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HUDSON — The Friends of the Hudson Area Library will be hosting a Book and Bake Sale 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 8 and 1-3:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Community Room of the Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth St., Hudson. This is a great opportunity to purchase new and gently used books (most books are $1 or less) on a variety of subjects, including art books as well as CDs and DVDs. In addition, artist Otto Miranda has donated a selection of original water colors to the Friends, 100% of all proceeds from the sale of his paintings will benefit the Friends.
Homemade baked desserts and other treats, as well as chocolate bars from Vasilow’s Confectionary will also be available during this event. So come out and support the library, get that unique book or painting you’ve been looking for and didn’t know it, enjoy a baked good or treat, and support the Hudson Area Library.
OLD CHATHAM — “The Nuns, The Priests and The Bombs” screening Feb. 8. Potluck at 6 p.m., film at 7 p.m. in the Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham. Since 1980 activists in lay and religious life have undertaken dramatic Plowshares protests, derived from the biblical injunction, “They shall beat their swords into Plowshares,” risking long prison sentences in an ongoing campaign to move the world away from the nuclear brink. This film follows two cases: the July 2012 break-in at the site known as America’s “Fort Knox of Uranium” where the intruders were an 82-year old Catholic nun and two fellow peace activists and the 2009 Plowshares action at a US naval base near Seattle, WA. It follows the activists’ legal efforts to justify their actions under international law and highlights the power of their moral conviction. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and a moderated discussion will follow. For information, call 518-610-3735.
HUDSON — Trinity United Methodist Church, 555 Joslen Blvd., Hudson, will be serving a chicken barbecue on Feb. 8. Take-outs will be available from 4-6:30 p.m.; dining room service from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The menu includes half a chicken, baked potato, home-made coleslaw, roll with butter, beverage and an assortment of home-made desserts. Tickets for the complete meal are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12; chicken only is $6. Credit/debit cards will be accepted. Delivery options are available. For information and to purchase tickets in advance, call 518-828-0226. The church is barrier-free.
HUDSON — The Churchtown Fire Company 42nd wild game dinner will be held Feb. 8. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.; hors d’oeuvres at 4 p.m. followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments, homemade desserts, raffles and games. Tickets are $40. For tickets and information, call 518-821-0934, 518-851-9766, or 518-851-5194.
KINDERHOOK — Parents Night Out 5-8 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Kinderhook Reformed Church, 21 Broad St., Kinderhook. Free child care for children 3 and older with dinner provided. Fun evening of age appropriate crafts, story-time and a movie in a safe and nurturing environment. Preregistration required. For information and to register, call 518-758-6401.
VOORHEESVILLE — ‘The Gray Fox – a Tree Climber’ at 2 p.m. Feb. 8 at Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center, 87 Nature Center Way, Voorheesville. Learn about the ecology and behavior of the elusive gray fox. This fox is one of the two canines in the world that is capable of climbing. Discover what was learned by studying these mammals for three years in Northern Wisconsin. Michaela Fisher, who led the project, will discuss why the gray fox may exhibit this behavior, as well as potential limitations in their climbing ability. Call 518-872-0800 for information.
KINDERHOOK — The Alan Devoe Bird Club will hold a bird walk Feb. 8. Meet at 9 a.m. at Lindenwald parking lot on Route 9H. We will look for Northern Shrike on Eichybush Road in Kinderhook. Northern Harrier and Rough-legged Hawk are more likely than Northern Shrike. For information, contact trip leader Drew Hopkins at 518-653-4387. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult; www.alandevoebirdclub.org.
COPAKE — The Copake Grange will host a Dance Party with something for everyone 7-10 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Grange, 628 Empire Road, Copake. Get out your dancing shoes and move and groove as Electric Blue DJ Service spins discs from the ‘60s to the ‘90s. Teens to seniors are invited to show off their favorite steps and styles or just listen to some great music and catch up with friends. Refreshments provided. Cover: $10 at the door.
KINDERHOOK — A chicken barbecue will be served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Kinderhook Reformed Church, 21 Broad St., Kinderhook. Dinner includes half a chicken, baked potato, “secret recipe” cole slaw and dinner roll. Desserts are available for a free will donation. Take out only. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Pre-order by Feb. 3. Proceeds to benefit the Youth Mission Trip in July. For tickets and information, call 518-336-0859.
COPAKE — A Belly Dancing Workshop with Donna Barret will be held 2-3:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Copake Grange, 628 Empire Road, Copake. Whether you’ve always wanted to try belly dancing, or if you just want to get moving on a chilly winter afternoon, here’s the perfect chance to learn or improve your skills. Regionally recognized belly dancer/instructor Donna Barret, who led the Wild Roses Belly Dance troupe and has taught at Hudson Valley Academy of Performing Arts, will lead a workshop teaching classic belly dance moves, followed by dancing to inspiring music. Wear comfortable, stretchy clothing or your favorite belly dancing attire, if you happen to have it. No experience necessary. Workshop fee: $10 at the door.
VOORHEESVILLE — Snowshoe Walk 10 a.m. Feb. 9 at Thacher Nature Center, 87 Nature Center Way, Voorheesville. Join us on a winter walk through woods and fields on Nature Center trails. We’ll explore a variety of habitats and look for signs of wildlife. Bring your snowshoes or rent a pair of ours. If we don’t have snow, we’ll take a winter walk. Call 518-872-0800 to register, reserve snowshoes and check conditions.