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May 20

HUDSON — The Friends of the Hudson Area Library will hold its meeting via video conference at 6:30 p.m. May 20. The meeting is open to the public and will be held via Zoom. To receive meeting access information, email or leave a voicemail message with your name and number at 518-828-1792 ext. 102.

CHATHAM — The first and third Wednesday of each month for the duration of the pandemic, NAMI Columbia County will be hosting a Zoom Family Support Group meeting for those interested. The next meeting is May 20. This is mainly to help parents and friends of individuals with mental illness - all are welcome whether a NAMI member or not. At this time family and friends can be under additional stress trying to care for their loved one with mental illness. There is no cost, and it is run by trained facilitators. Sign up can be done at or on the NAMI-CC Facebook page a few days prior to each meeting. Anyone with questions can contact NAMI at

May 23

SELKIRK — The Bethlehem Grange Hall, 24 Bridge St., Selkirk, will hold a craft fair and plant sale 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 23. There will be lots of crafters with lots of items for sale, lots of plants, all sizes and all kinds. There will be inside and outside booths and plenty of onsite parking. The grange is also planning to have food, depending on Covid-19 guidelines, wanting to keep everyone safe. Wear face masks if still required by Gov. Cuomo.

COPAKE — The Roe Jan Community Library presents Virtual Storytime with Ms. Haylee 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays. Ms. Haylee will be holding a virtual storytime each Saturday via Zoom, a webcam app that can be downloaded for free on your smartphone, or accessed online. To join us for storytime, all you have to do is visit this link: Patrons can also tune in to storytime by going to and clicking ‘Join a Meeting,’ and then typing in this code: 806-577-651. We will be using the same link and code each Saturday.

TANNERSVILLE — The Native Garden at Mountain Top Arboretum, an online presentation, will take place 10-11:30 a.m. May 23. The weather has warmed and the richness of life is returning to the mountains. Spring wildflowers are near peak bloom and the garden season is getting into full swing. Join us as we get excited about the 2020 season with speaker Kathy Salisbury, an accomplished gardener and teacher. Additionally, she is the Director at Ambler Arboretum of Temple University. Join us for what will be an inspiring presentation on native plants and garden design. Suggested donation is $5 for members, $15 for nonmembers. No advanced reservations necessary. For information, call 518-589-3903;

June 4

CATSKILL — The Catskill Elks Lodge, 45 North Jefferson Ave., Catskill, will hold a drive through-take out only chicken barbecue beginning at 4:30 p.m. until sold out on June 4. The cost is $12 and includes half a chicken, baked potato, cole slaw and baked beans. Face covering required.

June 15

MILLBROOK — Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County is accepting applications for Master Gardener Volunteer training. Training begins Sept. 9.

Volunteers are given in-depth training on a wide variety of horticulture topics. Upon successful completion of the training program, graduates volunteer 100 hours over a two year period staffing our horticulture diagnostic lab and working on community projects. Candidates must have a basic knowledge of gardening, a flexible schedule, be a Dutchess County resident and at least 18 years old.

Master Gardener volunteers share the knowledge they have gained with the community. Enrich your life by learning more and meeting others who share your love of gardening! For more information and an application, visit our website at or call Nancy Halas at 845-677-8223 x 115.

Class is limited to 25. Application deadline is June 15.

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