FAMILY ART & NATURE
TUPPER LAKE--Sunday is Family Art and Nature Day at The Wild Center here from 12-2 p.m. through March 30. Explore a nature theme, meet live animals and create a handcrafted item to take home. It is free for members or with paid admission.
Jan. 26 discover how plants and animals rely on each other to survive in the Adirondacks. Meet a live raptor to see how they rely on smaller animals for food and then take a scavenger hunt around the museum. Create a set of Nature Dominoes to take home.
The Wild Center, at 45 Museum Dr., is open throughout the winter Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and during the entire week of President's Day. For more information on TWC visit www.wildcenter.org or call (518) 359-7800.
SPECULATOR--Oak Mountain Ski Center's Snowshoe Race Benefits Youth will be Saturday, Feb. 1, starting at 10 a.m. Day of race registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and is limited to 100 contestants.
This 5K/10K snowshoe race climbs its way up, down and all around the mountain. There will also be a one-mile Fun Race for children under age 12. Entry fees are $20 for the 5K/10K and $5 for the Fun Race. All proceeds go to youth activities through the Hamilton County Youth Board.
Call (518) 548-3606 to pre-register. Cancellations will be accepted up to 48 hours before race day. This course is on a mountain; be prepared for rugged terrain.
DRIVING COURSES SET
INDIAN LAKE--There will be a New York State Department of Motor Vehicles 5 Hour Pre-Licensing Driving Course at Indian Lake Central School here Saturday, Jan. 25, starting at 4 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m. The course is required for applicants who want to take a road test for a NYS driver's license. Driver's permits are required.
The course consists of driving techniques, how to pass a road test safely, highway safety, drugs and alcohol. Register by calling John Rathbun at 648-5306.
Rathbun will hold a Defensive Driving Course at Byron Park here Friday, Feb. 21, starting at 4 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. Completing this course gives one a 10 percent savings on collision and liability premiums and helps reduce up to four points off a license. Register by calling Rathbun at 648-5306.
POKER RUN IS SLATED
INLET--Inlet Barnstormers' annual Poker Run will be Jan. 31 through Feb. 1. It starts at 8 a.m. Friday and ends at 5 p.m. Saturday. www.InletBarnstormers.com
RIDE IN THE POKER RUN
LONG LAKE--Moonlighters' Poker Run starts at the opening of business Friday, Feb. 7, and finishes at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. Pick up play cards at The Raquette Lake Tap Room or The Newcomb House. Cash prizes. $10 each, must be at least age 18 to get a play card. All stamped play cards must be turned in by 5 p.m._Door prizes will be awarded at 6 p.m. as well as awards for first, second, third and best hand. mylonglake.com
POKER RUN PLANNED
SPECULATOR--The Speculator Lions Club Snowmobile Poker Run will be Saturday, Feb. 8. Register between 9 a.m. and noon at The Lemon Tree or Piseco Performance for $10 each. The event may be done by car or snowmobile. Awards for first, second and third places and door prizes will be given starting at 3 p.m. at The Inn at Speculator. Door prize tickets are available at registration and all stops. All funds raised will be used for community needs and Lions charities.
PARTY IS AT OXBOW
PISECO--Pleasant Riders Snowmobile Club's Christmas Tree Burning & Sledding Party will be Sunday, Feb. 9, from 2-9 p.m. Everyone is invited. Refreshments are provided by Pleasant Riders. Sledding starts 2 p.m., Bonfire 3 p.m., Live Music 5-9 p.m., Fireworks 6 p.m.
'MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG'
OLD FORGE--An acclaimed London production of the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical, "Merrily We Roll Along," will be screened at View at 3273 SR 28 here Friday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. with a matinee Saturday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m.
See the award-winning movie for $8/$6 members and $4 students. Tickets can be purchased by calling (315) 369-6411 or online at www.ViewArts.org.
Set over three decades in the entertainment business "Merrily We Roll Along" charts the relationship between three close friends. It features some of Sondheim's most beautiful songs. Sondheim says it is the best production of "Merrily" he has seen.
NASA WORLD PREMIERE
TUPPER LAKE--In 2014, a global consortium will launch a major space effort. The movie about the effort and its purpose, "The Story of Water Falling," will have its world premiere at The Wild Center, 45 Museum Dr. here, Saturday, Jan. 25. Admission to The Wild Center and the film are free that day.
The space project is all about water. It's driven by the need to understand more about one of the most powerful systems on Earth. Think of shoveling snow. Imagine the power that pulled all that weight into the sky, and dropped it across thousands of miles. "Water Falls" will show in Planet Adirondack, a perfect sphere. Learn more at www.wildcenter.org.
