Pierogi and golumbki sale: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 324 Moore Ave., Herkimer. Traditional pierogi with potato and cheese or potato and sauerkraut will sell for $7 a dozen. Frozen golumbki will sell for $13 a half dozen or three-piece for $6.50.
Robert H. Wood Great Artists Series presents The Modernistics: 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, Sarkus-Busch Theater, Herkimer College. The performance is open to the public free of charge. The Modernistics are the acclaimed singing and tap-dancing team of Ted and Pamela Powers, with virtuoso jazz musicians Peter H. Bloom on flute, Mark Leighton on guitar and Dave Zox on double-bass. The quintet will provide a tour of the Great American Songbook with music by Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Dorothy Fields, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington and other master tunesmiths. For more information, visit www.herkimer.edu/greatartists or call the Herkimer County College Foundation Office at 315-574-4015.
A Taste of the Valley, a fundraiser for the Frankfort Free Library: 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, St. Francis Club, Eighth Avenue, Frankfort. The public is invited to enjoy samples from several local restaurants and take part in gift basket raffles. Tickets are $5 per person.
Winter giveaway: 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 19, Christ Episcopal Church, North Main Street, Herkimer. Clothing sizes vary. Some blankets and other winter items will also be available.
Fall trash drop-off day: 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, town garage on state Route 168, Mohawk. Permits are required and may be obtained at no cost from the town clerk’s office, 66 E. Main St., Mohawk. Household trash, metals and tires will be accepted with a $4 fee for tires up to 19 inches.
Workshop, "Ways to Greater Self-Understanding": 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 19, Shawangunk Nature Preserve, Cold Brook. Dreams are pathways to the unconscious which, if handled with gentle wisdom can help people deal with life’s stresses. The session will be guided by a certified state counselor. Call 315-826-7405 to register or inquire about scheduling a special workshop for a group.
Holiday Craft Show: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, Herkimer High School, 801 W. German St., Herkimer. Proceeds benefit H.A.L.O. (Helping Animals Live Organization). Offerings will include unique handmade crafts from more than 90 vendors. Admission is free. There will also be basket raffles, a surprise giveaway and food and beverages available with Mr. McGill's food truck. For more information, contact Natalie at 315-520-3112.
Signups for Mohawk Valley Hockey Club Youth Ball Hockey Program: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, Ilion Elks Lodge. Registration fee is $35 and the program is open to boys and girls ages 4-13. For more details, visit the group’s Facebook page at Mohawk Valley Hockey Club — Youth or call or text 315-868-1051.
Easy oil painting class: 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, Holy Family Parish Hall/Gym, Little Falls. A $45 fee covers canvas, use of all supplies needed and step-by-step instruction by Kathy Canastar. No experience is necessary as participants paint "Red Umbrella." To register or for information, call 315-736-4202.
Utica Zoo Spooktacular Harvest Festival: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19 and 20, Utica. The event will feature live music, fall favorite treats, a vendor market, food trucks, trick or treating, games and activities and more than 200 animals on the scenic grounds of the Utica Zoo. Visitors can also enjoy dance performances, karate demonstrations, Mad Props Photo Booth and the inflatable super slide from Varano Super Jump. Parking will be available at the zoo parking lots with overflow parking available at the Parkway Rec Center and Valley View Golf Course on Saturday and the Parkway Rec Center and MVCC Payne Hall Lot on Sunday. Shuttle buses will be available from all locations. Admission cost for non-members is $10 for adults and $6 for kids and $6 for adults and $3 for kids for members. Coupons, day passes, or other promotion items are not valid for Spooktacular Harvest Festival. For more information, visit UticaZoo.org or follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @uticazoo.
B Sharp Musical Club Scholarship Benefit Concert: 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20, Sinnott Family Bank of Utica Audito
rium, Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Utica. This year’s theme will be “A Little Classical, A Little Jazz.” The concert will feature 22-year-old French-American lyric coloratura Solέne Le Van in a program ranging from arias by Rossini, Puccini and Verdi to jazz violin and voice selections by Gershwin, Cole Porter and Django Reinhardt.
Children’s holiday-themed sewing workshop: 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22, Fort Plain Free Library, 19 Willett St., Fort Plain. Workshop will be led by retired family and consumer sciences teacher Pamela Boynton. Children ages 8 to 13 will learn to hand stitch decorative buttons onto fabric pumpkins to create tiny jack-o’-lantern pouches. Children ages 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Because of the limited class size, all participants must register in advance. For more information or to sign up, call 518-993-4646. Follow the library on Facebook for updates.
Cheryl Pula presents "Abolitionism/Underground Railroad": 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23, Frankfort Free Library, Frankfort. The Fortnightly Club is hosting the event, which is free and open to the public.
Auditions for the musical revue "Side by Side by Sondheim": 6:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 23 and 24, First Presbyterian Church, 90 Morgan St., Ilion. Directed by Rick Riggle, "Side by Side by Sondheim" is a musical revue featuring the songs of the Broadway and film composer Stephen Sondeim. Males and females ages 9 and older are sought for a variety of performances. Those auditioning may provide their own music or choose from a selection of pre-prepared songs that include "Comedy Tonight," "Anyone Can Whistle," "I’m Still Here" and "Send in the Clowns." The performance dates for "Side by Side by Sondheim" will be Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9, 2020 as part of the Ilion Little Theatre’s 2018-19 production season.
