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

“Flashlight Night” playground benefit at Wright Family Farm – Oct. 20

Come out this Fri., October 20 to the Wright Family Farm on Kings Highway from 4-9 pm for Flashlight Night! $2.00 from every maze ticket sold with the flyer will be donated to Warwick Playground Dreams. Latest entry into the 5-acre maze is 8 pm. Digital copies of the flyer can be found on Warwick Playground Dreams Facebook page and at Bring your flashlights!

Free Family Style Dinner – Oct. 20

Warwick Community Kitchen invites you to join us for dinner on Fri., Oct. 20 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 Spiral Noodle Lasagna, 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:

Day of the Dead Haunted House: “Come Play with Us!” – Oct. 20 & 21 and 27 & 28

The “Day of the Dead Haunted House: Come Play with Us!” will take place on Oct. 20 & 21 and 27 & 28, from 7-10 pm at Warwick Valley Community Center, 11 Hamilton Ave., Warwick. Join us if you dare! Casa de los Muertos will be a thrilling, immersive experience, like you’ve never seen before. Graves will open and reveal their secrets at this fundraising event created by the Wickham Works maker team. Tickets at the door-$12. Download postcards with $2 off coupon on Facebook at Wickham Works. Note – Under 12 with adult, recommended. For more info, call 845-986-6422.

Warwick string students to perform with Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra – Oct. 21

Warwick student string musicians will join the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra (GNSO) for a special concert on Sat., Oct. 21 at 3 pm in the High School auditorium. The performance will feature students in grades 6–12 and musicians from the GNSO in a performance by the students, who will sit side-by-side with symphony members. The GNSO will then perform, accompanied by Warwick’s music teachers and graduating seniors in the Chamber Orchestra. Music teachers Keely Blaikner, Christy Brown and Elissa Maynard will also perform. Tickets are available at the door – $10 for adults, $5 for children. Under age 5 admitted free. For more info:

Parenting workshop – “Discipline Is Not a Dirty Word” – weekly sessions from Oct. 26-Nov. 16

Due to popular demand, the WVCSD Elementary Guidance Department will again host a parenting workshop series this school year, entitled “Discipline Is Not a Dirty Word.” This experiential workshop is for parents of children ages 2-12 years. The goal of the program is to give parents and caregivers of young children an understanding of age-appropriate behavior and realistic expectations regarding young children. For more information, go to:

WFD Auxiliary Blood Drive – October 26

Donate a pint of the red stuff and get some treats you can sink your fangs into! A blood drive will be held on Thurs., Oct. 26 from 2:30-7:00 pm at the Warwick Fire Dept., Station #1, 25 Church St. Ext. in Warwick. Bring a photo ID, and eat & drink before donating. You must be between 16* and 75 years of age (age 76 & over, you may donate with a note from your physician) (*16 year old donors require parental permission on New York Blood Center form available at drive). You must weigh at least 110 pounds. For appointments or more information, contact Heather M. Gardner at 845-222-2855 or Note-If you have medical eligibility questions, please call 1-800-688-0900.

Excelsior Hose Company #1 Penny Social – Oct. 27

Our annual “Baskets of Fun” Penny Social will be held on Fri., Oct, 27, featuring many prizes and super specials. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and calling begins at 7:30 pm. Refreshments available. Hundreds of prizes-bring the family! Held at Warwick Fire Dept. Station #1 at 25 Church St., Warwick.

Bridging the Gap: Building Community through Intergenerational Engagement – Oct. 27

Registration for this year’s 21st annual Making Healthful Decisions Conference is now open. “Bridging the Gap: Building Community through Intergenerational Engagement” is a highly recommended conference for parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers and all those who work with youth. For more information, and to register online go to:

2nd annual Warwick Parents Group “Trunk or Treat”- Oct. 28

Come one, come all to the 2nd annual Warwick Parents Group TRUNK OR TREAT! Decorate your trunk, put out some candy & teal pumpkin friendly treats, join our costume parade, then bring your kids for trick or treating! The event will be held on Sat., Oct. 28 (rain date-Sun., Oct. 29) in the Warwick Valley Middle School parking lot. Parking lot for trunks will be open from 2-3 pm, the Halloween costume parade will begin around 3:30 pm, Trunk or Treating from 4-4:45 pm, and winners will be announced at 4:45 pm. All vehicles are encouraged to participate! Prizes will be awarded to the best trunks & costumes. The cost is $5. If you’re decorating a car, a $5 donation covers all the passengers of your vehicle. If you’re coming for the trick or treating alone, there is a $5 donation requested per trick or treater. Plus, games will be provided by Warwick Playground Dreams -$5/wristband for unlimited fun. All proceeds will go to Warwick Playground Dreams!

