Community Calendar 03/27/14

T hursday, March 27

 

Scholarship

SCHUYLERVILLE A $500 scholarship for a young person who has faced a serious illness or life crisis is offered by Bridging People and Places, a not-for-profit corporation established in memory of David J.Vanderzee, founder of Willard Mountain Ski Area. It is for pursuing post-secondary education. Completed applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, April 30. The application can be downloaded from the website, www.bridgingpeople.org, or by calling Lorraine Thompson, chairperson, at 518-695-3349.

 

Birdhouses

GREENWICH Greenwich Public Library is having a birdhouse decoration contest. Pick up, for free, a plain birdhouse at the library, decorate the birdhouse and return it by Saturday, April 5 during regular hours. On Monday, April 7, a silent auction will be held, where birdhouse bidding will begin. For more details, call the library at 518-692-7157.

 

License Class

HOOSICK FALLS A five-hour pre-licensing class, sponsored by Northeast New York Safety and Health Council, will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27 in the Center for Nursing Rehabilitation of the Hoosick Falls Health Center. A $40 pre-paid fee, or a $50 payment at the door is required. Successful completion of the class, including passing the test, provides one with necessary paperwork to take the state driver’s test. It is valid for one year. You must pre-register at 518-686-4854.

 

Rotary Dinner

SALEM A Rotary International Dinner, featuring recipes from around the word, and with take-out available, will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27 in Salem’s First Presbyterian Church. All proceeds benefit the Salem High School foreign exchange program, beginning its 45th year. Cost is $10 for adults, or a larger donation plus items for the Salem Food Pantry; $5 for children under 10; free for those under 5. For details, call the Salem Rotary Club at 518-854-9339.

 

Student Art

MANCHESTER An Art Gallery Opening Event for student artists from Dorset’s Long Trail School will be co-hosted by Equinox Village and the Greater Manchester Arts Council at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27 at Equinox Village in Manchester Center. There will also be live music by Long Trail School’s music students. The event is free and open to the public. The student art will then remain on exhibit, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, from Friday, March 28 until Monday, May 12. Reply by Thursday, March 20 by calling 802-362-4061.

 

Author Speaks

MANCHESTER Scott Chaskey, poet, farmer and educator, will discuss his book, “Seedtime,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 27 in Northshire Bookstore in Manchester. “Seedtime” is both a celebration of farming and a call to action. For details on this event, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700 or visit www.northshire.com.

Friday, March 28

 

Bus Trip

HOOSIC VALLEY The Hoosick Valley Seniors are sponsoring a three-day bus trip to Lancaster, Pa. on May 28-30. Cost of $424 includes two nights in a motel, three shows, six meals, a train ride and luncheon at the Amish Home. Register by May 1 by calling Virginia Perry at 518-235-0623.

 

Church Dinner
ARLINGTON St. James Episcopal Church in Arlington will hold the first in a series of free community dinners from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 29 in the undercroft of the church at the intersection of Routes 7A and 313. The next free dinner will be held at the same time, but on Friday, April 25. For details on these free dinners, call 802-375-9952.

 

Fun Night

GRANVILLE Mary J. Tanner Elementary School on Granville’s Route 22 will host a Family Fun Night from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 28, offering dancing, games, face painting, refreshments and more. The event is sponsored the Mary J. Tanner PBIS Team, the initials standing for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. The program promotes “Bee-ing Safe, Kind and Responsible.” For details, call the school at 518-642-9460.

 

Piano Work

CAMBRIDGE Hubbard Hall will offer a one-day piano workshop, “Introduction to American Piano” with instructor Paul Joseph Rovelli from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 28. Participants will learn to read music and to use three foundational chords to create simple improvisational melodies. Cost is $15 for the general public, $12 for members and $10 for youth ages 10 to 18. To register, visit www.hubbardhall.org or call 518-677-2495. It is recommended for ages 10 and up.

 

Tale Tellers

POULTNEY Poets, storytellers and spoken word artists in each and all genres will hold forth before an open microphone from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 28 at Stone Valley Arts in Poultney. Sign-up at 6:45 p.m. at the venue, the third floor of the former Journal Press Building at 188 Main Street in Poultney. For details, call David Mook at 802-884-8052 or email davidmook@aol.com.

 

Saturday, March 29

 

Raptor Fest

FORT EDWARD Friends of the Washington County Grasslands IBA announce that their 4th annual “Winter Raptor Fest,” featuring birds of prey, will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30 at Gallup Ridge Farm in Fort Edward. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12, and the events are numerous. For details about this event-filled day, visit www.ibafriends.org.

 

Hearth Cooking

HEBRON Cooking Instructress Sally Brillon extends an invitation to her home, The 1786 Wilson Homestead in Hebron, for two days of “open hearth cooking” lessons from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 and Saturday, April 5. No more than 7 pupils will employ tin reflector ovens, a Dutch oven, iron pots and kettles to cook roasted meat, homemade bread, vegetables and apple pie. Cost is $45 per person and gift certificates are available. Separate classes of 6 to 7 may also be arranged, but be sure to call 518-854-3134 or 854-1117.

 

Bottle Drive

WEST PAWLET The Rupert Mettawee Valley 4-H Club will hold a bottle drive to help support its upcoming show season. The drive will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 29 in the West Pawlet Fire House. For details, call 802-342-0991.

 

Blood Drive Date

MANCHESTER A new date, Saturday, March 29, has been announced for the March 12th Red Cross Blood Drive that was cancelled due to inclement weather. The new date, again, is noon to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 at Manchester’s First Congregational Church. For details, call 800-843-3500.

