Programs for Families and Adults

The Pawling Library & Front Street Gallery Present

A New Chapter: Group Art Show

Submit your artwork to Front Street Gallery

Deadline: March 26
Opening: April 28


Alexander Graham Bell said, “When one door closes another door opens.” Opportunities abound and what many fail to realize is that we make our own opportunities. We are not required to follow a preordained map. Our story can go in any direction. The unfolding is unending, as our soul searches for what brings us the greatest joy: the fulfillment of experiencing who we truly are. In the journey there is freedom to explore, and always a desire for more. One chapter ends and a new chapter begins.


Important Dates

Mar. 26: Deadline–submissions must be emailed or received by 12:00 am.
Mar 31: Notification of accepted work sent to artists.
April. 13-15: Delivery of accepted work to gallery.
April 28: Opening Reception at Front Street Gallery, 10:00 am-2:00 pm.

Works in all mediums will be considered. We prefer that some of the artwork be created for this show, keeping in mind the theme.

Up to four images may be submitted. Email images to Image files Jpegs, at least 6 inches on the longest side. Please label image files clearly: Artist name, title, medium, dimensions of work and price of each item submitted. Links may be submitted as long as all of the above information is included.

Hanging fee: $25 for each accepted work. Fees due upon delivery to gallery. An artist statement reflecting the body of work represented is optional. Curated by Jeanette Rodriguez.

Eligibility: Hangable artwork including prints, drawings, photographs, paintings, and mixed media, plus sculpture. Works may not exceed 48″ in any dimension. All works must be suitably prepared to hang and include wire or fixed hardware. No sawtooth hangers. All work must be for sale. A 40% commission will be charged by the gallery, and must be included in artist’s set price. Hanging fees are non-refundable. Every care will be taken to provide for the safety of all artwork. FSG its officers and agents will not be responsible for any loss or damage. FSG does not insure entries and exhibits. Works will be handled and exhibited at artist’s own risk. Front Street Gallery reserves the right to reject or replace any work that it deems substantially different from the work as represented in digital form and description. All packaging material must be removed by the artist at the time of drop off. Packing material WILL NOT be stored or provided at time of drop off and pick up. Reasonable requests will be considered.

If you have any questions feel free to email the gallery at
Or call 917 880 5307.

Front Street Gallery
21 Front Street, Patterson NY 12563

We look forward to seeing you at the show!


The Pawling Library offers a variety of adult and family programs including entertaining and educational seminars and workshops.

Check our Calendar for a complete listing of our Adult and Family Programs.


Ongoing Adult Programs

Monday Matinee

600-admit-oneSpend an entertaining afternoon with us enjoying a newly released film. We’ll have popcorn but please feel free to bring your own snack and beverage. This afternoon movie presentation is for an adult audience. Please observe the film’s ratings. And let us know what movies you’d like to see. See you at the movies!

Mondays at 2:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


Hatha Yoga in the Afternoon with Maria Polhemus

This program is for adults with prior yoga experience.

Hatha Yoga is one of the most popular relaxing forms of exercise. Come spend an hour with us and enjoy a new found path to tranquility. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or blanket. Each session ends with a guided meditation.

Tuesdays 1:00-2:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.
Program fee: $4.00.

From Memory to Family Memoir with Robin Lester

600-dad-and-son-beachEach of us has a wealth of memories. Please join us and learn how to write your family and personal history. Our presenter Robin Lester will help you get started. You can do it! Surprise your children and grandchildren who’ve wanted you to do this. The biggest surprise for you will be in recalling your wonderful life!

About our presenter:
Robin Lester is a historian, writer and retired teacher. He has led the Hull House Oral History project in Chicago and the gathering of memories among former members of the Henry Street Settlement House in New York. He is in the process of preserving his family history in a narrative.

Meets the first Wednesday of each month, 6:30-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.

Evening Book Club

Share your passion for reading.
Enjoy friendly discussions about your
favorite books.
This evening is for you.

Book selections are made by our members.


Meets the second Wednesday of the month, 6:30-7:30 pm.
Registration is required for this event. 

Evening Hatha Yoga with Maria Polhemus

600-luna-mothHatha Yoga is one of the most popular relaxing forms of exercise.

Come spend an hour with us and enjoy a new found path of tranquility. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or blanket. Each session ends with a guided meditation.

Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm.
Registration is required for this event.
Please note: There is a program fee of $4.00.


Tuesday Afternoon Book Club

Indulge yourself. Share your thoughts about your favorite novels with friends.

