Opportunities for Otsego is observing National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week with several local events, as well as a food drive that will continue through the month. According to a media release, the events are designed to bring awareness to the issues of hunger and homelessness and to raise funds to support critical emergency housing services in Otsego County.
The local observance began Saturday, with an informational table and children’s activities at the Southside Mall. On Tuesday, Applebee’s in the mall will participate in Dining to Donate. Ten percent of each participating guest’s check will be donated to OFO’s homeless shelter. Customers must present a voucher to participate; vouchers are available for download at www.ofoinc.org or www.facebook.com/ofoinc.
A pair of concerts this weekend will also benefit OFO. Singer-songwriter Dana LaCroix and blues guitarist and singer Murali Coryell will perform Saturday at the Oneonta Theatre and Sunday in Cooperstown in a private home.
According to a media release from LaCroix, the pair represent many years of recording and touring throughout North America and Europe between them. Coryell has performed with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Levon Helm, George Clinton and George Thorogood. His latest album, “Sugar Lips,” which features guest artists Joe Louis Walker and Larry Coryell, was featured in Guitar Player Magazine, Living Blues and Elmore Magazine. LaCroix, a native of Toronto, has written songs for feature films in Canada, the United States and Europe; her CD “Faith in You” was praised by Gordon Lightfoot as “a passionate album by a wonderful songwriter.”
The Oneonta Theatre concert will feature Coryell on electric guitar and vocals, LaCroix on acoustic guitar and vocals, Adam Armstrong on bass and Jakob Rostboll on drums. Tickets, at $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 16 and younger, are available at the Oneonta Theatre Box office, Green Toad Bookstore, 8th Note Music Store, Music Square and Maxwell’s. The concert will begin at 8 p.m.