 

Shakespeare School

RUTLAND Auditions for a five-week immersion in the world of William Shakespeare, poet and playwright, will be offered to teens 12 to 18 by the Summer 2014 Junior Shakespeare Academy on the following times, places and dates: 10 a.m. to noon, at Manchester’s Inn at Willow Pond, on March 29; 1 to 3 p.m. at Rhythm Hall, 2nd Floor, Building 5 of the Howe Center in Rutland, on March 30. Boys and girls should prepare a short monologue from Richard II. For details, call Gary Meitrott at 802-282-2581.

 

Music Swap

BRANDON Brandon’s Compass Music and Arts Center will host a music swap from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 29. Items for sale range from vinyl records through piano rolls, to musical and audio equipment and more. All those involved or interested in music are invited to attend. For vendors, the deadline to reserve a spot is Thursday, March 27. Cost is $30 per space. For details, call 802-247-4295 or email edna@cmacvt.org.

 

Tree Pruning

MANCHESTER Local Arborist Joe Blair will demonstrate apple tree pruning at Hildene from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, focusing on corrective pruning of ornamental trees and pruning to increase productivity of apple-bearing trees. This demonstration is free and open to the public at Manchester’s Hildene, the home of Robert Todd Lincoln, son of the slain president. For details, call 802-367-7961.

 

Basket Raffle

FAIR HAVEN The Roots and Wings Academy Parent-Teacher-Organization will host a basket raffle from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 at Fair Haven Union High School. There will be lots of baskets for all ages and a 50/50 raffle. $5 buys 25 tickets, and $2 buys extra sheets. The drawing is at 2:30, and you must be present to win. For details, call Roots and Wings Academy at 802-265-9733.

 

Ham Dinner

CAMBRIDGE A free community dinner will be served from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 at First Baptist Church in Cambridge. New Skete Parish is providing the meal of ham, creamed potatoes, mixed vegetables and cheesecake. Doors open promptly at 11:30 a.m. Take-outs are available after 1 p.m. For details, call 518-677-3327 or 518-677-5487.

 

Argyle Lunch

ARGYLE The Argyle United Methodist Church on 12 Sheridan Street will serve a free community lunch from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 29. All are welcome to attend. For details, call Paula at 518-638-8391.

 

Turkey Dinner

HARTFORD Hartford’s United Methodist Church will serve a turkey dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 in the church on 47 County Route 23. Cost is $9 for adults; $4 for children 5 to 12; and free for children 4 and under. Eat in and take-out are both available. A food and craft sale will also be held. For details, call 518-632-5387.

 

Fly Fish Day

MANCHESTER The American Museum of Fly Fishing will open its doors from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 for a free day of training in the delicate art of fly tying and fly fishing. For details, call the Museum at 802-362-3300 or email Christina Cole at ccole@amff.com. The American Museum of Fly Fishing is at 4104 Main Street in Manchester.

 

Spaghetti Dinner

QUEENSBURY A spaghetti dinner to benefit the Roger Wood Family will be served from 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday, March 29 at Queensbury Veterans of Foreign Wars Post on 32 Luzerne Road. Cost is $8 for adults; $5 for children under 11. A silent auction, basket raffles and a 50/50 drawing will be held. All proceeds benefit the Wood family. (Mr. Wood was diagnosed with carotid artery dissection in December, 2013.) For details, call 518-307-6615.

 

Pizza and Wings

VICTORY MILLS Pizza and Wing Night will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on March 29 at the Victory Mills Fire Department, but orders can be placed at 695-6623 after 2 p.m. Open to 8 p.m., the last call is 7. Full particulars on pizza toppings and choice of sauce for wings can be learned by again calling 695-6623.

 

Beef Dinner

FORT EDWARD Fort Miller Reformed Church will serve a roast beef dinner from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 29. The dinner, with traditional sides, will be served family style. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 to 12. No reservations are required and take-out is available. For specifics, call Brenda Babson at 518-747-5043.

 

Blues and Brews

CAMBRIDGE Hubbard Hall will host a fundraising dance, with music supplied by the Roadside Blues Band, starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 29. $25 admission covers beer, wine, jambalaya, chili, corn bread and desserts. For more information, and to order tickets online, call 518-677-2495 or visit www.hubbardhall.org.

 

Biography Unveiled

MANCHESTER The biography, “e.e. cummings: A Life,” will be discussed by Biographer Susan Cheever at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 in Manchester’s Northshire Bookstore. Cheever will offer a major reassessment of a poet, whose poems, spelled in lower case, were second in popularity only to Robert Frost. For details, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700.

 

Appraisal Fair

BENNINGTON Bennington Museum will offer an “Appraisal Fair” from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 29. A panel of art experts and antiques appraisers will evaluate family heirlooms or any other odd, quirky piece. For more information, call 802-447-1571.

 

Classic Musical

GREENWICH Greenwich Central School’s Drama Club will present the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, “South Pacific,” in three performances in late March. The drama club’s performances will be at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29, and a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 30. This classic theatre piece will be performed in the high school auditorium. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for students and seniors. For further details, call 518-692-9542, ext. 6300.

 

School Benefit

RUTLAND The Spark Silent Auction and Dance, which benefits Mount St. Joseph Academy and Christ the King School, will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. at Rutland’s Holiday Inn. Tickets are $15 per person. Light refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available. For details on tickets, information, or to donate an auction item, call Mary Lou Tedesco at 802-236-3485 or Colleen Diezel at 802-725-8060.

