Arc Herkimer to offer Traffic Survival Workshop

Arc Herkimer will offer the National Traffic Safety Institute’s six-hour Traffic Survival Workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, in the agency’s Training Center at 350 S. Washington St.

Individuals who successfully complete the course will receive up to four points reduced from the total on their New York state driving record and a 10 percent reduction, for three years, in the base rate of the motorist’s current automobile liability, no-fault and collision premiums.

Access for the course is the building’s main entrance. The fee is $38. Books and materials are provided. Payment and registration can be made by calling 315-574-7982.

For information regarding Arc Herkimer or to view when additional courses will be offered, visit www.archerkimer.org.



Vote for the best in town at Wing Wars

The Joseph Michael Chubbuck Foundation is hosting the third Annual CNY Wing Wars from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Hart's Hill Inn, 135 Clinton St.

Returning to defend their 2018 titles are O’Baby’s for Best Wing (Public Vote), Killabrew Saloon for Most Unique Wing (Celebrity Judges Choice), and Pie Squared for Best Wing (Celebrity Judges Choice) and Most Unique Wing (Public Vote).

New to this year’s competition is Dinosaur BBQ, Piggy Pat’s BBQ, Pizza Classic, Campus Inn Pizza and A Taste of Laos.

Returning participants include Franco’s Pizza of Whitesboro, Hot Off The Brick, Pizza Boys and Tony’s of Westmoreland. After sampling the wings, attendees will cast votes for Best Wing and Most Unique Wing.

Admission price of $25 per ticket includes one slice of cheese pizza, one dozen wings (one from each contestant), one beer or soda, celery and blue cheese dressing.

Enjoy music by Performance DJs, a 50/50 raffle, basket raffle and raffle for a chance to win a 55-inch HDTV.

Only 250 tickets for the event will be sold. For tickets, visit www.thejmcf.org under "Events" or call 315-339-5993. Tickets will be available at the door until sold out.

Proceeds will be used to assist local cancer patients in financial need.



Round table talk focuses on slavery, Dutch-Palatine farmers

The American Revolution Round Table of the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys is a group of history enthusiasts dedicated to the studies of the American Revolution.

The American Revolution Round Table: Hudson/Mohawk Valleys and Siena College’s McCormick Center for the Study of the American Revolution presents "Slavery and Dutch-Palatine Farmers: How did middle class farmers in New York interact with slavery?" by Travis Bowman, senior curator of the New York State Bureau of Historic Sites.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Siena College, 515 Loudon Road, Albany, in the Roger Bacon Building, Room 202, also known as Key Auditorium. Parking is free in Lots L, F or G.

Bowman will examine how slavery evolved in New York under the Dutch, British and American systems of government and how the institution was utilized at a local and personal level among the Palatine immigrants and their descendants in the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys.

To register for the event, call 518-774-5669.



Parkway Center to offer AARP Smart Driving Course

The Parkway Center, 220 Memorial Parkway, is offering the AARP Smart Driving Course from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 14-15. The snow day will be Thursday, Jan. 17.

The cost is $20 for AARP members and $25 for nonmembers.

Participants must bring their AARP card, New York state driver’s license, a pen and beverage.

Make your checks payable to AARP.

To register, call 315-235-8555.



Community programs offered at Ava Dorfman Center

The Ava Dorfman Center, 305 E. Locust St., is offering the following programs for January:

• Alzheimer’s Association will give a program, "Healthy Living for your Brain and Body," at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11. Learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use of hands-on-tools, for people of any age looking to age as well as possible.

• Drum Circle returns at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11. Drumming circles have become an interactive fun and social way of exercising. Decrease anxiety, depression and stress, increase energy, mobility and posture. The fee is $12 for center members and $20 for nonmembers.

• Cornell Cooperative Extension will give a presentation on joining Eat Smart New York at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14. Learn simple, inexpensive tips on how to eat healthy and be active to improve your health. Sessions include tips, easy-to-prepare recipes, ideas to incorporate activity in your daily life, food demonstration and tasting.

• Lunch & Learn Series will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, welcoming Walter Hagues who will give a presentation on his books "Artists View of Old Forge" and "Artists View of Inlet, NY," which gives a pictorial guide to those areas. The fee is $5 for center members and $6 for nonmembers. Reservations are due Monday, Jan. 14.

Reservations are required for all programs by calling 315-337-8230.



American Heart Association announces Lifestyle Change Award

As you work on your New Year’s resolution, do you know someone who has already made a big change? The American Heart Association is working to celebrate individuals who have made a positive impact on their health with the Lifestyle Change Award.

