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Second Monday | The EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) Chapter 69 | 8PM
Monthly meetings are held in the EAA hangar at Warwick Municipal Airport, 41 Airport Road, Warwick, NY.  Everyone interested in aviation is invited, especially those interested in home-built airplanes.  For additional information, call Bill at 845-544-1796.
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Now throuh Dec 31| Spring Soccer Registration
Warwick Soccer. Only one day of walk--in registration is planned, on Jan . Please register on-line now!

Now through Dec 24 | Home for the Holidays
Shopping in Warwick Village with traditional hospitality, entertainment, unique gifts, personalized service in an atmosphere of congeniality and fun. Look for many surprises – like celebrity chef appearances, unique wassail recipes involving apple cider (a Warwick specialty)!
Dec 1 | St. Peter Lutheran German Christmas Service | 1-2:30PM
St. Peter Lutheran Church, Christmas Music and Songs Scriptures, Prayers and Homily all in the German Language., A free-will offering will be received for the Saint Peter Lutheran Food Pantry. Refreshments will follow after service. Venue: St. Peter Lutheran Church, Address: 70 Little York Road, Warwick NY 10990
Dec | Horse & Buggy Rides & SANTA! | 11AM-4PM
Railroad Green 845-987-7600
Dec 3 | Pals with Paws | 7-8PM
Open your heart and home to nurtyure a puppy to accompanlish its special destiny of offering independence and dignithy for a blind person. Warwick Community Center, 11 Hamilton Ave., Warwick NY. 845-781-0908
Dec 3 | Join the Celebration with the Warwick Valley Chamber at our Annual Holiday Mixer!! | 6-8PM
Ring in the holidays with classic elegance and splendor at The Warwick Valley Country Club when The Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce presents a holiday business mixer on Wednesday, December 3 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Meet, greet and socialize with business professionals from around the region in a spectacular holiday setting. Unwind around the large bar for cocktails while savoring a variety of heavy gourmet hors d'oeuvres (cash bar available) and enjoy live music by Theo Michelfeld. Each guest also will be eligible to win raffles and prizes. RSVP is needed to provide enough refreshments for all guests!

Dec 4 | Healthy Living: Your Face & Body Never Lie! | 6:30-8PM
The Healthy Living series at the Greenwood Lake Public Library presents “Healthy Living: Your Face & Body Never Lie!” with Holistic Practitioner Darleen Haupt on Thursday, December 4th, 2014, from 6:30-8 p.m. The Library is located at 79 Waterstone Road in Greenwood Lake, New York. Western medical practice often focuses on a specific ailment while ignoring the interconnectedness of the human body. Face and body reading is a centuries’ old way to identify and prevent disease, while preserving health and harmony. Don’t miss this program led by Holistic Practitioner Darleen Haupt, who will introduce you to a layman's look at how a glance in the mirror can help you recognize signs of potential illness, so that you can begin working towards a state of balanced well-being for healthy living! Registration is required for this free ADULT program either in person or by telephone at (845) 477-8377 Ext. 101. Seating is limited; early registration suggested. For additional information about Haupt, visit www.dharmaenergyholistics.abmp.com.
Dec 4 | Tree Lighting Ceremony - Vernon NJ | 7-8:30PM
Vernon Township's annual holiday tree lighting will take place on Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Vernon Firehouse located on county route 515. Holiday music will be provided by the Lounsberry Hollow Middle School Choir, Vernon High School Brass Choir, Community Choral Society and the VTHS Meistersingers. Come on out and celebrate the holiday season with neighbors and friends! Have questions or need more info? Contact the recreation department at 973.764.4055, ext. 2261. Sponsored by the Vernon Township Department of Recreation and Community Development, Vernon PAL, Vernon Board of Recreation and the Chamber of Commerce.

Dec 4 | Art Exhibition - Susan Hope Fogel | 5-7PM
Albert Wisner Library, 1 McFarland Dr., Warwick NY; This event was incorrectly listed in last week's enewsletter Meet the Artist The Warwick Atelier Thursday; Join the Warwick Atelier for an opening reception in celebration of their third annual exhibition at the library. Students and their instructor, Susan Hope Fogel, will participate in a gallery talk about the paintings and the related creative experience. Studio paintings, as well as landscape paintings done on location in Warwick, Tuscany, Italy and Cape Cod, Massachusetts during the Atleier's plein air painting workshops. All are invited.