 

Sunday, March 30

 

Baseball Test

RUTLAND Rutland Recreation and Parks Department announces that it will conduct a “mandatory baseball evaluation” on Sunday, March 30, the exact time of which can be learned by calling 802-773-1822 or by visiting www.rutlandrec.com. Minors and majors baseball will be offered, and Rutland Recreation is now accepting registrations. Minors baseball is grades 3 to 4; majors, grades 5 to 6. Minors costs $65 per resident, $75 per non-resident. Majors costs $60 resident, $71, non resident. A $40 refundable deposit is required.

 

Lodge Breakfast

SCHAGHTICOKE Victor Masonic Lodge in Schaghticoke will serve its fifth Sunday breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 30. Serving is buffet style. For specifics on the menu, call John Betts at 518-753-6072.

 

Chicken BBQ

SALEM Boy Scout Troop 61 will hold its Cabin Fever BBQ from noon to 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 30 at Proudfit Hall in Salem. Tickets are $9 in advance and $10 day of the event. Purchase advance tickets from Troop 61 scouts or at the Salem Hardware Store. The event benefits the scouts’ trip to Washington, D.C. next month.

 

Need Bakers

GREENWICH Bakers are needed at Greenwich Youth Center to prepare cakes served with ice cream for children’s birthdays celebrated from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, and on the last Sunday of each succeeding month. Children of the center can invite friends to the festivities who are in the 4th grade and above. Volunteers need to bake a sheet cake of their choice for the last Sunday of each month. For details, call 518-522-8335 or email greenwichyouth12834@gmail.com

 

Fox News Look

MANCHESTER Gabriel Sherman, New York Magazine contributing editor, will explore the life of Fox News Founder Roger Ailes when Sherman unveils his Ailes’ biography, “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 30 in Manchester’s Northshire Bookstore. Sherman will show how Ailes, his life shrouded in myth, became “the master strategist of our political landscape.” For details, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700.

 

Monday, March 31

 

Auction Needs

PITTSFORD Items worth at least $20 are needed for the “Spring for Animals” online auction of the Rutland County Humane Society, which will start Monday, April 14.

If you care to donate, drop off your item from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rutland County Humane Society office at 765 Stevens Road in Pittsford. For details, call 802-483-6700 or visit www.rchsvt.org.

 

Tuesday, April 1

 

Online Auction

HILDENE In preparation for its annual gala at Hildene at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 23, Burr and Burton Academy of Manchester will hold an online auction from Tuesday, April 1 to Wednesday, April 30. A dazzling array of online auction items will be offered, and the theme of the gala is “Passport to the World.” For details on either the auction or the gala, call Christine Hoard at 802-549-8277.

 

Sign for Softball

RUTLAND Registration is being accepted for Minors Softball by the Rutland Recreation Department and Parks Department, with practices to begin in late April. Cost is $45, resident, and $56, non-resident. A $10 late fee will be applied after Thursday, April 10.

All girls who register by April 10 will be accommodated. For details, call 802-773-1822 or visit www.rutlandrec.com.

 

Fair Theme Test

SCHAGHTICOKE “Harvest your Dreams” is the Schaghticoke Fair Theme and Design Contest for 2014, a contest open to all local adults and currently enrolled high school and college students. The selected design will be used on the cover of the 2014 cover of the fair brochure. All entries must be submitted by June 1. For more details, contact the art department at your school or college or call 518-753-4411, ext. 13, and ask for Mary.

 

Register Pre-Ks

HARTFORD Hartford Central School will hold a pre-kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year, starting on Tuesday, April 1. Registration packets may be picked up in the guidance office at that time. Registration requests for the morning or afternoon session will be on a first-come/first-serve basis when completed paperwork has been received. For more information, call Linda Parrott-Fuller, guidance secretary, at 518-632-5222, ext. 306.

 

Science Clubs

SALEM Monthly Science Clubs, offered by Salem’s Bancroft Public Library will begin on Tuesday, April 1, when the pre-school club meets at 1 p.m. At 3:30 p.m. the same day, the young engineers (ages 10 and up) will meet. On Tuesday, April 8, the second Tuesday of each month, the K-5 Science Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. For details, call 518-854-7463.

 

Library Friends

GRANVILLE Friends of Pember Library will meet at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1 at Pember Library on Main Street. For information, you may call the library at 518-642-2525.

 

Wednesday, April 2

 

Gluten-free Life

SALEM Respond by April 2 to attend a Gluten-Free Living Workshop that will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 at the Nu You Wellness Center, 4318 State Route 22, Salem. Presenter Sharon See will discuss what gluten is, the effects it has on the body, and more nutritional topics. Admission is free, but registration is necessary by calling Evan Lawrence at 518-677-5662 or healthyevan@verizon.net.

 

Soup Supper

ARLINGTON St. James Episcopal Church in Arlington will offer a simple supper of soup and bread to follow the informal, 5:30 p.m. liturgy on Wednesday, April 2 and on Wednesday, April 9. For details about this “Lenten Dinner Church” series, call 802-375-9952.

 

Pancake Supper

WELLS The Wells Historical Society will serve its annual pancake supper at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, followed by the first meeting of 2014, at the Modern Woodmen of America building in Wells. Bill Clark will report on maple syrup production. There will also be a display of newly acquired Wells photos and stories in the society’s collection.

For details, call Trish Capron, corresponding secretary, at 802-645-0200.

