Datebook – Events Calendar


Updated Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 12:50 AM


Attention local organizations and nonprofits in the WRIP listening area.

The WRIP Datebook is compiled each weekend based on the information that has been received by noon on Saturday.

Please DO NOT wait until the week your event is scheduled to take place to submit your information.

Please DO NOT assume that someone else will send us the details.

Please proofread your submission to ensure that everything is correct and complete.

If you would like to have your nonprofit and charity fundraiser events added to the WRIP online datebook and announced on the air, please send the information to WRIP979@gmail.com at least 3 weeks prior to the event, and certainly no later than 1 week in advance, to allow us time to sufficiently promote it. Information may also be mailed to WRIP, PO Box 979, Windham, NY 12496, or dropped off at our studio at 134 South Street in Windham. Please remember to include ALL of the following information:

  • WHO is sponsoring the event and who benefits from ticket sales? (Name of your organization.)
  • WHAT is the event? (Serving breakfast, lunch or dinner? Tell us what’s on the menu.)
  • WHEN is your event being held? (Day of the week, date and time.)
  • WHERE is it being held? (Name of building, street address and town.)
  • WHY is the event being held? (Is it a fundraiser?)
  • HOW MUCH is admission? (Prices for adults, children, seniors, members, donation, free-will offering, or free.)

Please include a contact number with area code, website and/or email address, and any other pertinent details. Make sure your website link works. Don’t make visitors click on half a dozen links before they can get to the information about your event.

Flyers for your event may be posted on our Facebook page, however, the attachment should be sent as a JPEG or PNG image. Facebook does not accept PDF images and screenshots are often too blurry to read. Please proofread them carefully to ensure that dates, times, addresses and prices are correct, and that nothing has been misspelled.

Submissions are welcome from area not-for-profit organizations, civic groups, local police, fire and rescue squads, and all local churches. If you can hear us, we want to publicize your events.

PLEASE NOTE: Organizations that seek our free publicity in the Datebook, but place paid advertising elsewhere, are asked to give equal consideration to WRIP. We will pull any public service announcement we see run as paid advertising elsewhere. Organizations with event marketing budgets are urged to contact us about extremely low-cost radio ads for your event(s).



CLOSURES, CANCELLATIONS & POSTPONEMENTS

  • The Town of Hunter Town Hall will be closed to the public until further notice. You may still contact the offices by calling (518) 589-6151, listen to the department extensions, choose one and leave a message. Most business can be conducted by mail, email or by making arrangements with the respective departments, which may utilize a drop box. There is no admittance to the building at this time. Please be patient and understanding during these unprecedented times.
  • Donations for the Kaaterskill United Methodist Church Food Pantry will be collected by the Mountaintop Interfaith Committee through the end of December. Please make checks payable to KUMC Food Pantry, put Interfaith Offering in the memo line, and mail to Geri Jaeger-Bradley, PO Box 217, Haines Falls, NY 12436.
  • The Coxsackie Fire Department’s annual Parade of Lights that was scheduled to be held on Friday, December 4 has been cancelled.
  • The New York Power Authority Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center in North Blenheim is closed until further notice.
  • The Freehold Volunteer Fire Company has cancelled their annual breakfast with Santa.
  • This year’s Victorian Stroll, which is held in Athens in December, has been cancelled.


DECEMBER

You can find press releases and documents in the “Files” and “Announcements” sections of the WRIP Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/66208818746/

