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MasterWorks Chorale’s Chamber Singers, a smaller a capella ensemble, is slated to take part in St. David’s Church Festival of the Arts, an annual two-weekend celebration of music and the visual arts at the church in Fayetteville, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6 at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 14 Jamar Drive, Fayetteville. Admission costs a suggested $10 donation accepted at the door. For information, call the church at (315) 446-2112.

For more information on Masterworks or its concerts, visit masterworkscny.org or contact Kip Coerper at kipcoerper@gmail.com or (315) 702-7325.


The Jordan-Elbridge Lions Club is slated to host its annual Mother's Day rose sale starting at 9 a.m. Friday, May 6 at the M&T Bank parking lot, 239 E. Main St., Elbridge. Roses cost $15 per dozen, and proceeds benefit Jordan-Elbridge Dollars for Scholars and Screening Eyes Early.


Gallery 54, 54 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles, is slated to host a photo expo from Friday, May 6 through Tuesday, May 31. The images that have been selected for the expo will remain secret until the expo's gala opening the evening of May 6. Even then, three featured images won't be unveiled until after the show opens. All images will be available for sale, as prints as well as framed. Special orders will also be accepted. Light refreshments will be served at the opening.

Three artist served as jurors to select the images that will be featured in the expo. Local photographers submitted images for consideration. Though the expo was only promoted locally, entries came from as far away as New York City, Kentucky and Montreal. It's anticipated that many of the photographers will be on hand for the opening. The expo was the idea of photographer Tom Dwyer, who promoted the opportunity on his blog and fine art nature photography forum.

Most of the images have been captured in central New York, the Finger Lakes and the Adirondacks, while a few of the jury favorites were brought home by photographers visiting other areas of the country. All the seasons are represented, and grand landscapes, close-up flower photography and wildlife photography are represented.


The Athenaeum, 150 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles, is slated to host Beauties and Brunch Mother's Day spa day for residents, their daughters, granddaughters and daughters-in-law, as well as personal care aids and their mothers and daughters from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7. To register, call The Athenaeum at (315) 685-1400.

Lydia McEvoy and Melissa Killeleagh, Arbonne International consultants, are donating their time, talents and products for this event. Brunch takes place from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by the spa portion that includes foot soaks, hand scrubs, facials and light makeup application from noon to 2 p.m. All mothers will receive a complimentary bag of Arbonne's Ultra Premium skin care to take home.


Community members are invited to help clean up the Charlie Major Nature Trail in Mottville at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 7 as part of the statewide I Love My Park Day.

Volunteers will pick up trash and clear brush. The plan is to remove tires, glass, plastic and metal debris for hauling away by the town. Sturdy footwear, work gloves and clothing prepared for mud and insects are suggested. Trimming tools and buckets are helpful but not required. The town will provide trash bags. The group will assemble near the north end of the trail at the playground area in Mottville.

For more information, contact Candace Searing at the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce at (315) 685-0552 or Chris Legg at leggjc@gmail.com.


Competitive cyclists, casual bicycle riders and those looking for Mother’s Day brunch are invited to the annual Amberations Bike Ride, Open House and Mother’s Day Brunch set for Sunday, May 8 at the Otisco Lake Community Center, 2223 Amber Road, Marietta. Entertainment will include local musicians and children’s activities.

Register online at amberations.org or register on the day of the ride beginning at 8 a.m. Cyclists will depart at 9 a.m.

Brunch is complimentary for registered cyclists. Prizes will be awarded for a variety of categories, including fastest, most colorful and last place. The fastest riders complete the 17-mile course in under an hour. The cost for the ride around Otisco Lake is $20 per person and $40 per family.

This annual event, sponsored by The Bikery of Baldwinsville and supported by Wegmans, attracts a group of cyclists to the course that wraps Otisco Lake. Non-competitive riders enjoy a tour of the area, a popular cycling route because of the views of the lake and the country roads.

The Mother’s Day Brunch, which includes quiches, French toast, fruits, oatmeal, pastries, potatoes, meats and beverages, will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Brunch costs $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12.

Guests can interact with the farm animals, hike on nature trails, partake in a scavenger hunt and participate in a rubber duck race set for 1 p.m. Live music throughout the brunch provided by Harvey Nusbaum and Lana Stafford and the dynamic duo of Alison and Zoe.


The Skaneateles Democratic Committee is slated to host a general meeting and candidates event featuring candidates for the 24th Congressional District and 126th state Assembly District races at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 at the Skaneateles Historical Society Museum at the Creamery, 28 Hannum St., Skaneateles. For more information, contact Dave Ketchum at (315) 685-5258.


Sustainable Skaneateles and the Skaneateles Farmers Market invite the public to meet the market farmers and learn why local food sources are healthier and a more sustainable choice for families and the planet.

