Special Events

Feb 11: Jedi Academy with David Engel. Learn the ways of the Jedi with Panniken Moonjumper, a true master of intergalactic fun and adventure. Your little Jedi warriors, princesses and Darth Vaders will feel empowered to discover the great Force within their hearts. Family audiences will be wowed by comic antics, exciting physical challenges, magical mayhem, light saber lessons and a visit from our space hero’s furry alien sidekick. Come in costume and join the fun! 11 a.m. $7 for children, $9 for adults. • The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, 845.876.3080; www.centerforperformingarts.org

Feb 12: Gilded Age Tea & Talk: Famous Love Stories of the Gilded Age Enjoy tea and refreshments in the formal dining room while listening to talks about different aspects of Gilded Age history. Each guest will receive a gift of Staatsburgh Blend tea created by Harney & Sons. Enjoy a Valentine tea plus a chocolate treat and listen to stories of true love and devotion. Snow date is the following Sunday. 1 p.m. $30/person, $25/Friends of Mills Mansion. • Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Old Post Rd., Staatsburgh. Reservations required: 845.889.8851. www.parks.ny.gov

Feb 14: Annual Valentine Cabaret at the Deer Mountain Inn. Presented by The Catskill Jazz Factory, it will feature a repertoire of French love songs led by master trumpeter Alphonso Horne. Dinner service begins at 6 p.m. and performance at 8 p.m. Admission with three-course dinner is $60 per person. • Deer Mountain Inn, 790 County Road 25, Tannersville. Reservations can be made with the Deer Mountain Inn by calling 518.589.6268 or emailing info@deermountaininn.com 

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Feb 18: Predators of the Wild with Bill and Brian Robinson. An exciting, interactive show that explains how birds of prey and reptiles have their own unique adaptations for survival.  Learn the importance of birds and reptiles in the balance of nature, and how man has helped to restore endangered species such as the peregrine falcon. Live animals include birds of prey such as hawks, owls, vultures, and falcons as well as reptiles such as snakes and lizards. 11 a.m. $7 for children, $9 for adults. • The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, 845.876.3080; www.centerforperformingarts.org

Feb 18 & 19: The 24th Annual James Campbell Memorial Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show and Sale. Vendors display and sell gems, jewelry, minerals, fossils, and much more. • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. $5 admission (cash only); children 12 and under are free. New York State Museum, 222 Madison Avenue, Albany, 518.474.5877; www.nysm.nysed.gov

Our Pick

February 25: Bubble Trouble. A bubble volcano; bubble roller coaster; a kid in a bubble? Jeff Boyer takes bubbles to the max in this one-man bubble extravaganza. It’s the craziest, most creative bubble show around. Boyer juggles bubbles, sculpts and builds with bubbles, makes fog-filled bubbles and more. Mixing comedy, music and a unique level of audience participation, he engages and delights audiences of all ages. Boyer is a proven crowd-pleasing performer, engaging, amusing and educating audiences for over 21 years. He’s been excited about bubbles and physics since he was a kid. 2 p.m. Tickets: $18-$22. White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, 3rd floor (City Center), White Plains, 914.328.1600; www.wppac.com

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