Programs offered at library

Kirkland Town Library, 55 1/2 College St., is offering the following programs.

• Cookbook Club will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. Choose a recipe from the selected cookbook and bring it to a potluck dinner. This month’s cookbook is "Every Grain of Rice" by Fuchsia Dunlop. Stop by the library to look at the cookbook, choose your recipe and sign up.

• Teen Chili Cook Off will take place at noon Friday, Oct. 19. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to compete in the first Teen Chili Cook-Off. Make a big batch of chili to share. The public is invited to sample and cast a vote for their favorite. Prizes will be awarded to the top three chili dishes. Registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 15.

• Happy Tails Reading Program will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade who can read independently can practice their reading skills with a trained therapy dog. Contact the library to sign up for a slot.

• Bring Your Breast Stories will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. Whether you're a breast cancer survivor or love someone who is, we welcome you to take part in an evening of shared stories. Writer-editor Linda Lowen will guide you through ways to use writing as part of the healing process. Everyone is encouraged to write; sharing is optional.

• Music Improv Workshop will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Musicians in grades 7-12 are invited to join musician Monk Rowe for an improvisation workshop. Learn how to expand performance skills in a supportive and interactive environment. Participants will learn to swing and rock while awakening their creative side by playing "off the page." The workshop will culminate with a performance at 4 p.m. with the Monk Rowe Trio. Parents and the public are invited to hear the results. Free.

Registration is required for all programs by calling 315-853-2038 or email



Get tickets now for Mayor Palmieri's Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon

Mayor Robert Palmieri's 2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Daniele’s at Valley View, 620 Memorial Parkway.

Join Susan Palmieri and a guest speaker. The luncheon will be followed by a basket raffle. All proceeds will remain local to benefit the Breast Care Center at Mohawk Valley Health System.

Tickets are $30 per person. No tickets will be sold at the door.

For tickets, email or call 315-534-5555. Make checks payable to Breast Cancer Center at MVHS.



‘Witch Way is the 5K?’ road race and children's runs

The Sauquoit Valley Foundation is hosting its fourth annual "Witch Way is the 5K?" road race and children's runs Sunday, Oct. 21.

The children's runs start at 10 a.m. at the Sauquoit Valley Stadium track, 2674 Sulphur Springs Road, with age groups starting at 15 minute intervals. All children are welcome and must be accompanied by a parent/guardian for the event.

The 5K road race begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Town of Paris park and runs within the village and school campus.

For information and to register online, visit or register in person from 9 to 11:15 a.m. on event day.



Crafters, vendors, donations sought for BOCES Spooktacular

The second annual Spooktacular Vendor Bazaar will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Remington Educational Complex at 77 E. North St.

Crafters, vendors and donations are needed for the event.

The event features crafters, vendors, a bake sale, silent auction, McGill’s Food Truck and a "Kids Corner" with activities for children – including trick-or-treat stations, pumpkin painting, face painting and fall crafts.

Spooktacular organizers are asking for donations of nonperishable food or hygiene items to Feed Our Vets in lieu of an entrance fee. Funds raised from other aspects of the event will support students in the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES chapter of SkillsUSA – including attending local, regional, state and potentially national competitions.

Collecting donations for Feed Our Vets is part of an ongoing SkillsUSA community service project. The Herkimer BOCES chapter is competing with others in SkillsUSA Area II to see which chapter can collect the most donations to win a plaque and bragging rights. The donations will go to the Feed Our Vets Utica and Watertown locations.

Herkimer BOCES SkillsUSA students will continue collecting donations at BOCES facilities through the end of January. The donations are packed up and brought to the SkillsUSA regional conference at Morrisville State College.

If you’re interested in being a crafter or vendor or want to donate to Feed Our Vets and/or SkillsUSA, call 315-867-2043.



Hospital to host breastfeeding class Oct. 17

Rome Memorial Hospital is hosting a free breastfeeding class at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the hospital’s classroom to help mothers-to-be recognize the benefits of breastfeeding and give them the encouragement to overcome some of the obstacles.

The speaker, Sandy Graichen R.N., is a maternity nurse at the hospital.

The class also will feature a breastfeeding video, a display of breastfeeding products, several information sheets to help reinforce the material presented and a list of people to turn to for support.