 

Triangle Fire Talk

MANCHESTER The 1911 fire in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City, which killed 146 young immigrant women, will be relived in a talk by Dartmouth Professor Annelise Orleck at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2 in Manchester’s First Congregational Church. The tragedy brought workplace safety laws. Orleck will offer an update in “100 Years since Triangle: The Fire that Seared a Nation’s Conscience.” For details, call 802-362-2607.

 

Toastmasters Meet

HUDSON FALLS The next meeting of Washington County Toastmasters will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2 in Annex II, next to Washington County Cornell Cooperative Extension, 415 Lower Main Street, Hudson Falls. Toastmasters meet each first and third of the month at 7. For details about the topic of the April 2nd meeting, visit www.washingtoncountytoastmaster.org.

 

War Zone Truth

RUTLAND “Finding Truth in a War Zone” is the name of a talk that will be given by Bosnian-American Journalist Kermal Kurspahic at 7 p.m. on April 2 in Rutland Free Library. He will discuss the current state of freedom of the press during present-day wars. For details on the talk, call 802-262-2626, ext. 302.

 

Thursday, April 3

 

Career Fair

BENNINGTON Southern Vermont College will host its annual Spring Career and Internship Fair from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3 in Everett Mansion’s Burgdorff Gallery. Students and potential employers should both call Betsy Dunham at 802-447-4631 or email careers@svc.edu.

 

Opera Saratoga

SALEM Salem Courthouse Community Center announces that Opera Saratoga will perform “The Billy Goats Gruff” at Salem Central School at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3. The opera will be sung before children grades K through 6. For details, call 518-854-7053.

 

Friday, April 4

 

Compost Work

WARRENSBURG The state Department of Environmental Conservation will sponsor the “Warren County and Southern Adirondacks Organics Management and Composting Workshop” from 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Friday, April 4 in its Region 5 Warrensburg Office at 232 Golf Course Road, with a field trip to the nearby transfer station to discuss models for collection and processing of organics. For details on registering by April 1, call 518-761-6125 or email cooperlamp@gmail.com.

 

Tag Sale signup

HOOSICK FALLS The annual Hoosick Falls Village-wide Tag Sale, organized by HAYC3, will take place on May 24. Those wish to have their location on the free map or to have a space in the Armory, should sign up by May 1 at www.hayc3.org. For more information, call 686-9050 or email contacthayc3@gmail.com.

 

Writing Work

LONDONDERRY Elayne Clift, award-winning writer, journalist and workshop leader, will conduct three writing workshops from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in The Meeting Place at Londonderry’s Neighborhood Connections on successive Fridays, April 4, 11 and 25. Clift is correspondent for Women’s Feature Service and columnist for both New Hampshire’s Keene Sentinel and Vermont’s Brattleboro Commons. You can visit her website at www.elayneclift.com. Space is limited, so reserve at 802-824-4343.

 

Game Weekend

DANBY A three-day board game weekend, or board game convention, will be held at Silas Griffith Inn in Danby, starting at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 4 and continuing until 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 6. A full weekend pass is $35 per person, including gaming, anime and movie room, breakfast and snack pass, while a day pass costs $20 per person per day. Maximum occupancy is 50. For details, call 1-802-293-5567 or 1-888-569-4660 or email stay@silasgriffith.com.

 

Deaf Panel

BENNINGTON Luke Adams, first deaf competitor on TV’s “Amazing Race,” will join the deaf panel of the Deaf Education Department of Mount Anthony Union High School from 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 4 in the Bennington Center for the Arts. The panel will consist of successful adults who just happen to be deaf. They will describe the reasons why each, individually, has succeeded. A concert will follow. Cost is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more email mkadams24@gmail.com.

 

Country Music

GRANVILLE Traditional Country Music will be played by Phil Hoyt from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 4 at “First Fridays at Pember Library.” Pember Library is located on Quaker Street in Granville. For details, call 518-642-0536 or 518-337-6789.

 

Poetry Slam

BRANDON Compass Music and Arts Center will host a “Poetry Slam” night from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 4, where all local poets, spoken word artists, musicians and dramatists are invited to read and to perform favorite pieces. For details, visit www.cmacvt.org. Compass Music and Arts is located at 333 Jones Drive in Brandon.

 

Mattress Musical

SOUTH GLENS FALLS “Once Upon a Mattress,” the classic Broadway musical that made Carol Burnett a star, will be performed by the high school theatre troupe of South Glens Falls High School in its auditorium at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, and a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee. Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors. For details call 518-339-1296.

 

Phone Play

WEST RUTLAND Mark Dunn’s play, “Belles,” a comedy involving six southern women and forty-five calls dialed from old-fashioned Bell Telephones, will be performed by the Marble Valley Players’ at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 6 at the West Rutland Town Hall Theatre. Cost is $15. Sold at the door, tickets can also be bought online at www.paramountlive.org. For further details, call 802-775-0903.

 

Saturday, April 5

 

Pancake Breakfast

CAMBRIDGE St. Luke’s Church in Cambridge will offer a free Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, the first morning of the Tour of the Battenkill Bike Race, at the white house next to the church, located behind the Rice Mansion. All are welcome to enjoy a breakfast of pancakes, egg soufflé, hash browns and sausage.

 

Bake Sale

EAGLE BRIDGE The Eagle Bridge Methodist Church will hold a tag, bag and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. The church is located on Route 67 in Eagle Bridge.

 

Safe Hunt

HARTFORD Call Bill Pike before April 5 at 632-5994 to register for a Hunter Safety Education Course to be offered from 6 to 10 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday, April 14, 15 and 16 at the Hartford Fish and Game Club on Route 196 in Hartford. Space is limited and pre-registration mandatory. Again, call Bill Pike before April 5 at 632-5994.

