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10 Things to do in April

Second Annual United Way Electronic Recycling Day

The United Way of Columbia & Greene Counties and Mr. e-Waste in Hudson are having the second annual Electronic e-waste recycling day on Saturday, April 5 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.  “This is a community service day to prevent electronics from poisoning our landfills and to help raise money to support local programs that serve our senior community, our local children and that help to strengthen families”, said Brad Poster, Executive Director of UWCG. “Many local non-profits that provide help have lost millions of dollars from government grants. The UWCG which helps fund these local non-profits does not receive government grants. Through local personal contributions and fund raisers the UWCG touches thousands of local lives”.  “Many of the laws governing recycling have changed in the last year”,  said Alex Delia, Founder of Mr. e-Waste.  “Many of the items that we accepted last year have no recycling value.  You can bring in all electronic items including air conditioners and refrigerators, metal desks and file cabinets.  For more information call the United Way of Columbia & Greene Counties at 518-943-3285.

Reading and Signing by Mark Wunderlich

On Saturday, April 5 at 4:00 pm at Clermont State Historic Site.  Mark Wunderlich, award winning poet and area resident, will be reading from his new book The Earth Avails Poems in the James D Livingston Library at Clermont State Historic Site. The event is co-sponsored by the Germantown Library and the Friends of Clermont. This event is the first collaboration between the Friends of Clermont and the Germantown Library.

Check out Shana Lee Jewelry Spring/Summer 2014 Collection 

Shana Lee Jewelry Spring/Summer 2014 Collection Opening Friday, April 11, 6-8 p.m.  Come be among the first to see Shana Lee’s new collection, a combination of 1920s meets punk rock meets Indian Princess. For the first time ever, more than 50% of the pieces sparkle with stones for a look that’s sexy, glam and fun!
Magical Fire Safety with Monaco!

Saturday, April 12 at 11:00 am at FASNY Museum of Firefighting you can bring your kids and spend the morning with Monaco the Magician, as he performs an interactive magic show that is sure to amaze you.  Monaco will astound you with his astonishing magic tricks, intermingled with fun fire safety facts and comedy.  For more information call 518-822-1875 or visit their website at

Spring Art Camp @ OMI

Spring Art Camp on April 15, 16 & 17  from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm is an active and imaginative way to bring in the new season!  This three-day program features a variety of creative adventures for kids ages 5-12.  Daily activities include a 2D and 3D art project, nature studies, exploration of the Fields Sculpture Park, storytelling, and play.  Each day features a special music and movement workshop led by a guest artist.  Camp is $60/day or $160 for all three days.  Children bring a snack, a lunch, boots and appropriate cold-weather clothing.  A limited number of scholarships are available.  You can sign-up online at or call 518-392-4747.

GOOD FIGHT HERBS CO. – Spring Seminar

On April 19th, herbalist Lauren Giambrone, founder of The Good Fight Herb Company, will hold a seminar to discuss the benefits of Spring herbs and flowers.  Greet long-awaited nettles, dandelions, burdock, yellow dock, violets and more!  Come see, taste, smell and touch the plants while learning about their health supporting properties. Find out how and why these herbs are so important to the physical and emotional transition from Winter to Spring.  Appearing at Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar, Giambrone will discuss her own herb-based products as well as corresponding teas from the shop’s extensive inventory.  Advance reservations are required! Tickets are $10.00 each and include a 15% discount on Good Fight Herbal products purchased on the evening of the class.  These classes sell out quickly! Call 518.828.3139.  Verdigris is located at 135 Warren Street @ 2nd in Hudson.
The Chancellor’s Sheep & Wool Showcase
Shearing, spinning, dyeing, knitting and weaving demonstrations, exhibition of various breeds of sheep and other wool bearing animals, wool artisans and shops, music and food at Clermont Historic Site on Saturday, April 19 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Rain date is April 27.  Admission is $8/vehicle.  For more information call 518-537-4240 or visit their website at
Celebrate Earth Day with Columbia Land Conservancy

On Tuesday, April 22 at 10:00 am Columbia Land Conservancy is hosting an Earth Day clean-up blitz at all ten of our Public Conservation Areas (PCAs) – for a map, click here.  Arrive to any of our PCAs and stay for as long as you wish. Between 10:00 – 2:00 pm, have a blast with fellow residents, CLC volunteers, and CLC staff while getting our PCAs ready for the 2014 season, then at 2:00 pm join us for a guided walk and enjoy the woods we just improved. Please, bring lunch and work gloves if you have them. We hope to see you, your family, and any helping hands you find! What better way to celebrate this international event in support of our planet?  Please, register for this event by emailing Nate Davis with the PCA location of your choice, so we know where we can expect you.

Omar Sosa

Club Helsinki Hudson will take on the aspect of the Buena Vista Social Club when Afro-Cuban jazz pianist Omar Sosa brings his New AfroCuban Quartet to the nightclub on Friday, April 25 at 9:00 pm.  Joining Sosa in the quartet are drummer Ernesto Simpson, bassist Childo Tomas and saxophonist Leandro Saint-Hill, who also plays flute.  For more information call 518-828-4800 or visit their website at

Songs for Unusual Creatures

Songs for Unusual Creatures on Saturday, April 26 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm at the Hudson Opera House.  Quirky author and composer Michael Hearst, along with his five-piece band, present Songs for Unusual Creatures: a highly-geeky audio visual presentation of some of the most bizarre animals that roam the planet.  From the Australian bilby to the deep-sea magnapinna squid, to the microscopic tarde, the creatures are brought to life with such odd-ball instruments as theremin, claviola, daxophone, and stylophone.  Admission is $18/adults and $10/children.  For more information call 518-822-1438 or visit their website at

Homes for Hounds

Columbia Greene Board of Realtors presents Homes for Hounds.  A fundraiser to support animal welfare – out of the pitts, everlasting hope and Adopt a Dog Event and recognition of Realtors who are leaders in Animal Advocacy:  Mindi Barbanti, Rochelle Bartolot and Ruth Moser.  Please join them for a glass of wine & appetizers on Wednesday, April 30 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at TSL located at 434 Columbia Street in Hudson.  Suggested donation is $20.  Please RSVP to 518-828-7871.

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