BOREAL BIRDING FESTIVAL
LAKE PLEASANT--Hamilton County's 9th Annual Boreal Birding Festival will be June 7-9, featuring renowned birder Bruce Beehler. This three-day event features bird-watching hikes, canoe trips, walks, safaris, outings and seminars throughout the county. All field trips are free, but registration is required for each outdoor event. The schedule of events will be on www.adirondackbirds.com.
HOP TO THE EGG HUNT
INLET--The Inlet Youth Commission will hold an egg hunt at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Arrowhead Park. The hunt is for children up to age 12 (or sixth grade). Bring a bag or basket, collect the allotted number of plastic eggs and turn them in for treats. Special golden eggs will hatch into special prizes.
Each child will receive a bag of treats, then all the children's names will be thrown into a basket and one boy and one girl from each age group will be drawn for additional special prizes. The later date is an attempt to make sure all the children have returned from spring break vacation.
For more information contact Mary Marleau at (315) 357-6121 or Inlet Information Office at (315) 357-5501.
KIDS' FISHING DERBY
LONG LAKE--The Long Lake Fish & Game Club will hold a Youth Fishing Contest for ages 16 and under Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jennings Park Pond on Rt. 30 here. The pond is stocked with trout in the early spring. Prizes are awarded and a life-long Adirondack hobby is born. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or call Bruce Jennings at (518) 624-2145.
ARTS EVENT BUDGETING
BLUE MT. LAKE - Learn the ins and outs of successful arts events budgeting, with an emphasis on diversifying revenues, accounting for operational costs, and successfully leveraging in-kind contributions April 11 at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here.
Budgeting A Decentralization Event will run from 6-7 p.m. (note the time change). The class is free, but pre-registration is requested.
For more information call the AC at (518) 352-7715 or visit the website at www.adirondackarts.org.
SPECULATOR--The NYS Department of Motor Vehicles' 5 Hour Pre-Licensing Course will be offered here Sunday, April 14, at Lake Pleasant Central School on Elm Lake Road starting at 5 p.m. The course is required for applicants who want to take a road test for a NYS driver's license.
The course consists of driving techniques, how to pass a road test safely, highway safety, drugs and alcohol. The course is open to the public. A NYS learner's permit is required as well as pre-registration.
To register or for more information call John Rathbun at 648-5306.
ON DEFENSIVE DRIVING
LONG LAKE--A Defensive Driving Class through the National Safety Council will be held Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Long Lake Town Hall. The discounted cost for the class is $30 per student if prepaid and $35 at the door. By completing the course the student will receive a 10 percent discount on auto insurance and a four-point reduction from their driving record. Space is limited. Call (518) 624-3077 to reserve a seat.
DRIVER SAFETY CLASS
WELLS--The AARP Driver Safety Program Course will be offered here Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $17 for AARP members / $19 non- members, to be paid the day of the class. It will be held at the Meal Site on Buttermilk Hill Road off State Route 30 right behind Wells United Methodist Church.
This eight-hour classroom refresher is for motorists age 50 and older. Attendees receive a certificate that should give principle operators of a motor vehicle a minimum 10 percent reduction in the base rate of liability and collision insurance premiums for three years.
Contact Alice Megargle (924-2220) before April 20 or Edna Rew (924-4207) any time before the class for additional information or to sign up.
TRICKY TRAY TIME
WELLS--Wells Emergency Services will host a Tricky Tray Saturday, April 27, at Wells Community Hall on Rt. 30. It starts at 6:30 p.m. with the drawings for the trays starting at 7:30 p.m. One must be present to win. Admission is $2 each, which includes 10 tickets; additional tickets may be purchased at the door.
Refreshments will be sold. To donate an item to benefit Wells Emergency Services contact Julie Stuart at 924-2141 or Sharon Grisenthwaite at 924-2269.
COMMUNITY PRIDE DAY
LONG LAKE--Community Pride Day in Long Lake and Raquette Lake will be Wednesday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. Come help clean up Long Lake or Raquette Lake just in time for spring. This annual event is sponsored by Central Adirondack Association.
