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Upcoming SCHEDULED events, activities and programs are posted below in chronological order.
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Scheduled Events, Activities & Programs

Nominate a teacher! “Apple of My Eye” contest to recognize Warwick teachers – March 1 deadline

The Warwick Foundation for Excellence in Learning (WFEL) is pleased to partner with Noble Pies in Warwick to sponsor the third annual “Apple of My Eye” contest, which recognizes exceptional teachers in the WVCSD. Students can submit a written or electronic nomination of a teacher who currently works in the district and who is/was the “Apple of My Eye” to the student. Applications will be accepted until March 1. One teacher per school will be chosen as a result of the submitted nominations and winners will be recognized and awarded an apple pie from Noble Pies. For complete details, go to: http://wfelny.org/contact-us/contact-pr-marketing/wfel-to-host-apple-of-my-eye/

Ulta Mania enters 21st year, as Warwick faculty members play for the cause – March 3

WVCSD faculty members will compete again this year in the 21st annual Ultamania Basketball Challenge on Fri. March 3 in the High School New Gymnasium. The 2017 game will be played on regulation size baskets (not always the case in the past) and will feature DJ Chris Gill and half-time dance coordinators, Graig McElroy and John Van Pelt (Sanfordville PE teachers). The High School faculty defeated the Middle School faculty last year, but surrendered the title two years ago. Doors will open on March 3rd at 6:45 pm, and all proceeds will benefit Warwick Lions Club projects and the Warwick Valley Teachers Assoc. Scholarship Fund. Pre-sale tickets are available through the elementary and MS phys. ed. teachers, and in the HS Athletic Director’s Office at a cost of $7 (advanced ticket suggested) or $8 at the door (limited availability). For additional information, contact Gregory Sirico at 987–3050 ext. 12880 or gsirico@wvcsd.org.

“Leap into Literacy” event – March 4

The Junior League of Orange County is partnering with Raymour & Flanigan Furniture to sponsor “Leap into Literacy 2017” on Sat., March 4 from 12 noon-4 pm. Junior League volunteers will read books to children and lead activities throughout the afternoon. Each child will be given a book to take home to encourage literacy. There will be food from local restaurants, vendors and raffle prizes. The event will be hosted at the Raymour & Flannigan Showroom located at 30 Gibbs Court, Middletown. Junior League of Orange County is a not for profit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to promote volunteerism, develop the potential of women, and improve communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

“Hidden Mischief” presentation for parents – choose a March date/location

Would you know what to look for if you suspected your teen of using drugs or alcohol? Take a walk through our simulated teen bedroom and see if you can spot the drug references. Space is limited – reserve your seat.
Choose the most convenient date & location for you:
– Mon., March 6 at 6:30-8:30 pm – Orange County Dept. of Mental Health, 30 Harriman Dr., Goshen
– Thurs., March 9 at 6:30-8:30 pm – Port Jervis Free Library, 138 Pike St., Port Jervis
– Tues., March 21 at 12 noon-2:00 pm – OC Mental Health Assoc., 73 James P. Kelly Way, Middletown
– Mon., March 27 at 12 noon-2:00 pm – Cornerstone Family HealthCare, 147 Lake St., Newburgh
For info. and registration, email afreitas@asfl.org or call 845-360-8291

Village of Warwick Sesquicentennial 1st Annual Restaurant Week – Mar. 7-14

Be a tourist in your hometown and join the celebration of the Village’s 150th Sesquicentennial anniversary! From Tues., Mar. 7 through Tues., Mar. 14 Warwick, which has a long history as a dining destination, will celebrate its unique restaurants. Participating restaurants will offer a prefix three-course dinner at a special price of $29 that includes a choice of an appetizer, entrée and dessert. The offer does not include alcohol, gratuity or tax. The following Warwick restaurants are confirmed participants: Fetch Bar & Grill, at 48 Main St.; Yesterday’s, at 29 Main St.; Opa! Greek Grill, at 10 Oakland Ave.; the Landmark Inn, at 526 Rte. 94; Iron Forge Inn, at 38 Iron Forge Rd.; and Coquito, at 31 Forester Ave. For a complete list of participating restaurants, or for more information, visit www.Warwick150.org or the Village of Warwick, NY Sesquicentennial page on Facebook.

