Art reception

set at City Hall

GLENS FALLS — NorthCountryARTS will hold an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday for its new October exhibit at the 2nd Floor Gallery, located in Glens Falls City Hall. The show runs from Oct. 3 to Oct. 28.

On display for the October exhibit is the Nature Photography of Cynthia Soroka-Dunn. The 2nd Floor Gallery is provided by the city of Glens Falls. Gallery hours are the same as City Hall business hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Baskets for Santa are being prepped

WARRENSBURG — The 15th annual Gift Baskets Galore will be held at the Warrensburg High School cafetorium.

Viewing of the baskets will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Drawing of the winners will begin at 2 p.m. Admission tickets are $8 (25 chances) with additional tickets available for $5. Children age 5 and older must purchase an admission ticket.

Tickets will be available at the door. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets may be purchased in advance from the following: Willow’s Bistro on Main Street in Warrensburg, or Jean Rumble at 623–4160.

This event benefits Warrensburg’s Operation Santa Claus, which provides clothes and food for children in need at Christmas in the Warrensburg School District.

More than 100 baskets will be donated by businesses and individuals. For more information on this fundraiser or Operation Santa Claus, you may contact Florence LaPoint at 623–3531.

Chestertown GOP hosts candidates

CHESTERTOWN — The Chestertown Republican Party will host a candidates meet-and-greet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Chestertown Conservation Club on Knapp Hill Road.

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, state Sen. Elizabeth Little, R-Queensbury, and Assemblyman Dan Stec, R-Queensbury, will be on hand, as will family court judge candidate Ted Wilson and Timothy Lawless, candidate for Supreme Court judge.

Those who wish to attend should call 494-7477.

Bancroft Library plans chess time

SALEM — If you enjoy chess or would like to learn to play chess, join the Blind Squirrel Chess Club at the Bancroft Library in Salem from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Casual games are the norm and every player is willing to play anyone else regardless of experience. There are no applications or membership fees and the only rules are courtesy and the rules of chess. Come in any Saturday, introduce yourself, and as soon as a board opens, you can have a game. Players of any age or skill level are welcomed and encouraged. If there is a mismatch in skill level, it is not unusual for strict rules to be overlooked in the interest of coaching the less advanced player.

Young players are especially welcome and there is always an experienced player who will play or introduce them to the game. The atmosphere is informal. While play is serious, socializing is tolerated, even while games are underway. However, courtesy is paramount and rarely does socializing obstruct a game.

Alumni group

elects officers

WARRENSBURG — Elections were held for the Warrensburg Alumni Association of Warrensburg Central School.

The following were elected: President James Hull, Class of 1964; Vice President Arline Ackley, Class of 1955; Secretary Donna Combs, Class of 1966; Treasurer Susan Miller, Class of 1964; and Deputy Treasurer Bertha LaVigne, Class of 1947.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the association is at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at the high school library.

The Alumni Association will also participate at home athletic games to sell “official” Warrensburg Alumni Apparel and sign up members. The Alumni Association also provides scholarships yearly to students of Warrensburg Central School wishing to further their education.

Guinea pig event

at public Library

SALEM — Bancroft Public Library is pleased to announce an upcoming program this Friday and Oct. 14, when there will be programs at 3 p.m.

The library is hosting a program by Piggy Partners Rescue, a local guinea pig rescue. This program is for kids in pre-K through fourth grade, but all ages are welcome to attend. These programs include stories featuring guinea pigs, meeting guinea pigs and a simple craft activity. Questions about guinea pigs are welcomed.

Oil painting

to be raffled off

CAMBRIDGE — The Friends of the Cambridge Library will be holding a drawing for an oil painting generously donated by George Van Hook, “Farm Lane in Autumn.” The drawing will be at noon Oct. 15. Tickets are still available at the desk to enter the drawing. Prices are $2 per ticket, $5 for three tickets and $10 for seven tickets.

Van Hook’s paintings have been exhibited for more than 35 years throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. His style follows in the tradition of the impressionists he was inspired by and shows a love of nature that is fostered by long hours painting “en plein air.” For more information, please call 677-2443 or stop by the library.

Hogan to speak at genealogy meeting

SCHUYLERVILLE — Dennis Hogan will be the speaker at the annual Heritage Hunters Genealogy Conference to be held Oct. 15 at Saratoga Town Hall.

Hogan is a professional genealogist from western New York specializing in Irish genealogy and New York state research. He serves as town of Gorham historian, webmaster for the Town of Gorham Historical Society, and coordinator of the computer interest group for the Rochester Genealogical society. The conference topics are: United States Records for Your Foreign Ancestor; Getting the Most from Fulton History Website; Googling for Genealogy; and Survey of Brick Wall Techniques.

The day begins with registration, exhibits and coffee at 8:45 a.m. and will conclude at 3:15 p.m. Registration is $30 for members and $40 for non-members. A hot lunch is included.

