Pine Hill Community Center

Our Vision:

Our vision is an open and engaged community in the Central Catskills.

Our Mission:

The Pine Hill Community Center is dedicated to enriching the lives of the people in the Central Catskills Region by providing community-building activities that nurture creativity and life-long growth.

We provide a vibrant, welcoming and comfortable space for all. It is our goal to help strengthen the economic vitality of our region, cultivate appreciation for our unique history and natural assets, and to provide excellence in programming in order to best meet the needs of our diverse communities.

Our Core Values are:

Community, Integrity, Fun, Excellence and Respect.

Pine Hill Community Center

Catskill Cabaradio, Saturday, September 13.

Catskill Cabaradio, the most fun Saturday night of the season.  The evening begins at 6 pm with a community pot luck supper  – bring your best harvest recipe to share.   Then, at 7,  our unique variety show begins, broadcast live over WIOX Community Radio 91.3 FM.  Special guests include:
Poet,Lynn Domina: Musical Guest: Don Lowe; young cellist Asa Spurlock ; an interview with  Michael and Amelia Hegeman, owners of Pine Hill’s hot new Zephyr Restaurant, who are also providing the trivia prizes .  And, of course, the usual gang of Cabaradio regulars: Dorothy Greenberg with Your Mother Should Know; The Pine Hill Playboys; host and musician Elly Wininger, and trivia questions to stump nearly everyone.   Free fun for all.

 

Tuesdays Together begins a new season

Tuesdays Together begins a new season on Tuesday, Sept. 9. 9:30-11:30. A special time for the newborn- 5-year-olds and their caretakers to have a playdate. On the 9th, musician Elly Wininger will be on hand with songs to sing along, musical games, and instruments, Free.

Here it is, Labor Day weekend, and summer feels definitely over and with it the anticipation of autumn and  new energy.
We are slightly changing the format of our Super Saturdays.  Starting on Sept. 13th,  Francesca Warnes will be on hand from 2:30-6 or so to offer arts and crafts, games, and fun.  From time to time we’ll have special guest artists with different programs such as circus arts, nature walks, etc.  All free and all  ages welcome. (we prefer that adults not drop off children under the age of 12 but stay and enjoy the activities with them.)  Always foosball, ping pong and pool for adults and young people alike.
And on Tuesday, September 9,  Tuesdays Together returns with Elly Wininger leading kids and caretakers in musical fun and games.   Elly will be with us  usually on the first Tuesday of each month, but kids from newborn to 5 years old and their caretakers can meet every Tuesday fron 9:30  to 11:30 to play  in The Rainbow Room with a variety of games and toys.  A great chance for adults to socialize. especially as the days get shorter and the weather colder.
Catskills Cabaradio is coming right up on Saturday, Sept. 13.  Start thinking about your best harvest potluck dish and bring it to share at 6 pm.    At 7 the live radio broadcast begins.   As always, a great lineup of music, talk, trivia games and prizes.   The most unique evening in the Catskills.
On October 18, Saturday at 7:30 pm.   The Cupcakes in concert. Elly Wininger, Lyn Hardy and Janice Hardgrove. A knock-out folk trio that performs songs they each have written, and well chosen songs by fellow songwriters. Acoustic, Americana, and Folk Music. – $5. See more at: http://cupcakesmusic.com/band_bio/#sthash.ZknR5dXX.dpuf And there’ll be cupcakes
Whatever the season, whatever the day of the week there is something happening at The Pine Hill Community Center.  Please join us often.

Community Center Updates

Can’t believe that the summer is nearly over?   Where did it go?  But things continue to happen at the Center.
Every third Thursday – that’s today – we meet in our Story Circle at 3 pm.  Bring a tale or come and listen.  Free. And there’s coffee.
Just got a call from Eve and David Smith who distribute vegetables and fruit to families with children.   They have lots of extras and will bring them by the Center today.  Come by and pick up tomatoes,  cucumbers, peppers, carrots and some surprises.   Our garden has lots of ripening tomatoes – if fried green tomatoes are your thing, come by and pick.   (and weed a little if you’re so inclined)  Our thanks to Andrew Messinger, Pamela Martin and Regina Fink for doing most of the work to keep our garden growing this summer.
Friday, August 22 is our last Kool Kamp for Kool Kids session.  Francesca Warnes has done a sensational job keeping the fun going all summer long with outings, crafts, games and inventive play.
No Super Saturday  8/23.   Lots for kids to do at Shandaken Day at Big Indian Park.    We’ll be setting up for the Kim and Reggie Harris concert on Sunday at 1 pm.  Come out and hear these iconic performers.  $5.00
No Active Seniors Yoga on  Monday, August 25 or on September 1, Labor Day.
Tuesdays Together on September 2 brings singer songwriter Elly Wininger in to lead a singing, dancing, rythem morning for newborns to 5 year olds and their caretakers.  Everyone gets to sing along, move and groove.    Free.
Coming right up on September 13, Catskill Cabaradio, our very own live radio broadcast and  potluck dinner.  The fun starts with the best potluck in three counties at 6  pm.   Bring a dish to pass and join in the fun.   At 7 the lights go down and the music begins.   Special guests bring storytelling, interviews, poetry, and music.  Free.  Broadcast live on WIOX Community Radio at 91.3 FM, and if you absolutely can’t be here, you can stream the live show at wioxradio.org.
And save the date for The Cupcakes in concert on Sat. October 18th at 7:30.   Elly Wininger, Janice Hardgrove and Lyn Hardy blend their lovely voices in songs that are funny, bluesy, upbeat and always provocative.
Our hardworking volunteers are busy getting out the annual appeal letters letting you know how much we need and appreciate your financial support to keep the Center open and thriving.  Don’t wait for the letter   to arrive.  Send your contribution to us at the address below or use your credit card by going to our website – pinehillcommunitycenter.org and click on “Donate”.   Every contributiion, no matter how big or small makes a difference in our efforts to make this your community center bringing you everything you would like us to be doing for you.

