The Metropolitan Opera will present "Samson and Dalila" at 12:55 p.m. Saturday in the Seelig Theatre on the SUNY Sullivan campus in Loch Sheldrake.

"The Met: Live in HD" is the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live simulcasts. It reaches more than 2,000 theaters in 70 countries, including SUNY Sullivan’s Seelig Theater.

The cast is gifted, the sets colorful and tickets are available. They are priced at $20 for adults, $10 for children 13 and under, and $10 for students with valid ID. Patrons can purchase tickets on the day of the performance. For information, call 434-5750.

Coming up

• The Walden Star Chapter 560 will host its roast pork dinner from 4:30-7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Wallkill Lodge, Main Street, Walden. A chair lift is available for those unable to climb stairs. The menu includes roast pork, mashed potatoes, carrots, red cabbage, rolls, applesauce, dessert, and beverage. Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and children 6-12. Others are free. For reservations, call 300-6799 or 778-5075. Sue Popp sent the dinner news our way from Florida. She is missed at meetings and events of the Chapter, but she’s happy in Florida and at 97 enjoys Susan and her family (John and George). Although George loves Grandma and thinks Florida is OK, he still misses his friends.

• A Soup and Bread Supper at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 31 W. Main St. in Port Jervis from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 3 will benefit the Youth Fund. The menu will consist of a choice of homemade soup from local restaurants, bread, homemade dessert and a choice of beverage. The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for ages 5-11, and free for ages 4 and under. The sit-down or takeout supper has been conducted in the past with great success.

• On Nov. 20, Newburgh Loaves & Fishes will hold its annual distribution of free Thanksgiving turkeys and holiday foods for about 1,000 preregistered Newburgh School District residents and families living in need. This year, it will cost about $40 to provide a family of four with a food basket. The organization is seeking donations to help defray expenses. Tax-deductible checks for any amount can be sent to Newburgh Loaves & Fishes Inc., P.O. Box 2844, Newburgh, NY 12550.

Adults are also needed to help set up from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 19 and to help distribute and clean up from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Newburgh Activity Center, 401 Washington St. If interested in volunteering, call Anne Vollmer at 845-401-8154 or email and leave your name, phone number, and day and time you’d prefer to work. The volunteer signup deadline is Nov. 16. Walk-ins are discouraged.

This & that

• Our firefighters, both volunteer and professional, are a great group of cut-ups. They’re serious when fighting fires and saving lives, but when the pressure is off they can relax at the firehouse and enjoy life. In putting together their 2019 calendar, they teamed with friends at Fire Department Chronicles to ensure a laugh on every page, and they’ve succeeded. The calendar sells for $19, a bargain when most yearly calendars, all from nonprofits, suggest between $50 and $150. Proceeds will benefit the department’s new initiative, the Fire Department Coffee Foundation. It was created to benefit injured or ill firefighters and other first responders when they need help the most. For information, visit To check out the calendar, visit

• The 8th annual Senior Safety Day Oct. 17 at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center, 2 Jefferson St. in Monticello, will focus on sepsis, the body's extreme response to an infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s a life-threatening medical emergency, triggering a potentially deadly chain reaction throughout the body. Speakers will be Rolland Bojo, Wendy Kirtack, and Undersheriff Eric Chaboty. It’s free, but reservations are suggested by calling 292-6180.

• Chris Early, the principal percussionist with the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra and a classical marimbist, will join with violinist Anastasia Solberg as VIOLent PERseCution in a memorial benefit concert in honor of Cecily Fortescue, the late WJFF-FM classical radio DJ, the Queen of Dead Air, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Market Street in Ellenville. All proceeds will go to the Cecily Fortescue Scholarship Fund to help provide musical education for students unable to afford instruments and lessons. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and free for children under 12.

Barbara Bedell’s column appears daily. She can be reached at 346-3125 or by email: