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VALATIE — The Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3266 Route 9, Valatie, will be offering boxes of free food from its food pantry once every three months. This year, those dates fall on the following Saturdays May 15, Aug. 21 and Nov. 20. The drive-through food pantry will be open from 2-4 p.m. on those dates and individuals will be served on a first come, first serve basis. For information or if you have any questions, contact the church office at 909-784-4400 or check the church web site at

KINDERHOOK — The Kinderhook Sportsmen’s Club,. 376 Fowler Lake Road, Ghent, hosts trap shooting beginning at 9 a.m. Sundays. Open to the public. For information,

GHENT — High and Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center is looking for volunteers to assist in programs for the Spring and Summer Sessions. Anyone who enjoys being around horses, helping others and having fun is welcome.

Training is provided to all volunteers, so no experience is needed. Veterans, senior citizens, people with disabilities and others are served by the center. Contact Rachel at for information. High and Mighty is located at 71 County Route 21C in Ghent. For information, call 518-672-4202.

PINE PLAINS — Friends of the Pine Plains Library are accepting book donations April 17 through May 15 at the Pine Plains Library, 7775 South Main St., Pine Plains. Donations will be accepted during hours of operation 2-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday. Donations need to be books in good condition published within the last 7 years (plus classics) and children’s books in clean condition and CDs/DVDs.

No encyclopedias, technical or out dated materials, magazines, phonograph records, VHS/cassette tapes. For information and questions and large donations, call 518-398-1927.

April 30

COPAKE — Top off National Poetry Month with a virtual Open Poetry Night at 7 p.m. April 30. April is National Poetry Month, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with an open poetry reading. Co-sponsored by Roeliff Jansen Community Library and the Copake Grange, this free Zoom event is for pros and newcomers alike. Join us to read a poem or two of your own, or one by a favorite poet, or just tune in to listen. Open to teens and adults. For information, email, or visit or

May 1

SPENCERTOWN — Spencertown Academy Arts Center Hidden Gardens Virtual Lecture Series presents a talk by Ellen Ecker Ogden titled “The Art of Growing Food” at 4 p.m. May 1 via Zoom. The lecture will be about an hour, followed by a Q&A with participants. Tickets are $10. To register, see

SELKIRK — Bethlehem Grange 137, 24 Bridge St., Selkirk, is serving a ham dinner with dessert 3:30-6 p.m. May 1 take out only. Masks and social distancing required. Dinners are $13. Pre-orders strongly recommended. To pre-order, call 518-421-1384 by April 28. Make sure your phone number is displayed, to get a return confirmation phone call.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., presents Flights of Fancy: The Botanical and Bejeweled Universe of Mindy Lam 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 1 through June 6. Mindy Lam’s magnificent jewelry has been featured in Vogue, Elle and Glamour, on the runway and at the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the W Hotel in Washington DC. ]

Fanciful settings of birds, insects and flowers are crafted from sterling silver wire and encrusted with Swarovski crystals and other gems to create one-of-a-kind pieces, including Lam’s unique, signature men’s lapel pins (collected by men and women alike). For information, visit or call 413-298-3926.

COPAKE — Roeliff Jansen Community Library is throwing a family-friendly Arbor Day Celebration at 10:30 a.m. May 1 at the library, 9091 Route 22, Copake.

Join us for outdoor story time at 10:30 a.m. followed by a nature scavenger hunt, an “Arbor-Art” painting class, and a snack on the terrace. And, of course, tree planting. Make sure to dress appropriately for nature walks and art works. Masks are required. Email to reserve your spot.

May 2

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., presents Roy Boutard Day - Come Open the Garden with Us 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 2. Celebrating the opening of the Garden’s season. Roy Boutard Day also marks the Garden’s annual Horticulture Certificate Program graduation, followed by a traditional Mai Bowle Reception hosted by BBG’s Herb Associates, the volunteer group responsible for delicious herb products sold in our Visitor Center. For information, visit or call 413-298-3926.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., presents Botanical Cyanotype for Beginners 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 2. Learn about the history of the cyanotype process and the work of botanist Anna Atkins, who created the first photographic book, Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, in 1853. Non-members, $60; members, $45. For information, visit or call 413-298-3926.

May 4

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., presents Designing the New Perennial Garden 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 4. Whether it’s called “The Dutch Wave,” “The New Perennial Movement” or “The New American Garden,” innovative gardeners and designers have reinvigorated the use and appreciation of herbaceous plantings worldwide.

This workshop will provide an overview of the major concepts of this movement as well as hands-on experience in practical evaluation and design with herbaceous plants and grasses. (6 Classes) Non-members, $265; members, $240. For information, visit or call 413-298-3926.

May 6

CLAVERACK — An Introduction to Small Scale Food and Yard Waste Composting will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 6 via Zoom. For information, contact for the Zoom links.

Jean Bonhotal, Cornell Waste Management, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences will be the guest speaker. Zero Waste Columbia (ZWC) is a citizen volunteer group committed to education and action that can move us towards zero waste in Columbia County. Co-sponsored by Climate Smart Communities of Austerlitz and Claverack and Columbia County Library Association.

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