Updates to Children’s Programming

Here are some important announcements about our children’s programs.   Please read carefully, and join us!
Tuesday, August 5th – Elly Wininger will be back with musical fun and games for the youngest of our community and their caretakers.    Join Elly with your newborns to 5 year olds for singing, bouncing, clapping and rhythm.    The best playdate around for moms, grandfolks,  aunts, dads, baby sitters and anyone who likes to sing along, or  bang on a drum .(and the kids love it too!) . 9:30 am.  Free.
Kool Kamp for Kool Kids   – new hours -  10 am – 3pm.   Monday and Friday.
Super Saturdays  – noon to 3 pm every Saturday.    These are the hours that Francesca Warnes will be on hand for arts and crafts and general supervision, but this  a family recreation opportunity.   All children under 12 MUST be accompanied by an adult.  Please don’t drop younger children off.   Stay and play pool, foosball, table tennis,  board games, and even try your hand at making a collage, wind chime, piece of jewelry.     The Center is open on Sat. from 10:30- 5 pm, and all are welcome to spend time with us, meet, your neighbors, have coffee and delicious cake,  shop in our Arts and Crafts store and browse the thrift store for unexpected treasures.

Open again on Sundays

Good news -  we will be open on Sundays from 10am – 2pm , at least during the summer.  Stop by, have some coffee and shop in our arts and crafts store and check out the Unexpected Treasures thrift store.  Maybe even have a game of pool or table tennis – foosball, even.

It Could Have Been a Very Difficult Year …

It could have been a very difficult year, one that shakes the foundations of a grassroots organization like the Pine Hill Community Center: the winter was brutal and relentless, the negative effects of Irene have continued to linger, and our Director was on an extended leave of absence due to illness. But our foundation stood solid, because our foundation is you. With your continued and generous support, with your participation and presence, the Pine Hill Community Center has not only endured but thrived.

We are thankful for having been the recipient of the proceeds for the annual Phoenicia Turkey Trot event; we hosted a successful blood drive, which was a first for us; we served over 55 individual children at our Kool Kamp for Kool Kids; our Saturday Kid Stuff programs continued, including a very enjoyable and popular Circus Arts Program taught by a professional clown; and in general we have continued the high quality programming which has gained us the support and respect of people like you!

We are open six days a week with over 20 regularly scheduled events which can be accessed for free or for a minimal charge. Because you have been here to make us what we are we continue to be here as a resource for you, responding to your needs with new programs such as Tuesdays Together for toddlers and caretakers, a Yiddish Conversation Circle and writing programs through Writers in the Mountains.

We are bound to have our challenges here in these mountains, but the Community Center proves that difficult times can be met if only we would stand and work together. When our foundation is a whole community then our foundation is stable.

Won’t you, then, help us to continue the work we have set before us, the work of creating an open and engaged community in the Central Catskills, by making a tax-deductible donation today?

Your gift will automatically make you a Member in good standing, which provides you with an opportunity to be more intimate with the organization, nominating and electing Board Members and working with them to help make the Center all that it can be in these coming years. With your help this great and unique resource will continue for generations to come.

Save T’ai Chi at the Center

We are offering, as part of our Active Seniors program, an excellent T’ai Chi class.   It meets on Thursday mornings at  9 am, and it costs only $2.50 per class.
T’ai Chi is particularly beneficial for Arthritis related symptoms of pain, stiffness and weakness in the muscles and joints, it is quite enjoyable and inspiring.   It is a practice that, over time, unifies the body/mind/spirit and imparts harmony, balance, strength, focus and a calming peace of mind.   Part of PHCC’s Active Senior program.   $2.50.  Celeste Graves-Hoyal has been trained and certified by the Arthritis Foundation to teach Sun style T’ai Chi.
Participation in this excellent program has dwindled of late, and unless we get more people we will have to cancel it.     We’ll hold three more classes  and then evaluate  what to do next.   But if you think that this class would benefit you or someone you know, act now to ensure that it will continue.

Annual Membership Meeting

Pine Hill Community Center’s Annual Membership meeting will be held on Sunday, July 13 at 1 pm. Hear about our recent activities and our plans for the future; suggest new board members, learn about volunteer opportunities and share refreshments with your fellow supporters of the Community Center.

Tuesdays Together with Elly Wininger,

Tuesdays Together with Elly Wininger on Tuesday July 1, 9:30 -11 am. Music for the little ones – newborns through 5-year olds and their caretakers. Music, songs, instruments, rhythm and dance . It’s the best playdate around, and it’s free. Please join us for a musical morning. It’s amazing how even the tiniest tots respond to music.
Pine Hill Community Center will be closed on Friday, July 4, but open on Saturday with Coffee’s Ready, Great shopping in the Arts and Crafts and the Unexpected Treasures Gift shop,  and Super Saturday for kids and families  – pool, foosball, table tennis and arts and crafts -with Francesca Warnes.   Coffee’s Ready from 10:30 am – 5 pm, Super Saturday 1:30 – 4 pm.