The Week Ahead

Edited by Pamela Doan (calendar@highlandscurrent.org)
For a complete listing of events, see highlandscurrent.org/calendar.

COMMUNITY

SAT 26
Friends of the Library Holiday Party
GARRISON
6 – 8 p.m. Desmond-Fish Library
472 Route 403 | 845-424-3020
desmondfishlibrary.org/friends.html
RSVP by phone or email staff@desmondfishlibrary.org for this annual holiday party for members of the Friends. Rescheduled from SAT 19.

SUN 27
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Potluck Discussion
GARRISON
2 p.m. Desmond-Fish Library
472 Route 403 | 845-424-3020
desmondfishlibrary.org
Bring a dish to share and participate in a discussion led by the Rev. Stephen Holton, interim rector at St. Phillip’s Church in Garrison, about how to fight racism and promote civil rights and social justice. Rescheduled from SUN 20.

WED 30
Dog Training (First Session)
GARRISON
5 p.m. St. Basil’s (Gym)
67 St. Basil’s Road | 845-558-0608
coldspringdogsports.com
Working with the Philipstown Recreation Department, Morgan Stebbins continues the six-week classes led for 15 years by Gayle Watkins before her move to North Carolina. Cost: $150

WED 30
Christmas Tree Pickup
COLD SPRING
Really? You still have your tree up? Drag it to the curb today and the Highway Department will help you move on.

FRI 1
Community Blood Drive
PHILIPSTOWN
2 – 8 p.m. North Highlands Firehouse
504 Fishkill Road | 800-933-2566
nybloodcenter.org
Bring photo ID or donor card. Start now to build your hemoglobin by eating broccoli, almonds, apricots and spinach. Walk-ins welcome.

FRI 1
Paint and Sip
COLD SPRING
7 p.m. Hubbard Lodge | 2880 Route 9
This fundraiser for the Class of 2019, sponsored by the Haldane PTA, will include light refreshments and wine. RSVP to donnapidala@gmail.com. Cost: $50

SAT 2
Tu B’ish V’at Service
COLD SPRING
4 p.m. St. Mary’s (Parish Hall)
1 Chestnut St. | 845-265-8011
philipstownreformsynagogue.org
The Philipstown Reform Synagogue will celebrate “the New Year of the Trees,” a festive seder at which fruits and nuts are eaten, along with wine, to recognize the beauty and bounty of God’s world. All are welcome to attend the service, which will be led by Rabbi Helaine Ettinger. RSVP by emailing cathye95@aol.com.

SAT 2
First Responders Recognition Dinner
BEACON
6 p.m. Elks Lodge
900 Wolcott Ave. | 914-474-1891
facebook.com/groups/beaconelks1493
This 10th annual dinner will recognize Dale Plumer from the Beacon Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Steve VanBuren from the Beacon Fire Department (Tompkins Hose Co.), Brian Lawrence from the Beacon Police Department and John Miller from the Dutchess Junction Fire Department, along with Doug Zukowski, Steve Buchman, Brian Marron, Mike Zingone, Kayleigh Maupin, Andrew Molitoris, Mark Matthews, Dennis Cable, Mark Mathews Jr. and Robert Dross. Tickets are available at the Lodge after 2 p.m. and usually sell out. Cost: $25

SAT 2
Tuskegee Airmen Annual Dinner
NEW WINDSOR
6 p.m. Anthony’s Pier 9 | 2975 Route 9W
845-838-7848 | tai-ny.com
Each year during Black History Month, the Stewart Airport-based chapter of this national organization hosts a fundraising dinner to present scholarships to 12 high school seniors. The Alva Nelson Band will perform. Cost: $150

VISUAL ARTS

SAT 26
Robert Storr on Dorothea Rockburne
BEACON
2 p.m. Dia:Beacon | 3 Beekman St.
845-440-0100 | diaart.org
The curator will discuss Rockburne, whose work is on display in an expanded exhibit that opened this month. Cost: Free with museum admission

SAT 26
Sharon Lindenfeld: Iterations / Tad Wiley: Sewan
GARRISON
5 – 7 p.m. Garrison Art Center
23 Garrison’s Landing | 845-424-3960
garrisonartcenter.org
Lindenfeld’s printmaking features abstract etchings exploring the subconscious. Wiley’s work on paper and paintings are inspired by his relationship to nature. Both shows continue through Feb. 24.

