Send us your 9/11 events
The Observer-Dispatch is compiling a list of all ceremonies and events to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Please email your event to email@example.com. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Sept. 2.
Susquehanna SPCA offers special ‘study buddy’ sales this month
The Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) is offering half price adoption specials this month, beginning with cats and kittens through Saturday, Aug. 17.
Due to an influx of adoptable felines of all ages, the shelter has been at capacity for the last two months and has a waiting list for new arrivals, prompting the "Back-to-School" adoption sale.
Funding from the Staffworks Fund Homeward Bound Program makes the reduction in adoption fees possible. The program was created to assist overcrowded shelters and rescues by subsidizing reduced adoption fees and fee-waived programs. This support provides reduced fees for potential adopters and still allows animal welfare organizations to maintain their operating budget.
Adoption fees at the SQSPCA include spay/neuter, microchip, rabies/distemper vaccinations (age appropriate), Feline Leukemia/FIV testing, fecal testing, deworming, flea treatment and basic grooming. Available kittens and cats range from two months to 11 years, from calico to tortoiseshell to tabby.
Thanks to the Staffworks Fund Homeward Bound Program, additional "Back-to-School" adoption specials will be offered throughout the month and will be announced via Facebook and the media.
To learn more about the Susquehanna SPCA and to view available animals, visit www.sqspca.org. For more information on upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, call 607-547-8111.
MHA to host renters’ rights and responsibilities workshop
The Utica Municipal Housing Authority AmeriCorps Program will host a workshop to educate renters about tenant rights and responsibilities.
The free workshop will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at the Utica Public Library, 303 Genesee St., second floor, gallery.
The event will focus on the new tenant law in New York state. An elevator is available. Parking is behind the library on the Park Avenue side. Free transportation can be provided for local residents, but reservations must be made two days before the event.
The speaker for the workshop will be Melanie Goldberg, Esq., of Legal Services of Central New York.
The workshop will highlight recent changes in New York state regarding eviction, renter protections, and landlord/tenant matters. It will provide an overview of tenant and landlord law including leases, repairs, eviction process, fair housing, and lead issues. AmeriCorps members will be available to discuss housing search and assistance resources and programs available for community residents.
For information and to request transportation, call 315-982-3731 or 315-735-5246, ext. 25, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information is available online at www.facebook.com/UticaMHA.
Klockowski benefit set for Aug. 24
A benefit for local funeral director Michael A. Klockowski, who is diagnosed with anaplastic ALK negative large cell lymphoma, will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at American Legion Post 229 at 409 Herkimer Road.
Tickets are $20 per person.
For tickets, call 315-794-8197 or 315-724-3251.
Valley Residential Services to host open house
Valley Residential Services, the first enriched housing and assisted living facility in Herkimer County, is welcoming new residents to its enriched housing facility at 323 Pine Grove Road.
There will be an opportunity for the public to tour the independent living apartments and meet with staff during an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at the facility.
Its new expansion project has added 14 one-bedroom apartments, all large enough for couples, and, also a fully staffed wellness and fitness center.
For information and to register for the Open House, call 315-219-5700, ext. 3239.
Christian Women's Club to host luncheon
The Mohawk Valley Christian Women's Club invites you to join its monthly luncheon meeting titled "A Souper Brunch."
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Hart's Hill Inn, 135 Clinton St.
The special feature will be inspirational speaker Barbara Austin, from Willington, Connecticut who will be explaining the legend of "Stone Soup" that originated in France. She also will speak on, "Smiling Through Life's Difficulties." Enjoy live music by a local artist.
The cost is $13.50 per person, inclusive. Free childcare is made with reservation. Bring a lunch for your child.
For reservations, call 315-733-2085.
Walk-ins are welcome.
Utica Zombie Walk returns
The Utica Zombie Walk will return from a three-year hiatus to celebrate its tenth anniversary.
The walk will take place beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the Uptown Theatre for Creative Arts, at 2014 Genesee St. Doors open at 5 p.m.
The event is free and open to all ages. Participants ages 17 and younger are asked to be accompanied by an adult. In lieu of an admission fee, participants are asked to bring one nonperishable pet food or supply item that will be donated to the Stevens-Swan Humane Society.
Monetary donations also will be accepted for Uptown Theatre for Creative Arts, a nonprofit that has been restoring and operating the Uptown Theatre since taking ownership in 2018.
For information on the Utica Zombie Walk, visit www.facebook.com/UticaZombieWalk/.
For inquiries about getting involved including vendor and volunteer opportunities, email
Flags for heroes, families to be displayed Nov. 1-11
The Good News Center announced that 1,000 flags will be posted along the Memorial Parkway for Veterans Day. The flags will be on display Nov. 1-11.
At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, a ceremony will take place at the Memorial Parkway, where visitors can see the flags on display. This year’s guest speaker will include Lieutenant Colonel Steve Russell, retired.
The flags will be tagged in memory or honor of a loved one. The cost to sponsor a flag is $35.
You also can call for information on sponsoring a portion of the field. All proceeds will be used to support veteran’s and rehabilitation programs at the Sitrin Health Care Center.
To place an order, call 315-735-6210 or visit thegoodnewscenter.org.
AHI's new course on American Democracy begins Sept. 9
The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) at 21 W. Park Row, is offering a free continuing education course on democracy.
AHI courses are free and open to the public, including high school and college-age students. Professional credit is available for teachers.
The course, "Majority Rule and Equality: The Challenges of Democracy in American History," will be a combination of lecture and discussion, with 25-plus pages of reading per week. It will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays from Sept. 9, through Dec. 16.
David Frisk, a resident fellow at the AHI, will facilitate the course.
Readings are provided at no cost.
In addition to the introductory and concluding sessions, two weeks will be dedicated to each of the these themes: Definitions of Equality, Limits of Majority Rule, Self-Interest and Public Spirit in American Politics, Holding Government Accountable, Political Diversity and Conflict, and Democratic Leadership.
To register, email
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call 315-381-3335.
Christmas on Main Street seeks volunteers
The Christmas on Main Street planning committee seeks volunteers for the 33rd annual Christmas on Main Street celebration Saturday, Nov. 23.
Individuals or groups can participate.
Volunteers will be needed on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22-23, for a variety of set up and take down duties also monitoring lines for Santa and clowns, selling toys, making snacks and beverages and more.
Adult primary duties will be to monitor and assist youth volunteers in each area.
Groups are encouraged to schedule their volunteers in two-to-three hour blocks throughout the day
For information on how to volunteer, email email@example.com.
Defensive Driving courses offered at library
The Utica Public Library at 303 Genesee St. is offering Defensive Driving courses from 11:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, and 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.
The fee is $30 per person. Seniors ages 55 and older receive a $5 rebate for the August class.
For information, call 516-855-8625.
To register for the course, visit www.drivesafenys.com/defensive-driving-paypal.
Free Hatha Yoga classes offered at library
The Utica Public Library, 303 Genesee St., is offering Hatha Yoga with Kristy Caruso at 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30.
This four class program is an introductory course that is free to the public and open to all adult ages and skill levels. Participants must bring their own mat.
To register, call 315-735-2279 or register online at uticapubliclibrary.org.
Space is limited. The class will be offered again in November.