We all need to do our part during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are sick, not feeling well or currently under quarantine, please STAY HOME to help stop the spread and save lives. DO NOT visit public places. For anyone that has traveled to Greene County, if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in your home community you MUST immediately contact the Public Health Call Center at (518) 635-5165 to register your presence and comply with self-quarantine regulations during your stay. All persons in Greene County are reminded to adhere to Social Distancing standards whether or not they are symptomatic, tested, or recovered, until further notice. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • Most people who visit New York State will have to quarantine for 3 days and then prove they are negative for COVID-19. The strict new mandate exempts Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania residents, and eliminates the governor’s quarantine advisory list. Travelers must show proof of a negative test taken within 3 days of arriving in NY, must quarantine for 3 more days, and then get a new COVID-19 test on the fourth day. If it’s positive, they must isolate for 2 weeks. Anyone who refuses to be tested must quarantine for 14 days. Those who commute to New York between bordering states are not required to be tested each trip.
  • The 2021 NY State of Health open enrollment period began on Sunday, November 1. Go to https://NYStateOfHealth.NY.gov/ or call (855) 355-5557 for assistance.
  • The deadline for health insurance special enrollment has been extended through Thursday, December 31, 2020. New Yorkers without health insurance can apply for coverage through the NY State of Health Marketplace, by phone at (855) 355-5777, or by connecting with a free enrollment assistor. http://NYStateOfHealth.NY.gov/.
  • A new law requiring seat belts for all passengers in the back seats of vehicles in New York went into effect on Sunday, November 1. The new law also applies to passengers of ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft. Violators of the seat belt law can be fined up to $50 per person. Drivers can also be fined $25 to $100 and receive three penalty points on their driver’s licenses for each violation.
  • The Greene County Department of Human Services is desperately looking for volunteer drivers to assist homebound senior citizens by delivering meals and/or provide transportation to medical appointments. Call Ruth at (518) 719-3555 and let her know what days and hours you are available so they can create a schedule that fits you. Volunteers will receive mileage reimbursement.
  • New Yorkers are now allowed to visit nursing homes and long-term care facilities on a limited basis. Visits will be allowed at facilities that have been free of new COVID cases for at least 28 days. Only two people are allowed to visit each resident, and must undergo a temperature check, wear a mask, and social distance while visiting.
  • The number to call to file a complaint if a business is failing to protect its employees or customers by requiring that both groups wear face masks is (888) 364-3065 and press option 2.
  • The Greene County call center for general information, including testing, is (518) 635-5165.
  • Community Action of Greene County is offering a free weatherization assistance program based on household income. If you qualify for HEAP, you qualify for the Weatherization Assistance Program. They will provide and install insulation and air sealing measures for free. Call (518) 943-9205 ext. 113 for an application.
  • Greene County Tourism has launched the website TakeOutInGreene.com listing all restaurants throughout the county offering take-out, curbside and/or delivery options. If you want to add your restaurant or update your listing, please call (518) 819-9471 or email Tourism@DiscoverGreene.com and provide your days and hours of operation, the services you offer (take-out, delivery, curbside, breakfast, lunch and/or dinner), and a link to your menu or a PDF. https://www.GreatNorthernCatskills.com/dining/take-out-and-delivery
  • Greene County Transit is accepting “on-call” route service only. All appointments can be made by calling (518) 943-3625 Monday through Friday between 9 AM and 5 PM. If an appointment is needed on Monday, it must be made before 5 PM the Friday before. All requests for appointments must be along their published routes for pick up and drop off. Visit https://www.GreeneCountyTransit.com/ for more information.
  • New York State’s COVID-19 emotional support helpline at 1-844-863-9314 is a free service open 7 days a week from 8 AM until 10 PM.
  • WRIP has posted a document on our Facebook page listing churches that have moved their religious services to YouTube, other online venues or phone in options. Houses of worship are now allowed to open at 50% capacity and some offer drive-in options where you remain in your car and turn your radio on to listen to the service. Check your house of worship’s website or Facebook page for additional information.
    https://www.facebook.com/notes/wrip-979-fm-mountaintop-radio-from-windham-hunter-ny/religious-services/10159820280278747/
  • Saint Theresa’s in Windham will hold one weekend Mass on Saturdays at 5 PM. You must call (518) 734-3352 or email StcjWind@rcda.org to register. Attendance will be limited. Those who cannot be accommodated indoors can still attend by remaining in their car and tuning their radio to 90.5 FM. Communion will be distributed after Mass. Please see additional guidelines on their website. https://SaintTheresas.weebly.com/
  • The Windham Town Hall is now open from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM.
