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Two Virtual Events/Four Libraries: All About The Hudson River

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The Hudson Area Library is joining forces with three other libraries: Claverack Free Library, Philmont Public Library, and Roeliff-Jansen Community Library, to present two programs on our local river: Hudson River Estuary Basics, for adults and Eels! A Hudson River Fish & How We Can Save  Them, a special Story Hour for children, ages 2-7

DATES/TIME:
Hudson River Estuary Basics: Wednesday, September 9, 6-7:30pm
Eels! A Hudson River Fish & How We Can Save Them: Friday, September 11, 10-11am.

REGISTRATION: To register for either or both programs email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101.

In Hudson River Estuary Basics adults can learn about the tides, saltwater and freshwater, and geography of the Hudson River; a tidal river with maritime and river environments that begins in the Adirondacks at Lake Tear of Clouds and eventually drains into the Atlantic Ocean at New York Harbor. There will be a question and answer period after Aidan’s talk. To access this event via Zoom, click here.

As a special Story Hour for the four libraries in Eels! A Hudson River Fish & How We Can Save Them Aidan will discuss the life cycle and migration of eels and how children can be citizen scientists in observing eels and helping their chances of survival in our river. To access this event via Zoom, click here.

Both programs are being conducted by Aiden Mabey, an environmental educator from the Hudson River Estuary Program, a division of the New York State Department of Conservation. Learn more about the Hudson River Estuary Program at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website.

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Virtual Program: “An Introduction to HudsonUP & the History of Universal Basic Income” by Albert Wenger

The Hudson Area Library and The Spark of Hudson present an informational meeting on the history of Universal Basic Income (UBI) and HudsonUP, a current UBI pilot program, on Thursday, August 20th.

HudsonUP is a basic income pilot created by The Spark of Hudson and Humanity Forward and based in Hudson, NY. The initiative is being designed in collaboration with the community and is championed by Mayor Kamal Johnson.

In the virtual program, Albert Wenger and Susan Danziger, cofounders of The Spark of Hudson and HudsonUP, will talk about the history of UBI and the value of the UBI pilot program for Hudson.

Many advocates of basic income have long maintained that the coming technological shift and wave of automation would wipe out millions of traditional jobs and leave everyday Americans without a safety net. The concept of a universal basic income is a simple one: unconditional,
regularly recurring payments made to everyone. With HudsonUP, The Spark of Hudson & Humanity Forward aim to partner with the Hudson community to test this simple concept by providing $500 each month to 22 randomly-selected Hudson residents for five years.

Universal Basic Income has a longer history than some realize. One of the first proponents of Universal Basic Income in the United States was Thomas Payne, author of the Common Sense pamphlet, and individuals as varied as Martin Luther King, Jr. and economist Milton Friedman
have spoken in support of the concept. Andrew Yang’s recent presidential campaign highlighted the importance of a national UBI program for the United States.

Albert Wenger is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures (USV), a thesis-driven venture capital firm. USV backs trusted brands that broaden access to knowledge, capital, and well-being by leveraging networks, platforms, and protocols. USV’s current portfolio companies include Coinbase, Duolingo, Nurx, Skillshare, Stash. Past portfolio companies include Etsy, MongoDB, Twilio and Twitter. Before joining USV, Albert was the president of del.icio.us through the company’s sale to Yahoo and an angel investor (Etsy, Tumblr). He previously founded or co-founded several companies, including a management consulting firm and a healthcare data analytics company. Albert graduated from Harvard College in economics and computer science and holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology from MIT. In his book, World After Capital,
Albert describes the shift to a Knowledge Age — and its implications not only for businesses but all of us. He blogs at Continuations and is @albertwenger on Twitter.

Susan Danziger, founder/CEO of Eutopia Holdings, is an entrepreneur and investor focused on building models for living, learning and giving. Her most recent initiatives include The Spark of Hudson, an innovative community learning center set to launch in Hudson, New York as well as Wally Farms, an innovation hub for growing climate solutions. Susan previously founded Ziggeo, an award-winning video technology company, and DailyLit, a pioneer in digital serialization. Named a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, Susan received a B.A. as a College Scholar from Cornell University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

The Spark of Hudson is an innovative, community learning center launching in Hudson, NY. A model for education and community development, The Spark is dedicated to supporting individuals from all corners of Hudson and beyond to learn, teach and grow. Founded by Susan Danziger and Albert Wenger, The Spark has recently spearheaded and supported a number of community initiatives in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

The Hudson Area Library is located at 51 North Fifth Street in Hudson, NY. The mission of the library is to enrich the quality of life by providing free and equal access to programs, services and resources, and by creating opportunities for all members of our community to connect, create, learn and grow.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, August 20, 2020 / 6pm – 7pm