 

Photo Show

CAMBRIDGE Hubbard Hall will present its second annual “Pedals for Projects” bike-themed photography show at the Round House Café, 1 Washington St., Cambridge on April 5 and 6. The show is timed to coincide with the annual Tour of the Battenkill bike race. Proceeds benefit art programming at Hubbard Hall.

 

Driving Class

SARATOGA SPRINGS A state approved Defensive Driving Class will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in First Baptist Church on 45 Washington Street in Saratoga Springs, a class that can save 10 percent on base auto insurance for the next three years and cut four points off a driving record. Cost is $39 per person or $34 each, if one brings a friend. Registration is required and can be made by calling Ray Frankoski at 518-286-3788. Class size is limited.

 

Babysitter Class

MANCHESTER Two free American Red Cross babysitter’s training classes will be held on Saturday, April 5, at 9 a.m. at Mark Skinner Library in Manchester, and again at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 6 in Flood Brook Union School. The all-day sessions end at 4 p.m. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration opens at noon on Saturday, March 22. For details on registering, call 802-824-4307 or email wilderweston@gmail.com.

 

Fabric Artists

BRANDON From Saturday, April 5, through Saturday, June 15, during gallery hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon will present “Fabr-ication: Fabric and Fiber,” a showcase of the work of nine fabric artists. A reception will also be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 11.  For details, call 802-247-4295 or visit www.cmacvt.org.

 

Sculpture Show

CAMBRIDGE Valley Artisans Market, at 25 East Main Street in Cambridge, will display the figurative and botanical sculptures of Sculptress Cheryl Horning, whose work features life-sized sculptures of exotic women’s heads and other figurative and botanical work. There will be an opening reception for Horning from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 5.

For details about regular gallery hours, call 518-677-2765.

 

Weiner Roast

SCHUYLERVILLE A Hot Dog Roast will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 at the Sons of the American Legion Post 278, 6 Clancy St., Schuylerville. The all-you-can-eat event features hot dogs, sausage with all the fixings, homemade salads, keg beer, soda, water, music and horseshoes (weather permitting). Proceeds benefit the Sons of the American Legion. Information: 518-695-3011.

 

Brew Fest

GLENS FALLS More than 60 local and national breweries will pool their liquid resources from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls on Saturday, April 5 for the 5th annual Glens Falls Brewfest. Forthlin Road, a Celtic Rock Band, will provide the music. Proceeds benefit Adirondack Theatre Festival and Feeder Canal Alliance. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Tickets are also available at 518-792-0007 or 518-743-9026.

 

Tinmouth Concert

TINMOUTH Cody Sheridan, “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful singer-songwriters,” will kick off the Tinmouth Old Firehouse concerts on Saturday, April 5, with doors opening at the firehouse at 7 p.m. and the concert starting at 7:30. For full details about the series, visit Tinmouth concert series on Facebook. A $10 donation is requested.

 

Sunday, April 6

 

Squad Breakfast

JOHNSONVILLE The Johnsonville Rescue Squad, at 4 River Road, will hold its monthly breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 6. Cost is $6 for adults and children, 5 to 12, $3. For more information, call 518-753-9549.

 

Country Dance

SCHUYLERVILLE The Country Round and Square Dance Association will host an old style country dance at Schuylerville’s American Legion Post on Clancy Street from 12:10 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 6. The afternoon includes a meeting, buffet and dance. Please bring a dish to share. Music is by “Ole Time Country.” Cost is $5 for adults; $2 for those 6 to 17; and under 6, free. For details, call 518-638-8905 or Sandy at 518-824-3719.

 

Reiki Share

SALEM All are welcome to a free Reiki Share, taking place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 6 at Nu You Wellness Center, 4318 State Route 22, Salem. All levels of Reiki experience are welcome. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Salem Food Pantry. Information: Evan Lawrence, 677-5662 or healthyevan@verizon.net.

 

Chamber Music

CAMBRIDGE A Music from Salem chamber music concert will feature works by Bach, Faure, Rachmaninoff, Martinu, Enesco, Turina and Beethoven at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 6 in Hubbard Hall in Cambridge. The recommended donation is $20. For information, call 518-677-2495 or visit wwww.hubbardhall.org.

 

Tuesday, April 8

 

Music of Poetry

MANCHESTER Pianist Michael Arnowitt will offer a half-hour jazz performance from 6:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, followed by a lecture demonstration at 7 p.m. of the musical aspects of poetry, song, lyrics and literature at First Congregational Church of Manchester. The free event is a presentation of Vermont Humanities Council, and it is offered by Mark Skinner Library. For details, call Cindy Waters at 802-362-2607 or email events@markskinnerlibrary.org.

 

Wednesday, April 9

 

Pember Fossils

GRANVILLE A slide presentation called “Prehistoric Life in Fossils” will be given at Granville’s Pember Library from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9. The program is free and open to children of all ages. Registration is not required. For more details, call the museum at 518-642-1515. The library is located at 33 West Main Street, Granville.

 

Film Screened

GREENWICH A free screening of the environmental film, “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet,” will be offered at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 in Greenwich Public Library, as an early celebration of Earth Day. Environmental Expert Laura Haight will speak after the showing of the film. For details, call 518-692-8242.

 

Thursday, April 10

 

Painting Class

MANCHESTER Painter Tony Conner will offer a class on “Flower Painting in Watercolor” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on six successive Thursdays in April and May, as follows: on April 10, 17, 24; May 8 and 15.  For details, call 802-375-5548 or visit tonyconner.com. The classes will be held in Equinox Village in Manchester.