FRI 1
Drawings/Works on Paper I
COLD SPRING
6 – 8:30 p.m. Buster Levi Gallery
121 Main St. | 845-809-5145
busterlevigallery.com
Twelve gallery members and guest artists display their work through Feb. 24. Part II will begin March 1. The gallery is open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

SAT 2
Cabin Fever Workshop: Valentine Papercutting
GARRISON
10 a.m. Garrison Art Center
23 Garrison’s Landing | 845-424-3960
garrisonartcenter.org
After sharing a curated survey of valentines, instructor Jenny Lee Fowler will demonstrate papercutting techniques and design considerations for flat and folded work. Students can choose to work from Fowler’s pattern or craft their own design. Registration required. Cost: $50 plus $5 materials

SAT 2
Cabin Fever Workshop: Needle Felting 101
GARRISON
2 p.m. Garrison Art Center
23 Garrison’s Landing | 845-424-3960
garrisonartcenter.org
Learn the basics of 2D and 3D needle felting, a skill that can be used to make jewelry, figures, applique, embellishments, decor and patching. A variety of background fabrics and wool will be provided by instructor Erin von Holdt-Gilbert. Registration required. Cost: $50 plus $20 materials

MUSIC

SAT 26
New Cicada Trio
BEACON
8 p.m. Howland Cultural Center
477 Main St. | 845-831-4988
howlandculturalcenter.org
The trio is Iva Bittova (violin, voice and percussion), Timothy Hill (voice and guitar) and David Rothenberg (clarinets, seljefloyte and “creatures”). Cost: $10 ($15 door)

SAT 26
Rick Danko Tribute
BEACON
8:30 p.m. Towne Crier
379 Main St. | 845-855-1300
townecrier.com
Professor Louie & The Crowmatix will be joined by the Woodstock Horns for a concert to celebrate the music and birthday of the late Danko, the lead singer, bassist and acoustic guitar player for The Band. In the 1990s, Louie performed on and produced three CDs for The Band and three solo CDs for Danko. Cost: $25 ($30 door)

Rick Danko in 1971

FRI 1
Chip Taylor
GARRISON
7:30 p.m. Philipstown Depot Theatre
10 Garrison’s Landing | 845-424-3900
brownpapertickets.com/event/3657497
Taylor, who wrote classics such as “Wild Thing” and “Angel of the Morning,” and who has had 40 songs on the Billboard charts, will perform and answer questions about his long career. Cost: $20

FRI 1
Robert Gordon
BEACON
8:30 p.m. Towne Crier
379 Main St. | 845-855-1300
townecrier.com
As a boy, Gordon was inspired to become a musicianby hearing Elvis Presley sing “Heartbreak Hotel.” He will be joined by guitarists Chris Spedding and Rob Stoner. Cost: $35 ($40 door)

SAT 2
Kofi & Sankofa
BEACON
8 p.m. Howland Cultural Center
477 Main St. | 845-831-4988
koficoncert.brownpapertickets.com
The drummers and dancers return to the Howland for another evening of traditional African folk and African-inspired contemporary music. “Sankofa” means “going back to the roots” in the Twi language of Ghana. Cost: $10 ($15 door)

KIDS & FAMILY

SAT 26
Rompatom Ensemble and Creative Strings Improvisers Orchestra
BEACON
1 p.m. Towne Crier
379 Main St. | 845-855-1300
townecrier.com
The Compass Arts Rompatom Ensemble, directed by Gina Samardge, and the Creative Strings Improvisers Orchestra, directed by Gwen Laster, will join forces for an afternoon of joyful music-making. The groups will be collecting non-perishable food or toiletry items for the Fareground Tiny Food Pantries. Reservations suggested. Free

SAT 26
Middle School Night
GARRISON
7 – 10 p.m. Philipstown Recreation Center
107 Glenclyffe Drive | 845-424-4618
philipstownrecreation.com
Philipstown students in grades 6 to 8 will play sports, pool, ping-pong and laser tag, and there will also be game-show challenges. Registration required. Cost: $5

SUN 27
Great Westchester Toy and Train Show
WHITE PLAINS
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Westchester County Center
198 Central Ave. | 914-995-4050
westchestertoytrain.com
Enthusiasts, collectors and the curious will find new and antique models from hundreds of vendors.

