LAKE PLEASANT--The Pleasant Riders Snowmobile Club will hold a Snowmobile Safety Course Friday, Dec. 27, at the Lake Pleasant Fire Hall. The class will begin at 7:40 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. It is open to adults as well as children who have reached the age of 10 by the class date. Call Ed Winchell at 548-5895 or Tom Connelly at 548-3842 to reserve a spot. Bring a bagged lunch, a snack and a drink.
TAKE THE POLAR PLUNGE
LONG LAKE--The Second Annual Feelin' Long Lakey Polar Bear Plunge will be Saturday, Dec. 28. This event is a benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project. Prizes are awarded for Best Costume, Most Money Raised by an Individual, Most Money Raised by a Team and Best Plunge Technique.
Registration will be at Adirondack Hotel from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. sharp with the Plunge slated for 1 p.m. at the Town Beach, 1258 Main Street, Long Lake. All participants will be required to have their blood pressure checked at registration.
Pre-registration materials and Wounded Warrior pledge sheets will be available at the Long Lake Town Office Building, 1130 Deerland Road, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (518) 624-3077 or go to www.mylonglake.com under 'Winter Events' and 'Calendar of Events.'
THE ICE FEST COMETH
LONG LAKE--Stan Kolonko from the award-winning Ice Farm in Auburn will install ice sculptures at businesses in Raquette Lake and Long Lake Jan. 10-11. The day culminates in an Ice Skating Dance at Geiger Arena and a Little Bus Tour of the installed sculptures in the evening.
Games, prizes, surprises, costume contest. Drive through Long Lake Saturday night to enjoy the sculptures in all their glory. Sculptures stand as long as the weather stays cold. For more call (518) 624-3077.
CARDBOARD SLED RACES
INLET--The Second Annual Central Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit will have four races, in Long Lake, Old Forge, Indian Lake and Inlet. Contestants must race at three locations to complete the circuit and enter to win the championship.
The races will be held Jan. 18 at Mt. Sabattis in Long Lake during Moonlighter's Winter Carnival; Feb. 15 at Indian Lake Ski Hill during WinterFest; Feb. 15 at McCauley Mountain in Old Forge during Winter Carnival; and Feb. 22 in Inlet's Fern Park during Frozen Fire & Lights. Find out more at FrozenFireandLights.com.
SOLSTICE SHIN DIG
NEWCOMB--The Adirondack Interpretive Center at 5922 Rt. 28N here had to postpone its Solstice Shin Dig to Saturday, Jan. 18. The fun starts inside at 2 p.m. with the Solstice Tree Trimming and Decorating. Come make decorations.
The Morehouse Family Band will start playing bluegrass at 4 p.m. and a potluck dinner starts at 5 p.m. Enjoy all-you-can-eat chili and cornbread for $5, or bring a dish and eat free. The hike starts after dinner and will be followed by hot chocolate. For more call (518) 582-2000 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS
WELLS--Wells Wesleyan Church will host Family Movie Night Sunday, Jan. 12, and Sunday, Feb. 9, both starting at 6 p.m. Admission, popcorn and beverages are free. It is a good idea to come a little early. For more call (518) 548-8351.
The Jan. 12 movie will be "Snowball Express." It is a comical, family-safe movie about a family that inherits a ski resort. The Feb. 9 movie will be "The Slipper and the Rose," a family-friendly musical based upon the story of Cinderella.
CHICKEN & BISCUITS
WELLS--The Wells United Methodist Church will hold a Chicken and Biscuit Dinner Saturday, Jan. 4, from 4-6:30 p.m. The menu consists of chicken in gravy on fabulous homemade biscuits, mashed potatoes, green beans and carrots, beverage, and homemade pies, cakes and cookies. Cost is $ 8.50 for adults and $4 ages 6 to 12. Those under age 6 eat free. Take-outs and gluten-free options will be available. The church is near the center of Wells on Route 30.
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.
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 will run 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 for email, web, printing, publishing, and archiving.
This workshop is best for those with basic computer skills. Bring a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera and a Mac or Windows laptop if it has image editing software. Students' questions and requests will drive the workshop's content.
Call Harry Wirtz at (518) 863-8636 before registering. Bring lunch or buy it nearby. Tuition: $90 / SVAN members $85. www.svanarts.org.
RIDE FOR THE CURE
SPECULATOR--The Pleasant Riders Snowmobile Club will hold its First Annual Cancer Ride Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. This event is being hosted by Oak Mountain Ski Center. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society to help in its effort to find a cure.
The cost is $25 per rider. This fee 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 to collect donations to raise funds for this important cause.
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. Like Pleasant Riders on Facebook to get the latest news or check out its website at 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.
* 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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