 

Science Fair

GRANVILLE The 22nd Annual Science, Arts and Technology Fair will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10 in the Granville Central High School gymnasium. Projects will be set up by school students from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Past exhibits have included a Leggo nuclear reactor, Octopus dissection, a hover craft demonstration and more. The event is sponsored by the Granville Parents Teachers Association. For details, call the school at 518-642-1051.

 

Tea Party Meets

HUDSON FALLS Building 2, lower level, of the Washington County Office Complex will be the place to hear Speakers Kevin McCashion and Davig Craig discuss “public schools,” at the 7 p.m., April 10th meeting of the Washington County Tea Party Patriots. Common Core will be the specific topic. County offices are on Upper Broadway in Fort Edward. For more details, visit Janet Entwistle on Facebook.

 

Poet Talk

BENNINGTON Maggie Dietz, author and assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, will deliver a lecture called “An Invitation to Poetry” at Southern Vermont College in Bennington at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 10. A reception will follow the free lecture, where guests will have a chance to talk with Dietz, winner of the 2007 Jane Kenyon Award for her volume of poetry, “Perennial Fall.” For details, call 802-447-6388.

 

Friday, April 11

 

Legal Aid

WHITEHALL Stuart Kaufman, an attorney with Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, will discuss wills, health care proxies, and other senior citizen legal issues at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 11 in the American Legion Post at 148 Main Street in Whitehall. The event is sponsored by Washington County CARES. For details, call Helen LeClaire at 518-499-2482. Anyone older than 60 is welcome.

 

Tinmouth Concert

TINMOUTH The second in the Tinmouth Old Firehouse concert series will present husband and wife, Michelle Fay and Tim Price, performing “original and Americana music” through voice, guitar and mandolin on Friday, April 11. The concert doors open at 7 p.m., and the performance starts at 7:30. A $10 donation is requested. For more details, visit Tinmouth Concert Series on Face book.

 

Saturday, April 12

 

Horse Symposium

BALLSTON SPA The 23rd annual Saratoga Horse Symposium will be held Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, with doors opening at 8 a.m., at the Saratoga County 4-H Training Center on 556 Middle Line Road in Ballston Spa. Four topics, from equine behavior to wound care, will be addressed. The event is free and open to the public. For details, call Jennifer L. Stevens at 518-885-8995.

 

Garden Symposium

TICONDEROGA King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga will present its daylong symposium called “New Garden Visions” on Saturday, April 12. The one-day event teaches easy techniques to improve home gardens. Cost is $75 for visitors and $65 for “Friends of Fort Ticonderoga.” For details, call 518-585-2821.

 

Focus on Business

POULTNEY Poultney High School will accommodate participating businesses, as they celebrate “Spotlight on Business: Alive and Strong” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. While area businesses display their products and wares, area restaurants will offer a “Taste of the Town,” or “tastings” from various eateries. To register for a place at the event, or simply for more details, call 802-287-4114.

 

Vermont Painters

BENNINGTON Bennington Museum at 75 Main Street will present the work of three Vermont impressionist painters –– Clifford Adams Bayard, Arthur Gibbes Burton and George Loftus Noyes –– starting on Saturday, April 12 and running through June 17. On view in the Limric and Parmalee Galleries, the impressionist landscapes depict southern Vermont. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For details, call 802-447-1571.

 

Easter Event

FAIR HAVEN Fair Haven Concerned and Belle Dolci will host an Easter Event from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 in Fair Haven Park. The Easter and community-themed event will feature an egg hunt, games and other family-related activities. For details, call 802-265-3666.

 

Chamber Music

SCHUYLERVILLE For the benefit of Schuylerville Area Food and Emergency Relief, Con Brio Performing Arts will present a chamber music concert in Cambridge and Schuylerville.  Two performances are scheduled –– a 7:30 p.m. performance at the Bischoff House on 573 Dunbar Road in Cambridge on Saturday, April 12, which costs $17 and requires reservations at 518-796-8184; and a 3 p.m. performance on Sunday, April 13 in St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Schuylerville, for which there is no charge. A free will offering will be collected.

 

Sunday, April 13

 

Valley Breakfast

VALLEY FALLS Valley Falls Lady Auxiliary, on Poplar Avenue, will serve its monthly breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 13, and in addition to a full breakfast, the auxiliary will offer a bake sale, raffle and RADA knives for sale.

 

Unplug Poetry

BRANDON Compass Music and Arts Center announces it will offer two successive Sundays of “poetry unplugged” at 2:30 p.m on Sunday, April 13 and 27. All poets are invited to come share his or her favorite poem on these two Sundays at Compass Music and Arts Center at 333 Jones Drive in Brandon. For details, visit www.cmacvt.org.

 

Book Talk

ARLINGTON “The Blind Assassin” by Margaret Atwood, a Booker Prize Winner in England, will be discussed at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 13 in Martha Canfield Library in Arlington, as part of a series sponsored by Vermont Humanities Council. The program is free and open to the public. For details, call 802-375-6153.

 

Monday, April 14

 

Benefit Dinner

GRANVILLE A benefit dinner for “Promise Walk for Preeclampsia 2014” will be held on Monday, April 14 at Bernardo’s Restaurant, with seatings for spaghetti dinner at 5, 6 and 6:45 p.m. Take-out will also be available. Tickets are $5 to eat in and $6 to take-out. Drinks are not included in the price. The dinner will be hosted by Team Christie’s Crusaders. For tickets, contact Pam Manning at 518-926-9201.

