RCT will conduct toy drive during next production
Rome Community Theater, 8911 Turin Road, will be conducting a toy drive for Loaves and Fishes, a non-profit organization, during the production of "Radium Girls," Dec. 7-12.
A collection box will be displayed in the lobby. An RCT volunteer will be on site offering those who make a donation a $5 discount on that evening’s performance. The toys will be given to disadvantaged local children to make their Christmas morning special.
The Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen, 401 N. Washington St., serves the homeless, elderly, disabled and most of all the children who suffer from the lack of basic human needs: material needs, such as food, clothing, and household necessities; psychological needs, such as motivation, self-esteem, and rehabilitation; and social needs, such as support systems and meaningful relationships.
Christmas Cash Raffle underway
The Stevens-Swan Humane Society, at 5664 Horatio St., is conducting its Christmas Cash Raffle for a chance to win $5,000.
The cost is $10 per ticket. Three winning tickets will be drawn. Grand prize is $5,000, second winner receives $1,000, and the third winner receives $500.
Tickets are available at the humane society during business hours.
For information, visit stevens-swan.org/christmas-cash-raffle.
New book on Oneida Community offered for sale
Author Anthony Wonderley announces the publication of his new book, "Oneida Utopia: A Community Searching for Human Happiness and Prosperity."
The book is available for purchase at the gift shop at the Oneida Community Mansion House, 170 Kenwood Ave.
The cost of the book is $35.
Wonderley is the former curator of Collections and Interpretation at the Oneida Community Mansion House. He is the author of "Oneida Iroquois Folklore, Myth, and History" and "At the Font of the Marvelous" and editor of "The Days of My Youth" and "John Humphrey Noyes on Sexual Relations in the Oneida Community."
For information, call 315-363-0745.
Little Theatre to host auditions for ‘Last Chance Romance’
The Ilion Little Theatre will host auditions for the comedy, "Last Chance Romance" at 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 11-12.
Written by Sam Bobrick and directed by Suzanne Rodio, "Last Chance Romance" tells the story of Myra Witzer, a strong willed woman in her late thirties, determined to get married at any cost. Leonard Shank, an unassuming man in his early forties is the guy she goes after and gets, much against his will. After several months of married life, Myra realizes that the chase excited her more than the capture and wants out. On the other hand, Leonard, who at the beginning wanted no part of the marriage to Myra, now wants to stay married to her more than anything.
Three males, four females and one gender non-specific role, ranging in ages from 30s to 80s, are sought for a variety of roles.
Some roles may be doubled, meaning performers may play more than one character in final performances. Actors will be asked to read scenes from the play during auditions. Crew members to work backstage and run tech such as lights and sound are also sought and can email their interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Performance dates are planned for Feb. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, and 11.
The Ilion Little Theatre is at 13 Remington Ave., directly behind Remington Arms.
Beards for Bucks program raises $440
The Beards for Bucks program encouraged participants to grow a beard or mustache during the month of November to show support for those battling cancer.
The City of Sherrill teamed up with Oneida Healthcare to help raise funds for its Cancer Care Center in conjunction with Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
The program raised $440 including a check for $120 from the Camden Police Department which also participated.
Kiwanis Holiday Raffle benefits Christmas for Kids
Each Christmas Kiwanis Club of the Central Adirondacks provides gifts, mittens and food for several families in the Central Adirondacks through its Christmas for Kids project.
Funding for this program comes from various Kiwanis projects. Each year the Kiwanis Holiday Raffle provides a portion of the funds necessary.
This year’s raffle of a "Basket of Cheer" and a sled full of toys raised more than $1,200 for the Christmas for Kids project.
Kinney Drugs donated the sled and members of Kiwanis donated the gifts and cheer.
Oneida County clinic services scheduled for December
The Oneida County Department of Health will offer the following clinics during December:
• Immunization clinics at 406 Elizabeth St., Utica, and 300 W. Dominick St., Rome.
• TB Clinics at 406 Elizabeth St., Utica.
• STD and HIV counseling and testing offered in Utica at 406 Elizabeth St.
• Lead screenings. To schedule an appointment for children ages 1 to 6, call 315-798-5842.
• Free mammograms, pap smears and colorectal cancer screenings are available for uninsured and underinsured residents in Oneida, Herkimer and Madison counties. You must meet eligibility guidelines. Call 315-798-5842 for information.
• A baby weigh station is available at 406 Elizabeth St., Utica. Get support from certified lactation counselors.
Appointments are necessary for all clinics. For an appointment, call 315-798-5748.
Clinics will be closed on Monday, Dec. 25.
Visit www.ocgov.net for more information on clinics. For information, call 315-798-5748.