  • The Windham Town Court has resumed regular court hours on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 3 PM.
  • The Windham Public Library is open Monday-Friday from 10 AM until 5 PM, closed on Saturdays and Sundays. They are offering no contact, curbside pick-up. Call (518) 734-4405 for more details.
  • A free Wi-Fi hot spot has been set up at the entrance to C. D. Lane Park in Maplecrest for those who need internet access to do school work or work remotely. Users should park in the designated area. The pavilion area is still closed at this time.
  • The Ashland United Methodist Church has reopened. Masks and social distancing are required.
  • Jewett Town Court has resumed regular court hours on Mondays at 4 PM. All persons are required to have a face covering and abide by social distancing rules.
  • The Town of Jewett offices are open to the public with limited access by appointment only. Walk-ins are not permitted. Please call (518) 263-4646 to schedule an appointment with your respective department. Residents are encouraged to conduct business over the phone or through email when possible.
  • The Town of Hunter Town Hall is now open, but you are asked to do whatever business you can via phone, email or through the mail. The number to call is (518) 589-6151. Department extensions are as follows:
    Supervisor’s Secretary – 300
    Court / Tickets – 306
    Building Inspector / Code Officer – 307
    Planning Board – 308
    Assessor – 309
    Highway Department – 310
    Town Clerk / Tax Collector – 311
    Supervisor – 312
  • The Hunter Public Library, 7965 Main Street in Hunter is now open 7 days a week. Hours are posted on http://HunterLib.org/, where you may also search the catalog and find links to e-books, audio books, movies, TV shows, and online classes. Library cards may be requested online or in person. Call (518) 263-4655 for more information. Face coverings, hand sanitizer use upon arrival, and social distancing per state guidelines are enforced.
  • The Rip’s Stitchers knitting and crochet group meets weekly in the Hunter Public Library, 7965 Main Street in Hunter on Thursdays from 2-4 PM. Face coverings, hand sanitizer use upon arrival and social distancing per state guidelines are enforced. Any potential cancellations will be posted on http://HunterLib.org/ and on the library’s Facebook page.
  • The grounds of the Mountain Top Arboretum, 4 Maude Adams Road in Tannersville are open from sunrise to sunset, but the Education Center and restrooms remain closed.
  • The Mountain Top Library, 6093 Main Street in Tannersville is collecting non-perishables for the Tannersville Food Pantry, Monday-Saturday from 12-4 PM. Please call (518) 589-5707 or email TanMtTopLib@aol.com before stopping by.
  • The Mountain Top Library, 6093 Main Street in Tannersville has begun curbside service. Pick up times will be Monday-Saturday from 12:15-3:45 PM. Place your order as you normally would from their catalog, call (518) 589-5707, or email your request to TanMtTopLib@aol.com. There will be a limit of 10 items per library card. Pick up times will be at 15 minute intervals. Your items will be left on a table outside the library.
  • Do-it-yourself craft kits may be picked up at the Mountain Top Library, 6093 Main Street in Tannersville every Friday from 12-4 PM.
  • If you need food during this difficult time, stop by the Tannersville Food Pantry, 1 Park Lane, behind the firehouse, on Wednesdays from 1-3 PM and/or Saturdays from 11 AM until 1 PM. You can also call (518) 589-5942 and leave a message to arrange for delivery.
  • A drive-in Mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Parish in Haines Falls on Sundays at 11 AM. You must call (518) 589-5577 or email ICHaines@rcda.org to register. Please remain in your car and tune your radio to 107.5 FM. Communion will be distributed after Mass. Please see additional guidelines on Saint Theresa’s website. https://SaintTheresas.weebly.com/
  • Margaretville Telephone Company, along with Municipal Officials, have dedicated the Pavilion at the Lexington Municipal Building, located at 3542 Route 42 in Lexington, as a Wi-Fi hot spot. Please respect the social distancing recommendations.
  • The Lexington/West Kill United Methodist Church has resumed holding services in the church on Sundays at 9 AM. Please bring your own Bible. Masks are required and social distancing must be observed.
  • The Cairo Public Library is now open for contactless curbside service. Access the online catalog to order up to ten books, music CDs or DVDs. You can also place an order by emailing CairoLibrary720@gmail.com or by calling (518) 622-9864. New temporary hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 AM until 1 PM, and Thursday from 4-7 PM. Please use the book drop for all returns. Do not hand items directly to the staff. Your pickup time will be scheduled after you place your order. Items will be placed outside the front door or in your trunk.
  • The Cairo food pantry at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 186 Main Street in Cairo has new hours. They are now open on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 PM.
  • Community Action of Greene County, 7856 Route 9W in Catskill has resumed regular office hours from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM, closed from 12-1 PM for lunch. Food pantry hours are Monday through Friday from 1-4 PM. For information on the mobile pantry or any other services, please call (518) 943-9205. For domestic violence services please call the 24 hour hotline (518) 943-9211. Please wear a mask and maintain proper social distancing.
  • Do you have COVID-19 related expenses? Behind on your rent, utility bills, mortgage payments, need help with daycare cost, etc.? Community Action of Greene County may be able to help. Call (518) 943-9205 for more information.