 

Safe Hunt

HARTFORD A Hunter Safety Education Course will be offered from 6 to 10 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday, April 14, 15 and 16 at the Hartford Fish and Game Club on Route 196 in Hartford. Space is limited and pre-registration mandatory. Call Bill Pike before April 5 at 518-632-5994.

 

Tuesday, April 15

 

Miniature Cars

ARLINGTON Expert Kevin Kees of Shaftsbury will discuss his collection of antique miniature cars and trucks at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15 in The Martha Canfield Library in Arlington. The free program is called “Miniature Antique Cars and Trucks.” For more details, call 802-375-6153.

 

Wednesday, April 16

 

Toastmasters Meet

HUDSON FALLS The next meeting of Washington County Toastmasters will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16 in Annex II, next to Washington County Cooperative Extension, 415 Lower Main Street in Hudson Falls. Toastmasters meet the first and third Wednesday of each month. For details, visit www.washingtoncountytoastmaster.org.

 

Friday, April 19

 

Cabin Fever Sale

QUEENSBURY The Warren County Historical Society will hold a cabin fever sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 19 in the society office at 195 Sunnyside Road in Queensbury. The society needs and requests books to sell. Also to be sold are small antiques, silver, small furniture items, linens, pictures and frames, costume jewelry, souvenirs, dishes, doo-dads and knick-knacks.

 

Church Benefit

CASTLETON A basket party and luncheon to benefit the building maintenance fund of United Baptist Church of Poultney will be held on Saturday, April 19, with the doors of Castleton’s Bomoseen Grange Hall on Route 30 opening at 11 a.m., with lunch at noon and ticket drawing at 1 p.m. A $5 purchase includes lunch and a sheet of tickets. $2 buys additional tickets. For details, call 802-342-7313.

 

Tuesday, April 22

 

Rummage Around

DORSET Rummage around for old clothing, household items, tools, equipment and books, and bring them to The Dorset Church between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday, April 22, 23, 24. These donations will be in preparation for the annual Dorset Church Rummage Sale to be held on Saturday, April 26. For further details, call Sandi Hedman at 802-362-1459 or email sandihedman@yahoo.com to discuss details.

 

Thursday, April 24

 

Earth Fair

POULTNEY The 7th annual Poultney Earth Fair will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 at Poultney High School. Free and open to the public, earth day is an annual tradition drawing hundreds from the local region to celebrate the environment. This year’s theme is “Powering into our Future.” For details, call 225-936-9973 or email galvezcontreras@gmail.com.

 

Friday, April 25

 

Legal Aid

SALEM Stuart Kaufman, an attorney with Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, will discuss wills, health care proxies, and other senior citizen legal issues at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 25 in St. Paul’s Rectory, 32 East Broadway, in Salem. The event is sponsored by Washington County CARES. For details, call Kathy Roby at 518-854-7294. Anyone older than 60 is welcome.

 

Famed Irish Band

GREENWICH Greenwich Elks Lodge announces that the renowned Irish band, “Hair of the Dog,” makes its annual appearance on Friday, April 25. Doors open at 6; the show is at 8 p.m. Hair of the Dog” fuses traditional Celtic music with rock, folk and bluegrass. 10 advance tickets, at $15 each, reserves tables. A hired taxi will also drive anyone home who lives within a radius of 10 miles. For details, call 518-638-6002. Or pick up your tickets at the lodge by calling 518-692-2061.

 

Brew Beer

SALEM Learn how to brew your own beer at The Battenkill Kitchen, part of Salem Courthouse Community Center, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25. The class will be taught by Reed Ants. Class is limited in size, so anyone interested in learning how to brew beer at home should contact the CCC at 518-854-7053.

 

Sky Blue Song

TINMOUTH The third in the Tinmouth Old Firehouse concert series will present Banjo Dan and Willy Lindner, “The Sky Blue Boys,” on Friday, April 25, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Bluegrass and brotherly duets describes their style. A $10 donation is requested. For details, visit Tinmouth Concert Series on Facebook.

 

Saturday, April 26

 

Soccer Starts

RUTLAND The Rutland Recreation and Parks Department announces that its spring soccer season will start at the Polo Fields on Saturday, April 26, with the program open to players 4 to 12. For complete program information, specific age requirements and to register, visit www.rutlandrec.com or visit the Recreation Office at 16 North Street Extension in Rutland. For general information, call 802-773-1822.

 

History Slides

CAMBRIDGE A slide show of Eagle Bridge history will be shown by Historian Ken Gottry at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 26 in Cambridge Public Library. Once a locus for railroads, Eagle Bridge boasted multiple hotels and inns and an opera house, Gottry notes. The public is invited. For details, call 518-677-2443.

 

Sunday, April 27

 

April Breakfast

WEST PAWLET The West Pawlet Fire Department will serve a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 27, with proceeds from the breakfast benefiting the fire company. Cost is $7 for those 12 and older, $5 for children 5 to 12, and children under 5, free. The West Pawlet firehouse is on Main Street, or Route 153, and it is a handicapped accessible site. For details, call Antonio Landon at 802-345-4312.

 

Country Dance

SCHUYLERVILLE The Country Round and Square Dance Association will host an old style country dance at Schuylerville’s American Legion Post on Clancy Street from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. Music is by “Ole Time Country.” Cost is $5 for adults; $2 for those 6 to 17; and under 6, free. For details, call 518-638-8905 or Sandy at 518-824-3719.

