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5 Things Friday events calendar – Sept. 18

Happy Friday!

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For sale

1. Craft sale

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.
Where: Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, 214 King St., Ogdensburg.
What: Hosted by Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Crafters. Featuring fall and Halloween items. Benefits hospital auxiliary.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, 393-1559.

Friday / Ogdensburg

2. Annual autumn showcase bazaar

When: 3 to 7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Where: Potsdam United Methodist Church, 26 Main St., Potsdam.
What: Baked potato dinner slated for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Cost: Dinner, $7.
INFO: Church, 265-7474.

Friday & Saturday / Potsdam

3. Book sale

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Norwood Village Green, 7 Bernard Ave., Norwood.
What: Sponsored by The Friends of the Norwood Public Library. All purchases go toward library programs and services.
Cost: Select books will be $2/bag; other books priced as marked.
INFO: Church, 265-7474.

Saturday / Norwood

4. Potsdam Food Co-op open house

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Potsdam Food Co-op & Carriage House Bakery, 24 Elm St., Potsdam.
What: Celebrates co-op’s 4-year anniversary. Featuring food, music, face painting, art stations and more.
Cost: Free admission.
INFO: Co-op, 265-4630.

Saturday / Potsdam

5. Alexandria Bay wine festival and farmer's market

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Scenic View Park, Sisson St., Alexandria Bay.
What: Hosted by Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce and local businesses. Featuring live music.
Cost: Admission for participation in tastings, $10.
INFO: Chamber, 482-9531.

Saturday / Alexandria Bay


1. NNY Veterans and Community Day

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Jefferson Community College gym, 1220 Coffeen St., Watertown.
What: Learn about services for veterans, nutrition assistance, healthcare, disability, housing/homeless, education, aging, more. Children’s activities. Free refreshments.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Deb Baxter, 350-1412.

Saturday / Watertown

2. Cream Cheese Festival

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Downtown Lowville.
What: Game Schedule: Painting the Cream Cheese Mural, all day, and Lowville Fire Hall Parking Lot; Feed Bag Shot Put Individual, noon to 1 p.m., Cream Cheese Plinko Individual, 1 to 2 p.m., Amazing Pet Contest, 2 to 3 p.m., “Lick it Clean” Individual, 3 to 4 p.m., Milk the Cow Individual, 4 to 5 p.m., and The Heaviest Catch (Team of Two), 5 to 6 pm., all at Key Bank Parking Lot.; Children’s events (held on South State Street): Hay Fever Individual, noon to 1 p.m., Milk the Cow Individual, 1 to 2 p.m., Cream Cheese Shoot Out Individual, 2 to 3 p.m., “Lick it Clean” Individual, 3 to 4 p.m., Dress Like a Farmer Individual, 4 to 5 p.m., and The Heaviest Catch (Team of Two), 5 to 6 p.m.; Music Line-up: Lewis County open Mike Night, 11 a.m. to noon, opening ceremony, noon to 12:30 p.m., Panigma Steel Drum Band, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Funky Blu Roots, 2:30 to 4 p.m., and Gray Matter, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Cost: Free admission.
INFO: Cream Cheese Festival; Roger Abbey, 376-8688; Facebook event page.

Saturday / Lowville

3. Syracuse Gun Show

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Expo Center, New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse.
What: More than 800 exhibits and displays.
Cost: Admission per day: $6; ages 11 and younger (with parents), free; senior citizens, $5.
INFO: Syracuse Gun Show.

Saturday & Sunday / Syracuse

4. 18th annual vintage and classic street meet

When: Beginning 9:30 a.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. Sunday.
Where: Mary, Merrick and Graves Streets, and Village Park Circle, Clayton.
What: Includes farmer’s market, crafters, artisans, food vendors. Check online for more details and schedule.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Clayton Chamber of Commerce, 686-3771.

Saturday & Sunday / Clayton

5. Fall Jamboree

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Where: Ontario Orchards Farm, 7735 state Route 104, Oswego.
What: Includes food, games, corn maze, wagon rides, magic shows, wine tastings, u-pick apples and pumpkins, farm animals and more.
Cost: Free parking and admission.
INFO: Ontario Orchards, 343-6328.