In Long Lake meet at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area and in Raquette Lake meet at the Raquette Lake Tap Room at 9 a.m. to pick up a free volunteers' t-shirt, trash bags and gloves and to sign up for a section of the highway. There will be a free lunch for all volunteers at Long Lake Diner following the cleanup.
LONG LAKE--This spring's Community Connections will start at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 9, with dinner at Long Lake Central School. Workshops begin at 6 p.m.
Community Connections brings school district residents together to share a healthy meal and an evening of workshops and displays set up throughout the school. There will be a tie-dye center for kids and a teen center.
The event is free, but donations will be accepted to help defray the cost of the meal. The Long Lake PTSO will provide childcare. For more information or to RSVP for dinner and register for childcare call (518) 624-2221.
GLENS FALLS--Piccadilly Circus is coming to Glens Falls Civic Center Wednesday, May 22, for two shows, at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.
General admission arena seats are priced at $10 for kids under age 12 and $30 for adults. VIP floor seats are priced at $20 / $40. Ticket prices increase the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased through New Era Tickets online at GlensFallsCC.com, over the phone at 1-855-GFCC-TIX (432-2849) or in person at the Glens Falls Civic Center box office.
Piccadilly Circus has everything one would expect to see at a circus. See the 'Cossak warriors' on horseback; motorcycle nitro cowboys in the Globe of Death; camels and zebras performing with ponies; clowns and comedy acts and much, much more. It is 90 minutes of excitement and fun.
RUNNING FROM THE FLIES
LONG LAKE--This year's Running From The Flies 5K Race at John Dillon Park, 2150 Tupper Road, will be Sunday, June 9, starting at 10 a.m., sponsored by the Town of Long Lake and Paul Smiths College. Call (518) 624-3077.
All parking is off-site. Shuttle vans will transport racers to the site starting at 8 a.m. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. _$15 pre-registration includes t-shirt_; $20 day of race. All registrations must be by check or money order payable to Town of Long Lake, POB 496, Long Lake NY 12847.
BLACK FLY CHALLENGE
INLET--The 17th Annual Black Fly Challenge mountain bike race will begin in Inlet's Arrowhead Park at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 9, and end at Indian Lake Central School in Indian Lake.
This year's race is in memory of one of the founders, Mike Drake of Inlet, who passed away Feb. 24. The purse has doubled to over $6,000 in prizes.
This Adirondack Mountain Bike Association race through the Moose River Plains is a challenging 40-mile ride. The post-race party starts at noon and the awards ceremony at 3 p.m.
Register by May 26 at active.com to get a race t-shirt; the day before the race from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Pedals & Petals on Rt. 28 in Inlet; or the day of the race from 8-10 a.m. at Arrowhead Park. For more call (315) 357-3281.
RADIO FIELD DAYS
LONG LAKE--The Bear Bait Radio Club here will take part in Ham Radio Field Days June 22 and 23 at Mt. Sabattis Pavilion on Rt. 30 here, setting up camp for 24 hours to participate in the largest on-air amateur radio event in North America. Guests, law enforcement and members of the rescue squad and fire department are encouraged to come up and make a call and help Bear Bait score points. Open to the public.
FISHING DERBY SET
RAQUETTE LAKE--The Seventh Annual Lamphear Memorial Fishing Derby will be May 17 and 18. Register at the Raquette Lake Tap Room and fish from 5 p.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Saturday. Cash prizes will be awarded in four divisions: bullhead, brook trout, lake trout and fish. Call (315) 354-4581 for more information.
BASS AND PIKE DERBY
LONG LAKE--Long Lake Fish & Game Club will hold its annual Bass and Pike Fishing Derby Saturday, June 15. Register from 6-6:30 a.m. at Long Lake Town Beach for $25 each. No late registrations will be allowed.
Fish from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and weigh in between 3 and 3:30 p.m. at the beach. Cash prizes will be awarded. Call Bruce Jennings at (518) 624-2145 or email email@example.com for more info.
SOUPS AND CHILI
LAKE PLEASANT--The Lake Pleasant Methodist Church / Y.C. Youth Church will hold a Souper Chili Supper Saturday, April 20, from 5-7:30 p.m. Various homemade soups and chili, corn bread, rolls and dessert will be served. Come and have some good food and enjoy some great fellowship.