Camp Warwick Halloween Trick or Treat Event – Oct. 30

Trick or Treat at the cabins at Camp Warwick, where volunteers and Camp Warwick staff will decorate the cabins with family-friendly Halloween themes and activities! The event will be held on Mon., Oct. 30 (Halloween Eve) from 6-8 pm at Camp Warwick at the Warwick Conference Center, 62 Warwick Center Rd. Come in costume and join the fun in a non-scary environment. The event is FREE! But we do ask that you pre-register either online at or by calling or emailing our Camp Registrar 845-986-1164 or No tricks-just treats! Games and other fun activities and giveaways for our Camp Program. T-shirts and other items available for purchase.

Harvest Festival – Oct. 31

A Harvest Festival for all ages will be held on Oct. 31 from 6-8 pm at Calvary Baptist Church, 5 Wisner Rd. (across from Kings). The event will feature an escape room, box maze, hayride, chili competition, games, costume contest, crafts, prizes, lots of candy and fun for the whole family!

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

Food Pantry Holidays Food Basket Program 2017

Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry has begun its 2017 Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Basket Program to benefit hungry local families. Through the generosity of our community, the program provides all the makings of a Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. In addition, at Christmas, children 16 years of age or younger receive a gift and parents have an opportunity to purchase additional presents in our Christmas Shop at nominal cost. Signup to receive a basket begins Thurs., Sept. 28 and ends Tues., Oct. 31 at the Church. For complete information for families wishing to receive or donate baskets, suggested dinner menu for shopping, volunteering, donations and more, go to:

Warwick Valley Youth Wrestling Club – reg. Nov. 2

Registration for the Warwick Valley Youth Wrestling Program will be held on Thurs., Nov. 2 from 5:30-6:30 pm at Warwick High School, Room 161. The program is open for all students (grades 1-6) in the Town of Warwick interested wrestling. Registration documents and additional information can be found on our website at: Questions? Email Phil Szumlaski, Varsity & Youth Wrestling Coach, at

Veteran’s Day Celebration at Park Avenue – Nov. 9

Park Avenue Elementary School will honor all the men and women who have served our country, and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our nation, with a Veteran’s Day celebration on Thursday, November 9 from 9:00-10:30 am. A reception will follow the celebration. This event is sponsored by the Park Avenue PTA. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Amy Buliung by Fri., Nov. 3 at

“What to Know About Parental Controls: Keeping your Kids Safe Online” – Nov. 11

A parent session will be held on Nov. 11, from 10 am-noon at the Albert Wisner Public Library. Have you talked with your kids about screen-time limits and responsible online behavior, but still find it tough to manage what they do when you’re not around? This workshop will inform, support and empower families to be proactive in addressing the challenge of raising kids growing up online. Babysitting available upon request. Contact: Help Desk at 986-1047, ext. 3. Register at:

Warwick Fire Dept. Auxiliary annual Holiday Shopping Spree – Dec. 2

The Warwick Fire Dept. Auxiliary will host its 13th Annual Holiday Shopping Spree on Sat., Dec. 2 from 10 am-4 pm at the Warwick Fire Dept., Station #2 at 200 West St., Warwick. The event will feature holiday merchandise, local vendors, crafted items, home party products and homemade goods. Vendor Basket Raffle and refreshments available. 845-986-0573 or or

“The Nutcracker: Short & Sweet” – Dec. 2 & 16

The nonprofit Hudson Valley Dance Theatre will present “The Nutcracker: Short & Sweet,” an hour long narrated version of the popular holiday classic at Cornwall High School on Dec. 2 at 2 pm and 6 pm, and at Goshen Middle School on Dec. 16 at 2 pm and 6 pm. Perfect for ages 3 & up! Tickets to this annual family tradition are $16 each at the door. For more information and lower-priced advance tickets, call 534-9671 or visit

“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.

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.

WVCSD Continuing/Community Education Program – Fall 2017

Registration is now open for fall Continuing/Community Education classes: Lap Swim, Water Aerobics, Stained Glass, Yoga, and Volleyball. For registration information, go to:
For more information, email Debbi Rogan at or call 845-987-3000 x10526.

Our district is doing great things – video gives WVCSD 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 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

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.