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Three bands ramble Saturday

Bill Knowlton's "Bluegrass Ramble," Central New York's only all-bluegrass and old-time acoustic country music radio show marks its 38th birthday on Saturday Jan 8 with a free concert. From 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday Knowlton will recreate an old-time radio barn dance complete with a studio audience and three bands, at the studios of WCNY-FM, 506 Old Liverpool Road, in Galeville.

Saturday's barn dance will feature Ovid's Rebecca Colleen & The Chore Lads, Syracuse folk musician Larry Hoyt & His Good Acoustics, and a gathering of local bluegrass veterans will appear as Lost Time.

The radio "Ramble" is free; no tickets or reservations are required for this family-oriented musical afternoon; 457-6100.

"Bluegrass Ramble," airs from 9 p.m. to midnight every Sunday over WCNY-FM 91.3.

Humor and food in focus

Yvonne Conte thinks you need a good sense of humor to get through life.

The WSEN radio personality who works as a stress-management consultant will discuss her newest book "Cry, Laugh, Cook!" at 7 p.m. Thursday Jan. 13 at Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St. at the corner of Second Street, in Liverpool.

Conte's presentation is part of the library's Recipe for a Better Life series.

"Cry, Laugh, Cook!" is a collection of funny stories, family recipes and tips demonstrating the health benefits of positive thinking and laughter. If you're more interested in food than fun, recipes from Conte's book will be prepared and served at the library.

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