CHICKEN AND GRAVY
WELLS--The Wells United Methodist Church will hold a May Flowers Dinner Saturday, May 4, from 4-6:30 p.m. The menu consists of chicken in gravy on biscuits, mashed potatoes, green beans and carrots, beverage, and homemade pies, cakes and cookies. The cost is $ 8.50 for adults, $ 4 for ages 6-12 and free for under age 6. Take-outs and gluten-free options are available. The Methodist Church is located near the center of Wells, on Route 30.
RAQUETTE LAKE--Enjoy some delicious strawberry shortcake, get free area and events information and reconnect with summer friends Saturday, June 29, starting at 11 a.m. at the Raquette Lake Fire Hall. A portion of the proceeds from the Raquette Lake Strawberry Festival benefit Raquette Lake Fire Department. Visit www.myraquettelake.com for more information.
LAKE PLEASANT--Twigs Treasures House opens for the season Memorial Day Weekend. Come in and browse two floors of constantly changing arrays of antiques and slightly used furniture, household goods, toys, linens and more.
Twigs Treasures House is on Page Street near the intersection with State Route 8, across from Lake Pleasant Park. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Memorial Day Weekend May 24-27; Wednesdays through Saturdays through June; Tuesdays through Saturdays during July and August; Fridays and Saturdays during September (plus Sunday, Sept. 15, until noon for the Town-Wide Garage Sale); and Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4 and 5, and Columbus Day Weekend Oct. 11-13 and Oct. 14 to noon.
To donate items call Letty Rudes at 548-7077) Lore Frisk at 548-4668 or Susan Thielking at 548-6318.
IT'S YARD SALE TIME
INDIAN LAKE--The spring TownWide Yard Sale here will run May 24-26 this year, part of the Great Adirondack Garage Sale from Long Lake to Indian Lake, Inlet and Old Forge along state routes 28, 28N and 30.
The Charity Yard Sale, which is part of this event, will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 24 and 25 at the Indian Lake Fire Hall on E. Main Street, with the bag sale Saturday from 12-4 p.m. The Charity Yard Sale benefits local charities.
GET READY TO PLANT
INDIAN LAKE--The Indian Lake Garden Club begins its 2013 season with its April 17 meeting at the Ski Hut, Rt. 30, beginning at 10 a.m. Nancy Welch, director, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Hamilton County, will give a presentation called "Getting Ready for Planting: Soil Health."
The soil in Hamilton County is replete with sand, so we will be looking at soil amendments to improve nutrient retention and tilth. When soil is functioning at its full capacity a garden provides sustainable productivity.
Better plant growth and yield, reduced risk of soil and yield loss, reduced fertilizer needs and reduced cost of herbicides are all benefits of healthy soil.
New members are welcome. For more information call Pat Leonard at (518) 648-0044.
LONG LAKE--Memorial Day in the Town of Long Lake will begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 27, with a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Long Lake Bridge followed by a parade down Main Street to the cemetery. Visit all historical monuments with the American Legion and Long Lake Fire Department. The Raquette Lake Parade begins at 8:30 a.m. (518) 624-3077.
GREAT AMERICAN SONGS
BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts presents "The Great American Songbook" in concert at three Adirondack Park locations: Friday, May 24, starting at 7:30 p.m. at Long Lake Town Hall, 1204 Rt. 30, Long Lake; Sunday, May 26, at 2 p.m. at View, 3273 Rt. 28, Old Forge; and Sunday, May 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Indian Lake Theater, 13 W. Main St., Indian Lake.
Enjoy a uniquely American collection of popular music from Broadway and Hollywood musicals prevalent from the 1920s to 1960s. $10 general admission. (518) 352-7715.
GO TO QUILT CAMP
LONG LAKE--Adirondack Quilt Camp will be June 23-26 at Long Lake Central School, sponsored by the Town of Long Lake and Log Cabin Fabrics.
Classes will run from 1-4 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Ten award-winning quilt instructors will give 20 classes and workshops. There will also be lectures, evening programs and special children's classes.
