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Page 24 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 25 /camp Poughkeepsie Day School Summer Program June 20- August 19 Maker Ages 7–13 XCoding, Programming & Game Design X&+" /ž,!3"+12/" X,&+!01,/*0,,,1& 0 X%"&+" /ž/ %&1" 1ÿØ/&+1&+$ X,ÿ%"•,/ "&04&1%•,2 +!þ1%"/"&0*,/"• Young Adventures Ages 4–11 X /&+ "+!"/0 X-- "‚!"10 X,"1/6&+„12/" X)& "†0/1#2)!3"+12/"0 X,3"&1ÿ*"0 X0%2-ˆ2!"3&))" X‰, 20, 20 X-%,4 20&+"00 We listen. We care. We educate. We support you. We are with you. The Hudson Valley Offi ce of Capital Region Midwifery Obstetrics and gynecology for women of all ages • Accepting new patients • Free Consultations • Most insurance accepted • Delivering at Kingston Hospital Are you pregnant? 63 Hurley Ave., Kingston • 845-383-1231 • Ready to ride To that end, the club supports lo- cal bike rodeos that teach safety and help get the beginning rider started. Two will be happening in the area next month - one on June 4 in Florida and another in Monroe the third weekend of the month. Both will offer maintenance training as well as bicycle repair information and general rules of the road. Stelz urges bike rodeo partici- pation as a starting point for any family interested in biking. Many active parents are getting their kids bike-ready - even starting earlier than ever. "We were thrilled once our son was big enough to fit in the bike seat we got him so he could finally be a part of the fun we were already having on the rail trail," says Pough- keepsie mom Heidi McCowan. "It's a great way to get out there and expe- rience the beauty the Hudson valley has to offer." Be prepared What's the biggest mistake many parents make when they start their young ones riding? "Buying a bike that is too big for the child in the hopes that they will get a couple of years out of it," says Dave Schleede, co-owner of The Fa- mous Bike Brothers in Kingston and Rhinebeck. Because a bike that's too big may be difficult to ride, it can lead to accidents that might have been avoidable, he says. Schleede adds that parents can start prepping youngsters to ride at age two or so with a balance bike - which is has no pedals to help enhance the ability to concentrate on balancing. Any local bicycle shop can give your child a chance try out a couple of bicycles to see what is most comfortable and what may work best. Keep in mind that in New York, helmets are mandatory for riders un- der the age of 14 with a maximum penalty of $50 for riding without one. It is also against state law to (Continued on Page 26)

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