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Scheduled Events, Activities & Programs

WVCSD Summer Enrichment ’18 – registration is now open!

Warwick Valley Central School District’s Summer Enrichment program offers children a unique opportunity to learn and have fun at the same time. The district is pleased to offer the Warwick community a wide variety of classes which allow children to build upon skills, as well as explore and discover new interests. For a class offerings brochure with registration form, visit the Summer Enrichment webpage at: http://www.warwickvalleyschools.com/academics/continuing-education/summer-enrichment/.

Spring production of “Live From the Sanctuary 3” – May 25 & 26

Announcing our spring production of “Live From the Sanctuary 3” on May 25 at 7:00 pm & May 26 at 7:00 pm at the Warwick Reformed Church. This family-friendly sketch comedy show is free. A free-will offering will be accepted and concessions will be available. We are also holding auditions for our Summer Theater Arts Camp production of “Fame, Jr.” for students ages 11-17 this Sat., May 26 from 11 am-1 pm. The camp runs from July 9 – 21.

“Tween” spring programs at the Albert Wisner Public Library

May 29 | 6:00-7:00 pm | Mug Meals – Learn recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert that can be made using a mug and microwave. Tweens will sample meals they make together.
June 12 | 6:00-7:00 pm | Summer Wraps Party – Learn how to make various wraps to bring to your upcoming summer picnics and parties. Each will make their own wrap to eat or take home.
June 26 | 6:30-7:30 pm | Summer Reading Kick-off – Come to hear some book recommendations, bring your own titles to recommend, and find out how “Libraries Rock” this summer!

Upcoming WVHS Class Reunions

The following classes are planning reunions:
– WVHS Class of 1998 – 20th Reunion – July 21, 2018
WVHS Class of 1977 & 1978 – 40th Reunion – Sept. 28-29, 2018
– WVHS Class of 1968 – 50th Reunion – Sept. 28-29, 2018
– WVHS Class of 1994 – 25th Reunion – 2019 date TBA
For more information, go to:
http://www.warwickvalleyschools.com/about-wvcsd/alumni/reunion-news/

Warwick Playground Dreams Tricky Tray fundraiser – June 2

Warwick Playground Dreams will host a Tricky Tray fundraiser on Sat., June 2 at Warwick Valley Middle School. Doors open at 12 noon, and calling begins promptly at 1:30 pm. The family-friendly fundraiser will feature various levels of gift baskets and gift certificates, as well as a 50/50 Raffle. All proceeds benefit Warwick Playground Dreams. Presale ticket bundles are on sale for $20 and includes (5) sheets of level one tickets, (4) level two tickets, and (1) level three ticket. Presale tickets can be purchased online at https://squareup.com/store/warwick-playground-dreams. Presale tickets bundles are only available prior to the event. Warwick Playground Dreams thanks everyone who has contributed; if interested in contributing a basket or gift certificate, contact us at WarwickPlaygroundDreams@gmail.com. Warwick Playground Dreams is a non-profit made up of volunteers from all across the town of Warwick who want to rejuvenate the aging playground in Stanley-Deming Park. Their goal is to bring a community-designed, community-built ADA-accessible playground to Warwick. For more information, go to www.warwickplaygrounddreams.org or Facebook.com/WarwickPlaygroundDreams.

“Day At The Barn” Program for school days off – reg. open

Registration is now open for Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center’s Day At The Barn program. Join us for a fun-filled day of horsing around on your days off from school! Pick from any of the 19 days over the course of the school year. Each day we offer horseback riding, barn activity, crafts and games all for only $50 a day. Check out the flyer on our website to see exact dates. Go to: http://www.winslow.org/programs-2/. For more information or to register, call Winslow at 986-6686.