Beginners to experienced quilters and all ages are welcome. Call (518) 624-3077 or check out www.adirondackquiltcamp.com for information on classes and teacher biographies.
NATIONAL TRAILS DAY
INLET--Celebrate National Trails Day here Saturday, June 1, by hiking with Mitch Lee. Meet at Town Hall on Main St. at 9 a.m. (315) 357-5501.
SIGN UP FOR THEATRE
BLUE MT. LAKE--Adirondack Lakes Summer Theatre Festival subscriptions are now available from the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here.
The Arts Center is proud and excited to be launching the 4th Annual Adirondack Lakes Summer Theatre Festival, a one-of-a-kind touring theatre featuring professional actors and local community talent of six productions with 51 performances in 18 towns across the Adirondacks. The package includes:
-- tickets to both main stage musicals: "Shrek" and "Songs for a New World;"
-- a special Subscribers' Performance of "Macbeth" at Eagle Nest's hangar July 27 at 7 p.m.; and
-- tickets to the site specific musical "Cabaret" at Gore Mountain.
Subscriptions are $100, a $40 savings. There are only 65 left. Call the AC at (518) 352-7715 to reserve a spot.
'MILLIE' THE MUSICAL
SPECULATOR--The Lake Pleasant Central School Drama Club is putting on the musical, "Thoroughly Modern Millie jr.," April 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. at the school. Admission is a $4 donation with children age 5 and under admitted free.
"Millie" is a zany romp that will have everyone dancing the Charleston. Taking place in New York City in 1922, the musical tells the story of young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life. It's a New York full of intrigue and jazz, a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever.
It is filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences love to hate.
LONG LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts Living-Able program returns April 13-14 with the musical Honk! Honk! is a contemporary retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Ugly Duckling," with a musical score everyone will enjoy. This production stars performers from all over the region and features students from Long Lake Central School and adults with disabilities from Sunmount DDSO.
See Honk! at the school Saturday, April 13, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m. General admission is $10 each. For more information call (518) 352-7715 or visit the website at www.adirondackarts.org
'THE SPITFIRE GRILL'
BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts on Rt. 28 here will present "The Spitfire Grill" June 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arts Center; Thursday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Long Lake Town Hall, 1204 Rt. 30, Long Lake; Friday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Tannery Pond Community Center, 228 Main St., North Creek; and Saturday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. at View, 3273 Rt. 28, Old Forge.
Admission is $15 / $10 members. Call (518) 352-7715.
Based on the hit movie, a feisty parolee follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself, working at Hannah's Spitfire Grill. It is for sale but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are $100 and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely cookin' at the Spitfire Grill.
STUDENT ART EXHIBIT
BLUE MT. LAKE--Check out the art of talented students of Adirondack schools during the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts Student Art Exhibit through May 4.
Gallery hours are Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A Gallery Reception will be held May 4 from 5:30-7 p.m. For more information call the AC at (518) 352-7715 or visit the website at www.adirondackarts.org.
CALLING ALL ARTISTS
NORTHVILLE--Sacandaga Valley Arts Network is looking for artists for its Third Annual Open Studio & Art Sale Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Orendaga & Bellwether Studio at 732 South Main Street here.
Northville will be humming with folks looking for a great day of shopping during the village-wide garage sale weekend, so bring paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, wood, furniture, glass, pottery, basketry, weavings, fine craft in all price ranges.
Set-up begins at 7:30 a.m. This is a great, low-cost opportunity to promote yourself and your artwork, meet other artists, contribute to a good cause, have fun and sell some art. The $15 suggested donation goes toward SVAN's Art Education program.
For more information contact Michele at firstname.lastname@example.org / 863-8013 or Arlene at email@example.com / 863-8647.
MAKE AN APPLE BASKET
HOPE--Sacandaga Valley Arts Network is sponsoring an Apple Basket (Beginner) workshop Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (bring lunch) by Laura Ginter at BasketThyme Studio, 163 Hope Falls Road. Call (518) 863-4145.
The flat-oval reed basket has a wrapped handle with cane crisscross designs on the handle and around the basket. It can be accented in the color of choice. Tuition is $45 / $40 SVAN members. Supplies are $20.