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Upcoming Events, Activities & Programs

“The Nutcracker: Short & Sweet” – Dec. 15

The Hudson Valley Dance Theatre presents “The Nutcracker: Short & Sweet,” an hour-long narrated version of the popular holiday classic at Goshen Middle School on Dec. 15 at 2 pm & 6 pm. Perfect for ages 3 and up! Tickets sold at the door: Adults – $14 and Children (10 & under) – $12. Group Rates available. Call 845-534-9671.

Free Christmas Dinner – Dec. 21

Warwick Community Kitchen invites you to join us for Christmas dinner on Fri., Dec. 21 from 5-7 p.m. in the former Pine Island Elementary School (20 Schoolhouse Road.) We will offer a traditional dinner consisting of ham, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, corn, salad, bread and dessert in continuous seatings. There is no charge for dinner, and good fellowship in our dining room. Santa will visit, and every child will receive a gift. Everyone is welcome. 

Youth leagues and sports

Warwick Girls Lacrosse – Spring 2019 registration open

Warwick Girls Lacrosse is gearing up for another great season! The program is open to K-8 girls at all skill levels in Warwick, Florida and Greenwood Lake. We offer coaching by our certified and experienced staff, indoor winter turf training, the annual West Point scrimmage day and tailgate, new gear and uniforms this season and more. Come learn new skills, make friends and have fun!
Practices and scrimmages for grades K-2 teams registration is $25. Grades 3-6 is $175 (includes practices and games). Grade  7/8 tournament team is $175 (includes practices, scrimmages and tournaments.)
Sibling discount of 50 percent for grades 3-8. A $30 US Lacrosse membership is required to register. Register online at www.warwickgirlslacrosse.com. Contact Summer Mangels with any questions, summrhug@aol.com.

Warwick Lacrosse online registration is now open for the 2019 Season!

Online registration for boys kindergarten-grade 6, as well as a 7/8th grade tournament team to be determined at a later date – is now open.  For more information, to register and to pay online visit http://WARWICKLACROSSE.COM

Warwick Youth Basketball registrations are now online

For those interested in Warwick Youth Basketball, visit our NEW website at www.warwickyouthbasketball.com. Online registration (Boys & Girls 6 years old thru end of HS) is now active – with information, to register and to pay online.

Youth Wrestling signups

Registration documents for the Warwick Valley Youth Wrestling is online! All students grades 2-6 are eligible to join our program. Documents can be found on our website, www.warwickvalleywrestling.com. For more information, email Phil Szumlaski at pszumlaski@wvcsd.org.

Ongoing Events, activities, and Programs

Warwick United Methodist Church Choir seeks singers

The Warwick United Methodist Church Choir is looking for singers. The choir is open to all, age 15 and older. There are no auditions and you don’t need to know how to read music. We ask that you make most rehearsals (7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays and most Sundays.) You don’t need to be a church member or have any church affiliation. Call Dennis English at 845-988-0259. 

Warwick Film Group monthly films

Join the Warwick Film Group for monthly films at the Warwick Valley Community Center on Hamilton Avene. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and films start at 8 pm. $5 donation, and popcorn is available. For a schedule visit https://warwickvalleycommunitycenter.org/warwick-film-group.

“Day At The Barn” Program for school days of

Registration is 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 the 19 days over the course of the school year. Each day we offer horseback riding, barn activity, crafts and games. $50/day. Visit http://www.winslow.org/programs-2/  or call 986-6686.

Historical Walking Tour maps available

The Warwick Historical Society self-guided walking tour maps of the Historic Village of Warwick can be found on the Warwick Historical Society website, www.whsny.org. Printed copies may be borrowed at the A.W. Buckbee Center (2 Colonial Ave.), and the Warwick Chamber of Commerce (in the red caboose on South Street.) Call 845-986-3236, ext. 106 or visit www.whsny.org.

Have an unused instrument?

Don’t know what to do with that old violin or cello? Katie’s Music Wish club at WVHS will find a new home for that string instrument (violin, viola, cello and upright string bass) and help a child who can’t afford one. The club is led by high school orchestra director Keely Blaikner and her students. Click here for more information.

Need student volunteers?

Community service is a requirement for WVHS students! Local non-profit organizations may request student volunteers for an event or ongoing activity/program. For volunteer and contact information, go to: https://www.warwickvalleyschools.com/student-volunteer-opportunities/.

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

4-H provides 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. Visit Orange County 4-H: http://cceorangecounty.org/4-h-youth or call 845-344-1234. 

Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry

The Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry is open to all residents of the Town of Warwick. The pantry is located in Warwick United Methodist Church, 135 Forester Ave. Open for service Monday and Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m., and Tuesdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. For information, or to volunteer or donate, visit www.warwickpantry.org or email info@warwickpantry.org.

Town of Warwick Friendly Visitor program

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

The Clothing Closet & The Hope of Chest

The Clothing Closet has clothes, shoes, books and toys free for those in need. The Hope Chest sells designer clothing, shoes, 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 Road, Pine Island (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. For questions or volunteer opportunities, email gedgedrisc@yahoo.com.

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

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

Backpack Snack Attack

Backpack Snack Attack is a non-profit organization that provides food on weekends to nearly 300 needy children in the Warwick, Florida and Greenwood Lake school districts. Volunteers fill backpacks each week with 13-14 food items and deliver them to schools. All donations are used to purchase food and backpacks. There are no administrative costs. Want to help? Email backpacksnackattack@yahoo.com.

