Hudson River Playback Theatre, in partnership with Historic Huguenot Street, will offer an afternoon of interactive theatre at Deyo Hall in New Paltz on Thursday, July 28 at 8 p.m. The performance, based on personal stories enacted on the spot, is called “The Virtual Campfire.” All ages and stories are welcome. Admission is by donation. For more information, visit www.hudsonriverplayback.org.
Free movie night
The Grand Guignol Horror Society will present Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath this Saturday, July 23, 8 p.m., at Yummies Ice Cream and Mini Golf Cafe in Highland. For details, call 691-7080.
Blueberry growing workshop
Locally and nationally known garden columnist Lee Reich will be spreading the blueberry gospel with a blueberry growing workshop in his garden on July 30 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. This workshop will cover everything you need to know to be on your way to picking your own blueberries, including soil preparation, watering, fertilizing, pruning, and, or course, eating (and tasting). The cost is $40. Reservations are a must. Phone 255-0417 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and reservations.
Plan ahead for Gardiner Day
Vendors are needed for Gardiner Day, which will take place this year on Sept. 10 at Majestic Park in Gardiner. For additional information or an application, call Jewell at 255-9675, ext. 103 or Linda at 706-0625.
Meal in the field
Phillies Bridge Farm Project in Gardiner will host its inaugural “Meal In The Field” on Saturday, July 30 from 5:30 to 9 p.m., rain or shine. Four courses of locally-sourced food will be prepared by five local chefs and served in one of the farm project’s working fields.
The dishes will highlight what is fresh and happening in the Hudson Valley at that moment and will be prepared by Café Mio (Michael Bernardo), The Village Tearoom (Agnes Devereux), Bridge Creek Catering (Phil Leger), Karma Road (Seth and Jennifer Branitz) and Lagusta’s Luscious (Lagusta Yearwood).
The dishes’ ingredients will be harvested from Phillies Bridge Farm and other area farms. Each dish comes with a tantalizing name such as squash and summer herb soup with goat cheese feta and olive oil bread stick. There will be a mix of vegetarian and omnivore options throughout the evening.
The cost is $55 per person or $100 per couple. Supervised childcare (including a light meal) will be available for a limited number of children ages 4-12 at a cost of $15.
To purchase tickets or for more information, please call 256-9108 or visit philliesbridge.org.
Hazardous and pharmaceutical waste and electronics collection event
The Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency will host a household hazardous waste, pharmaceutical waste and electronics collection event this Saturday, July 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) in New Paltz.
The event, which is partially funded by the NYSDEC, was created to bring hazardous waste disposal services into the community and to provide a drop-off location for Ulster County residents. By offering alternatives for the safe disposal of household hazardous waste, Ulster County is taking a proactive role in protecting the environment by preventing these items from ending up in landfills or contaminating water sources and wastewater treatment plants.
Materials being accepted are lead and oil-based paint, fertilizers, pesticides, household cleaners, paint solvents, hobby chemicals, etc. Also being accepted at the event for free are electronics, including computers and their components, VCRs/DVD players, keyboards, printers, monitors/TVs, etc. For a complete list of acceptable items, please visit www.ucrra.org
In addition to household hazardous waste and electronics, residents will also have the opportunity to discard their unused and/or expired medications at this event. When pills or liquid medicines are poured down the sink or flushed down the toilet they remain diluted in the water supply after treatment and these trace amounts are suspected of causing a range of health problems, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Bring any prescription or over-the-counter pills, ointments, lotions and liquids for disposal. Pet medications are welcome as well. A Deputy Sheriff of Ulster County will be on site to control the collection of these medications, as well as to witness the best means of permanent disposal of medications at the Dutchess County Energy-From-Waste Facility located in Poughkeepsie.
There is no charge for this service, but registration to participate in this event is required. To register or for more information, visit www.ucrra.org or call 336-3336.
Walk the Harcourt Nature Preserve
A walk and talk with environmental biologist Casey Tompkins will take place on the Harcourt Nature Preserve on Saturday, July 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. Learn about snapping turtles, their behavior, habitat needs and diet. Get answers to questions like, “What do snapping turtles do in the winter?” The Harcourt Nature Preserve is a protected property and a prime habitat for these special turtles. Please register to receive directions and details about the walk by calling 255-2761 or e-mail info@WallkillValleyLT.org.
