Garden display and open house planned

COOPERSTOWN —The Otsego Master Gardener Volunteers will host a garden display and variety trials open house at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Education Center at 123 Lake St. in Cooperstown at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 25. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held rain or shine.

Attendees may tour the garden and see new plant varieties that were designate All-America Selections. These varieties have been chosen for outstanding garden performance by professional horticulturists. Garden tours and advice will be offered about the challenges of gardening.

For more information, call 607-547-2536, ext. 0, email otsego@cornell.edu, or visit http://cceschoharie-otsego.org, or www.facebook.com/CCESchoharieOtsegoMG.

Focus on indigo set to continue 

COOPERSTOWN — Darius Homayounpour will lead a demonstration in indigo from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at a indigo studio near the Art Garage. Preregistration is required. There is a $5 fee. 

Participants will learn two basic, quick techniques for creating patterns on cloth. When the samples are dyed in an indigo vat, attendees will observe a transformation from white cloth to green to deep indigo blue. Participants may take their samples home. 

Those interested may visit the Art Garage from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday July 27, where artist-in-residence Ada Yonenaka will discuss the process of indigo-dyeing including the stitching involved.

A hands-on full day indigo dyeing session will be held Friday, Aug. 9, at the Art Garage at 689 Beaver Meadow Road. Preregistration is required. The $150 fee covers all materials and supplies.

Email leartgarage@gmail.com, text 315-941-9607 or call 607-547-5327 for more information and to register for any or all of the programs.

Event-filled day planned in Laurens

LAURENS — The annual Community Day in Laurens will include food and a number of events on Saturday, July 27.

A pancake breakfast will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. at the firehouse. A clown will entertain and children may have their face painted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school. The Utica Zoomobile will also be at the school from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A chicken barbecue will begin at noon at the American Legion and a concert featuring Ashley Liddle will begin at 6 p.m. in Knapp Park.

Vendor and yard sales will be held in Laurens, West Laurens and Mount Vision from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Smithy Clay Studio to offer classes

COOPERSTOWN — The Smithy Clay Studio will offer four-week summer classes and open studio dates.

On Mondays, Aug. 5 to 26, advanced wheel throwing, beyond the wheel, with Adam Jennett will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon at a cost of $125. The class will explore ways to create tools on the wheel and then use those tools to explore methods of making off of the wheel.

Wheel 1-1.5 with Eileen Anania will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays July 29 to Aug. 26, with no class Aug. 6, at a cost of $125. The class is geared toward those who are new or relatively new to the wheel.

Open studio dates will be held until Aug. 31. The cost for those not taking a class will be $125, which includes use of the studio, one bag of clay, use of glazes and firing. The cost for those taking a four-week class is $40. No instruction is provided, and the open studio is open only to adults. The studio will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

To sign up for classes, call Clay Studio Managers Jon Stein and Adam Jennett at 607-547-8671 or email gallery@smithyarts.org. Smithy Clay Studio is at 1 Otsego Court. in Cooperstown.

Sharon Spa church to sponsor sale

SHARON SPRINGS — The Sharon Springs Methodist Church will sponsor its 28th annual Sharon Springs Community Garage Sale rain or shine at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 27.

Free maps with locations and details of each sale will be available at the church on U.S. Route 20, across from the school at 8 a.m. The church will also have a lawn sale and offer food and drinks.

Visit www.sharonspringsgaragesale.com for more information. 

Program to feature Dan the Snake Man

COOPERSTOWN — The next Family Evening Program at The Village Library of Cooperstown will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, with  an “Amazing Reptile Event,” according to a media release.

Dan the Snake Man will be back to educate the audience about his creatures.

The program will be on the front lawn of the Village Hall at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown. In the event of bad weather, the program will be held in the library’s children’s area.

The program is free and open to the public. Those who attend may bring a blanket or chair. In the event of stormy weather, the program will be held in the Village Meeting Room below the library.

The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown.For more information, call 607-547-8344 or visit www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org.

Spa youth program to note milestone

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — A 20th anniversary celebration for the Zone youth program, featuring food, entertainment and games, will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Richfield Springs Community Center at 6 Ann St. in Richfield Springs.

According to a media release, a select group of community-minded individuals created the program in 1999 to instill a positive impact on middle-and-high school-age teens.

Housed at first in various locations, fundraising efforts began in 2008 for a permanent home and the Richfield Springs Community Center was born.

