Habitat For Humanity celebrated 30 years of building homes in Otsego County at the Elm Park Methodist Church this evening. A slideshow of the 36 homes and two major renovations was played for the guests as they enjoyed refreshments and cake. Above, Brad Conforti, wife Colleen and their children Abrielle and Micah, Town of Maryland, show off the most recent Habitat newsletter that features the home they will move into. The home is one of the newest residences Habitat is building on McFarlane Road off of Route 205 between West Oneonta and Laurens. At right, Habitat president Mary Ann Dowdell, Oneonta, who gave the evening’s keynoter, recognizes those who have donated time and talents over the past three decades by having their names included on an honorary plaque. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
CONCERT – 7:30 pm Catskill Choral Society’s Spring Concert, “An American Miscellany: 250 years of American Choral Music.” Reception w/light refreshments. Adv/At the door: Adults $19/$22 Seniors $15/$18 Students $5 Under 12 Free. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, 607-431-6060 or CatskillChoralSociety.com.
ONEONTA – Fossil fuels – gasoline, fuel oil, propane and natural gas – that power Otsego County today were like an unexpected inheritance, allowing the Industrial Revolution and the world as we know it.
But 200 years later, Hartwick College Economics Professor Karl Seeley told 70-80 attendees at the Concerned Citizens of Oneonta forum this evening at Elm Park United Methodist Church, you discover the hidden costs of the bequest are bankrupting.
“It makes you rich enough to destroy your home,” Seeley said. “But not rich enough to build a new one.”
The dynamics of the evening, moderated by Hartwick Professor Kate O’Donnell, followed an outline another panelist, Dan Buttermann, brought back from Al Gore’s “Climate Reality Project” forum last year in Los Angeles: “Must we do it? Can we do it? Will we do it?”
CHESS NIGHT – 7 – 11 p.m. Chess enthusiasts of all levels welcome to play. Includes free lessons for beginners. Hunt Union Cafeteria, SUNY Oneonta. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
PLANNING – 1 – 3 p.m. Farmers interested in participating in 2018 Family Farm Day are invited to the meeting of the FFD Planning Committee. Cornell Cooperative Extension, 123 Lake St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8886 or visit cceschoharie-otsego.org
CLIMATE LECTURE – 7:30 p.m. Dr. Michael Young, Geologist, presents “Mid-Century Resilience in the Face of Climate Extremes and Population Growth: How Lessons From the Lone Star State Can Benefit the Nation,” at the Rude Memorial Lecture. Free, open to the public. Anderson Center, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Call 607-431-4021 or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/hartwick-welcomes-michael-young-83-rude-memorial-lecture/
JUSTICE FILM SERIES – 5:30 p.m. Screening of “The Times of Harvey Milk” (1984). Includes vegetarian dinner at 6, screening begins at 7. Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, 12 Ford Ave, Oneonta. Call 607-432-3491 or visit www.uuso.org
LIONS CLUB – 6:30 p.m. At this meeting Patricia Szarpa, Executive Director of the Otsego Land Trust, will speak. The Tunnicliff Inn, 34 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. Visit www.facebook.com/CooperstownLionsClub/
HISTORY DISCUSSION – 6:30 – 8 p.m. Introductory Session of 6 discussions on “Making Sense of the Civil War” facilitated by SUNY Oneonta’s Susan Goodier. Readings available for loan while supplies last. Registration required. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-1980 or visit hmloneonta.org/adult-programs/
CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. The Ancia saxophone Quartet presented by the Oneonta Concert Association. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. oneontaconcertassociation.org
COUNTRY MUSIC – 7 p.m. The Barnyard Saints perform foot stomping, outlaw, country music with special guest Everett Farrell. Show at 8. Admission, $5. Cash bar for those 21+. the Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org
AWARDS PRESENTATION – 4:30 p.m. Features the presentation of the Ford C. Frick award for baseball broadcasting excellence and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. Gates open 3 p.m. Followed immediately by the Parade of Legends Doubleday Field, Cooperstown. baseballhall.org/events/Awards-Presentation-2017?date=0
FILM SERIES – 7 p.m. Winter Wednesday’s film series showing of “12 Years A Slave.” Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Info, foothillspac.org
CLUBHOUSE PROJECT – 6-8 p.m. Teens 12-17 welcome for a night of fun, friends, giveaways and free food. Meet new people and enjoy a substance-free night. The discussion will focus on “Adulting.” Unadilla Teen Center, 16 Watson St., Unadilla. Info, www.facebook.com/ClubhouseProject/ or call (607)432-0001 or email Blake at email@example.com
GUITAR BASICS – 5-7 p.m. Free workshop with instructor John Arlet to learn to play guitar. Bring your own instrument. Space is limited. Registration required. The Library Room at The Turning Point, 22 Elm St., Oneonta. Info, www.friendsofrecoverydo.org/events
SUNY THEATER – 8 p.m. Theater department production of “Colony Collapse.” Hamblin Theater, Fine Arts Building, 108 Ravine Pkwy., Oneonta. Info, oneonta.edu/academics/theatre/
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FESTIVAL OF TREES – 6:30-8:30 p.m. Family night. Take a wagon to see the holiday light displays, see Santa and his elves. Decorate trees with ornaments for wildlife, and watch holiday movies. Glimmerglass State Park, 1527 Co. Hwy. 31, Cooperstown. Info, www.friendsofglimmerglass.com
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Includes Christmas tree trimmings, knitted and crocheted items, holiday decorations, a white elephant sale, bake sale, and a luncheon. Elm Park Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, (607)432-6552