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Vails Gate FD Santa Tour with Candy Canes and Food Collection
On Sunday, December 17, the Vails Gate Fire Department will once again be escorting Santa Claus on his annual tour of our district and handing out candy canes to children. We will also be collecting canned and non-perishable food items to benefit the Town of New Windsor Food Pantry. The food pantry is in desperate need of assistance, as many local families are in need of help. Last year the food pantry was able to assist numerous local families. Any donations will be greatly appreciated! Santa will be starting out around 10 am, and will appear at various locations in the district throughout the day. The Vails Gate Fire District protects the following areas: Along Route 94 from Erie Ave. up to ½ mile past Mt. Airy Rd., along Route 32 from Union Orrs Mills Rd. in Cornwall, along Union Ave. from Rt. 32 to the Town of Newburgh line, and all along Route 207 out to Hampton Court. If you unsure if you live in the Vails Gate Fire District, please contact the firehouse at 561-9729.
Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we may not be able to go down every street, but if you hear us come through your neighborhood, please escort you children down to the corner to see Santa. Dead end and narrow streets in particular are difficult for us to navigate safely. We will make every effort to cover as much ground as possible. In the event of inclement weather, we will reschedule for Saturday, December 23. Thank you for your continued support

Classic Choral Society
“Our 58th annual holiday concerts focus on what our audiences have asked for: a program of Christmas music, including classical, traditional carols, and a work that joins the voices of our audience with ours – always a requested favorite. And we’ll be accompanied by full orchestra – it’s going to be a very exciting, joyful musical experience,” said Janiece Kohler, artistic director and conductor of Classic Choral Society.
Performances are scheduled for Sunday, December 10 at 4:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 33 Park Place, Goshen, and on Sunday, December 17 at 4:00 p.m. at United Church of Christ, 2 Old Dominion Rd., Blooming Grove, NY. No tickets are required; a free-will donation will be accepted at intermission. “From its very beginning in 1959, Classic Choral Society was created to give everyone access to attending concerts that highlight great choral music,” said Janiece Kohler, “That’s why we don’t sell tickets or charge admission at the door. We want to fill the seats with our families and with friends – old and new. It is our gift to the community.”

Once again this holiday season, the New Windsor Fire Department has joined forces with Devitt’s Nursery and Supply to collect donations for the New Windsor Food Pantry. Non-perishable food items and cash donations will be accepted at Devitt’s during business hours from Friday November 24 until Sunday December 17. Fire department personnel along with Santa will be present at Devitt’s “Christmas on the Farm” every Saturday and Sunday during the Holiday Season to assist with the food drive.

West Point, NY – The West Point Band announces a Winter Concert Series showcasing four of its ensembles in a thoughtful exploration of our country’s musical heritage. The West Point Concert Band, the Hellcats field music group, Quintette 7, and the Benny Havens Band will present performances throughout New York and New Jersey featuring works by American icons from John Philip Sousa to Carrie Underwood. Series highlights include masterpieces for band, a celebration of African American History Month, country jams, and of course, a march or two! As always, these concerts are free and open to all. No tickets are required.

Saturday, January 20, 2:00 p.m., Eisenhower Hall Theatre, West Point, NY (snow date Sunday, January 21, 2:00 p.m.)

The Concert Band returns to Eisenhower Hall Theatre for “Rhapsody in Blue,” George Gershwin’s quintessentially American piano concerto played by the band’s own Sgt. 1st Class Yalin Chi, and Percy Grainger’s masterpiece for wind band, “Lincolnshire Posy.”


Start your holiday shopping at Moffat Library in Washingtonville! The Friends of the Moffat Library are selling tickets to win 11 Holiday Gift Baskets which are full of goodies for all ages. Baskets will be on display in the Main Reading Room from Sunday November 19 to Sunday December 17in Moffat Library located at 6 West Main Street, Washingtonville. The drawing for the baskets will take place on Sunday December 17. Winner need not be present to win. For more information, please call 496-5483. Help Moffat Library by doing some shopping with us!
Mount to host Celebration of the Season concert

Newburgh – Mount Saint Mary College will present a joyful afternoon of music by members and friends of the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, December 10.

The Celebration of the Season Holiday Concert will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. in Aquinas Hall Theatre on the Mount campus, 330 Powell Ave., Newburgh, N.Y. The doors will open at 12:30 p.m. Admission is free but space is limited. Please RSVP to the Mount’s Office of College Advancement, 845-569-3286, by November 27.


Wreaths Across America in Washingtonville
The Blooming Grove/Washingtonville Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Wreaths Across America to place wreaths on Veteran’s graves at the Washingtonville All Faiths Cemetery on December 16, 2017. There are over 200 veterans buried in Washingtonville. The goal is to place a wreath on each veteran’s grave for the Christmas season.

Santa’s Toy Box at the Newburgh Free Library
The Newburgh Free Library (124 Grand Street) will once again be a drop-off location for Santa’s Toy Box, the annual holiday toy drive that benefits disadvantaged children in Orange County. The Library will accept donations of new, unwrapped toys or games, and wrapping paper,starting on Fri., Dec. 1 at 9 a.m., and continuing every day that the library is open through Fri., Dec. 22.

Holiday Lights in Bloom at the County Arboretum
Goshen, N.Y. The “Holiday Lights in Bloom” program is free and will be open to the public from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, starting November 24th through December 23rd and then daily from December 26th through December 31st from 5:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (closed 12/24, Christmas Eve and 12/25, Christmas Day). Volunteers from The Friends of the OC Arboretum will be on hand in the Ottaway Education center serving free hot cocoa (while supplies last) and selling handmade crafts at their Holiday Boutique (until December 17th). The Arboretum is located within Thomas Bull Memorial Park on State Route 416

GET FIT WITH BODYFIT!!!! Village of Washingtonville exercise program that includes low impact aerobics, strength training, circuit/interval, Cardio karate, core conditioning and more!!!!! Winter session starts Tuesday, January 2—March 22 ,2018. All four classes are included in the fee. Monday/Wednesday 9:15—10:15 am at the CYO and Tuesday/Thursday evenings 7:00—8:00 pm at Round Hill School… All are welcome! Certified instructor: Diane 782-5418

The Village of Washingtonville Time for Tots and Toddling Toddlers registration for Winter session 2018 will take place on Saturday, December 9 at 10:00 am at St. Mary,s CYO. Village residents get first preference. Toddling Toddlers(15 mos. 3+++) with parent/guardian meets on Tuesday OR Thursday 9:30—11:00 am. Time for Tots( 3 ½–5+yrs.) WITHOUT parent meets Tuesday AND/OR from 12:15—2:15 pm. This is a dropoff Preschool program! Register for one or both classes(if openings permit). All classes meet at the CYO. These are 10 week sessions and there is a Fall, Winter and Spring session. Winter session starts the week of January 2! For more info: Diane 782-5418









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