Around the Valley: Orange County

Posted 4/18/24

Donate your eclipse glasses The Wallkill Lions Club has a bin for the public to drop off those eclipse glasses, at Shawangunk Town Hall. The bin is on the Central Avenue side entrance next to the …

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Around the Valley: Orange County


Donate your eclipse glasses
The Wallkill Lions Club has a bin for the public to drop off those eclipse glasses, at Shawangunk Town Hall. The bin is on the Central Avenue side entrance next to the flag depository.

The Lions Club will arrange for them to be repurposed in other areas of the world where children and families with limited resources can use them as a safety measure in upcoming eclipse events in their part of our world.

Gardiner Library to host beekeeping program
Gardiner Library hosts a Beekeeping and Honeybee Presentation with Robert Rawluck on Saturday, April 20, 1 - 2 p.m. Get a brief history of beekeeping, methods and equipment used in the past and present. See and understand the honey collection process and why it is healthier to eat locally produced honey.

Observe live honeybees at work in a safe environment. No charge. No registration required.

Bob Rawluck is the President of the Ulster County Beekeeper Association. He will be happy to answer questions regarding the club, and its mission.
For more information visit The library is located at 133 Farmer’s Turnpike in Gardiner.

Maybrook VFW to host spaghetti & meatball dinner dance fundraiser
The Maybrook Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is excited to announce its upcoming Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner Dance, set to take place on Saturday, April 20, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Maybrook VFW located at 209 Main St.

The event promises an evening filled with delicious food, lively music by DJ Kenny Lewis, and plenty of opportunities to win exciting prizes. Attendees will enjoy a delectable spread of spaghetti and meatballs, complemented by a cash bar offering a variety of beverages. Additionally, there will be a chance to participate in 50/50 raffles and basket raffles, adding to the excitement of the evening.

Tickets for the Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner Dance are available for $15 in advance and $20 at the door. To reserve your table or purchase tickets, please contact the Maybrook VFW at 845-427-5887.

All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the Maybrook VFW’s efforts in providing assistance and resources to local veterans and their families.

Revisiting the origin of species
How important is Charles Darwin/Alfred Russel Wallace’s Theory of Natural Selection/evolution? Find out Saturday, April 27 at the Gardiner Library community room, 133 Farmers Turnpike, from 2-3:30 p.m.

Why are scientists still investigating evolution in animals and plants 165 years after Charles Darwin published his first book, On the Origin of Species? After brief talks by several scientists, children present will investigate how Darwin’s finches in the Galapagos Islands react to changes in their food supply.

How did society react in 1859 to the publication of the book? How do people now think of evolution? How does a scientific theory differ from what ordinary people call a theory? What is a species? Darwin and Wallace thought evolution affected only individuals – what do scientists now think?

For more information, contact .

SVFD Auxiliary presents a Penny Social
Get ready to join in the fun and generosity at the upcoming Penny Social, a fundraising event organized by the Ladies Auxiliary to support the Shawangunk Valley Volunteer Fire Company.

The event, slated for Friday, May 3, promises an evening packed with excitement and opportunities to win fantastic prizes. Doors open at 5 p.m. at the Shawangunk Valley Fire House, located at 2150 Bruynswick Road, Wallkill, NY 12589, with the festivities kicking off at 7 p.m.

For just $1, participants can grab a whopping 100 penny tickets, or opt for the higher stakes with blue tickets available at $5 for a sheet of 25 tickets, or pink tickets at $20 for a sheet of 25 tickets. Feeling lucky? Try your hand at the Dumpster Service Raffle tickets for $5 each, or test your odds with the 50/50 tickets, priced at $1 each or $5 for 6 tickets.

And for wine enthusiasts, the Pick a Cork Wines activity offers a chance to take home premium selections at $15 per cork.

Don’t miss this opportunity to have a blast while supporting the Shawangunk Valley Volunteer Fire Company. See you there!

CAC presents Shoreline Cleanup

Pitch in for a cleaner, greener community by joining the Town of Montgomery Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) for a Wallkill River Shoreline Cleanup on Saturday, May 4.

From 10 a.m. to noon, volunteers will gather at Route 416 near the Route 84 overpass and Canning Road, with the meeting point set at Rt. 416 and 1-84 Overpass.

Get ready to roll up your sleeves and make a difference in preserving the beauty of our local environment. For inquiries, please reach out to Patricia Henighan at

Ready to lend a hand? Sign up for the cleanup at and be part of the effort to keep our rivers pristine for generations to come.

MPB hosts Bingo event

Prepare for an evening of fun and fortune at the Spring Bingo event, hosted by the MPB Parent Guild. Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 4, and head to the MPB School gym located at 180 Ulster Avenue, Walden.

Admission to this thrilling affair is $20 in advance or $30 at the door, which includes a bundle of bingo games and a coveted door prize ticket. Doors open at 5 p.m. Calling begins at 6 p.m.

To secure your tickets or reserve a table, reach out to Randi-Lee Penney at 845-863-4112 or via email at
Concessions will be available to keep you fueled and refreshed throughout the evening.