Warwick Youth Football & Cheerleading online registration open until June 3

Fun and great experience for all kids interested in participating in football and cheerleading. Open to all students grades K-8.  All coaches are certified and will be teaching teamwork, while building self-confidence for these young athletes. Register online at www.warwickyouthfootball.org.
Football Divisions:
Mighty Mites: 6 to 7 years old on or before November 30, 2018
Division 1: 8 to 9 years old on or before November 30, 2018
Division 2: 10 to 11 years old on or before November 30, 2018
Division 3: 12 to 13 years old on or before November 30, 2018 and 14 years old on or after August 1, 2018 (but not in 9th grade). 
Cheerleading Divisions:
Mighty Mites: 1st and 2nd Grade in 2018/2019 School year and Kindergarten if 6 by 12/1/18
Division 1: 3rd and 4th Grade in 2018/2019 School year
Division 2: 5th and 6th Grade in 2018/2019 School year
Division 3: 7th and 8th Grade in 2018/2019 School year

Next “Coffee with a Cop” gathering – June 4

The next “Coffee with a Cop” gathering will be held on Mon., June 4 from 11:30 am-1 pm, hosted by the Warwick Police Department at the Albert Wisner Public Library, 1 McFarland Dr., Warwick. All are invited to this casual get-together!

Warwick LGBTQ Pride Parade – June 10

The party starts at 11:30 am and the parade launches at 1:30 pm. At the WV Community Center, 11 Hamilton Ave., Warwick.
This family-friendly event will feature shows & performers, vendors & food, speakers and more! For more information, go to the FB OCNY Pride Event page or call the Center at 845-986-6422. Before the parade, come craft with us to prep for the parade on Wednesdays in May at 7 pm at the Center.

Free Family Style Dinner – June 15

Warwick Community Kitchen invites you to join us for dinner on Fri., June 15 from 5-7 p.m. at Vision Community Church in the former Pine Island Elementary School (20 Schoolhouse Rd., off County Routes 1 & 6). We will offer a family style dinner, consisting of Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad, Bread and Dessert in continuous seatings. There is no charge for dinner, and good fellowship in our dining room. Everyone is welcome, and we hope to see you then. For more information on who we are and what we do, please visit our website: http://warwickcommunitykitchen.weebly.com.

Summer Camp Counselors Needed at Camp Warwick

Lead by example and kick off your summer and career by helping campers grow in their faith. Join our amazing Camp Warwick staff. Be an incredible counselor and mentor to our campers. Earn credit towards, community service time, internships and degree requirements. Enhance your skills for your resume and vocation. All fields of study are encouraged to apply. This is a temporary position for the summer of 2018, and includes free room and board. We are a faith based camp! Day Camp Staff must be 16 years & older to apply. Overnight Camp must be 18 years & older to apply. Parents – please let your High School and college age student know about this great summer opportunity! Located at 62 Warwick Center Rd., Warwick. 
Also, those who have completed 9th grade & up are welcome to volunteer at Camp Sunrise, a summer camp designed for specially-abled campers (see below post). Apply at: https://campwarwick.campbrainstaff.com/

Camp Sunrise summer volunteer opportunity – counselors needed

Camp Sunrise, located at Camp Warwick, is currently accepting applications from responsible and qualified individuals (9th grade-adult) to work as volunteer counselors with our special needs campers, ages 8-55, during our summer camp program. Volunteers will receive thorough training in all related aspects of care, and will be assigned to work one-on-one with a specially-abled individual for a camp session. Camp sessions begin June 24 and run Sunday-Friday for five consecutive weeks. Sign up for one week or all five! If you’re ready for an amazing life-changing experience, please contact us at 845-986-1164. To download a volunteer application packet, please go to: http://www.campwarwick.com/CampCounselors.htm.

Volleyball Summer Camp – June 26-28

A volleyball summer camp will be offered for students in grades 4-8 from June 26-28 from 9 am-2 pm in the WVHS New Gym. Instruction and drills will be adapted for younger players in small groups, and fun activities will go along with top volleyball instruction. Register by June 1. For a flyer & registration form, go to the WVCSD Athletics webpage (http://www.warwickvalleyschools.com/athletics/). Under Sports Schedules on the right side, click on Athletic Dept. Google calendar, and go to June 26. Click on More Details, and you’ll see a link for the flyer.

Social Skills Summer Camp – July 10-Aug. 16

Come have fun and learn in a safe, caring environment! Target conversational skills; Expand listening & reading skills; Sharpen writing & other fine motor skills; Promote play skills including, but not limited to, Sharing, Following the rules; Improve gross motor skills. This 6-week program will be held July 10-Aug. 16 every Tues. & Thurs. from 11 am-1 pm at ABC Occupational Therapy in Chester. Cost $500. Contact Victoria Meehan Victoria A. Meehan, MS, OTR/L at 845-258-0237 or Maria Crisano, MS,CCC-SLP at 914-584-3460.

Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center – Summer Adventures for kids!

Summer Adventures is our week long, full day (9 am-3 pm) farm experience for ages 6-12. You can pick from seven different weekly themes. Each week includes horseback riding, grooming, tacking, feeding, spending time with our horses, theme related games, crafts and food. The cost is $295. per week. For a flyer, and for more information about this program and all our programs, go to: https://www.winslow.org/programs-2/

Warwick Valley Boys Basketball Camp – July 16-20

A basketball camp for boys entering grades 4-10 will be held Monday-Friday, July 16-20, from 9 am-3 pm at Warwick Valley High School. The Camp has a strong emphasis on teaching the fundamentals of offensive and defensive basketball in a fun, safe and competitive environment. Campers will receive instruction from the Warwick Valley High School Basketball staff, along with current and former Wildcat Players. For a flyer/registration form, please go to the WVCSD Athletics webpage Google calendar (view July 16), or call Joe Mackey at 845-537-0244.

Warwick Girls Lacrosse Summer Camp – July 23-27

Warwick Girls Lacrosse will offer a summer camp for girls entering grades 2-8 from Monday-Friday, July 23-27 from 9 am – 1 pm at Warwick Town Park. The camp is designed to teach new girls the sport of lacrosse as well as veteran players and help them improve their technique. Your child will be learning from Warwick Girls Lacrosse coaching staff, college players, alumni and current JV/Varsity players. Campers will be split up according to grade level and ability. Cost is $150 for the week, with a $50 discount for each additional sibling. For more information or to register, please go to www.warwickgirlslacrosse.com. Limited spots available, so register today! Please contact Summer Mangels with any questions at summrhug@aol.com.

JV-Varsity Warwick Volleyball Camp – Aug. 9-11

We will be hosting our own All American Volleyball Camp this summer at our school Aug. 9-11 from 9 am-3 pm. All American coaches are some of the top collegiate athletes from around the country, as well as some collegiate coaches and even professional players. It’s important that we practice together as a team this summer so we can strengthen not only our personal skills but also our combined efforts and roles! For a flyer, go to the WVCSD Athletics webpage (http://www.warwickvalleyschools.com/athletics/). Under Sports Schedules on the right side, click on Athletic Dept. Google Calendar, and go to August 9. Click on More Details, and you’ll see a link for the pdf.

Warwick Valley Youth Wrestling Camp – August 20-23

Warwick Valley Youth Wrestling Camp will offer a summer program for students entering grades 2-8 (first graders going into second are welcome). The program will be held Monday-Thursday, August 20-23 from 9 am-12 noon in the Warwick High School Mat Room. The Warwick Valley Youth Wrestling Camp is designed to promote the sport of wrestling to students who reside in the Town of Warwick. Registration deadline is July 1. For flyer/registration form with complete information, email Phil Szumlaski at Pszumlaski@wvcsd.org. Mail completed registration form to: Phil Szumlaski, 31 Briarwood Lane, New Windsor, NY 12553.

Recreational swim at the HS pool on Friday evenings

The Warwick Valley High School pool is open to the community for recreational swim every Friday evening, from 7:00-8:30 pm, at a cost of $3 per swimmer. Please consult the pool closing calendar posted at the pool for scheduled pool closing dates. For more info contact Debbi Rogan at drogan@wvcsd.org.

WVHS pool closing information for spring 2018

Due to scheduled maintenance on the HS pool, which will begin in March 2018, the district will not be able to offer the following swim programs this spring:

  • children’s swim lessons
  • lap swim
  • recreational swim
    The pool will be open for Fall 2018 Continuing Education programs. Thank you for your understanding.

Calvary Baptist Church Youth Group for grades 7-12

Join us at Calvary Baptist Church, at 5 Wisner Rd. across from Kings, on Friday evenings from 7:00-9:00 pm. All youth in grades 7-12 are welcome to join us for some fun and creative games, followed by a time of biblical discussion. We maintain a family atmosphere in which teens feel safe, accepted, and free to discuss what is on their minds in a comfortable and loving setting. There are many special events planned such as: concerts, game nights, field trips, parties, and mission/service projects. For more information, please contact us at 845-986-2137.