Film, "Earth Day": 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute auditorium, Utica. The film celebrates the longstanding partnership between Empire Recycling and Sculpture Space in transforming scrap metal into art. The film is 16 minutes long and will be followed by a panel discussion with Empire president Steven Kowalsky and Sculpture Space executive director Tom Montan, along with artists Patrick Cuffe and Aimee Tarasek. The event is free and open to the public.
Mohawk Valley Community College Drama Club and Theater Program presents John Randall’s "Reserve Two for Murder": 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 24-26, Schafer Theater, Francis A. Wilcox Hall, MVCC’s Utica campus. Admission is $5 general admission, $2 for MVCC employees and free for MVCC students. The dramatic comedy is for mature audiences only and will involve some audience participation. In this play-within-a-play, someone kills an actor — right in the middle of a stage performance. Tickets can be purchased at www.mvcc.edu/tickets or over the phone by calling 315-731-5721.
Monk Rowe Trio presents tribute concert, "The Beatles, We love them, Yeah … Yeah …Yeah!": 6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, Utica Public Library, Utica. The concert is the last event in the library’s spotlight on British Culture. All the big hits from The Beatles catalog will be performed. There will be Beatles trivia questions and free Beatles Greatest Hits CDs and Beatles books will be given out to individuals at different points during the event. The concert is free to the public.
"Things That Go Bump in the Night" Ghost Tours: 5:30 to 8 p.m., Oct. 25 and 26 and Nov. 1 and 2, The Farmers' Museum, Cooperstown. Eerie lantern-lit tours of the shadowy museum grounds will begin every half-hour from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The guide will recount mysteries and ghostly happenings that have occurred in the 19th century historic village. Tours last one hour, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and running every half-hour through 8 p.m. Cost: $15 members and $17 nonmembers. Reservations are required. Recommended for ages 10 and older as the tour may be too intense for small children. Tickets available on Eventbrite.com. For general questions regarding the program, call 607-547-1534.
Paranormal investigation: 6 to 7:30 and 8 to 9:30 p.m., Oct. 26, 1834 Herkimer County Jail, Herkimer. Learn about famous inmates like the Adirondack Tragedy's Chester Gillette and the last woman to be hanged in New York state, Roxalana Druse, and take part in a paranormal investigation with members of the New York Shadow Chasers. Sessions are limited to 30 people each. The cost is $20 per person and tickets should be purchased in advance. They are available at the Herkimer County Historical Society or by calling Katie Nichols at 315-866-1563. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Historic Herkimer County, a nonprofit, all volunteer group trying to raise funds to restore the 1834 Jail.
Library haunt: 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 28 and 29, 3 to 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, and 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, Ilion Free Public Library. The Haunted Library is free and open to the public. Visitors may come in costume if they wish. For more information, stop by or call the library at 315-894-5028.
Decorative Japanese knot workshop: 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 26, Shawangunk Nature Preserve, Cold Brook. Participants will learn how to weave beautiful designs onto a smooth stone or wood piece to hold down papers on their desk. Materials fee is $10. Call 315-826-7405 to register or inquire about scheduling a special workshop for a group.
Annual harvest dinner: 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 512 E. Gansevoort St., Little Falls. Takeout will be available from 4 to 5 p.m. The menu will include roast pork, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, squash, green beans, rolls, beets, homemade desserts and beverages. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children younger than 5 years of age.
Roast pork dinner: 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, Stratford Methodist Church, Stratford. The menu will include roasted pork, mashed potatoes, veggies, roll, drink and dessert. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. All proceeds will benefit Operation Christmas Child.
"Things That Go Bump in the Night" Ghost Tours: 5:30 to 8 p.m., Nov. 1 and 2, The Farmers' Museum, Cooperstown. Eerie lantern-lit tours of the shadowy museum grounds will begin every half-hour from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The guide will recount mysteries and ghostly happenings that have occurred in the 19th century historic village. Tours last one hour, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and running every half-hour through 8 p.m. Cost: $15 members and $17 nonmembers. Reservations are required. Recommended for ages 10 and older as the tour may be too intense for small children. Tickets available on Eventbrite.com. For general questions regarding the program, call 607-547-1534.
Roast Beef Dinner: 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, Ilion First Baptist Church, 8 Second St., Ilion. Tickets are $11 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 and may be purchased at the door, from any church member or by calling the church office at 315-894-9041. The church is handicapped accessible by the Second Street entrance.
Signups for Mohawk Valley Hockey Club Youth Ball Hockey Program: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3, Ilion Elks Lodge. Registration fee is $35 and the program is open to boys and girls ages 4-13. For more details, visit the group’s Facebook page at Mohawk Valley Hockey Club - Youth or call or text 315-868-1051.
Little Falls Rotary Club hosts a Vietnam War 50th Commemoration pinning ceremony: 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6, Little Falls Elks Lodge. This pinning ceremony is part of an ongoing national effort to honor all living Vietnam-era veteran military service members, who were on active duty between Nov. 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975, regardless of where they served. For more information, to request an official invitation be sent to an eligible veteran or to make a reservation to attend, call Colleen Corsi at 315-360-5400 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bus trip to the game between the New York Giants and New York Jets: Nov. 10, pickup in Fonda, Schenectady and Albany. Tickets are $225 and the price includes game tickets and bus transportation to and from the game. Beer and food will be provided. To sign up, call Carmen at 518-727-6024 or Tony at 518-332-1556.