VIRTUAL: Creative Writing w/ Maureen McNeil

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are currently suspended. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

Program Description: The library and the City of Hudson Senior Center are offering an 8-week session of Creative Writing with Maureen McNeil. The class focuses on discovering the power of the inner self through the practice of daily writing. Students explore memories, sensory observation, dreams, autobiography, fiction, and poetry and share a selection of their work.

NOTE: Due to the library’s temporary closure, this class will continue virtually. Registered students will receive an e-newsletter with writing prompts and Maureen will host a virtual meeting through Zoom at regular class times.

Date/Time: Thursday, April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th, from 2:30-4pm.

Recommended Audience: The class is free and open to the public of all ages and is wheelchair accessible. All levels of writers are welcome.

Registration: Registration is limited, and is on a first come/first serve basis. To register, please visit the front desk at the Hudson Area Library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.

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VIRTUAL: Core Strength & Balance

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are suspended through March 31. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

Program Description: Instructor Paul Spector introduces exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility, and coordination. All levels welcome. This program is a collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center.

Note: Due to the library’s temporary closure, Core Strength & Balance will be offered virtually from Paul Spector’s home on Zoom video conferencing services. The first virtual class is Saturday, April 4. To receive information on registering email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org

Date/Time: Series of 4-week workshops meets weekly on Saturdays in January, February, March, and April, 1:30-2:30pm. UPDATE: There will be no classes February 22, March 21 & 28.

Registration: Space is limited. To register please visit the front desk at the library, call 518-828-1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org
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Intergenerational Cooking Workshop: Chinese Dumplings

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are suspended through March 31. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

Program Description: Members of the community are invited to join us for a intergenerational cooking workshop on Chinese dumplings facilitated by long time Library employee Wendy Kanel.

Wendy Kanel was a chef in Hangzhou, China, before relocating to America 17 years ago. Upon her arrival to the area she came to the library to attend ESL classes, which eventually led to her volunteering at the library, before transitioning as a staff member working at the circulation desk.

Wendy reflects on her time at the library: “After working here [at the library] I’ve learned so much about American culture by reading and interacting with the community that led to improving my English.” In the past, Wendy has taught Mandarin classes at the library and has offered Chinese dumplings workshops for a wide range of ages in the Hudson Valley area. With this program, she is excited to continue the tradition of cultural exchange within the community. 

Date/Time: Friday, March 20, 5:30-7pm. This program is open to all ages.

Registration: To register for the program email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101.

This program is part of the on-going intergenerational programming collaboration between the City of Hudson Senior Center and the Hudson Area Library. 

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Leapin Line Dance : An Introduction to Line Dancing

Program Description: Leapin Line Dance: An Introduction to Line Dancing is a one time dance workshop led by Diane Teutschman. Dancers will learn the steps in unison to choreographed country or popular songs. No experience or partner needed!

Date/Time: Saturday, February 29, 4:00-5:30pm in the library’s community room.

Registration: Email info@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 X101
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Senior Fitness: Core Strength & Balance w/ Paul Spector

Program Description: In collaboration with the Senior Center; we are continuing to offer the popular “Senior Fitness: Core Strength & Balance with Paul Spector”. This series of 4-week long workshops introduces exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility and coordination. The class size has a cap of 12 to allow greater flexibility in addressing the needs of each participant. After completing the series of four sessions, the individual will have mastered a balance routine that they can continue independently at home. 

Date/Time: Saturdays, January 5- March 30, 1:30-2:30pm

Audience: Seniors

Registration: Required. To register email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101

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Winter Swing Dance Party

Program Description: Recapture the magic of the Armory dance parties of past years at the Winter Swing Dance Party ! “Our Spring and Fall Swing Dances were so popular we’re now doing a winter dance party near the holidays. The Fabulous Versatones will, of course, be performing! And we’ll have Andrew Resto, ballroom dance instructor, to start things off with a lesson,” states Sher Stevens, director of the City of Hudson Senior Center, “Anyone who wants to freshen up their dance skills can attend Andrew’s Ballroom Dance class, we’re also sponsoring,  Friday’s beginning November 16!” So bring your dance shoes and your attitude and get ready to swing to music from the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s.

Date/Time: Saturday, December 15, 7 – 10pm

Registration: Not required but appreciated. To register visit the front desk at the library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org

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Ballroom Dancing with Andrew Resto

Program Description: This is a 4-week dance class series that will cover waltz, foxtrot, tango, swing, cha-cha, hustle, rumba, and merengue. Attendees do not need to attend with a partner. Beginners are welcome. The program will end with a live music event open to the public with the Fabulous Versatones: Winter Swing Dance at the Armory on Saturday, December 15, 7-10pm. Offered in collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center.

Date/ Time:  Fridays, 5:30-7pm, November 30, December 7 & 14 (Nov. 16 canceled due to inclement weather, 4th make up class to be determined).

Registration: First come/first serve basis. To register please visit the main desk at the library, call 518-828-1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sleep But Were Too Tired To Ask

Program Description: In collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center, the library presents Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sleep But Were Too Tired To Ask, a health talk and discussion with Dr. Paul Spector. Many people know of Dr. Spector through his ever popular Core Strength and Balance classes at the library. Now, in this second in a series of health talks Dr. Spector discusses the topic of sleep. “Our appreciation of the consequences of sleep loss has grown over the last 50 years and now includes impaired learning, memory, decision making, and reaction time, increased risk of hypertension, seizure and migraine and many more.”, Dr. Spector states.  Learn how sleep loss affects us and how to get the sleep we need.

The program is free and wheelchair accessible. There will be healthy refreshments by local vendors following the program.

Date/Time: Sunday, November 4, 2-3:30pm

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