Sept. 25 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — St. John’s-St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Church Street, Canajoharie, announces a brand new event, a Health Fair.

Health professionals representing healthcare services from as far away as Utica will convene to promote well being and healthy choices for the community through demonstrations, early detection screenings and preventative information.

The Health Fair will be followed at 4:30 p.m., by an “Iron Chef” competition between Pastor Zach LaBagh of St. John’s-St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Canajoharie, and Pastor Nancy Ryan of the Reformed Church of Fort Plain, NY. Proceeds will benefit Manna House Meals and the Fulmont Food Bank. Information may be obtained by contacting either church office at (518) 673-2224 or (518) 993-4302.

Sept. 30, 2:30 p.m. — A chicken and ribs barbecue, along with a bake sale, will take place at the Canajoharie United Methodist Church. A half chicken is $5.50 and ribs are $7. Call-ins welcome.

Arkell Center

Daily activities taking place at Arkell Center during the month of September 2010 will be cards, dominos and reading.

Monday through Friday — Noon meals are provided by the Meals of Montgomery Program (M.O.M.). Reservations are required by noon of the previous day.

Tuesday, 2-4 p.m. — Second Time Around Big Band practice will be held. Listeners are welcome.

Wednesday, 3:00-4:00 p.m. — Gentle Yoga for seniors will be held with instructor, Sylvia Wohlgemuth.

Special Events-Arkell Center

Sept. 17, 1:30 p.m. — A public card party will be held. Donation is $2 with prizes and refreshments.

Sept. 21, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — The Montgomery County Public Health Department Blood Pressure Clinic will be sponsored by the Montgomery County Office For Aging.

Sept. 28 and Sept. 30, Noon-4 p.m. — An AARP Defensive Driving Course with instructor Mr. Halsey Truesdale will be held. Currently, there are a few spaces available in the September class.

Meetings-Arkell Center

Sept. 17, 12:45 p.m. — Canajoharie Senior Citizens Club meetings will be held.

Fort Plain

Weekly Events

Tuesdays — AA group is once again meeting at The Reformed Church in the Fellowship Hall at 7 p.m.

Every other Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. — The Fort Plain-Nelliston Senior Center holds a pinochle tournament with prizes, sandwiches, cake and ice cream. For those of you who do not know the game of pinochle, come in any week day morning and lessons will be available. More players are always welcome. The game is easy and fun. Call 993-3432 for details.

Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. — Veteran employment representative at VFW Earl Stock Memorial Post 3275.

Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. — TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Fast Track Support Group is now meeting at a new location which is the Reformed Church, 165 Canal St. For more information, please call Geri Raymond, 673-2318 or Margaret Miller, (518) 673-5979.

2nd Thursday of each month the Fort Plain Community Activity Council will meet at the Village Hall at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

3rd Wednesday of each month the Fort Plain Autism Support Group will meet at the Fort Plain United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. For more information call (518) 993-4353.

Every Monday Thursday and Friday is baked goods, Fort Plain Fulmont Community Action Agency, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Please bring your own bags. People may sign up for Child Health Plus with Vicki Morgan every other Friday at the center by appointment only. Please call Vicki at 773-5419 for an appointment.

The Fort Plain Village Planning Board will hold its regular meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Saturdays, 10-11 a.m. — Preschool Story Hours at the Fort Plain Library. No registration is required for this free, drop-in event. For further information, please call the Fort Plain Free Library at (518) 993-4646 during regular library hours.

Saturdays/Sundays, 5 p.m. — Manna Meals served free of charge at Reformed Church, 165 Canal St. All welcome.

Saturdays — The Fort Plain Senior Center will hold art classes. The instructor will be A. Williams. Call (518) 993-3432 to sign up.

Fort Plain

Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — A fall vendors market will be held in Haslett Park, Fort Plain. There will be vendors, crafters, music, food, prizes from area merchants and much more. Canal Street sidewalk sales will also take place. For more information contact Sue Kilmartin, Fort Plain Area Merchants, at (518) 993-4170.

Sept. 18, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. — The Salem United Methodist Church will hold their annual church auction at the church located on 1254 Stone Arabia Road. Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. and the auction will begin at 1 p.m. There will be new and used items, garden produce, baked goods, pies, chocolate jumbles and more. For any questions contact Jill Erhardt at 727-6306.

