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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 https://www.kinderhooksda.org/

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, kinderhooksportsman@gmail.com.

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 butler@high-n-mighty.org 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 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.

May 14

HUDSON — Columbia County Dept. of Health will be setting up a vaccination pod 8:30-11 a.m. May 14 at the Salvation Army, 40 South Third St., Hudson. This will be a walk up, no registration is necessary. The Salvation Army Food Pantry will also be open 8-10 a.m. that Friday.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., presents Spring iPhone and Digital Camera Garden Photography 3-5 p.m. May 14; 10 a.m.-noon May 15; 5-7 p.m. May 17. If you find yourself wishing to compose better images of your garden and landscapes, this is the course for you. Taught by Thad Kubis, this three-part class is held both online and at BBG and will provide a hands-on, application-based introduction to all aspects of garden-based photography. Thad will review all the options that smartphones, DSLR’s and film-based cameras offer and explain how you can use them to create beautiful and unique garden-based photographs. Non-members, $45; members, $35. For information, visit http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/events or call 413-298-3926.

May 15

HILLSDALE — Town of Hillsdale presents ‘Jams in the Hamlet’ the third Saturday of the month in Hillsdale Hamlet Park, corner of Route 22 and 23. The Sleepy Hollow String Band will perform bluegrass 5-7 p.m. May 15. Admission is free, donations encouraged. The park will open at4 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and blankets for seeting. Refreshments available for purchase will be provided by Hillsdale’s Roe Jan Brewery, Little Apple Cidery, Mama Lo’s BBQ and Bacon’s Pizza.

VALATIE — The Presbyterian Church, 3212 Church St., Valatie, annual Plant Sale will be held 9 a.m.-noon May 15. Many plants including annuals, perennials, vegetables, shrubs, ground covers and houseplants will be available. If you have any plants to donate, contact firstpresbyterianvalatie@gmail.com.

COPAKE — Roeliff Jansen Community Library is holding its second annual Teen & Youth Job Fair beginning at noon May 15 at the library, 9091 Route 22, Copake. Looking for a summer job or internship? Then drop by Roeliff Jansen Community Library’s second annual Teen & Youth Job Fair, where more than a dozen local businesses and organizations will be on-site to meet, interview and maybe hire you! Employers attending this year’s Fair include Big Y, Tanglewood, Stewart’s Shops, Four Brothers, Camp Anne, Catamount, and more! So dress for success and show up ready to Roeliff Jansen Community Library’s Teen & Youth Job Fair! The 2021 Fair will be held outdoors, with a rain date of May 22, in case of inclement weather. Masks and social distancing are required. Open to ages 14-24. Light refreshments provided. For information on hours and events, call 518-325-4101.

GERMANTOWN — The Germantown Garden Club will hold its very popular Annual Plant Sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 15 at Palatine Park, Germantown. There will be locally grown nursery plants available for purchase. Plant selections include annual flowers, perennials, vegetables, and herbs. The club will also offer a Gardening Tag Sale and a delicious Bake Sale. Get here early, as the most desirable plants sell out fast. Funds raised at this event support the club’s Germantown High School Scholarship Fund and other important donations and projects for the town that the club provides. Make sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing. For information, call Irene Clum at 518-537-4793.

May 16

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., presents the online program Houseplants by Design: Adding Plants to your Décor 2-3:30 p.m. May 16. Explore some of the easiest, most rewarding houseplants appropriate for all types of home situations and varying window exposures. Tovah Martin will show how to move beyond the “green blob in the corner,” offering ideas for profiling plants beautifully and artistically, applying design principles to make your plants work meaningfully with your home décor. Non-members, $35; members, $25. For information, visit http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/events or call 413-298-3926.

May 17

HUDSON — Hendrick Hudson DAR Speaker Series presents Women’s History and Historic House Museums at 2:30 p.m. May 17 via Zoom. Speaker will be Dr. Patricia West McKay, PhD, an eminent historian and curator discussing house museums: Which stories do they tell and which do they leave out? To register and for information, www.hudson-dar.org for information. Admission is free.

