A check for $1,000 was presented to the Warwick Valley Empty Bowls 2018 project from Altice, an American cable television provider, with headquarters in NYC. The funds came through the “Charity Champions” program of the business and was presented by John Dullaghan, Altice director.

The recent “Empty Bowls” event where people make and sell bowls was the most successful to date, raking in $3300. The bowls and funds help fight hunger in the community. Members of the Empty Bowl Club are high school students. Their advisers are teachers, including Shari Blauner and Gina Buffardi. The coordinator is Louise Hutchison.

Funds raised help with the Warwick Backpack Snack Attack program directed by Shirley Puett. Studies have shown that nutrition is vital for learning. When students are in school there are various programs, including breakfast and lunch, to help feed an empty stomach. On weekends, getting proper nourishment could be a problem. The backpack program was launched throughout the nation. Healthy snacks and easy-to-prepare foods are stuffed into a backpack. Authorities through various states have studied the results and find it to be a very effective program.

The $1,000 gift from Altice and the $3300 from donations and sales certainly do help.

Coming up

• The staff and volunteers at RECAP help with their nutrition program. They donate and help raise funds to feed the hungry. An annual drive is conducted near Thanksgiving, and Strike Out Hunger Bowl-athon takes place at Quinnz Pinzs every fall. This year’s bowling will be Aug. 20 from 6-9 p.m. We’ll keep you posted as the event develops. For information, call Lauren Berg at 342-3978, ext. 6214.

• Grace Episcopal Church is the setting for a “Sip & Shop” from 6-9 p.m. today. The entrance is on Depot Street opposite the Middletown Thrall Library. There will be vendors, a complimentary glass of sangria, door prizes and refreshments.

• The Hudson Valley BachFest is a production of the Hudson Valley Society for Music. Bach’s Large Choral & Orchestral Works will be offered at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 55 Wilbur Blvd. in Poughkeepsie. Dr. Edward Lundergan will direct the instrumentalists, and Dr. Durward “Woody” Entrekin will conduct the choral works.

Now in its 19th year, the Hudson Valley BachFest is an annual marathon celebration of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, his contemporaries, and his successors, in concerts and church services. It’s a series designed for those who are not usually concert-goers, with dessert, crayons, and coloring books.

This & that

As this is Flag Week, I’m reminded of a group of visitors from Germany coming to my desk one day. It was just an ordinary day, no observances or holidays. When I asked what impressed them about their visit to the U.S., several marveled over the number of flags flying and asked what holiday it was. Americans do love the Stars and Stripes. No shame here!

With national Flag Day passing yesterday on the 14th, and events continuing, Fred Lindlaw reminds me that July Fourth, another big flag day, will be here in less than three weeks. Fred wrote to remind me that a Flag Retiring Ceremony will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Gatehouse Historic Site, 224 Smith Clove Road in Central Valley, next to the Falkirk Country Club. The flags will be properly retired by Boy Scout Troop 4 and local veterans. Flags no longer in use will be received by the Scouts. There’s a flag display in the Carriage House on the property, and hot dogs, as American as they come, will be served after the tribute. The public is invited.

Barbara Bedell’s column appears daily. She can be reached at 346-3125 or by email: bbedell@th-record.com.