Dec. 4 | The General's Garden annual holiday open house | 4:30-7:00PM
with refreshments, poinsettia judging and entertainment. Come and join us in the Greenhouse for a Magical Thursday Night. Then, vote for your favorite Poinsettia. See the dozens of varieties we grow and choose your favorite! Turn in your ballot and receive 10% off your entire purchase on Dec 2! Entertainment included! 845-986-5571. About Poinsettias: In mid-July, Techni Growers Greenhouse receives thousands of tiny poinsettia cuttings, which are immediately planted because they are very fragile for the first two weeks. They are checked every few hours for signs of wilting, must be misted and shaded from the sun, and are fed a special fertilizer while they are actively growing.

After two weeks, the little plants are exposed to more sunlight and begin to grow. In late August we pinch the top 1 in. of the plant, to encourage more than one flower per plant. In another month, they will begin to grow their new branches, a process that must be finished by late September so the plants will know to start their flowering process as the days get shorter.

Around October 12th, the tiniest specks of red emerge on the uppermost leaves and each day brings more color. As poinsettias are a tropical plant from Mexico, they require night temperatures of at least 65 degrees, which is lowered by November 8th to 60 degrees to enhance the vibrant color! By November 28, most poinsettias are ready for sale and are moved to our store, The General's Garden Center & Plant Market. Did You Know: Poinsettias are not poisonous! This long-held myth is not true, according to the American Association of poison Control Centers in Washington, DC. They are no danger to children or pets!

Dec 5 | Amity Arts Holiday Pottery “Meet the Artist” Reception & Sale | 7-9pm
Refreshments Served. Amity Arts Pottery Workshop, 1711 Route 17a, Florida, NY  10921; 845-651-1170. 11 local artists showing: Judy Duboff, Diane Arcieri, Bob Breuer, Emma Gonzale-Laders, Mickey Haglund, Elyse Hanna, Lori Lieneck, KC Marcin, Melissa Peterson, Al Piquera.

Dec 5 | Greenwood Lake Historical Society Meeting | 7:30PM
At The Continental, 15 Leo Court, Greenwood Lake, NY. All welcome. Tel: 845-477-84336.
Dec 5 | Sustainable Warwick | 9AM
at Town Hall at 9. The major items we'll be discussing/advancing are SW’s three major initiatives — bags, farms, and the schools.
PROPOSED AGENDA: Single-use bags: “Bag-It!” presentation on 11/19, petition, plastic bag summit, other developments; Farms/farmers: new contacts (incl Farmers Market), upcoming events, other developments; Schools: upcoming meeting on Mon 12/8, results of “skills/interests inventory,” other developments; Other/new items: Genesis Farm visit 4/16/15; Pilgrim Pipeline; Support for Veterans Job Fair
Dec 6 | Wassail Party | 5-7PM,
Once again we are having our annual Wassail Party with a few changes. First, we are having it on Saturday this year instead of Sunday. Second, because the Wassail Party has gotten a larger crowd it will be held at the A.W. Buckbee Center with tours of Baird Tavern from 5:00pm - 6:00pm. We will still have the same great holiday food and drink as always, just in a more comfortable setting. Cost is $35.00 per person. Reservations preferred but walk-ins welcome.
Dec 6 | Goodwill Hook and Ladder Ladies Auxiliary 10th Annual Holiday Shopping Spree | 10AM-4PM
The Warwick Fire Department Auxiliary is hosting their 10th Annual Holiday Shopping Spree. Located at Warwick Fire Department, Station #2, 200 West Street, Warwick, NY 10990. Clothing - Accessories - Jewelry - Make-Up/Skincare - Gourmet Foods - Kitchen Gadgets - Home Decor - Candles - Crafts - Gift Baskets and SO MUCH MORE!!! Local crafts. Home party products. Some of our great vendors!!MouseEar Vacations, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Premier Designs, Jewelry, Crocheted items, Handmade items, Collectibles, Gifts, Holiday item, Handcrafted jewelry, Avon, and more! Local best selling author Tracey Lyons aka Tracey Sorel will be attending our event. She will be selling & signing her Women of Surprise historical romance series and Zinfandelity book one in the Wine Country Vixens series.

WFD AUX 845-986-0573 Heather hgardner@warwick.net. Venue: Warwick Fire Department - Station #2 Address: 200 West Street - Warwick, NY 10990

