New YMCA to hold sneak preview Monroe YMCA Board President Maggie Smith, South Orange Family YMCA Capital Campaign Co-Chairs Tom Kennedy and Tom Sullivan, YMCA Board of Directors, and the YMCA Monroe Advisory Committee invite the public to the South Orange Family YMCA Ribbon Cutting and Sneak Preview on Saturday, Feb. 5 at their new facility located at 45 Gilbert St. Extension in Monroe at 6 p.m. Enjoy an evening with the “Taste of South Orange,” tasting a variety of foods from the South Orange community, music by the Jon Bates Band, a silent auction and raffles. Donation: $60 per person or $100 per couple. RSVP to Linda Cellini, development director, by Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 344-9622, ext. 248. Help wanted: Volunteers needed to help catalog and inventory Museum Village’s artifacts Monroe Museum Village in Monroe is seeking volunteers to catalog and inventory its collection of artifacts. Museum Village is a living history museum preserving a vast collection of eclectic, 19th century artifacts for educational purposes. Using these artifacts and reproductions, the museum provide hands-on experiences and exhibits illustrating the transition from a rural to an industrial culture and economy in America, which museum officials said provoke thought and discussion about history. Since receiving a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services last summer, the staff and volunteers have been working on this large project, but more volunteer assistance is needed. Those interested can call 782-8248 or e-mail to email@example.com. Military news Albany - Adam Tirado of Central Valley, a member of the New York Army National Guard serving with the Company B, 101st Signal Battalion, has been promoted to the rank of sergeant. Pine Island Farmers Market to open this weekend Pine Island The first-ever Pine Island Farmers Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month during the winter season, beginning Jan. 29. Cooking demonstrations by chefs from local restaurants, live music and other activities are scheduled to complement the market day and available products. The new farmers market is being co-sponsored by the W. Rogowski Farm and the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce, and will be held in the main barn at the W. Rogowski Farm. For more information visit www.PineIslandFarmersMarket.com. Doctors to present weight loss seminar Warwick Several medical professionals from Warwick have teamed to offer a free weight loss seminar at Temple Beth Shalom, from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2. Participating physicians are Dr. Nick Pennings, Dr. Anthony Martini and Dr. Vipul Patel. They will provide the information people need to know to lose from 2 - 5 pounds per week, safely and effectively, and to learn the habits of health that will enable them to maintain their weight loss by developing a lifestyle of good health. “Take Shape for Life has enabled many of my patients to lose weight and get off of costly medications, which has been incredibly rewarding as a physician,” says Martini. “It is especially great for diabetics and those who have been on other programs in the past that met with little or no success.” Temple Beth Shalom is located at 13 Roosevelt Ave. in Florida. To register or for more information, e-mail Take Shape for Life health coach Inez Freund at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 469-3133. New York State Young Democrats have taken to iTunes New York Recently, the New York State Young Democrats recorded the first installment of a monthly podcast series that will be hosted by NYSYD President Kevin Lawrie and available on iTunes every month. Search “NYSYD” in iTunes to subscribe to the podcast. The podcast can be accessed on NYSYD’s Web site as well as archived newsletters and “Elections 2010.” Personalized kids music now at 'MyFairyTaleBooks’ Chester - MyFairyTaleBooks, a retailer for personalized children’s books in Chester, has expanded its collection to include personalized kids music. “We believe that educating children through personalization is very effective,” said Dinesh Mistry, MyFairyTaleBooks co-founder. “We hear countless stories from parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles telling us how our personalized products have encouraged children in their lives to become interested in reading and learning,” MyFairyTaleBooks also works with local charities to help spread “Education through Personalization,” according to Mistry. For more information and to see a list of personalized products, visit www.myfairytalebooks.com. Free Wendy’s 'Jr. Frostys’ for six months when buying $1 key tag to support adoption For $1, customers at participating Wendy’s restaurants in Chester, Monroe and surrounding areas can purchase an all-access pass to six months of free “Jr. Frostys” while supporting the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and its signature program, “Wendy’s Wonderful Kids.” Through Feb. 27, or while supplies last, customers can purchase a $1 Frosty key tag at participating Wendy’s. By showing the key tag on subsequent visits to Wendy’s, customers will receive a free Jr. Frosty, with any purchase, as often as they wish through June 30. Wendy’s will donate the net proceeds of key tag sales to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption in support of its “Wendy’s Wonderful Kids” program. The funds will be used to support the cost of maintaining five full-time adoption recruiters in the New York Tri-state area.