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Calendar of Events

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See repeating events at bottom of the page.

February 4-May 20
Extended Saturday hours, Dutton Peterson Library, Odessa, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Stop by the library for books, DVDs and other library materials. Wi-Fi available.

April 27
Grandmother Moon Stories with storyteller Jenny Monroe at the Watkins Library at 10 a.m.
and at the Odessa Library at 3:15 p.m. Learn about life in Seneca Villages along the Chemung River over 400 years ago. Sponsored by the Libraries and Community Arts Grants administered locally by The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

April 28
Young Dragonettes’ Book Club at Montour Falls Library. At 3:30 p.m., the middle school reading group will meet to discuss "Hoot" by Carl Hiaasen. Can the awkward new kid save the colony of cute but endangered owls that live on the building site of the new restaurant?

April 29
Schuyler County Hospital Auxiliary presents: A driving tour of historic sites and local attractions. $50 fee covers car, driver and navigator. Tour begins with coffee and sweets at the WG Golf Course and ends with lunch at Glen Club at WGI. Participants eligible to win door prizes. Tickets available at Schuyler Hospital Gift Shop or call 607 546 5404.
All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit Schuyler Hospital and Seneca View.

April 29
NEW DATE: Spring Greeting Card Workshop with Robin Eberhardt, 10 a.m. at the Peterson Library, Odessa (594-2791) and 1 p.m. at the Watkins Glen Library (535-2346). Learn techniques to make unique, creative and personalized greeting cards. Free and open. Call to sign up today!

May 2
Toy Library Brings STEM to the Montour Falls Library. From 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Parish House, the Finger Lakes Toy Library will host an evening of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The centerpiece activity will be creating mazes for robotic Hexbugs with Duplos, Magna-Tiles, and paper towel rolls, and there will be many other toys available to teach and entertain curious children.

May 3
Classics Reading Group at the Montour Falls Library, meeting at 6 p.m. to discuss “A Passage to India” by E. M. Forster. An ambiguous incident occurs between a young Englishwoman of uncertain stability and an Indian doctor eager to know his conquerors better.

May 4
Montour Falls Farmers Market begins its 2017 season. It is an agriculture-based market, providing the community with healthy, fresh, local, and affordable food. It will take place at 300 West Main Street in Montour Falls on Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m., May 4 through October 5. Local farmers will offer vegetables, fruits, meats, and cheeses. Food trucks will provide hot meals and treats. Entertainment including live music and story time for the children will be scheduled.

May 5
First Friday Concert, 6 p.m. at the Montour Falls Library. Hardin Burns will provide an evening of blues and country. What sets Hardin Burns apart from the crowd is their ability to combine traditional musical styles such as blues and country with visionary, modern lyrical ideas. Their sound brings to mind such acts as Raising Sand or CivilWars. Influences include Johnny Cash, Howlin' Wolf, Lucinda Williams, Warren Zevon, Al Green, the Rolling Stones, and George Harrison. A $10 donation is asked to support the library and the musicians.

May 7
Local Authors Series at the Montour Falls Library. At 1:00 p.m., local author Fred Wilcox will be reading from his books and answering questions. "Waiting for an Army to Die" is about the tragedy of Agent Orange, and it broke the story of chemical warfare in Vietnam.

May 8
Red Cross Blood Drive, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Conference Room #120, Human Services Complex, Montour Falls.

May 9
Environmental Literature Reading Group meeting at the Montour Falls Library at 6:00 p.m. to discuss "Half-Earth" by E. O. Wilson. In order to stave off the mass extinction of species, including our own, Wilson proposes that we dedicate fully half the surface of the Earth to nature.

May 10
Havana Book Club meeting at the Montour Falls Library at 6 p.m. to discuss "Jimmy Bluefeather" by Kim Heacox. Old Keb finishes his last canoe and with his grandson he embarks on a great canoe journey.

May 12
Song and Story at the Montour Falls Library. At 10:30 a.m., Lisa Fernandez, local musician and founder of Compost Theatre, will be bringing her blue ukulele for an hour of silly songs. Children of all ages are welcome.

May 13
Annual spring cleanup day for Town of Montour and Village of Montour Falls residents, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at the town garage, 135 Havana Glen Road. Open for town and village residents only. For further details, call the town office at 535-9476 during regular business hours.

May 14
Community Walk starting at the Montour Falls Library at 12 noon. Meet on the library steps for the first community walk of the season. Join your neighbors and walk along the beautiful, historic Catharine Valley Trail. We will be walking every second Sunday at noon.

May 16
Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club meeting at the Montour Falls Library at 6 p.m. to discuss "Children of Earth and Sky" by Guy Gavriel Kay. Many lives entwine when the khalif sends out a massive army.

May 17
The Futurists: Next Generation Readers, meeting at the Montour Falls Library at 5 p.m. to discuss "Fig" by Sarah Schantz. A girl deals with her mother's schizophrenia and her own mental illness, and her world lies somewhere between reality and fantasy.

May 20
Walk Through History with the Montour Falls Library. At 9:00 a.m., meet on the library steps and walk through historic Havana along the Chemung Canal with historian Gary Emerson.

