It can be your turn to take the mic

Open Mic Night returns to Players of Utica from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at 1108 State St.

Whether your talent is music, dance, stand-up or the spoken word, take the stage and express yourself.

Each act will have a specified amount of time to perform original or covered work.

If performing isn’t your thing, stop by to enjoy a variety of live acts. Admission is $10 at the door.

Those interested in supporting Players of Utica may purchase a 2018-19 season subscription online at www.players.ticketderby.com or call 315-724-7624.


Mended Little Hearts to host happy hour event

Parents of children born with a congenital heart defect share a special bond. So much so that they have formed a group - Mended Little Hearts of Utica/Mohawk Valley - to support one another and share their stories.

They want to introduce themselves to you over a brew or two and hor d'oeuvres at a happy hour on Friday, Sept. 21, at Woodland Farm Brewery, 6002 Trenton Road.

"Brewing Up CHD Awareness" gets underway at 5 p.m.

The $10 admission charge includes your first drink and refreshments.

Tickets will be available at the door or by emailing UticaMLH@gmail.com.


Free conference on Alzheimer’s disease at MVCC

Area residents may take part in a free educational conference on Alzheimer’s disease from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at the Rome campus of Mohawk Valley Community College, 1101 Floyd Ave.

The conference is being hosted by state Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Jr. and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

More than 400,000 people in the state have Alzheimer’s, which is the most common cause of dementia, according to the foundation.

To register, go to www.alzfdn.org or call the foundation at 866-232-8484.


CNY Diabetes offers Growing Up Healthy Education Program

The Central New York (CNY) Diabetes Education Program is hosting its Growing Up Healthy Education Program from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the Community Room at the Center for Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Services, 1650 Champlin Ave.

This class is the first of a multi-session program to begin family lifestyle changes.

The number of children with prediabetes and diabetes is growing. For this age group, excess weight is the number one risk factor. Children and teens may be able to prevent Type 2 diabetes or delay the onset of diabetes for many years with some simple lifestyle changes. Even small changes can result in big rewards.

Seating is limited so register by Monday, Sept. 17, by calling 315-624-5620 or email mrios1@mvhealthsystem.org.


Parade of Homes advance sale discount tickets available

The Central New York Parade of Homes advance sale discount tickets are on sale now.

Advance sales tickets for the event are $10 and will be available through Friday, Oct. 12.

Tickets are only available at hbrcny.com/#/parade-of-homes. Tickets at the gate are $12.

The 2018 Parade of Homes to see nine professionally decorated and landscaped luxury homes, will take place from Saturday, Oct. 13, through Sunday, Oct. 28, at Crown Point Summit Meadows, a Cordelle Development Corporation project, in the Hamlet of Jamesville, Town of Onondaga.

See the latest in building and design trends. Experience the ultimate in home décor, appliances, lighting, smart home technology and outdoor living.


Readers Theater is ready to entertain, seeks new members

The New Hartford Seniors Readers Theater is a community outreach group of the Parkway Center’s RSVP program. Known informally as RSVP Readers Theater, the group is comprised of local men and women, and open to anyone interested in reading, performing and hearing plays in a group setting.

Readers Theater is a form of theater where lines are not memorized but read by actors from a script and provides a comfortable way for individuals to experience theater and try their hand at public performance.

No previous theatrical experience is necessary. The group rehearses a variety of plays, skits/sketches and other materials adapted for Readers Theater that includes drama, comedy, educational/informative and seasonal offerings.

RSVP Readers Theater is available to perform at local libraries, clubs, senior living centers/adult care facilities and other community organizations.

For information on becoming involved with RSVP or if your are interested in inviting the group to perform, call 315-732-8059 or email charpef@gmail.com.


Hotel Transylvania at Water’s Edge Inn

Water’s Edge Inn at 3188 state Route 28, will be transformed into Hotel Transylvania on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27, for a frightfully fun-filled family weekend of activities and entertainment.

Festivities will include a coloring contest, door decorating contest, Halloween games, trick or treating and a costume contest. A complimentary breakfast will be served Saturday and Sunday.

Check in is at 3 p.m. Friday.

Reservations must be made in advance by calling 315-369-2484 or online at watersedgeinn.com.


Free tours at Mansion House Oct. 6-7

As part of New York state’s biannual celebration of its rich historic legacy the Oneida Community Mansion House, 170 Kenwood Ave., is offering free admission to the museum during business hours.

Free guided tours are offered at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7.

A special tour of the Mansion House architecture is offered by the Curator of Collections at noon both days.

Self-guided tours are available throughout the day.

To see more information visit paththroughhistory.iloveny.com.