SUN 27
Telltale Tracks
CORNWALL
10 a.m. Outdoor Discovery Center
100 Muser Drive | 845-534-5506 x204
hhnm.org
Take a guided walk and learn how to identify and understand the signs of wildlife active in winter. Bring a white, washed T-shirt to make a “track shirt.” Cost: $8 adults, $6 children ($5/$3 members)

MON 28
Sensory Story Time
BEACON
3:30 p.m. Howland Public Library
313 Main St. | 845-831-1134, x103
beaconlibrary.org
This 45-minute session is designed for children ages 3 to 6 with special needs (intellectual, cognitive and/or developmental). It will feature simple stories, flannel boards, songs and movement activities that gently appeal to the senses with reduced outside stimuli. A social time will follow with toys that encourage small- and large-motor skills. This is an opportunity for children to socialize in a safe setting, and for adults to meet each other. Registration required. Repeats Feb. 11 and 25.

MON 28
Learning Differences Committee
COLD SPRING
7 p.m. Haldane Music Room
15 Craigside Drive
The committee is a joint project of the Haldane and Garrison school districts. Free childcare is provided.

TUES 29
Fiesta! With Flor Bromley
GARRISON
1:30 p.m. Desmond-Fish Library
472 Route 403 | 845-424-3020
desmondfishlibrary.org
In a program funded by the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, Bromley returns to the library for her bilingual (Spanish/English) music and story program for children ages 5 and younger. Repeats weekly through May 28.

TUES 29
Traditional Lantern Making
GARRISON
4 p.m. Desmond-Fish Library
472 Route 403 | 845-424-3020
desmondfishlibrary.org
Schoolchildren are invited to join Mrs. Merry and Ksenia Pitaleff for a family craft workshop to learn about traditions of lantern making, and to make one of their own to lighten the dark days of winter.

THURS 31
Christopher Robin
GARRISON
6 p.m. Desmond-Fish Library
472 Route 403 | 845-424-3020
desmondfishlibrary.org
The library will screen this 2018 Disney film about the young boy who once embarked on adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with his band of stuffed animals but has grown up and lost his way. Rated PG. Free

THURS 31
Kindergarten Parent Orientation Meeting
COLD SPRING
7 p.m. Haldane School (Room 116)
15 Craigside Drive | 845-265-9254
haldaneschool.org/elementary-school
This meeting is for parents who have children who will turn 5 by Dec. 31 and plan to enroll in kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year. Contact Jodi Champlin at 845-265-9254, ext. 122, or jchamplin@haldaneschool.org to schedule an appointment for registration, which will be held Feb. 5 to 8.

SAT 2
Love Your Library
Day Party
GARRISON
1 – 3 p.m. Desmond-Fish Library
472 Route 403 | 845-424-3020
desmondfishlibrary.org
This annual event will include crafts, treats and a scavenger hunt.

SUN 3
Youth Open Mic
BEACON
2:30 p.m. Towne Crier
379 Main St. | 845-401-4062
townecrier.com
Miss Vickie will host this open mic for students ages 18 and younger. There is a two-song limit. Registration by phone is required. Free

SUN 3
Confirmation Class Info Session
COLD SPRING
7 p.m. First Presbyterian Church
10 Academy St. | 845-265-3220
presbychurchcoldspring.org
Students in grades 7-12 and their parents are invited to this introductory session for Confirm Not Conform, a weekly course that will explore issues of spirituality and faith. RSVP by SAT 26 at 1presbyterian@gmail.com or by phone.