LOCATION: Online

REGISTER: To register, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or
call 518-828-1792 ext 101

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Spencertown Academy Virtual African American Dance Class For Families, Aug 22

Spencertown Academy Arts Center presents Elena Mosley teaching live, interactive African American dance via Zoom on Saturday, August 22 at 10am. Participants will experience traditional dance and improvisational movement, while connecting to African rhythmic music. This free event is the third in the Family Arts Kaleidoscope series, which is designed to engage children and their families from home. Participants should come to the class with a scarf or ribbon to hold in their hand. Registration is open to children ages 8 and up. Older family members are also welcome to participate. Registration is limited; please register at spencertownacademy.org.

“This class is going to be so much fun,” says Kelly Kynion, chair of the Family Arts Kaleidoscope Committee. “Elena Mosley is well known for her energy, her talent, and her community activism. We’re honored to have her joining us for this series.”

Elena MosleyElena Mosley, director and founder of Kuumba Dance and Drum, began her dance career in various community centers in New York City. She performed with the Lady Helena Walquer Dance Company of Harlem, NY, Brothers and Sisters United of Staten Island, and Haitian Dance Theater, under the direction of Louines Louinis. She participates in many cultural programs for Columbia, Greene, and the Capital Region schools and community arts programs. She is currently the executive director of the Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center located in Hudson, NY.

The Family Arts Kaleidoscope virtual series continues on Saturday, September 19 at 10:00am, with a special pre-recorded program titled “It’s All About Reading!” featuring composer/ventriloquist Steve Charney and his puppet pal, Harry.

Family Arts Kaleidoscope is made possible with support from Hudson River Bank and Trust Foundation and Stewart’s Shops.

Founded in 1972, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center and community resource serving Columbia County, the Berkshires, and the Capital region. Housed in a landmark 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, the Academy is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please contact info@spencertownacademy.org.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 22, 2020 /  10am – 11am

ADMISSION: Free.
Donations are welcome to help support this series and other Academy programming.
To register, visit www.spencertownacademy.org.

LOCATION: Online

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Spencertown Academy Launches Family Arts Kaleidoscope, Virtual Events

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Spencertown Academy Arts Center kicks off its new Family Arts Kaleidoscope virtual events series with “Jason Talks About Dinosaurs,” a live, interactive Zoom meeting for children ages 6 to 12 and their families, on Saturday, July 25 at 10:00am. Participants should come to the meeting with paper for drawing and favorite tools for color: paint, pencils, or crayons.

“With kids spending so much time at home, we want to offer the community a variety of free or low-cost options for engagement with the arts,” says Kelly Kynion, chair of the Family Arts Kaleidoscope Committee. “This virtual series for kids and their families will include three weekend events before school begins, and two in the fall.”

JasonSheldonJason Sheldon is a lifelong dinosaur lover, birdwatcher, and environmentalist. Currently studying for a master’s degree in adolescent science education, he loves nothing more than to share his passion for nature (both past and present). In this virtual workshop, he will delve into the origins of dinosaurs and how they evolved over time, as well as the beginnings of flight and feathers in the ancestors of modern day birds. Participants will learn how birds and dinosaurs are closely related, and be able to apply the fun things they learn into designing their own dinosaurs.

The Family Arts Kaleidoscope virtual series continues with storyteller Tom Lee, who focuses on tales inspired by art and art history, on Saturday, August 8 at 10:00am; Elena Mosley, who will teach movement based on African American and traditional Afro-Haitian dance, on Saturday, August 22 at 10:00am; and Steve Charney, who is a ventriloquist, composer, and comedian, in September (date TBA), plus other events to be announced.

Family Arts Kaleidoscope is made possible with support from Hudson River Bank and Trust Foundation and Stewart’s Shops.

Founded in 1972, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center and community resource serving Columbia County, the Berkshires, and the Capital region. Housed in a landmark 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, the Academy is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please contact info@spencertownacademy.org.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, July 25, 2020 /  10am

ADMISSION: Free.
Donations are welcome to help support this series and other Academy programming.
To register, visit www.spencertownacademy.org.

LOCATION: Online

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Hudson Area Library, History Room on Zoom

The Hudson Area Library’s Gary Sheffer, Library Trustee and History Room Chair, has started a podcast in which he interviews local history experts and aficionados. In the first episode, Gary interviews Peter Cipkowski, Hillsdale Town Supervisor and former president of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society.

That video is embedded from YouTube above. If you want to see it on YouTube, please click here. For more interviews, videos, and to learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit the History Room page.

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