Dec 6 | Middle School Craft Fair | 9AM-4PM
The 25th fair, hosted by the Warwick Valley Middle Schol PTA, on West Street, at the Middle School. Admission: $1. This Annual event not only represents 28 years of a tradition but carrys through to our local merchants (restaurants, b&b's , and all stores. The Craft Fair is at the Warwick Middle School, 225 West Street, Warwick NY. Crafters from A-Z, Breakfast and lunch vendor on site, coffee and hot choc to warm ya and holiday atmosphere with vendors and music.
Dec 6 | Sustainable Warwick | 9-10:30AM
Weekly meeting at Town Hall. All welcome.
Dec 6-7 | Holiday House Tour | 4-7PM (Fri) and 10AM-4PM (Sat)
Self-guided tour of six homes decorated for the holidays, sponsored by the Warwick Health Foundation to benefit Mount Alverno Center. $85 Friday (includes reception at Chateau Hathorn); $40 for Saturday, includes continental breakfast, 20 Grand St. Warwick NY. Tel: 845-986-4141.
Dec 6 | Holiday Studio Sale | 11AM-5PM
Paintings by Susan Hope Fogel, pottery by Marilyn Dale, silver jewelry by Phyllis Shaw. 3 Points of View, Warwick NY. Call 845-986-0986.
Dec 6 | Hudson Lyric Opera Performance | 4-5:30PM
Albert Wisner Library, 1 McFarland Dr., Warwick, NY. Call 845-986-1047.
Dec 6 | Blood Pressure Screening | 10AM-Noon
Warwick Ambulance Bay, 146 South St. Ext., Warwick NY. Call 845-986-4136.
Dec 6 | Blood Drive | 9AM-3PM
At GWL Ambulance, 74 Windermere Ave., Greenwood Lake, NY. In memory of Eric Nicholson, killed in the line of duty in Greenville, SC, at the age of 28 on Dec 6, 2000, just one hour after donating blood.
Dec 6 | Show Me the Door | 10AM-4PM
Warwick in Bloom's free self-guided tour to visit the doors of the community. Call 845-988-7696
Dec 6 | Wine and Beer Tasting | 7-8:30PM
St. Stephen-St. Edward Schooll, 75 Sanfordville Rd., Warwick NY. $30 per person. Wines selected by David O'Neill, Wine and Spirits Educational Trust Diploma Candidate and owner of The Old Vine in Florida. Beer tastes provided by local Craft Beer Cellar of Warwick. Tastes will be paired with complementing hors d'ouevres. Stay for our after-hours mixer from 8:30-11PM with music and light dinner fare. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Reservations strongly recommended. Reserve and pay on-line at http://ststephen-stedward.org or pay at door. Call 914-490-0129 or 845-313-9706 of e-mail caroljean88@hotmail.com or rnc4kids@aol.com
Dec 6 | Santa Breakfast and Shop| 8-11AM
GWL Girl Scout Troop 400; pancake breakfast, swausage, scrambled eeggs, juice, coffee, and hot chocolate. Santa Shop, with small gifts. Adults, $6; Seniors and children 4-11 $5; under 3, free. Greenwood Lake American Legion, 40 Mountain Lakes Lane, Greenwood Lake; Tel: 845-477-2267.
Dec 6-7 | Wreath Fineries at Nine Wineries | 10-6PM
December Special Events Wreath Fineries At The Wineries The Shawangunk Wine Trail's Holiday Event. Receive a SWT souvenir etched wine tasting glass and a handmade grapevine wreath at the first winery visited and then travel along the Wine Trail visiting the remaining wineries receiving a beautiful ornament to decorate for your wreath along with tastings of special holiday foods and wines. This is a self guided tour. Event Hours 10am to 6pm each day December 5th - starting wineries that are sold out: Brimstone, Benmarl, Warwick, Whitecliff, Brotherhood, Adair, Stoutridge, & Applewood December 12th - starting wineries that are sold out: Warwick, Benmarl, Palaia and Brimstone Hill. Ticket prices: $35 plus tax, single- includes one glass, one wreath, one (1) ornament at each winery $55 plus tax, couple - includes two glasses, one wreath, one (1) ornament at each winery Tickets are good for One Day only. Your starting winery is the only place where you will be able to pick up your wreath and tasting glasses. Starting winery CAN NOT be changed once ticket is purchased. All tickets can be purchased on line at shawangunk-wine-trail.ticketleap.com If you are having problems, please call 845-256-8456. Shawangunk Wine Trail event. Receive grapevine wreath and holiday ornament. Sample foods and wines. Reserve early. Fee. Call 845-987-9292 or Click here for more info!

Dec 7 | Greenwood Lake Holiday Celebration | 2:00PM
Sun Dec 7, 2014: Tree Lighting Ceremony Festivities will begin at 2PM, at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 2-4PM: Pictures with Santa inside the Church. Vendor Registration: There will be a vendor fair during our tree lighting ceremony this year. This will be combined with the photos with Santa. There was a great turn out for the tree lighting last year with about 200-300 people making this a great opportunity for vendors. or donate.

