Get down and dirty at Mud Day on the Hudson The Lloyd Development Association is sponsoring Mud Day on the Hudson on Saturday, Sept. 17, with a rain date of Sept. 18. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bob Shepard Highland Landing Park at 42 River Road in Highland. Mud Day is an art-making and community-building experience. Participants will have a rollicking good time with family, friends and townsfolk while expressing their artistic talent. After stomping, twisting and squishing in the mud, you can create your own mud sculpture to take home. So put on your old clothes, go down to the park and enjoy a day of mud madness. Water and wipes will be available for cleanup. The cost is $5 per person. Proceeds go to the Lloyd Development Association, a not-for-profit organization. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
History series to begin at Elting Library The Elting Memorial Library will present its second annual Public History in the Public Library series on Tuesdays from Sept. 20 through Oct. 25. The series of free lectures and discussions is sponsored in part by the New York Council for the Humanities. This year’s theme is US History in Global Perspective. Dr. Thomas Mounkhall will return to lead the lecture series, which this year will feature guest speakers Mike Wallace and Joe Britto. To register, e-mail Mounkhall at email@example.com. A list of suggested readings, as well as discussion questions, may be found at www.eltinglibrary.org. The library is located at 93 Main Street in New Paltz.
Pfalz Point Trail Challenge to take place on Sept. 25 The Pfalz Point Trail Challenge ten-mile race will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Spring Farm Trailhead in High Falls. The race will lead you across broad open meadows, on single-track hiking paths and along gently rolling carriage roads. The money raised will help the Preserve in its work of protecting the Shawangunk Ridge. The entry fee includes a t-shirt and a chili lunch donated by Main Street Bistro and Bistro Mountain Store. Prizes will be awarded to overall winners and winners in ten-year age groups. The entry fee is $25 for Preserve members, $37 for non-members or a special offer -- $65 which includes entry fee, lunch and one-year Preserve membership. The race is for preregistered runners and is limited to 300 participants. For more information, visit mohonkpreserve.org/index.php?pfalzpoint.
Benefit dinner for John Rockwell A benefit roast beef and ham dinner for John Rockwell will be held this Saturday, Sept. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the New Paltz Elks Lodge #2568, located at 290 Route 32 South. The suggested donation is $15. For more information, call the Lodge at 255-1633.
EuroDance at Elting in New Paltz Sondra Sperber will teach EuroDance at Elting Memorial Library on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. and Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. The classes are free to all and will take place in the Steinberg Reading Room of the library located at 93 Main Street in New Paltz. Please call 255-5030 for information.
Block party in Lloyd The Town of Lloyd Events Committee will present an “old-fashioned block party” this Saturday, Sept. 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. This event is free to attend and is all about family and community fun. Visit the Hamlet, where Vineyard Avenue from Milton Avenue to Main Street will be closed and lined with picnic tables. Cactus Keith will be the DJ for the evening and will be teaching line dancing. There will also be games, giveaways and fun. Local restaurants will have food available. A reminder that minors 14 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult and the Town of Lloyd 9 p.m. curfew for those 17 years of age and younger will be in effect. remitted until morning, in the middle of the night.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Democratic town caucus in Plattekill The Democratic caucus for the Town of Plattekill will be held on Monday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m., at the Plattekill Senior Citizens and Community Center in Modena. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call Annette Laskowsky at 883-5823 or e-mail AnnetteL2075@optonline.net.
SUNY School of Business seeks nominations The School of Business at SUNY New Paltz is seeking nominations for its 2012 Hall of Fame. This academic year, the school will induct its eleventh group of individuals into the School of Business Hall of Fame. The categories are: Business Person of the Year; Alumnus(a) of the Year; Student Leader of the Year; and Dean’s Award of Excellence. To learn more about the Hall of Fame, view past inductees and to nominate a candidate, visit http://www.newpaltz.edu/schoolofbusiness/about_halloffame.html. Submit your nominations online or contact School of Business Dean Hadi Salavitabar at 257-2930 for a nomination form. The School of Business recognizes, rewards, and encourages achievements of its alumni and students, as well as notable business people. Toward this end, the Hall of Fame was established in 2001 to acknowledge the accomplishments of those who have made significant contributions to their respective business professions. The school encourages nominations of those individuals who have made an impact on the educational activities of the School of Business, although that is a required criterion only for nominations for the Dean’s Award of Excellence. The deadline for nominations is October 3.
Gardiner Dems event The Gardiner Democratic Committee will hold a special event at the Tuthill House Restaurant in Gardiner on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 3 to 6 p.m. The event will feature a buffet dinner, an opportunity to meet the candidates and a silent auction. The cost is $40. Please RSVP to 255 3963 or e-mail email@example.com. Remit checks to: Gardiner Democratic Committee, P.O. Box 25, New Paltz, NY 12561.
Bridge group at Gardiner Library A bridge group will meet in the Gardiner Library community room on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. All levels are welcome to come and play bridge with other card enthusiasts. For further information or to sign up, contact Meryl at 399-0355. The library is located at 133 Farmer’s Turnpike. For directions or more information about the library, call 255-1255 or visit www.gardinerlibrary.org.
New Paltz-Gardiner Seniors to meet The New Paltz-Gardiner Senior meetings for September will be held on Sept. 14 and Sept. 28, 1:30 p.m., at the VFW Hall on Route 208 in New Paltz. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. Peter Rein will talk about changes in Medicare on Sept. 14. The Golden Age Singers will perform at the Sept. 28 meeting. The group will have a picnic at the Elks Club on Route 32 in New Paltz on Sept. 21. The cost is $17. Please bring something to auction off.
Chrysanthemum sale The Friends of the Gardiner Library will hold its annual chrysanthemum sale on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the library located at 133 Farmer’s Turnpike. Plants will be offered in small, medium and large in a variety of colors. Other types of Fall plants will also be available. Donations of jewelry are being accepted at the library or drop them off at the plant sale. The annual jewelry sale will be held on Nov. 12.
Learn to run Learn-to-run lessons will begin at the Highland Rail Trail on Saturday, Sept. 17. This program, now in its eleventh season with over 95 graduates, is for people who have never run before or who want to get back to running without injury. In ten weeks of lessons you will be able to run non-stop for 20 minutes. The first lesson is a series of one-minute runs with two-minute walking breaks. The running portion increases slightly each week, still with walking breaks. This gradual process builds stamina to take on each week’s added workload. The only qualification is can you walk briskly for 20 minutes? The cost is a $15 yearly membership to the Hudson Valley Rail Trail Association. The class meets on Saturdays at 9 .m. at the Pavilion/Caboose at 101 New Paltz Road in Highland. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 255-7742.