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Wellness Center classes to begin

The Mohawk Valley Health System Wellness Center is beginning a session of specialty classes. Classes run in eight-week sessions and begin next week.

Classes will take place on the Faxton Campus on Sunset Avenue and the St. Luke’s Home on Champlin Avenue.

Class offerings include: Aqua Attack, Aquatics for Back Pain, Mommy & Me Aquatics, Pilates, Pound and Tabata.

Space is limited and registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Participants must register and pay for the entire eight-week session of a class.

Visit www.faxtonst

ses for schedule, fees and information on each class.

To register or to purchase a membership, call 315-624-5484 or email wellness@mvhealthsys


Participants sought for Mah Jongg event

The Sisterhoods of Temple Emanu-El and Temple Beth El will host a Mah Jongg tournament Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Jewish Community Center, 2310 Oneida St.

The event will begin with breakfast and registration from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The tournament will follow from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Entry fee is $20.

There will be cash and door prizes.

Registration deadline is Saturday, Sept. 17. To register, send a check payable to Temple Emanu-El to Temple Emanu-El, 2710 Genesee St., Utica, NY 13502, attn: Lynn Tomaino, or visit

For information, call 315-724-4177.


Zoo announces fall education programs

The Utica Zoo is offering the following educational programs for children.

n Stroller Safari for ages six to 18 months will take place Fridays, Sept. 9, Oct. 7, and Nov. 4. Load up the stroller and join the wildest adventure in town with your toddler or infant. Each safari includes an interactive tour and an up-close animal encounter.

n Hatchlings for 18 months to 3 years old will take place Fridays, Sept. 16, Oct. 14, and Nov. 11. Join the zoo as they transform its classroom into an exploration center just for your toddler. Each session will have themed activities, discovery stations and new animals to meet.

n Zoo Adventures for ages 3 to 5 years old will take place Thursdays, Sept. 8, Oct. 20, and Nov. 17. Join the preschool class as the zoo explores the world through storybooks. Each class includes a story reading, animal meet and greet and activity.

n Homeschool for ages 6 and older will take place Wednesdays, Sept. 21, Oct. 26, and Nov. 16. Is your child a budding zoologist? Our interactive homeschool classes help to further homeschool studies through group activities and animal interactions.

Registration is required for all programs. All classes begin at 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium and cost $5 per child for Utica Zoo members and $10 per child for nonmembers. Enjoy activities and games before class at no additional cost.

For schedule and to register your child, email kathleen.mallory@uticazoo

.org or call 315-738-0472, ext. 36.



Craft group calling

for new members

Twiglets is a craft group that participates in the annual Holiday Sale run by the Women’s Auxiliary of Community Memorial Hospital.

The group will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesdays beginning next week at the First Baptist Church, 27 Broad St.

New members are welcome.

For information, call 315-893-7432.



YMCA to offer Bokwa Fitness class

The Little Falls Family YMCA, 15 Jackson St., is adding Bokwa Fitness to its fall lineup.

Participants draw letters and numbers with their feet while performing an energizing and addictive cardio workout routine.

There is no choreography to memorize; each class starts fresh and new.

The class will begin Thursday. The fee is $5.

A minimum of six participants is required for the class to be offered.

For information and to register, call 315-823- 1740. Visit to learn more.



Introductory Painting and Portraiture class set

The Kirkland Art Center at 9 1/2 East Park Row is offering an Introductory Painting and Portraiture class with local painter David Bonagurio. The class will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Learn the basics of oil painting through the practice of portraiture.

This class aims to provide a basic structure for an approach that will make the handling of these paints easily accessible for artists of all levels.

The fee is $110 for KAC members and $139 for nonmembers.

A live model and materials fees are included.

To register, visit



Bellamy Group to honor fire victim

Officials of the Francis J. Bellamy Community Awards Committee have announced they will dedicate the Fourth Annual Bellamy Awards Breakfast in memory of 7-year-old Ryan St. Andrew, who died in a house fire in February.

The breakfast will take place at 8 a.m. Friday at The Beeches.

Ryan will be honored with a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony at the event.

The breakfast will present the 2016 Bellamy Community Awards to the Rev. Paul Angelicchio, pastor of St. John the Baptist and Transfiguration Parish; Fred Normand, a community and civic leader; and posthumously to Monsignor Francis Culkin who died in March.

Tickets are $30 per person and available at the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce, 139 W. Dominick St., Jervis Library, 613 N. Washington St., and Teddy’s Restaurant, 851 Black River Blvd., Rome.



Tickets available for Brewery Hop Tour

Get your tickets now for the Brewery Hop Tour, a behind the scenes tour of craft breweries, craft beer sampling, stop at a hop yard and a visit to a historic hop house.

The Brewery Hop Tour concludes the Madison County Hop Fest Weekend on the grounds of the Madison County Historical Society. The tour will start at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at the historical society at 435 Main St. and ends at 5 p.m.

During the tour, participants will visit four craft breweries for a first-time behind the scenes tour of two of these breweries and enjoy samples of some of the finest craft beer. Stops include the Seneca Street Brew Pub in Manlius, the Empire Farmstead Brewery and Critz Farm both in Cazenovia and the Henneberg Brewing Company in New Woodstock.

For information and tickets, call 315-363-4136, visit www.madisoncountyhop or email