The Daily Star
---- — Hall to host Holiday Celebration
Baseball fans can help needy families and experience the magic of the holidays in Cooperstown at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s annual Holiday Celebration.
The Hall of Fame will host its Holiday Celebration on Saturday, with family-friendly activities throughout the day. In the spirit of the holidays, Hall visitors will receive free admission all day Saturday with the donation of at least two non-perishable food items. All donations support the Cooperstown Food Bank and Opportunities for Otsego.
From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., you can visit the Diamond Dreams exhibit on the second floor and the Pastime Portraits exhibit on the third floor. Visitors will learn about the equipment used to play the game, both past and present.
From 12-2 p.m., visit the holiday craft area in the Learning Center and make your own baseball-themed Christmas tree.
At 2 p.m., visitors can enjoy a special holiday performance by the Pathfinder Village Hand Bell Choir in the Hall of Fame Gallery. Pathfinder Village is a community in Edmeston dedicated to serving individuals with Down syndrome.
And at 3 p.m., learn more about the history of the Plaque Gallery and how the Hall of Fame plaques are made in the 20-minute Plaques of the Gallery guided tour.
The Museum’s updated Autumn Glory exhibit also will be open. The exhibit features several artifacts from the 2012 Major League Baseball postseason, including World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval’s bat he used to hit two of his record-tying three home runs in Game 1 of the Fall Classic.
For more information, call 607-547-7200.
Benefit for OHS grad Dec. 15
A benefit for Oneonta High graduate Ed O’Malley will be held from 7-10 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Binghamton Tennis Center.
O’Malley, a 1975 OHS grad, is battling non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The benefit will include tennis matches, drills, auctions, raffles and a buffet. Cost is $30 for tennis and the buffet, $25 for just tennis, and $20 for the buffet and raffle. Cost for students is $20.
To sign up in advance, call the BTC at 607-722-3491. Those who can’t attend but would like to make a donation should visit the website caringbridge.org.
Volleyball leagues start soon
The Oneonta Recreation Department is accepting registrations from returning teams for its men’s and women’s volleyball leagues. A team must return at least 75 percent of its roster from 2012 to qualify as a returning team.
Registrations for new teams will be accepted until 5 p.m. Dec. 21. The program has capacity for 12 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams. Early registration is recommended.
All games are played at the Asa C. Allison Municipal building on the corner of Fairview and Academy streets in Oneonta. Men will play Tuesdays beginning Jan. 8, and women will play Wednesdays starting Jan. 9. The regular season will consist of 10 games and be followed by a postseason tournament.
Registration packets, which can be e-mailed upon request, are available at the Recreation Department in Neahwa Park. Teams must pay the $300 entry fee in full and complete a preliminary roster to register. Payments must be made via check or money order payable to the City of Oneonta. Cash payments will not be accepted.
For more information, call the Recreation Office at 607-432-0680.
O-State to host baseball clinicsOneonta State will host two high school baseball clinics at Alumni Field House this winter.
The Red Dragons will hold a pitchers/catchers clinic Jan. 27 and a hitting/defense clinic Feb. 3. Registration for both runs from 11:15 a.m.-noon, followed by the clinic from noon-3 p.m.
Cost is $35 per camper for one clinic or $60 per camper for both. The clinics are designed for high school players who will graduate during the 2013-2016 time period.
For more information, call O-State coach Ben Grimm at 607-436-2661 or email email@example.com.
OBGC to host winter lacrosse
The winter session of Lacrosse Oneonta will run Mondays through Jan. 21, 2013 at the Oneonta Boys and Girls Club.
Boys and girls in grades 3-7 will play from 6-7 p.m., followed by youths in grades 8-12 from 7-9 p.m.
There is no fee to participate, but players must be OBGC members. A small amount of equipment is available for beginners.
For more information, call Bob Leary at 607-433-0998.
Golf league starts in December
Colonial Ridge Golf in Laurens is accepting sign-ups for its winter simulator golf league.
Two-person teams compete weekly in a captain-and-mate format. Play runs through the week of March 25-29. Playing times are flexible as teams may on weekdays of their choice from week to week.
Weekly fees are $10 per person. A one-time fee of $20 per person is also required to pay for prize money (110-percent cash payout).
For more information or to sign up, call Colonial Ridge Golf at 607-263-5291.
WCDO offers live streaming
WCDO Broadcasting has added streaming capabilities that will allow fans of local high school teams to tune in to games that are broadcast throughout football and basketball seasons on Sidney radio station, FM 100.9 and AM 1490 WCDO.
The broadcasts are free and will be broadcast in real time on computers and Android smartphones via the new website at WCDOSports.com.
Past broadcasts remain available at WCDO’s main website, WCDORadio.com, in the WCDO Sports on Demand section. This free service will continue along side the live, real-time streaming at WCDOSports.com.