May 18

HUDSON — The Hudson Area Library presents Dances of India with Ajna Dance Company, 6-7 p.m. May 18 via Zoom. In celebration of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the teaching artists of Ajna Dance Company share a live introduction to Indian dance, a video presentation of a spectacular Ajna performance, and an interactive Bollywood and Bhangra dance lesson catered to families — adults, children, and teens. A question and answer period follows the program. This event is free and open to the public. To register for the Zoom login link, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 ext. 101.

COPAKE — The Roeliff Jansen Community Library Board of Trustees will at 4 p.m. May 18 via Zoom. The Roe Jan Community Library Board of Trustees normally meets on the third Tuesday of each month. All meetings are open to members of the public. If you would like to attend this meeting, please email Tamara Gaskell at director@roejanlibrary.org to receive the login information.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., presents the online program Gardens as Agents of Change 6-7 p.m. May 18. In her presentation, Jennifer Jewell will explore the philosophy of her Cultivating Place podcast that gardeners and gardens are potentially powerful agents and spaces for positive change in our world, helping to address challenges as wide ranging as climate change, habitat loss, cultural polarization and individual and communal health and well-being. Fees apply. For information, visit http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/events or call 413-298-3926.

May 22

ANCRAM — St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1273 County Route 7, Ancram, annual Roast Beef Dinner will be held May 22, take out only. The menu includes Roast beef, gravy, baked potato, coleslaw, green beans, roll and dessert. Pick ups 4:30-6 p.m. The cost is $15. To reserve tickets, call Jim at 518-789-4769; Cindy at 518-329-0038; Debby at 518-329-7594; Robin at 518-398-5200.

ANCRAM — The Columbia Land Conservancy and the Alan Devoe Bird Club will be holding a bird walk beginning at 7:30 a.m. May 22 at Overmountain Conservation Area’s Kite Hill parking lot, 138 Catalano Road in Ancram. The walk, which will take place on grassy trails that are primarily flat, will be led by experienced birder Marian Sole. She will take us through a wonderful mix of habitat that will provide opportunities to experience a variety of resident and migratory birds. Space is limited to 10 attendees. Registration, masks, and social distancing are required. There is no sharing of equipment, and there are no bathrooms or other indoor amenities available. Please plan accordingly. Register at clctrust.org/events. A note on directions: Catalano Road may appear as Cattalino, Cattalano, or Catalonus Road in your GPS system, depending on your software.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., presents Ayurvedic Herbs, Cultivation and Application 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 22. Gardener Indira Rajan will demonstrate simple ways we can all improve our health with Ayurveda. Based on her experience gardening at her home along New York’s Hudson River, she will share plants we can easily grow in temperate climates either outside or in pots that move inside for the winter. Indira will describe the health benefits of these plants and simple ways to incorporate them into our daily lives, such as mixing them into a salad or brewing a tea. Non-members, $15; BBG members, $10. For information, visit http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/events or call 413-298-3926.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., presents Cultivating Mushrooms at Home: Winecaps, Oysters and Shiitakes 1-3 p.m. May 22. Learn about the basic mushroom life cycle and the important ecological roles that fungi fill. The discussion will focus on several different methods of mushroom cultivation on wood, including shiitake on logs, oysters on totems and wine cap mushrooms on wood chips. Leave with the tools and knowledge to start cultivating mushrooms in your garden! All participants will take home an inoculated log that will produce mushrooms for years to come. Non-members, $65; members, $50. For information, visit http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/events or call 413-298-3926.