  • The Grow it Forward Greenhouse Project is selling locally grown, pesticide-free microgreens at 5806 Route 23 in Acra on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 AM until 2 PM. Curbside pickup will also be offered at Community Action of Greene County, 7856 Route 9W in Catskill on Fridays from 10 AM until 2 PM. Visit https://GrowItForwardGreenhouse.org or call (518) 622-5555 or (518) 943-9205 to place your order. Sales provide Community Action of Greene County with much needed discretionary funds to assist with various programs, emergency services, and advocacy, helping low income and other vulnerable individuals.
  • Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Palenville on Sundays at 9 AM. You must call (518) 589-5577 or email ICHaines@rcda.org to register. Attendance will be limited. Those who cannot be accommodated indoors can still attend by remaining in their car and tuning their radio to 95.3 FM. Communion will be distributed after Mass. Please see additional guidelines on Saint Theresa’s website. https://SaintTheresas.weebly.com/
  • Senior farmers’ market nutrition booklets are now available at the Greene County Department of Human Services, 411 Main Street in Catskill. Please call (518) 719-3555 to pre-register and make an appointment, and remember to bring ID. Eligibility is determined by age (60 or older), and monthly income (at or below $1,967 for one, combined income of $2,658 for two, or an additional $691 per person for larger households). Booklets contain $20 worth of checks that can be used at participating farmers’ markets and farm stands throughout New York State to purchase locally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables (no baked or processed foods, including honey). No walk-ins.
  • All Senior Citizen Centers operated by Greene County are closed until further notice. The Meals on Wheels program will continue to operate uninterrupted. All Senior Nutrition Sites will be offering TAKE-OUT meals only for anyone over the age of 60. You must call your local center 24 hours in advance if you would like a take-out meal.
    Rivertown Senior Center, 39 Second Street, Athens, (518) 945-2700
    Acra Senior Service Center
    , Acra Community Center, Old Route 23, Cairo (518) 622-9898
    Catskill Senior Nutrition Site
    , Robert C. Antonelli Senior Center, 15 Academy Street, Catskill (518) 943-1343
    Coxsackie Senior Nutrition Site
    , Town of Coxsackie Senior Center, 127 Mansion Street, Coxsackie (518) 731-8901
    Jewett Senior Service Center
    , Town of Jewett Municipal Building, 3547 Route 23C, Jewett (518) 263-4392
  • The DMV office in Catskill is now open by appointment only. Please call (518) 719-3279 to make an appointment. They will continue to accept DMV mail/transactions and dealer work at the front door drop box.
  • The Greene County Clerk’s Office in Catskill is now open by appointment only, as is access to the record room. Please call (518) 719-3255 to make an appointment. They will continue to accept mail/transactions and work at the front door drop box. The Clerk of Greene County is responsible for the recording, filing, storage and upkeep of a variety of documents including deeds, mortgages, criminal records, and all court records for the Supreme Court and County Court.
  • The WIC program of Catholic Charities of Columbia and Greene Counties is currently doing appointments by phone. WIC offers nutritious food benefits to women who are either pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum, and to infants and children up to 5 years of age. If you are interested in finding out more about WIC and whether you qualify, please call (518) 828-9668 or (518) 943-9082, or visit wicstrong.com.
  • The Community Pantry, 42838 Route 28 in Margaretville is now open on Mondays from 10 AM until noon, and Fridays from 4-6 PM. Recipients will be welcomed into the pantry one at a time and must wear a mask while in the pantry. Masks will be provided to those who do not have their own. Homebound recipients will have food delivered to them once a month. Call (845) 586-2233 with any questions.
  • The Roxbury Library has reopened on a limited basis and is also offering curbside service. They are open on Monday, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 AM until noon. Masks must be worn and social distance practiced. The staff recommends calling (607) 326-7901 in advance of each visit to verify that the library is open.
  • The 47th annual Christmas Feeling distribution of food, toys and warm clothing will take place at the First Presbyterian Church, 96 Main Street in Stamford on Saturday, December 12. This program serves families living in Bloomville, Gilboa, Grand Gorge, Harpersfield, Hobart, Jefferson, South Kortright, Stamford and Summit. Families with last names beginning with the letters A-G will be served at 9 AM, G-M at 9:30, M-R at 10:30, and the rest at 11. Checks payable to the Christmas Feeling Fund may be sent to 108 Main Street, Stamford, NY 12167. Donations of clothing, non-perishable food, toys and other suitable items will also be accepted.
  • Due to space limitations at the pet food bank, the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA as requested that monetary donations be mailed to CGHS/SPCA, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson, NY 12534 or through their website, https://cghs.org/ so that they may purchase food as needed.
  • New York State began enforcing the state’s plastic bag ban effective Monday, October 19. A ban on the distribution of plastic bags in New York was signed into law last year with a start date of March 1, 2020.