For information and registration, call 587-2978 or email melfrejo@aol.com.

Rebuilding dinner planned for Oct. 13

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Rebuilding Together Saratoga County is selling tickets to its 13th annual Dinner. The dinner will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13, at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs. All proceeds from the dinner will go to help homeowners in need in Saratoga County live independently in safe and healthy homes.

Each year, Rebuilding Together Saratoga County looks forward to its annual dinner where community partners, businesses, volunteers and friends come together to highlight the valuable work being accomplished to better the lives of low-income homeowners in our community.

The evening’s activities will include a dinner catered by Mazzone Hospitality, music by Peter Nelson and Crispin Catricala, silent auction, live auction and a short program. During the program, Rebuilding Together will recognize a local businessperson with its “Community Partner Award,” as well as their “Volunteer of the Year.”

Individual tickets are available for $85. To purchase tickets to this event, please call Rebuilding Together at 587-3315 or email Michelle at Michelle@RTSaratoga.org.

Singers wanted for Long Lake chorus

LONG LAKE — A community chorus is being organized in Long Lake under the direction of Karen Butters, with rehearsals on Thursday evenings through October and November. Accompanist will be George Damasevitz.

A concert will be held on Dec. 2. Participation is open to all. No auditions or previous experience necessary. There will be instruction on how to sing four part harmony. The primary goal will be the joy of singing together and sharing the results with the rest of the community. For more information call Jackie Mallery at 624 2056.

Chefs to take part in benefit event

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Leading regional chefs are sharpening their knives as they prepare go head-to-head Oct. 21 at a new chef’s competition to benefit The Capital Region Office of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The event, Dish It Out, will be held at Saratoga Springs City Center and will feature appetizer, entrée and dessert stations of small dishes, expertly prepared by the region’s top professional chefs.

A complete menu is available at www.dishitout.org.

In addition to its impressive food offering, Dish It Out will feature a wine tasting table with wine pairings hand-selected by sommelier Steve Kahnfor for each dish. The event is sponsored by DeCrescente Distributing. Guests can also enjoy an open bar courtesy of Mazzone Catering, a craft brew tasting table provided by Schmaltz Brewery and a spirit tasting table with special cocktails courtesy of High Rock Distillery.

Tickets are $175 for general admission, which offers guests access to the event and open seating at one of many ten-top and high-top tables in the ballroom. Tickets are $250 for honorary committee, which includes a reserved seat throughout the evening and special recognition in the event program. Tickets are available now on the event website, www.dishitout.org/saratoga/event, or by calling Chris Patregnani at 579-0984.

‘Charlie Brown’ auditions planned

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Home Made Theater has announced auditions for its December production of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ by Charles M. Schulz, based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson. The stage adaptation is by Eric Schaeffer. The play will be directed by Laurie Larson. Auditions will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25 at the Spa Little Theater in Saratoga Spa State Park. There are more than 13 roles available for actors ages 20 to 45.

Production dates are weekends, Dec. 9-18, with two weekday morning performances at 10 a.m. Dec. 13 and 15. Rehearsals will begin Nov. 1. Actors should bring a current photo and resume. Photos cannot be returned. No appointments are necessary for the audition. Actors will read from provided excerpts from the play. For a detailed flyer with character descriptions or questions about the audition, call 587-4427 or visit www.homemadetheater.org.

Hannaford Helps chooses nonprofit

WARRENSBURG — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County, a nonprofit committed to bringing educational programs to individuals and families throughout Warren County, has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program for the month of October.

This program has been designed to support local nonprofits like Cornell Cooperative Extension. For every blue Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag with the good karma messaging purchased at the 190 Quaker Road, Queensbury Hannaford, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County will receive a $1 donation.

Extension has a goal of raising $300 during the month of October as a beneficiary of the program. Cornell Cooperative Extension plans to use the projected funds to help defray the programming costs.

‘Book Babes’ club sets up Little Library

WARRENSBURG — The “Book Babes,” a lively Warrensburg Book Club, wants to share their joy of reading and their ever-expanding collection of books with anyone looking for a good read.

Member Laura Danna shared an article from her alumni newsletter about the idea of a Little Free Library whose mission is “to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.” Melissa Carbone suggested that the Book Babes should donate a Little Free Library to Warrensburg and plans were set in motion.

The idea gained support from the Warrensburg Town Board, with members suggesting the riverside location and offering assistance with securing the structure in place.

The only obstacle that remained was the actual construction of the Little Free Library. Warrensburg Central School technology teacher Brandon Donato and his wonderfully talented students quickly volunteered and the Little Free Library is now at home in Veteran’s Park.

The spirit of the Little Free Library is to take a book and leave a book. But the Book Babes encourage taking of a book without necessarily leaving one to replace it. The 11-member group has been meeting monthly for six years and should be able to keep it well stocked. Donations are always welcome.

Hometown was compiled by Bill Toscano.

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