Shoe drive

CORNWALL - The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser through June 1 to support nature education and the inhabitants of the Museum’s Wildlife Education Center and to help small businesses in developing countries.

The Museum is working with the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise partners, which uses funds collected from sale of the shoes to feed, clothe and house families of micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Funds earned by the Museum will be based on the total weight of the pairs of donated gently worn, used and new shoes.

Drop off shoes at the Outdoor Discovery Center (120 Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall) Mondays-Fridays 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Administration building or the Wildlife Education Center (25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on Hudson) Fridays-Sundays 12-4 p.m.

More info at hhnm.org or contact Jessica at joliveri@hhnm.org or 534-5506 ext. 215.

Author in town

KINGSTON - Jenny Milchman will be signing books and meeting with fans as she kicks off an eight-week national tour for her new domestic suspense thriller “Wicked River” 7 p.m. May 2 at Barnes & Noble at Ulster Plaza, 117 Ulster Ave., Kingston.

Milchman, of Mt. Tremper, is a winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award. “Wicked River" is described as a tautly wound thriller about passion, betrayal, and survival, set in the wilderness of the Adirondack forest.

Abstract exhibit

GOSHEN – A solo show of new work by artist Bill Kooistra of Goshen opens at Buster Levi Gallery, 121 Main St., Cold Spring, May 4. The show “Atlantic” is an exhibit of abstract paintings that the artist says focus on “textures and rhythms derived from the surfaces of shell fragments and other objects found in nature.”

The exhibit runs through May 27. An opening event will be held 6-8 p.m. May 4. Info at busterlevigallery.com.

Unity concert

WARWICK - High school students from Monroe Woodbury, Newburgh, Middletown, Goshen, Chester, Minisink Valley, Washingtonville, Pine Bush, Warwick and Cornwall are working together, developing new friendships and sharing their talents in a collaborative showcase instead of competing against each other. 

The students have been working together toward a May 19 event, called ONE - The Concert, to bond over what they have in common, a love for music and Orange County. This unique event will be held at Warwick Valley High School, featuring musicians and vocalists collaborating in concert with all proceeds going to the Orange County Arts Council.

More info at 469-9168 or ocartscouncil.org.