5 Things Friday: Oct. 26

Since Halloween is on a Wednesday this year, this weekend is prime time for getting costumes in order, testing them out at a few local events and getting prepared for the big night. Whatever you do, make sure they’re warm enough and possibly water-proof. The forecast for this week is looking a bit soggy. This weekend we have pulled together events that will get you in the mood for the Wednesday holiday and one event that we’ve always enjoyed and sends you home with a little something for everyone in the family, for cheap. As always, check back next Friday for five things to do, events to attend or local businesses to visit throughout the north country.

 1.) Otters and eagles and wolves, oh my! On both Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, kids will get the chance to go trick-or-treating in a whole new environment. Load the kids in the car and bring them to the zoo for this North Country Children’s Clinic-sponsored event where children can walk around the zoo, see the animals and exhibits and take home not only a bucket full of candy but some extra knowledge, too. There will be face painting, arts and crafts and refreshments as well. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children with a one dollar discount for active military and their families.

2.) Not a ghost town. Downtown Lowville will be anything but a ghost town this weekend as it transforms into “Halloween Towne” from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. “Halloween Towne” is a family-fun event that features trick-or-treating throughout downtown, mask-making, several haunted houses and a “ghoulash” community supper. For more information and an hour-by-hour schedule of events, click here.

3.) A bit of Beethoven. The sounds of Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” will ring throughout the north country this weekend with the Orchestra of Northern New York’s performances in both Potsdam and Watertown. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Hosmer Hall, SUNY Potsdam, the orchestra will perform Beethoven’s famous symphony alongside the Potsdam Community Chorus, directed by Jeffrey Francom. At 3:30 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Watertown, the orchestra will be joined by Northern Choral Society, directed by Sara Gleason. This is surely a can’t-miss concert for any classical music lover. Tickets are $22; senior citizens are $20; students, $10; children ages 12 and younger are free. For information, contact the Community Performance Series box office at 267-2277 or visit www.onny.org.

4.) It’s never too early to start shopping. Holiday shopping that is. This weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Indian River Middle School, local business owners, artisans, farmers, antique dealers and shop owners will come together for the “North Country Department Store.” Proceeds from booth fees and admissions benefit the Indian River Central School FFA and Noah’s Ark Preschool. If crafts and antiques are more your calling, the 28th annual Holiday Craft and Antiques Show, sponsored by Laureate Iota of Beta Sigma Phi, will be from  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown. Admission is $2 and benefits the Watertown Urban Mission Food Pantry and Beta Sigma Phi Award Program.

5.) Something for everyone. The annual book sale at the Flower Memorial Library in Watertown, sponsored by Friends of Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library, is always a treasure trove of great books, CDs, movies, children’s books, magazines and educational materials. You never know what you will find. The sale begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and continues through Tuesday, Nov. 6. It is open between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. A bag sale will be held Sunday, Nov. 4. Paperback books start at 50 cents and hardcover books are $1. What’s different about this book sale is that it’s curated by Friends of the Library, so any books not deemed salable won’t be on the shelves. Because who wants that tattered 1970s romance novel, anyway?