Use the Bartlett Wing entrance off East Oak Street for easy access to the hospital’s second floor classroom. There will be signs to direct you.

For information, call 315-338-7143.



Free health and wellness series offered by HealthNet

Herkimer County HealthNet is hosting a free health and wellness series called Big Picture Nutrition, open to anyone interested in living a healthier more fulfilled and balanced life.

The Big Picture Nutrition series, facilitated by Lela Niemetz, registered dietitian and owner of Food Feasible, an integrative, holistic nutritional company, will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Herkimer County Community College, 100 Reservoir Road.

The schedule is as follows.

• Thursday, Oct. 18: "Making Food Choices." During this class, participants will review how to spot bad food options, increasing your navigation skills in a challenging food system.

• Thursday, Nov. 1: "Now Let's Put It All Together with Meal Planning." This class will include a live food demonstration and recipes.

For information or to register, call 315-867-1552 or email



Griffo hosting electronics recycling drop-off

State Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-I-C-Rome is partnering with the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority to host an electronics recycling event on Saturday, Oct. 20.

The free event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Oneida-Herkimer Recycling Center at 80 Leland Ave. Extension.

The public may drop off electronics such as TVs, computers and other electronics.

For a full list of acceptable items, visit

Confidata also will be on hand to shred up to three boxes, per car, of confidential documents and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting unused or unwanted prescription medications (no sharps or needles).

Sen. Griffo also is encouraging the public to bring canned goods and other food items that will be donated to the Rome Rescue Mission and the Rescue Mission of Utica.



American composer-pianist coming to Horned Dorset Inn on Oct. 21

The Horned Dorset Inn, 2000 state Route 8, presents iconic American composer, conductor, musicologist and music educator Neely Bruce at its next dinner-concert on Sunday, Oct. 21.

His program, "‘This Is It!’ #16," is the penultimate in his series of 17 complete works that he has composed for solo piano.

The event begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 4 p.m., followed by the concert at 5 p.m. and dinner served afterward. The cost is $68 per person, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity. Reservations should be made by calling 315-855-7898. Proceeds benefit the Horned Dorset Colony artist residency program scholarship fund.



Artist submissions wanted for KAC’s Small Works International

Love seeing your art hanging on gallery walls? Artists are welcome to enter up to three pieces at the Kirkland Art Center’s annual Small Works International, from Tuesday, Oct. 30, through Friday, Dec. 7.

The guidelines are as follows: Maximum dimensions 22" x 30"; maximum price $250; fee $5 per piece for KAC members and $10 per piece for nonmembers.

Artwork must be delivered to the KAC, 9 ½ East Park Row, by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23.

For information and exhibition agreement, visit



Museum’s Fall Lecture Series returns

The Fort Plain Museum, 389 Canal St., announces the return of its Fall Lecture Series.

All programs start at 7 p.m. This year’s line-up is as follows.

• Thursday, Oct.18 - Kill Jeff Davis: The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864 by Bruce Venter. The program offers a fresh look at the failed controversial Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid on Richmond, Virginia and mines newly discovered documents and little-known sources to provide definitive answers. Venter will sign books following the program.

• Thursday, Oct. 25 - The "Willigee Negroes:" Sir Peter Warren, Sir William Johnson and the First Permanent Settlement in the Mohawk Valley West of Schenectady by Daniel T. Weaver. Evidence will be presented concerning the identity of the "Willigee Negroes" and their relationship with William Johnson during his first years in America.

• Thursday, Nov. 1 - Scots-Irish Immigration and Defense of the Colonial New York Frontier including the Cherry Valley Massacre, 1740 to 1778 by Terry McMaster. The presenter will discuss his research on the Cherry Valley Massacre, 1778 and the families affected by the massacre.

• Thursday, Nov. 8 - Beyond the Battles of Saratoga: The Fate of General Burgoyne's Army by Larry Arnold. This presentation will focus on the British Army who surrendered at the Battles of Saratoga, including where they were held prisoners and what happened to them. Arnold will have information on the efforts underway to create a park at the site of the Surrender.

• Thursday, Nov. 15 - The American Way of War from the Revolution to World War I by Edward G. Lengel. This talk will focus on the American Armies from the American Revolution to World War I. Lengel will be signing copies of his new book, "Never in Finer Company: The Men of the Great War's Lost Battalion."

