The New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced the election of three new members to its Board of Directors: Glen Kubista of Glen F. Kubista and Associates, Wade Lott of Clear Channel Radio of the Hudson Valley and Glenn Sutherland of Catskill Hudson Bank.
The Chamber’s 2011-2012 executive board includes: Chair, Chris Drouin of Beyond Wealth Management; 1st Vice Chair, Frank Curcio of Bank of America; 2nd Vice Chair, Craig Shankles of PDQ Business Printers; Secretary, Connie Harkin of Ulster Savings; Treasurer, Mindi Haynes of Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni and Weddell, LLP, CPAs; Past Chair Ernie VanDeMark of Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp; Legal Counsel, James Yastion, Esq. of the Law Offices of James Yastion, PLLC.
For more information about Chamber programs and Visitor’s Center hours of operation, visit www.newpaltzchamber.org or call the Chamber at 255-0243.
Michael Jackson all night long
The third annual Michael Jackson dance party will take place this Saturday, Aug. 27, 10 p.m., at Market Market Café in Rosendale. The party, hosted by DJ Ali Gruber and Soultown Productions, will feature Michael Jackson through the years and a projected video montage of some of MJ's best music videos. The cost is $5. For more information, call 658-3164.
Movie night at Yummies
A free scary movie night will be held at Yummies Ice Cream & Mini Golf Cafe in Highland this Sunday, Aug 28. The Grand Guignol Horror Society will present Homicidal. Demonstrations and discussion begin at 8 p.m. and the film will follow under the stars, weather permitting. For further details, call 691-7080.
Steak dinner and pancake breakfast at the Elks Lodge
A steak dinner will be held this Saturday, Aug. 27 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the New Paltz Elks Lodge #2568 on Route 32 South. The cost is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and $7.50 for children 9 and under. The Elks will hold a pancake breakfast this Sunday, Aug. 28 from 8 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and free for children five and under. For more information, call Linda at 826-1677.
Labor Day yard sale at the Elks Lodge
A Labor Day yard sale will take place at the New Paltz Elks Lodge #2568 on Saturday, Sept. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors are needed. The cost for inside space is $25 and outside space is $15. For more information and an application form, call Linda at 826-1677.
Theme weekends at Hurd’s Family Farm
Hurd’s Family Farm in Modena will offer special theme festival events beginning this weekend Aug. 27-28. Zumba demonstrations will be given at noon. The weekend will also feature a mini obstacle course, nature trails, a giant corn maze and a chance to meet Amazing Mr. Apple.
On Sept. 3, 4 and 5, teachers are invited to the farm to try out all its outdoor educational activities for free with an ID. Helicopter rides will be offered every 15 minutes -- three people per ride for $50. The weekend will also feature a heritage tomato tasting, mazes, animals, a cow train and apple launchers.
The farm’s corn maze will be featured as a hike in the Hudson River Valley Ramble the weekend of Sept. 10-11 and Sept. 17-18. A dog show will be held on Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. Awards will be given for the cutest puppy, most talented, most obedient and best in show. Jennifer Burkins from the Cornell Cooperative Extension and her award-winning 4-H Mutt Masters Club will help judge. American heroes will be recognized on Sunday, Sept. 11. Bring your military ID and receive a good deal for you and your family.
On Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., join local naturalist and educator from Cornell Cooperative Extension, Arthur Zaczkiewicz, on a discovery hike to observe nature and wander the farm’s forest and wetland environments.
A Johnny Appleseed celebration will take place on Sept. 24-25. An open air concert with Deane Machine will take place on Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. Pony rides will be available for an additional charge.
For a complete list of events or additional information, call 883-7825.
Work by Jo Gangemi on display at the Bakery
The Bakery in New Paltz presents photographs by Jo Gangemi through September 11. Gangemi, who lives in Rosendale and New York City, finds inspiration in close-up views of debris along the seashore. The artist calls these “still lifes.” Over the years and at various beach locations, she stumbles upon natural arrangements she finds striking. Without tampering with her subject, Gangemi finds a point of view and shoots the photograph. This show is Gangemi’s first solo exhibition. For more information, call 255-8840 or go to www.ilovethebakery.com.
JCNP Hebrew School registration
The Jewish Congregation of New Paltz (JCNP), a Reconstructionist synagogue, is currently registering students in Hebrew School for pre-k through fifth grade. The JCNP fosters a Jewish community for New Paltz area children and their families, with a full range of Hebrew and Judaic studies, including B’nai Mitzvah and adult classes.
Its monthly Chaverim Arts introduces pre-k through first-grade students to Jewish religion and culture through the arts, song and dance. Although membership is encouraged, only a materials fee is required for Chaverim Arts.
Classes begin the week of Sept. 12 and spaces are still available in all Hebrew School classes. For more information, visit www.newpaltzjews.org. or call 255-9817.
Barbecue to support the Gardiner Library
The Gardiner Library will host a barbeque at Majestic Park from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2. In addition to great food, there will also be a cake and pie auction from some of the best bakers in the area. Monies raised from this event will be used to pay down the mortgage for the new library building.
New Paltz Middle School discount cards
The New Paltz Middle School PTA is selling discount cards throughout the summer and beyond. To purchase a card, please visit the New Paltz Middle School at 196 Main Street, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $12. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the discount cards will go towards scholarships, cultural arts and other programs.
Fall yard sale at the Methodist Church
The New Paltz United Methodist Church will hold a fall yard sale on the Grove Street lawn on Labor Day weekend, Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be bargains rain or shine (under the tent) in housewares, furniture, clothes, toys, games, small appliances and electronics. The church is located at the corner of Main and Grove streets.
New Paltz Youth Program to hold yard sale
The New Paltz Youth Program will once again be hosting its annual yard sale to benefit many local charities. Beginning Aug. 23, the front lawn and porch on Main Street will be transformed into a mall of treasures for any taste. New this year will be the addition of almost 4,000 comic books, organized and priced to sell on the front porch.