If you purchase food at the local farmers market, you are supporting local farms, buying fresher fruits and vegetables, and connecting with the community. The market vendors will be available to share with you their produce-growing stories and what they literally bring to your table.

“From Our Farmers to Your Table” is slated to take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 at the Skaneateles High School library, 49 E. Elizabeth St., Skaneateles. This event is free and open to the public. Those that attend will be entered into a market basket drawing.


The Marcellus Free Library is slated to host "Getting to Know the Library Webpage" at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 11. Registration is required at mflib.org or (315) 673-3221. Did you know you can renew books, place book holds and sign up for an event all from home? You can also read e-books and magazines and take a computer course. This is a hands-on class for learning how to better use the Marcellus Free Library website. Computers will be provided. Bring your library card and pin number.


Dr. Marc L. Baker, of Auburn Cardiology Associates, is slated to present "How to Prevent a Heart Attack" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11 at the Skaneateles Library, 49 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles. This program will give participants information on how to prevent a heart attack and stroke from the perspective of a cardiologist.

Baker will address the risk of heart attack and stroke, as well as lowering, treating and accepting one's risk. He will guide participants through assessing their own risk for a heart condition or stroke and discuss the impact of heart disease and stroke for both patients and their family members. Learn how to find a doctor you can trust and how to build a relationship with your doctor to improve overall health. Ask Baker questions and get an honest perspective on how to prevent heart disease and stroke for yourself and family members. For more information or to register, contact Library Director Nickie Marquis at (315) 685-5135 or nmarquis@skaneateleslibrary.org.


MasterWorks Chorale will celebrate 50 years of Broadway with a free kids Broadway mini-concert scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14 at Skaneateles First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles. Conducted by Music Director Kip Coerper, the 50-voice choir and soloists will perform kid-friendly, interactive Broadway favorites, including “One Short Day” from the hit show "Wicked.

In keeping with an Emerald City theme, kids and their parents are welcome to wear green attire or any other costumes during the informal, 30-minute concert, held in the church’s Dobson Hall. This event is free for children under age 18, who must be accompanied by an adult at $5 each. The 50th anniversary season of MasterWorks Chorale is made possible in part by a grant from Welch Allyn. For more information, visit masterworkscny.org or contact Coerper at kipcoerper@gmail.com or (315) 702-7325.


The Heroin Epidemic Action League is slated to host the Heroin Awareness Community Forum from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at the Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center, 97 State St., Skaneateles. There will be mental health professionals, first responders and families affected by the heroin epidemic speaking, followed by a question-and-answer period.


St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, 4264 Jordan Road, Mottville, is slated to host a free community dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14. The menu includes chicken and biscuits, mixed vegetables, garden salad, beverages and dessert choices. Everyone is welcome. The church is handicapped accessible.


The Jordan United Methodist Church, 63 Elbridge St., Jordan is slated to host a roast pork dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14. The menu includes roast pork, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, veggies and roll, homemade pies, coffee, tea and milk. Donations are accepted, takeout is available and the church is handicapped accessible. For more information, contact Elaine Ehrlich at (315) 834-6276.


The 50th anniversary season of MasterWorks Chorale concludes with a grand finale from the Great White Way. The annual Spring Gala is slated to take place at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 15 at the Springside Inn, 6141 W. Lake Road, Auburn, and will feature highlights from the past five decades of musical theater. Conducted by Music Director Kip Coerper, the 50-voice choir and soloists will perform favorite songs from the hit shows "Mame," "Hair," "Chicago," "Company," "Phantom of the Opera," "Sweeney Todd," "Les Misérables," "The Secret Garden," "Rent," "Spamalot," "Wicked," "Into the Woods" and more. The event will also include a silent auction, raffles, drinks, appetizers and dinner. Tickets cost $70 per person, advance sale only, and include food, beverage and the program. Call (315) 729-3484 to purchase tickets. The 50th anniversary season of MasterWorks Chorale is made possible in part by a grant from Welch Allyn. For more information, visit masterworkscny.org or contact Coerper at kipcoerper@gmail.com or (315) 702-7325.


The Skaneateles Area Arts Council offers funding opportunities for interested individuals and groups that live or hold events in the Skaneateles area, defined as within a 15-mile radius of the village. The deadline for applications is May 15, and applications are available on the website, SKARTS.org. The original and two copies should be printed and mailed to SKARTS, P.O. Box 422, Skaneateles, NY 13152. For more information, contact Gail van der Linde at (315) 685-5061.

To date, SKARTS has issued over 70 grants to individual artists, arts organizations, choral groups, museums, schools, theaters and other community nonprofit organizations committed to a pursuit of all arts since the program was begun in 2006. The mission of the SKARTS is to celebrate the visual, performing and literary arts by creating an environment where cultural activity thrives in the community. SKARTS is a tax exempt, non-profit 501c3 organization.


