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United Arts Appeal Accepting Grant Applications

United Arts Appeal Accepting Grant Applications

Jamestown, NY – The United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County (UAA) is accepting applications from Chautauqua County artists and organizations for its 2017 Projects Pool Grants Program. 

As UAA president Shane Hawkins explained, “Every year a portion of the funds the United Arts Appeal raises is awarded to individual artists and artistic projects for the purpose of enhancing the cultural life of Chautauqua County.”  

Eligible organizations must have non-profit status and may include libraries, municipalities, churches, and other community groups. 

An artist who has been a Chautauqua County resident for at least one year and works in any artistic discipline, including but not limited to crafts, dance, film, fiction, poetry, printmaking, sculpture, painting, video, play writing, performance, music composition and photography, may apply for a Projects Pool grant. Awards are based on creative excellence and are to be used for career development. 

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Batavia Downs to Host Sports Collectors Expo in February

Batavia Downs to Host Sports Collectors Expo in February

A huge lineup of professional athletes — including several Hall of Famers and members of the Buffalo Bills, Braves and Sabres — are scheduled to appear at the Sports Collectors Expo Feb. 18 and 19 in Batavia. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Batavia Downs Gaming Center, 8315 Park Road, Batavia.

Time to Order Audubon Birdseed

Time to Order Audubon Birdseed

Jamestown, NY – It’s not easy for wild birds to find food this time of year.

Putting out a feeder and keeping it filled is good for the birds and those who feed them. Watching these beautiful creatures from the comfort of our homes can bring optimism to our days and introduce young people to the natural world.

Monday, January 30, 2017, is the deadline for ordering bird seed and related treats from the Audubon Community Nature Center’s Winter Birdseed Sale. 

You have a variety of seeds to choose from, with the most popular being Audubon’s exclusively formulated Conewango Blend, designed to attract local birds. Specialty seeds, cakes, and other selections are also available. 

Audubon finds the best birdseed mixes at affordable prices, and all proceeds benefit its programs, exhibits, buildings and grounds. Friends of the Nature Center receive a 10% discount on all purchases.

Youth Symphony Receives Community Foundation Grant

Youth Symphony Receives Community Foundation Grant

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) has received a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for a spring enrichment experience for its musicians.

The grant will help cover the expenses for a trip to hear the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra perform “Star Wars and More: The Best of John Williams.” The trip will include supper at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and a “backstage” get-together with some of the orchestra members.

“We are so grateful for this support from the Community Foundation,” said CRYS board president Katie Derrenbacher, “and this will be such a wonderful opportunity for our students!”

The award comes from the Karl Peterson Field of Interest Fund.

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Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery Lists Exhibits, Classes and Workshops

Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery Lists Exhibits, Classes and Workshops

A wide variety of classes and events are planned at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery, located at 1168 Orchard Park Road in West Seneca.

Acrylic painting with Bernice Smith will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays during January and into February beginning Jan. 17. This class is for beginners to intermediate students looking for something new or a new way to look at acrylic painting. Classes will continue on Jan. 24, 31 and Feb. 14 and the cost is $80. A supply list can be found on the gallery’s website.

Rural Outreach Center Serves Multiple Families During Holiday Season

Rural Outreach Center Serves Multiple Families During Holiday Season

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), an East Aurora-based nonprofit organization dedicated to ending rural poverty in southern Erie County and surrounding areas and assisting, empowering and elevating individuals to self-sufficiency, assisted numerous local families throughout the holiday season.

“The Rural Outreach Center invited 51 families and over 90 children to receive donated gifts for Christmas,” said ROC Executive Director Frank Cerny. “Families were selected primarily on their work in setting and working toward personal goals toward self-sufficiency as this is part of the ROC’s model of assisting, empowering and elevating participants.”

More than 70 individuals and organizations helped make this happen by purchasing thousands of dollars in gifts, gift cards and non-food items for distribution. “The community response was overwhelming,” Cerny added.

Daemen’s Sustainability Program Ranked No. 1 Among Small Colleges

Daemen’s Sustainability Program Ranked No. 1 Among Small Colleges

Daemen College’s unique Global and Local Sustainability Program has earned the top ranking in the nation among the “Best Value Small Colleges for an Environmental Science Degree,” making it the only Western New York college to be named to the list.

The 2017 ranking has been announced by Best Value Small Colleges, an online guide to the best values in college education in the country.

“We are proud to have this exceptional degree program ranked the best in the nation and to be recognized for offering a high-quality education at an affordable cost to our students,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “This top honor truly reflects the program’s academic excellence in preparing students to foster the social, environmental, and economic well-being of our communities.”