Free wedding services for one same-sex couple
Jane Wilcox, of Forget-Me-Not Events, will offer complimentary wedding services for one same-sex couple to honor the passage of the new New York State law permitting same-sex marriage.
“We wanted to celebrate the passage of this law,” Wilcox said. “As a wedding coordination company, we are delighted to help make wedding dreams come true.”
Wilcox invites same-sex couples to tell in 100 words or less how they met and e-mail this to Jane@4getMeNotEvents.com by Aug. 1. Include in the e-mail both names, a phone number, an e-mail address, the city where they live and the tentative date of the wedding. The wedding must take place in the Hudson Valley before Nov. 1, 2012. Details can be found on the Forget-Me-Not Events website at www.4getMeNotEvents.com.
The recipient couple of the wedding service package will be called and then announced on Aug. 4, 2011 on the Forget-Me-Not Events web site at www.4getMeNotEvents.com.
Work by Warren Hurley on display at the Bakery
The Bakery in New Paltz presents “Hudson Valley Paintings” by Warren Hurley through Aug. 10. Hurley’s current work explores the countryside near his home in Ulster County. He particularly likes painting snow and the quiet that comes just after dawn or shortly before dusk. For more information, call 255-8840 or visit www.ilovethebakery.com.
Get your read on
“One World, Many Stories,” the summer reading program at Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz is underway, but it’s not too late for children to sign up to win prizes as they read -- more than 100 are already involved in this year’s program.
Faerie Tale Theater will be presented by Jonathan Kruk on Wednesday, July 27, 4 p.m., at the library. Kruk has been described as “Westchester’s intrepid storyteller” by the New York Times and was recently named “Best Storyteller in the Hudson Valley” by Hudson Valley Magazine.
Check out the calendar of events at eltinglibrary.org for all the library’s summer activities. For additional information, call 255-5030.
Gilday Creative celebrates one-year anniversary website giveaway
In recognition of its first-year anniversary, Gilday Creative will offer a non-profit website giveaway of a free website design (valued at $3,500). All qualified nonprofit organizations are eligible and should submit their organization’s name through a nomination form at www.gildaycreative.com/giveaway. The deadline for entries is July 29, with five finalists being selected by Aug. 15. A public vote will be held to help choose the winning organization, with the winning organization selected by Aug. 30.
“We have had an amazing year,” said Sheila Gilday, principal/creative director of the Gilday Creative design studio. “In our work, we have seen firsthand how non-profit organizations give back to the community. We just want to give back, too.”
Gilday Creative is a creative design studio located in Gardiner that provides website development, graphic design and internet marketing strategies. It is owned by Steve and Sheila Gilday, who can be reached at 232-0078 or email@example.com. For further information, visit gildaycreative.com.
The Town of New Paltz will hold a giveaway this Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Center located behind Town Hall. The items to be given away are abandoned clothes and shoes found by the New Paltz Central School District at the middle and high schools.
Movie night at Elting Library
A free viewing of “Dirt! The Movie” will take place on Friday, July 28, 8:15 p.m., at Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz. “Dirt!” reveals how repairing our relationship with dirt can create new possibilities for all life on earth. The event is hosted by New Paltz Neighbors for Peace. For additional information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bike safety ride
The first annual Hudson Valley Bike Safety Ride will take place on the Poughkeepsie side of Walkway Over the Hudson this Sunday, July 24, rain or shine. Registrants will receive free reusable event bags containing bicycle safety materials, free food from local restaurants and free water and refreshments. Also available will be cue sheets provided by the Mid-Hudson Bicycle Club for 20- or 50-mile rides -- self-led and self-paced -- that continue on the west side of the Hudson and then eventually return to the event start. Advance registration is available at www.bikesafetyandawareness.com for a $20 donation. Day-of-event registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. for a donation of $25, followed by the ceremonial start of the event at 10:30 a.m. Donations go directly to promoting bike safety and awareness.
On Thursday, July 28 beginning at 10 p.m., hydrants and water lines in the village and town of New Paltz will be flushed. The process will be finished by the next morning, but it may cause a discoloration of the water servicing the home. To resolve this problem, let the water run until it is clear.