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Woman eyes title of Miss New York USA

Paige Perry, 26, of Queensbury, will compete for the title of Miss New York USA from Jan. 18-19 at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center in Purchase. The Miss New York USA and Miss New York Teen USA pageants are the official preliminaries to the Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss Universe pageants and are proud to be the newest member of the WME/IMG Family.

Did President Grant visit Lake Luzerne?

HADLEY — The Hadley-Lake Luzerne Historical Society will present “Hidden Mystery: Did President Grant Visit Lake Luzerne, N.Y.?” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Hadley Senior Center, 23 Maple Ave.

Join presenter Ben Kemp as he shares his research on the subject of whether our 18th president, Ulysses S. Grant, really visited Lake Luzerne in the 1870s. Explore the compelling story of what brought Grant to this area in his final days in 1885 and the cottage he lived in that is now a local historic site. Kemp is site coordinator with the Friends of Grant Cottage and a board member with the Hadley-Lake Luzerne Historical Society. The program is free, open to the public and handicapped accessible. For more information, go to www.kinnearmuseum@gmail.com.

Wood Theater plans ‘NY, NY’ fundraiser

GLENS FALLS — Following the success of the Charles R. Wood Theater’s 2017 fundraising event, the theater has planned another casual and fun evening set for 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 5. The theme of the evening will be “NY, NY — More of Manhattan” featuring additional New York City highlights, including Chinatown, Little Italy, Central Park, Times Square, Lincoln Center and some of last year’s hits like the Bomb Shelter Comedy Club, Josie’s Jazz Club and Studio 207 Dance Club.

A variety of entertainment, from comedy to jazz, to classic and modern dance and much more, will take place at a variety of times in a variety of locations, allowing guests to enjoy as little or as much as they’d like throughout the evening. The event will showcase the many ways the facility can be utilized, and all at once. Guests will also be able to “shop” a silent auction and raffle, including an array of items from local businesses that everyone will enjoy, as well as vote on what U.S. city the Wood should visit next year.

This year’s committee has named Rene Clements and Jane Gibbs, longtime supporters of the Wood Theater, the “Guests of Honor.”

Ticket sales are now live, with admission costing $75 to gain access to all of the event’s entertainment, a cash bar, and unlimited gourmet street food offerings by [forged]. Guests may also join the Manhattan Club for $125 for all of the above plus their name listed in Chinatown.

For additional information, go to www.woodtheater.org.

Wilton welcomes Rural Felicity group

WILTON — In honor of the Bicentennial of the Town of Wilton, the Wilton Heritage Society will welcome Rural Felicity to its annual Music at the Museum program from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 at the former Wiltonville Church, corner of Corinth Mountain Road, Mount McGregor and Parkhurst Road.

Rural Felicity is a group of historical re-enactor musicians who perform 18th- century music as it would have been heard in a colonial tavern. Their music is performed in an informal style with humor and audience interaction and participation.

An ice cream social will be held during intermission between sets. This event is free and open to the public.

Fundraiser to help with cancer fight

QUEENSBURY — Team Hearts of Hope, a community group in the Glens Falls region, will host a fundraising event from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Adirondack Bar & Grill, State Route 149. Proceeds will go to the C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital, where funds will be made available for patients and their families needing help and support with the day-to-day financial situations whilst undergoing cancer treatment at the cancer center.

There will be pony rides, laser tag, face painting, a bounce house, a lemonade stand, prayer and support tent, baked goods, raffles and other giveaways, and more. There will also be a collection of regional arts and crafts available. Artisans and crafters are being sought.

For more information, go to www.fightcancer.today or fb.me/FightCancer.Today.

Brant Lake to host Horicon Day 2018

BRANT LAKE — Horicon Day 2018 will take place at noon Saturday around the Mill Pond. Take a short and scenic ride to Brant Lake for some good ole’ fashioned fun and special events reminiscent of days of old.

There will be lots of family fun going on and the fire department will serve food and treats. Summertime children’s activities, a bounce house and games will be available. Fireworks will go off at dusk.

Cub Scouts to hold a recruitment day

GLENS FALLS — Cub Scout Pack 14 will hold a recruitment event from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Crandall Park Pavilion. A fun activity station will give a sneak peek into the adventures Cub Scouts have throughout the year. All children in kindergarten through fifth grade can join. Parents and adult volunteers are also welcome.

Books needed for senior center sale

QUEENSBURY — The Queensbury Senior Citizens are currently collecting good-condition book donations for their sale Sept. 6 and 7. Books will either become part of the center’s collection or will be used in the sale. Large-print books are welcome, but they cannot accept textbooks, encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest condensed books, or VCR or cassette tapes. They are also collecting CDs, DVDs and puzzles.

Donations may be dropped off at the center, 742 Bay Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 518-761-8224.

Vintage Motorcycle Rally is scheduled

LAKE LUZERNE — Hogtown MC is sponsoring its 18th annual Vintage Motorcycle Rally from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at the corner of Old Stage and Thomas roads. The event is open to the public. This year for the first time, all bikes are welcome to enter for their chance to win a trophy. Bikes from 1993 and older will be in the vintage classes; all others will be in modern and custom classes.

For more information on how to enter or to be a vendor, find them Facebook.

Library plans to host Alzheimer’s program

CAMBRIDGE — Through a partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, Cambridge Public Library will be hosting a workshop about effective communication strategies for anyone who has been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the library, 21 W. Main St.

As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s. Learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

Talent showcase is part of Libraries Rock

GREENWICH — Join Cambridge Public Library, Greenwich Free Library and Schuylerville Public Library from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Mowry Park to celebrate how much libraries rock. The talent showcase will feature Greenwich’s Saints of Nowhere, Cambridge’s The CDs, and Schuylerville’s Peter Pashoukos. This is a free, fun and family-friendly event.

For more information, contact your local library.

Children’s author to read at Bolton library

BOLTON LANDING — Mike Ornstein, a Bolton Landing summer resident and children’s book author, will present a reading of his two books, “Kindergarrrten Bus” and “The Daddy Longlegs Blues,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bolton Free Library, 4922 Lake Shore Drive. Ornstein will have copies of his books available for purchase.

Bible school planned in North Granville

GRANVILLE — North Granville United Methodist Church is holding a Vacation Bible School program from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday on State Route 22. The Jungle River Adventure-themed program is for kids ages pre-K through sixth grade.

For more information or to preregister a child, call Kontessa Siliski or Leland Smith at 518-360-9105 or 518-791-3683.

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by Gretta Hochsprung, ghochsprung@poststar.com.

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