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

 

Fall Festival at Bellvale Community – Oct. 13

Join us for a fall festival! Enjoy horse cart rides, pumpkins, arts & crafts, brick oven pizza and a BBQ! Sat., Oct. 13 from 2-5 pm at Bellvale Community, 359 Gibson Hill Rd., Chester. RSVP at bellvale@ccimail.com or 845-572-3400.

Open House on the Farm – Oct. 13

Join us for family fun on Sat., Oct. 13 from 10 am-3 pm at the Stap Dairy, 426 Drexel Dr., Pine Bush. There will plenty of activities for the whole family, including hay rides, visits with the calves, a calf naming contest, a petting zoo and free cheese samples. Lunch and ice cream will be available for purchase. Open House on the Farm is coordinated by Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County and sponsored in part by Farm Credit East. For more information, contact Rachel Moody at 845-344-1234 or visit www.cceorangecounty.org. Suggested donation is $1 per person. For complete info and link to flyer, go to: http://cceorangecounty.org/events/2016/10/15/open-house-on-the-farm

​Pre-Applefest “Kids Karnival” & activities in Stanley-Deming Park – Oct. 12, 13 & 14

The pre-Applefest “Kids Karnival” is back! Head over to Stanley-Deming Park for a variety of “family fun” kid’s activities: kiddie carnival rides & games, children’s activities, food concessions, pony rides (Sun. only) and more. ​The pre-Applefest “Kids Karnival” will take place on Fri., Oct. 12 from 4-9 pm and Sat., Oct. 13 from 11 am-9 pm – as well as during Applefest on Sun., Oct. 14 from 9 am-5 pm. “Rain or Shine.” Free admission.

​Warwick Applefest 2018 – Oct. 14

Join us! The 30th anniversary of this community festival, with hundreds of craft and food vendors, free music on several stages, Farmers’ Market, apple pie baking & eating contests, children’s activities and more, will be held on Sun., Oct. 14 from 9 am-5 pm in the Village of Warwick. Held “Rain or Shine.” Hosted by the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce. Free admission and great family fun! For information and Visitors’ Guide, go to www.warwickapplefest.com.

WVQG’s beautiful raffle quilt – tickets available online – drawing Oct. 14

The Warwick Valley Quilters’ Guild presents its beautiful 2018 Raffle Quilt! “Possibilities” is a generous queen or king size quilt – a truly one-of-kind masterpiece! For a photo, go to https://warwickvalleyqg.wixsite.com/wvqg. Those buying tickets online can create “Add to Cart” buttons to purchase tickets in packages of 6 for $5. Buyers will receive a confirmation email with their ticket numbers and a reminder of the Oct. 14 drawing at 4 pm during Applefest. To purchase tickets, click on this link:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TCVQM9T43DVLS

Athletic recruiting info session for parents & students – Oct. 15

Warwick student-athletes & parents are invited to a session offered by Monroe-Woodbury HS. “The Realities of College Recruiting” will be held on Mon., Oct. 15 at 6:30 pm in the Monroe-Woodbury High School Auditorium. For more information, go to: https://www.warwickvalleyschools.com/student-athletes-invited-to-college-recruiting-information-session/

Orange County Coat & Clothes Drive – until Oct. 29

Please donate items for babies, children, teens & adults: gently used or new coats, gloves, hats, sweaters and clothes for any age and any gender. Please go through your closet, and let your children go through theirs. Do good together! So many go without proper winter coats &
clothes. Let’s change that together! The idea sprung from Orange County Executive, Steve Neuhaus when he witnessed children and
adults of the military without winter coats. Make a difference and Share the Warmth! Drop off location: WTBQ Radio, 179 Sanfordville Rd., Warwick. For more info: email Taylor@wtbq.com.

Get on the water with Warwick Crew!

The Warwick High School Crew team is currently accepting new rowers for the 2018-19 season. The team is open to both boys and girls in grades 9-12. For more information, please visit our website at www.wvhsrowing.org or email us at warwickcrew@gmail.com.

Village of Warwick seeks School Crossing Guard

The Village of Warwick is seeking one part-time School Crossing Guard. The work will be approximately five hours per week. 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 can apply at the Warwick Village Hall, 77 Main St., Warwick, NY between the hours of 8:30 am-4:00 pm.