Saturday & Sunday / Sterling


1. Guest lecture: Female Serial Killers: What We Know

When: 3 p.m. Friday.
Where: Kellas Hall, Room 103, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam.
What: Sponsored by SUNY Potsdam Department of Psychology. Lecture by Dr. Marissa Harrison, associate professor of psychology at Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg.
Cost: Free.
INFO: SUNY Potsdam, 267-2000.

Friday / Potsdam

2. War of 1812 Heritage Talks

When: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Eben Holden Conference Center, St. Lawrence University, 23 Romoda Drive, Canton.
What: Six speakers.
Cost: $9 general admission includes talks, continental breakfast and boxed lunch.
INFO: Fort La Présentation Association; Facebook event page.

Saturday / Canton

3. Introduction to Facebook

When: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Flower Memorial Library, 229 Washington St., Watertown.
What: Aims to teach basics of Facebook.
Cost: Free admission.
INFO: Library, 785-7705.

Saturday / Watertown

4. Magical Mystery Tour: A Guided Walk Through a Developing Edible Forest Garden

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Wellesley Island.
What: Host Dani Baker plans to describe the process of planning and planting varieties of edible perennial plants in an accessible arrangement that is both pleasing to the eye and to the palate. RSVP required: or 347-4223. Cosponsored by Cross Island Farms and Local Living Venture.
Cost: $17; couple, $30; student, $10.
INFO: SUNY Potsdam, 267-2000.

Saturday / Wellesley Island

5. Wes Moore talk and book signing

When: 6 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Cheel Arena, Clarkson University, 8 Clarkson Ave., Potsdam.
What: Book signing slated for 6 to 6:30 p.m.; talk, 7 p.m. Mr. Moore is an Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur and host of “Beyond Belief” on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Cost: Free admission.
INFO: Clarkson University, 268-4483.

Sunday / Potsdam


1. Gary Lewis and The Playboys

When: 8 p.m. Friday.
Where: Bonnie Castle Resort, 31 Holland St., Alexandria Bay.
What: Proceeds benefit 1 World Foundation.
Cost: $30; gold tickets (includes reserved seating and Uncle Sam boat cruise), $50.
INFO: Bonnie Castle Resort, 482-4511.

Friday / Alexandria Bay

2. Big Fish

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Where: Red House Arts Center, 201 S West St., Syracuse.
What: Musical by Andrew Lippa. Directed by Stephen Svoboda.
Cost: $30; members, $25.
INFO: Red House Arts Center, 362-2785.

Friday & Saturday / Syracuse

3. Dance event with NYC choreographer JoAnna Mendl Shaw

When: Noon and 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Crane Plaza, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam.
What: Two performances. Chairs available or bring your own.
Cost: Free.
INFO: SUNY Potsdam, 267-2918.

Saturday / Potsdam

4. Rhythm Riders Band

When: 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6912, 7752 W. State St., Lowville.
What: Food will be available.
Cost: $5.
INFO: VFW Post 6912, 376-2733.

Saturday / Lowville

5. Adirondack Music, Art & Food Festival

When: All weekend.
Where: View Arts Center, 3273 state Route 28, Old Forge.
What: Includes food, art and workshops and live music.
Cost: All access pass, $150; check online for individual event ticket prices.
INFO: View Arts Center, 369-6411.

All weekend / Old Forge

Get moving

. 12th Annual Walk-A-Thon

When: 9 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Amvets Post 265, 5 Catherine St., Parishville.
What: Benefits Hospice of St. Lawrence County and the Potsdam Animal Shelter and Paws with a Cause. Sponsored by The Amvets Ladies Auxiliary. Sign-in slated for 9 a.m.; walk, 9:30 a.m.
Cost: $10.
INFO: Amvets Post 265, 268-0851.