Wanted: parent & community member mentors involved in the sciences

The WVHS Science Research course, as offered through The University in the High School Program, is a three year program that provides high school students with an opportunity to participate in the scientific research community. Students engage in authentic research of their own design, with the final year culminating in the completion and presentation of a long term project. We’re looking for parents and community members who work in any area of the sciences to be mentors to students in this program, and welcome interest from all! Contact Lisa Reece at lreece@wvcsd.org or Mary Murphy in WVHS Guidance at 845-987-3000, ext. 12616 or mmurphy3@wvcsd.org.

WVCSD is doing great things – watch this short video overview!

Our school district is doing great things – and we want to share the good news! A short overview video of the Warwick Valley Central School District has been created to communicate the excellence and many strengths of our district. In the video, our schools are represented by students, teachers and parents who speak about why they think their school is great. To view the video, go to: http://www.warwickvalleyschools.com/video-gives-overview-of-the-warwick-valley-central-school-district/.

Ongoing Programs & Services

Warwick Valley Central School District posts

For parents of current WVCSD students who need to update their contact information/email address:

Update your contact information through the Parent Portal link at bottom of the district website homepage at www.warwickvalleyschools.com. If you don’t know your username and password for Parent Portal, or you are not registered for an account, please contact Yvonne Koulikov at ykoulikov@wvcsd.orgMore information about Parent Portal

Looking for recent story posts on the district website?

If the post you’re looking for is no longer on the district home page or school webpage, click on News at the top right of the home page, which will bring you to links for website posts, listed by month.

FYI – Looking for teacher & staff contact information on the new website?

Click on “Contact” at the top of the district website home page. In the Staff Directory, you can find a school staff list (including teacher websites), by simply typing the school name in the search box, then click Go. You can also search for individual faculty & staff members by typing ONE of these options in the box below: first name or last name (not both), school, email, job type or department.

Check the Transportation Dept. Lost & Found box for your items!

Please come to the Transportation Office and check the overflowing Lost & Found box for items that may belong to your student. Also, please check the overflowing Lost & Found box at your child’s school!

Do you have an old/unused instrument to donate?

Don’t know what to do with that old violin or cello that’s been collecting dust in your attic? Thanks to the Katie’s Music Wish club at Warwick Valley High School, you can find a new home for that instrument and, at the same time, help a child who is not fortunate enough to afford one. Katie’s Music Wish is a club led by high school orchestra director, Mrs. Keely Blaikner, and her WVHS students. The club’s mission is to provide string orchestra instruments to children who have been unable to get one due to a financial situation. The string instruments include the violin, viola, cello and upright string bass. Click here for more information, and how to donate instruments.

Support your child’s school – Join the PTA/PTSA

It’s not too late! Becoming a member of the PTA/PTSA at your child’s school is an important way to support its projects, programs and efforts. Visit their PTA/PTSA page to read a welcome letter, download a membership form, see a list of this year’s Board members, find contact information and more! Click on the following links:

Warwick Valley High School PTSA
Warwick Valley Middle School PTA
Park Avenue Elementary School PTA
Sanfordville Elementary School PTA

“Parent Today” FREE e-newsletter for parents

How can you help your child do better in school? The “Parent Today” e-newsletter is designed to provide parents with the information and tools you need to encourage your children’s school success. Parent Today’s bi-monthly e-newsletter, produced by Capital Region BOCES, encourages and empowers parents with research-based information and resources that supports teachers and strengthens the bridge between families and classrooms. Parent Today addresses important topics at each grade level and suggests easy-to-implement actions steps. We also help you understand the dramatic changes taking place in schools and public education today. Visit the Parent Today website to sign up. Select Warwick from the drop-down menu and use password code 10990.

Public invited to view historical display of WVHS newspaper, The Survey

In partnership with the Village of Warwick’s Sesquicentennial celebration of its 150th anniversary, the Warwick Valley Central School District has participated in several joint activities and events, including an exhibit of memorable and historic issues of the Warwick Valley High School newspaper, The Survey. The exhibit, created by student members of the WVHS Journalism class, is located in the WVCSD District Office, adjacent to the Middle School. Community members are invited to view this exhibit of historic newspapers and artifacts! More information

Does your non-profit organization need student volunteers?

