October event also features Walk a Mile in Her Shoes - a Family Services fundraiser, interactive mural and park bench paintings, cannoli-eating and Halloween costume contests
Poughkeepsie, NY - On Friday, Oct. 4, 5-8:30 p.m., join First Friday Poughkeepsie for San Gennaro, a festival for the ages! The event also features Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, a fundraiser to benefit Family Services and its domestic violence programs, as well as the famous cannoli eating contest, Halloween contest and more.
“First Friday Poughkeepsie is proud to bring back San Gennaro to Little Italy, and also support Family Services and popular Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser to draw attention to domestic violence,” said First Friday Co-chair Michelle Barone-Lepore. Fellow Co-chair Amanda Baxter added, “It’s partnerships like these that continue to show the collaborative, supportive spirit here in Poughkeepsie.”
The 9th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an international event held to stand up against sexual assault and gender and domestic violence. Originally held to challenge men to walk a mile in high-heeled shoes in solidarity with victims, this family-friendly event invites everyone in the community who wants to help save a life and raise awareness. To start a team, visit www.tinyurl.com/FirstFridayWalkaMile
In typical First Friday Poughkeepsie ‘Food Art Music’ fashion, those attending San Gennaro can try a variety of dishes and drinks from around Italy and other cultures from more than 30 vendors. Help paint the themed mural and park benches, play in the bounce house, and enjoy a magician and a face painter. And back by popular demand, the Costume Contest (and trick-or-treat with vendors) and Cannoli Eating Contest!
Entertainment includes live music by RockSteady and a special guest appearance from Italian sensation Giorgio who will be performing the international hit “We No Speak Americano.” As always, DJ Smitty will be spinning beats in between sets, emceed by our very own Michelle Barone-Lepore with a guest appearance from Mayor Rob Rolison and 1st Ward Councilmember Chris Petsas.
Closest parking will be available at the paid MTA garage at the Poughkeepsie Train Station just one block away from Little Italy, and FREE parking is available at Financial Plaza Parking Deck Downtown, just a short 10-minute walk down Mill Street to the event.
Join us for the official First Friday Poughkeepsie After Party at Mill House Brewing Company, 289 Mill Street, in collaboration with Dutchess Beer Distributors, for food and drink specials all night.
Don Minichino, First Friday Poughkeepsie co-chair, added, “2019 has brought us our first fireworks show, and record-breaking attendance and vendor participation to all corners of the City of Poughkeepsie. Welcome back to Little Italy for our biggest, best Primo Venerdì San Gennaro yet!”
Thanks to Founding Sponsors: Rhinebeck Bank and R.L Baxter Building Corporation
Thanks to Annual Sponsors: The Chamber Foundation, Inc., MINI of Dutchess County, Prime Print, ABC Supply, Bonura Hospitality Group, Levine & Levine PLLC,Veith Electric, Fit Social, Petro Home Services, Angelino Law, Royal Carting, The Irwin/Burlingame Group (Merrill Lynch), M&O Sanitation
Thanks to Media Partners: iHeart Radio of the Hudson Valley, PKGO, Poughkeepsie Journal
Thanks to October Sponsors: Dingee’s Towing, Ready Coffee
Thanks to October After-Party Sponsor: Mill House Brewing Company in collaboration with Dutchess Beer Distributors
Interested in getting involved in First Friday Poughkeepsie in 2020? For vendor, performer or sponsor info, email FirstFridayPK@gmail.com, and for volunteer info, contact Chris Grant, VolunteerFirstFridayPK@gmail.com
About First Friday Poughkeepsie
First Friday Poughkeepsie is a monthly city-wide celebration from May thru October in neighborhoods throughout the City of Poughkeepsie. Referred to as a “movement” for the City, it features local food, art, and music, while highlighting the City as an attractive place to live, work and play. First Friday Poughkeepsie is proudly supported by Founding Sponsors R.L. Baxter Building Corporation and Rhinebeck Bank. For more info, visit www.FirstFridayPK.com, and follow us on Facebook atwww.Facebook.com/FirstFridayPoughkeepsie and Instagram atwww.Instagram.com/FirstFridayPK
Be a part of the NEA Big Read and join us for a special needs book club led by education majors from Marist College using adaptive text.
Meets Thursdays October 17—November 21 at 5:30pm
(skipping Halloween) Charwat Room at Adriance Memorial Library
For ages 14 and up, with a caregiver.
Register by calling 485-3445 x 3707; limited to 8
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. It is designed to broaden our under- standing of our world, our community, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.
Saturday, September 7, 2019
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Bring your family and friends – and a picnic lunch, games and/or sporting equipment.
All are invited to this inclusive day of fun with accessible activities for people
with and without disabilities.
Long Island - Sunken Meadow State Park, 25A and Sunken Meadow Parkway, Kings Park, NY. Meet at Field 1/Main Bathhouse area for nature programs, a Special Olympics New York bocce experience and more. Guarded swimming will be available at the beach.
New York City - Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park, 679 Riverside Drive, New York City. Meet at the Main Stage for park tours and a Special Olympics New York bocce experience.
Hudson Valley - Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, 2957 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights. Meet at Picnic Area 1 for nature programs, park tours and health and ﬁtness activities with Special Olympics New York.
Capital District - John Boyd Thacher State Park, 830 Thacher Park Road, Voorheesville. Meet at the Visitor Center for tours and activities. A hawk watch and Birds of Prey program will be held from 10-2 p.m. in the Upper Overlook area.
Central New York - Green Lakes State Park, 7900 Green Lakes Road, Fayetteville.
Meet at the Environmental Education Center for nature programs and a demonstration of the accessible kayak launch.
Genesee Region (Rochester area) - Letchworth State Park, 1 Letchworth State Park, Castile.
Please Note: the event begins at 11:00. Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center for activities.
The September Nature Walk will take place at 1 p.m. A butterﬂy garden walk will take place at 3:00 p.m. followed by a butterﬂy release at 3:30 p.m. Please present Access Pass or sign-in for Get Together Day at park’s entrance gate.
Western New York - Buﬀalo Harbor State Park, 1111 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buﬀalo.
Meet at Shelter 4 for park activities, nature programs and health and ﬁtness activities with Special Olympics New York.
Visit parks.ny.gov or opwdd.ny.gov for details.
Let’s get together, meet new people and enjoy all that New York State has to oﬀer!
This workshop will provide information about protecting our children’s health and safety now and in the future.
Legal and Advocacy experts will cover topics including
SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and Medicaid, Guardianship and Special Needs Trusts and NYABLE Program.
There is no cost to attend, Space is limited, please register
Karen Lynch@ 845-452 3913 x112 firstname.lastname@example.org
These workshops are sponsored by the Dutchess County Transition Network. Members include Arlington Central School District, The ARC of Dutchess, Down Syndrome Association, Dutchess BOCES RSE-TASC, Dutchess Community College, Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health, HV Special Education Parent Center, Hyde Park Central Schools, Pine Plains Central Schools, Poughkeepsie City School District, Red Hook Central School District, Rhinebeck Central School District, Spackenkill Union Free School District, Taconic Developmental Disabilities Planning Office, Taconic Resources for Independence, ACCES - VR and Wappingers Central School District.
DSAHV families and friends are welcome to come and enjoy great food and great company. This is a great chance to meet other families and raise awareness for DSAHV. You may bring in the printed flyer or a digital copy on your phone will also be acceptable.
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