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Crane Candlelight Concerts

POTSDAM: More than 300 student and faculty musicians from SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music will join together this Sunday, Dec. 8, to celebrate the holiday season, with the 2019 Crane Candlelight Concerts; Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jeffrey Francom and Ching-Chun Lai, will present two performances on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; both concerts will be offered in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall; titled the "Best of Candlelight," this year's performances will bring together all of the ensembles' favorite pieces from the past 10 years; special guests will include the Holy Name of Jesus Academy Chorus, with 65 singers, plus a guest artist on the bagpipes; will feature works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Eriks Esenvalds, Mack Wilberg, Morten Lauridsen, Gary Fry and others; traditional sing-alongs with the audience; while both concerts are free, audience members are invited to bring a donation of canned goods or non-perishable items to benefit the Potsdam Neighborhood Center; evening performance will also be broadcast live on YouTube, at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8.

Waddington Christmas

WADDINGTON: Annual Waddington Village Christmas Celebration, Dec. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 21; 9-11 a.m. Breakfast with Santa at The Artworks Creperie; 1-3 p.m. Kid’s cupcake frosting activity at Main Street Perc. $5 for 3 cupcakes per child. Signups on Facebook; 1-4 p.m. Kid’s ornament workshop at The Gallery; 4 p.m. Candlelight Concert with Sondra Goldsmith Proctor and Friends at the Presbyterian Church.

Concert For Tedra/ CANCELED

SANFORDVILLE: CANCELED. A Benefit Concert For Tedra, featuring Mark Lyon and Mary Ann Casale, 3 p.m., at The Hermitage, Robin McClellan’s home, 465 Old Market Rd., just outside of Potsdam; for directions,

Play auditions

CANTON: Auditions for 6-8 singers and actors 19 to 65 for "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change,” with director Vania Falen of the Grasse River Players, 2-4 p.m., UU Church on Main Street (please use back entrance); prepare 8-10 bars to sing a cappella; readings provided; performances: Feb 13, 14, 15, 2020 as part of Canton Winterfest.

Open house

POTSDAM: "Can You Hear Me Now? A history of Telecommunications" is the focus of the new exhibit at the Potsdam Public Museum; public invited to annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at the museum, 2 Park St.; 315-265-6910,

Sons of Amvets meet

HEUVELTON: Sons of Amvets meeting, 1:30 p.m., Amvets Post 1997, 107 State St.

Jewish Food Festival

POTSDAM: 40th Annual Jewish Food Festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Beth El, 81 Market St.; will feature a delectable lunch of matzo ball soup, potato latkes, blintzes, falafel, deli foods, gourmet desserts, as well as a bake sale, gift items for Chanukah, raffle for a weekend in Montreal and more; 608-335-6380;


Reindeer Dash

POTSDAM: “Reindeer Dash” fun run for students and parents; registration starts at 11 a.m; run starts at 11:30 a.m; proceeds for 4th grade Learn to Ski program at Titus Mountain; students and parents race to do fun activities at each booth, then end by visiting Santa; no set fee to participate, but pay what you want; concessions for small fee; Lawrence Ave. Elem. School.

Pickleball Tourney

CANTON: 2019 Canton Paddle Battle, indoor pickleball tournament, Canton Central School.

Grinch photo op

POTSDAM: Photo op with the Grinch, 11 a.m., North Country Children’s Museum, 10 Raymond St.; programs included with price of membership or admission;


Card making

MASSENA: Join paper artists from Chocolate Paper Dragon Arts to design three unique “action cards” to take home; materials provided; free class for ages 16 and up; 1 p.m.; class limit of 20, so registration required: call 315-705-5022 or email [email protected] to sign up; Nicandri Nature Center, 19 Robinson Bay Rd.


Lunch fundraiser

RUSSELL: Edwards-Knox's Leadership class will host a community lunch to raise money for books and pajamas for foster youth in St. Lawrence County for Christmas, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Russell Vol. Fire Department, 5 Pestle Street Rd.; $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12; spaghetti, lasagna, salad, bread, dessert; raffle items; class is still accepting monetary donations or product donations from local businesses to assist with this event; info: 315-562-8132 ext. 25402, [email protected].

Chicken, biscuits

CRARY MILLS: Crary Mills Tri Town Community Center hosting chicken and biscuit dinner on Dec. 8 starting at noon; dinner includes chicken, biscuit, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, coleslaw, beverage and dessert; adults $10, kids under 5 eat free (must be present), takeouts available; 315 267-6413; no dinner in January.

Ham dinner

NORWOOD: Ham dinner, noon-2 p.m., Dailey Ridge Church, 411 Elliott Rd.; ham, baked potato, green beans, cole slaw, applesauce, homemade rolls and desserts; adults $10, children 5-12 $5.

Breakfast with Santa

WADDINGTON: Breakfast with Santa 9-11 a.m. at Artworks Creperie Cafe, 2 Main St., for more info 315-388-4000; Kids cupcake frosting 1-3 p.m., $5 fee, Main Street Perc.