HUDSON — The Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA (CGHS/SPCA), in partnership with Message in a Bottle Can and Bottle Redemption Center, will be holding a bottle and can drive to benefit the shelter on May 22. New York 5-cent redeemable bottles and cans will be collected between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 9 Healy Blvd., Suite 3, Hudson, with redeemable proceeds going to CGHS/SPCA. Items being dropped off must not be crushed, cut, missing labels, or containing liquid. Glass should be separated from other donations. Message in a Bottle will also keep an open account for CGHS/SPCA in the future so that bottles and cans may be dropped off year-round, with funds going to support the shelter’s programs and services. For questions, call CGHS/SPCA at 518- 828-6044 or Message in a Bottle at 518-929-9418.

AUSTERLITZ — Old Austerlitz, 115500 Route 22, Austerlitz, will hold a Big Barn Sale as a fundraiser 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 22. The large Morey-Devereaux barn will be filled with antiques, vintage items and lots of bargains. All proceeds will benefit the Austerlitz Historical Society.

May 23

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., presents Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Broken Arrow Nursery 10 a.m.-noon May 23. Get a behind-the-scenes tour of one of New England’s most unique and well-respected nurseries. Founded in 1947, Broken Arrow is one of the few retail nurseries in Connecticut that propagate and grow most of the plants they sell. This allows them to offer rare and native species not widely available on the retail market. Non-members, $45; members, $35. For information, visit http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/events or call 413-298-3926.

May 26

HUDSON — The Hudson Area Library presents Plant Identification Walk & Regenerative Health Workshop 6-7:30 p.m. May 26 at River City Garden, 59 North Front St., Hudson. This in-person program, led by Antonia Estela Pérez of Herban Cura, focuses on the growth and use of medicinal plants found in the Northeast, with the goal of building mutually regenerative relationships for our survival. Throughout the event, participants of all ages will have a chance to taste herbs and deepen their awareness of their own body systems, while considering the important role of plants as preventative, accessible, and sustainable medicine. Masks and social distancing will be required. If you are not feeling well, stay home. This event is free and open to the public. To register, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 ext. 101.

AUSTERLITZ — The Austerlitz Historical Society will present a Zoom program: Discovering the History of Your House at 7 p.m. May 26. The speaker, Austerlitz Town Historian Tom Moreland, will demonstrate how to use the deed and mortgage records in the County Clerk’s office, and other materials to trace the ownership of your property back as early as records exist. The program, which is free of charge, will be given via Zoom. To register, go to oldausterlitz.org/lecture-series/ Moreland is the author of The Old Houses of Austerlitz, The history and early architecture of a rural New York town, published by the Society in 2018. Based on Moreland’s research over some six years, the book details the history of each of the 168 existing buildings in Austerlitz — 158 of them houses — which appeared on the 1888 town atlas. It is Moreland’s practical experience in compiling those histories that forms the basis for his talk.

May 29

PINE PLAINS — Friends of the Pine Plains Free Library, 7775 South Main St., Route 82, Pine Plains, will hold a book sale for three days on Memorial Day Weekend on second floor of the Library. Book sale hours are 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. May 29; with a Saturday preview 8:30-9:30 a.m. for $10 (members of FRIENDS are free); 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 30; and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 31. Social distancing to be observed. Masks are mandatory. Come shop a vast array of fiction, non-fiction, children’s, self-help, historical, crafts/hobbies and more. For information, call 518-398-1927.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., presents Tree Peonies in Bloom with Dan Furman at Cricket Hill Nursery 1-3 p.m. May 29. Peony grower Dan Furman of Cricket Hill Nursery will lead participants on a tour through production and nursery areas, sharing his vast knowledge about the history and culture of peonies along the way. The tour is timed to occur during peak season for tree peony blooms. Non-members, $45; members, $35. For information, visit http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/events or call 413-298-3926.

May 30

COPAKE — Matt and Atla DeChamplain return for an afternoon concert of American Songbook Jazz at 3 p.m. May 30 at the Hilltop Barn at Roeliff Jansen Park. Presented by Roeliff Jansen Community Library, this free outdoor concert is open to all ages. Donations are appreciated. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. Social distancing guidelines must be followed. Roeliff Jansen Community Library is located at 9091 Route 22, Copake. For information on hours and events, call 518-325-4101.

