Seven things to do in the Rome region this week


1. The Stanley Theatre’s fourth annual Riggies, Greens and Rock event will take place noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Celebrate one of Central New York’s best culinary experiences: riggies and Utica greens accompanied by acoustic rock. Local musicians, including Jerry Dee and The Dovetones, Max Scialdone, John Keller and Dan Phillips, and The Other Guys, Rocky Graziano and Mike Peek, will provide the entertainment during acoustic sets. The event will feature food from Ancora!, Aqua Vino, Bella Regina, Daniele’s at Valley View, Old School, DiCastro’s, Tiny’s Grill and more. This event is a fundraiser for The Stanley. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Children age 8 and under get in free. Call 315-724-4000 or go to

2. Harvey Materials will again sponsor a “Wine Tasting Extravaganza” from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Leon R. Roberts Post American Legion to benefit Foothills Rural Community programs. A $10 donation will be taken at the door for Foothills programming, including the local food pantry. Attendees will have a variety of cheeses and chocolates to taste as well, along with several wines from throughout the area. Entertainment will be provided by local musician Tim Parker on keyboard. There will also be opportunities to buy raffle tickets on gift cards, theme baskets and products from local businesses, as well as a 50/50 raffle.

3. Preschool Story Hour continues at 1 p.m. on Mondays starting Jan. 22 at the Didymus Thomas Library, 9639 Main St., Remsen. All preschool children are welcome and encouraged to come to the library for an hour of listening to stories and making new friends.

4. There will be a public open house for the Retooling Rome for Smart Growth project including the draft Zoning Code and Zoning Map Monday through Friday each day from noon to 2 p.m., in the Common Council chambers at City Hall. There will be an additional open house 5-6 p.m. on Wednesday in the same location.

5. Open Game Night will be hosted by Ava Dorfman Senior Center, 305 E. Locust St., from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. Those who attend may bring their favorite game or choose from those available at the senior center. All may attend.

6. The Other Side Gallery, 2011 Genesee St., Utica, will host “At the Opera: An Introduction to Puccini’s ‘Tosca’” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Lou Santacroce, former host of National Public Radio’s At The Opera, will offer an enlightening and timely presentation on Puccini’s “Tosca.” The talk is free. For more information, contact Kim at 315-735-3825 or

7. The Gibson Brothers’ brand of bluegrass will be at Kirkland Art Center, 9 1/2 E. Park Row, on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online on the Kirkland Art Center Facebook page, at, and over the phone. Tickets are $28, $25 for members. For more information, visit, or call 315-853-8871. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.


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