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Wadhams is jumping this weekend, what with the 4-mile BRASS cookie run starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 and the CATS hike from Wadhams to Essex on Sunday, Oct. 13 starting at 11 a.m. Participants for both events are to meet at (where else?) Dogwood Bread Company in central downtown Wadhams. For more information, see last week’s column and the one before.

Do you have a story to tell? Mary Beth Coudal’s Adirondack Writer’s Retreat at Skenewood will be held Oct. 17-20 and offers you the serene atmosphere and collegial feedback that can help you on your way. For more information or to register, visit Mary Beth’s web site at bootcamp4writers.com.

The rescued horses at the Fairgrounds still need lots of volunteers to care for them. Call LeeAnn Hoskins at 812-1919 to get on the volunteer chore schedule or email her at leeannhoskins93@gmail.com. You can also send help out with a tax-deductible donation by making out a check to the Essex County Treasurer’s Office with “Horse Care” on the memo line and sending it to the treasurer’s office at P.O. Box 217, Elizabethtown, N.Y., 12932.

Caroline Thompson’s famous Monday afternoon Dance Movement classes for children ages four and up are back, starting Oct. 21 at the Heritage House. This is the 32nd year that the Youth Commission has sponsored these classes as part of its afterschool programs. Registration and first class for 4-6 year olds begins at 3:15 p.m. and for ages 7 and up at 4:15 p.m. Classes run through May, and you can sign your kids up anytime till February. The enrollment fee of $25 per child ($45 for students who live outside the town line or school district) is due at registration, and scholarships are available.

The classes will be held on Mondays only when school is open. No school, no class. Students should wear tights, body suits, or leotards with ballet or gym shoes, or footless ones without shoes. In other words, footwear is preferable but barefeet are ok. What is not allowed is socks or tights etc. with feet but no shoes. The floor is slippery, folks. And please, Caroline says, no tutus.

Dang. That lets me out.

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