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The Repair Café of the Hudson Valley.
Please check for the next scheduled Repair Café. We can mend everything but broken hearts. Bring your broken but beloved things - small appliances, chairs, lamps, jewelry, books, china, clothes, toys, bikes and more. Watch how we mend them for free. Learn how to mend them yourself. Held in various locations in New Paltz, Kingston, Stone Ridge, Poughkeepsie, and other towns.  For more info visit

First Saturdays - Kingston Art Receptions.
 Held throughout Kingston in various galleries.  Arts Society of Kingston (A.S.K.); 5pm-8pm; 338-0331;

Second Saturdays    Woodstock Poetry Society and Festival.
  A Woodstock Second Saturday event featuring guest poets. The Golden Notebook, 29 Tinker Street Road, Woodstock; 2pm; For info contact Phillip Levine at 246-8565;

3rd Saturdays - Phoenicia Art Openings.
Bring a beverage or snack, it's a pot-luck affair.  Arts Upstairs Gallery, Main Street, Phoenicia; 6-9pm; 688-2142;

3rd Saturdays - Movies With Spirit.
Hollywood and independent films that awaken our sense of joy and wonder, inspire love and compassion, and evoke a deeper sense of connection with each other and with life itself. 7 p.m. on the third Saturday of every month across Ulster and Dutchess counties; 389-9201; Check or for monthly films and locations.

3rd Tuesdays - Community Holistic Healthcare Days.
The Rondout Valley Holistic Health Community (RVHHC, Inc.) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to holistic healthcare for all. Holistic practitioners and community members volunteer their services.  Visit our website for the kinds of services available, depending on which practitioners are available on a particular day. Though no money or insurance is required, RVHHC invites patients to give a donation or an hour of volunteer community service if they can. Community service may be given by family and friends on behalf of the patient. We recognize that some patients will be unable to make donations or give volunteer hours. No one will be turned away. Marbletown Community Center, Main Street, Stone Ridge; 4-8pm;

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1    First Day Hike at Minnewaska State Park Preserve - Mossy Glen. 
Approximately 3.5-mile snowshoe outing. Limited number of snowshoes available to borrow from the education department, located at Peter’s Kill area (5080 Route 44/55, Gardiner), arrive early. If there is insufficient snow cover, it will be a hike. Call to preregister. 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Meet at Awosting Parking Area, 5281 Route 44/55, Kerhonkson; 1pm-4:30pm;  845-255-0752;

1    First Day Hike at Minnewaska State Park Preserve - Sam’s Point.
This will be an approximately three-mile trek through the scenic park. Snowshoe rentals may be reserved for $5 per person for this program, arrive early. If there is insufficient snow cover, it will be a hike. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Call to preregister. 400 Sam’s Point Road, Cragsmoor; 9:30am-noon; 2pm-4:30pm; 845-647-7989.

1    First Day Hike at Walkway Over the Hudson. 
Enjoy fresh air, a fun raffle and a little donkey therapy with the Little Brays of Sunshine. Walkway Over the Hudson, 87 Haviland Road, Highland; 2pm-3pm; 845-454-9649;

6 (Rain date January 7)    13th Annual All-Day Winter Bird Count.
Record the winter bird community inhabiting the 160-acre preserve to help provide future guidance for land management/stewardship decisions. Esopus Bend Nature Preserve, 4 Shady Lane, Saugerties; Meet at the Shady Lane entrance parking lot at 5:30am for pre-dawn owling or at 7am for the diurnal part of the survey; Please contact Steve Chorvas  or 845-246-5900 to register, or for additional information, no later than noon, Friday, January 5th.

12-15    Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend.
Enjoy our cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, ice skating rink on Lake Cole, ice fishing and snow tube run. Warm up indoors at our indoor floor hockey arena, climbing gym, archery range and arts and crafts studio. Frost Valley YMCA, 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville; 845-985-2291;

13    Hudson Valley Rail Trail Winterfest
. Come out and enjoy the day. Chili cook-off, bonfire, roasted chestnuts, hayrides, games and more. Admission $2, children eight and under free. Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot, 101 New Paltz Road, Highland; 11am-2pm; 845-691-6313;

14    21st Annual Shandaken Primitive Biathlon
. Annual winter sporting event with competition in four age groups. Prizes. Upper Esopus Fish & Game Club, Little Peck Hollow Road (off County Route 47), Oliverea; 9am-noon; For more information or to register, contact Paul 845-246-3954, Vince 845-688-5560 or Ed 845-339-3440;

20    Ice Harvesting in the Hudson Valley.
  Part of the monthly Museum Mates program, this program provides learning about a historical topic, story time with snacks and a fun interactive activity. This session will explore ice harvesting history and techniques, where participants will conduct their own ice experiment. This event is geared toward children ages 5 to 12 years old. Call to register. Free for HRMM members, $5 general public. Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston; 1pm-3pm; 845-338-0071; Click here for more information.