Those interested in seeking the nomination from the Skaneateles Republican Committee for the office of town justice should send a letter of interest to the Skaneateles Republican Committee, P.O. Box 294, Skaneateles, NY 13152 and an email to rgalbato@galbatolaw.com by May 17.


Marcellus Free Library Assistant Director Amanda Perrine is slated to host the "Introduction to Genealogy" workshop at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18. Register in advance at mflib.org or (315) 673-3221. Would you like to learn more about where your family came from? This class will teach you to start with yourself and then trace your family tree. Using a central New York family as an example, you will practice filling out pedigree and family group charts, look at census and vital records and see how to use online sites like Ancestry.com, available free at the library. There will be ample time for questions.


The Community Memorial Day Committee has sent out invitations to various fire departments, community groups and youth groups to march in the Memorial Day parade in Union Springs. The parade and special Memorial Day program are hosted by the members of the Walter T. Conley American Legion Post 1107 in Union Springs.

The committee wishes to invite any other group who many not have received an invitation in the mail and would like to walk, ride or drive to contact Dean Tanner at (315) 277-5160 before Friday, May 20. The parade date is Monday, May 30. Please leave your name and phone number for a follow-up call to reserve your spot. Please be respectful of the importance of remembering the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom.


Drop off your unserviceable American fags at the Marcellus Free Library until Friday, May 20. Throughout May, Onondaga County public libraries will collect worn, tattered or faded American flags that need to be respectfully retired. Collected flags will be properly burned at the Memorial Day watchfire ceremony sponsored by the Central New York Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America. The watchfire ceremony is free and open to the public. It will take place Sunday, May 29 at the New York State Fairgrounds. The pyre and respectful burning of the flags begins at dusk.


Lisa Terhune, owner of the Impeccably Done interior design studio, is scheduled to host a three-part series of artistic offerings in her restored carriage house at 53 Jordan St. “An Inspired Canvas" will feature artists of diverse backgrounds who will present their work and engage in conversation with Tehrune and audiences about creativity and collaboration among artists of different specialties. While the series will be free and open to the public, small donations will be accepted on behalf of designated charities. Due to studio size, guests are asked to register.

The first event, "Poetry As Canvas," will feature poet and essayist Mary Gardner reading poetry from her published chapbook, "When All Danger of Frost is Past," and from her other collections of poetry and essays, followed by conversation with Terhune and the audience about poetry and design as art forms. The event will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21 with light refreshments before the reading. Gardner’s book will be available for purchase, and a donation will be given to the charity.

While the dates and artists have not yet been finalized, the second and third events will be "Out of the Journal and Into the World," a collection of memoirs and photographic images gathered around the globe by the Rotary International Youth Exchange students, and “Compelling Liaisons,” a collaborative process among artists of different disciplines working together to produce a collective piece of art including video documentation charting the group timeline.

For more information, contact Terhune at 315-430-7654 or lisa@impeccablydone.com or Gardner at 315-685-2047 or mlgardner37@yahoo.com.


The Schweinfurth Art Center’s annual juried exhibit Made in NY features three Skaneateles artists: Jill Doscher, Ryan Terhune and Susan Wulff.

Doscher’s piece, titled "The Fabric of LaNoue," is a fabric painting that started out as an experimental art quilt. The nature of the piece changed when she realized, “what a nightmare piecing is, with corners, points, cut outs, squaring up, laying flat. … I really didn't want to have it quilted, so I mounted it to a stretched canvas and put a protective acrylic medium on it.”

Terhune’s photograph, titled "Baroda Noir", was “captured during a 10-month journey throughout India while waiting at the Baroda Train Station in Gujurat, in November of 2015.” It is part of a series that was “chronicled through photographs and journal entries.”

Wulff’s photograph is of Windover Pond in the Adirondack Park. She captured the essence of Windover Pond, “a swampy area in Adirondack Park. It’s a small lake, which is a critical habitat for amphibians, birds, fish and mammals. When the water level decreases, stumps of the trees that lived in the wetland before the flooding become visible.”

Also on display in the art center’s Gallery Julius is a solo exhibit titled "Vital Roots" featuring oil paintings by Skaneateles artist Hetty Easter. The exhibit, Easter said, “celebrates the people and landscapes that have shaped me as an artist and individual. They inspire me to grow ever upward.”

Both exhibits are open through Sunday, May 22.


College admissions expert Peter Van Buskirk is slated to host a workshop for juniors from Skaneateles High School and other districts from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 22. The cost is $250.

The workshop, “What’s My Story,” will help students learn how to present themselves in the college admissions process, which they will begin in the fall. The workshop will provide an understanding of the college admissions process, help students develop a personal theme for an application, and offer guidance on how to write a powerful and compelling essay.