“Understanding Anxiety: Helping Your Child to Cope” – March 8

Part of a Parent Workshop Series, presented by Kim Palmer, LCSW-R, of Washingtonville Pediatrics Health and Wellness Counseling Center. This workshop will be held on Wed., March 8 from 7–8:30 pm at the Washingtonville Middle School Library. Refreshments and childcare will be provided! Please RSVP by March 5 (specify how many children will require childcare, and their ages) to Katherine O’Sullivan at kosullivan@ws.k12.ny.us. Questions? Call 845-497-4000 ext. 24524.

Young Children & Digital Footprints – March 9

This workshop will be held on Thurs., March 9 at 6:30 pm at the Albert Wisner Public Library. The digital world dramatically changes the context of photo and video sharing, and instantly amplifies the potential audience for the images you capture and upload. How early does one’s digital footprint start, and how are your behaviors affecting your child’s digital foot-print? Join us to learn more about how sharing videos and pictures of your kid could be a violation of his or her right to privacy. Facilitated discussions using real-life examples, teen participants, and free materials. To register, go to: http://www.albertwisnerlibrary.org/FORMS/register1.php?eventID=7077

Special “42nd Street” Senior Citizen Show & Tea – March 9

A special Senior Citizen Tea & performance will be held on Thursday, March 9. The Senior Citizen Tea is at 3:30 pm in the High School North Cafeteria, and at 4:00 pm the doors will open for the “42nd Street” performance in the auditorium. The cost is $3 per person, and tickets are available for purchase at the door. Please RSVP for the special Senior Citizen event BY PHONE ONLY, by Mon., March 6 at 3 p.m. Call 845-987-3000, and when you hear the recording, press “O” to make your reservation with the receptionist. Please note that this special event is open only to senior citizen residents of the Warwick Valley Central School District.

WVHS Drama Club presents its spring musical “42nd St.” – March 10 & 11

The WVHS Drama Club will present its spring musical! “42nd Street” will be performed on Fri., March 10 at 7:30 pm and Sat., March 11 at 1:00 pm and 7:30 pm at The Theater at Warwick Valley High School. The ultimate show-biz musical, “42nd Street” is a celebration of Broadway, Times Square and the people who make the magic of musical theatre. Advance ticket reservations are now available! For more information and link to the reservation form, go to: http://www.warwickvalleyschools.com/warwick-valley-high-school/clubs-and-co-curricular-activities/hs-drama-club-present-its-shows/

“Back Trax” Pop-Up Music Fundraiser – March 11

The Actors Workshop Ensemble (AWE) will present “Back Trax,” the first in a series of Pop-Up Music Fundraisers on Sat., March 11 at 8 pm in the historic AME Church at 9 Forester Ave. The AWE is a company of actors, writers and theater artists presenting new and unique works in nontraditional ways. Back-Trax is a Power Pop Duo, playing an eclectic mix of top rock and pop artists hits from the 70’s through today. The space will be set up for dancing, and refreshments will be available. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by calling 845-978-1776. For more information about this event, go to www.whsny.org/ or www.paulellisproducer.com.

Free Family Style Dinner – March 17

Warwick Community Kitchen invites you to join us for dinner on Fri., March 17 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 Lent-friendly dinner consisting of Four Cheese Lasagna, Vegetable Lasagna, Meatballs, 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.

“Coffee with a Cop” – Sat., Mar. 18

The Warwick Police Department will hold a free “Coffee With A Cop” event on Sat., Mar. 18 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at Derosa’s Deli in Merchants Square, 42 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Warwick. This is an opportunity for residents to meet with police in a casual setting to discuss concerns they may have. For more information contact Lt. Rader at 986-5000.

Annual St. Patrick’s Corned Beef Dinner – March 18

The Warwick Volunteer Fire Department, Excelsior Hose Company #1 will host its 19th Annual St. Patrick’s Corned Beef Dinner on Saturday, March 18 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Warwick Fire Department, Station #1, 25 Church St. Ext., Warwick. Dinner includes: Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potato, Irish Soda Bread & dessert. A raffle will be held. Adults – $15.00 / Children ages 5-12 – $9.00 / Children under 5 – free / Seniors – $11.00. Free delivery in the Village, and takeouts are available. For delivery or takeout, call 845-986-4688.

“Guiding Good Choices” free program – date change – now begins March 22

Parents can be a great defense against adolescent substance abuse and other problem behaviors. Partnering with the WVCSD, the Warwick Prevention Coalition will offer a FREE 5-week series to help parents build the skills to guide their children toward better choices-even up to 10 years after the program ends! The program is designed for parents of children ages 9-14, and will take place on Wednesdays, March 22-April 26 (snow date May 3) from 6-8 pm. Staff from coalition partner the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council will provide skill-building activities for children while their parents attend the series. Materials for the Guiding Good Choices program were provided through a generous donation by the Warwick Lions Club, another coalition partner. To register, contact Annie Colonna at the Warwick Valley Community Center, 845-986-6422, ext. 4 or email anniecolonna11@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.

