WILDFLOWER WALK – 10 a.m. – Noon. Jean Miller Memorial Wildflower Walk returns this year, led by local plant expert and DOAS member Connie Tedesco. Participants should dress for the weather, bring water, binoculars, & insect repellent. Gilbert Lake State Park, 18 CCC Rd. Laurens. 607-397-3815 or visit doas.us/calendar/
BLOOD DRIVE – 2 – 7 p.m. Donate through May 19 for chance to win a travel trailer camper that sleeps eight. Laurens Fire Department, 34 Main St., Laurens. 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org
MOTHER’S DAY – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Come celebrate spring and choose a special gift from local vendors. Southside Mall, 5006 St. Rt. 23, Oneonta. 607-432-4401 or visit www.facebook.com/southsidemall/
BLOOD DRIVE – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Donate through May 19 for chance to win a travel trailer camper that sleeps eight. Briggs Hall, Main Street Baptist Church, 333 Main St., Oneonta. 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org
LOVE YOUR PARK – 8 a.m. – Noon. Come clean up the trails, beach, campsites, mulch the gardens, paint, and much more to ready the park for the season. Gilbert Lake State Park, 18 CCC Rd, Laurens. 607-432-2114 or visit www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day
LOVE YOUR PARK – 9 a.m. – Noon. Sign up to help plant flowers, general park clean-up, beautify the buildings, build bird houses, more. Volunteers should bring, work gloves, boots, leaf rakes and garden tools with owners name, etc. Dress for the weather. Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park, Davis Rd., Westford. 607-547-8662 or visit www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day
FIRST DAY HIKE – 9 a.m. – Noon. Celebrate the new year with beautiful 1.3 mile walk around Gilbert Lake and then warm up by the fire in Briggs Pavillion. Counts towards the Winter Octet challenge by Otsego Outdoors. Gilbert Lake State Park, 18 CCC Rd., Laurens. 607-432-2114 or visit otsegooutdoors.org/events/
FIRST DAY HIKE – 9 – 10:30 a.m. Celebrate the new year with a guided tour with Forest Ranger Erin Petit. Dress for the weather and bring Water & Snacks. Counts towards the Winter Octet challenge by Otsego Outdoors. Free, registration required. Texas Schoolhouse State Forest, Jones Rd., New Lisbon. 315-778-4107 or visit otsegooutdoors.org/events/
FIRST DAY HIKE – 10 a.m. – Dusk. Celebrate first day of 2022 with self-guided hike along the Overlook Trail. First 100 will receive First Day Hike giveaway. No minimum age, leashed pets are welcome. Please dress for the weather, wear appropriate winter shoes/boots. Will also be collecting nonperishable donations for the Cooperstown Food pantry. Glimmerglass State Park, 1527 Co. Rd. 31, Cooperstown. 607-547-8662 or visit www.facebook.com/GlimmerglassStatePark/
SENIOR PAINTING – 1 – 3 p.m. Seniors aged 60+ (and a guest) are invited for a guided paint by the lake event. Supplies and refreshments will be provided. RSVP by 9/8. Presented by the Otsego County Office for the Aging. Gilbert Lake State Park, 18 CCC Rd., Laurens. 607-547-4397 or visit www.facebook.com/otsegocountyOFA/
LAURENS – $2.2 million in upgrades to Gilbert Lake State Park’s sewerage will begin Monday, New York State Parks announced today.
The project, funded in part by the NY Works program, with additional funding from Federal Land &d Water Conservation Fund dollars, will provide much improved sanitary facilities for the 200,000 patrons who visit the park annually.
To limit disruption to patrons, work on the project will take place in phases throughout peak season, with overall completion expected around Dec. 8.
SUMMER CELEBRATION – 3 – 7 p.m. Celebrate summer by the waterfront with OPA. Bring a dish to share, enjoy BBQ. Come prepared for swimming, outdoor games, other park activities, relax with friends. Gilbert Lake State Park, Mount Vision. 607-386-1508 or visit www.facebook.com/otsegopride/
OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley, right, leads Bridgette Hulbert, daughter Vivian, Jack and William Mokay, and Andrew Rock, all of Delhi, and Erin and Kathryn Dailey, both of Oneonta, on a snowshoeing hike at the annual Winter Fest at Gilbert Lake State Park this afternoon. At right, Tami-Lee Volgari, Oneonta, sleds down a hill with her daughter Eama-Lee. Visitors also enjoyed skiing, information sessions on winter camping and survival, as well as a bonfire. The event was hosted by OCCA and Five Star Subaru. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
SHOWSHOE HIKE – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Enjoy a hike around Gilbert Lake State Park led by Jeff O’Handley and featuring fun ecological facts about Otsego County. Gilbert Lake State Park, 18 CCC Rd., Laurens. Call 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/cabin-fever-fest-snowshoe-hike/
EXHIBIT RECEPTION – 2-4 p.m. Opening “Oneonta’s Neighborhood Markets” exhibit. Free admission, refreshments available. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. Call (607)432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org
RIDE ON! – 8 a.m. Cyclists are invited to a multi-distance bike ride to promote the communities effort to reduce the carbon footprint and promote healthy lifestyles. Rides start throughout the day. Cost, $35/person. Starts at Richfield Springs Central School. Call (607) 547-8881 or visit www.otsego2000.org/2017/07/13/join-orcas-ride-on/
WEDNESDAY WORKSHOP – 1-3 p.m. Try a new craft in a small group setting with a knowledgeable instructor. This week its Origami with instructor Pat Follett. Reservations required. The Swart-Wilcox House Museum, Wilcox ave., Oneonta. Call (607)287-7011 or visit swartwilcoxhouse.wordpress.com/wednesday-workshops-2017/