Christmas Tag Sale will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 9. There will be a food sale with homemade goodies and lunch will be homemade soups, sandwiches and pies. Take out available.

VALATIE — The First Presbyterian Church, 3212 Church St., Valatie, will serve a turkey dinner 4:30-7 p.m. Nov. 9. Take outs begin at 4 p.m. The dinner will be served family style with roast turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, honeyed carrots, green beans almondine, waldorf salad, cranberry sauce, rolls, beverage and a dessert. Adults, $15; children 5-11, $8. For information, call 518-929-5744.

HUDSON — The First Reformed Church, 52 Green St., Hudson, will hold a Nickel Social beginning at 11 a.m. Nov. 9. Drawings begin at 1 p.m. Included will be merchandise, assorted raffles, 50/50, lunch food and bake sale.

COPAKE — Hudson Valley author, essayist and editor Akiko Busch will read from and discuss her newest book, How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency, at 5 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Copake. In an era of social media, live streaming, 24-hour news cycles, and mass surveillance, visibility has become a double-edged sword, promising both attention and exposure. With technology growing ever more omnipresent in our lives, the impulse to abandon all visibility and go off the grid is stronger than ever. In How to Disappear, Busch confronts the anxiety of the internet age and questions the role of identity in today’s environment. Along the way, she explores the link between visibility and sense of self, whether or not exposure is tied to personal happiness, and the therapeutic benefits of invisibility. For information, call 518-325-4101.

GHENT — Beaver Moon Family Night Hike at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center, 1024 State Route 66, Ghent. Pamela Price, Certified Wildlife Biologist and Education Program Coordinator at Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center will talk about the beaver and how, as a keystone species, beavers enrich their ecosystems, creating the biodiversity, complexity, and resiliency our watersheds need. Then we will go outside to experience the waxing gibbous moon just before the November full moon as we walk the trail and explore the night life at Mud Creek. Without the use of flashlights, we will moon gaze, and test our own night vision. This event is free, however, registration is requested and can be made by calling Pamela Price at 518-267-3313 or

GHENT — The Ghent VFW Post 5933 will hold its 3rd annual “Stuff the Bus” event to benefit the VFW Christmas Toy and Relief Fund/Marion Stegmann Fund 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Post parking lot, 2237 Route 66, Ghent. Donations of new children’s toys are welcome. Toys collected will given as part of deliveries to needy families in Northern Columbia County during the Christmas holiday season. The goal is to fill every seat on a 60-passenger bus. The bus for this event is donated through the generosity of Michael S. Johnston Transportation, LLC.

GERMANTOWN — The Germantown Garden Club will at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 9 in the Hover Room at the Germantown Library, 31 Palatine Park Road, Germantown. On the agenda is a presentation by Peter Bevacqua, garden and landscape designer, owner of Peter Bevacqua Garden Design in Claverack. He will give a presentation on “A Garden for ALL Seasons.” This Saturday meeting is open to the public and is a great opportunity for people interested in garden clubs who usually can’t attend weekday meetings. New members are always welcomed. Refreshments will be served. For information, call Fran Bufi, 518-537-4868.

PHILMONT — A Backyard Birding Program will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Philmont Public Library, 101 Main St., Philmont. All are welcome to this free program in which you will learn how to identify birds by both sight and sound with presenter Pamela Price of Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center. All participants will build a bird feeder and receive a free bird guide (one per family). For information, call 518-672-5010.

CLAVERACK — The Claverack Library will host a free presentation by Becky Stowe, How to Speak Dog at 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at the new Claverack Library, 9 Route 9H, Claverack.

CHATHAM — The Zonta Club of Upper Hudson Valley will hold a “Paint & Sip” fundraiser 1-3 p.m. Nov. 9 at Jackson’s Old Chatham House. Attendees will learn how to paint the “Yellow Rose and Butterfly” image on their choice of a 14x14 tote bag or on a large 16x20 canvas. The yellow rose is Zonta’s flower while the purple butterfly represents healing and support for victims of domestic violence. Zonta supports the local Columbia Greene Domestic Violence program. All painting materials, instruction, appetizers, desserts, coffee, tea and donation are included in the $35 registration fee. A cash bar will be available. Attendees will have a chance to participate in raffles and purchase Mary Kay items. Proceeds support local programs and scholarships. To register online, go to or call 413-205-8346.

ONEONTA — The Alan Devoe Bird Club will hold a bird walk Nov. 9. Meet at 10 a.m. I-88 westbound, take exit 15. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp, right at the light by McDonald’s and go to the fourth stop light (0.7mi). Turn left at this light and onto Southside Drive. Turn right onto Swart Hollow Road (0.8 mi). Take sharp left turn into driveway (0.2 mi) and park on the right side. Walk up to the bar, where a map and information are posted. Bring a bag lunch. Franklin Mountain Hawk Watch is renowned for migrating Golden Eagles. For information, contact trip coordinator Chris Franks at 518-781-0204. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Visit