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

Warwick schools to participate in No Name-Calling Week – January 16-19

The Warwick School District will once again participate in the annual, nation-wide “No Name-Calling” initiative. January 16-19, 2018 will be designated as “No Name-Calling Week” in our schools, with the national theme “Kindness in Action!” Our district theme this year will be “Blow the Whistle on Name Calling!” Students throughout the district will participate in a variety of activities that will help them realize the impact of verbal bullying, and teach them strategies for coping and putting an end to name-calling. For the theme for each day, check the district website post:

January programs for children and “tweens” at Albert Wisner Public Library

“Tween Corner” for ages 9-12:
– Jan. 14 & Feb. 11 from 2-3 pm: Open Studio – Art on a Sunday – Ages 5 and up with adult help. Drop-in and create with local artist Judy Pedersen.
– Jan. 23 from 6:30-7:30 pm: Tween Lego-Winter Wonderland – Build a winter scene to display.
– Jan. 30 from 6:30-7:30 pm : Tween Popcorn Recipe Exchange – bring your favorite recipe, try new seasonings for your next party.
Children’s programs – see age/grade for each program:
– Sat. Jan. 20 from 1:30-2:30 pm: Cardinals in the Snow! Ages 7 -10 – Art with Diane Ouzoonian – create a beautiful winter scene using watercolors, crayons & markers. Register Dec. 16.
– Sun. Jan. 28, Feb. 25 from 2-3 pm: Chess & Checkers – Grades 2-5 – Drop-in, bring a friend and play a few rounds.

Homework Helpers at the Library

The Albert Wisner Public Library once again has volunteers to help with homework for students in grades K-5 after school, currently on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-5:30 pm. Visit the library for homework help, books, games and more! Call the Library at 845-986-1047 ext. 4 for details!

Free Family Style Dinner – Jan. 19

Warwick Community Kitchen invites you to join us for dinner on Fri., Jan. 19 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 Open Faced Hot Turkey Sandwiches with Gravy, Tater Tots, Corn, Salad, 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:

Free “Cure the Winter Blues” for Kids – Jan. 20

A free activity day for kids 5-10 years old, with supervised crafts and snacks, will be held on Sat., Jan. 20 from 1-4 pm at the WV Community Center, 11 Hamilton Ave., Warwick. Sponsored by the Warwick Valley Coalition. Call to reserve a spot – 845-986-6422.

“Repair Cafe” – Jan. 20

Repair Cafe is a free community meeting place to bring a beloved, but broken item to be repaired. *For free! Our “repair coaches” are folks with significant skills who generously volunteer their time for this non-profit project. It’s open to everyone no matter where they live. It’s about fixing things – lamps & small electrics, clothing & textiles, soft toys, jewelry, bikes, things made of wood, knife & tool sharpening – together! Adult-supervised Kids-Take-It-Apart Table – no need to put things back! (* We must charge for lamp & bike parts at our cost.) Limit two items per person. Held on the 3rd Saturday of every OTHER month from 10 am–2 pm at the Senior Center behind Town Hall, 132 King’s Highway. Contact: or 845-544-1056. Facebook page: Repair Café-Hudson Valley

“Your Child, Their Diet” parent workshop – Jan. 20

Parents are invited to a parent workshop with a Speech Pathologist on Jan. 20 from 10 am-12 noon. You’ll learn: the food-brain connection, research on negative effects of processed foods, how to take action to teach your child to eat new healthy foods and more. Registration required-online at: or call 986-1047 ext. 3.

Girl Scouts Teddy Bear Tea!

Unleash her G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ spirit TODAY. New to Girl Scouting and ready to join? You and your favorite stuffed animal are cordially invited to participate in a Teddy Bear Tea. Learn the manners and etiquette young girls from the days of Juliette Gordon Low were all expected to know. Enjoy a light snack, a craft and the company of good friends and their bears! Troop Placement is available! Event flyers can be found in your public Library. Become a Girl Scout Daisy today! To RSVP, call Deanna at 845-452-1810 ext. 743. Choice of dates & location: Jan. 20-Middletown (10 am-12 noon); Jan. 24-Middletown (6-7 pm); Feb. 1-Greenwood Lake (6-7 pm); Feb. 6-Middletown (6-7 pm); Feb. 22-Middletown (6-7 pm).

