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July 31

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, presents New England Plant Communities 6-8 p.m. July 31 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 1. Join ecologist Ted Elliman for an exploration of native New England plant communities. A Friday lecture will cover many of the forest, meadow and wetland habitats found in Berkshire County, discussing their physical and ecological features: topography, geology, soils, and moisture; as well as their characteristic plant associations, including both common and rare plants. The Saturday field trip will take us to a variety of forested, open and wetland habitats, and we will take a close look at the flora and features of each of them. Cost for full course is $120 for members and $135 for non-members; Friday only, members, $25 and non-members, $35. For information, call 413-298-3926.

Aug. 1

AUSTERLITZ — Art Austerlitz hosts “Coming Soon” an exhibit of contemporary art by local and regional artists in the Old Church. 11565 Route 22, Austerlitz, beginning with a debut reception noon-4 p.m. Aug. 1. Sponsored by the Austerlitz Historical Society, the gallery will be open to the public, free of charge, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 6. Masks and social distancing is in effect. For information, call 518-392-0062.

STOCKPORT — The Stockport Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary will be serving hamburger subs 3-7 p.m. Aug. 1. A 12 inch hamburger sub includes choice of lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, mayo, ketchup, mustard with chips and watermelon for $10. Pre-order or walk-in (until gone). Delivery available for orders of five or more. To pre-order or for information, call 518-610-0001.

Aug. 5

COPAKE — Bard professor and critically-acclaimed writer Joseph Luzzi will be hosting a free Zoom discussion about the power of literature in times of crisis 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 5. 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, and the uncertainty of what comes next can make the future look that much more daunting. Luckily, we can look to the struggles of past generations for perspective on how to move forward. This program will examine how the written works of some of the world’s most beloved writers – Dante, Boccaccio, Brontë, Camus, Orwell, Atwood and more – have inspired readers to persevere during some of our most challenging times, and how we can do the same today. Visit http://www.roejanlibrary.org/adult-programs/ for complete details. For information on hours and events, call 518-325-4101.

Aug. 7

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., presents Family Fridays - Backyard Animals 11 a.m.-noon Aug. 7. In this program for all ages, instructor Rick Roth will bring visitors up close and personal with mostly-nocturnal mammals that we seldom encounter. Families will get to meet a grey fox, skunk, flying squirrels and more, live and in-person, as well as learn about their natural history and develop appreciation and respect for the wild animals that often live in our own backyards. Free with Garden admission. For information, call 413-298-3926.

Aug. 8

NORTH CHATHAM — The North Chatham Free Library, 4287 Route 203, North Chatham, will host The Storycrafters live outside at 4 p.m. Aug. 8. Social Distancing will be in place.

SCHODACK LANDING — The Reformed Dutch Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill announce the annual chicken barbecue 4-6 p.m. Aug. 8, take out only. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, the mini-market will not be taking place. No eating on the premises. The meal will include chicken, potato salad, corn, cabbage salad and watermelon. Adults, $14; children 6-12, $7. Reserve meals by calling 732-7345. If no answer, leave a message including name, number and that you are calling regarding the barbecue. You will be called back. The church is located at the intersection of Schodack Landing Road and Muitzeskill Road, in Schodack Landing. Wear masks during pick-up and maintain social distancing.

GHENT — High and Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center Midsummer Jazz on the Great Lawn, a fundraiser to support their programs, will be held at 5 p.m. Aug. 8 at the center, 71 County Route 217C, Ghent. Bring the family, chairs and picnic blankets and join us for a late afternoon of beautiful scenery, soft jazz, R&B and classics with Chris Ferrone, Danny Garcia, Scott Stockman and friends. Visit the website to purchase tickets. Early bird purchases receive a discount. https://high-n-mighty.org.