Book selections are agreed upon by our members… we want you to be happy after all.
Please join us.

Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month, 4:00-5:00 pm.

Registration is required for this event.

Yin Yoga and Meditation with Maria Polhemus

Feel the peace by being present in the moment.
Quiet and calm your mind and body.
Experience your genuine self.
Please join us for a relaxing session of Yin Yoga followed
by Meditation.
Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or blanket.
Program fee: $4.00.

Special Monthly Programs

Dutchess Community College presents

Adult English Classes
Level 2 Intermediate

Instructor: Karina Cerna

When / Cuando: Tuesdays / Martes & Thursdays / Jueves
9:00 am-12:00 pm.







FREE English (ESOL) Tutoring
English for Speakers of Other Languages

Tutoring is available for both adults and teens.
Sessions are for one hour.
This program is supported by funds from the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Library Services grant program.

Friday, January 12, February 2, March 2, April 6
2:00-5:00 pm
Registration is required for this event.


Arctic Animals

Most people usually think of the arctic as a vast barren white landscape of subzero temperatures. True, the winters are very cold and dark, and summer is cool and relatively short. But life over the course of thousands of years has adapted perfectly to this environment of extremes. At this workshop we’ll be sculpting some of the amazing forms of wildlife of the polar region. Please join us!

Animals of the arctic: Puffin, Harp Seal, Snow Goose, Arctic Wolf, Arctic Tern, Snowy Owl, Arctic Fox, Arctic Hare, Beluga Whale, Lemming, Polar Bear, Narwhal & Walrus….and there are more!

Age: 6 & up.

Registration & parental supervision is required.

Two Sessions:
Sculpting: Friday, January 19th
Painting: Friday, January 26th
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm


Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response and Department of Behavioral & Community Health
invite you to participate in

Citizens Preparedness Training

6:30 pm Doors Open
7:00 pm Program Begins

*Acquire the tools and resources to better prepare for any type of disaster
*Learn how to respond accordingly in a disaster and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions
*Each family will receive a free Citizens Preparedness Response Kit

This event is FREE and open to the public.
For more information: (845) 486-2080 /

Tuesday, January 23, 6:30-9:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


How to Pay for College without going Broke
with Stephanie Mauro

In this seminar, parents will learn what the differences are between the FAFSA and CSS Profile financial aid forms and how they affect the cost of college. What financial aid really means to a family and how need is determined. We will go over the parental and student assets that take away from qualifying for financial aid. How the financial aid system works and why it’s important to have your expected family contribution (EFC) calculated before your student visits colleges. When a parent leaves this seminar they will understand the federal and private loan programs and there are two case studies showing how college planning makes a difference.

Don’t miss this informative seminar!

Tuesday, January 30, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine: Health for Life

Traditional Chinese Medicine is built on a foundation of more than 2,500 years of Chinese medical practice that includes various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage (tui na), exercise (qigong), and dietary therapy.
In this lecture, Dr. Kenneth Hoffman, will de-mystify the oldest medical system in the world and explain how you can restore health naturally and successfully. He’ll describe the different diagnosis methods such as tongue, pulse and palpation as well as the use of all the tools of Chinese medicine including acupuncture, massage, and herbal medicine. Using modern technology and research, it proves to be a powerful system for restoring health and keeping you healthy and disease-free. He will also share acupressure points that can help relieve day-to-day symptoms of some common ailments.

Tuesday, February 27, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


What it Takes to Get into College Today
with Stephanie Mauro

In this seminar you will learn:

*A time-line for success—where you should start in the college planning process.
*How important are SAT & ACT tests and how do colleges value them.
*What the more selective colleges really want to see in your student’s application.
*The financial aid systems and how they work.
*How to maximize your student’s potential to receive scholarships, grants, and forms of merit-aid.
*How it’s possible to attend a Private College for a Public College Price.
Plus much, much more…

Wednesday, February 28, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


Estate Planning: How to Protect Your Parents and Yourself

When you attend this seminar we will discuss a number of important topics and give you the answers to the issues below and much more!

• How to protect your assets from a nursing home? Medicaid?
• The Five-Year Look Back: What is it and why is it so important?
• Probate … Does my Will avoid it? Learn how to prevent it.
• How to preserve your Assets.
• Living Wills, Health Care Proxies and Powers of Attorney: … do I need these, what are they, how do they work?
• Have the recent New York law changes made your Power of Attorney, Will or Trust obsolete?
• Estate Tax: Is the State or Federal government your largest beneficiary?
• How a Power of Attorney can prevent a lawsuit.
• Social Security: What are my options?