Historical Walking Tour maps now available

The Warwick Historical Society has released four Self-Guided Walking Tour maps of the Historic Village of Warwick. The maps can be found on the Warwick Historical Society website, www.whsny.org or hard copies may be borrowed at the A.W. Buckbee Center, 2 Colonial Ave., Warwick. A limited number are also available at the Warwick Chamber of Commerce, in the red caboose on South Street. For more information, call 845-986-3236, ext. 106 or visit www.whsny.org.

“Butterfly Bags” – Bringing hope to children in foster care

For her Girl Scout Silver Award, 14 year old Amber V. is putting together backpacks for children ages newborn – 18 years in foster care, so they don’t have to pack their things in garbage bags. She is collecting NEW backpacks, throw blankets, stuffed animals, books, coloring books and crayons, journals and pens, small tissue packs, clothing, pajamas and toothbrushes. Update – Collection locations now are the Chester Library and Grace Lutheran Church in Greenwood Lake. For more information, contact ButterflyBagsForHope@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook @ButterflyBagsOfHope.

Upcoming WVHS Class Reunions

The following classes are planning reunions:
– WVHS Class of 2008 – 10th Reunion – WVHS Class of 2008 – 10th Reunion – Nov. 24, 2018
For reunion information, go to the WVHS Class of 2008 Reunion Facebook page
– WVHS Class of 1994 – 25th Reunion – June 28-30, 2019 (several smaller events planned)
For more information, go to:
https://www.warwickvalleyschools.com/about-wvcsd/alumni/reunion-news/

WVHS pool now open for community use

After an extensive renovation and repair project, the vintage 1955 pool is now open for student/team use and community Lap Swim and Family Rec. Swim programs:
WVHS Pool Schedule
(Note – Pool is open only when school is in session)
Lap Swim
AM Lap Swim – 5:45 am – 7:15 am
PM Lap Swim – 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
2018-19 Fee:
$75 – First semester (October 1, 2018 – February 1, 2019)
$85 – Second semester (February 4 – June 14, 2019)
Family Rec Swim
Friday evening, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Begins on Oct. 5
Fee: $3 per swimmer (pay at the door)

AWPL “Tween Tuesdays” programs for ages 9-12 – fall

The Albert Wisner Public Library offers this fun series of library programs for ages 9-12.
Oct. 23 | 5:00-7:30 pm – Tween book & movie: Watch the movie “Spiderwick Chronicles” and discuss the book vs. movie.
Oct. 30 | 6:30-7:30 pm -Tween Halloween Craft: bring a medium size pumpkin with an interesting stem and watch what happens!
Nov. 13 | 6:00-7:30 pm – Tween Easy Soup Making: Follow the recipe, chop veggies, add stock and a few spices. Viola’ you have soup in a cup!
Nov. 27 & Dec. 4 | 6:00-7:30 pm – Tween Creative Acting: This super-charged acting class will excite and challenge participants through improvisation and various acting techniques. This class is presented by “Rising City Arts”. (Note-this program is two sessions, and participants should plan to attend both sessions.)
Dec. 11 | 5:00-7:30 pm – Watch the movie” Elf” and make candy creations to eat and take home.
For program details, and to register for any/all of these programs, go to http://www.albertwisnerlibrary.org/events/upcoming_events?field_ts_event_age_group_tid=39

Youth Wrestling signups

Registration documents for the Warwick Valley Youth Wrestling can now be found 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.

Free upcoming college programs at Albert Wisner Public Library – Oct.

All programs held at the Albert Wisner Public Library. Admission is free.
Online registration is available, except for College Essay One-on-One Help.
– Oct. 16 – How to Write an Outstanding College Application Essay
– Oct. 23 & 30 – College Application Essay Workshop: One-on-One Help
For details, go to: http://www.albertwisnerlibrary.org/programs-exhibits-calendar

Warwick United Methodist Church Choir seeks singers

Have you ever thought of adding your voice to a vocal ensemble, meeting new friends and helping people to more fully experience their religious needs? The Warwick United Methodist Church Choir is looking for singers. The Choir is open to all, age 15 & older. There are no auditions and you don’t need to know how to read music. All we ask is that you are able to make most rehearsals, on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 pm and most Sundays. You don’t need to be a member of the church, or have any church affiliation. We are a welcoming church and enjoy meeting new people. For more information, call Dennis English at 845-988-0259. The Warwick United Methodist Church is located at 135 Forester Ave. in Warwick.