26-29    20th Annual Catskill Ice Festival:
Choose from multiple clinics on the skills and techniques needed out on ice. Slide show at Rock & Snow on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 8pm.  Demo gear also at Rock & Snow.  $150/person per event. Slide shows are free. Includes excursions to locations near Mount Tremper and Phoenicia.  Alpine Endeavors is an AMGA-accredited guide service based in the Shawangunk and Catskill Mountains. Alpine Endeavors at Rock & Snow, 44 Main St., New Paltz. 877-486-5769; For additional info and to register visit

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2, 3, 4    Sixth Annual Winter Hoot.
Three-day benefit for The Ashokan Center featuring local food, beer, wine, music, dancing, blacksmithing, film, art and nature activities for all ages. Attend for a few hours or the whole weekend - tickets are "give what you can" at the door. Purchase in advance for guaranteed parking and entry. You can also check out our volunteer opportunities. Lodging available. Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge; 845-657-8333;

3, 4    USA Luge Challenge.
  Using easy-to-maneuver plastic sleds, patrons get a chance to experience this exciting Olympic sport throughthe USA Luge Challenge. Families and winter sports enthusiasts who attend this weekend event can experience the “Fastest Sport on Ice” in a safe slope-side setting with help from USA Luge Olympians. Participation is free and no experience or lift tickets are required. Ages 10 and up. Belleayre Mountain, 181 Galli Curci Road, Highmount; Registration begins at 9am each day; 845-254-5600;

9, 10, 11    2018 Winter Folk Weekend.
  Join us for a weekend filled with informal music. You can also join us for a day. Honors Haven, 1195 Arrowhead Rd.,  Ellenville; 718-672-6399;  Info and reservations at

10 (Snow date Sunday February 11)    DanceFest.
  Experience a world of dance with works presented by nine of the Hudson Valley’s finest dance studios. DanceFest is a collaborative project presented by The Vanaver Caravan to connect and expose our local community to myriad dance styles including world dance, ballet, modern, and more. $18 adults, $12 children under 12 & seniors at the door. Rondout Valley High School Auditorium, 122 Kyserike Road, Accord; 3pm and 7pm; For more information call 845-256-9300 or email

10    Subzero Heroes.
An icy dive to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. Coffee & snacks in heated tents during the event for observers. Berean Park, 1000 Reservoir Rd., Highland; Setup starts at 9:30am, check-in from 10:30-11:30am. Jump starts at noon. For more info contact: Lauren Voorhees 845-763-4697 or 914-391-4161; To register visit

11    7th Annual Chocolate Lover's Social. 
Including a silent auction, sumptuous foods, specialty chocolate cocktails & mimosas at the one hour open bar, chocolate fountain flowing the entire event, decadent chocolate desserts and an enormous wine pull.  And most importantly, a chance to make a difference in the life of a young person. Individual tickets are $55, Table of 10 for $500. Hosted by Family of Woodstock. Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern, 25 Partition Street, Saugerties, noon-3pm; Tickets can be purchased at  To sponsor the event, please contact Nicole at 845-331-7080 ext.155 or

17    President’s Style Torchlight Bash.
  An evening of family fun on the mountain. Food and beverages will continue after the lifts stop spinning in Groomers Pub & Lounge. Live music will be playing from 5-7pm in the great room, the torchlight parade will begin at dark with a night-time jam. Belleayre Mountain, 181 Galli Curci Road, Highmount; 845-254-5600;

24    21st Annual Chili Bowl Fiesta.
Nearly 1,000 bowls and tumblers handmade in the Women’s Studio Workshop’s ceramic studio will be on sale.Fill with chili donated by favorite local chefs. Ulster County Community College, 491 Cottekill Road, Stone Ridge; Early admission 2-4pm $5. Free admission 4-6pm; 845-658-9133;

25    Olive Fire Departments Brooks BBQ Drive Thru.
Help support your local volunteer Fire Department and to restore their 1936 original Fire truck. Dinner includes 1/2 chicken or rack of ribs, coleslaw, baked potato, dinner roll, dessert cookie, and a bottle of water. Rib dinner $14; chicken dinner $12; $1 discount for senior citizens; $1 discount if ordered before Feb. 12. Shokan Fire House, 3064 Rt. 28, Shokan. 3-6pm; To order call: 845-657-2261. For more information please visit our website

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MARCH 2018

3    YMCA Indoor Triathlon. 
You can do this. 15 min swim, 20 min bike, 20 min track run. This event is geared for all abilities and ages starting at 12 & up. First Wave starts at 8am. Racers will be notified of their start time on Friday 3/3 or Saturdy 3/4. Late Registration Fee increases to $40 for members and $50 for non-members after 2/9/18. Registration Fee benefits The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. No day-of registration. YMCA, 507 Broadway, Kingston; 338-3810; Online registration only at

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