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Ulster County: GREEN FRIDAY
Nov 28 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

157 Lucas Ave, Kingston, NY 12401, USA

The City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department’s Second Annual Green Friday Event on Friday, November 29th from 11am-2pm at the Forsyth Nature Center in uptown Kingston.

This green alternative to the busiest shopping day of the year will allow community members to learn about a variety of environmentally conscious lifestyle choices and products that will be sure to inspire and inform, most of which can be purchased locally

Pre-Registration is welcomed. Parking is available at the Nature Center’s Dietz Stadium Entrance and/or the Lucas Avenue Entrance to Forsyth Park. Visit or call 845-481-7336.

Highlights include a Green Infrastructure tour at 11:30, Rain Barrel Class at 12:30 and Birdwalk at 1:15pm

A fully electric and a hybrid electric car on display
v Composting Demonstrations with a backyard composter giveaway
v Ink and toner cartridge collection
v RUPCO holiday light retrofit demo
v Home Energy audit sign ups
v 1.2KW Solar array spotlight
v Green Infrastructure Tour
o 40 space pervious Asphalt parking lot
o Permeable paver stone walkway and patio
o Rainwater harvesting
o Rain Garden
o Xeriscape Garden
v Simple, low cost energy efficiency home upgrades/weatherization
v Rainwater Harvesting Workshops with 20 Rain barrel giveaways
v Home Improvement: green products and services
v Winter Birding
o Holiday shopping tips for birders
o Decorated holiday tree with treats for birds
o Guided bird walk with focus on optics, identification, and habitats
v Get Involved: local sustainability initiatives representatives (invited)
o Climate Smart Kingston
o Conservation Advisory Council
o Bike Friendly Kingston
o Complete Streets Advisory Council
o Kingston Land Trust
o Kingston Tree Commission
o Live Well Kingston
o John Burroughs Natural History Society
o Friends of Forsyth Nature Center with FNC merchandise, engraveable paver sales
v Support the FNC: Holiday Wish Tree
v Green vendors
o Renewables/energy
o Building performance contractors
o Green cleaning, green building
o Transportation

1st-time Homebuyer Orientation
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This orientation class is the first step to joining RUPCO’s HomeOwnership Program. The hour-long information session outlines the HomeOwnership Center’s programs and the path to homeownership. FREE. Please RSVP to Joanna (845) 331-9860 ext. 220 or sign up online at

Ulster County Continuum of Care Annual Meeting “Overcoming Homelessness in Ulster County”
Dec 3 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join the discussion on “Overcoming Homeslessness in Ulster County.” This meeting is open to Continuum of Care group members who represent the consortium of agencies that support the needs of the homeless in Ulster County.

Please RSVP to Joanna Mercado (845) 331-9860, ext. 220.

For more information, contact Kim Mapes at (845) 331-9860, ext. 232.

Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) Application Support Day
Dec 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Having trouble completing your HCV-Section 8 application for entry into the Wait List lottery? Get the help you need TODAY. Bring proof of residency as outlined in the application. Applications in Spanish and English are available at The Kirkland or download one online at . For more information, call (845) 331-2140.

Winter Coat Drive at The Kirkland
Dec 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Fidelis Care is back with FREE winter coats and jackets along with winter wear like boots, hats, and gloves. Don’t freeze this winter season! Come to the Kirkland and find what you need, free to those who need them. Hosted by RUPCO, this Winter Coat Distribution Day is sponsored by FidelisCare, Mid-Hudson Subaru of Wappingers Falls, I-Heart Media of the Hudson Valley, and Adams Fairacre Farms.

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