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Fundraiser dinner set for soup kitchen

HUDSON FALLS — Doreen’s Soup Kitchen Easter Dinner Fundraiser will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at 293 ½ Main St. The menu will include ham dinner with potatoes, vegetable, dessert, coffee, tea and juice.

There will be a $10 donation for adults; $5 for children 12 and under; free for kids under 3. Takeouts are available by calling ahead at 518-747-9042.

Library offers mindful meditation

LAKE GEORGE — The Caldwell-Lake George Library will host a four-week Mindfulness Meditation practice program, starting at 6 p.m. Thursday at 336 Canada St. These 60-minute workshops offer a basic introduction to the theory and practice of mindfulness meditation as well as its physical, psychological and spiritual benefits. Additional workshops will be held April 25, May 2 and May 9.

Mindfulness meditation has been clinically demonstrated to increase relaxation, relieve stress, reduce anxiety and bolster self-esteem. Mindfulness techniques have been shown to positively impact long-term health.

Join mindfulness facilitator, Tobey Gifford of Lemon Tree Yoga, to learn how to practice mindfulness meditation. Discover how to incorporate meditation into your life. Learn techniques to de-stress and be in the moment. With the right techniques, anyone can begin and sustain a successful daily meditation practice. Classes are free and open to the public. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Contact the library at 518-668-2528 to reserve a space. Comfortable chairs will be provided for the meditators.

Moby Dick Fish Fry on Good Friday

ARGYLE — The Argyle United Methodist Church will host a Moby Dick Fish Fry from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Good Friday at 12 Sheridan St. Dinner options include a meal of a fish fry, french fries, cole slaw, dessert and drink for $10, or fish fry only for $5. Dine-in or carryout available.

Leaf lessons with Howard Romack

CAMBRIDGE — Everyone’s favorite backyard scientist Howard Romack will be leading a lesson on leaf biology at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Cambridge Public Library, 21 W. Main St. Discover why leaves change color in the fall. Learn all about the way food is transported through plants. Learn how to identify the trees and plants in your own backyard. In addition, all participants will be able to create their own leaf press and mount them for display. Reserve a spot by contacting the library at 518-677-2443. The free event is best for ages 7 and up.

Mastrianni funding applications available

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Xavior “Sam” Mastrianni Scholarship Committee has released funding for multiple educational scholarships to students who live within the Capital District Region and who are advancing their education or professional development in the field of mental health. Scholarship applicants can represent a broad range of experiences and backgrounds, but preference is given to individuals working in a mental health setting.

The Mastrianni Fund honors the memory of Dr. Sam Mastrianni, Saratoga Springs psychiatrist and resident, whose vision and leadership guided the expansion of mental health services in Saratoga County until his death in 1995.

For further information or to receive a 2019 scholarship application, call Four Winds Saratoga, Community Relations Department at 518-584-3600, ext. 3115. Applications are also available in the “News” section on the Four Winds Saratoga website at www.fourwindshospital.com.

Deadline for filing an application is May 1.

Heritage Hunters to remember departed

SCHUYLERVILLE — The Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Town of Saratoga Town Hall, corner of routes 4 and 29 in Schuylerville. Clifton Park Historian and HH member John Scherer will present the program: “Remembering the Dearly Departed: Tombstones, Hair Wreaths and Mourning Customs.” Scherer served as curator of decorative arts at the NYS Museum in Albany from 1967 to 2009, and has authored several local history books and contributed many articles to periodicals and area newspapers. Public is welcome. For information, call Ginny at 518-885-9309.

YMCA gets donation from paper company

GLENS FALLS — The Family YMCA of the Glens Falls Area has been awarded a $2,000 grant from International Paper’s Ticonderoga Mill and the International Paper Foundation. Funds will support YMCA’s No More Learning Gap Program in the Glens Falls Area.

The No More Learning Gap Program helps low-income children maintain or improve their reading level over the summer months. Since 2013, the YMCA has partnered with the Glens Falls City School District to conduct a hybrid academic-camp model which addresses a student’s academic needs, and a camp experience which helps children connect what they are learning in the classroom with the world around them.

