Seven things to do in the Rome region this week
1. The Rome Area Hunger Walk will be held on Sunday beginning and ending at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 502 W. Chestnut St. The annual walk raises funds to support agencies in the Rome area that provide services to families who are struggling to find food, shelter and employment. Registration is at 1 p.m. and the walk begins at 2 p.m. For the second year in a row, the RAHW is operating as an independent Hunger Walk under the sponsorship of First Presbyterian Church.
2. Sam Lebovic, author of “Free Speech and Unfree News: The Paradox of Press Freedom in America,” will present a lecture on the topic on Monday at 4 p.m., in the Red Pit, Kirner-Johnson Building, at Hamilton College. The lecture is free and open to the public. Lebovic is an assistant professor of history at George Mason University. He is a historian of American politics and culture, with particular interests in mass media, democracy, civil liberties, and the role of the U.S. in the world.
3. The Kallet Civic Center, 159 Main St., is showing the watercolor paintings of Roberta Schiavi through Oct. 27. The paintings will be shown in the Griffing Gallery 10-a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays and by appointment at 315-363-8525. The Kallet will host a free reception for Schiavi Monday from 6-8 p.m.
4. Craobh Dugan, the local branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, holds a traditional Irish music session on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Stockdale’s, 103 River St. The event is held on the third Tuesday of each month. The Session is free and open to all musicians who play acoustic traditional instrument such as fiddle, guitar, pennywhistle, accordion, mandolin, and tenor banjo. Spectators are encouraged to come to listen and enjoy an evening of traditional music.
5. Western Town Library is hosting local author William J. “Jay” O’Hern on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Adirondack author O’Hern’s “Adirondack Trout & Strawberry Pancakes” program invites participants to take a journey back to the old-time camps and homesteads to meet backwoods characters and see some of the rough shelters guides built. O’Hern will talk a little interest in Adirondack history and have copies of most of his 15 books to sell and sign. A complete listing of all the author’s titles is found at www.adkwildscom.com.
6. Rome Polish Home is marking Polish Heritage Month at City Hall on Thursday at 10 a.m. Following the flag raising ceremony, pierogies will be served inside. The event is free. Call 315-982-1229 for more information.
7. A forum on drugs in the community, with the theme “You can’t stop what you don’t know,” will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Adirondack Senior High School. The public is invited to the event which will include many local agencies to answer questions and provide information. The announcement said the “drug epidemic is in our area and we need to learn as much as we can to keep our community safe.”