AWPL Foundation College Scholarship Competition – April 17 deadline

For the eleventh consecutive year, the Albert Wisner Public Library Foundation is offering college scholarships to be awarded in a writing competition. Applicants will submit an essay, not to exceed 2,000 words in length, on the following topic: “Indicate a character in fiction or an actual historical figure who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.” More information and rules

“Treecycle 2017” – April 29 & 30

Wickham Works presents its 2nd annual “Treecycle” on Sat., April 29 and Sun. April 30 from 10 am–3 pm. Come celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day by collaborating with local artists to turn upcycled material into tree sculptures. There will be live performances, kids’ activities and a Makers Market – perfect for Mother’s Day gifts. The event is free and suitable for all ages. Located at Wickham Woodlands Manor, State School Rd. off Kings Hwy. in Warwick. Trees will be exhibited around Warwick after the event. For more information, contact mshawsmith@wickhamworks.org.

New York State Summer School of the Arts 2017

The New York State Education Department is accepting applications for the 2017 New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA). High school students are encouraged to apply for summer sessions including ballet, choral, dance, media arts, orchestra, theatre and visual arts. Auditions begin in early January and will be held across the state. A schedule of audition sites and application materials are available on the program website: http://www.oce.nysed.gov/nysssa. Deadline: Various; auditions begin in January 2017.

Village of Warwick to celebrate Sesquicentennial in 2017

The Village of Warwick will celebrate its 150 year anniversary next year, and plans for the 2017 Sesquicentennial are underway. Celebrations will take place throughout the year, including annual events and Sesquicentennial events. Plans include parades, picnics and contests for all ages. The 50 year old time capsule will be dug up and another one will be buried in its place. The Sesqui website features historic Warwick photos, upcoming events, links to local history websites, a timeline of the history & development of the Village, and more. Check out the Village Sesquicentennial website at http://warwick150.org/ as well as the Facebook page: Village of Warwick, NY Sesquicentennial. Help us celebrate the Village of Warwick!

WV Wildcats Lacrosse – registration open until April 1

WV Wildcats Lacrosse is open to boys and girls grades K-8 at all skill levels. Our coaching staff includes four Level 1 and four Level 2 US Lacrosse certified coaches and focuses on skill development, sportsmanship, instilling confidence, teaching leadership, and ensuring equity for all players. New to lacrosse? Take advantage of our exclusive 50% First Timer’s Discount for players grades 3-8 plus a multi-sibling discount (grades 3-8, no minimum!) Clinic grades K-2 registration only $25. Register online or find out more about WV Wildcats Lacrosse at www.wvwildcatslacrosse.org.

Warwick Lacrosse registration open for 2017 season

Warwick Lacrosse registration is open for the 2017 season. Practices, clinics, games, tournaments, FUN! Registration for grades K-2 Clinic remains open. Warwick Lacrosse has qualified & U.S. Lacrosse Certified Boys & Girls coaches, and WYL has 2 Level II Certified Boys coaches. For a flyer or to sign up online, go to www.warwicklacrosse.com. Questions – contact Tom Post at 201-774-7949 or tpost0718@gmail.com.

Warwick Girls Lacrosse – spring ’17 registration open

Announcing the newly merged girls lacrosse program. Warwick Girls Lacrosse is open to all girls grades K-8 at all skill levels. Our coaching staff includes top US Lacrosse certified coaches with college level playing experience who will focus on your girl’s skill development, sportsmanship, instilling confidence, teaching leadership and ensuring equity for all players. New to lacrosse? Take advantage of the opportunity to take part in the newest branch of the Warwick Lacrosse community! All levels K-8. Clinic for grades K-2 – registration only $25. Register online at either youth website: WV Wildcats Lacrosse at www.wvwildcatslacrosse.org or Warwick Youth Lacrosse at www.warwickyouthlacrosse.org.

Warwick Little League Softball, Baseball & T-Ball reg. open

The online registration period for Spring 2017 is from Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2016 ONLY. Late registration is from Jan. 1-31, 2017 (late fee of $40 will be applied). All payments must be made online by credit card or electronic check. To register, go to this webpage and scroll down: http://warwickbaseball.com/Registration/Default.asp?org=WARWICKBASEBALL.com. To participate in Warwick Little League, children must be: Girls: 5-16 years of age by 12/31/16 / Boys: 5-18 years of age by 4/30/17. For more info: www.warwickbaseball.com. Questions-email playeragent@warwickbaseball.com.

