Winter safety heads our Top Ten this week; if you’re heading outside, watch a short video on how to recreate safely and comfortably.
And there is plenty more fun to be had either outdoors or online, so take a look at some of our suggestions and stay safe and warm.
Winter safety Heading outdoors for some winter fun? Watch a short video from the NYS Department for Environmental Conservation about preparing for outdoor activities so that your jaunt is safe, comfortable and enjoyable. Go to https://twitter.com/NYSDEC/status/1355182462347976709.
Space junk Take a journey through outer space to see human-made and interstellar debris with an astrophysicist from the American Museum of Natural History on Friday, Feb. 5, at 1 p.m. You’ll take a virtual flight through a new space debris data set and then voyage beyond our solar system to celestial bodies such as Boreisov and Oumuamua. Join the free online program at https://youtu.be/dMbm7hccp1o.
Pattern and purpose Shelburne Museum has a new online exhibition called “Pattern and Purpose: American Quilts from Shelburne Museum,” a collection of 20 textile masterpieces dating from the first decades of the 1800s to the turn of the 21st century. Visit it at https://shelburnemuseum.org/online-exhibitions/pattern-and-purpose/
Souper Sunday in Easton Head to Easton United Methodist Church for a lunch of delicious soup on Sunday, Feb. 7, the big game day. Choose from a wide selection of soup and chowder to take home with you. Get all the details on page 3 of this week’s North Country FreePress.
Forests in focus American Forests, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the United States, has announced its annual photo contest, an opportunity to showcase a wide array of forest scenes that are just as beautiful and diverse as the people who live among, enjoy and depend on them. For more information, visit https://www.americanforests.org/af-news/forests-in-focus-2021-photo-contest-is-now-open/
Get some headspace Here’s a great resource! In partnership with New York State, mindfulness and meditation resource Headspace has assembled a special collection of free meditation, sleep and movement exercises to support you through these stressful and challenging times and help you feel less overwhelmed. Visit https://www.headspace.com/ny for more information.
Mr. Soul Before Arsenio and before Oprah there was Mr. SOUL. Ellis Haizlip developed a television show in 1968 aimed at Black audiences to celebrate the breadth of Black culture, including literature, music and politics. As part of Crandall Public Library’s African American Film Forum, join in a virtual screening of a movie about Haizlip directed by his niece Melissa on Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. An RSVP is required to receive a link for the screening as well as for the Zoom discussion afterward. Go to http://crandall.evanced.info/signup/calendar for more information.
Garden thoughts It’s winter, yes, and, yes, it is cold and snowy, yes, but that shouldn’t stop you from thinking about the coming summer and garden planning. CCE in Saratoga County is hosting a series of online workshops on vegetable gardening through February, and the first is next Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 12:15 p.m. For more information about this free Zoom series, visit http://ccesaratoga.org/events/2021/02/09/free-vegetable-growing-zoom-seed-starting.
Annie in the Water The Palace Theatre, the City of Albany and Mirth Films have put together another edition of The Palace Sessions, this one a concert by rock/reggae/funk/blues/jam-inspired Annie in the Water. Watch it on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. by visiting the theater’s YouTube page at https://bit.ly/PalaceAlbanyYoutube
Who’s out and about? Join Merck Forest’s conservation manager Tim Duclos for a two-part virtual animal tracking workshop through next Friday, Feb. 12. For more information, visit https://www.merckforest.org/event/winter-tracking-workshop-in-a-new-format/2021-02-03/
Enjoy the week and see you next!