Mondays

  • Confidential Nar-Anon meetings will be held on Mondays at St. Theresa’s Parish Hall, back of the church, 5188 Route 23 in Windham on Mondays from 7-8 PM. Nar-Anon provides hope, education and support to family and friends who are affected by drug addiction. All are welcome. Call (518) 573-6882 or (516) 314-8186 for more information.

Wednesdays

  • COVID-19 testing clinics are held at the Greene County Office Building, 411 Main Street in Catskill every Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 PM. Testing is by appointment only. Please call (518) 719-3600 to make an appointment.

Thursdays

  • Pizza and wings night will be held at the Athens Volunteer Fire Department, 39 Third Street in Athens on Thursdays from 3-7 PM, drive thru only. Cheese pizzas are $11, toppings (pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, peppers, onions, bacon or mushrooms) are $1 each. The crew special with all 7 toppings is $16. Chicken bacon ranch and Buffalo chicken pizzas are also $16. A dozen plain, mild, hot, 5-alarm, barbecue, garlic parmesan or honey mustard wings are $10 for bone-in or $9 for boneless. Mozzarella sticks are 6 for $6. Call (518) 945-2599 early to place your order. Park in front of the building and enter through the side door. Free delivery within the village.

No date specified

  • Community Action of Greene County is seeking volunteers who can spend a few hours shopping online for the local children they serve. Each child will receive one toy or fun item, one pair of pajamas, an article of clothing, as well as a game or activity for the family to enjoy together. Gifts will be delivered directly to the homes for the parents to wrap and distribute. Please email DMadera@CAGCNY.org or call (518) 943-9205 ext. 105 if you are able to volunteer or for more information about the program.

Through December

  • The Fortnightly Club of Catskill is urging everyone in the Town of Catskill to light up their homes and business for their holiday lights decorating contest that begins on Tuesday, December 1. Call (518) 943-2044 or email TheFestivalOfTrees@yahoo.com to submit your address or for more information.

Register through Tuesday 12/1

  • Greene County Public Health Department (GCPHD) will conduct a COVID-19 testing site for Greene County residents at the Town of Hunter government building, 5748 Route 23A in Hunter on Wednesday, December 2 from 3-5 PM. Testing is by appointment only with a limited number of slots available. Priority will be given to those who are symptomatic; need a test to return to work or school; nursing home visitation; or have been notified by GCPHD as being a close contact to a confirmed positive case. Travelers or asymptomatic folks will NOT be tested at this site due to laboratory policies. GCPHD can give alternate testing site information by calling (518) 719-3600. The deadline to register is Tuesday, December 1 by 3 PM. You must be registered to attend this testing site. Please call (518) 719-3600 to be screened. On the day of testing, you must bring a photo ID indicating your permanent Greene County address. You will be directed to stay in your vehicle and follow traffic flow thru the test site and, if asymptomatic, when to leave your vehicle to enter the building for testing. Symptomatic individuals will remain in their vehicle at all times. After leaving the testing site, residents with symptoms should drive directly home for self-quarantine until the results are shared with them from GCPHD.
    [Full text of this press release will be found at https://tinyurl.com/yxu889bm.]

Tuesday 12/1 – Giving Tuesday

  • Residents of the Greenville Central School community are asked to decorate the outside of their homes for a drive-thru holiday lights experience that will be held on Saturday, December 12 starting at 6 PM. Please email your street address to GreenvilleDecorating@gmail.com before Thursday, December 10 if you wish to participate. Maps may be downloaded from the Greenville Holiday Decorating Facebook event page or can be requested by emailing GreenvilleDecorating@gmail.com. A small committee of children will select a 1st place prize winner to receive a gift basket with local treats and gift cards.
    https://www.facebook.com/events/116505330114430/
  • The Columbia County Department of Health will hold a COVID-19 walk-up clinic on the sidewalk in front of John L. Edwards Elementary School in Hudson on Tuesday, December 1 from 9-11 AM. A limit of 100 tests will be performed, so you are advised to arrive early. Masks are required for entry. Pre-registration is not required. Please bring a form of photo identification. Priority for testing should be for those with symptoms, such as fever, cough, trouble breathing, loss of taste or smell, or any symptoms consistent with CDC guidelines, and those with direct exposure to positive individuals.

