Yoga fundraiser set for March 31

Heart Warrior Yoga with Tessa Boehlert to benefit Dawn Culling and her baby Kie will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at In Bloom Yoga, 1 Genesee St.

Kie was born with congenital heart disease and has undergone several surgeries and procedures, requiring Culling to remain at home.

The cost is a $10 minimum donation. The event will include raffles.

For information, visit



Rabies vaccination clinics announced

Madison County Health Department has announced its schedule of rabies vaccination clinics for 2018.

The first clinic will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at the Madison Fire Department, 7362 state Route 20.

Vaccinations are offered free to Madison County residents. Voluntary donations are appreciated to help defray clinic costs.

For a complete schedule, visit



Murder Mystery Dinner Show

Daughters of the Nile is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner Show titled "Wedding from Hell" at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Utica Masonic Hall, 251 Genesee St.

The show will be presented by The Drive Thru Theater Group.

The cost for the dinner and show is $35 per person.

For information and to make a reservation, call 315-527-0512 or 315-725-2217.



Register for Adirondack-Themed Pottery Dish Workshop

View, the multi-arts center at 3273 state Route 28, will be hosting an additional ceramic workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 2, in which Wendy Seifried will be teaching how to make Adirondack-themed pottery dishes.

This workshop is open to people of all skill levels. Each participant will create their own ceramic dish.

There will be a glazing session the following Saturday, June 9, to complete each participant’s ceramic piece. If unable to attend, the instructor will glaze a participant’s work and make it available for pickup.

The cost for this workshop is $30 for guests and $25 for View members.

Registration deadline is May 31. To register, visit or call 315-369-6411.



DeBernardis advances to national trial competition

Thomas DeBernardis, a thrid year law student at Syracuse University College of Law, recently competed in the American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition in Boston, Massachusetts. Syracuse beat teams from Buffalo, Albany, Cornell, Harvard, Massachusetts Law School, Suffolk University, Quinnipiac University, University of Connecticut, University of New Hampshire and Western New England University.

In April, DeBernardis will compete in the national competition in Raleigh, North Carolina.

He is the son of Mary Ann and Leon DeBernardis of Utica.



UFA Alumni Association plans Spring Fling

The Utica Free Academy Alumni Association is hosting its Annual Spring Fling from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at The Celtic Harp, 805 Varick St.

All former classmates from any year are welcome to join in an afternoon of complimentary appetizers and social gathering.

For information, visit or Utica Free Academy Alumni Association's Facebook page.



New York Army National Guard soldier reenlistments

Major General Anthony P. German, the Adjutant General, announces the recent reenlistment of the following local members of the State National Guard in recognition of their continuing commitment to serve community, state and nation as part of the Army National Guard.

• Specialist John Pape of Herkimer, reenlisted to continue service with the Headquarters and Support Company, 204th Engineer Battalion.

• Sergeant David Tutuska of Camden, reenlisted to continue service with the Company C, Recruiting and Retention.



Signing classes for senior citizens

Sign language classes for seniors ages 55 and older will take place from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Mondays from April 9-30, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 8595 Westmoreland Road.

The cost is a $25 donation to the church.

It is a fun way to learn signing. Participants also play Bingo to review the signs learned.

To register, email or call 315-736-7233.



Call for art, deadline extended

The Kirkland Art Center is accepting artist portfolio submissions for the 2019 Exhibition Season. The deadline has been extended to March 30.

The KAC accepts painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, collage, digital media and photography.

For a submission form and to submit work, visit

There is a $10 non-refundable submission fee for non-members. KAC members are free.

For information, call 315-853-8871 or email



Hamilton College student on Alternative Spring Break

Grace Friedel, daughter of Kristin and John Friedel of Whitesboro, is one of 52 Hamilton College students participating in the college’s 25th annual Alternative Spring Break. Participants will perform volunteer work in six locations in the east and southeast during Hamilton’s spring break, from March 11-24.

Friedel, a junior majoring in mathematics and philosophy, is a graduate of Whitesboro Central School.

Alternative Spring Break is aimed at increasing students’ awareness and concern of social issues while generating a life-long interest in community service. This year, Hamilton ASB is sending students to Baltimore to work with youth; Alderson and Whitesville, West Virginia, to do environmental work; and to North Carolina, Virginia and Kentucky to work on Habitat for Humanity projects.