GHENT — The Ghent Reformed Church, 1039 County Route 22, Ghent, will be barbecuing chicken halves so you don’t have to heat up your house for dinner 3-6 p.m. Aug. 8. A full dinner includes half a chicken, potato, veggie and dessert. Full dinner, $12; half chicken, $6. This is a drive-thru event. To reserve tickets, call Dick at 518-392-2062.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., will hold an offsite field study at Good Dog Farm in Ashley Falls, Mass., 4-6 p.m. Aug. 8. Maria Nation of Good Dog Farm in Ashley Falls, Mass. has designed, installed and maintained the gardens beside her early 19th century home with her own two hands. The gardens have been featured in numerous books and magazines, including Garden Wild, Private Edens, Great Gardens of the Berkshires, Growing the Northeast Garden and The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook. Members, $45; non-members, $65. For information, call 413-298-3926.

Aug. 9

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., will hold an online lecture, Ornamental & Edible Native Plants, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 9. Join horticulturists, garden designers and artists Allyson Levy and Scott Serrano for a lecture and Q&A exploring outstanding and edible native plants. They will share a diversity of American plants, showcasing highly ornamental and edible varieties that ought to be used widely in American gardens but are often limited to botanical gardens and arboreta. Members, $10; non-members, $15. For information and registration, call 413-298-3926.

Aug. 13

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., holds an online Summer Author Series: Kathryn Aalto, Writing Wild 6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 13. Enjoy a lecture and Q&A session with author Kathryn Aalto, whose new book, Writing Wild, examines 25 pioneering and imaginative women whose influential nature-writing has deepened our connection to and understanding of the natural world. Writing Wild will be available for purchase through the BBG online shop. Members, $10; non-members, $15. For information and registration, call 413-298-3926.

Aug. 14

VALATIE — The First Presbyterian Church of Valatie, 3212 Church St., Valatie, will host a drive thru Giffy’s Chicken Barbecue 5-7 p.m. Aug. 14. The menu includes a half chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, roll and butter, dessert and a beverage. Tickets are $13. Advance tickets are strongly recommended. For ticket sales, call Hertha at 518-929-5744.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., presents Family Fridays - Nature Matters with Jen Lahey 11 a.m.-noon Aug. 14. Nature Matters is home to a diverse collection of animal educators.

Many of these animals came to us because they were unable to survive in the wild due to an injury, or they were born in captivity and have never learned how to fend for themselves. These animals are on the borderland; they are not pets, but they are also no longer able to be wild. They need a place to be cared for in order to survive. This program will explore our relationships and connection with animals, both wild and domestic pet species.

It will also talk about how the animals came to be with us, and our responsibilities to other species, both wild and non-wild alike. Free with Garden admission. For information, call 413-298-3926.

Aug. 15

KINDERHOOK — The Kinderhook Sportsmen’s Club will serve a pasta dinner 2-6 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Sportsmens Club, 376 Fowler Lake Road, Ghent. Menu includes lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, baked ziti and more. Adults, $10; children under 12, $5. For information, call Kathy Ingham at 518-669-0101.

HUDSON — The Board of Trustees of the Hudson Area Library will meet at 10:15 a.m. Aug. 15. The meeting will either be held by Zoom or in person in the library’s Community Room, 51 North Fifth St., Hudson. To receive location confirmation (and Zoom link, if applicable), email info@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x102. All are welcome.

Aug. 19

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., presents Birding by Ear in the Garden 5-6:30 p.m. Aug. 19. Hone your birding skills with naturalist Zach Adams.

Birding by ear is an effective and exciting tool in bird identification. Join Zach at BBG, walk the grounds and learn to identify bird species by call and song.

This in-person event is presented in collaboration with Mass Audubon Pleasant Valley. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Members, $12; non-members, $15. For information and registration, call 413-298-3926.

HUDSON — The Friends of the Hudson Area Library will meet at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19. The meeting will either be held by Zoom or in person in the library’s Community Room, 51 North Fifth St., Hudson.

To receive location confirmation (and Zoom link, if applicable), email info@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x102. All are welcome.

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