Without proper planning, your Estate or your parent’s Estate may be settled in ways you never intended. Take this opportunity to educate yourself on your options. Join us to get real answers on how to assure your Estate is properly protected.

Tuesday, March 20, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.



Understanding the Language of the Brain in order to Heal the Body

Your brain is in charge of the body. It sends signals when healing is needed. Unless you understand the language used by your brain you might miss the signals. When this happens an imbalance takes place and illness occurs.

Please join us for this informative presentation and learn how to interpret the brains extraordinary alert system; your key to health and wellness.

Our brain knows the answers, our mind just needs a little guidance.

About our presenter: Dr. Nancy Iankowitz is a board certified family nurse practitioner, director of Holistic and Integrative Healing LLC, and host of ‘Marcy’s World’ on WPWL 103.7 Pawling Public Radio – a community service offered to help parents communicate effectively with their children, and an ongoing effort to build community wellness by building a wellness community. She is the author of several books, contributes to the ‘Health and Wellness’ section of The Pawling Record, edits peer reviewed nursing journals and texts, offers “Healing Through Journaling” workshops, and enjoys teaching nursing students at both the college and university level.

Tuesday, March 27, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


Healthcare Reform: Why Is Healthcare So Expensive?

Presented by Dr. John Cappadona

At this presentation we’ll be exploring the causes of the skyrocketing cost of healthcare in the U.S., and an explanation of why only the adoption of National Health Insurance will fix the problem.

Some of the topics that will be covered are:
*Health insurance-what it is, what it does
*Prescription drug prices
*Specialists vs. Primary Care
*Corporatization-how has it performed?
*What is National Health Insurance?
*How will National Health Insurance affect health care?

Please join us for this highly informative seminar.

Wednesday, April 11, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


Sleep from A to ZZZ

 Presented by Sydney Leone
Community Health Educator & Medicare Partnership Development

Learn simple tips on how to improve your sleep without medication.

Tuesday, April 17, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


Self-Publishing Secrets Part 2: How To Promote Your Book
with Marian Grudko

You’ve created a book, and it’s for sale on Amazon. Congratulations! You’ve told everyone you know. Posted on Facebook. Maybe had a party. All good!

Yet the book kind of sits there. Now what?

Marian Grudko, storyteller, composer, book editor and book shepherd, reveals under-the-radar strategies to market and promote your particular book to just the right audience.

All without exhaustion or breaking the bank!

As an added bonus, storyteller Marian Grudko will read excerpts from one of the books she edited and published, Elephant and Rabbit As Told By Skib Bricluster, by author T.A. Young.

Tuesday, April 24, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


The Pawling Library & Front Street Gallery Present

A New Chapter: Art Exhibition

Alexander Graham Bell said, “When one door closes another door opens.” Opportunities abound and what many fail to realize is that we make our own opportunities. We are not required to follow a preordained map. Our story can go in any direction. The unfolding is unending, as our soul searches for what brings us the greatest joy: the fulfillment of experiencing who we truly are. In the journey there is freedom to explore, and always a desire for more. One chapter ends and a new chapter begins.

Opening Reception at Front Street Gallery
Saturday, April 28, 10:00 am-2:00 pm.


Arthritis Overview and Adaptions

Presented by Sydney Leone
Community Health Educator & Medicare Partnership Development

Everyday adaptions to manage and ease arthritic pain.

Tuesday, May 8, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.



LUCINDA SNOWDROP: a musical tale by Marian Grudko

This presentation will take place at Front Street Gallery. The gallery is located at 21 Front St, in Patterson, NY. 

Lucinda is only a toy bunny, yet it’s up to her to save Emmie’s grandma. Will Lucinda make the right choice? Will she do the right thing? With the help of The Great Silver Falcon, Lucinda sets off on a transformative journey and learns the power and pain of promises and love.

Marian performs this poignant story, accompanied by her enchanting music.
The program is for adults and children ages 4 and up.

Saturday, May 26, 1:30-2:30 pm.
Registration is required for this event.



An American History in Haunted Places

Colin Dickey will read from his most recent nonfiction book, Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places, a cultural history of the United States via its haunted houses, hotels, graveyards, and prisons. He’ll discuss stories of famous hauntings from the Hudson Valley, as well as what those stories tell us about ourselves and our relationship to history. We’ll also discuss why some places seem to be more haunted than others, and give you a chance to tell your own ghost experiences.