May 23
Montour Falls Library Board monthly meeting, 6 p.m. at the library.

May 24
Storytelling Circle meeting at the Montour Falls Library at 6 p.m., led by And Two Makes Three storytellers. Bring a story to share with others, and listen to what they have to share! The topic to be announced.

May 26
Young Dragonettes’ Book Club meeting at the Montour Falls Library, 10 a.m. The middle school reading group will discuss "The Chicken Squad" by Doreen Cronin. These chicks are not your typical barnyard puffs of fluff, and they are busy solving mysteries and fighting crime.

May 27
Essential Oils at the Montour Falls Library. At 10:00 a.m., learn about essential oils from local educator Keri Greenberger. Essential oils, volatile liquids and aromatic compounds that are distilled or pressed from plants have been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for their spiritual and emotionally uplifting properties. Every fourth Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

Repeating events

Now Free at the Montour Falls Library
The New York Times Online. Read any number of articles on your device or ours while at the Montour Falls Library. We have three computers available to the public. You will have free, unlimited access while at the library.

Handcrafters Circle
Every Wednesday at 1:00, bring your needlecrafts, beading, carving, coloring, sketching, or any other library-friendly handcrafts. Share ideas and techniques with other community crafters.

The Upcycle Society
Every Saturday morning at 10:00, reinvent books, bags, clothing, and other materials to make unique creations from discarded household items. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Upcycle: To process used goods or scrap material in order to produce something that is often better than the original.

Fridays during winter (not Nov. 25 or Dec. 23)
Watkins Glen Winter Farmers Market, 316 W. Fourth St., Fridays, 2:30-6 p.m. Fresh local produce, eggs, pastured chicken (raised on certified organic feed), 21-day dry-aged beef, baked goods fresh and to order, gourmet non-geo popcorn, natural handmade soaps and body care. We accept FMNP coupons, SNAP benefits. It's all local. Contact Jylle Benson-Gauss at 607-227-1333 phone or text; email or check us out on Facebook for latest information.

October-Dec. 10, 2016
Hats, Scarves & Other Accessories Collection for Teenagers, FiberArts in the Glen is collecting homemade or store-bought items for local teenage boys and girls to be distributed through the schools. Suggested items include hats, scarves, cowls, headbands, boot toppers, fingerless mitts. Bring your items to FiberArts in the Glen, 315 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen, NY. 607-535-9710,

Tuesday Mornings
Preschool Story Hour will be held Tuesday mornings at 10 AM at the Dutton Peterson Library, Odessa. All are welcome.

The Montour Falls Library is closed.

Learn to Knit I:
Monthly 4-session class, Mondays 5:30-7:30 p.m., FiberArts in the Glen, 315 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY. Call 607-535-9710 to register and for materials needed.

Open Knitting & Crochet:
All are welcome to sit and stitch Mondays and Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. and Fridays 1-3 p.m. Bring your fiber project and enjoy good company in a relaxed atmosphere. FiberArts in the Glen, 315 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen, 607-535-9710. No charge.

Knitting Club, Accessories and Building Blocks:
Wednesdays 1-4 p.m. Jump in any Wednesday to start, $10/month. FiberArts in the Glen, 315 N. Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY. Phone 607-535-9710 to register and for more information. Work on your choice of accessory (hats, mittens, scarves, socks), learn new techniques and tips.

1st Sunday of the Month – Drop-In, Spin-In, Weave-In – 1-4pm. Free
Bring your spindles, wheels, looms and fiber and spend the afternoon in the company of other spinners and weavers. Or just come and see how it’s done. FiberArts in the Glen, 315 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen, 607-535-9710,

4th Wednesday every month
Habitat for Humanity, 7 p.m., in the Human Services Complex, 323 Owego St., Montour Falls. The March, April and May 2015 meetings will be in room 118. Please join us.

Every Friday
Preschool Story Time at the Montour Falls Library, 10:30 a.m., open to all. We encourage older and younger siblings to choose books to have read to them, and to read to each other.

Thursday Mornings, 9 a.m.
Baby Cafe at the Montour Falls Library. A free resource for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to get support from specifically-trained staff and to share experiences with other moms.

Thursday Mornings, 10:30 a.m.
Infant Lap Time! Montour Falls Memorial Library. This is a program designed for newborns to preschoolers and includes music, stories, and sharing of information and resources for parents.

First Wednesday of each month:
Odessa Tea Party meeting, 7:00 p.m., Odessa Municipal Building, Odessa, NY. All are welcome. Please come and bring your friends and family.

4th Thursday of each month:
Lake Country Players, Inc., local community theater group, monthly meeting, 7 p.m., Schuyler County Human Services Complex, 323 Owego St., Montour Falls. All individuals welcome.

Food Pantry
O-M Food Pantry, 9 a.m.-noon Fridays and 1-1:30 p.m. Sundays, Montour Falls First Baptist Church, 221 W. South St., Montour Falls.

Last Saturday of every month
Lunch on Us, Montour Falls First Baptist Church, 221 W. South St., Montour Falls, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

© The Odessa File 2017
Charles Haeffner
P.O. Box 365
Odessa, New York 14869