First meeting of 2019 Ride for Missing Children set
Rider, volunteer, sponsor or supporter, it’s time to kickoff commitment to the 23nd Annual Ride for Missing Children-CNY.
The first meeting of the year is set to take place Monday, Jan. 14, at the Schafer Theater at the Mohawk Valley Community College Utica Campus, 1101 Sherman Drive.
A special meeting for new riders will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the general meeting at 7 p.m. Informational tables will be set up prior to the meeting start. It is open to the public.
The January meeting is a must-attend as important dates and resources will be announced. The meeting will have a "Why We Ride" passion speaker with 22-year rider and volunteer Dr. Marc Ritter, and a story of recovery will be shared.
On Friday, June 7, more than 450 Ride for Missing Children riders will travel 90 miles and visit 20 schools on a journey through Verona, Rome, Oriskany, Whitesboro, Utica, Frankfort, Ilion and New Hartford to promote awareness and hope in the plight of missing and exploited children.
Registration is still open for both riders and volunteers to participate.
For information and to sign up, visit www.therideformissingchildren.com.
Hearty Hearts Club welcomes new members
Valley Health Services’ Hearty Hearts Club is a group that meets for lunch, socialization and occasional programs.
The luncheons take place quarterly at Valley Health Services, 690 W. German St. and are free.
Marcia Thomas-Bruce, Cardiac Rehabilitation program director, is the club’s coordinator.
For information and to join, call 315-866-3330, ext. 2236.
Dunkin' donors make a difference
An American Red Cross blood drive will take place from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the American Legion Post 230 Community Room, 168 E. Seneca St.
Get a $5 Dunkin' gift card by email when you come to donate.
To schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.
Register now for library’s Toddler Story Time and Winter Story Hour
The Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd., resumes its Toddler Story Time and Winter Story Hour programs on Fridays, from Jan. 18, through Feb. 22.
• Toddler Story Time will meet from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Toddlers ages 1-2 with a parent or adult caregiver will listen to stories, enjoy puppets, learn finger plays and have some toy time. This is a great way for toddlers to socialize with other children their age and for the parents or caregivers to network and meet other adults. Walk-ins are welcome.
• Winter Story Hour will take place from 11 a.m. to noon and is designed for preschoolers aged 3, 4 and 5. Children will have stories read to them and take part in games, crafts and other activities as they become acquainted with the library.
To register your child for these programs, call 315-369-6008 by Thursday, Jan. 17.
Hiram Lodge elects officers
Hiram Lodge No.18, Free and Accepted Masons, Prince Hall, elected the following officers for 2019 at a Dec. 4 meeting:
• Worshipful Master Otis Brown.
• Senior Warden William Brown.
• Junior Warden Delvin Moody.
• Treasurer Milton Boddie .
• Secretary Nathaniel Price.