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. 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. This event is free, however, registration is requested and can be made by calling Pamela Price at 518-267-3313 or email@example.com.
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.
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.” 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.
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 www.alandevoebirdclub.org.
NORTH CHATHAM — The North Chatham Free Library, 4287 Route 203, North Chatham, will host “Why Does the Constitution Matter?” at 3 p.m. Nov. 10. Professor Stephen Gottlieb will lead a lively debate about the day-to-day impact of this historic document. For information, call the library at 518-766-3211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HUDSON — A book launch party for intelligence expert and news commentator Malcolm Nance’s brand-new book, “The Plot to Betray America,” will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia St., Hudson. Admission is free but a suggest donation of $20 will go towards supporting Warrior’s Haven in Stockport, whose mission it is to assist in the education, care and recovery of all Veterans and their families. For information, call 518-828-4800.
HUDSON — “Like Falling Through a Cloud” book launch by Eugenia Zukerman will take place at 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson. Admission is free, reservations encouraged and can be made by calling 518-822-1438.