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Solstice Celebration, Toys for Tots Collection Drive and a Performance at EMBARK

Five things you should know for today, Dec. 20.

1.) Free Blood Pressure Screening at Hudson Valley Hospital Center
At 2 p.m. the Hudson Valley Hospital Center offers free blood pressure screening. Details here.

2.) Hen Hud Senior Recognized for Italian Language Skills
Kevin Kiley, a senior at Hendrick Hudson High School, was recognized at the Westchester County Proclamation Ceremony at the Antonio Meucci Lodge in White Plains Wednesday as an outstanding student of the Italian language in Westchester. Kiley was of 17 high school students honored at the event, which was sponsored by the Westchester County Board of Legislators together with the Westchester Coalition of Italian American Organizations. He was given the award for achievement in the study of the Italian language and culture at the high school.

3.) Toy Collection at the Peekskill Coffee House
The Peekskill Coffee House, located at 101 S. Division St. in Peekskill, is collecting Toys for Tots donations. Call (914) 739-1287 for more information.

4.) Solstice/Mayan Celebration at the Blue Mountain Reservation
Trail Lodge at Blue Mountain Reservation is hosting a winter solstice celebration to mark the end of  Mayan calendar on Friday at 7 p.m. Attendees will celebrate the rebirth of consciousness and respect for mother earth, drum, eat together, share visions for a new world and listen to wisdom from all ages. Contact Cameron Kelly at (914) 589-6744 or camero­nkdance@­aol.­com for more information.

5.) Andrea Elam & Synapses Dance Ensemble to Perform at EMBARK
Embark is hosting Artist/Board Member Andrea Elam and Synapses Dance Ensemble as they present excerpts of A Snowy Night in Peekskill at 3 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy holiday food, favors, great music and dancing!  The suggested $5 donation will benefit Fred’s Pantry.  Please RSVP by contacting Elam at  aelam@hotmail.com or (914) 393-5751.

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