Programs offered include Stories Come Alive for pre-schoolers, SOUPer Seniors for the area’s older residents and Family Fun Night. The center is also available to individuals and groups for a fee.

Call 315-858-3200 or e-mail preston@richfieldzone.org for more information.

Exhibit created with ball season in mind

WORCESTER — The Worcester-Schenevus Library in conjunction with the Worcester Historical Society, is displaying original memorabilia and artifacts from the sports career of Worcester resident Jim Konstanty, a major league relief pitcher for more than a decade and National League Most Valuable Player of 1950. The exhibit, for the public, was purposefully timed with baseball season in mind.

The library at 168 Main St. in Worcester, is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Call 607-397-7309 for more information.

Summer programs available to youths

The Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society will offer three summer youth programs in July and August. Full and partial scholarships to offset the per-child registration fee are distributed on a needs basis. Liz Brown and Christina DeCesare share camp director duties.

Session 2 will be at the Sanctuary from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 29 to 31 and Aug. 1, for children entering fifth and sixth grade.

Session 3 at Oneonta World of Learning at Fortin Park will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 19 to 23, for children entering first and second grade.

Payment is due at registration. Refunds for cancellations will not be issued after June 14. Call Education Chair Susan O’Handley at 607-643-5680 for more information. Visit http://doas.us/2019-audubon-day-camp/ to register.

Farmers’ Market wants vendors

HARTWICK — The Hartwick Farmers’ Market is preparing for its fifth season.

Created by Gloria Waro as a community service, the market is open from 3 to 6 p.m. Fridays from early August until fall.

According to a media release, about six vendors are regulars, there are sometimes as many as 11; and room exists for more. Vendors bring their own tables and displays and are not charged for the use of the space.

The market is between the post office parking lot and a building Waro is renovating to open as a store.

Growers who may be planning their gardens, crafters and others who may be interested are encouraged to call Gloria at 607-293-8087 for more information and to become a vendor.

Fitting station available locally

COOPERSTOWN — Bassett Medical Center offers a nationally-certified car seat fitting station overseen by the State of New York. Car seat technicians at Bassett Medical Center work in collaboration with its Trauma Services Program to bring the service to residents to improve their child’s safety and to protect them in the event of a car accident.

According to information provided in a media release from Bassett citing statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. In 2016, 38% of children killed in car crashes were unrestrained; further, 74 to 90% of all car seats are used incorrectly.

A child unrestrained could be ejected from the vehicle if involved in a collision, or a child not properly restrained could end up tangled or stuck in their car seat. Proper car seat use reportedly reduces the risk of injury or death to a child in the event of a car accident.

The car seat fitting station is open seven days a week by appointment only.

Big Buddy group needs volunteers

The Big Buddy program is seeking adult volunteers in Delaware and Otsego counties.

According to a media release from program sponsor Delaware Opportunities, youths between 5 and 14, are matched with an adult role model who serves as their big buddy.

Big buddies spend at least four hours each month with their little buddy for a minimum of one year engaging in mutually agreed upon activities.

The program also includes group activities from eight to 10 times a year where big and little buddies may go to the movies, sporting events, museums, or bowling, hiking, etc., or perform a type of community service.

Activities are structured to encompass at least one educational, one cultural, one community service and one recreational event.

Contact Heather McAdams at 607-746-1746 or HMcAdams@delop.org for more information and to volunteer.

Backpack Program sponsors needed

The Cooperstown Food Pantry is seeking sponsors for its Backpack Program that benefits children in the Cooperstown Central School District. According to a media release, a monthly sponsorship of $20 will provide a student with a backpack full of food each Friday for the weekend. Backpacks are filled with kid-friendly meals and snacks and fresh fruit.

Each year, the Backpack Program serves about 50 children who attend Cooperstown’s elementary and junior-senior high schools. Donations may be made online at www.cooperstownfoodpantry.org. Checks may be mailed to Cooperstown Food Pantry, 25 Church St., Cooperstown, NY 13326. Write Backpack Program in the subject line of the check.

Contact Cooperstown Food Pantry executive director Stacey Smith at 547-8902 or directorcfp@gmail.com for more information.

  

Otsego seeks daycare providers

Child Care Support Services of Catholic Charities of Delaware and Otsego Counties can help guide individuals in Otsego County through the process of becoming registered family day care providers. Once registered Child Care Support Services can help providers establish a quality child care program. Startup reimbursement funds may be available. Call 607-432-0061 for more information.