Saturday / Parishville

. Colton Fun Run

When: 9 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Colton Town Hall, 94 Main St., Colton.
What: Registration slated for 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Two-mile walk/run. Free beverages. Block party slated for noon to 7 p.m. at the  Raquette River Pub, 102 Main St., Colton.
Cost: $10.
INFO: Town of Colton.

Saturday / Colton

. The Backpack Run

When: 9 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Theresa Primary School, 125 Bridge St., Theresa.
What: 5 and 10K routes to benefit the Backpack Program at Indian River Central School District. Registration slated for 7:30 a.m.; races, 9 a.m.
Cost: 5K, $20; 10K, $25.
INFO: The Backpack Run; Lia Call at Indian River Middle School, 493-4938 or

Saturday / Theresa

. Ninth annual Cheese Chase

When: 9 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Fores Park Pavilion, Lewis County Fairgrounds, 5485 Bostwick St., Lowville.
What: 5K run. Registration slated for 7:30 a.m.; run start, 9 a.m. Looped course. Benefits USO Fort Drum.
Cost: $20; miliary, $15.
INFO: Facebook event page.

Saturday / Lowville

. Stan Bach & Martha Strouse Memorial Ride

When:10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Where: FX Caprara Harley-Davidson, 17890 Goodnough Road, Adams Center.
What: Kickstands up at 10:30 a.m. Meal included. Ends at O’Brien’s Restaurant, 226 Webb St., Clayton. Proceeds benefit local families battling cancer.
Cost: Driver, $20; rider, $15.
INFO: 686-1110, 778-9477 or 583-6177.

Saturday / Adams Center

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Five Things Friday – Dec. 12

Happy Friday! Here’s Five Things Friday, your weekend event roundup.

Breakfast with Santa

1. Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Thompson Park Zoo, 1 Thompson Park, Watertown. Cost: $15, person; $40, family of four; zoo members, 20 percent off.

Enjoy craft time and a visit with Santa. Note that space limited. Tickets/info: zoo, 782-6180 or

2. Breakfast with Santa, 9 a.m. Saturday, St. Lawrence Centre Mall, 6100 St. Lawrence Center, Massena. Tickets: $5.

Intended for ages 3 to 12. Event to benefit Massena Boys & Girls Club. Information: mall, 764-1001.

3. Breakfast with Santa, 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Lacona Fire Hall, 34 Maple Ave., Lacona.

Donations to be accepted. Event free to children 10 and younger.

4. Breakfast with Santa, 9 a.m. Saturday, Lyons Falls Library, 3918 High St., Lyons Falls.

Children’s story hour breakfast with Santa, with crafts to follow.  If parents would like to eat breakfast, a $2 donation is appreciated. RSVP: library, 348-6180 or

5. Fourth annual breakfast with Santa, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Hammond Presbyterian Church, 217 County Road 134, Hammond. Cost: $5 per family.

Enjoy a hot meal, face painting, gift bags, keepsake photo with Santa and, of course, a chat with the Claus’. All proceeds will be given to a local family.


1. Holiday book and bake sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Norwood Public Library, 1 Morton St., Norwood.

Event held by Friends of the Norwood Public Library. Shoppers can expect hardback fiction, nonfiction, paperbacks, children’s books, a $1-a-bag table and lots of goodies for sale. Info: library, 353-6692.

2. Craft fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Paynter Center, 914 Strawberry Lane, Clayton.

Info: Clayton Chamber of Commerce, 686-3771.

3. Craft fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Eagles Club, 19260 Route 11, Watertown.

Info: Eagles club, 782-5495.

4. One stop holiday shop vendor blender, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Massena Moose Lodge, 4 Ames Street, Massena.

Event plans to offer more than 20 vendors and crafters, as well as raffles, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Shop sponsored by Massena Rotary for the Massena Boys & Girls Club. Info: Tanya Moulton, 323-0647 or

5. Holiday store, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Home Again Alpaca Farm, 37098 Schell Road, Theresa.

Farm plans to sell hats, scarves, mittens, socks, sweaters and yarn. Ten percent of sales donated to Theresa Food Pantry. Information: farm, 628-5302.

Holiday parties

1.  Annual children’s Christmas party, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Heuvelton Fire Department, 95 State St., Heuvelton.