Sept, 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. — The Fort Plain Free Library will host a reading/discussion of Jeannette Walls’ acclaimed memoir “The Glass Castle.” The discussion is scheduled at the library and will be facilitated by Jennifer Hill. In “The Glass Castle,” walls chronicles her upbringing at the hands of eccentric, nomadic parents Rose Mary, her frustrated artist mother and Rex her brilliant alcoholic father. Copies of the book are available for loan at the Fort Plain Free Library. For further information call the library at (518) 993-4636 during regular business hours.

Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 — The Fort Plain United Methodist Church, located on 39 Center Street, will hold their fall rummage sale. The hours for Oct. 1 will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. A daily $1 bag sale will be held. For any questions contact Marilyn Haggerty at (518) 993-3863.


Weekly Events

Second Mondays, 7 p.m. — Nelliston Activities Council meeting at village office. All welcome.

Nelliston Village Board meetings — Third Thursdays of each month at 6:30 p.m., 11 River St.

St. Johnsville

Weekly Events

Third Thursdays, 2-3 p.m. — A Caregiver Support Group will meet in the rehab kitchen at the St. Johnsville Rehab and Nursing Center, 7 Timmerman Ave., St. Johnsville. Contact Lisa Hubbard at (518) 568-5037, Ext. 226 for more information or e-mail

St. Johnsville

Sept. 18, 4-7 p.m. — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, next to NBT Bank, is sponsoring their annual baked ham and fritter dinner. The menu will consist of ham with maple syrup, scalloped potatoes, macaroni salad, three bean salad, pasta salad, assorted desserts and beverages. This will be served family style. The cost for adults is $10, children 6-12 $5 and children 5 and under free. For further information contact Rev. David A. Johnson, Pastor at (518) 568-3007.

Sept. 19, 12 to 4 p.m. — Stowdale Farm, 1545 Kennedy Road, St. Johnsville, will host this year’s Sundae on the Farm event.

The event will feature free admission, ice cream sundaes, children’s games and live music, including four great bands. You can also see a dairy princess demonstrate how to make butter, and the event will also feature a live milking contest.

For a fee, the event also offers face painting, scenic tractor pulled wagon rides, a chicken barbecue and a food booth.

Sept. 25, 4-7 p.m. — Our Lady of Hope Catholic Community Church will sponsor a ziti dinner at the Parish Hall on 30 Center St. in St Johnsville. Take-outs will be available. The menu will include baked ziti with meatballs and sausage, tossed salad, garlic bread, dessert and hot or cold beverages. Tickets are priced at $8 for adults and $4 for children aged 10 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the door and will also be available at Curley’s Video in St. Johnsville, Melissa’s CafÈ in Canajoharie or at Kirkpatrick’s Law Office in Fort Plain.

Sept. 26, 4-7 p.m. — The Palatine Settlement Society invites you to attend “Evening at the Tavern” to be held at the historic 1747 Nellis Tavern on State Route 5 in St. Johnsville. The evening will feature the dedication of both a new exterior sign and the restored tavern room bar and fireplace. The evening will feature Ron Burch playing period music on the harpsichord amidst the glow of candlelight. A variety of hot and cold appetizers, numerous wines and select beers will be served. Tickets available in advance, are $15 per person or $25 per couple, with a limited number of tickets available at the door. Tours of the historic 1747 Nellis Tavern/Homestead will also be conducted. For more information or tickets contact Joan at 842-6400 or Mary (315) 866-2619.

Oct. 7 and Nov. 4, 6-7:30 p.m. — The St. Johnsville Rehab and Nursing Center is welcoming the Alzheimer’s Association Coping Keys-knowledge, education and support. This is a three-part interactive program designed to help families better understand Alzheimer’s disease and to provide tips and tools for managing challenging communication and behavior issues. All of the programs will be held at the center located on 7 Timmerman Ave. This program is free of charge and refreshments will be served. Program registration is required by calling Lisa Hubbard at (518) 568-5037 or Jamie Mitchell at 438-2217, Ext. 209 or by e-mail to