June 5

SPENCERTOWN — Spencertown Academy Roots & Shoots Streams will broadcast a virtual concert by three-time Latin Grammy nominee, Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto at 8 p.m. June 5. The performance is free (though tips are welcome via a virtual tip jar) and advance registration is not required. A link to the performance will be posted on the Academy’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/spencertownacademy.

June 10

RHINEBECK — Clinton Community Library’s annual book and plant sale will be held June 10 through June 13 at the library, 1215 Centre Road, Rhinebeck. The sale will take place both indoors and outdoors, with a variety of titles to choose from for adults, teens, and children. The selection includes local history, vintage sci-fi, paperbacks, and specialty books. Unique 20th century railroading books will be available from the Clinton Historical Society. A selection of seedlings and divided perennials will also be for sale outside, along with a large selection of home and garden books.

All books and plants are priced as marked unless stated otherwise. The dates/times for the sale are as follows: book sale preview night, $10 entrance fee, 5-7 p.m. June 10; book sale, 1-7 p.m. June 11; book and plant sale 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 12; $5 bag sale/plant sale 11 a.m.-3 p.m. June 13. Fill a bag of books for $5. Bring your own reusable bag.

June 19

SPENCERTOWN — Spencertown Academy Arts Center Hidden Gardens Virtual Lecture Series presents a talk by Ron and Jennifer Kujawski “Vegetable Garden Planted: Now What?” at 4 p.m. June 19 via Zoom. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A with participants. Tickets are $10. To register, www.spencertownacademy.org.

HILLSDALE — Town of Hillsdale presents ‘Jams in the Hamlet’ the third Saturday of the month in Hillsdale Hamlet Park, corner of Route 22 and 23. The Hudson Festival Players will perform 5-7 p.m. June 19. Admission is free, donations encouraged. The park will open at4 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and blankets for seeting. Refreshments available for purchase will be provided by Hillsdale’s Roe Jan Brewery, Little Apple Cidery, Mama Lo’s BBQ and Bacon’s Pizza.

July 17

HILLSDALE — Town of Hillsdale presents ‘Jams in the Hamlet’ the third Saturday of the month in Hillsdale Hamlet Park, corner of Route 22 and 23. The Hudson Valley Jazz Quartet will perform 5-7 p.m. July 17. Admission is free, donations encouraged. The park will open at4 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and blankets for seeting. Refreshments available for purchase will be provided by Hillsdale’s Roe Jan Brewery, Little Apple Cidery, Mama Lo’s BBQ and Bacon’s Pizza.

Aug. 21

HILLSDALE — Town of Hillsdale presents ‘Jams in the Hamlet’ the third Saturday of the month in Hillsdale Hamlet Park, corner of Route 22 and 23. Singer/Songwriters Kerri Powers and Lisa and Lori Brigantino perform 5-7 p.m. Aug. 21. Admission is free, donations encouraged. The park will open at4 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and blankets for seeting. Refreshments available for purchase will be provided by Hillsdale’s Roe Jan Brewery, Little Apple Cidery, Mama Lo’s BBQ and Bacon’s Pizza.

Sept. 18

HILLSDALE — Town of Hillsdale presents ‘Jams in the Hamlet’ the third Saturday of the month in Hillsdale Hamlet Park, corner of Route 22 and 23. Children’s Performer and Grammy nominee Brady Rymer and Claudia Mussen perform 5-7 p.m. Aug. 21. Admission is free, donations encouraged. The park will open at4 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and blankets for seeting. Refreshments available for purchase will be provided by Hillsdale’s Roe Jan Brewery, Little Apple Cidery, Mama Lo’s BBQ and Bacon’s Pizza.

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