By JENN POWELL

We finally reached the month of May. The snow is gone, the days are longer and now is the perfect time to spend the days outdoors. Minus the ephemera!

Here are some new events taking place in the coming weeks, so be sure to mark your calendars.

The Women’s Community Club of Cochecton will once again be offering small scholarships to Sullivan West graduates who live in the City of Cochecton. The only requirement is a short essay on community service. The length doesn’t matter; the aim is to encourage students to think about helping the community. Although the deadline has recently passed, students can still be considered. Contact the Guidance Department or email [email protected]

Attend a backyard barbecue to learn about the future farm at 120 Stony Rd. in Lake Huntington. It takes place on Saturday, May 7 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch and tea will be served, and children and families are welcome. Text RSVP to 609/323-5334 or email [email protected]

Join SUNY Sullivan for its 30th Annual Kite Festival on Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the SUNY Sullivan Yard. Parking and admission are free, and the first 200 children will receive a free kite. Festivities include a kite show, film festival, bubble displays, vendors, bouncy house for kids, DJ, food and more.

Celebrate shad history at the Erie Depot. The Cochecton Preservation Society will be holding a celebration on Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is located at 8537 Rte. 97 in Cocheton. There is also a poster contest for K-12 students; the theme is “celebration of the shad”. Call 845-932-8104 or email [email protected] to register.

The Turtle Trot takes place on Saturday July 9. It starts at 8 a.m. at the Kenoza Lake Fire Station. Register, sponsor or donate prizes for raffles. Call April Rutledge at 845/701-9054 or email [email protected]

Get your EMT Basic certification this summer. SUNY Sullivan is hosting the 12-week course beginning Wednesday, June 1. Email Captain Mike Bruce at [email protected] for an application file.

There will be a penny social hosted by Rhythm & Grace dancers on Saturday, May 14 at the Livingston Manor Firehouse, 93 Main St., Livingston Manor.

Rhythm & Grace is a performing arts studio located in Livingston Manor.

Doors open at 3 p.m. and calls begin at 5 p.m. Admission for people 12 and older is $4; the cost is $3 for children under 12. There will be gift certificates, toys, books, movies, 50/50 raffles – something for everyone, plus refreshments for sale. Proceeds will benefit Rhythm & Grace artists who will dance at Universal Studios this summer.

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