Free Family Style Dinner – Oct. 19

Warwick Community Kitchen invites you to join us for dinner on Fri., Oct. 19 from 5-7 p.m. 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: http://warwickcommunitykitchen.weebly.com.

Monster Mash Party & Haunted House, Warwick Community Center Fundraiser – Oct. 19-21

It’s back! It’s the one-of-a-kind Haunted House fundraiser, brought to you by Wickham Works and the super-talented scare masters of Interactive Noise Collective. The event will take place on Fri., Oct. 19 and Sat., Oct. 20 from 6-10 pm, as well as on Sun., Oct. 21 from 5-8 pm at the Warwick Community Center, 11 Hamilton Ave. in the Village of Warwick. The Monster Mash Party is suitable for all ages with Halloween characters, games, crafts and snacks. If you dare, venture into the hidden depths of the Haunted House, Area 990, an abandoned, top-secret research bunker! Tickets are $10 per person / $30 for 4 people. For more information, call WVCC at 845-986-6422.

Warwick library to conduct 6-month trial of children’s & young adult materials being fine-free

Fourteen Ramapo-Catskill Library System (RCLS) libraries, including the Albert Wisner Public Library in Warwick, will conduct a 6-month trial of children’s and young adult (YA) materials being fine-free. Effective Sept. 1, children’s and young adult (YA) materials will be fine-free for a six-month trial. Courtesy “pre-overdue” reminders will still be sent 3 days before an item is due (if your email is on file with AWPL.) Overdue reminders will also be sent 7, 14 and 30 days after the due date – but overdue fines will not accrue. For more information, go to: http://www.albertwisnerlibrary.org/content/friendlier-library-checkout-rules-serve-you-better.

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

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

Wanted: parent & community member mentors involved in the sciences

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

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

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

 

Ongoing Programs & Services

Warwick Valley Central School District posts

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

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

Looking for recent story posts on the district website?

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

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

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

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

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

Do you have an old/unused instrument to donate?

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

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

It’s never 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:

“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 ongoing activity/program. For volunteer and contact information, go to: https://www.warwickvalleyschools.com/student-volunteer-opportunities/.

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. Contact Ms. Roberta Brown at rbrown@wvcsd.org or Ms. Jennifer DeSantis at jdesantis@wvcsd.org, who are in the WVHS Guidance Office M-F from 7:30 am – 2:30 pm, or call them at 845-987-3050, ext. 12601.

WVCSD “call for engineers” to talk with students

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

Local non-profit organization posts

Warwick Family Central – A Parenting Support Network

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

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

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

Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry

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

Town of Warwick “Friendly Visitor” program

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

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

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

The Clothing Closet & The Hope of Chest

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

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

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

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

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

“Backpack Snack Attack” program – fundraisers

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

Free youth programs at WV Community Center

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

Alamo Farmworkers Community Center supply drive

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

Bright Beginnings Preschool

Enroll for the 2018-2019 school year! Call to make an appointment 845-986-0980. 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 of this school year. $200 a month for half day 9:00-11:30 or 12:30-3:00 / $400 a month for full day 9:00-3:00. Bright Beginnings Preschool, 135 Forester Ave., Warwick. Email: Brightbeginningswarwick@gmail.comhttps://brightbeginningswarwick.weebly.com. Bright 
Beginnings Preschool is also 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.

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 on 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 (marked by achievement badges), participate in scriptural education, and create new friendships. Please contact us at (845) 986-2137 with any questions regarding these or any other programs the church offers.

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

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

Children and families diabetes support group at St. Anthony

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

ORMC offers support group for teens with diabetes

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

Jockey Hollow Pony Club offers local programs

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

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

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

Village of Warwick seeks part-time school crossing guard

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

Donating blood at St. Anthony Community Hospital

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

Community blood drives – first & third Thursday monthly

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

From the WV Coalition – Talking to youth about drinking

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

Hudson Valley Youth Orchestra looking for young musicians

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

Sheet music donation drive – Girl Scout Gold Project

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