Send us your Independence Day events

The Observer-Dispatch is compiling a list of all ceremonies and events to commemorate Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4. Please email your event to The deadline for submissions is Thursday, June 21.



Molly's House hosts fundraiser for Seeds of Hope Food Pantry

Molly's House at 1605 Genesee St., is hosting a fundraiser for the Seeds of Hope Food Pantry from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 16.

Enjoy fair trade coffee, tea, pot luck snacks, games and conversation from 6 to 7 pm, and live music from 7 to 8 p.m.

This month, in addition to the usual pot luck snacks, a sit-down dinner will be offered from 6 to 7 p.m. at a suggested donation of $20. Dinner seating is limited, first come, first served, while supplies last. All proceeds benefit the Seeds of Hope Food Pantry. The event is for all ages. Donations are welcome.

Reservations are requested for the dinner only by emailing



Call for art for ‘Just Add Water IV’

The fourth annual Just Add Water exhibition is just around the corner and the Kirkland Art Center is seeking participants for this year's show.

The Golden Artist Colors QoR palettes are in, so interested parties can either stop by the KAC from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, or email your address for a mailed palette to

Each artist is welcome to create one to three pieces, due Friday, June 22. Watercolor paper is provided with each palette, so every piece for the show will be a uniform 4-in by 4-inch size.

For information, visit or call 315-853-8871.

The Kirkland Art Center is at 9 1/2 East Park Row.



College offers Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia course

Herkimer County Community College announces a non-credit course on Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Basics of Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia is a free course that will discuss information on detection, causes, risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and more.

The course will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, June 18.

Registration is required by calling 315-574-4003.

For information and a complete list of courses, visit



Tee Shot Foundation, Casa Too Much partner to benefit Hospice

The Tee Shot Foundation will be hosting a fundraiser Thursday, June 14, at Casa Too Mucha, 13 Genesee St.

Dine in or order takeout at Casa Too Mucha for lunch or dinner on June 14, and write "Hospice" on the check and 50 percent of the proceeds will benefit Hospice & Palliative Care.

The Tee Shot Foundation was started in memory of Keith "Viper" Van Dresar, who died after a long battle with lung cancer. Because of his love of the game of golf, his family came together and developed this foundation to use golf as a means to help those affected by cancer. Their annual golf tournament called "The Viper" in his honor raises money for cancer related projects.

For information, call 315-735-6484 or visit



Celebrate Joyce’s legacy on Varick Street on ‘Bloomsday’

Varick Street will be transformed into Dublin for one day on Saturday, June 16, as the Utica NY Area Irish Coalition presents its second annual Bloomsday Pub Crawl, visiting seven stops in the city’s brewery district.

In James Joyce’s classic "Ulysses," June 16 is the date that the book’s protagonist, Leopold Bloom, undertakes his one day sojourn through the streets of Dublin. Since the first two-man Bloomsday celebration in 1954, that date continues to be celebrated in countries around the world with a range of cultural activities including readings and dramatizations of scenes from the novel.

The UNYAIC event will start at 11:30 a.m. with a brief gathering at Utica Brews, at 809 Court St., proceeding to the F.X. Matt Brewing Co., Nail Creek Pub, the new Irish Cultural Building to see the progress, Lukin's and the Celtic Harp, finishing at 5 p.m.

Each stop will offer dramatic readings from Joyce’s "Ulysses" by local celebrities and traditional Irish music by Craobh Dugan. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Participants will receive a special commemorative t-shirt and also will get a passport stamped at each stop to be eligible for prize drawings at the end of the crawl.

Tickets are $15 and are available online at and Due to space only 50 tickets will be sold.



Kids’ Day Out at the Mansion House

Oneida Community Mansion House, 170 Kenwood Ave., is hosting its Kids’ Day Out event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 16, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 17.

Be an investigator and with your family use clues to find your way through the historic Mansion House. The scavenger hunt information will be provided and your family can pick the clue sheet at the Mansion House and complete the challenge anytime during regular business hours.

The completed sheets can be entered in a raffle drawing for a chance to win a prize.

Admission is $10 for a group of four.

Kids’ Day Out is part of the Path Through History program, that encourages New York state residents and visitors to explore the state’s rich heritage.

For information, call 315-363-0745 or visit



‘Discover Beer Flavors’ workshop at Farmers’ Museum

The Farmers’ Museum, at 5775 state Route 80, is hosting a new workshop titled "Discover Beer Flavor: Hops and Brewing." The workshop will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 16, in the museum’s historic Bump Tavern.

Learn about the origins of flavor in beer, including influences from raw materials and brewing techniques, and identifying common flavors found in beer. Participants will taste and compare unadulterated and "spiked" beers, and learn about off-flavor causes and preventative measures. This workshop is ideal for home brewers, beer industry professionals and individuals looking to successfully master beer exams or certifications. (This workshop will use non-alcoholic beer.)

The fee is $22.50 for museum members and $25 for nonmembers.

Workshop requires advance registration and is limited to 12 participants. To register, visit or



Free legal clinic for veterans set for June 19

A free legal clinic for our veterans will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at the CNY Veterans Outreach Center, at 726 Washington St.

Lawyers from the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York and the Oneida County Bar will be on hand to answer questions about custody, child support, visitation, divorce, bankruptcy/debit issues, landlord and tenant rights, foreclosures, wills, health care proxies, living wills and other civil legal issues.

To make an appointment or for information, call 315-765-0975 or email