The Lifestyle Change Award honors someone who has made significant, positive changes in an effort to live a longer and healthier life.

Nominations can be submitted by friends, co-workers or relatives. Individuals can also choose to nominate themselves.

Photos and stories from finalists will be posted on the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Facebook page at @HeartCNY.

The winner will be chosen by a combination of a panel of judges and public votes on Facebook. The winner will then be recognized at the America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk closing ceremony March 2 in the Utica College gymnasium.

For a nomination form, email heartofutica@heart.org or call 315-580-3960.

Completed copies can be emailed to heartofutica@heart.org or printed versions may be mailed to: Lifestyle Change Award, American Heart Association, 125 Business Park Drive, Utica, NY 13502.

Nominations are due by Friday, Feb. 1.



Register now for free bullying prevention seminar

Side Kicks Karate, 2009 N. James St., is conducting a free bullying prevention seminar from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.

This workshop is designed to educate childen how to deal with negativity and peer pressure, give them the tools to deal with being bullied and build self confidence.

To register, visit www.mystudio.academy/e/?=3153393928/784/43838///1545058871.

For information, call 315-339-3928.



Members named to MWPAI Board of Trustees

Francis X. Matt III, Emma Golden and Robert Knight have been named to the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Board of Trustees.

Matt, a corporate transactional attorney with more than 30 years of legal experience, is the founder and managing partner of The Matt Law Firm PLLC, an affiliate of Barclay Damon LLP. He has served as president of the MWPAI Board of Trustees and is past president of the Utica Public Library Board of Trustees.

Golden is artist residency program director for The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, communications assistant for Golden Artist Colors, and is affiliated with Upstate Residency Consortium. She was formerly residency program intern for The Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in Ithaca, program associate for The New York Foundation for the Arts, and board member for the Chenango Arts Council.

Knight is an award-winning photographer whose works have been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. He currently is associate professor of photography at Hamilton College. Knight has served on the faculty of the New England Institute of Art, and as a visiting lecturer at Massachusetts College of Art and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His photographs have appeared in several magazines and books.

Matt, Golden and Knight will join the board of 12 trustees that governs MWPAI and its divisions, including Museum of Art, Performing Arts, and School of Art with PrattMWP College of Art and Design. Trustees are appointed to an initial term of three years.

Other MWPAI Board of Trustees include: Chair Vige Barrie, Vice Chair Mark Levitt, Secretary William Craine, Steven Brown, Michael Cominsky, Richard Griffith, Donna Harkavy, Steven Kowalsky and Peggy O’Shea. Michael D. Damsky and John B. Stetson serve as Trustee Emeriti.



Russell named Kiwanis Student of the Month

The Kiwanis Club of the Central Adirondacks has named Caitlin Russell as its Student of the Month for January.

She is the daughter of Karen and Clint Otto and Patrick Russell of Old Forge, and a senior at Town of Webb Union Free School.

Russell will be awarded $100 and be invited with her parents to an upcoming Kiwanis Recognition Event to make a brief presentation.



Enjoy big laughs at upcoming comedy tour

The Ava Dorfman Center, 305 E. Locust St., presents the "Big & Tall Comedy Tour" on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a cash bar (beer and wine) and appetizers available for purchase, followed by the comedy show at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

For tickets and reservations, call 315-337-8230.



Boscov's to host community blood drive

Boscov's and the New Hartford Rotary will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Sangertown Square, 8555 Seneca Turnpike.

According to the Red Cross, donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood, email ialexander@boscovs.com or call 315-733-0393, ext. 1202.

Walk-in donors are welcome.



Volunteer as a Fresh Air host family

This summer, join volunteer host families in the Utica area and open your heart and home to a Fresh Air child.

Each summer, thousands of children from New York City’s low-income communities visit suburban, rural and small town communities along the East Coast and Southern Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program. 

For more information about hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, call 315-868-0038 or visit www.freshair.org.



Parkway Center hosts trip to New Orleans

The Parkway Center is hosting a motor coach trip to New Orleans from Saturday, April 27, through Sunday, May 5.

The trip includes eight nights lodging with four consecutive nights in New Orleans, 14 meals, guided tours of New Orleans and Louisiana Plantation, admission to the National World War II Museum and Mardi Gras World, a riverboat cruise, motor coach transportation and time to enjoy the historic New Orleans French Quarter. 

The cost is $900 per person for double occupancy.

For information and to make a reservation, call 315-223-3973, ext. 108.