Parks-Bentley Place opening for season

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — Parks-Bentley Place, the home of the Historical Society of Moreau and South Glens Falls, opened April 13 for the season. The house, located at 53 Ferry Blvd., will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. during April, May and June.

The original part of the home, which is the oldest in South Glens Falls, was built by Daniel Parks in 1766. Also in the house are Victorian areas, a summer kitchen and purported Underground Railroad hiding places. On the grounds, there is an 1812 schoolhouse and 1800’s technology exhibit.

Plans for later in the summer include an exhibit of maps from the society’s collection, plant sale on June 8 and the annual Flag Day Celebration on June 9, as well as children’s programs in July and August.

For information, check out the website at www.parksbentleyplace.org. To contact the society, email parksbentleyplace@gmail.com.

‘The Saratogian who changed history’

LAKE LUZERNE — Author and Associated Press reporter Chris Carola will discuss the story of U.S. Army Lt. Jack Wilpers, a Saratogian who found himself making global headlines just days after World War II ended, at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Hadley-Luzerne Public Library, 19 Main St.

Wilpers was part of an Army Intelligence Unit that captured Japanese Prime Minister Hikedi Tojo and brought him to justice. Carola will discuss how he convinced Wilpers to talk about this significant turn of events for the first time, 65 years after it happened.

The program is free and open to the public. For further information, email kinnearmuseum@gmail.com.

Granville to hold UPK registration

GRANVILLE — Parents of children residing in the Granville Central School District who will be 4 years old on or before Dec. 1 may be eligible for the Granville Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program for the 2019-2020 school year.

For additional information, call Alyssa Evans, district registrar at 518-642-9357 ext. 3201. Registration will be held May 9 and 10 at Mary J. Tanner School. Letters will be mailed home to the families of eligible children in April.

Group supports SUNY Adirondack golf team

QUEENSBURY — The Riley Olson Foundation recently donated $1,000 to the SUNY Adirondack golf team. Olson, a member of the SUNY Adirondack golf team, passed away from a skiing accident in 2016. His family created the Riley Olson Foundation to honor his legacy and support local causes.

“Riley had a tremendous passion for golf his entire life,” said Michael White, who started the Riley Olson Foundation to honor his late son. “He was so excited that he was eligible to play golf for the college, and he stated how happy he was and how much he appreciated coach Michael Carpenter for giving him the chance to compete for SUNY Adirondack.”

Carpenter views the gift as a fitting legacy to Olson.

“As coach of the Varsity Golf Team, it was my pleasure to have known Riley as a person, as a student and as an athlete. Both the varsity golf team and the college greatly appreciate the support that we receive from the Riley Olson Foundation,” Carpenter said.

The gift will be used to enhance the experiences of current and future players by purchasing additional equipment for the team and by extending the playing season by being able to travel to additional tournaments, according to Carpenter.

Through the Riley Olson Foundation, Olson’s parents, Michael and Melinda White, also established two awards for nursing students at SUNY Adirondack in recognition of the compassionate and wonderful care he received following his accident.

The Riley Olson Foundation holds the annual Riley Olson Golf Tournament, which is planned for July 14 at Hiland Park Country Club in Queensbury. Online registration is available at https://birdeasepro.com/event/register/9176/.

See children’s art from around world

GLENS FALLS — The World Awareness Children’s Museum International Youth Art Exchange exhibit is currently being displayed at the Friends of Crandall Library gallery.

The exhibit showcases artwork from students from 37 countries. The exhibit’s theme is to foster the appreciation of world cultures through art and the eyes of a child. The exhibit will be on display until April 29.

There will be a reception from 5 to to 7 p.m. Thursday on the second floor of Crandall Library, 251 Glen St. The public is encouraged and welcome to attend. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

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Hometown is compiled by Gretta Hochsprung. If you’d like to let her know about an upcoming event, email ghochsprung@poststar.com or call 518-742-3206.

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