BE A WETLANDS DETECTIVE
NEWCOMB--The Adirondack Interpretive Center here will hold Wetlands Detectives Training Workshop I - Frogs & Toads, Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. Become a citizen scientist and conduct surveys that will be used to help preserve Adirondack wetlands ecosystems. Call (518) 852-2000 for more information. A second workshop focused on plants and birds will be held May 17. The AIC is at 5922 State Route 28N.
LONG LAKE--The Town of Long Lake is offering a Defensive Driving Class Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 1204 Main St., Long Lake.
Space is limited. The fee is $35 each. Call the Long Lake Parks & Recreation Department at (518) 624-3077 to pre-register.
MORE DEFENSIVE DRIVING
WELLS--The AARP Driver Safety Program Course will be offered at the United Methodist Church here Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It costs $20 for AARP members / $25 others, to be paid the day of the class. The instructor will be Ray Hatch.
This course is for ages 50 and older. Each attendee will be mailed a certificate that can be presented to his or her auto insurance company for a minimum 10 percent reduction in the base rate of liability and collision insurance premiums for three years. The class must be repeated for additional three-year discounts.
Contact Alice Megargle (924-2220) or Edna Rew (924-4207) before the class to sign-up. Coffee and snacks will be provided in the morning. Bring a sack lunch.
LEARN TO FLY FISH
NEWCOMB--The Adirondack Interpretive Center here will hold two beginner fly fishing workshops this year. No prior knowledge of fly fishing is necessary, nor is gear.
The spring workshop will be May 30-31 and June 1. The fall workshop will be Sept. 12-14. There is a special price for those wishing to attend both, as the second builds on the first. Participants will stay in cabins on the Newcomb Campus of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Each workshop costs $199 and includes meals, lodging, instruction, equipment and guided fishing. A special rate of $375 is for those who take both workshops. For more information or to reserve a spot call (518) 582-2000 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SENIORS DO LUNCH
LAKE GEORGE--The 40th Annual Warren - Hamilton Counties Office for the Aging Senior Citizen Luncheon honoring Senior of the Year and Contributing Senior from Warren and Hamilton Counties will be Thursday, May 22, starting at noon at Fort William Henry, 48 Canada St. here.
Choose a beef, chicken or salmon entrée for $16.95. Sign up with a local senior club, center or meal site or call Maureen Mihalics at (518) 668-5506. Reservations and payment must be received by May 8.
MERRY BRUNCH OF MAY
BLUE MT. LAKE--Join the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts May 18 at noon for its Fourth Annual Merry Brunch of May celebration at The Hedges here to benefit the AC's Living Able Program, for adults with developmental disabilities, and Arts from the Start program, providing arts programs for children. Come support these programs while enjoying great company, beautiful flowers and excellent food under the spring May Pole. This year there will be after brunch fun; look for more details at adirondackarts.org. Tickets are $22 per adult and $12 children under age 12.
FINALLY LOOKING LIKE SPRING
INDIAN LAKE--The Indian Lake Garden Club invites the public to attend its Wednesday, April 16, meeting at 10 a.m. at the Ski Hut, Rt. 30, featuring a presentation, "Finally Looking Like Spring," by Nancy Welch, director, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Hamilton County.
The presentation includes soil health and amendments, soil temperature, and a thorough garden cleaning. For more info call or email Pat Leonard at 648-0044, paleonard@citlinknet
LOST RADIO ROUNDERS*
WELLS -- Wells Library presents The Lost Radio Rounders performing "In The Days of Stephen Foster" Sunday, April 27, from 2-4 p.m. at Wells Community Hall.
Music with vocal harmonies and a bit of history will tell the tale of this inspirational songwriter. Stephen Foster died young and penniless on the Bowery, leaving behind songs that have become the foundation of American Music. "Swanny River," "Hard Times," "Beautiful Dreamer" and others will be featured.
Refreshments will be provided, and good will offerings accepted.
A MUSICAL 'CHARLOTTE'S WEB'
LONG LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts' collaboration with Sunmount's DDSO consumers this year is "Charlotte's Web The Musical." The story of a lovable pig and all his barnyard friends will be fully cast by local talent at Long Lake Town Hall Friday, May 16, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 17, at 2 p.m. Admission is $15 / $10 members / $6 under age 12. To contact the AC call (518) 352-7715 or visit the website at www.adirondackarts.org.
PASTELS ON EXHIBIT
NORTH CREEK--The Adirondack Pastel Society is holding its first Membership Award Exhibition and Sale at the Widlund Gallery in Tannery Pond Community Center, 228 Main St., North Creek, through April 23. The awards reception will be April 12 from 5-7 p.m.
TPCC is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays when the "Open" flag is out. Buses and groups are welcome, and the building is wheelchair accessible.
The Adirondack Pastel Society provides opportunities to pastel artists and educates the public, gallery owners and collectors about the merits and beauty of the soft pastel medium. Many of its over 40 members have earned national recognition from the Pastel Society of America.
WINTER AIR EXHIBITION
OLD FORGE -- Alice Valenti of Baltimore, Md. was chosen as Best in Show artist for the Winter Air exhibition at View, running through April 27.
Valenti submitted three mixed media works that incorporate aspects of collage, painting and drawing. The artists were asked to submit visual works that convey the very distinct but intangible sensations of walking outside on a cold winter's day.
Admission to the exhibition is $6 / $3 for View members. View is a multi-arts center at 3273 State Rt. 28 in Old Forge. For more information visit www.ViewArts.org, call (315) 369-6411 extension 201 or email email@example.com.
GEISHAS & DRAGONS
UTICA--The Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art showcases the rich influence of Japanese art and culture on European and American decorative and fine arts with the exhibition Butterflies, Geishas, and Dragons: The Arts and Influence of Japan, on view through Sept. 28.
Japan had been closed to the West for approximately 300 years when, in 1853, its ports reopened for trade, which caused a fascination for Japanese culture in Europe and the United States. The craze inspired Gilbert and Sullivan to write "The Mikado" and had a profound influence on artists such as James Whistler and Claude Monet.
MWPAI is at 310 Genesee St. in Utica. Call (315) 797-0000 or go to mwpai.org.
MEMBERS' ART SHOW
BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here will showcase the talent of its members for an entire month, May 8 through June 7. Come enjoy works in varied mediums. Gallery hours are Thursdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A Gallery Reception will be held June 7 from 5:3-7 p.m.
* 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.
The deadline for Coming Attractions is two weeks before the event. Announcements may not exceed 130 words. E-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org