Through Friday 12/4

  • All residents of the Town of Gilboa are invited to decorate the outside of their home and enter Gilboa’s 2020 Holiday Home Decorating Contest. Application forms may be requested by sending an email to GilboaHolidayLightsContest@gmail.com or they can be picked up at the Gilboa Town Hall, 373 State Route 990V in Gilboa. Applications must be submitted by no later than Friday, December 4. Entry is free. Lights must be lit every evening from 6-9 PM from Monday, December 7 through Tuesday, December 22 for judging by the community to take place. Votes must be dropped off at the Gilboa Town Hall by Wednesday, December 23 at 3 PM. Residents can pick up a map to participating homes at the Gilboa Town Hall, drive around to each location and judge the entrants. Three prizes will be awarded.

Friday 12/4

  • A Filipino food night will be held at American Legion Post 291, 54 Maple Avenue in Greenville on Friday, December 4 from 4:30 PM until sold out. The menu includes Pancit (rice noodles with chicken and vegetables) and Lumpia (egg rolls with beef and vegetables). Dinners are $10, take-outs only. All proceeds go to Auxiliary Youth Member Areanna Goode’s VA Hospital Veterans Project.
  • The annual tree lighting with Santa will be held outside the Gilboa Town Hall, 373 State Route 990V in Gilboa on Friday, December 4 at 6 PM. Kids can have their picture taken while standing with Santa. This will be strictly an outdoor event with no activities taking place inside the Town Hall. Masks and social distancing are required.

Saturday-Thursday 12/5-12/24

  • The 24th annual Winter Walk (20 days of festive cheer) along Warren Street in Hudson will begin on Saturday, December 5 at 5 PM, and end with a fireworks display at 8. There will be virtual and in-person family friendly events through Thursday, December 24 including Menorah and Christmas tree lightings, and a virtual Kwanzaa celebration. Shop local, check out Santa’s Village at the 7th Street Park, and visit with Santa via Zoom at Hudson Hall (by reservation only). Masks and social distancing are required. Visit https://HudsonHall.org/Event/Winter-Walk-2020-2/ for hours and more information.

Saturday 12/5

  • The Mountain Top Arboretum will hold a free webinar on creating holiday centerpieces with natural materials (pinecones, berries and branches) on Saturday, December 5 at 10 AM. Visit MtArboretum.org to sign up.
  • The annual Conesville Community Christmas party will be held virtually on Zoom on Saturday, December 5 at 6 PM. Events include a family friendly scavenger hunt, freeze dance competition, Christmas trivia game, a community craft (have supplies on hand for making cards for local nursing homes), tour of decorated homes, singalong led by Pastor Dot, tree lighting, visit from Santa, and a reading of The Night Before Christmas. Email ConesvilleSundaySchool@gmail.com for the Zoom link.
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82865278122

Sunday 12/6

  • Christmas in Durham, sponsored by the Durham Task Force, will be held at the Michael J. Quill Cultural Center, Route 145 in East Durham on Sunday, December 6 from 2-4 PM. Drive through the Christmas tent to see Santa and Mrs. Claus. Take your photo with a cut-out Santa. There will be hot cocoa, cotton candy and a gift bag from Santa. Admission is free.
  • Athens is holding a holiday house decorating contest for residents of the Town and Village of Athens. To enter the contest, please submit your home address by emailing Info@AthensCulturalCenter.org or call (518) 945-1956 by Sunday, December 6. Judging will take place the week of December 6 and the winner of the best exterior decorations will receive a gift basket from Black Horse Farms on December 12.

