Wellness Events in Kingston

There’s much happening on the wellness front. On Thursday, April 16 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Benedictine Hospital’s Administrative Services Building Auditorium will be a free afternoon lecture with Warren Kramer, a macrobiotic educator and health counselor. He will dicuss “Macrobiotics: A Lifestyle for Health and Healing.” The program is being presented by The Miso Happy Cooking Club in conjunction with the Oncology Support Program. To register, call the OSP at 339-2071, ext. 100.

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Earth Day Street Fair Set for April 25

earth_from_spaceIn celebration of Earth Day there will be a street fair on Satuday, April 25 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church, which is on the corner of Clinton Avenue and Liberty Street in Kingston.

There will be information on green living, organic gardening, composting, green pets and more. Activities for the kids are also planned. Live music will be by Glory Road. For for more information call 331-7188.

Ward 1 Sets Meeting Date

Maria Loeffel, who runs the Ward 1 Yahoo! Group has set March 31 for the group’s first community meeting. The event will be at the Kingston Library, and runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Alberman Al Teetsel and Rebecca Martin will be there.

“In regards to Neighborhood Watch, Mr. Teetsel will have information on any criminal activities that have accorded recently in our ward and Rebecca Martin will discuss community involvement in regards to Government and Community outreach,” Maria wrote on her post in the discussion group. For more information about the group, see the discussion page here.

Land Grab!

The Ulster County Commissioner of Finance’s office has set April 22 for an auction of land that is owned by the county. The one-day sale will be held at Ulster County Community College. For more information and to download details about the auction, check out the county website, here.

Benefit Concert Draws People In

The Pat Metheny Duo concert, presented by KingstonCitizens.org to benefit the Kingston Land Trust and the Community Garden initiative, featuring Pat Metheny and Ward 9’s own Larry Grenadier at the Coach House Players last night was simply awe inspiring.

During opening remarks, Mayor James Sottile spoke of the importance of community work, and how “amazing it is to have a world-class” performance right here in Kingston, in an intimate setting with friends and neighbors. I couldn’t agree more.

So, kudos, hugs, kisses, bouquets and more to Rebecca Martin for booking the artists, marketing the event and filling the room with people (it was sold out) and filling it with love. Awesome.

And thanks to fellow Kingston Land Trust board members such as Steve and Julie Noble, John Garasche, Hugh Cummings (how cool was that display garden he created?), Bill Berardi and Deborah Cohen. And big thanks to: Lynda O’Reilly for creating one incredible silent auction; to Mark Greene for his designs; to Jen McKinley-Rakov for feeding the band; to Gabe and Kathy/Laura and Jose from Monkey Joe for serving the best coffee in town; and to Bob and the staff at the Coach House for being gracious hosts; among many others.

And thanks to the 99 people who filled the room, who came out to help water the seeds of something that will begin to grow this year. As Rebecca likes to say: Watch Us Grow.

And with deepest sincerity, thank you Pat and Larry for being so giving of your time, energy and love. You helped bring a city closer together.

— Arthur Zaczkiewicz