Elks to host turkey dinner

The Oneonta Elks will host a roast turkey dinner, which is open to the community, at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The dinner will cost $11 per person and includes roast turkey, stuffing, vegetable, soup and dessert. The cost for children 8 to 13 years is half price, and children 7 and younger eat for free.. The Oneonta Elks will raffle two turkeys at the dinner. This is a fundraiser for the Elks Lodge Charities Community Program. RSVP is required by calling the Oneonta Elks at 432-1312 by noon Tuesday.


RIF book distribution held

Oneonta Reading Is Fundamental is holding its first book distribution of the school year in each of the elementary schools this week. Oneonta RIF gives every student in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade the opportunity to choose a free book at each distribution. For more information, visit rif.org. Donations are appreciated. Anyone interested in donating, may send a tax-deductible contribution to: Oneonta RIF Inc., P.O. Box 703, Oneonta, NY 13820-0703. 


History contest awards to be given

An awards ceremony for the Greater Oneonta Historical Society’s annual Sally Mullen local history contest for fourth-graders will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Valleyview School at 40 Valleyview St. There will be cash prizes for the top three projects submitted, Honorable Mention certificates, refreshments and the opportunity to view the local history projects, submitted for this year’s contest.

This year’s theme is “If This Building Could Talk!” Prizes include $75 for first place, $50 for 2nd place, and $25 for 3rd place. Participants were asked to create a Microsoft Powerpoint computer presentation, describing in detail an Oneonta building and its history. Submitted projects included the Oneonta Armory, Fox Hospital, the Oneonta Roundhouse, the Wilber Mansion, the Masonic Temple, various Oneonta churches, and Center Street School. The annual contest is held in memory of Sally Mullen, past GOHS president and former Center Street School librarian.

For more information, contact info@OneontaHistory.org or 432-0960.


Empty Bowls event set for Friday

Hartwick College will host its fifth annual “Empty Bowls” event, a grassroots movement that aims to help raise awareness of hunger and poverty in local communities.

It will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at The Music Circle of Anderson Center for the Arts, on the Hartwick Campus. The event costs $15 and is open to the public.

Students in the ceramics studio at Hartwick, along with the Clay Club, students, families, friends and members of the community from recent Bowl-A-Rama events, have been working to create hundreds of handmade ceramic bowls for this year’s fundraiser.

With a donation of $15, participants will receive a handmade bowl to fill with soup. Everything was donated to the event to ensure all proceeds will benefit the community; this year, all of the Empty Bowls proceeds will be donated to The Lord’s Table at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Oneonta. Previous Empty Bowls have raised more than $10,000 to help stop hunger in Otsego County.

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased from Associate Professor of Art Stephanie Rozene, any member of the Hartwick College Clay Club, and The Red Caboose Restaurant and Dietz and Wall Wines in downtown Oneonta. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until sold out, and checks may be made payable to “The Clay Club.”

For additional information, call Rozene at 431-4833 or at rozenes@hartwick.edu.


Author to sign books at FoxCare

Author Richard Mickelson will sign his books from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Oneonta Arts and Craft Show at FoxCare Center in Oneonta.

Mickelson, a resident of Tully, will be available to sign copies of his books, which include “The Wizard of OZ, Where Is He Now?,” “Richie and the Baby Girl,” “Richie the Teddy Bear Gets a Puppy,” “Richie’s Glorious Valentine Adventure,” “Richie the Teddy Bear’s Amazing Halloween Adventure,” “Richie and the Baby Boy,” “Richie the Teddy Bear Who Saved Christmas” and “The Frog Who Jumped Over the Moon.”


UMW to host bazaar Saturday

The United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church in Oneonta will hold an “Everything Under the Stars” Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The bazaar will feature crafts, stitchery, baked goods, antiques and white elephants, a cookie booth, and a jewelry booth. The “Starlight Café” Snack Bar will feature a lunch menu of corn potato chowder, chicken noodle soup, sloppy joes, chili, hot dogs, and a variety of homemade pies. Proceeds support the United Methodist Women’s mission of peace and justice for women, youth and children locally and around the world. The church is at 66 Chestnut St. Oneonta.


Farmers’ Market is now indoors

The Oneonta Farmers’ Market has relocated to its indoor location for the winter — the Main Street Garage Walkway — and will continue to be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday. 

November vendors include Heller Farms, Tauzel Farms, Middlefield Orchard, You’re So Sweet, Mulligan Creek Acres, Sherman Hill Farmstead and Breezie Maples Farm, offering late season fruits and vegetables, cow and goat milk cheeses, poultry, eggs, beef, pork, sausage, honey, maple products, and baked goods, including gluten-free offerings. Otsego County Farm-To-Table cookbooks may be purchased at the You’re So Sweet vendor table.

It is held rain, snow or shine. For more information, call 437-0158 or visit www.OneontaFarmersMarket.com.


Final community programs set

The last two programs for the semester are set for the Outdoor Adventure Club’s College Camp Community Program at the Sate University College at Oneonta.

Animal Tracking and Silent Movement will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about how animals move in their natural environment. They will be able to learn how to move silently themselves in the woods though fun activities and games. 

On Sunday, Dec. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m., there will be a Winter Yule Log Fest. Participants will have the opportunity to celebrate the holiday season with a Yule Log Hunt, hearing about the tradition’s history, making handmade dipped candles, and enjoying a warm fire while drinking traditional Scandinavian Glogg, which is non-alcoholic, and eating Pepparkakor, or Ginger Cookies.

The program are held on the College Camp lodge off Hoffman Road in Oneonta.


Thanksgiving dinner planned

The annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner sponsored by St. Mary’s and the Lord’s Table  will be served at the Oneonta Elks Lodge at 84 Chestnut St. in Oneonta.

The free dinner, which is open to all, will be served from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27. For transportation to the dinner or to have a meal delivered to the homebound, call Deb at 433-0356 or emailoneontathanksgiving@gmail.com by Tuesday, Nov. 25. 

To volunteer time or supplies, call Mary Ann at 226-1785 or email hartx@wpe.com.


Salvation Army applications open

 The Salvation Army is taking applications for Christmas from Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Organizers need identification for everyone in the family and proof of address. The ID could be a benefit card or an insurance card or a birth certificate.

This sign up time will be until Friday, Dec. 5. For more information, call the Salvation Army at 432-5960.

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