Dec 7 | WARWICK GROVE PRESENTS: Holiday Cellibration | 2-4PM
Warwick Grove Neighborhood Center 12 Cropsey St., Warwick, NY Join us for a spectacular holiday performance conducted by George Stelluto featuring present and former cellists of the New York Philharmonic joined by local cellist Julia Rupp, violinist Elena Hirsu, and Manhattan soprano Elizabeth Novella, along with special guests Robert Kopec, Joe Vincent Tranchina, Gabe Valle, and Steve Rubin from the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival. A silent auction will take place and merchandise will be available for purchase with all proceeds to benefit the Warwick Music Series and Friends of the Warwick Valley Humane Society. Tickets are $40 each. Advance registration is strongly suggested. For tickets and information, call 845-988-5274 or click here to register now!
Dec | Wigilla Traditional Polish Christmas Eve | 5PM
At Polish Legion of American Veterans, Legion Road., PIne Island, NY . $20 adults; $5 children under 12. Call 845-258-4425 for more info!
Dec 9 | Adult Independenty Film Night | 7-9PM
Free; movier fare served. Greenwood Lake Publi9c LIbrary, 79 Waterstone Rd., Greenwood Lake, NY. Tel: 845-477-8377 #10.
Dec 12 | Christmas Carol Sing Along (indoors) | 6:30 pm
At Bellvale Community, 359 Gibson Hill Rd Chester, NY 10918. Looking for something different this holiday season? Need a break from the mad rush of shopping and networking? The Bellvale Community welcomes you to bring your family and friends to our annual Christmas Carol Sing-Along. Then we will sing traditional Christmas carols indoors, followed by light refreshments. Come and help us experience the true meaning of Christmas. Call 845-572-3400 for more info!
Dec 13 | Grace Lutheran Craft Event | 10AM-4PM
25 Waterstone Road, Greenwood Lake, NY 845-477-3384. The congregation of Grace Lutheran Church, 25 Waterstone Road, is keeping very busy this Christmas season. This year the children and families of Grace have continued a tradition by generously donating shoe boxes filled with gifts for boys and girls in need from around the world, through Operation Christmas Child. More than forty boxes have been donated. On Saturday, December 13th, Grace will be holding its annual Holiday & Gift Fair from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be many vendors and crafters participating. This will be a great gift buying event.
Dec 13 The Oxford Depot Bluegrass Band | 7:30 pm
NO cover charge Wing specials & Lite Fare Dinner menu DRAFT Beer. Come join us for a relaxing evening Call for info 845-988-2255
Dec 13-14 | Wreath Fineries at Nine Wineries | 10-6PM
December Special Events Wreath Fineries At The Wineries The Shawangunk Wine Trail ? Holiday Event. Receive a SWT souvenir etched wine tasting glass and a handmade grapevine wreath at the first winery visited and then travel along the Wine Trail visiting the remaining wineries receiving a beautiful ornament to decorate for your wreath along with tastings of special holiday foods and wines. This is a self guided tour. Event Hours 10am to 6pm each day December - starting wineries that are sold out: Brimstone, Benmarl, Warwick, Whitecliff, Brotherhood, Adair, Stoutridge, & Applewood December - starting wineries that are sold out: Warwick, Benmarl, Palaia and Brimstone Hill. Ticket prices: $35 plus tax, single- includes one glass, one wreath, one (1) ornament at each winery $55 plus tax, couple - includes two glasses, one wreath, one (1) ornament at each winery Tickets are good for One Day only. Your starting winery is the only place where you will be able to pick up your wreath and tasting glasses. Starting winery CAN NOT be changed once ticket is purchased. All tickets can be purchased on line at shawangunk-wine-trail.ticketleap.com If you are having problems, please call 845-256-8456. Shawangunk Wine Trail event. Receive grapevine wreath and holiday ornament. Sample foods and wines. Reserve early. Fee. Call 845-987-9292 or Click here for more info!
Dec 14 | Warwick Valley Chorale Performance | 4PM
The Warwick Valley Chorale, Orange County’s longest continually-active singing group, is celebrating it’s 73th anniversary this year. Our members range from high school students to senior citizens and join us from many communities within Orange County, as well as neighboring New Jersey. The chorale presents free-admission concerts each May and December in Warwick and neighboring communities. Our programs are under the direction of our esteemed director, Stanley Curtis, and with our gifted accompanist, Gail Johnson. Performance venue: Warwick Reformed Church, (across form St. Anthony's Hospital).
Dec 18 | High Intensity Artistry | 10AM-1PM
Amity Arts Workshop, Florida N.Y Cost: $50. This workshop offers a series of exercises combining writing, drawing, movement and clay making techniques to explore observation, form, and composition. Sign up now for a fun, fast-paces experience that will keep perspectives shifting and boundaries expanding. Explore the depths of your creative core and play with your possibilities. LImited places availabile. Contact Judy Duboff, Amity Arts Workshop, 845-651-1170.