WVCC new “3 Pines Nature Place” program begins Jan. 23

The Warwick Valley Community Center (WVCC) is pleased to announce its first “3 Pines Nature Place” program, beginning Jan. 23. Noted nature educator Pam Golben will teach this winter nature program for 2-4 year old preschoolers and their parents/caretakers, starting on Tues., Jan. 23. Little Cones, 3 Pines Nature Place’s first official program, will run every Tuesday from 9:30-10:30 am for six weeks. 3 Pines Nature Place is located at the Community Center in the Village of Warwick. The cost for the series is $90 and there are only 9 spots available. Little Cones nature series includes both indoor and outdoor activities, live animals & sound recordings, along with a craft and a story. Each week will cover a winter topic such as animal tracks, what animals eat & where they sleep, groundhog day and hibernation, backyard birds, maple sugaring and more. For more information and to register, please call the Center at 845-986-6422.

Upcoming CPR and first aid training courses to be held in Goshen

The Minisink Hook & Ladder Co. #1 will offer several CPR and first aid courses at the Goshen Fire Department. For list of courses, dates, additional information and to register, go to:

WVCSD Partners in Education (PIE) program orientation – Jan. 30

Please spread the word and join the WVCSD Partners in Education (PIE) community, teachers and administrators for a Program Orientation on Tues, Jan. 30 at 7 pm in the Sanfordville Elementary cafeteria. The orientation is open to ALL parents: prospective, incoming and existing, to gain more insight about the PIE philosophy and structure. If you’re a current PIE parent, please join us to show your support and welcome potential new families to the program. For more information, contact Mr. James Yap, WVCSD Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction at 845-987-3000, ext. 10526 or (Snow date TBA if needed.)

WVHS to host “The Admission Game,®” for parents and students in grades 9-11 – Feb. 1

Warwick Valley High School will host “The Admission Game®,” a FREE interactive presentation about the college admission process on Thurs., February 1 at 7:00 pm in the HS Auditorium. Parents and students in grades 9-11 are invited to attend. Learn what will happen to your application behind closed doors – become a member of an admission committee, review four candidates’ credentials, debate their strengths and weaknesses, and vote to determine who gets in​!

“Critical Thinking” – AWPL program begins Feb. 5

How do we arrive at unbiased and well-informed opinions about issues? The process of critical thinking can guide us to better decisions in everyday life. In these sessions, we will examine and practice this method of clearer analysis leading to better outcomes. Presenters: Norm Isaacson, Valerie Lucznikowska and Roger Moss. All sessions meet at 6:30 pm. Registration is requested for attendance at this program. Online at or call 986-1047 ext. 3 or in person at the Help Desk.
– To Begin the Discussion: Feb. 5 – Film: “Twelve Angry Men” – How is critical thinking applied to jury deliberations?
Learn the Basics: Feb. 6 – Intro. to Critical Thinking
– Application: Feb. 20 Workshop – “Using Critical Thinking in Everyday Life”
– And more on the subject: Mar. 6 – Guest Speaker in Critical Thinking – Kathleen Hulley ret. Prof. New York Univ., American Literature & Critical Thinking  

Volunteers needed for Camp Snowball at Camp Warwick – next session Feb. 9-11

Experience a life-changing week by participating as a Camp Snowball Volunteer Counselor. Those who have completed 9th grade & older are welcome to volunteer. Camp Snowball is a Christian camp designed for specially-abled campers ages 8-55. Campers receive care and supervision from a carefully selected group of staff and volunteers. Each volunteer is assigned to work with a camper specifically, and every camper generally. Our staff receives thorough training in all aspects of physical care, lifting, emergency response, teamwork, programming and working directly with our special needs campers. All volunteers are required to attend a training session at Camp Warwick. Camp Snowball dates: Dec. 8-10, February 9-11, and March 16-18. For more information or to obtain an application, go to: or email Pat at or call the Warwick Conference Center at 845-986-1164.

