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24th Annual Sauerbraten Dinner

11/1   12 noon to 3 pm

 Take outs will be available. Adults $9, $3 for kids 6 to 12 and free for kids under 6. St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 873 DeWitt St, Syracuse. Call 479-9912 for more details.

Tree Lighting

11/27   6:30 pm

Live band, Santa will be visiting, skating until 8:30, $3 rental, $3 admission. Clinton Square, Syracuse.

Tree Lighting

11/28   5 pm

Arrival of Santa, events & entertainment. Civic Center, West 1st Street, Oswego.

“Comedy With A Cause”/ OnCenter

11/28   8 pm

Headlining the show is comedian and actor Michael Blackson. who will be joined by comedians John Moses and Crazy Jay. Tickets on sale at the Solvay Bank Box Office at the Oncenter, 760 S State St, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or through Guests are encouraged to bring non perishable items to the show to benefit Precious Lilies and Faith & Hope Community Center.

10th Annual CNY Wine & Chocolate Festival

11/28 3 pm to 9 pm

Come out and sample wines from dozens of NYS wineries & distilleries. Nibble on a delectable treats, browse fabulous gifts, and listen to fantastic music by “Prime Time Unplugged” Tickets are $20, Designated Drivers $10. Free wine samples are included in the price. NYS Fairgrounds, Exhibit Center.

Breakfast with Santa

11/29  8 to 11 am

Hannibal Fire Company, 155 Oswego St, Hannibal. Photos with Santa, $7.

Giving Tuesday


 Proceeds from sales at UNO’s Pizzeria & Grill at Destiny USA will going to the Learning Center Association of CNY.

Tree Lighting

12/3   5 to 8 pm   (Tree Lighting at 5:30 PM)

Children can make crafts in Santa’s workshop, entertainment, free refreshments, photos and free gifts from Santa!  Fulton Municipal Building, South 1st Street.

Central New York Family Bicycle Giveaway Christmas 2015 Event

11/14 through 12/17

The location for the bicycle drop off will be at the NYS Fairgrounds International Building this year. Drop offs may be made between 10 am and 7 pm , seven days a week. The last drop off day is December 17th. In addition to bicycles, they are also looking for any used toys, ride alongs and bicycle helmets. In addition, they are also in great need of financial donations so tires, tubes and lubricants may be purchased for the refurbished bicycles. The donations are tax deductible and may be sent to Central New York Family Bicycle Giveaway. 319 Barrington Rd, Syracuse, NY 13214. They are also looking for volunteers of any skill level. Sometimes organizations and companies are looking to showcase and volunteer their help. Please call Jan Maloff 446-7570 for more information.

200 Years of Canal History

6/29 to 7/5   10 to 5 Monday through Saturday, 10 to 3 pm on Sunday (They will be closed on Saturday 7/4 for the holiday)

Erie Canal museum, 318 Erie Blvd, Syracuse. Free but a $4 donation is requested. 471-0593 or

Tots on Skates

11/10  Every Tuesday 9:30 am to 11:30 through February 23rd 2016

$4 for helmet rental, admission & hot chocolate. Due to the limited amount of youth skates, please be prepared to bring your child’s skates with you. All children skating are required to wear a helmet. Meachem Ice Rink, 121 W Seneca Turnpike.

Volunteer Drivers Needed


Over 20 years ago, Congress cut funding for the VA’s Beneficiary Travel program. It was the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) who stepped up to fill this need. The DAV Transportation Network is in need of volunteers to provide transportation for veterans who are either incapable of driving themselves, have no family members or friends who are able to do so for them, to and from their appointments at VA-approved facilities. Successful candidates  must: Pass a minor physical, undergo a background check, complete a VA Volunteer application, have a valid driver’s license and have no DUIs or DWIs. This process will all be done though the Syracuse VA Medical Center.Please call the DAV HSC at 315-425-4353 or DAV Driver Recruiter at 315-425-4343, or stop by the Syracuse VA Medical Center, Room A174 and find out how you can help! This organization serves 14 counties , vans in the Syracuse area are in service between 6 am to 2 pm, Monday though Friday, vans coming in from greater distances may have earlier start times. Syracuse VA Medical Center, CNY Regional DAV Office,800 Irving Ave, Syracuse, NY (Closed Weekends & Government Holidays.)

Music for the Mission


Music for the Mission is a non profit organization formed by Joe Stanley of Joe Stanley Law and his team 4 years ago. They partner with and support organizations such as the Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, ARISE, Urban Mission and more.

People have lost their homes. They’ve lost their jobs, their livelihoods, their dignity. Look at the person sitting next to you. This person is educated, bright, maybe lives in the suburbs, supports a family of four.One misstep and your neighbor could be reaching out to The Mission next month for help. There are many wonderful causes and charities you and your business can donate to. Today we ask you to consider helping to fulfill the most basic of human needs: food and shelter.


“We’ll keep fighting and doing everything we can to get this man what he rightfully deserves… his own identity!” says Joe Stanley. “There are countless stories I’ve learned and I’ve worked to help make right or make some measure of difference over the years. We have to put a face on the homeless and the hungry. It’s not just happening to ‘that guy or that bum’. Many of these people had productive lives, families, homes. A loss of a job, a bad divorce, the loss of a spouse, there are so many reasons why this happens to someone. No one is immune! You just can’t sit back and think ‘it’ll never happen to me’.


Let’s fight this together because that is the only way we will win this battle!


Joe Stanley

Founder of Music For The Mission

To learn more about this organization and learn of upcoming events please go to!blog/c97