Celebrate Screen-Free Week

April 17-23, 2017 
Scroll to the bottom of the page for a full schedule of free family activities

What it's all about:

Screen-Free Week is a giant celebration, a chance to disconnect from your TV, computer and other recreational electronics and reconnect with your family, your community and the natural world. Make time to play, read, volunteer, learn, hike or create. The idea is to really do things, not view someone else doing them. 

Try this experiment:

The average American spends 7 hours a day on recreational screentime (TV, Facebook, YouTube, chat rooms, video games...) How about you? Keep a log of how you spend your free time during a normal week, including all the screens you use. Make notes of screen-free things you wish you had time for. Try those during Screen-Free Week. When the week is over, think about which activities satisfy you most.  Share your thoughts and experiences in the comment box at the Pulaski  library or email them to stfrancisfarm@ymail.com

The point isn't that the screen is bad...The point is lack of proportion, the abandonment of all else, and the strange absent-present state of mind this compulsion produces.

What are the best uses of this device? Is it altering how I think or feel, changing the rhythm of my days? Are the effects good or bad?

--Hamlet's BlackBerry by William Powers

Free activities in Pulaski, Richland, Orwell & Williamstown:

Mon-Fri, 6:30 pm-8 pm, weather permitting: St. Francis Farm (136 Wart Road, Orwell) will offer guided sunset nature walks. Look for salamanders and wildflowers,listen for frogs and owls, watch the courting flights of woodcocks.  Contact Joanna Hoyt, 315-298-2844, stfrancisfarm@ymail.com. Arrive promptly or call ahead to let us know you’re coming. Call ahead to schedule a day visit, walk trails, learn flora & fauna, help with indoor & outdoor work.

Tue-Fri, 9:30 AM-12 noon: United Friends of Homeless Animals invites people to visit.  Call 315-298-4733. Volunteers always welcome.

Monday, April 17:

1-4 PM Outdoor volunteer project at St Francis Farm, weather permitting. Help us prepare and plant garden beds or clear brush from nature trails. Take time to enjoy the woods and field trails, wildflowers and birdsongs. Contact Joanna Hoyt, 315-298-2844, stfrancisfarm@yahoo.com

Tuesday, April 18:

10 AM: Bird hike at Selkirk Shores, (7101 State Route 3, Pulaski). Join us at the open shelter for a family friendly bird watching hike at Selkirk Shores State Park!  Before the hike we’ll do a fun bird craft.  Dress for the weather, wear good hiking shoes (closed-toe), and bring binoculars if you have them. Contact Kelly Morrissette, 315-298-5737, kelly.morrissette@parks.ny.gov

1 PM: Bots, Birds and Legos—STEM activities for all ages at the Pulaski library (4917 Jefferson St, Pulaski) Contact Margaret Weigel, 315-298-2717

6:30-7:30 PM:The Pulaski Public Library and the Pulaski Parent-Teacher Group will host Bingo for Books. Free fun for all ages. Please bring a gently used book. Contact Margaret Weigel, 315-298-2717 or WesleyAnn Balcom, wesleyannbalcom@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 19:

10 AM: The Pulaski Historical Society invites families to enjoy crafts and surprises at the Historical Museum (3428 Maple Ave, Pulaski). Activities will include paper marbling, slime making, and finger puppet making (with improved glue this year). Ends with a funny surprise and ice cream. Contact Donna Ballou, 315-298-4289.

10 AM: Adult coloring at Pulaski Library. Contact Margaret Weigel, 315-298-2717.

12 Noon: “In Their Shoes,” a 60-90 minute interactive, choose-your-own-scenario activity focusing on healthy relationships, safety, and the use of technology to control. This activity will allow participants to re-enact the choices teens make when they experience relationship abuse. Presented by the SAF Program at the Rural and Migrant Ministry (15 Stewart Street, Richland). Contact Sara Gozzi, 315-342-1544 ext. 1644

2 PM-6 PM:  The Half-Shire Historical Society and the Rural & Migrant Ministry will jointly host a variety of crafts and games as well as child-friendly dinner fare, face painting, and sundaes at the Half-Shire Historical Society on County Route 48 in Richland. Contact Erma Schroeder at 315-298-2986. 

Thursday, April 20:

10 AM: Make birdhouse wind chimes and enjoy popcorn at Deaton’s Ace Hardware (3970 Port St, Pulaski NY 13142) Call 315-298-2644, ask for Meghann.

1-3 PM:  Leather carving at Salmon River Fine Arts Center (4848 Jefferson St, Pulaski NY) --Create your own dragon or snake design in leather with Anna B from Anna B Leatherworks. Materials provided.  Contact Patricia Tanner, 315-298-7007

6-8 PM: Community drawing class at Salmon River Fine Arts Center. Contact Patricia Tanner, as above.

Friday, April 21

10 am-12 noon Preschool story hour at library. Contact Margaret Weigel, 315-298-2717.

4 pm-5:30 PM: FOLKS group will lead a Tree Spree with tree planting, story time, and fun activities at Cogswell Free Library(1999 County Route 2, Orwell). Call the library, 315-298-5563.

Saturday, April 22 (Earth Day):

1 PM: Making Mozzarella cheese with goat’s milk at the Williamstown Community Center, (2910 Co. Rte. 17), sponsored by Ricard Grange. Preregistration requested. Contact Margaret, 315-298-5938, or Margot, 315-430-2749.

Sunday, April 23:

12 noon: Day of Service organized by Pulaski area churches. Lunch will be served at noon at Park United Methodist Church (2 Hubble Street, Pulaski). After lunch people will do volunteer projects for local nonprofits. Contact Barb Wydner, 315-278-2869, or Margaret Weigel, weigelmaggie@yahoo.com.