JOIN THE FISHING DERBY
RAQUETTE LAKE--The Mike Norris Fishing Derby will be Saturday, Jan. 25, with registration starting at 6 a.m. at Raquette Lake Fire Hall. Fish for lake trout, brook trout, perch and salmon. Cash prizes. Sponsored by the Raquette Lake Fish and Game Club.
ICE FISH LATE EATON
LONG LAKE--The Lake Eaton Ice Fishing Derby here will be Saturday, Feb. 8, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register at Town Hall from 6-6:30 a.m. for $25 each. Cash prizes for trout and landlocked salmon. Live weigh-in at the Lake Eaton Campground Beach. Sponsored by Long Lake Fish & Game Club.
PISECO--Cornell Cooperative Extension of Hamilton County will teach Small Batch Cheese Making Saturday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon at Piseco Education Center. Each participant will receive a mozzarella kit.
The class costs $25 each. Registration and payment are required by Friday, Jan. 17. Call (518) 548-6191.
CHICKEN & BISCUITS
WELLS--The Wells United Methodist Church is holding a Chicken and Biscuit Dinner Saturday, Feb. 8, from 4-6:30 p.m. The menu consists of chicken in gravy on Bev's fabulous homemade biscuits, mashed potatoes, green beans and carrots, beverage and homemade pies, cakes and cookies. Cost is $ 8.50 for adults, $4 ages 6-12, free for under age 6. Take-outs and gluten-free options are available. The church is on Route 30.
INDOOR GARAGE SALE
WELLS--The 14th Annual Indoor Garage Sale here will be Saturday, Feb. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Wells Community Hall on Rt. 30. Food and beverages will be sold. For a free table contact Dee at (518) 924-5371.
ANNIE & THE HEDONISTS*
WELLS--The Virginia Hosley Free Library here announces its 2014 arts program: "Keeping It Alive: Songs and Styles From The Past." The first program will be Sunday, Jan. 26, starting at 2 p.m. at Wells Community Hall on Route 30. There is no cost but donations will be accepted.
The program will feature Annie and the Hedonists interpreting the songs of the great female blues artists of the 1920s, '30s and '40s: Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Memphis Minnie, Billie Holliday, Rosetta Tharpe, Blue Lu Barker, Ella Fitzgerald and others.
WINTER HIKE PLANNED
LONG LAKE--Hike Mount Adams Saturday, Jan. 25, with guide Spencer Morrissey. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Long Lake Town Offices, 1130 Deerland Road. This 4.8-mile round-trip will be over moderate to steep terrain. The route passes Lake Jimmy on an easy trail before entering a narrower trail and eventually a steep hike to a historical Adirondack fire tower. The views are some of the best in the park. Snowshoes are a must; rentals are available but must be requested in advance. The guide fee is $20 each. This trip is not recommended for children under age 12. Call (518) 624-3077 to register and for a list of required equipment.
ON DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
NORTHVILLE--Harry Wirtz will hold an Introduction to Digital Photography workshop Saturdays, Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, at the SVAN Arts Center at 132 S. Main St. here. Each session runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Master basic camera controls to take sharp, well-composed images, then enhance them using Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Elements. Learn how to choose appropriate digital file formats. This workshop is best for those with basic computer skills. Bring a digital single lens reflex camera and a Mac or Windows laptop if it has image editing software. Students' questions and requests will drive the workshop.
Call Harry Wirtz at (518) 863-8636. Bring lunch or buy it nearby. Tuition: $90 / SVAN members $85. www.svanarts.org.
RIDE FOR THE CURE
SPECULATOR--Pleasant Riders Snowmobile Club will hold its First Annual Cancer Ride Saturday, Jan. 25, starting at Oak Mountain Ski Center here. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
The cost is $25 per rider. This gives a rider a choice of three rides, a buffet dinner and a gift for participating. There will also be a silent auction and raffles. Pledge sheets are available.
Come early to enjoy breakfast at Oak before heading out. For more go to email@example.com. To sign up go to www.pleasantriders.com.
SWAP MEET SLATED
WELLS--Wells Fish & Game Club will hold its annual Sportsman Swap Meet Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wells Community Hall. Rent a table for $15 or just come and browse through old and new sporting goods. Buy, sell, barter or trade. Admission is $2 per adult; kids get in free. For more information or to rent a table call Nancy Lewis at 924-2110.
MAKE A PENDANT
NORTHVILLE--Learn how easy it is to make one-of-a-kind jewelry from Carolyn Learch Saturday, Feb. 1, from 1-3:30 p.m. and take home a silver wire-wrap pendant. The silver wire wrapping is delicate and unique to each pendant.
The workshop will be held at 120 Lisa Drive, Northville, and is limited to six participants. Tuition is $22 / $20 Sacandaga Valley Arts Network members. Materials cost $5. Call (518) 863-4067 to sign up.
* This event is possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts' Decentralization Regrant Program, administered in Hamilton County by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake.
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