Blood pressure screenings held

The Oneonta Seventh-day Adventist Church will sponsor a free blood pressure screening from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the walkway between Main Street and the parking garage in Oneonta during the Grand and Glorious Garage Sale.

Healthy living literature on nutrition, weight loss, vegetarian recipes and more will be also be available.


Centennial Celebration set

Calvary Hill Retreat Center will sponsor the Centennial Celebration of the Chestnut Street School from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. The celebration will include an old-fashioned ice cream social starting at 2 p.m. Lynn Bisell, a local historian, will offer a presentation at 3 p.m. on the history of one-room schoolhouses. 

At 4 p.m., there will be an open discussion in which alumni will have time to share their experiences when they were students. Tours of the old Chestnut Street School will be given throughout the time of the celebration. The school is at 290 Chestnut St. in Oneonta. For more information, call 432-4926. This event is free and open to the public. 


Hartwick to host artist talks

Artist Jane Fine will visit Hartwick College on Tuesday to discuss her paintings, from early work to her current efforts, which mix abstraction and figuration to create “junk piles at the end of an empire, recycled into one last optimistic view of America,” according to a media release.

The event, which is part of the 2014-15 Visiting Artist Series, will be held at 5 p.m. in Anderson Center for the Arts, Room 138, on the Hartwick College Campus. It is open to the public and admission is free.

Also part of the Visiting Artist Series, Ryan Jennings Clark will present “Localized Linear Morphea” at 5 p.m. Sept. 15, also in Room 138. 

Anne Elizabeth Moore will present “Our Fashion Year: comics, gender, labor, and culture” at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27. in the theater of the Anderson Center for the Arts.

For more information on the Hartwick College Visiting Artist Series, contact Assistant Professor of Art Richard Barlow at 431-4829 or


‘Avatar’ to kick off themed events

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, Hartwick College will present a screening of the 2009 film “Avatar.” The event is the first in the 2014-15 Hartwick Campus Theme, “Health and the Environment: Personal Courage and Community Activism.” The film will be shown at 6 p.m. in Slade Theatre of Yager Hall on the College campus. The event is free, and the public is welcome.

“Avatar,” which achieved popular and critical acclaim upon its release in 2009, raised complex themes about life, culture and the state of the environment, presenters said in  media release. 

The film will be introduced by Miriam Therese MacGillis, a member of the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, N.J. In 2005,  MacGillis was presented with the Thomas Berry Award by the Center for Respect for Life and the Environment. In 2007 she was named among the planet’s top 15 green religious leaders by Grist magazine.

On Thursday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., small groups will meet in Slade Theatre and will discuss the movie’s themes and archetypal characters, again led by MacGillis.  he film and small group lecture/discussions are free and open to the public. “Avatar” is the first film in a series to be screened throughout the 2014-15 academic year in relation to the annual Campus Theme.

For more information, contact Hartwick College Professor of History Edie Quinn, at


Quilters Guild to meet Thursday

The Susquehanna Valley Quilters’ Guild will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Elm Park United Methodist Church at 401 Chestnut St. in Oneonta. Jacqueline M. Atkins will speak about Japanese quilting. She is a curatorical consultant and textile historian who was the guest curator for the Fenimore Museum exhibit of Japanese woodblock prints. Her program will begin after a short business meeting. There will be refreshments, and all are welcome. 

The guild will accept donations, such as kids’ school supplies, for Family Service Association. For more information, contact Julie Pollak at or 432-1650.


‘Looking Up!’ will be Sept. 14

‘Looking Up!’ will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, sponsored again this year by Greater Oneonta Historical Society and Main Street Oneonta. Last year more than 300 people participated in this inside look at downtown venues.

“Looking Up ticket holders can visit a dozen downtown venues at their own pace, and get an insider’s look at Oneonta’s past, present, and future,” GOHS executive director Bob Brzozowski said in media release. “Last year, Looking Up meant looking at downtown’s under-utilized upper floors. This year, Looking Up reflects that things are ‘looking up’ for downtown Oneonta — ground floors, upper floors, even a basement or two!”

Venues include the Oneonta Theatre; the First Church of Christ Scientist; the First Baptist Church; the Elks Grand Lodge; the basement of the Green Earth; the upper floors of the Ford Block; the Fairchild Mansion/Masonic Lodge; the former railroad workers rooming house above the former Newberry’s; the Industrial Development Agency’s space in the Oneonta Hotel; one or more apartments at Klugo’s Parkview Place, the former Bresee’s Oneonta Department Store building; an apartment at Klugo Enterprises’ 1 Dietz St. building; Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center; and the History Center’s ballroom.

Tickets are on sale at the History Center, the Green Earth, the Green Toad, and the Plains at Parish Homestead. Same day tickets will be sold at the History Center, beginning at noon. Ticket prices are $8 or $5 for GOHS and MSO members and students. Advance sale tickets are $1 less. An event guide will also be available at the History Center. The guide will include a short description of each venue, including history and current use. MSO is planning entertainment during the event and specials at downtown businesses for ticket holders.

For more information, contact 432-0960 or


CSO to offer NYC  bus trip

The Catskill Symphony Orchestra will sponsor a bus trip to New York City on Saturday, Oct. 25. Riders will be dropped off at two locations in the city and will be free to spend the day in activities of their choosing.

The bus will board at 6:45 a.m. at the Eastern Travel Depot at 41 Orchard St. in Oneonta for a 7 a.m. departure.

The first drop-off will be at Bryant Park and then at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Pickup will be at the museum at 7 p.m. and then Bryant Park for a 7:30 p.m. departure from New York City.

The cost for this direct trip to NYC is $63. Payment may be made by credit card or check, payable to: Catskill Symphony Orchestra, Box 14, Oneonta, NY 13820. Participants should include their name, address and phone number along with the check, with “NYC trip” on the memo line.

For more information or reservations, contact Deb Wolfanger at 436-2670 or or Dottie Lawson at 432-0904 or

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