Rainsticks, family meeting lessons offered

TOWN OF RUSSIA — A musical program for children and a lesson on family meetings are offered Saturday at the Shawangunk Nature Preserve, 255 Shawangunk Road off Pardeeville Road, in Herkimer County.

Call 826-7405 to attend. Events are free.

Events with descriptions from preserve officials:

Saturday: 9 ­ 11 a.m. Recycled Rainsticks with Hillary Joy Pitoniak (for children). Rainsticks are ceremonial musical instruments that are traditionally made of cacti, pebbles, and other natural materials. Some cultures believe that the rain-like sound that a rainstick produces can bring on a storm by invoking the rain spirits. In this workshop, you will learn to make recycled (non-traditional) rainsticks by repurposing stuff you probably have lying around the house, and will make your very own rainstick to take home. Free, materials included.

9 ­ 11 a.m. How To Conduct A Family Meeting To live in a democracy children need to learn how to exercise their rights and privileges in a responsible way in negotiable areas. Learn techniques that are used successfully not only by families, but worldwide corporations to improve interpersonal relationships and functional abilities.

Saturday, Aug. 11th — 9 a.m. - Noon Garden and Grounds Tour Of Shawangunk Come see what we’ve built out of recycled lumber including a home for $450 and soil that experts that said nothing would grow in.

Sunday, Aug. 18 — 9 a.m. ­ Noon Herbs & Food As Medicine with Hillary Joy Pitoniak

While we often think of food as something to merely nourish our bodies and many of us only use herbs as a flavor enhancer, both food and herbs can have a profound effect on our physical and psychological well-being. In this workshop we will take a holistic approach to using food and herbs for health of the mind, body, and spirit.

Saturday, Aug. 25 — Noon ­ 1 p.m. Musical Picnic at the lodge with Harp & Harmony. Bring along a bag lunch and enjoy some acoustic music from Harp & Harmony while you eat and rest in the mosses under the trees at Red Pine Lodge.

On the net: www.shawangunknaturepreserve.com/

The Shawangunk Nature Preserve is a 345-acre forever wild, non-profit, holistic, deep ecology learning and cultural center located between Cold Brook and Grant, off Pardeeville Road.