Tuesday, May 29, 7:00-7:45 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


Refreshing Summer Recipes Presented by The Blue Olive

Join The Blue Olive for an informative demonstration about complementing meals using the incredible trio that is summer vegetables, extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars.

There are so many wonderful vegetables available locally each spring and summer, but we don’t always know how to prepare them properly. This seminar and tasting will give you the know-how to apply basic olive oil and vinegar principles to even the most unlikely of veggies.

Program fee: $10.00.

Tuesday, June 5, 7:00-8:30 pm.
Registration is required for this event.



A Conversation with Ron Steinman: 35 Years with NBC News

Ron Steinman, winner of the Peabody Award, a National Press Club award, two American Women in Radio & Television Awards, and five time Emmy nominee, will be sharing with us some of his most memorable experiences at NBC.

About our presenter: With NBC News for 35 years, I was a writer and field producer on the Huntley-Brinkley show before going to Saigon as bureau chief in 1966 for more than three years, and covering the war off and on until 1973. He served as South East Asia bureau chief based in Hong Kong and then London bureau chief during the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland. He was Washington producer for Today and senior producer on Early Today and in the news division. He is a partner, producer and writer at Douglas/Steinman Productions where he directed the documentaries, “Luboml: My Heart Remembers,” “My Grandfather’s House,” and “The Dance Goodbye.” He is the author of “The Soldiers’ Story,” “The Soldiers’ Story: An Illustrated Edition,” “Women in Vietnam,” “Inside Television’s First War,” and the novel, “Death in Saigon, all of which are on Amazon. An audiobook of “The Soldiers’ Story,” is available on Audible, and from Penguin Random House Books. His series, “My Common Place Book: Parts 1-5” on Facebook, Linkedin and WordPress is soon to be a stand-alone book on Amazon. “Notebooks,” a memoir, and “Survival Manual,” a memoir are on Barnes & Noble and other major sites.

Tuesday, June 19, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


Chair Moves: Exercises for all Abilities

Presented by Sydney Leone
Community Health Educator & Medicare Partnership Development

Learn and execute chair exercises that can be beneficial for people who have difficulty with weight bearing exercise that can be easily replicated at home.

Tuesday, June 26, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.



 Matters of the Heart

Heart disease is the number one leading cause of death amongst men and women in the US. In fact the first sign of heart disease in 50% of all cardiac deaths is death itself. However, there is a variety of alternative methods of early detection and natural treatments that most doctors don’t know about. In this lecture Dr. Ken Hoffman will present many cutting edge approaches to detection of early risk, natural treatments that can reverse these risks including diet and lifestyle advice. This lecture is a must if you want to learn how to avoid becoming a statistic.

At the end of the lecture, Dr. Hoffman will be doing a free Heart screening using a non-invasive test called the DPA (Digital Pulse Wave Analysis).

About our presenter: Dr. Kenneth Hoffman, DAOM, L.Ac.

Ken Hoffman is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and a specialist in Natural Medical Care. In 1991, he began private training under the tutelage of a Taoist medical and qi gong master where he began learning the art of Chinese healing. This culminated in a sabbatical to Taiwan where he lived and studied Chinese healing arts in Chi Nan Temple.
He then completed a 4 year Chinese medical school program with an internship at St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, NY. His post-graduate specialties included study with some the best doctors in functional medicine where he focused on the integration of western bio-medicine including blood chemistry analysis, endocrinology and the use of Medical Infrared Thermography. He has performed more than 18,000 acupuncture treatments on over 7,000 patients since starting his practice which has now grown into the busiest clinic of its kind in the state of Connecticut.
The system of Medicine he has founded, Integrative Natural Medicine, is a unique blend of his years of experience and combines the best of eastern medicine and modern functional medical sciences.
He is the host of the local radio show, “The Natural Medicine Connection” on 94.1 FM WLAD. It is the only show of its kind in Fairfield County focused on an integrative holistic approach to health. He is also co-author of the book “Essential Remedies for Women’s Health” a compendium of healthy advice and information specifically for women’s issue.

Wednesday, July 11, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


Intro to Calligraphy
Presented by Anne Tascio

Discover the elegant art of calligraphy. During this free introductory lecture and workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to express your own unique lettering style.

Be inspired. Please join us for this fun and relaxing hands on event.

All art supplies will be provided.

Our presenter, artist Anne Tascio, teaches calligraphy at Bluestone Farm & Living Arts Center in Brewster NY.

Tuesday, July 17, 6:30-8:30 pm.
Registration is required for this event.



(Writing, Plays, Films and Novel), Acting and Directing International Theatre, Film/TV- novelist playwright Sarah Levine Simon (recently deceased) and actor/director Roger Hendricks Simon.