Community service is a requirement for WVHS students! Local non-profit organizations may request student volunteers for an event or an ongoing activity/program. Contact Mary Murphy in WVHS Guidance at 845-987-3000, ext. 12616 or mmurphy3@wvcsd.org.

Wanted: parent & community member mentors involved in the sciences

The WVHS Science Research course, as offered through The University in the High School Program, is a three year program that provides high school students with an opportunity to participate in the scientific research community. Students engage in authentic research of their own design, with the final year culminating in the completion and presentation of a long term project. We’re looking for parents and community members who work in any area of the sciences to be mentors to students in this program, and welcome interest from all! Contact Mary Murphy in WVHS Guidance at 845-987-3000, ext. 12616 or mmurphy3@wvcsd.org.

WVCSD “call for engineers” to talk with students

As the Warwick Valley Central School District begins to expand Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education, the district is interested in having engineers from all disciplines speak with students about careers in engineering. If you are an engineer in any discipline (aeronautical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical, sound, etc.) and would like to share your career experience with students, please contact Mike Stolt, HS Tech teacher at mstolt@wvcsd.org and/or Patrick Ellis, MS Tech teacher at pellis@wvcsd.org.

Local non-profit organization posts

Warwick Family Central – A Parenting Support Network

Explore a new family resource! Please join Family Central in their new private Facebook Group for parents and caregivers of children from birth through adolescence. Our vision is to bring our community together to develop a web of support for families to safeguard childhood and bring balance to family life. This group is a place for families to connect, find resources, offer support and meet up with new friends in Warwick.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/FamilyCentralNY/ Or for information about Family Central, email FamilyCentralNY@gmail.com.

Monthly “Second Sunday Conversations” series

In celebration of the Village of Warwick’s Sesquicentennial, a monthly series of free informal and entertaining talks will be held from 2-4 pm. Second Sunday Conversations will be held monthly and throughout the entire Sesquicentennial year of 2017. All are invited, and admission is free. For more information about this series and the upcoming Sesquicentennial, please visit www.warwick150.org.

Join 4-H – Rooted in Tradition-Looking Toward the Future

4-H Clubs provide an amazing range of projects and activities that can be tailored to your child’s age and interests – all designed to grow youth into well rounded, healthy young adults. And parents get to be an important part of the experience! 4-H Cloverbuds is for ages 5-7, 4-H Members for ages 8 – 18, and Teens for ages 13+. Visit Orange County 4-H: http://cceorangecounty.org/4-h-youth or call 845-344-1234. For more information, contact Kathy at 646-823-5633 or KAL64@cornell.edu.

Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry

The Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry is open to all residents of the Town of Warwick, upon presentation of evidence of residence. The pantry is located in Warwick United Methodist Church, 135 Forester Ave. (corner of Route 17A/Galloway Road). Enter near the fellowship hall kitchen from the rear parking lot. The pantry is open for service Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., and Tuesdays from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. For more information, or to volunteer or donate, please visit www.warwickpantry.org or send an email to info@warwickpantry.org.

Town of Warwick “Friendly Visitor” program

The Town of Warwick has a Friendly Visitor Program, in which volunteers help older adults and adults with disabilities with a variety of tasks. Travel to medical appointments is a key need, and the need for drivers is urgent. Volunteers of all ages are invited to sign up by calling 845-986-1124 and follow the prompts for the Friendly Visitor Program. Registration is required for training, and a background check and volunteer insurance will be provided. The Friendly Visitor Program is offered in partnership with the Orange County Office for the Aging and Jewish Family Service of Orange County.

Winslow’s “Day at the Barn” program on school days off

For only $45 a day, your child aged 7-12 can ride horses, learn to groom, tack and feed a horse, play games, make crafts and more at “Day at the Barn” at Winslow. Pick one or more days from our 19 scheduled days aligned with your school’s holidays. The day runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Please pack a snack, bag lunch and dress for the outdoors. Dates from Oct – May are available. Space is limited, so register early! For more information, call Winslow at 845-986-6686. Informational flyer

The Clothing Closet & The Hope of Chest

The Clothing Closet has clothes, shoes, books and toys FREE OF CHARGE for those in need. The Hope Chest sells designer clothing, shoes, art, and housewares for a fraction of their retail value. Come shop and bring us the things you no longer need. Located at 20 School House Rd., Pine Island in the former Pine Island Elementary School. Donations are accepted when we’re open: Thursday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. All proceeds from the Hope Chest support the clothing bank and other ministries of Vision Community Church in Warwick. Tax receipts available. For questions or volunteer opportunities, email gedgedrisc@yahoo.com.

