Glens Falls reunion joins class of 1987

GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls High School class of 1987 celebrated its 30th class reunion on the weekend of Sept. 22-23.

The class had a meet and greet on Friday night at The Bull Pen after a football game at the high school football field. Saturday night, the class celebrated with a dinner and much conversation and laughter at the Towers in downtown Glens Falls.

Alumni came from all parts of the country.

Catholic Daughters to meet in February

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court McLaughlin No. 422, will hold its February meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 50 Pine Road. Members gather at 6 p.m. for refreshments and social time and the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

This month, members are asked to bring items for the Red Auction, which will take place that evening as a fundraiser for Birthright. All items are welcomed — candles, clothing, artwork, puzzles, frames, books, etc. New members are always welcome to attend a meeting to find out what the Catholic Daughters are all about.

For any questions or further information, contact Regent Aileen Thomas at 518-583-2905 or Vice-Regent Mary Brooks at 518-587-6406.

Thrift shop to hold semi-annual bag sale

TICONDEROGA — The Thrift Shop at the First United Methodist Church in Ticonderoga will be holding its semi-annual “bag sale” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday at 1045 Wicker St. (Route 9N). This very popular sale will have all clothing for men and women for $3 a bag, which will be supplied by the shop. Household treasures and domestic items will be half off during the bag sale. Following the bag sale, spring clothing will begin to be available.

The FUMC Thrift Shop is open year-round from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday. The shop is staffed entirely by volunteers and benefits the church and its outreach ministries. For more information, call the shop at 518-585-2242, the church office at 518-585-7995 or find them on Facebook/Tifumc.

‘Whoo’ sees benefits of grassland birds?

FORT EDWARD — Join the Fort Miller Meeting House and Friends of the Important Bird Area to learn more about grassland birds and the benefits they provide at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Fort Miller Reformed Church, 1239 Fort Miller Road.

Grassland birds benefit all of us. They prey on insects and rodents that damage and destroy crops or carry diseases such as Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses. They share their habitat with bees and butterflies needed to pollinate fruits, vegetables, hay and other crops. Farmers and gardeners would see their crop yields decrease without the free services these birds provide.

Unfortunately, grassland birds are disappearing from our countryside at an alarming rate. Short-eared owls, Northern harriers, Eastern meadowlarks and Grasshopper sparrows are just a few of the grassland bird species who have seen their populations plummet by 70 to 90 percent or more. The extirpation/ extermination of New York’s grassland birds poses a serious threat to our food supply, local economies and the health of our environment.

Learn more at www.ibafriends.org.

Speakers to share love for Jewish people

CAMBRIDGE — The Women of Hope and the Men of Faith who meet monthly at Jacobs Well in Cambridge will host two exceptional guest speakers, Scott and Kori Schwartz, who will give their testimonies of how they “share God’s heart for the Jewish people” through their work in Brooklyn at 9 a.m. Saturday at 29 W. Main St.

The Schwartzes reach into the Hasidic (ultra-orthodox) community in Brooklyn with the Gospel message. They moved their young family from Rutland, Vermont, to Brooklyn to work and serve through the organization Life in Messiah.

For more information, check out the Women of Hope and Men of Faith website at www.womenofhopeamerica.com, or on Facebook — Women of Hope, Cambridge, New York and Men of Faith.

Makers and markets on Feb. 11

CAMBRIDGE — The Second Sundays Makers and Farmers Market will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at Argyle Brewing’s Cambridge tap room, the first of the four winter and spring markets.

Sponsored by the Cambridge Valley Chamber of Commerce, this market will bring together local farmers and crafters in the historic Cambridge passenger depot on Broad Street, opposite the former Cambridge Hotel. Maple products, poultry and eggs, storage vegetables and prepared foods will be available.

Come to stock up and get a Valentine’s present for someone special, and stay to enjoy live music and a beer with friends.

Gestural drawing at Johnsburg Library

JOHNSBURG — The Town of Johnsburg Library is offering the Art of Gestural Drawing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, Feb. 25 and March 4.

This workshop is led by skilled teaching artist Frances Gaffney. Participants explore artists’ processes, build professional drawing tools and techniques and explore new ways of seeing. A variety of materials will be discussed.

Call 518-251-4343 to register, as space is limited. All materials will be provided.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council.

Center will present series on journaling

HUDSON FALLS — The Senior Center of Kingsbury and Fort Edward is the recipient of a LARAC 2018 Community Arts Grant for $3,275.40 to present a five-session free workshop series titled, “I remember, I am, I Love: Journaling at the Center.”

Arts educator Linda Buerkley will present five workshops at each of the nine senior centers from March through May across Washington County teaching the fundamentals of journaling and/or sketching, said Max McDonnell, director of the center in Hudson Falls. Information will be available in early February.

The Senior Center of Kingsbury and Fort Edward’s arts programs have brought new members to the senior center in Hudson Falls and compliments the existing programs including Silver Sneakers, Yoga Stretch, Zumba and other programs.

Reusable bag sales to help food pantry

QUEENSBURY — Hannaford Markets has designated the Food Pantry at Queensbury United Methodist Church to receive $1 for each “Fight Hunger” reusable grocery bag sold during the entire month of February at its 190 Quaker Road location.

The Food Pantry at QUMC has grown exponentially since its founding nearly a decade ago and in 2017 served more than 850 clients in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. Contact the church at 518-793-9728 for pantry days and hours.

Hometown is compiled by Gretta Hochsprung, ghochsprung@gmail.com.

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