Through Monday 12/7

  • The Medicare open enrollment period runs through Monday, December 7. One-on-one counseling assistance is available from the Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) counselors at each local office for the aging or through their toll-free line at 1-800-701-0501, Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM until 5 PM. https://www.Medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/10050-Medicare-and-You.pdf

Monday 12/7

  • The free webinar Safeguarding Against Identity Theft, conducted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties, will be held on Zoom on Monday, December 7 at 6:30 PM. Identity theft is a serious crime that can devastating results in terms of how it can disrupt your financial security, credit history and reputation, and potentially take a great deal of time, money and effort to resolve. This program will cover how to protect your personal information so you don’t become a victim of identity theft. It will also address the steps you need to take if your personal information is used without your permission. Please pre-register by visiting
    http://CCEColumbiaGreene.org/Events/2020/12/07/Safeguarding-Against-Identity-Theft

Tuesday 12/8

  • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Tuesday, December 8 from 11 AM until 4 PM at the Catskill Elks Lodge, 45 North Jefferson Avenue in Catskill. Appointments are required. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit https://www.RedCrossBlood.org/ to make an appointment to donate blood. Identification is required at the time of donation.
  • The Columbia County Department of Health will hold a COVID-19 testing clinic at Shatford Park in New Lebanon on Tuesday, December 8 from 10 AM until noon. You must be a resident of Columbia County to be tested and must pre-register online using the link on this website. https://www.ColumbiaCountyNYHealth.com/news/new-date-and-testing-site-for-covid-19/

Thursday-Friday 12/10-12/18 – Hanukkah

Thursday 12/10

  • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Thursday, December 10 from 1-6 PM at the Hudson Elks Lodge No. 787, 201 Harry Howard Avenue in Hudson. Appointments are required. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit https://www.RedCrossBlood.org/ to make an appointment to donate blood. Identification is required at the time of donation.

Friday 12/11

  • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Friday, December 11 from 1-6 PM at the Stamford Baptist Church, 40 Lake Street in Stamford. Appointments are required. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit https://www.RedCrossBlood.org/ to make an appointment to donate blood. Identification is required at the time of donation.

Saturday 12/12 – Saturday 12/19

  • Reconnect with nature when you visit the Mountain Top Arboretum, 4 Maude Adams Road in Tannersville from Saturday, December 12 through Saturday, December 19 to read The Lonely Polar Bear by Khoa Le. Learn about climate and its effect on polar bears. Enjoy the story walk at your leisure. Supplies for a related craft will be available.

Saturday 12/12

  • The 47th annual Christmas Feeling distribution of food, toys and warm clothing will take place at the First Presbyterian Church, 96 Main Street in Stamford on Saturday, December 12. This program serves families living in Bloomville, Gilboa, Grand Gorge, Harpersfield, Hobart, Jefferson, South Kortright, Stamford and Summit. Families with last names beginning with the letters A-G will be served at 9 AM, G-M at 9:30, M-R at 10:30, and the rest at 11. Checks payable to the Christmas Feeling Fund may be sent to 108 Main Street, Stamford, NY 12167. Donations of clothing, non-perishable food, toys and other suitable items will also be accepted.

Sunday 12/13

  • A Walk through Bethlehem will be held at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 186 Main Street in Cairo on Sunday, December 13 from 2-3:30 PM. Experience the Christmas story in a unique way as you walk around the outside of the church to the live nativity scene. The official royal decree from Caesar Augustus is that all families shall be taxed in the form of a non-perishable item for the Cairo Food Pantry, which will be collected upon registration at the event. Masks are required and social distancing between non-household groups must be observed.

Monday 12/14

  • The 18th annual VA Christmas celebration sponsored by American Legion Virgil E. Deyo Post 1327 and American Legion Auxiliary Virgil E. Deyo Unit 1327 of Prattsville will take place at the Stratton VAMC in Albany on Monday, December 14. With your assistance we will give our hospitalized veterans on the 9th floor a Christmas celebration. Their needs include clothing items, personal toiletries, and fun items. Please contact the Gurleys at 13457 Route 23A in Prattsville, call (518) 299-3219, or email GurleyRV@gmail.com for a list of exact items and sizes.* Monetary donations are always welcome. At the present time they are in dire need of recreational items. They also love cards, so include those, too. The gift wrapping party will not take place this year. Please get in touch with any Legionnaire or Auxiliary member if you would like to assist.
    *The list is also available on WRIP’s Facebook page. https://tinyurl.com/y6nunaxs

Friday 12/18

  • A holiday “tree” decorating contest to benefit the Community Aid Fund will be held along Main Street in Roxbury on Saturday, December 19 from 5-7 PM. Create your tree out of recycled, repurposed or found objects. Trees must be able to stand on their own and survive the elements. If you plan to illuminate your tree, it must be battery operated. You will be assigned a spot on Main Street to set up your tree by no later than 5 PM on December 19. You can even construct it in place. Trees must be removed and taken home after 7 PM. The entry fee is $10 for adults and businesses, $5 for children under 12, free for school classes and not for profits. Entry forms are available at Roxbury General and at org/entry and should be returned to Roxbury General with payment by Friday, December 18. Please wear a mask and keep a safe distance. Sponsored by the Friends of Roxbury in-the-Catskills.