HS Drama Club presents “Beauty and the Beast” on March 16-17

Mark your calendar! This full-scale production will feature all the animated film’s characters, a rich score, and spectacular sets and costumes. Teeming with opportunities for every member of the Drama Club, and relying on the collaboration of a multitude of volunteers, the production connects a large segment of the Warwick community, and delivers family theater at its best! There will be three performances: Fri. evening, Sat. afternoon and Sat. evening. Tickets will go on sale beginning Mon., Feb. 12. Ticket prices: adults: $10, children under 10 and senior citizens: $8. For more information, go to:

WV Wildcats Lacrosse – Spring ’18 reg. open

10% Early Bird Discounts for registrations by December 31. WV Wildcats Lacrosse is open to boys K-8 at all skill levels. Our coaching staff includes Level 1 and Level 2 US Lacrosse certified coaches and focuses on skill development, sportsmanship, and equitable play time. Join us for optional indoor winter training and a Spring tailgate & game day at West Point. New to lacrosse? Take advantage of our exclusive 50% First Timer’s Discount for players in 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

Warwick Boys Lacrosse – Spring ’18 reg. open

JUST ADDED! All boys in grades 3-8 who register with Warwick Youth Lacrosse will receive a FREE duffel bag and FREE clinic registration! Warwick Youth Lacrosse is open to all boys 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 child’s skill development, sportsmanship, instilling confidence, teaching leadership and ensuring equity for all players. Grades K-2 Clinic registration is FREE, and includes practices and mini-tournaments/scrimmages. Grades 3-8 registration is $175 and includes a new duffel bag, practices, games, West Point scrimmage day and the annual Fall Applefest Shootout Tournament in Warwick. New this year is a sibling discount of 50% for grades 3-8! A $30 US Lacrosse Membership is required to register. Register online at Questions? Contact Tom Post at

Warwick Girls Lacrosse – Spring ’18 reg. open

Announcing our new lacrosse program for youth in Warwick, Florida and Greenwood Lake. 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 child’s skill development, sportsmanship, instilling confidence, teacher leadership and ensuring equity for all players. Practices and mini-tournaments/scrimmages for grades K-2- registration is only $25. Grades 3-8 $175 – includes practices, games, West Point scrimmage day and the annual Fall Applefest Shootout Tournament in Warwick. Sibling discount of 50% for grades 3-8. A $30 US Lacrosse Membership is required to register. Register online at Questions – contact Summer Mangels at

Warwick Little League – Softball & Baseball – Spring ’18 reg. open

New players to the league must mail a copy of their birth certificate and proof of residence (utility bill, driver’s license, etc.) to Warwick Little League, P.O. Box 153, Warwick NY 10990.
ON-LINE REGISTRATION ONLY: Registration – Oct. 1, 2017-Dec. 31, 2017
Go to: – click on 2018 Registration, and scroll down.
(Late registration, Jan. 1, 2018-Jan. 31, 2018 – late fee of $40)
All payments must be made online by credit card or electronic check.
Fees: Tee Ball-$105 per child / All other divisions-$135 per child / Challenger division-No charge / Volunteer Bond – $85 per family
Anyone wishing to participate in Warwick Little League must be:
Girls – 5-16 years old by December 31, 2017 / Boys – 5-16 years old by April 30, 2018
Questions? Email

“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: For more information or to register, call Winslow at 986-6686.

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

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.

Bright Beginnings preschool

Bright Beginnings, located inside the Warwick United Methodist Church at 135 Forester Ave., Warwick, offers a Christian preschool curriculum in the Montessori tradition. Bright Beginnings preschool seeks substitute teachers and teacher assistants – hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays from 9:00 am-3:30 pm. Please email resume and references to Must be able to pass NYS background check.

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 or Mary Murphy in WVHS Guidance at 845-987-3000, ext. 12616 or

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:


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 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.

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

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

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 and/or Patrick Ellis, MS Tech teacher at

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. Or for information about Family Central, email

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

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: or call 845-344-1234. For more information, contact Kathy at 646-823-5633 or

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:

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 or send an email to

Warwick launching “Friendly Visitor” program

The Town of Warwick has begun a Friendly Visitor Program. Volunteers in the program 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. 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

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

“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.

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 or Ellen at 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

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.