Immunization clinics set for children, adults

Herkimer County Public Health will be hosting an Immunization clinic for children and adults from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, and 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 301 N. Washington St.

No appointment is required. Most types of insurance are accepted.

Bring your insurance cards to the clinic to determine coverage.

For information, call 315-867-1176.


Fall registration, ‘Nutcracker’ auditions underway

The School of the Old Forge Ballet Company, Inlet and Old Forge announces registration for the fall in its studios at North Woods Community Center, second floor, 110 Crosby Blvd., Old Forge and St. Anthony Parish Hall, state Route 28, Inlet.

The school is opening Monday, Sept. 17, for the 2018-2019 season.

The Old Forge Ballet Company’s "Nutcracker" 2018 casting is underway. Auditions will take place by appointment. Interested dancers, new and experienced, are encouraged to call 315-369-8721 or 315-240-4453 for an appointment.

For information including curriculum, tuition, schedule, policies, and classroom attire, email sueannlorenzwallace@gmail.com or linda_ladue@hotmail.com.


CNY/Arts to host Decentralization Grant Seminar

CNY Arts is hosting a Decentralization Grant Seminar at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd.

The CNY Art Decentralization Program is a re-grant program from the New York State Council on the Arts and administered by CNY Arts, a regional arts council serving Central New York. CNY Arts provides individual artists, grass-roots organizations, historical associations and cultural institutions with funding to present artistic and cultural events in our communities.

Local panels consisting of artists, art administrators and community leaders make the funding decisions. CNY Arts disburses grants in Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego counties.

Funding is available in 2019 in the following categories: Community Arts Grants, Individual Artist Commissions and Art Education Grants.

This seminar is offered to the general public for free by CNY Arts to help with the grant application process. For more information and to register, visit weare.cnyarts.org/grants.


Auditions for comedy ‘How the Other Half Loves’ planned

Rome Community Theater, 8911 Turin Road, is conducting two days of auditions for Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy, "How the Other Half Loves" at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 8-9.

There are three couples in this play, the men all working for the same firm. One of the younger men is having an affair with the wife of the oldest, and when each returns home suspiciously late one night or early one morning, they invent a story about having to spend some time smoothing domestic matters in the home of the third couple.

Director Arnold Galin is looking for three men and three women ranging in age from 20 to 50.

The performances will take place Dec. 6-9.

Those planning to audition must wear comfortable clothes.


Annual Kid's Halloween Costume Swap set for Oct. 13

Halloween is rapidly approaching - that means it’s time for the kids to pick out new costumes. But before you shop, visit the third Annual Kid’s Halloween Costume Swap taking place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Ilion Free Public Library, 78 West St.

Enjoy light refreshments along with a craft for the kids to make.

The library is accepting gently used, but clean costume donations now through Oct. 13.

For information, stop by the library or call 315-894-5028.


Sign language classes for senior citizens set

Sign Language Classes for Seniors Citizens is being offered from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Mondays from Oct. 8 through Oct. 29, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 8595 Westmoreland Road.

Hearing loss can have a severe impact on a senior's quality of life. They can become irritable or fatigued or depressed. Hearing loss can be especially difficult to deal with after a lifetime of hearing. Learning some signs can help in communicating.

The cost of the class is $30 and is a donation to the church.

To register for the class, email nsigning@gmail.com or call 315-736-7233.


Sundance winner ‘We the Animals’ returns for screening

The City of Utica Mayor’s Office and Utica Film Commission has announced the special regional premiere screenings of the 2018 Sundance winning independent motion picture, "We the Animals" directed by Jeremiah Zagar.

Screenings will take place at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, and Friday, Sept. 21, at Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, 310 Genesee St.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to the screenings.

The film was shot mainly in Upstate New York during the summer of 2016.

The film is based on the New York Times best-selling book by Justin Torres. Manny, Joel, and Jonah tear their way through childhood. Their mother and father have a volatile relationship that makes and unmakes the family many times over, often leaving the boys fending for themselves. As their parents rip at one another, Manny and Joel harden and grow into versions of their father. With the triumvirate fractured, Jonah, who is the youngest, becomes increasingly aware of his desperate need to escape. Driven to the edge, Jonah embraces an imagined world all his own.

A special question and answer session will follow the 7:30 p.m. screening on Friday, Sept. 21, which includes Utica film commissioner Paul Buckley and the film’s location manager, Michael J. Camoin who will shine a spotlight on key members of the upstate community who helped make the film possible.

For information on the film, visit www.imdb.com/title/tt7681824/.

Tickets are $6 for MWPAI members, $8 general admission, $4 for students and free for PrattMWP students.

For reservations and tickets, call 315-797-0000.