The workshop is limited to 24 students and is open to juniors from other school districts. It will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. A wait list will be started once the limit of 24 attendees is reached, and a possible second session is under discussion.  To register, contact the Skaneateles High School counseling office at (315) 291-2237 or gmichel@skanschools.org.


The Marcellus Free Library, 32 Maple St., Marcellus, is slated to host the Harry Potter Book Club for all ages at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25. Looking forward to the Harry Potter book in July and the movie in November? Read the books with the club in preparation. Whether you’ve read them all before or this is your first time, come discuss one book a month from May through November while enjoying themed treats. May’s book is "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone." All age groups invited. Costumes not required but definitely welcome.


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County is slated to host an aquatic herbicide applicator course from 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 27 at the Skaneateles Library, 49 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles. CCE Onondaga will seek state Department of Environmental Conservation pesticide applicator credits for this three-hour course in categories 5a, 9, 10 and core credit. The $20 admission cost includes lunch, and registration is required at cceonondaga.org. For more information, contact Roy Widrig at rlw294@cornell.edu.

The course will offer an overview of Article 15 changes, application of herbicides at the Cayuga Lake inlet in Ithaca to control hydrilla, and application of herbicides and research-based management of invasive water chestnut on the Oneida, Oswego and Seneca rivers in northern Onondaga County. The course will detail permitting, signage, application and case-study based research in association with applying aquatic herbicides in sensitive water bodies.


The Marcellus Free Library seeks books in good condition for its book sale. Donations will be accepted until Friday, May 27. The book sale is slated to take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 4 and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 5.

The library is also hosting its annual spring basket raffle. Gift baskets will be on display at the library during the month of May. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the front desk for $1 a ticket, $5 for six tickets or $10 for 14 tickets. The Friends of the Marcellus Free Library thank all who donated to the basket raffle.


Registration for the Marcellus Free Library's summer reading program, "For the Fun of It," begins Monday, May 30. The program runs from Monday, June 27 and Friday, Aug. 5 for children in preschool through Grade 5.


Don’t let the kids have all the fun. Join MFL’s first adult summer reading challenge. Weekly prizes and lots of ways to enter, both in person and online. Adult summer reading will run June 1 through Aug. 31. Watch for program materials beginning May 16 in the library and on the website.


The Skaneateles YMCA and Community is slated to host the Babysitter Training Course from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4. This course will provide participants with the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to care for children in a safe and responsible manner. Class participants will be given exposure to CPR and First Aid basics and should bring a baby doll and blanket. The cost is $40 per child for YMCA members and $60 per child for the general public.


For the 55th consecutive year, the Skaneateles Country Club will conduct its annual Sail School on the waterfront of Skaneateles Lake. As always, the Skaneateles Sail School is open to the public. Sail School provides a fun and safe environment to learn boat handling skills, water safety and a sense of confidence on the water in any type of craft.

The Sail School program runs Monday through Friday from July 1 through August 12 and features a U.S. Sailing-based curriculum taught by U.S. Sailing-certified instructors. Individual lessons and Saturday clinics are also available.

Beginner classes are available for children age 7 and up. Beginners learn basic small boat handling skills, boating safety, basic knots, rigging, capsize recovery and safe rescue. Special activities are spread through the summer including theme days and fun races that reinforce what students have learned. There are two beginner classes on alternating weekday mornings.

Intermediate and advanced classes build on what has been learned in prior sessions and continue to build sailors’ knowledge, experience, and confidence. Intermediate and advanced classes are run on alternating weekday afternoons.

Registration and medical forms are available on the Country Club website at skaneatelescc.com or from Sail School Director Allison Teachout at scclifeguard@gmail.com.


Are you a bit baffled by technology but determined to learn? The Marcellus Free Library Technology Training Team is here to help. Call the library at (315) 673-3221 to schedule an individual appointment with team members René, Amanda or Jim. Laptop, tablet, smartphone, e-reader, they have the skills to help you. Individual genealogy help with Amanda is available by appointment.


Friends of Marcellus Park, a nonprofit organization, is looking for photos of the park to be reproduced as salable items. As a fundraising project, the group plans to produce and sell note cards, photos and collages of the park. It is looking for donations of photos of the park, including four seasonal photos of one place in the park.

The photos will become the property of Friends of Marcellus Park so they can be used for fundraising items. Credit for the photo will be on the back of the note card and on the front of the photo or collage. The group will select the best photos from submissions from students, community members and old photos. The items produced will be sold during the concerts in the summer, Olde Home Days and Holiday Happening.

Fundraising projects improve the park and add to its enjoyment. The newest project is a fitness trail in the park. In the past, the group built the large playground, replaced water fountains, and renovated the Welcome Center with better heating and air conditioning.

For more information or for digital submissions, contact friendsofmarcelluspark@yahoo.com.

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