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What’s To do?

Artwork

Ongoing

∫ Sacandaga Valley Arts Network Artists’ Gallery Exhibit: Fulton County Visitor Center, Routes 29 and 30, Vail Mills. Free and open to the public. Gallery is open weekends.

Dances

Wednesday

∫ Free beginner lessons and dancing: Sharp Shooters Billards and Sports Pub, 35 E. Main St., Amsterdam, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. New lessons and open dancing 7:30 to 10 p.m. $5 for those who stay or come in after 7:30 p.m. Sue Kaupelis, instructor.

Library

Today

∫ Creative textile fibers group: Fort Plain Free Library, 19 Willett St., Fort Plain, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Free, drop-in gathering. Participants share ideas, tips, and bring knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, embroidery, beading, felting, and other individual, fiber-based projects to work on in casual setting. Open to the public. For information, call (518) 993-4646.

∫ Writers at Fort Plain: Fort Plain Free Library, 19 Willett St., Fort Plain, 3 to 5 p.m. The group is made up of writers from varied writing backgrounds, genres, interests, goals and experience levels who work on memoirs, novels, short stories, poems, and more. Facilitated by published writer, Joan Caska. Features constructive feedback in a supportive setting. Free. Open to the public. For information, call (518) 993-4646.

∫ Get stuck on stamps: Fort Plain Free Library, 19 Willett St., Fort Plain, 6:30 to 8 p.m. The library hosts an informal gathering for stamp lovers of all ages and experience levels. Free, drop-in group. Facilitated by stamp collector and American Philatelic Society member Keith Seeber. Open to the public. For information, call (518) 993-4646.

Wednesday

∫ The following are the upcoming events for the Frothingham Free Library, 28 W. Main St., according to a news release. At 3 p.m., Children’s Craft Club for elementary age children will meet to make a winter craft.

Art Center

Today

∫ Winter Funderland Day Camp, through today from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., $170 at the door. Back by popular demand. Children ages five to10 are invited to take over the arts center for three days of imagination, creativity and play. Nigra Art Center counselors will bring learning and fun together as campers enjoy a wide range of hands-on crafts and other activities. Children should bring their own labeled lunch, snack and water bottle. Refrigeration is available. There must be a minimum of 10 campers in order to hold the camp. To register visit pncreativeartscenter.org or call (518) 661-9932.

Friday

∫ The following events will be held at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, 2736 Route 30. To register, visit: pncreativeartscenter.org or call (518) 661-9932.

∫ The center will have an essential oils and children class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28 in the granite conference room. Christina Ponzi will be the instructor. The cost is $25 for pre-registration; $55 at door. Members receive a 20 percent discount by entering the promotional code in the registration window.

This workshop will cover general safety guidelines, safety tips, and ways to use essential oils with one’s children. Handouts and brochures will be available.

∫ A winter wonderland birch trees class from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 28 in art studio two. Melanie Fay will be the instructor. The cost is $25 for pre-registration; $35 at door. Members receive a 20 percent discount by entering the promotional code in the registration window.

Fay will take the class through step-by-step, allowing each participant to create their own painting. This class is for people of all abilities. To register, visit pncreativeartscenter.org or call (518) 661-9932.

Jan. 3

∫ There will be a Craft and Chat at Arkell Museum, 2 Erie Blvd., Canajoharie, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Bring your current knitting or crochet project and chat with us. Ages 10 to adult. Free. Call (518) 673-2314 for more information.

New Year’s Eve

Monday

∫ Vinny Michaels Band — New Year’s Eve party: Sport Island Pub, 108 Riverside Blvd., Northville, 10 p.m.

∫ Amsterdam’s First Night Celebration will be held starting at noon on Monday and running until 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

The event will feature a variety of entertainment, events, activities, and specials that businesses and organizations host in the city.

The evening will end with fireworks over the river at midnight at the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook pedestrian bridge.

Attendees can view a schedule of events and a map of all First Night activities online or at you can pick them up at any participating location one week prior to the event.

For a complete schedule of events go to the Amsterdam’s NYE Festival sponsored by Berkshire Farm Facebook event page.

∫ Join us for a Beautiful Night Out at Hales Mills Country Club, from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. at 146 Steele Road, Johnstown

Entertainment starts at 9 p.m.

∫ Moore 2 Music — New Year’s Eve party: Snowed Inn Bar, 375 Midline Road, Amsterdam, $10 cover includes buffet. Call (518) 252-0081for more information.

Nightlife

Today

∫ J. Marco Johnson: Lakeside Tavern and Marina, 306 Woods Hollow Road, Gloversville, 7 p.m. No cover.

∫ Dan Lynaugh: Partner’s Pub, 21 S. William St., Johnstown, 7 p.m. No cover.

Health

Friday

∫ Chair Yoga from 10 to 11 a.m. at 2 Colonial Court, Johnstown. Cost is $7 per week. For more information, call HealthLink Littauer at (518) 736-1120 or email healthlink@nlh.org.

Experience gentle, peaceful yoga with the support of a chair. For everyone no matter what age you are, or what condition you are in, you can experience the health benefits from this easy form of yoga.

Outdoors

Saturday

∫ Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides at Lapland Lake, 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a winter wonderland as you travel by horse drawn sleigh along a scenic, private road, passing beautiful Woods Lake midway. Cost for the approximate 30 minute adventure is $25 ages 15 and older, $15 ages four to 14, and younger than four years old are free. Discount available with same day facility use pass purchase. (Call for information regarding private runs.) Register online through our website or by phone.

Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center, 139 Lapland Lake Road, Northville.

Cost: $25 ages 15 and older, $15 ages four to 14, and younger than four are free .

For more information, call Walter Zahray at (518) 863-4974 or email vacation@laplandlake.com.

Tuesday

∫ 12th Annual Polar Plunge 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Caroga Lake Marina, 2279 Route 10, Caroga Lake. There is no charge, but donations are accepted for the Caroga Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

For more information, call Carol Ziemann at (518) 835-6615 or email info@carogalakemarina.com. The 12th Annual Polar Plunge at Caroga Lake Marina will take place at 1 p.m.. Family event and fun for all. All proceeds to benefit the Caroga Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

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