Events planned include sleigh and fire truck rides, food, crafts, and a visit from Santa at 1 p.m. Info: fire department, 344-2426.

2. Christmas parade, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, along Broadway from Kanady to Esselstyne Streets, Cape Vincent.

Personal or household products to be collected for food pantry. Info: Mary Rupp, village office, 654-2533.

3. Black and white ball: 31st annual holiday gala, 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Frederic Remington Art Museum, 303 Washington St., Ogdensburg. Cost: $65; members, $60; advance tickets, $5 off.

Music by DJ Big B’s Beats and Lester Gates, silent auction, cash bar, hor d’oeuvres and portraits by Wendy June Photography. Info: museum, 393-2425.

4. Ugly sweater party, 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, BIN 427, 427 S. Market St., Cape Vincent.

Music to be provided by Dave and Cathy Parker. Info: Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce, 654-2481.

5. Rockin’ around the Christmas tree, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Ogdensburg Elks Lodge, 322 Caroline St., Ogdensburg. Cost: donation towards Pj’s for Christmas, local food pantries or Toys for Tots.

Planned entertain featuring Dragonfly, Jeff Stein and Dave Wells. Food and drinks will be available. Info: lodge, 393-5430.


1. TAUNY jam, 7 to 8:30 p.m. today, TAUNY Center, 53 Main St., Canton.

Event is hosted by Barb Heller and Don Woodcock, and plans to feature old time fiddle tunes. All levels of musicians, singers and step dancers are welcome. Info: 386-4289,

2. “Christmas Around the World,” 7:30 p.m. today, Hosmer Hall, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam. Tickets: $22; $20, seniors; $10, students ages 6 to 17; free, children 12 and younger. Season tickets: $124, general admission; $112, seniors; $56, students; free, children 12 and younger.

Orchestra of Northern New York to perform holiday music. Preconcert conversation planned for 45 minutes before concert.  Info: Potsdam Community Performance Series, 267-2277.

3. Art market, 10 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Arts Studio, Downtown Snell Hall, 41 Elm St., Potsdam. Free.

Event offers an opportunity to meet local artists, view work and buy directly from artists. Info: St. Lawrence County Arts Council, 265-6860.

4. Rhonda’s FooteWorks holiday show, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St, Watertown. 

Donations to benefit Signal 30 Fund will be accepted. Event plans to include a silent auction and raffle, performances by Rhonda’s FooteWorks students of all ages and abilities, as well as guest artists from Stage Notes. Info: Rhonda’s Footeworks, or 771-8089.

5. Holiday ornament making, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Hawn Memorial Library, 220 John St., Clayton.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, Hawn Memorial Library, 220 John St. Info: library, 686-3762.

Family fun

1. Christmas Greek pastry and sweet bread sale, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, 502 Franklin St., Watertown.

Info: church, 788-4920.

2. Lake Placid holiday village stroll, weekend long, village of Lake Placid.

Village to offer shopping, live music, arts and crafts, tree lighting with Santa and family-friendly activities. Info: visitors’ bureau, 518-523-2445. 

3. Jingle bell 5K run/walk, registration from 7 to 8 a.m., race at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Public Beach, Lake Placid. Cost: $20.

Event to benefit North Elba Christmas Fund and Adirondack Health’s Fit for Life Program. Bring unwrapped toys, or if not participating, drop off donations day of the event. Info: Mary Carmody, 518-897-2483.

4. Kris Kringle, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Potsdam Town Hall Community Room, 18 Elm St., Potsdam.

Hosted by Potsdam Kiwanis Club. Event planned to include a chance for children to meet Kris Kringle, holiday music, craft projects, reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and snacks. Info: Marylee Ballou, 274-9000.

5. Family fun night, 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Denny’s Restaurant, 1142 Arsenal St., Watertown.

Event planned to offer free face painting, a visit from Santa, raffles and prizes. Twenty percent of dinner sales benefit Watertown Urban Mission. Collecting donations of nonperishable food and unwrapped new toys. Info: Urban Mission, 782-8441.