Dec 18 | Parkinson’s Disease Support Group | 1:30-3PM
I would like to extend the invitation to all of the folks who have expressed interest in our group. Please join us for some spiced cider and enjoy the company of our very engaged members. Please see below for details.  Loretta Lenihan and Aggie Woloszczak have collaborated with our members and folks in the community to bring you our Winter Holiday Social, 2014.
We will take time to enjoy each other’s company and also some very special entertainment surprises we have in store for you. Snacks and beverages will be served. We look forward to seeing you again this month. Where: American Legion Hall, 71 Forester Avenue, Warwick, New York 10990, Next to Memorial Park Handicap Accessible. Parking  Available on Site Please use the side door on the left side rear of the building  
Loretta Hutchinson-Lenihan MS,CCC-SLP,TSHH. Speech Language Pathologist. Mobile: 845-406-2516
Dec 21 | Grace Lutheran Craft Event | 9:30AM
25 Waterstone Road, Greenwood Lake, NY 845-477-3384. On Sunday, December 21st, the children of Grace will present a Christmas pageant during the regularly scheduled service which begins at 9:30 am. The children present the story of Jesus’ birth, taking on their roles with enthusiasm and delight!ng event.
Dec | Sugar Loaf Celebrates the Holiday with Free Horse and Carriage Rides | 12:30PM
The Hamlet of Sugar Loaf will celebrate the holiday spirit with its annual tree lighting and holiday celebration. This Sugar Loaf tradition includes carolers, horse and wagon rides with Santa and refreshments all reminiscent of an old fashioned holiday befitting the historic village and artisan community. Sponsored by the Sugar Loaf Community Foundation the activities begin at 12:30 in front of the Methodist Church and continue until the tree lighting in front of the Sugar Loaf United Methodist Church at sunset. A horse drawn wagon from KV Carriage from Hackettstown, NJ along with Santa and Santa’s helper Puppa the dog will take passengers for a tour of the Craft Village where shops and galleries will be decked out in holiday cheer.
Carolers from the Song of the Valley, Warwick Valley Chorale, and Warwick Middle School are scheduled to perform while strolling through the town. The Sugar Loaf United Methodist Church will serve refreshments all day including cider donated by Roe Orchards, hot chocolate and cookies in the Fellowship Hall. This event is made possible by the generous donations made by Fabco Power and Chester Shop Rite. Schedule Saturday, December 14th Holiday Festival: 1:00 pm Carolers Song of the Valley; 2:30 pm Warwick Valley Chorale; 3:30 pm Warwick Valley Middle School 4:00 pm Santa will meet and greet children on the porch of the Sugar Loaf Methodist Church 4:30 pm Caroling as we light the tree. The Sugar Loaf Community Foundation is a nonprofit group and donations will be appreciated.
Dec 17 | Pine Island Chamber Holiday Mixer | 6-8:30pm
Place: Black Dirt Dance, 198 Glenwood Road Pine Island, NY 10969. The Holiday Mixer will be Tuesday December 17, hosted by Black Dirt Dance at their studio, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. There will be food from Chamber member establishments. Admission is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Members of other area Chambers are admitted at the member price.
Dec 24 | Candlelight Christmas Eve | 6:30PM
Pine Island Bible Church, LIttle Brooklyn Rd., Warwick NY
Dec 24 | Christmas Eve Service | 7PM
Contact: Ann Marie Vitoulis December 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH WELCOMES ALL TO CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE Greenwood Lake, NY Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, at 25 Waterstone Road, welcomes all to their annual Christmas Eve service. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming and all are invited to join in the celebration of the birth of Christ! The family service will begin at 7:00 pm, and will include Communion, Choir and Candlelight. Join us early for singing of favorite Christmas carols beginning at 6:45. Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church invites all to join them for Sunday worship at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings and for coffee hour and fellowship immediately following.
Dec 28 | A Time of Presence | 10AM-4PM
Amity Arts Workshop, Florida N.Y One day retreat, including lunch; Cost: $100. Now that the "time of presents" is over, treat youtrself to a day retreat to celebrate and explore your own creative presence. Combining mindfulness and body-awareness techyniques with sinmple art materials and activities, this retreat will focus on your indidual creaticve process; helping to inspire, excite and motivate you into the new year. Start strengthening your creative core today - and let your creative core take you from strength to strength in every area of your life! Contact Judy Duboff, Amity Arts Workshop, 845-651-1170.
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