 

Book Talk

ARLINGTON “The Life and Times of Michael K” by J.M. Coetzee, a Booker Prize Winner in England, will be discussed at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 27 in Martha Canfield Library in Arlington, as part of a series sponsored by Vermont Humanities Council. The program is free and open to the public. For details, call 802-375-6153.

 

Forest Army Talk

TINMOUTH The Forest Army of President Franklin Roosevelt, commonly known as the Civilian Conservation Corps, will be the subject of a presentation by Judith Edwards, held at 2 p.m. on Sunday April 27 in the Tinmouth Old Firehouse, sponsored by The Tinmouth Historical and Genealogical Society. More than 3 million men, living in thousands of camps nationwide, planted trees and built infrastructure that still function today. For details on this history lecture, email wilburs@greenmtn.edu.

 

Wednesday, April 30

 

Palace Musical

ALBANY Palace Theatre in Albany announces that “50 Shades! The Musical­- The Original Parody” of “Fifty Shades of Gray” will premiere at the Palace on Wednesday, April 30, with the curtain rising at 7:30 p.m. For further details, especially about tickets, call the box office at 800-745-3000. Tickets range in price from $43 to $58.

 

Thursday, May 1

 

Fair Theme Test

SCHAGHTICOKE “Harvest your Dreams” is the Schaghticoke Fair Theme and Design Contest for 2014, a contest open to all local adults and currently enrolled high school and college students. The selected design will be used on the cover of the 2014 cover of the fair brochure. All entries must be submitted by June 1. For more details, contact the art department at your school or college or call 518-753-4411, ext. 13, and ask for Mary.

 

K-Roundup

HARTFORD Kindergarten Round-Up at Hartford Elementary School for the 2014-15 school year will be held on Tuesday, May 27. Registration and screening for all eligible students will be held that day. If you have a child turning 5 on or before Dec. 1, 2014, and you have not yet received a registration packet, contact Mrs. Getty 518-632-5222, ext. 101.

 

Sunday, May 4

 

Taste Hoosick

HOOSICK FALLS The 3rd annual “Taste of Hoosick” will showcase fifteen top area restaurants, the high school jazz band under direction of Bill Brown, plus Dottie Cross and Friends, and all from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 4 in St. Mary’s Academy Auditorium in Hoosick Falls. Reserved tickets are $12.50. Door tickets are $15. Children 6 to 12 pay $10. Children under 5 get in free. Proceeds benefit the local food pantry. For details, call 518-

686-4314.

 

Wednesday, May 7

 

Spring Style

MANCHESTER Style Consultant Kathryn Mademann will lead the fun at a luncheon, fashion show and workshop called “Celebrating Spring in Style” at noon on Wednesday, May 7 in Manchester’s Equinox Village. For details, call Kathryn at 802-345-9252.

 

Saturday, May 10

 

30th Plant Sale

TINMOUTH The 30th annual Tinmouth Plant Sale will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. Viewing will be from 7:30 to 7:55 a.m., and there will be no sales before 8. The Tinmouth Community uses funds from the sale for various town and school garden beautification projects. For details, call Tinmouth Town Office at 802-446-2498.

 

Guitar Master

TINMOUTH Guitarist Stephan Kiernan, who, on his guitar, can shift from Bach to bluegrass without missing a beat, will perform at the fourth show in the Tinmouth Old Firehouse concert series on Saturday, May 10. Doors open at 7 p.m. The concert is at 7:30. A $10 donation is requested. For further details, visit Tinmouth Concert Series on Face book.

 

Sunday, May 11

 

Book Talk

ARLINGTON “The God of Small Things” by Arundhati Roy, a Booker Prize Winner in England, will be discussed at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 11 in Martha Canfield Library in Arlington, as part of a series sponsored by Vermont Humanities Council. The program is free and open to the public. For details, call 802-375-6153.

 

Friday, May 23

 

K-Roundup

HARTFORD Kindergarten Round-Up at Hartford Elementary School for the 2014-15 school year will be held on Tuesday, May 27. Registration and screening for all eligible students will be held that day. If you have a child turning 5 on or before Dec. 1, 2014, and you have not yet received a registration packet, contact Mrs. Getty 518-632-5222, ext. 101.

 

Final Folk Show

TINMOUTH The final performance in the recent Tinmouth Old Firehouse concert series will be by the Bluegrass Group, PossumHaw. A $10 donation is requested for the Friday, May 23 concert. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30. For more details, visit Tinmouth Concert Series on Face book.

 

Sunday, May 25

 

Book Talk

ARLINGTON “The English Patient” by Michael Ondaatje, a Booker Prize Winner in England, will be discussed at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 25 in Martha Canfield Library in Arlington, as part of a series sponsored by Vermont Humanities Council. The program is free and open to the public. For details, call 802-375-6153.

 

Sunday, June 15

 

Cash Cycling

SALEM “The Salem Tour de Flame Fighters” fund-raising bike ride, with its monies earmarked for construction of a new firehouse, will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, June. 25. Registration at 8:30 will be followed by three separate bike rides, the first cycling gearing off at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $35 per person; $40 per family. Visit www.bikereg.com/net/22124 to sign up. For details, call Steven Saunders at 518-321-9430 or email salemfd4434@hotmail.com.

 

Saturday, August 16

 

Craft Fair

EAST DORSET The East Dorset Congregational Church will hold its 3rd annual craft fair and silent auction from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 16 on the green in front of the church. The church is calling out for vendors. For further information and registration forms call Anne at 802-362-2682 or Margaretanne at 802-293-5793 or email menmckenzie2@hotmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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