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.
YOUTH EARTH DAY
LONG LAKE--The Youth Earth Day Celebration here Monday, April 22, will run from 4-7 p.m. at the Geiger Arena at Mt. Sabattis on Rt. 30. Celebrate Earth Day at the youth center with snacks, recycled crafts, friends and more. All youth are welcome; ages 6 and under should be accompanied by an adult. Call (518) 624-3077 for more information or to RSVP for snacks.
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.
JUNIOR FIREFIGHTER CAMP
UTICA--Mohawk Valley Community College, in conjunction with the Utica Fire Department, Oneida County Fire Chiefs' Association and the Oneida County Volunteer Firemen's Association, will offer a Junior Fire Fighter Day Camp for boys and girls ages 16-17 July 29 through Aug. 2 at the Utica Fire Academy and Training Facility.
Junior firefighters will participate in firematic and EMS stations including master streams, ladder operations, HAZ-MAT, EMS, cribbing and stabilization, mask-confidence, communications, and more.
New this year is an overnight option. Students will participate in the day camp from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and spend their evenings on the MVCC campus. Meals are included.
Students must be sponsored by their local fire department. To download an application and information sheet visit www.mvcc.edu/cced. The application deadline is July 10. For information call (315) 792-5300.
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.
LIES WILL BE TOLD
BLUE MT. LAKE--Join the Adirondack Museum for its last Cabin Fever Sunday program of 2013, "Lies Will be Told Today." This program, originally scheduled for February, has been rescheduled for April 21 at 1:30 p.m. at Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek.
Adirondack singer, songwriter and storyteller Chris Shaw is known for his adventurous and fun-filled reflections on life in the North Country. This entertaining performance features stories and songs about logging camps, the woods and the waters and a few fishy tales.
Shaw has nine recordings to his credit. He has been featured on a number of public television documentaries and specials.
Cabin Fever Sundays are free to museum members and children of elementary school age and younger. Others pay $5 each. For additional information call (518) 352-7311, ext. 128 or visit www.adkmuseum.org.
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.
INDIAN LAKE--The First Baptist Church of Indian Lake will hold its 28th Annual Missions Conference Sunday, May 5, at 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. with an international potluck dinner at 11:30 a.m. The 2013 theme is “Making Manana Today.”
Speakers will be Israel and Julie Zalazar, from and returning to northwest Argentina. They have 15 years of missionary experience. Dan and Jill Perkins will share their experiences in Mexico ministering to handicapped people who are traditionally shoved aside by the community.
The community is welcome to attend all the events at no cost. For more information call Pastor Paul Miller at 648-5015.
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.
OPEN HOUSE PLANNED
WELLS--The Virginia Hosley Free Library on Route 30 here will hold an open house Saturday, May 25, to celebrate its 15th birthday. There will be live entertainment featuring the Arrows of the Word under the direction of Steve Page. Cupcakes, punch and other goodies will be provided.
Library hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information call Alice at 924-2220 or Edna at 924-4207.
BLACK FLY CHALLENGE
INLET--The 18th Annual Black Fly Challenge mountain bike race will begin in Indian Lake’s Byron Park at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8, and ends in Inlet’s Arrowhead Park.
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. 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.
GALLERY SHOW OPENING
BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here will open its Members' Show May 9. It will run until June 1. Mixed media artwork by arts center members will be exhibited. Become a member and show your work. A gallery reception will be held June 1 from 5:30-7 p.m.
Gallery Hours are Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call (518) 352-7715 or visit the website at www.adirondackarts.org.
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.
SOME LIKE IT HOT
INDIAN LAKE--Get ready for the 8th Annual Jalapeno Eating Contest at Marty’s Chili Nights, Indian Lake’s Cinco de Mayo destination, Sunday, May 5, starting at 5 p.m. The contestant who can eat the most pickled jalapenos within one minute wins in his or her category.
Categories are Youth (age 17 and younger), Men and Women. The winner receives a trophy and gift certificate for dinner at the restaurant. 2012 Men’s Champion Bob Spetla is currently serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan but is expected to return to defend his title, which stands at an amazing 22 jalapenos.
Registration is encouraged. Contact the restaurant at 648-5832 or for more information visit chilinights.com or Marty’s Chili Nights on Facebook. The restaurant will open at 4:30 p.m. to pre-register and is located on Route 28. Spectators are welcome.
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.
GIANT GARAGE SALE
BROADALBIN--Sacandaga Bible Conference will hold its third annual giant garage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the gymnasium at the camp’s Ray Mills Youth Center at 191 Lakeview Road.
Sale items include tools, furniture, clothing, sewing and quilting supplies and household and commercial kitchen goods.
The camp is accepting donations of goods for the sale. All proceeds benefit the ministry, which provides a local, affordable Christian camping experience for children and families and also offers several free community events throughout the year, including a free summer concert series. For more information or to donate items to sell contact Sacandaga Bible Conference at 883-3713.
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. 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.
READY TO ROCK?
INDIAN LAKE--Indian Lake Theater will host Battle of the Bands V Friday, May 3, starting at 7:30 p.m. Come support local bands and decide their fate in this new Adirondack tradition or enter a band to compete for the grand prize in this audience-judged competition. The winning band receives a paid booking for a concert at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts and the entry fees of $20 per band. General admission is $5 each.
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.
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.
TAKE AN ARTS EXCURSION
SYRACUSE--Take a trip to The Redhouse in Syracuse Saturday, May 11, to see "Peter Pan or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up," departing the Arts Center here at 10 a.m., performance at 2 p.m. and return by 7 p.m.
Peter's sudden arrival into the lives of Wendy, John and Michael is the beginning of a thrilling adventure. Together they embark on a fantastical flight to Never Land, a magical place of vivid dangers and unsettling beauty. There they meet the Lost Boys, a horde of pirates, and the wickedest villain of all time.
This is J.M. Barrie's rarely produced original fantasy, adapted by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the inspiration for all other versions. Admission is $25 each, advanced registration required. 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.
PASTEL EXHIBITION SLATED
OLD FORGE--The 9th Annual Northeast National Pastel Exhibition will kick off with an opening reception Friday, May 3, from 5-7 p.m. at View on Rt. 28 here and run through June 29. The exhibition has attracted some of the nation's foremost pastel artists.
Patricia Tribastone of the Pastel Society of America will lead two events May 4: a Continental Breakfast and Gallery Walkabout and "Drink & Draw," a pastel still life demonstration and wine tasting.
Exhibition admission is $8/$4 members with a $2 discount for groups of 10 or more. Children under age 12 are admitted free.
For a free preview of the exhibitions, large group tour scheduling and more information about View visit www.ViewArts.org, or call (315) 369-6411.
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 Camp; 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.
FOR TEACHERS ONLY
BLUE MT. LAKE--Teachers can explore ideas on how to integrate arts into a curriculum or how to pitch schools on the value of an arts program when the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here presents "Arts In Education: Ideas for Collaboration" Wednesday, May 15, from 5-6 p.m.
The session will include brainstorming and program development techniques to create the perfect program for an arts education grant application. Pre-registration is requested. Call (518) 352-7715.
SPRING PAINTING II
EDINBURG--Constance Dodge of Dodge House Lakeside Gallery will hold a Spring Painting II - Acrylics / Oils workshop Thursdays, May 16, 23 and 30 and June 6, 13 and 20, from 6-9 p.m. at Edinburg Community Center, 47 Military Road here for ages 16 and up.
This class is suited for beginners as well as those with some level of experience. Tuition is $70 for Sacandaga Valley Arts Network members and $65 others. Contact Dodge for a supplies list prior to the first class at (518) 863-2201.
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