Shop for a good cause at Hope Chest Thrift Boutique & the Treasure Chest

Shop for a good cause at the Hope Chest Thrift Boutique (non-profit upscale clothing store) and The Treasure Chest (home goods)! Great prices on gently used upscale clothing and home goods. Proceeds from Hope Chest Thrift Boutique and The Treasure Chest go to support The Clothing Closet. Currently, over $100,000 worth of clothing has been given away to local families in need.

Warwick Daycare – School age care for ages 5-9 years

Available for after-care & school closures. Transportation available through the WVCSD for daily drop off at WDC. For more information go to www.warwickdaycare.org.

“Backpack Snack Attack” program – fundraisers

Helping feed hungry children in our community. Backpack Snack Attack, an outreach program of the Warwick Reformed Church, is a non-profit organization that provides food on weekends to nearly 300 needy children within the Warwick, Florida & Greenwood Lake Public School Districts. A group of volunteers fill backpacks each week with 13-14 food items (per child) and deliver this food to the schools, whereupon the bags are sent home with each needy child. All donations to the program are used to purchase food and backpacks – there are no administrative costs. Interested in helping with the Backpack program?  Email Shirley Puett at backpacksnackattack@yahoo.comLearn more about Backpack Snack Attack.

Free youth programs at WV Community Center

The Warwick Valley Community Center’s Teen Center offers programs for youth in creativity, yoga, self-awareness and leadership. Programs include: Creative Mondays, Yoga for Youth, Girls Circle and Youth Advisory Board (YAB). All groups run weekly from 4 to 5:30 p.m. except the Youth Advisory Board, which meets one Friday a month. Programs are free and supervised by experienced facilitators. Registration is required for each program, so call to reserve a space. Call Annie Colonna, Director of Prevention Services, at 845-986-6422 for updated schedule information or to register. The Community Center is located at 11 Hamilton Ave., Warwick.  Visit the center’s website for class information.

Alamo Farmworkers Community Center supply drive

“The Alamo” Farmworkers Community Center is a not-for-profit organization that assists the families of migrant and permanent farmworkers whose children are in the Warwick, Goshen and Florida School Districts. Their weekly Homework Help Club needs some supply donations for its K-6 students: backpacks, art supplies, safety car booster seat or child safety seat, and unused supplementary vocabulary development & math workbooks. Books and magazines for that age group would also appreciated. A drop-off box for donations is located in the Park Avenue Elementary School lobby. The Alamo is located on Pulaski Highway between Pine Island and Goshen. To find out how you can help, call Jane at 845-987-8289.

Bright beginnings – Free preschool for children who do not speak English, or are learning it as a second language

Bright  Beginnings Preschool is currently running a program that offers FREE preschool to children who do not speak English OR are learning English as a second language. Call for more information – Bright Beginnings Preschool at 845-986-0980. Pre-Kinder Gratis para niños que no hablan Ingles. Llamen para mas informacion.  www.BrightBeginningsWarwick.org.

O-U BOCES offers free “English as a Second Language” class

Orange-Ulster BOCES offers a free “English as a Second Language” class. The class is held at the former Pine Island Elementary School. To check on current class days and times, or register for this class, please call 845-781-6715, ext. 1. Para inscribirse para la clase de Ingles como Segundo Idioma venga a este lugar (la iglesia o escuela) o por favor llame 845-781-6715, ext. 1.

Children and families diabetes support group at St. Anthony

A children and families diabetes support group is free of charge and meets monthly at St. Anthony Community Hospital. The age range of the children who attend is anywhere from 3 to 15 and it is a good way for kids (and parents) to gain support and realize that they aren’t the only ones dealing with diabetes. Meets the fourth Monday of the month at St. Anthony Community Hospital, 2nd floor Conference Room from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Call 845-570-3510 for more information.

