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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Sept. 2.
NSDAR Chapter honors member
Members of the General Winfield Scott-Ganowauges Chapter of the NSDAR were joined by Theresa Willemsen, past NYS chaplain and a member of the NSDAR Astenrogen Chapter, for a memorial service July 18 at the East Winfield Cemetery.
The service honored Dorothy Burke for her long history and dedication to her chapter and the DAR. The chapter’s next meeting will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the West Winfield Library, at 179 South St. New members are welcome.
For information, call 315-822-6937.
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.
Wish you had a better marriage?
The Third Option support group for married couples meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every other Sunday, including Aug. 25, Sept. 8 and 22, at The Good News Center, 10475 Cosby Manor Road.
Learn communication skills such as how to handle anger more constructively, resolve conflicts and communicate better. Hear couples share how they overcame problems in their marriages.
For information and to register, call 315-735-6210, email email@example.com or visit www.thegoodnewscenter.org.
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.
Tasty fundraiser planned to benefit The Root Farm
Enjoy a burger and a beer while helping to support learning and healing for people of all ages and abilities as The Root Farm hosts Burger & Beers from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at 2860 King Road.
For $25, attendees will receive a burger and your first beer. The burgers are from Greyrock Farm prepared by Tim Hardiman of Tailor and the Cook. Buried Acorn Brewery is providing the beer.
Weather permitting, the zip line and rock climbing wall on site will be open.
Reserve your spot now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 315-520-7046.
The Root Farm is an innovative complex that features an equine-assisted therapy center, a diverse agriculture center, an accessible challenge course and rock wall for individuals of all abilities, and much more.
Utica Zombie Walk returns
The Utica Zombie Walk will return from a three-year hiatus to celebrate its 10th 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.
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.
Workshop shows you how to write and sell your own novel
View, the arts center at 3273 state Route 28, is hosting a novel writing workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.
International writing coach David Hazard will facilitate the workshop. Participants will learn how to plan storyboards, outlines, character development, and chapter flow to help create a gripping novel.
Cost of this workshop is $40 for guests and $30 for View members.
Space is limited. To register, visit www.viewarts.org/workshops/.
Registration deadline is Sunday, Sept. 8.