Point au Roche Park sets events for June

BEEKMANTOWN — Point au Roche State Park has lots of fun events coming up this month.

They all start out at the Nature Center, 19 Camp Red Cloud Road, and walks, led by a park naturalist, with walks about a mile long on easy park trails unless otherwise noted. 

For more information about upcoming events, visit https://parks.ny.gov/parks/30/details.aspx.

Reach the park naturalist at kristin.collins@parks.ny.gov, 518-563-0369 or 518-563-6444 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Here's what's coming up:

Bucket Garden for Kids. Noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, June 9. Kids plant tomato, pepper and marigold plants in a bucket to take home. Annual program sponsored by Friends of Point au Roche and Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program. 

Documentary and Discussion: Bees. 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 13. Documentary looks at the amazing life of social bees, their importance to plants (and humans), and the dangers they face in today’s world. Evening program series features different topic each month.

Photo Scavenger Hunt. 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, June 15. Bring camera or phone for a guided scavenger hunt. Resulting photos will become exhibit for Nature Center. All ages and abilities welcome.

Little Explorers: Buzzing Bees. 10 to 11 a.m., Monday, June 17. Bee-related stories, songs and art projects from 10 to 10;30 a.m., followed by outdoor playtime.

BEES! 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22. Learn how bees find food, why they make honey, and why they are so important to people. Learn to dance like a bee, ways to help bees, and taste some different types of honey. All ages and abilities welcome.

Introduction to Hiking with Kids. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, June 23. Park Naturalist and representatives from Hike It Baby Adirondack Coast for a group discussion about the pleasures and perils of hiking with young children, followed by short hike. Topics include mid-trail meltdowns, vital importance of snacks, potty training in the woods and more!. Baby carriers available to try out or to borrow for the hike. All ages welcome.

Nature Book Club for Adults. 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 27. Request name of this month's book at kristin.collins@parks.ny.gov for this month’s book selection. Come join in the discussion even if you haven't read it.


International Mud Day! 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 29. Playing in mud is a good sensory activity, may help build the immune system and is just plain fun, a press release said. Join other children around the globe in a day of splashing, rolling, squishing, sliding, making mud pies and more. Kids should wear bathing suit or old clothing and prepare to get filthy. Clean-up station, but bring a towel and a change of clothes for children.


Salmon River School welcomes back 4-H mentoring initiative

FORT COVINGTON — The National Mentoring Program has returned to Salmon River School District, after a brief hiatus due to lack of funding.

A nationally recognized mentoring 4-H initiative, the National Mentoring Program allows high-school-age students an opportunity to be mentors to middle-school-age students.

The program, which meets weekly, combines physical activity, social interaction, project-based learning and homework assistance.

"Every week we hold a meeting in which we discuss what we will be doing during the week and come up with ideas for the next week," said Jarret Lamica, National Mentoring Program site coordinator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County.

"After we come up with ideas, we vote on what our project will be and what our physical activity will be for the following week. The current students have a high level of interest and skill in art and related fields."

So far, she said, projects have included egg drops, Popsicle stick crafts, making turtles and butterflies, and dream catchers. On list list for the future are such items as spaghetti and marshmallow towers, art competitions and ultimate Frisbee.

"Our physical activity has varied from outdoor free play, playground play and round net games."

The turnout, she said, tends to be between 10 and 20 kids, both mentors and mentees. 


Community Fun Day set for June 15

MORIAH — On Saturday, June 15, the University of Vermont Health Network, Elizabethtown Community Hospital and partners will host the first-ever Community Fun Day.

The event, sponsored by Elizabethtown Community Hospital, hospital auxiliary, Fidelis Care and Adirondack Health Institute, will offer free refreshments and activities for community members from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Moriah Central School.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for people to come together, enjoy music and refreshments and learn about health resources in the community,” Elizabethtown Community Hospital Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Julie Tromblee in a news release.

The event will feature health and safety information and demonstrations. Free activities for all ages include Penelope the Clown, games, a rock wall and door prizes.

Community Fun Day participants can learn more about car-seat safety, nutrition, health insurance, the Well Fed Collaborative and phone scams.

Activities, resources, refreshments and admission are free of charge.

For more information, call 518-873-3125.




PetAPalooza adoption day set for June 15 

PLATTSBURGH — Curtis Lumber will host the 10th-annual PetAPalooza pet adoption day and pet fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at 140 Tom Miller Road.

Taking place will be multiple, local pet adoption/rescue groups with cats, dogs, rabbits and birds in need of homes. Many adoption rates will be lowered for the day.

Pet service providers, such as local veterinarians, groomers, pet sitters and trainers, will offer valuable discounts on their services.

Last year’s event, collectively at all Curtis Lumber locations, resulted in over 250 animals finding new forever homes.

For a list of locations, participating shelters/rescue groups attending and more details visit www.facebook.com/CLPetapalooza.


Kite Fest set for Father's Day in Keene Valley

KEENE VALLEY — East Branch Friends of the Arts presents its 12th-annual Kite Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, at Marcy Field, alongside the Farmers Market in Keene Valley.

This year's theme is star power, reflected in some special large-scale kites that will be flying. In addition to the wide-open sky over Marcy Field for flying kites, there will be music throughout the day, bol races and rocket demonstrations.

Rivermede Farm Market will be selling food, beverages and treats.

Bring your own kite, bol, balloon or Frisbee, or buy one at the field. Proceeds from kite sales go to support Keene's renowned Little Peaks Pre-School program.

Admission is free.

For more information, call Tom DuBois at 576-9110 or email eastbranchfriendsofthearts@gmail.com .