Barbecue pit masters of the First Presbyterian Church in Highland are preparing for their annual chicken barbecue on Saturday, Sept. 10 with continuous servings from 4 to 7 p.m. The menu will feature barbecued chicken, corn-on-the-cob, a couple of side dishes, coffee, tea and of course a wide assortment of homemade desserts. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children (under five free). Reservations can be made by calling 691-8428. Tickets can also be obtained at the door. Take-out orders will also be available.
New Paltz schools to host round table discussions
New Paltz Superintendent of Schools Maria Rice has announced that there will be an opportunity for organizations and individuals within the school district to interact with members of the Board of Education through round table discussions. It is hoped that by engaging in conversations about topics that the community is passionate about, this type of open dialogue will assist members of the Board of Education to establish effective lines of communication with all stakeholders.
The first of these meetings will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 6 p.m., at the high school. The meetings will precede the regularly scheduled meetings of the Board of Education, which begin at 7 p.m. The second round table discussion is scheduled for April 11, 2012 at 6 p.m.
New Paltz Community Center offering several new classes this fall
Ujjala Schwartz will teach a SmartBells class at the New Paltz Community Center beginning Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 10:30 p.m. A beginning Tai Chi Chuan class, taught by Martha Cheo, will start on Sept. 7 at the Center. It will be held on Wednesdays from 1 to 1:50 p.m. A free belly dance class has resumed at the Center on Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m.
The New Paltz Community Book Club will meet on Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. The group will discuss the book “Second Chance” by Jennifer L. Place. The group will resume meeting on the first Thursday of the month in October.
For more information, contact the New Paltz Community Center at 255-3631.
Elting Library day at Barnes and Noble
Make a list of new books you’d like to buy and buy them at Barnes and Noble stores for three days and online for five days after Sept. 9 and the library will benefit. This Friday, Sept. 9 will be Elting Library’s day at Barnes and Noble in Poughkeepsie and local author Nava Atlas will guide “Literary Ladies” to the writing life by discussing her newest book at 7:30 p.m.
Fall yard sale at The Methodist Church in New Paltz
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 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.
Farm Energy Field Day comes to Four Winds Farm in Gardiner
Are you curious about the solar panels on the neighbor’s barn? How much did those installations cost? How much electricity do they provide? Could you afford to do the same?
Well, now you can get plugged in to the details of renewable energy at a farm near you without having to peek over the fence. During the month of September, four farms around New York will open their doors to the public for a guided tour of their energy-saving strategies and renewable energy systems.
Farm Energy Field Day will take place on Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Four Winds Farm located at 158 Marabac Road in Gardiner. Jay and Polly Armour operate a 24-acre diversified organic farm. The farm raises produce, heirloom seedlings, grass-fed beef, pasture raised turkeys and intermittently pasture-raised pork and eggs. The centerpiece of the operation is passive-solar heated and earth-cooled straw-bale vegetable barn with attached greenhouse. A 14-kw grid-intertied PV electric system is situated on the barn roof, which is being financed by a combination of a NYSERDA grant and a low-interest loan. A permanent raised bed system in the vegetable garden requires very little tractor time and hence very minimal fuel use. The Armour’s also transport vegetables to market in a diesel van converted to run on waste vegetable oil (WVO).
To register, contact Violet Stone at 607-255-9227 or email@example.com.
Movie Night at Elting Library
“9/11: Explosive Evidence -- Experts Speak Out” will be shown on Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz on Friday, Sept. 9 at 8:15 p.m. Join 23-year architect Richard Gage in this feature-length documentary with cutting-edge 9/11 evidence from more than 50 top experts in their fields. Sept. 11 family members and psychologists tie it all together in this production of the 9/11 truth movement. The event is hosted by New Paltz Neighbors for Peace. For additional information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remembering Sept. 11
To commemorate the tenth anniversary of Sept. 11, the New Paltz community is invited to pay their respects -- spend some time meditating, leave a poem, a flower or a thought -- at the New Paltz Sept. 11 memorial tree and plaque located at the fire station at thecorner of North Putt Corners Road and Henry W. Dubois Drive. The tree and plaque was donated by the late Carmine Liberta and Butch Dener.
Harvest Moon Walk
The Hudson Valley Rail Trail Association will host its annual Harvest Moon Walk on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail on Friday, Sept. 9 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Hudson Valley Ramble.
The Harvest MoonWalk is a unique event that features a nighttime walk on the trail and includes a bonfire and a storyteller. Refreshments including popcorn, donuts and cider are served during the event. There is a $5 admission fee for participants. Children under six are free.
This event is held rain or moon shine. Please bring a flashlight. Bikes, scooters and pets are not allowed on this walk.
Registration will take place at the Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot at 101 New Paltz Road in Highland. For more information, visit hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net. Day-of-the-event information can we obtained by calling 691-2066.