There is a $5 suggested donation to attend. The museum, bookstore and gift shop will be open.



Fall Neighbor Day features free pancake breakfast

Enjoy a fall morning with a free open house and pancake breakfast from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at View, to benefit the Town of Webb youth Student Makerspace Movement, which helps create spaces for young people to explore, learn, design, create and make.

It also will be the last chance for participants to enter in for a Disney Trip or $6,000 raffle ticket.

During breakfast, students will have a mock maple tapping area to educate attendees on how to tap and create maple syrup. There will also be a courtyard yoga session for all ages as attendees can also explore View’s galleries and grounds.

The drawing for the Disney Trip raffle is at 12:50 p.m.

The Neighbor Day event is free. Donations are welcome and will go to the youth Makerspace Movement in the central Adirondacks.

For information, visit or call 315-369-6411.

View is at 3273 state Route 28.



Fundraiser to help cats, kittens find their ‘furever’ home

Rome Investigators of the Paranormal present "An Evening of 9 Lives" a fundraiser for the Clinton Pet Vets Rescue and Sanctuary on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 16 Stone Brewpub, 9542 Main St.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a buffet style dinner, followed by stand-up comedy at 6:30 p.m., a paranormal lecture at 8:30 p.m. and an electronic séance at 9:30 p.m.

Tarot reading will be available during the event for a separate fee.

Ticket levels are as follows.

Garfield: $40 per person ($75 per couple) includes buffet style dinner and comedy show.

Salem: $25 per person ($45 per couple) includes paranormal lecture and séance.

Tom Tildrum: $60 per person ($110 per couple) includes comedy show, buffet dinner, paranormal lecture and séance.

For tickets, stop by the Clinton Pet Vet at 86 Meadow St., Clinton, call 315-381-3605 or email



Sheri’s EastSide Diner puts ‘Hope On the Menu’ Oct. 21

Sheri’s EastSide Diner, 2199 Bleecker St., will be donating 10 percent of sales during a special day of fundraising in support of The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Sunday, Oct. 21.

The walk will take place across the street from the diner at the Masonic Care Community. So, participants are encouraged to stop by Sheri’s either before the event or after to enjoy a hot meal and help raise even more towards the cause.

Sheri’s features homemade breakfast and lunch and is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

Dollars raised help the American Cancer Society fund innovative breast cancer research, provide education and guidance to help people reduce their risk, and offer comprehensive patient support to those who need it most.

For information on the event and to learn how you can become involved, visit or call 315-257-7386.



View to host Raku ceramic workshop

View, the arts center at 3273 state Route 28, is hosting its first Raku workshop and firing with its new Raku kiln from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21.

Instructor Scot Foley will help direct and teach participants to create a special raku ceramic piece. Participants will meet again at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, for glazing the piece and firing it in the Raku kiln.

For safety reasons on firing day, participants are required to wear natural fiber clothing that fully covers arms and legs. Long hair is to be tied back and sandals are not permitted.

The cost of the workshop is $25 for View members and $30 for nonmembers. This cost also covers clay, glazes and the firing of one piece. An additional $8 will be required for each additional piece.

For those who would like to only participate in the firing and not the workshop, the cost is $8 per piece.

Space is limited and registration is required by Thursday, Oct. 18, by calling 315-369-6411 or online at



Register now for Copper Foil Stained Glass Holiday Pin workshop

View, the arts center at 3273 state Route 28 is hosting a beginning copper foil stained glass holiday pin workshop with stained glass artist Mary Pokerentowski.

The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, which also is the day of View’s Neighbor Day event. Participants are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy a pancake breakfast.

This holiday pin workshop will explore each step for making copper foil stained glass, such as glass selection, cutting, grinding, foiling, soldering, adding beads, wire, and other elements, cleaning, patina, waxing and polishing.

Participants will be able to create and take home several completed holiday pins. Beginners and those who would like to polish their skills are welcomed.

Cost to participate in this workshop is $95 for View members and $110 for nonmembers, and covers all materials to make multiple pins. A sandwich or salad lunch will be available for $5.

Space is limited and registration is required by Thursday, Oct. 18, by calling 315-369-6411 or online at