LAKE PLEASANT—The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are thrilled to host a free Invasive Pest Forest Survey Thursday, Nov. 29, from 10 a.m. to noon rain or shine. Learn how to survey neighborhood trees, woodlots and forests for signs and symptoms of invasive insects.
Meet at the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District office at 103 County View Drive here.
Take a hike with APHIS’s Tom Colarusso and the SWCD’s Caitlin Stewart to discover the signs and symptoms of invasive forest pests. At the end of this program participants will know how invasive insects harm trees and the infestation clues they leave in trees. Bring binoculars, comfy footwear and suitable outerwear.
Contact the SWCD at email@example.com or (518) 548-3991 to register by Nov. 27.
CRAFTS & FLEAS
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
LONG LAKE—The annual Holiday Craft Fair sponsored by the Friends of the Long Lake Library will be held in the Long Lake Central School Gym Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crafters and vendors from around the area will present many attractive items for sale.
There will be candles, soap, jewelry, scarves, pocketbooks, note cards, toys, photography, floral arrangements, quilts, blankets and rustic furniture. Cyber Creek Café will serve lunch and there will be a bake sale, hourly door prizes of art and craft items and a Christmas tree and wreath sale.
For more information call Jackie Mallery at (518) 624 2056.
LONG LAKE—The Not Too Far From Home Comedy Tour Returns To The Cellar here Saturday, Dec. 1, starting at 9 p.m. Advance tickets are $15, tickets at the door are $20. Professional stand up comedians Frank Gentile, Deric Harrington and Aaron David Ward will perform.
The Cellar Restaurant and Pub is at 3 Kickerville Lane. Call (518) 624-5539 or go to www.thecellarlonglake.com for more.
Aaron David Ward has entertained audiences across the country for the past 10 years.
Since starting comedy in 2003 Deric Harrington was voted Funniest Person in Upstate New York and the Second Funniest Person in Peoria, Ill. His jokes have been published in “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Jokes and The Comedy Thesaurus.”
Frank Gentile shares the difficulties of marriage, parenting and lawn mowing while making audiences laugh throughout the Capital Region and beyond.
SOUP-ER FUN AT ALCA
BLUE MT. LAKE—The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here will hold a Holiday Soup Social, Cast Party and Gallery Reception Friday, Dec. 14, starting at 5 p.m. Bring a pot of homemade soup and join this celebration of the year that was.
The free party will feature ALCA’s end-of-year gallery reception as well as the cast party for its production of “Little Women.” Don’t forget to shop the gallery, which will be featuring a 20 percent off sale.
CHICKEN & BISCUITS
WELLS—Wells United Methodist Church on Rt. 30 here will hold a Chicken & Biscuit Dinner Saturday, Dec. 1, from 4-6:30 p.m. (or the food runs out). Enjoy a night out, camaraderie, friendly conversation, a good meal and no dishes to wash.
The menu is chicken in gravy, George Chamberlain’s “famous” biscuits, mashed potatoes, green beans, carrots, homemade desserts and a beverage. Take-outs and a gluten-free option will be available.
The cost is $8.50 per adult and $4 per child ages 6-12; children under age 6 eat free.
Gift certificates for Wells UMC dinners are now available. Each entitles the bearer to one dinner, even if prices rise. They may be purchased at any Wells UMC dinner or from Bob or Alice at 924-2220. They make perfect Christmas or hostess gifts.
SPECULATOR—Grace Methodist Church here will host a Soup & Sandwich Supper following the Speculator Tree Lighting and Caroling Saturday, Dec. 1, at The Four Corners, a project of the congregations of the United Methodist churches of Lake Pleasant and Speculator.
Monetary donations will be given to the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry. Come let the joy of music, the sparkle of lights and the warmth of food and fellowship bring kindle the Christmas spirit.
SINGERS ARE COMING
LONG LAKE—The Adirondack Singers from Saranac Lake and conductor Karen Butters will present a free concert of holiday music and seasonal favorites at the United Methodist Church here Friday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. A reception will follow the concert.
The Adirondack Singers have existed since 1968. Members’ aims are to stimulate and promote an interest in choral music, provide a variety of fine choral music to the general public of the area and provide a venue for soloists or small groups to perform in their own style.
The Long Lake Friends of Music is sponsoring the event.
BLUE MT. LAKE—Based on Louisa May Alcott’s family experiences, “Little Women” follows the adventures of four sisters as they grow up in Civil War America. Now, this narrative has been brought to life as a musical.
“Little Women” embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears and a lifting of the spirit. Remaining performances are scheduled for Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. at Long Lake Town Hall; Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at Newcomb Central School; and Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. at View in Old Forge.
Tickets are $15 / $10 ALCA members ($5 ages 12 and under). For more call (518) 352-7715 or visit the website at www.adirondackarts.org.