TALKS AND TOURS

SAT 26
Estate Planning Seminar
GARRISON
10:30 a.m. Desmond-Fish Library
472 Route 403 | 845-424-3020
desmondfishlibrary.org
Michael Martin, an attorney with experience in estate law, will cover topics such as handling assets, wills, advocacy and taxes. Free

TUES 29
Socrates Cafe
BEACON
4 p.m. Howland Public Library
313 Main St. | 845-831-1134
beaconlibrary.org
Dan Fisherman, who teaches educational philosophy at Montclair State University and has a master’s degree in analytical philosophy, will lead a Socratic dialogue that explores a philosophical, ethical or socio-political issue.

WED 30
Writer’s Circle
GARRISON
6:30 p.m. Garrison Institute
14 Mary’s Way | 845-424-4800
garrisoninstitute.org
The circle meets monthly for a collaborative writing workshop that includes time for meditation, reflection, writing and sharing.

WED 30
Funky Spunky Literature Night
BEACON
7:30 p.m. Quinn’s
330 Main St. | 845-202-7447
facebook.com/quinnsbeacon
Join Beacon residents Donna Minkowitz, author of Growing Up Golem, and Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi, author of Wisdom in the Telling, for an evening of zany, heartfelt memoir and fiction. After the readings, the hosts will guide the crowd in a Memoir Write-a-Thon with prizes for the best sentences and scenes.

Donna Minkowitz

FRI 1
Reading: Kathy Curto, Not for Nothing
COLD SPRING
7 p.m. Split Rock Books
97 Main St. | 845-265-2080
splitrockbks.com
The Cold Spring author will share stories from her memoir of growing up Italian-American in New Jersey.

STAGE & SCREEN

THURS 31
Modfest
POUGHKEEPSIE
6:30 p.m. Vassar College
124 Raymond Ave. | 845-437-5599
library.vassar.edu/modfest2019
The opening reception for this annual exploration of the arts of the 20th and 21st century will feature the Vassar College Women’s Chorus at the Loeb Art Center performing Its Motion Keeps by composer Caroline Shaw. The festival, which continues through Feb. 10, includes music, visual art, dance, film, workshops and lectures. Free

SAT 2
Open Auditions for Nunsense
GARRISON
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Philipstown Depot Theatre
10 Garrison’s Landing
philipstowndepottheatre.org
Jenn Lee, Christine Bokhour and Todd Hulet will hold auditions for this musical comedy, which begins rehearsals on Feb. 21 and performances in May. The cast includes five nuns in key roles and an ensemble of six nuns, and all performers must sing and dance. Email a headshot, resume and preferred audition times to toddhuletproductions@gmail.com.

HEALTH AND FITNESS

THURS 31
Freedom from Negative Emotions
BEACON
7 p.m. Howland Cultural Center
477 Main St. | 845-765-3012
howlandculturalcenter.org
A Kadampa nun, Kelsang Chenma, will discuss how to use Buddhist meditation to overcome negative emotions. Weekly through Feb. 21. Cost: $10 per class

SUN 3
The Ecstasy of Tantric Drawing
BEACON
Noon. Beacon of Light Wellness Center
4 S. Chestnut St. | 845-202-3515
Led by Diane Green and jLTg Holo, this introductory three-hour workshop will explore sensual (non-sexual) touch through Tantra. Cost: $50

CIVIC

MON 28
City Council
BEACON
7 p.m. City Hall
1 Municipal Plaza | 845-838-5011
cityofbeacon.org

MON 28
School Board
BEACON
7 p.m. Beacon High School
101 Matteawan Road | 845-838-6900
beaconk12.org

SAT 2
Town Meeting with Sandy Galef
GARRISON
10 a.m. Desmond-Fish Library
472 Route 403 | 914-941-1111
nyassembly.gov/mem/Sandy-Galef
Galef, whose district in the New York State Assembly includes Philipstown, will lead a discussion of issues being considered in Albany and the 2019-20 state budget.