Not enough north country for you? Check out the Watertown Daily Times events calendar for the extensive list of all NNY events. 

Five Things Friday – Dec. 5

Happy Friday! Here’s a five by five list highlighting the happenings of the weekend.

All kinds of art

1. Michiko Taylor: Life and Nature” opening, 5 to 7 p.m. today, Potsdam Town Hall, 18 Elm St., Potsdam. Free and open to the public.

Can’t make it tonight? The art exhibit features still life and landscape paintings on display through Wednesday, Jan. 14. Info: St. Lawrence County Arts Council, 265-6860.

2. Christmas Presence” opening, 5 to 7 p.m. today, Adirondack Artists Guild, 52 Main St., Saranac Lake.

Exhibit features ceramic art by Mary Lou Reid, on display through Wednesday, Jan. 7. Items available for sale. Info: guild, 518-891-2615.

3. TAUNY open house, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, TAUNY Center, 53 Main St., Canton.

April Blanchard, author of “The Woodsman’s Boy,” plans to sign books from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Refreshments will be available. Live music scheduled: Vocal Skies, 10:15 a.m.; Sweet Adelines, 11 a.m.; Goldenaires, 11:45 a.m.; Ray Gardner and Don Woodcock, 1 p.m.; Contra Tune School, 2 p.m.; Camilla Ammirati, 3 p.m. Info: TAUNY center, 386-4289.

4. Poets and writers INK, 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow, Cape Vincent Community Library, 157 N. Real St., Cape Vincent.

Sponsored by the Cape Vincent Arts Council. Info: council, 654-2413.

5. Elf workshop, 10 to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow, Children’s Room, Flower Memorial Library, 229 Washington St., Watertown. Free, materials supplied.

Event designed for children ages 11 and younger. Children will leave with two wrapped gifts. Parents must remain. Bring camera for pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Info: library, 785-7705.

Exercise your body and brain

1. St. Lawrence Valley chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness meeting, 3 p.m. today, Human Resources Building, 80 Route 310, Human Services Center, Canton.

Planned speakers are Nicole Kennedy, ACT Team, and Alison Thornhill, supported housing, of United Helpers MOSAIC group. Refreshments available. Info: 287-9780 or 265-8662.

2. Intro to geocaching workshop, noon to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow, Wachtmeister Field Station, Park Street, County Route 27, Canton.

Bring GPS device or GPS-enabled mobile phone to participate. Remember to dress for the weather. Children 15 and younger should be accompanied by adult. Organized by Nature Up North.

3. Chemistry magic show, 2 to 3 p.m. tomorrow, Clarkson Science Center, Room 360, Clarkson University, 8 Clarkson Ave., Potsdam. Cost: one new, unwrapped toy or gift, or monetary donation for the Potsdam Holiday Fund.

Event feautres Clarkson University professor, Jim Peploski‘s experiments, “Dr. Jim’s Chemistry Magic Show.” Show targeted to children, but for all ages. Info: Clarkson, 268-6400.

4. Early winter hike/ski/snowshoe, tomorrow, Higley Flow State Park, Colton.

Trail is two miles and easy. Campfire at the Warm Brook lean-to. Hot dogs and marshmallows will be provided. Event is all ages, and dogs on a leash are OK.  Presented by ADK Laurentian Chapter. Info: Blair Madore, 265-0602 or

5. “Let it Snow” 5K run/walk, 9 a.m. Sunday, Old Forge Fire Hall, 116 Fulton St, Old Forge. 

Event to benefit MAC’s Safe Ride and late-night alternative transportation system. Register: click here. Info: MAC’s, 369-8121.

Visit with Santa

1. Breakfast with Santa, 8 to 11 a.m. tomorrow, First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 189 Main St., Massena. Cost: $5.

Hosted by Massena Cub Scouts Pack 31.

2. Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow, Thompson Park Zoo, 1 Thompson Park, Watertown. Cost: $15, person; $40, family of four; zoo members, 20 percent off.