Free youth programs at WV Community Center

The Warwick Valley Community Center’s Teen Center offers programs in creativity, yoga, self-awareness and leadership.  Programs are free and supervised by experienced facilitators. Call Annie Colonna at 845-986-6422 for complete schedule or to register. The center is located at 11 Hamilton Ave.

Alamo Farmworkers Community Center supply drive

The Alamo Farmworkers Community Center assists the families farm workers whose children attend Warwick, Goshen and Florida schools. Their weekly Homework Help Club always needs supplies including backpacks, art supplies, car safety seats, and unused vocabulary and math workbooks. Books and magazines for that age group are also appreciated. There is a collection box in the Park Avenue Elementary lobby. The Alamo is on Pulaski Highway between Pine Island and Goshen. Call Jane at 845-987-8289.

Bright Beginnings Preschool

Enroll for the 2018-2019 school year! Accepting children ages 3-5. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday program. We offer spiritual and character development, kindergarten readiness, music, Spanish, English, yoga, field trips, STEAM, Common Core, outside play, developmentally appropriate learning activities in all areas of growth.  2018 Orange and Rockland recipients of STEM Grant. Must be age 3 by Dec. 1. $200 a month for half day 9:00-11:30 or 12:30-3:00 / $400 a month for full day 9 a.m. -3 p.m.
Bright Beginnings also offers FREE preschool to children who do not speak English or are learning English as a second language.
Email Brightbeginningswarwick@gmail.com  or call 845-986-0980
 

Calvary Baptist Church fall programs for grades K-12

Calvary Baptist Church, located at 5 Wisner Rd in Warwick, is happy to announce the start of our fall programming for children currently in grades K-12 on Wed. evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm. Beginning Sept. 26, we will be providing action-packed group activities and individual projects for young men and boys within our Tree Climbers (K, 1st, and 2nd grade boys and their fathers), Stockade (boys in grades 3-6), and Battalion (young men grades 7-12) programs. Also beginning on September 26, we will offer Pioneer Clubs where girls in grades K-12 learn life skills, engage in fun activities, and share in story time. Each program offers the chance for children to set and achieve goals, participate in scriptural education, and create new friendships. Call 845-986-2137.

Free English as a Second Language classes

Orange-Ulster BOCES offers a free English as a Second Language class at the former Pine Island Elementary School. To register call 845-781-6715, ext. 1. 

Children and families diabetes support group at St. Anthony

A children and families diabetes support group is free and meets monthly at St. Anthony Community Hospital. The age range of the children who attend is from 3-15 and it is a good way for kids realize they are not alone in dealing with diabetes. Call 845-570-3510.

ORMC support group for teens with diabetes

Orange Regional’s Sweet Talk, a support group for teens with diabetes, is a dynamic program where teens share experiences and learn from each other. There is also a separate group for parents and guardians held at the same time. Call 845-695-5858.

Jockey Hollow Pony Club offers local programs

Jockey Hollow Pony Club offers programs in for elementary through high-school aged youths. 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. Contact  scott@jockeyhollowpc.com or ellen@jockeyhollowpc.com.

Quit smoking for free

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 include free acupuncture and hypnotherapy, cessation classes and nicotine replacement therapy. Call 845-568-5237.

Donating blood at St. Anthony Community Hospital

Donate blood Thursdays (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Saturdays (8 a.m.-1 p.m.) The donor room is located on the grounds of Mount Alverno on Grand Street.  You must weigh at least 110 lbs., have photo ID, and have eaten before coming in. Drink plenty of fluids the day before and day of your donation. Every donor receives an AMC Silver Movie Ticket.  Contact Patricia Bonnier patricia_bonnier@bshsi.org.

Talking to youth about drinking

According to a recent National Institutes of Health 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, reduces the likelihood of underage drinking. For resources for talking to your kids about drinking, call 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,on Thurs. and Sat.  Call Stefanie Poulson at 845-313-1409.

Sheet music donation drive – Girl Scout Gold Project

Do you have sheet music you don’t use? Please consider donating it (any instrument, any genre) for a sheet music section in the Albert Wisner Public Library. The dropoff points are the library Help Desk and the chorus rooms at the Middle School and High School or call 845-986-7581 to arrange for pickup. 

Butterfly Bags – Bringing hope to children in foster care

For her Girl Scout Silver Award, Amber V. is putting together backpacks for children ages newborn – 18 years in foster care. She is collecting new backpacks, throw blankets, stuffed animals, books, coloring books and crayons, journals and pens, small tissue packs, clothing, pajamas and toothbrushes. The collection location is Grace Lutheran Church, Greenwood Lake. Contact ButterflyBagsForHope@gmail.com

Warwick Valley Central School District

WVHS pool open for community use

WVHS Pool Schedule
The high school pool is open only when school is in session
Lap Swim
Morning Lap Swim – 5:45 am – 7:15 am
Evening Lap Swim – 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
$75 – First semester (Oct. 1– Feb. 1)
$85 – Second semester (Feb. 4 – June 14)
Family Rec Swim
Friday evening, 7-8:30 pm
Fee: $3 per swimmer (at the door)

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

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

Wanted: mentors involved in the sciences

The WVHS Science Research course provides 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 presentation of a long term project. We’re looking for adults who work in any area of the sciences to be mentors. Contact Roberta Brown at rbrown@wvcsd.org or Jennifer DeSantis at jdesantis@wvcsd.org or call at 845-987-3050, ext. 12601.

WVCSD call for engineers

The district is seeking engineers from all disciplines to speak with students. 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 at mstolt@wvcsd.org or Patrick Ellis pellis@wvcsd.org.