Do you ever long for an extra 24 hours? Well, as of tomorrow, wish granted!
Nearly every four years, thanks to Leap Year, one extra day is added to February, to keep our calendars in sync with the Earth's trip around the sun. Leap Day 2020 – Feb. 29 – is even more of a red-letter day because it falls on a Saturday.
What will you do with your extra day? The sky's the limit. But if you're looking for some fun, quirky and informative things to fill your time, here's a sampling of local Leap Day events.
Take a leap - literally
A free class for elementary and middle school-aged kids will offer youngsters a full-body workout with motion games from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Feb. 29 at Mamakating Library, 128 Sullivan St., in Wurtsboro.
"Get ready to have a blast!" said Joy Patton, library assistant. "It's lots of fun for the kids." Parents are invited to stay and watch. "Since Leap Year happens only once every four years, we decided to do something with a leaping theme," Patton added.
Each child is asked to bring an exercise mat; the library will provide a mat, if needed. Instructor Katie Patchell will lead the class.
Register by calling 888-8004.
Help our feathered friends
A program on Birds and Climate Change is set for 1 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Chester Public Library, 1784 Kings Highway, Chester.
Two-thirds of North American bird species are threatened by Global Warming, "but there is still time to protect them," said Melissa Peterson of the Orange County Audubon Society. "This program discusses factors affecting bird populations, and what we can do as citizens to help birds and fight climate change, if we act now."
For more information, call Peterson at 360-0508 or email email@example.com.
Painting and Pilates
Join your kids ages 5 and up for a memorable evening of art, Pilates and fun - or drop them off and enjoy some time to yourself - from 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Safe Harbors Ritz Lobby, 107 Broadway, Newburgh for Last Saturday Family Night Out. Pizza and juice will be served.
Art instructor Kat Gitto will guide participants in creating their own work of art, and instructor Angela Paul-Gaito will help you work off that pizza and strengthen body and mind with Pilates for all ages.
Cost is $35 each in advance; $40 at the door. There's a 10 percent discount for families of three or more. Cash or Venmo mobile payment accepted. Free for kids under 5, but a parent/guardian must be present and purchase one admission. (At least 10 registrations are required, or event will be canceled.)
Proceeds will benefit Safe Harbors of the Hudson. For more information, call (917) 403-3136. Register at: http://www.ApgpilatesScheduling.as.me/ PaintandPilates. You will receive a Venmo link after registering.
Explore the night sky at the Leap Day Stargazing event, from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 29, at the Catskills Visitor Center, 5096 State Route 28, Mt. Tremper.
Telescopes will be set up for viewing the moon, Venus and other celestial objects. Star maps and instructions on how to use them will be provided.
Participants should meet outside the Catskills Visitor Center and bring a reusable mug for a cup of cocoa or tea.
For more information, visit catskillinterpretivecenter.org.
Leap Year fundraiser party
A Leap Year party and fundraiser for WJFF Radio Catskill will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 29, at the Catskill Distilling Company at the Dancing Cat Saloon, 2037 NY 17B in Bethel.
Tickets include light fare, a cash bar and DJ sets from WJFF DJ Brad Mann. Special guests include Livingston Manor residents Pete Negroponte and Kassie Carlson of the Indie band Guerilla Toss.
"We are having a Leap Year get-together to gather friends, have some fun and raise a little money for WJFF," said manager Dan Rigney. "It's the first of many events celebrating our 30th anniversary year."
Price is $15 at the door or online at wjffradio.org.
Sip and Paint
The Paint It Forward Sip and Paint event will be held from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 29 at the South Orange Family YMCA, 45 Gilbert St. Extension in Monroe.
Participants will paint 8" x 10" picture of a cardinal. Light refreshments are included, but you are welcome to bring your own.
Tickets are $40 per person, and proceeds support the Strong Kids Campaign, which helps local families with financial hardship afford YMCA membership.
Space is limited, so advance registration is advised. Call 782-9622 or email Michele Bernieri at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A slice of 'American Pie'
See singer Don McLean perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, 1341 Kings Highway, Chester.
With a musical career spanning 50 years, McLean is best known for his hits "American Pie," "Vincent (Starry Starry Night)", "Crying," "And I Love You So," and "Castles in the Air." He has earned more than 40 gold and platinum records worldwide and was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 2004.
Tickets are $77.40 and $87.70, and reserved seating is available at omeevents.com or ticketmaster.com.