Enjoy craft time and a visit with Santa. Space is limited. Tickets, info: zoo, 782-6180,

3. Breakfast with Santa, 9 to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow, Madrid-Waddington Elementary cafeteria, 2582 New York Route 345, Madrid. Cost: $6; children 3 to 10, $4; children 2 and younger, free; pictures with Santa, donation.

Meal offered includes pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. Event sponsored by United Church of Madrid.

4. Eighth annual Philly primary breakfast with Santa and craft fair, 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow, Philadelphia Primary School, 3 Sand St. Philadelphia.

Planned events include pictures with Santa, holiday activities and craft tables. To benefit Philadelphia Primary PTO.

5. Santa central, 2 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Clayton Opera House, 405 Riverside Drive, Clayton.

Activities planned include bounce house, letters to Santa, a visit from Santa and crafts. Event to lead into the community holiday parade. Information: opera house, 686-2200; Clayton Chamber of Commerce, 686-3771.


1. “One Bethlehem Night, a Musical Twist to the Story of Christmas,” 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow; 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 119 S. Hamilton St., Watertown. Cost: Dessert theatre, $15; dinner theatre, $30.

Sunday’s dinner theatre planned to include 5:30 p.m. bus to Pete’s Trattoria for dinner, return to church for show and dessert. Reservations, tickets, info: church, 782-2650.

2. Fourth annual festival of music, 7 p.m. today, Turin United Methodist Church, 6328 E. Main St., Turin.

Planned musical entertainment provided by Gloria and Hannah Kessler, Chris and Jim Chaufty, Jennifer and Liberty Voght, Romeyn Noftsier, Gabbie Hartley; piano by Leon Austin. Donations to Lewis Coounty Humane Society.

3. Student choreographers’ concert, 7:30 p.m. today; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dance Theater, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam. Free.

Tickets will be available at the door beginning one hour before performance. Info: Department of Theatre and Dance, 267-2556.

4. Dance concert, 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, Gulick Theater, St. Lawrence University, 23 Romoda Drive, Canton.

Tickets available through Gulick box office, 1 to 5 p.m. today. Info: St. Lawrence University, 229-5184.

5. Holiday cabaret, 7 p.m. Sunday, Pendragon Theartre, 15 Brandy Brook Ave., Saranac Lake. Cost: $10.

Tickets, info: 518-891-1854,

Light up the holiday

1. TIYLO’s sixth annual masquerade ball, 8 p.m. to midnight today, Clayton Opera House, 405 Riverside Drive. Cost: $35, presale; $40, at the door.

Formal wear required. Mask sales available at the door. Activities planned include mask face paintings, passed hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, photo booth and cash bar. Music by Fred & The Eds. Presented by Thousand Islands Young Leaders Organization. Info: opera house, 686-2200.

2. Festival of trees and sugarplum ball, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. public viewing, 6 p.m. preview gala today;  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. public viewing, sugarplum ball, 6 p.m. tomorrow; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. public viewing, silent auction ends, 1 p.m. Sunday, Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St., Watertown.

This year’s theme is “Sights and Sounds of the Season,” featuring over 50 trees decorated to create a magically festive setting, along with musical performances by local schools, dance studios and choral groups. Info: 785-5745.

3. Festival of trees, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, Thousand Islands Museum, 312 James St., Clayton. Free.

Event features trees, snowmen, Christmas displays, and baskets of products for raffles. Bring non perishable food item for local food pantry. Information: museum, 686-5794.

4. 52nd annual Christmas parade, 6 p.m. tomorrow, Clayton.

This year’s theme is “a storybook Christmas.” Fireworks planned to follow. Donations to be accepted at Clayton Chamber of Commerce, or Karla’s Christmas Shoppe. Information: or the chamber, 686-3771.

5. Light up Pulaski, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Pulaski Historical Society, 3428 Maple Ave., Pulaski.

Santa will meet with children in Carriage House. Music on guitar by Bev Rossman, Museum house. Punch and cookies provided. Information: historical society, 298-4650,

Not enough north country for you? Check out the Watertown Daily Times calendar for everything that’s happening in NNY.

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