WVCSD Continuing/Community Ed. – Spring 2017 reg. open

Registration is open for Lap Swim, Water Aerobics, Stained Glass, and Volleyball. For more information and registration form, visit: http://www.warwickvalleyschools.com/academics/continuing-education/course-offerings-registration/

 

Ongoing Programs & Services

 

Warwick Valley Central School District posts

WVCSD eBackpack is changing delivery systems!

Sign up for SchoolMessenger to continue receiving eBackpack! The Warwick School District will begin using SchoolMessenger (SMS) as its primary notification system for families and community members. This means that soon, weekly eBackpack emails may be sent ONLY via SchoolMessenger. If you wish to continue receiving the weekly WVCSD eBackpack email and other important news & updates from the Warwick School District, you must sign up for the new notification system. It’s easy!
– For community members who are NOT parents of current WVCSD students:
To continue to receive eBackpack and other information about the WVCSD via SchoolMessenger, please click this link and complete a short, simple form.
– For parents of current WVCSD students who need to update their contact information and/or ADD their 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

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.

Parents: childcare transportation request form has changed for 2016-17

Parents, please note: the Childcare Request Form has changed for the 2016-17 school year. The due date for request has changed, as well as the effective date of your request if forms are submitted after the due date. Please see the transportation page for the new form.

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.

“Banana Splits” groups forming at WVMS

Support groups designed to help children with emotions resulting from parental separation and divorce. Fill out and return this permission form to the Middle School office as soon as possible, as group space may be limited.

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. Unclaimed items will be donated to blue bins around the district during the first week of January. Also, please check the overflowing Lost & Found box at your child’s school!

“Stop Hate Orange County” Essay Contest open to Warwick students in Grades 7-12

The 3rd Annual Stop Hate Orange County Essay Contest is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County, The Newburgh Ministry, Inc. and the Orange County Human Rights Commission. The purpose of the contest is to promote tolerance and understanding through education. For more information, go to: http://www.warwickvalleyschools.com/stop-hate-orange-county-essay-contest-open-to-students-in-grades-7-12/

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 planned several joint activities and events in 2016-17. One of the first is an exhibit of memorable and historic issues of the Warwick Valley High School newspaper, The Survey. The display is in the WVCSD District Office, located in the Dorothy C. Wilson Education Center, adjacent to the Middle School. Community members are invited to view this exhibit of historic newspapers and artifacts! More information

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 Mary Murphy in WVHS Guidance at 845-987-3000, ext. 12616 or mmurphy3@wvcsd.org.

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.

 

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.

“Second Sunday Conversations” – monthly

In celebration of the Village of Warwick’s Sesquicentennial, a monthly series of informal and entertaining talks will be held at the Buckbee Center. Admission is free. Please join us!

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.

Free “Children, Youth, & Family Services Directory 2016-17” available

The Orange County Youth Bureau has compiled the Children, Youth, & Family Services Directory 2016-17, which is available free to community members. This comprehensive directory includes descriptions of the many services offered by the Youth Bureau and other agencies, and contains information about many local health & human services programs available to community members. Click on the link below to download a copy, or a limited supply of printed copies of the Directory is available. For a printed copy, contact the Youth Bureau at 845-615-3620. To download the Children, Youth, & Family Services Directory 2016-17, go to: http://www.orangecountygov.com/content/124/1386/1536/default.aspx.

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.

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.

WVCC offers free youth programs

The Warwick Valley Community Center offers ongoing programs for youth ages 10-18 (middle school and high school). Encourage your child to come in and enjoy the company of their peers in a safe, supervised setting. Refreshments and Teen Center facilities available on program days. Held at the Doc Fry Building on Hamilton Ave., Warwick. For information, call 845-986-6422.

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.comFor more information, click here.

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 on Thurs. & Sat. from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and the Warwick Reformed Church on Mon. & Wed. 6-9 p.m. To 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 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.

Free programs and events at the Warwick Valley Community Center

For kids from preschool all the way through high school! The Warwick Valley Community Center offers a variety of great FREE programs and events for kids from preschool all the way through high school age. Space is limited, so “first come, first served.” The Community Center is located in the Doc Fry Building at 11 Hamilton Ave., Warwick.  For more information, call 845-986-6422 or go to  www.wvcommunitycenter.org . Find us at Facebook: Reachingout TeenCenter.

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.