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Jan. 20

GREENPORT — Sacred Heart-Mt. Carmel Shrine, 442 Fairview Ave., Greenport, will serve a Polish dinner, take out only, 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Jan. 20. Menu includes kielbasa, stuffed cabbage, pierogies and dessert. Cost is $12. Call 518-828-0342 to preorder or 518-828-8775 10 a.m.-6 p.m. day of event.

Jan. 22

COPAKE — The Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Copake, will host a special story time with Caldecott award-winning author and illustrator Emily Arnold McCully 1-2 p.m. Jan. 22. She will demonstrate how illustrations tell a story. Using an easel for all to see, she will draw as she creates a story with the children’s input. McCully will also read from one of her newer picture books. Intended for children 4-8. Email to register. For information on hours and events, call 518-325-4101 or visit,

STOCKBRIDGE, Massachusetts — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, presents Art of Growing Food online 10:30 a.m.-noon Jan. 22. If you have been considering renovating your kitchen garden, or eager to start growing a food garden that is both beautiful and productive, this class is for you.Join Ellen Ecker Ogden to learn her six steps to successful kitchen garden design. In this class you will learn how to organize, and simplify your efforts. Starting with an overview of how a kitchen garden can be more than simply a place to grow food, you will begin with a design on paper, learn about garden beds and paths, and select the right plants for the best flavor and productivity. This is a live Zoom class, taught on a virtual platform for optimal sharing of ideas with other students. Templates are provided from Ellen’s books (The Complete Kitchen Garden and The New Heirloom Garden, both for sale in the BBG shop) to help you formulate a working plan that fits your own landscape. Each class presents a step-by-step method to simplify and add beauty. The cost for six classes is $250.

Jan. 25

ALBANY — Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County will hold Winter Green-Up 2022 Online 1-4 p.m. Jan. 25 and Feb. 1 via Zoom. The Fourteenth Annual Winter Green-Up Grazing Conference is moving on-line! Because of the increasing incidence of Covid-19 in the Capital District, we have decided to move to an on-line platform in a series of two afternoon sessions. On Jan. 25, we will enjoy presentations from Matt LaRoux, Extension Associate from Cornell University and Stacy Himelright, Cattle Procurement Lead/Head Buyer at the Cargill Beef Plant. On Feb. 1, we will learn from Mike Lapi, Chef Instructor from SUNY Cobleskill, and our keynote presenter, Judith Schwartz, author of Cows Save the Planet, The Reindeer Chronicles, and Water in Plain Sight. Enjoy the same great speakers and content from the comfort of your home or office! Cost for the virtual conference is $15 for one session or $25 for both sessions. Register at Contact Ashley Pierce, of Tom Gallagher, with program questions. If you’re having difficulty registering or wish to register by phone, contact cce- or call 518-765-3518.

Jan. 27

ALBANY — Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County will host Cast Iron Cooking 6-7:15 p.m. Jan. 27 via Zoom. Explore the versatility of cooking with cast iron. These reliable and long-lasting kitchen tools can be used on stovetops or your grill, in your oven or on an open fire. We will discuss how to season them and preserve them for using for years to come. Cooking demonstrations of how to bake a Shepherd’s pie in a skillet, a delicious stew in a Dutch oven and an apple crisp will be shared, along with several more recipes you can try to make at home. Email Karen at or call and leave a message at the office at 518-765-3552. Registration is required at the following link: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Jan. 29

COBLESKILL — The Schoharie County Master Gardeners are happy to be participating in the National Seed Swap 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 29 at the Extension Center, 173 South Grand St., Cobleskill. Participation is free, and you do not have to donate seeds to benefit. National Seed Swap Day is designated as the last Saturday in January. The mission is to conserve and promote crop diversity in local communities through a planned event at which neighbors gather to exchange seeds and chat about plans for the upcoming season.

March 12

TROY — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County will hold its 24th annual “Spring Garden Day” virtually on March 12. Using Zoom, the cloud-based video communications format, we’ll have a webinar-type program from 9:45 a.m.-noon. Garden designer, consultant and writer Robert Clyde Anderson will discuss how to revolutionize your garden in his talk, “Perennial Planting The New Wave Way.” For friends of trees and shrubs, Fred Breglia, Executive Director of the Landis Arboretum, will talk about “Promoting Plant Health Through Proper Pruning.” A great selection of garden-related door prizes will be given away. You’ll need to download the free Zoom app to participate. For registration information, visit or contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 518-272-4210 or

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