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June 23

RED HOOK — Stamptrotters of the Hudson Valley will host their monthly auction June 23 at the VFW, 30 Elizabeth St., Red Hook. Display and viewing begins at 7 p.m. with the auction starting at 7:15 p.m. Low opening bids. Open to all ages and experience levels. Call 845-631-9837 for more information.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., presents Fireflies in the Meadow 8-9:30 p.m. June 23. Explore the magic of fireflies with Mass Audubon. Learn about fireflies and how best to view or gently catch and release these mystical glowing lights of summer. We’ll take an evening walk in the meadows for firefly viewing while keeping our eyes open for the stars, planets, and twilight birds and mammals. Non-members, $19; members, $15. For information, visit http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/events; call 413-298-3926; or email info@berkshirebotanical.org.

June 24

SAUGERTIES — The Katsbaan Ladies Aid Society will sponsor a Yard Sale & Bake Sale, rain or shine, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 24 and June 25 in the Katsbaan Reformed Church Hall, 1801 Old Kings Highway, Saugerties. Household items, toys, books, jewelry and delicious homemade baked goods. Something for everyone. Visit the church website at http://www.katsbaanchurch.org.

June 25

COPAKE — The Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Copake, will host a visit from Mad Science at 1 p.m. June 25 to kick off the summer reading program. Get ready to be mystified by molecules and amazed by atmospheric pressure in this event on the power of pressure. Witness how an ordinary object becomes a hot-air balloon. Zoom across the floor on the Mad Science hovercraft and discover how energy transforms liquid into an exciting chemical reaction. This spellbinding special event introduces children to the principles of air and pressure. Children understand how pressure affects the world around us. The Mad Scientist will make a hot air balloon out of a dry cleaning bag and have a volunteer show the audience how a parachute works. A vortex generator will create giant smoke rings and a special powder will be used to surprise everyone. Children will get to see an incredible exothermic reaction take place. And while you are at the library, sign up for Summer Reading and take home some books. For information on hours and events, call 518 325-4101.

ALBANY — Capital District Genealogical Society will meet at 1 p.m. June 25 via Zoom. Registration is free and will open to the public on June 16. See www.CapitalDistrictGenealogicalSociety.org]www.CapitalDistrictGenealogicalSociety.org under meetings and events. There is a 100-person limit. Skip Duett presents that After the Revolutionary War, there was a shift away from the earlier land transfer approaches. The Holland Land Company, Oliver Phelps, Nathaniel Gorham, Sir William Pulteney, William Constable and many others operated land companies in the post-war period. Understanding how and where these companies functioned opens a treasure trove of records the prudent New York researcher will not want to miss.

GHENT — Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center, Columbia County Soil and Water, 1024 Route 66, Ghent, will be hosting a firefly walk 8:30-9:30 p.m. June 25. Hike the trails of Mud Creek while learning about and looking for fireflies. Registration is required. To register, call 518-267-3313 or email leanna.ogrady@ccswcd.org.

June 26

COPAKE — The Roeliff Jansen Community Library will host an afternoon of classical music with the River Trio at 3 p.m. June 26 at the Hilltop Barn, Roe Jan Park, Copake, across the street from the library on Route 22.

The trio will play music of Haydn and Mozart and popular classical favorites. Admission is free. Lawn chairs are appreciated.

July 5

COPAKE — Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Copake, will host Emily Rubin 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, July 5 through Tuesday, July 26 for a writing workshop titled “Write That Story.” This four-session workshop series will introduce participants to writing a short story or memoir. Stories, whether memoir or fiction, often begin with a life or real-world event that fascinates and inspires the storyteller in us all to write. The participants will engage their creative writing muscles through close readings of fiction and memoir, in-class, and weekly assignments from writing prompts that use prose, visual imagery, poetry, and science to inspire stories. As we explore the internal and external conflicts in our lives and the world through writing, the depth of experience and the world of a storyteller will emerge. At the end of the four sessions, participants will have a draft of a short story or the first pages of a memoir. Limited to 10 participants.Participants are expected to attend all four sessions. Registration required. Register by emailing director@roejanlibrary.org.

July 8

STUYVESANT — St. John’s Lutheran Church, 159 Route 26A, Stuyvesant, will hold the annual Summer Tag Sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 8 and July 9, inside and outside. As always the tables will be full with a wide variety of items for you to choose from. We will not be serving lunch and no food sale. Due to the high numbers of COVIDS in the county we are asking that you please where a mask inside.

July 14

HUDSON — Trinity United Methodist Church UMW, 555 Joslen Blvd., Hudson, will be hosting a chicken barbecue prepared by Barbecue Delights 4-6:30 p.m. July 14 take-out only. The menu includes half chicken, baked potato, homemade coleslaw, dinner roll and homemade brownie. Tickets for the complete dinner are $14; chicken only is $8. For tickets and information, call 518-828-0226.

July 23

MILAN — A ceremony for the unveiling of the Jacob Shook historical marker located on Shookville Road in the town of Milan at 10 a.m. July 23. Jacob Shook was Milan’s second supervisor, post master and served in the Dutchess County militia from 1811 through 1816. In 1833, he and his brother, Peter, donated land for the construction of the Shookville Church and Cemetery. This historical marker is made possible through the William Pomeroy Foundation and was granted for the thorough and important research done by Bonnie Wood, who is a descendant of prominent Milan citizens. For additional information, contact Victoria LoBrutto, Milan historian, at Milannyhistory@gmail.com.

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