Mr. Simon will discuss Ms. Levine Simon’s recent novel WINGED VICTORY and their theatre and film work in NYC, L.A., London and internationally.

Ms. Simon’s WINGED VICTORY will be represented and can be purchased at this year’s Millbrook Literary Festival on May 19th.


Tuesday, July 24, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.



What is Ayurvedic Medicine? And how does it compare with Western (Allopathic) Medicine?

Presented by Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik, Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Physician

Ayurveda is thought to be the world’s oldest healing system and is referred to as “mother of all sciences.” It encompasses life in its totality and epitomizes a true body-mind approach to health and wellness. Ayurveda defines health as a balance of body, mind, and spirit. Imbalance results in disharmony and illness can result.

Come and discover:

*How Ayurveda can work with allopathic medicine to achieve balance and harmony.
*The science behind naturopathy (natural therapy) and how it integrates with Ayurveda.
*Ways to determine if you are out of balance.
*Simple things you can do to achieve balance and harmony in your life.

About our presenter: Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik, ND, BAMS, MPH, MPA, E-RYT 500, is the owner and chief medical practitioner of Dr. Kaushick’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic in Cross River, NY. With over 30 years’ experience as an Ayurvedic physician, Dr. Kaushik’s medical training is extensive. He is one of the most experienced Ayurvedic physicians in North America and is the recipient of the Dhanwantri Award, his profession’s highest honor.

Tuesday, August 7, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.



Woodland Sprites: A Sculpting Workshop

They blend in with nature like a cricket in a field and are rarely detected by humankind. Wide eyes fill a large head, about the size of a thimble (well, large compared to their body), and that head can swivel completely around an unlimited amount of times. This remarkable ability has been known to make many an owl flush with envy. The elusive sprite lives in harmony with the trees and wildflowers. They do upon occasion wander into flower beds and vegetable gardens. A few sightings have been well documented. On one morning in late May of 1923, Thelma Oddle of Denly Rd, photographed three sprites she insisted were impersonating chickadees in her bird bath!

At this two-part workshop, we’ll be sculpting and painting an over-sized bobblehead version of these diminutive creatures that are a mystery for most and will forever likely remain so.

Join us and bring home some magic!

Age: 6 & up

Material Fee: $5.00

Registration & parental supervision is required

Two Sessions:

Friday,  August 10: Sculpting
Friday, August 17: Painting

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm.



Update on tick-borne Illness

Presented by Dr. Kenneth B. Liegner
Discover what’s new in the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme tick-borne diseases.

Dr. Liegner is the author of In the Crucible of Chronic Lyme Disease.

Wednesday, August 22, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.



Stop the Bleed

Presented by Joseph A. Ryan
Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator
Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response

Stop the Bleed is intended to encourage bystanders to become empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss by any means necessary. Participants will receive “hands on” training in the proper use of direct pressure, wound packing and tourniquets.

Tuesday, September 18, 7:00-9:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


Qigong with Nadiya Nottingham

Qigong (pronounced chee-gung) is a Chinese system of physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. It is an ancient form of energy enhancement and is the basis of Tai Chi. It is perhaps the most under-estimated form of self-development and yet one of the most profound and deeply healing on all levels.

Please join us for this gentle practice.

Enhance your life.

Program fee: $5.00.

Tuesday, September 11, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


Floral Arranging with Erica

During this fun-filled workshop we will be using a variety of interesting autumn flowers to create a burst of color that will draw attention and beautify the home.

In addition, you’ll also learn essential tips on flower purchasing and care.

Note: Participants should bring SMALL SHARP clippers and or scissors.

Some might wish to wear an apron.

Material fee: $15.00.

Containers will be provided.

About our presenter: Erica was the owner of The Flower Market in Westchester County for more than 20 years. She provided flowers and event planning, from simple occasions to high profile venues that included The Pierre and The Rainbow Room in New York City to, locally, Tappan Hill, The Kittle House and the Westchester Country Club. Now semi-retired, she enjoys working privately for long-time customers.

Tuesday, September 25, 7:00-8:30 pm.
Registration is required for this event.



with Maggie Kwet
Information Services Specialist,
Dutchess County Office for the Aging

TOPICS • Supplemental Insurances • EPIC •
Prescription Drug Plans • Medicare Advantage
Plans • and MUCH more

Monday, October 15, 2:00-3:30 pm & Wednesday, October 24, 6:30-8:30 pm.
Registration is required for this event.