Saturday 12/19

  • A house and business decorating contest will be held in Roxbury on Saturday, December 19 from 5-7 PM. No entry fee required. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing as you stroll the hamlet. Sponsored by the Friends of Roxbury in-the-Catskills.

Through Monday 12/21

  • The Roxbury Library Association will hold its annual holiday bazaar at the Roxbury Library, 53742 State Highway 30 in Roxbury on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through Monday, December 21 from 10 AM until noon. Every Saturday through December 19 the children of Roxbury and neighboring communities may leave letters for Santa at the library’s circulation desk and select one of Santa’s holiday gifts. Donations of new or gently used gift items to the holiday bazaar are welcome. All visitors must observe state-mandated COVID-19 protocols including the wearing of facial masks and practicing social distancing.

Thursday 12/24 – Christmas Eve

  • Due to the pandemic and limited seating guidelines, reservations are required to attend Christmas Eve services on Thursday, December 24 at the Windham-Hensonville and Ashland Community United Methodist Churches. Please call (518) 734-4122 as soon as possible, leave the names of those attending, your telephone number, and which church service you wish to attend – Ashland at 7 PM or Windham-Hensonville at 9 PM.

Friday 12/25 – Christmas Day

Wednesday 12/30

  • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Wednesday, December 30 from 2:30-7:30 PM at Gospel Community Church, 121 Mansion Street in Coxsackie. Appointments are required. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit https://www.RedCrossBlood.org/ to make an appointment to donate blood. Identification is required at the time of donation.
  • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Wednesday, December 30 from 11 AM until 4 PM at the Carriage House, Jay Gould Memorial Church, 53837 State Highway in Roxbury. Appointments are required. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit https://www.RedCrossBlood.org/ to make an appointment to donate blood. Identification is required at the time of donation.

Thursday 12/31 – New Year’s Eve

  • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Thursday, December 31 from 11 AM until 3 PM at St. John the Baptist Church, 4987 Route 81 in Greenville. Appointments are required. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit https://www.RedCrossBlood.org/ to make an appointment to donate blood. Identification is required at the time of donation.

JANUARY

Wednesday 1/6

  • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Wednesday, January 6 from 11:30 AM until 5:30 PM at South Kortright Central School, 58200 State Highway 10 in South Kortright. Appointments are required. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit https://www.RedCrossBlood.org/ to make an appointment to donate blood. Identification is required at the time of donation.

Saturday 1/9

  • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Saturday, January 9 from 7:45 AM until 1 PM at the Catskill United Methodist Church, 40 Woodland Avenue in Catskill. Appointments are required. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit https://www.RedCrossBlood.org/ to make an appointment to donate blood. Identification is required at the time of donation.
  • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Saturday, January 9 from 8:30 AM until 1 PM at Taconic Hills High School, 73 Route 11A in Craryville. Appointments are required. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit https://www.RedCrossBlood.org/ to make an appointment to donate blood. Identification is required at the time of donation.

Thursday 1/14

  • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Thursday, January 14 from 1:30-6:30 PM at the Margaretville Fire Department, 77 Church Street in Margaretville. Appointments are required. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit https://www.RedCrossBlood.org/ to make an appointment to donate blood. Identification is required at the time of donation.
  • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Thursday, January 14 from 1-6 PM at the Hudson Elks Lodge No. 787, 201 Harry Howard Avenue in Hudson. Appointments are required. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit https://www.RedCrossBlood.org/ to make an appointment to donate blood. Identification is required at the time of donation.

Saturday 1/16

  • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Saturday, January 16 from 8:30 AM until 12:30 PM at Palatine Park and Youth Activity Building, Palatine Park Road in Germantown. Appointments are required. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit https://www.RedCrossBlood.org/ to make an appointment to donate blood. Identification is required at the time of donation.