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Calendar of Events

Note: Listings on the Calendar Page are free of charge.

See repeating events at bottom of the page.

December 8
Song and Story at Montour Falls Library. At 10:30 a.m., a new season of songs and stories. Lisa Fernandez, local musician and founder of Compost Theatre, will be bringing her blue ukulele for an hour of silly songs with rhymes and reading. All ages are welcome to attend. Free and open to the public. Every second Friday at 10:30.

December 9
Rummage Sale and Thrift Shop, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church, 305 Church St., Odessa. Quality used closing at bargain prices along with some household and miscellaneous items. Stop by to check it out.

December 13
Book Groups Holiday Gathering at Montour Falls Library. At 6:00 p.m., all members of all of the library's book clubs will come together for a roundup of the year’s books. Discuss your favorites, recommend new discoveries, and look forward to a new year of books. Refreshments will be served.

December 16
Monthly Soup 'n' Sandwich Luncheon, Burdett Presbyterian Church, 3995 Church St., Burdett, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Homemade soups, made-to-order sandwiches, dessert and beverage. $7 per person. Take-outs available. All are welcome.

December 16
Tales from Trackside, "Speaking of Life in the Fast Lane," 1 p.m., International Motor Racing Research Center, 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Sponsored in part by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, and open to all. A $5 donation for admission is requested to help defray costs. Subjects include short tracks and super speedwaays, locals and legends. A conversation with one of racing's true insiders, veteran broadcast journalist Steve Post.

December 17
68th Annual Vespers Service, 4:30 p.m., Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church. The candlelight service of lessons and carols will feature the 14-voice choir singing special arrangements of "People Look East" and "Make My Life a Bethlehem" by Craig Courtney, "His Light in Us" by Kim Andre Andersson, and the premiere of the winning submission in the BBC Carol Competition 2016 "Allelulia, A New Work Has Come on Hand" by Jessica Reeves. Prelude music provided by Mrs. Mary Wolf, accompaniment by Mr. Rick Price, directed by Kim Laursen. Free and open to the public.

December 17
The Community Christmas Cantata "I Sing Joy to All the World" will be presented at the Montour Falls Baptist Church, 7:30 p.m. Preservice solos and special music will begin at 7 p.m. The choir is comprised of about 30 community members from various Schuyler County churches who will narrate and sing the Christmas story. A Children's Choir will perform "Runnin' to Bethlehem" and congregational singing is also included. Please come enjoy this free contemporary music of the season.

December 20
"Longest Night: A Service of Remembrance, 6:30 p.m., Reading Community Church, remembering those we have lost during the past year. The Christmas season is not a joyful time for everyone, especially those who have lost a significant person and are facing the holidays for the first time alone. We will recognize their grief and honor those who have passed on. This service is held near the winter solstice, the long night of darkness being symbolic of the darkness that these folks now face. People are asked to bring a picture or some kind of memorabilia of their loved one that will be placed on the altar as we remember them in prayer. The church is located in Reading Center, at the corner of 14A and Church Road.

December 21
Game Night at Montour Falls Library, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Join us for a new game series for everyone. Play modern games, traditional games, easy games, and challenging games. There are games for families, games for rookies, games for the experienced, games for the goofy, games for the serious, and games for the curious. Learn to win or lose with gracious dignity. First and third Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00.

December 22
Fourth Friday Concert at Montour Falls Library: Lynn Wiles and Tom McClure: Classic Jazz and Then Some, 6 p.m. A mix of classic jazz, with a few pop tunes thrown in. Tom, with his sax and flute, explores the American Songbook with melodies and improvisation. Lynn accompanies with guitar. Expect tunes from Bach to the Beatles. We ask for a $10 donation to support the musicians and the library.

December 24
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 5 p.m., Reading Community Church in Reading Center (corner of 14A and Church Road). Prior to that, at 4 p.m., we will be hosting a fellowship time of a light meal of soup and chili.

December 24, 25, 26
The Montour Falls Library is closed for the holiday..

December 28
Storytelling Circle at Montour Falls Library, 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!


Repeating events

Student Volunteer Program at the Montour Falls Library

Do you love libraries and books? Do you want to learn new skills? Would you like to volunteer at your local public library? This job requires a responsible and respectful attitude and a willingness to learn. Volunteer hours are available Tuesday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00. Contact Karin Thomas at the Montour Falls Library for more information. 535-7489.

Digital Resources at the Montour Falls Library

Borrow eBooks, digital magazines, and music with your library card. www.montourfallslibrary.org/services/digital

New York Times Online at the Montour Falls Library

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.

Seed Library at the Montour Falls Library

Take free packets of seeds and start a garden at home. Grow your own food; you don’t need acres. Anyone can come and take seeds. Limit of 15 packets per family.

Mondays:

The Montour Falls Library is closed on Mondays.

Tuesdays:

8:00 is Yoga for Health at the Montour Falls Library. Anyone can practice and benefit from Yoga. One hour of instruction in yoga poses, breathing, and meditation. Care will be taken to provide safe practice for those who may have physical limitations. Please bring a mat and a small blanket to class. A donation to Selah Yoga and Music is needed to attend these classes. sue@selahyogaandmusic.com. (607) 703-0010. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. at the Montour Falls Library.

10:30 is Toddler Story Time at the Montour Falls Library. Join us for an hour of stories and play for curious young minds. Make friends and learn something new. Open to all ages.

Wednesdays:

1:00 p.m. is the Handcrafters Circle at the Montour Falls Library. Bring your needlecrafts, beading, carving, coloring, sketching, or any other library-friendly handcrafts. Share ideas and techniques with other community crafters.

Thursdays:

8:00 is Yoga for Health at the Montour Falls Library. Anyone can practice and benefit from Yoga. One hour of instruction in yoga poses, breathing, and meditation. Care will be taken to provide safe practice for those who may have physical limitations. Please bring a mat and a small blanket to class. A donation to Selah Yoga and Music is needed to attend these classes. sue@selahyogaandmusic.com. (607) 703-0010. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. at the Montour Falls Library.

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

4:00-7:00 p.m. is the Montour Falls Farmers Market at 300 West Main Street, May through October. It is an agriculture-based market, providing our community with healthy, fresh, local, and affordable food. Local farmers will offer vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, and more. All eligible vendors accept SNAP/EBT, and the market gives out $2 Fresh Connect Checks. Entertainment including live music and story time for the children will be scheduled. Food trucks will provide hot meals and treats. https://montourfallsfarmersmarket.com/

Fridays:

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

3:30 p.m. is What Are You Reading? at the Montour Falls Library. All ages are welcome to meet and discuss what you are reading. Share a favorite book, recommend a new author, discover another story.

Saturdays:

10:00 is the Upcycle Society at the Montour Falls Library. 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.

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. www.fiberartsintheglen.com

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. www.fiberartsintheglen.com

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, www.fiberartsintheglen.com

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.

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.

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