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The Oswego-Fulton chamber of Commerce is putting on “A Night of the Stars” from 6 to 8 p.m. May 12 in the Sheldon Ballroom at SUNY Oswego.

Tickets are $20 for chamber members and $25 for non-chamber members. They are available on the chamber website at www.oswegofultonchamber.com under the events tab.

The event is a celebration of small businesses as a kick off to Small business Week.

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Businesses, attractions and citizens across Oswego County are encouraged to take advantage of a free hospitality training session from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 19.

Hosted by the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, 56 E. First St., Oswego, the half-day program is designed to increase the tourism and hospitality knowledge of front-line staff of Oswego County businesses and attractions.

The program begins with a one-hour overview of the region, including points of interest, upcoming events and activities, and local resources of information.

Following a short break there will be guided tours of the new Lake Ontario Conference Center expansion. After the tours, keynote speaker Lynn “Spike” Herzig of Geneva will give a presentation on hospitality training and the visitor experience.

There is no charge to attend. To register, visit www.oswegocountytap.com or call the Oswego County Tourism Office weekdays at 349-8322.

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The counting and collecting is done, and organizers raised about $94,100 at the March 30 St. Baldrick’s Day in Oswego County head-shaving event.

The money is used to find a cure for childhood cancer.

This year marked the eighth annual event and in those eight campaigns, more than $360,000 has been raised for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

The goal for 2014 was to collect $100,000, but committee members aren’t disappointed about falling just short of that goal.

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The Oswego Valley ATV Club will host a Best Hand Ride May 17.

The event will be open to the public. Only registered and insured ATVs will be allowed on trails — no dirt bikes. Please bring your registration and insurance card with you.

Registrations are from 9 to 11 a.m. at  Dad’s Diner parking lot, corner of State Route 3 and Route 104 in Hannibal, or TC’s Place, Route 34, Cato.

At registration, participants will receive a map with all the stops marked on it.

If you would like more information on the ride or the club, visit  www.oswegovalleyatvclub.com or on Face book @ Oswego Valley ATV.

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     A boating safety course is being offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday May 17 by the The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 24 in Oswego.

The course is being held at the Sandy Pond Sportsman Association, County Route 15, Sandy Creek.

Those completing the course will receive a Boating Safety Certificate. The cost is $35 and pre-registration is required by calling 598-7854.

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The Oswego Veteran of the Year dinner for former Oswego Councilor John M. Canale will be held at the Ancient Order of Hibernians located at One Munn Street Oswego at 6 p.m. Saturday May 24.

Canale’s dinner will start with a social hour at 6 p.m. with dinner to be served at 7 p.m. Several guest dignitaries have been invited.

For more information and tickets for the event, call Dave Rice at 591-5195 or Jim Fitzgerald at 342-1586.

Canale is a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.

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A country barn dance is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at the Phoenix fire barn on Main Street.

Music is by “American Eagle Band,” “Barry Newman and Gray Hound Band” and “Jesse Derringer.” All proceeds benefit the Morgan Family Tired of Cancer Relay for Life team.

There will be 50.50 drawings and door prizes. Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase.

Call Madalyn Morgan at 695-4654 for more information.

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The New York State Muzzleloaders Association will have its spring encampment and shoot May 23 through 26 at the Oxford Rod & Gun Club in Oxford.

For more information, go to www.oxfordrodgun.com or call (607) 656-8882.

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The Sunshine Community & Child Care Center is putting on its Summer Gratitude Gala 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday June 14.

Vendors, activities, tie-dye, arts and crafts, parking lot sale, food, music and nonalcoholic beverages will be available.

There also will be a cutest pet contest, bounce houses and a cutest prince and princess contest.

Vendor registration packets available at Sunshine Center at 561-7861

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Local resident Wendi Starusnak will discuss her first novel, “Detached,” from 6 to 8 p.m. June 16 at the Phoenix Public Library.

Starusnak will discuss the book, answer questions and will sign and sell copies. Refreshments will be served.

“Detached” contains mature content and subject matter and is not recommended for those under the age of 18.

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