ORMC offers support group for teens with diabetes

Group for parents & guardians also held at the same time. Are you a teen living with diabetes? Come and  share your thoughts and feelings with others who understand. Orange Regional’s “Sweet Talk,” a support group for teens ages 12 and up with diabetes, is a dynamic program where teens can share experiences, learn from each other and gain knowledge from a certified diabetes educator and a high school teacher and coach. There is also a separate group for parents and guardians held at the same time, led by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. For more information call 845-695-5858 or visit the website.

Jockey Hollow Pony Club offers local programs

Jockey Hollow Pony Club is a local, not for profit organization promoting horsemanship programs right here in Warwick, for elementary through high-school aged youths – and beyond! Jockey Hollow Pony Club is a local chapter of the United States Pony Club (USPC). Pony Club is unique and FUN because its educational programs place equal emphasis on the teaching of riding skills, horse care fundamentals and team participation with sportsmanship. For more information, contact Scott at scott@jockeyhollowpc.com or Ellen at ellen@jockeyhollowpc.com. Look for us on Facebook!

Quit smoking for free – services for all who live, work or attend school in Orange County

The Orange County Dept. of Health offers free smoking cessation classes and services to anyone who lives, works or attends school in Orange County. Services offered include free acupuncture & hypnotherapy, cessation classes and nicotine replacement therapy. To sign up or for more information, call the Orange County Department of Health at 845-568-5237 or visit their website.

Village of Warwick seeks part-time school crossing guard

The Village of Warwick seeks a part-time School Crossing Guard to work approximately five hours per week, to start immediately. School Crossing Guards help children safely cross busy intersections on their way to and from school, and control traffic flow around crosswalks in the morning and at the end of the school day. All candidates are subject to a background investigation. Interested persons may apply at the Warwick Village Hall, 77 Main St., on weekdays between 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Donating blood at St. Anthony Community Hospital

Your donation stays right here in Warwick! When – Thursdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  Where – The donor room is located on the grounds of Mount Alverno on Grand Street. (look for A-frame signs on the corner of Grand & Rt. 94, and then at their driveway).  FYI – To donate, you must weigh at least 110 lbs., have photo ID with you and have eaten before coming in. Drink plenty of fluids the day before and day of your donation. You may donate every 56 days. Every donor will receive an AMC Silver Movie Ticket. Why – Your donation benefits St. Anthony Community Hospital and stays right here in Warwick. We need blood every day, and your help is needed – and appreciated – all year long. For more information, contact Patricia Bonnier at patricia_bonnier@bshsi.org.

Community blood drives – first & third Thursday monthly

Donating blood is literally giving the gift of life. Each day, patients in our region need close to 2,000 people a day to roll up their sleeves to give the gift of life. There is simply no substitute for voluntarily donated blood. Without volunteer donors, our community would not have an adequate community blood supply. Upcoming drives sponsored by Community Blood Services are held in a mobile unit on the first and third Thursday of every month from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Dorothy C. Wilson Education Center, adjacent to the Warwick Valley Middle School.

From the WV Coalition – Talking to youth about drinking

According to a recent National Institutes of Health (NIH) study, one community trait that contributes to youth binge drinking is having “a feeling of safety.” The safe environment may lead to a sense of complacency about the risks of losing control. Talking to youth about drinking, and modeling moderation for them, greatly reduces the likelihood of underage drinking. For resources for talking to your kids about drinking, contact the Warwick Valley Community Center at 845-986-6422.

Hudson Valley Youth Orchestra looking for young musicians

Would you like to play with a group of talented young musicians? Join the Hudson Valley Youth Orchestra, which meets in Florida, NY on Thurs. and Sat.  For more information, call Stefanie Poulson at 845-313-1409.

Sheet music donation drive – Girl Scout Gold Project

Do you have sheet music you don’t use anymore? Is your piano bench so full that it doesn’t close? Please consider donating your books (any instrument, any genre) for a sheet music section in the Albert Wisner Public Library so they can be used by all. The dropoff points are the library Help Desk, and the chorus rooms at the Middle School and High School. You can also call 845-986-7581 to arrange for pickup. This program began as a Girl Scout Gold Award project by WVHS alum, Anna Galitzine.