Seven things to do in the Rome region this week

Published Feb 23, 2018 at 6:00am

1. The Dodge Pratt Northam Art and Community Center and Erwin Library, both located in Boonville, have teamed up to promote “New York State’s Creating Healthy Schools and Communities” Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES initiative with the Oneida County Health Department. The center will kick off its program on Wednesday with the after-school STEAM students’ performance of “A Very Hungry Caterpillar Puppet Show” at 4 p.m.

2. Australia’s Human Nature will perform at Turning Stone Resort Casino on Thursday at 8 p.m. Tickets are currently on sale online at

3. America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk, and Heart Weekend at Utica College will be held Friday and Saturday. Parking for the Healthy For Good Expo on Friday will be available at one location. Expo participants should park at the American Heart Association office at 125 Business Park Drive in Utica. Free shuttle buses will be available throughout the expo, which runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Heart Run & Walk will be held on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Utica College. Parking will be available at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and the American Heart Association in the Utica Business Park, as well as Utica National Insurance Group and National Grid.

4. “Lynette Stephenson Paintings,” an art exhibit, runs Friday through March 25 at The Other Side Gallery, 2011 Genesee St., Utica. There will be an opening reception at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Gallery hours are Thursdays 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays noon-2 p.m. or by appointment.

5. The Colgate University Theater production “R & J & Z” takes place on Friday and Saturday. All showings are at 7 p.m., and are free and open to the public though reservations are recommended. Performances are held in Brehmer Theatre at Dana Arts Center on the Colgate campus. Ticket reservations can be made at

6. The Hamilton College Department of Dance and Movement Studies will present its annual Spring Dance Concert on Friday and Saturday with both show times at 7:30 p.m., in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and Performing Arts on the Hamilton campus. The performance will feature Hamilton student dancers and choreography by Hamilton faculty Sandra Stanton-Cotter, Bruce Walczyk and Paris Wilcox, Hamilton College seniors Kate Gwydir and Victoria Slack, in addition to guest choreographer John Castagna. Tickets for this event are $5, $3 for senior citizens and students. For more information call 315-859-4331 or visit

7. View Arts Center, 3273 Route 28, will hold a silk marbling and painting workshop starting Saturday at 10 a.m. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. The cost for the workshop is $80, $75 for View members. Registration deadline is Friday. To register, go online or call 315-369-6411. Participants will learn the artistic technique to create a marbled silk scarf. They will also learn how to paint on silk using dyes and resist.