OLD FORGE - Once again The Old Forge Ballet Company will present Tchaikovsky’s full-length “Nutcracker” ballet at The Strand Theatre here. There will be two performances Saturday, Dec. 1, a narrated matinee at 2 p.m. and an evening performance at 7 p.m. Children under age 12 are admitted free.
Tickets are $10. They may be purchased at The Naked Moose and The TOW Bar in Old Forge and Dan’s Big M supermarket in Eagle Bay. Call (315) 369-8721 or 369-6273 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to order by mail before Nov. 24.
HILL CLIMB RACES
SPECULATOR—A popular event is scheduled to return to Oak Mountain Ski Center here Saturday, Dec. 1: the Snowmobile Hill Climb Racing Association’s first races of the season.
SHCRA was formed to make hill climb racing available to the average snowmobiler. With both pro and amateur divisions, racers compete for purses in many different classes and the title “King Of The Hill.”
Register from 2-4 p.m. Racing starts at 5 p.m. Fees are trail rider and youth $20, pro $30 and test pass $10. Admission is $15.
Vendors will be on hand. For more visit oakmountainski.com.
Sunday, Dec. 2, follow SHCRA to the Town of Ohio for its Snowmobile Flat Drags. Registration starts at 9 a.m., testing at 11 a.m. and racing at noon. Admission is $15; ages 12 and under are admitted free. For more visit www.shcra.com.
WOODGATE—American Snowmobiler magazine’s annual shootout trials are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7, on the White Otter Fish & Game Club’s quarter-mile drag strip here.
Snowmobiles from different manufacturers are selected at random from box stock at area dealers. They are put through computer tests to ensure they are typical “box stock” and locked in trailers until being brought here for the trials.
Each machine is tested on the track for acceleration and top speed. After two “out of the crate” tests of each entered sled the participating dealers (D&D Powersports, Fun Unlimited and Smith Marine) are allowed to optimize clutch tuning specifications.
The grounds will be opened to spectators at 8 a.m. and the club will sell food items throughout the event, which will conclude in mid-afternoon.
SNODEO IS COMING
OLD FORGE—The 36th Annual Snodeo Weekend here, sponsored by the Central Adirondack Association, will kick off the snowmobile season Dec. 7-9 at the George T. Hiltebrant Recreation Center.
All four major snowmobile manufacturers will display their 2013 models. Buy a chance to win one for $20; whoever holds the winning grand prize ticket will choose one of four 2013 sleds: an Arctic Cat F 1100 LXR from Big Moose Arctic Cat, a Polaris Rush Pro-R Retro from Don’s Polaris, a Ski-Doo GSX LE 600 E-TEC from Smith Marine or a Yamaha FX Nytro from Big Moose Yamaha.
There will also be five cash prizes ranging from $100 to $1,000. Buy tickets at the Old Forge Visitor Information Center, any of the snowmobile dealerships above or online at www.snodeo.com.
SENIORS ON THE MOVE
NORTHVILLE—Sacandaga Task Force for Senior Living has arranged a holiday shopping opportunity for area seniors.
Finish holiday shopping early by joining friends on a trip to Saratoga Wilton Mall Wednesday, Dec. 5. The group will decide which stores to visit and where to have lunch. The bus will leave Northville at 9 a.m., Mayfield at 9:20 a.m. and Vail Mills at 9:30 a.m.
To reserve a spot call 863-4040 ext. 42 and leave name and phone number. Someone will call back with the details. The bus capacity is 10 people so make reservations soon.
THREE NEW SHOWS
BLUE MT. LAKE—The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here has three new gallery shows running through Dec. 14. Hours are Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A reception will be held Dec. 14 from 5-6 p.m.
“Attitude, Line, Movement” is woodcarvings by James Kries. “I am influenced more with movement and line than with reproducing representational art,” Kries says.
“Creation Myths” marks the 10th anniversary of the Northeast Felters Guild. It celebrates the parallels between the medium of felt making and the phenomenon of myth.
“Post-idiom” is watercolor and text by Elizabeth Kauffman. “Our desire to be ‘green’ is often provoked by romanticized ideas,” she says. “The gloss of romanticism is joined with the simple language of text messages and Twitter posts, leaving little room for detailed analysis or complex solutions.”
NORTH CREEK—The Upper Hudson Valley Watercolor Society’s Member Exhibit will be on display at Tannery Pond’s Widlund Gallery here through Dec. 26. This exhibit showcases the talent and creativity of regional watercolor artists; many pieces will be for sale.
An opening reception celebrating the artwork and the artists will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, from 5-7 p.m. at the gallery. Everyone is invited; light refreshments will be served.
Tannery Pond Community Center is generally open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays when the “Open” flag is out. To confirm hours call (518) 251-2505.
YEATES WORKS EXHIBITED
NORTHVILLE—Journeys II, a solo exhibition of plein air paintings by Janet Marie Yeates, is on display in the SVAN Gallery of Northville Public Library at 341 S. Third St. here through Dec. 27. Hours are Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon; Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Wednesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library will be closed Nov. 24.
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