A reception from 2-4 p.m. Sunday will open two exhibits at SUNY Orange's Orange Hall Gallery on the Middletown campus.

A reception from 2-4 p.m. Sunday will open two exhibits at SUNY Orange's Orange Hall Gallery on the Middletown campus.

A multimedia show in the main gallery titled "The Basha Kill — A Quiet Treasure," will feature 125 works by 35 artists. During the reception, information will be available on the Bashakill, a 3,000-acre wetland that is home to close to 200 species of birds, 30 varieties of fish, 40 species of reptiles and amphibians, and innumerable plants, mammals and insects.

In the Loft Gallery is a one-person exhibit by Andy Conrad titled "Painting With Light: Photography — An Eclectic Mix."

Conrad, a Pike County, Pa., resident with a lifelong interest in photography, has lived in many areas of the country. His focus is "interesting subjects that include color, composition, contrast, lighting and texture." The gallery is hung with 50 of his works created by using not only early-issue digital cameras but also the more sophisticated models now available.

Both exhibits will be on view through March 27. Call the college's Cultural Affairs office at 341-4891 or visit the Web site at www.sunyorange.edu/lyceum.

The second charity basketball event between two church fellowships will be Saturday at Washingtonville High School. Doors open at 5:15 p.m.; game time is 6.

The Risen Sports Ministry of the Solid Rock Church of God in New Windsor, led by Kevin Armstrong, a ministry leader, will play the Upward Basketball Circleville Coaches, led by Greg Jalosyznski of the Circleville Church, where his father is pastor.

Proceeds from the tickets will be split, with Circleville's portion going toward a mission trip to Cleveland this summer to set up a sports camp for underprivileged youths. The Solid Rock portion will be used to start a communitywide basketball league for people 15 and older in the Washingtonville-New Windsor-Newburgh-Cornwall area.

Tickets are $8 for those 14 and older, and $4 for others. Snacks and refreshments will be available.

For information, call Armstrong at 914-213-8437 or visit the Web site at www.solidrockcog.com.

The sixth annual spaghetti dinner to benefit St. Joseph's School on Cottage Street in Middletown will be from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at DiStefano's Old Erie Pub and Grill, 7-11 W. Main St. in Middletown.

The event is co-hosted by former Middletown Mayor Joe DeStefano and his family, longtime supporters of the school. Each year a good-sized crowd attends the event, which features a hearty and affordable meal and lots of hospitality.

Tickets, which are $8, $4 for children, are available through the school or by calling Richard Jackson, the principal, at 343-3139. Tickets also will be available at the door.

The Tuxedo Performing Arts Group will offer a program at 7 p.m. March 8 at the Baker High School Auditorium. Participating will be local professionals including Anthony Daino, opera singer; JC Cassis, cabaret singer; and the 23-member Orange County Music Educators Association Wind Ensemble directed by Richard F. Regan.

Daino will be accompanied on piano by David Maiullo, and Cassis will be accompanied by guitarist Socrates Cruz.

A coffee and dessert reception will follow the performance.

General admission is $10; student tickets are $5.

For information, call 351-3473 or visit the Web site at www.tuxedoperformingarts.org.

A corned beef dinner and dance March 9 will carry a St. Patrick's Day theme with entertainment by Rich Wilson. The event is hosted by St. Joseph the Worker Council 471, Knights of Columbus, and will be conducted at the council's hall at 61-63 Seward Ave. in Port Jervis.

For information, call 856-0529.

It will be a "left-handed" Gordon Shacklett pre-concert preview at 7 p.m. March 15 at Newburgh Free Academy, no pun intended. The popular cellist for the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra fell after the last performance while walking down a few steps. He broke his right shoulder but saved his cello! For obvious reasons he won't be playing in the concert, which is welcoming back Vladimir Pleshakov, the internationally celebrated pianist, but Shacklett's public won't let him sit out the pre-concert preview, which is a wonderful introduction to the music and enjoyable for all ages.

Tickets are $25 for reserved seating. General admission is $20, $15 for senior citizens, $10 for students 7 and older. Others are admitted free. For information, call 913-7157 or visit www.newburghsymphony.org.

The "Real New York Style Latin Jazz" program with Willie Martinez and La Familia Sextet was postponed Feb. 22 at SUNY Orange in Middletown because of bad weather. It has been rescheduled for 8 p.m. March 14 at the college's Orange Hall. Tickets are $10, $7 for senior citizens; all students are admitted free.

The free master class with the artists will be from noon-1:30 p.m. in Room 23 of Orange Hall. The public is invited.

For information, call 341-4891.

Barbara Bedell's column appears daily. Call her at 346-3125.