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Local artisans will inspire holiday shopping at 23rd annual Yuletide in the Country Holiday Market

Local artisans will inspire holiday shopping at 23rd annual Yuletide in the Country Holiday Market

Western New Yorkers can grow their holiday spirit while buying local on Dec. 2 and 3 as the 23rd annual Yuletide in the Country Holiday Artisan Market returns to the Event Center at the Hamburg Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. This year’s event will feature more than 150 predominately local artists!  

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Support Audubon’s Nature Play Fund on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28

Support Audubon’s Nature Play Fund on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28

Jamestown, N.Y. – If you are one of those folks who looks for a worthy cause to support during the holidays, Audubon Community Nature Center knows how you can help kids in a big way.

A growing body of research finds that free, unstructured play benefits kids socially, physically, emotionally and academically.

With a contribution to the Nature Play Fund on Giving Tuesday, November 28, you will join with Audubon to invest in kids and their wellbeing. You will be supporting Little Explorers, Nature Play Days, and the Nature Play Area at the Nature Center

Donations on this international day of giving will go directly to enriching children’s activities. A total of $2,400 will provide affordable programming for a year. More will help sprinkle the Nature Play Area with materials that spark curiosity and imagination.

Each donor will receive a voucher good for one child admission to Little Explorers or a Nature Play Day.

Youth Symphony Launches Fund Drive for 31th Season

Youth Symphony Launches Fund Drive for 31th Season

Jamestown, NY – “We know that music changes lives, and we’re excited to be part of that.”

With those words, Nancy Larson, the newly-elected president of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS), talked about plans for the upcoming season and the importance of music education in a child’s development.

Larson continued, “So many studies have shown the positive impact that music education has for children, from boosting reading and language skills to improving lifelong success. We’re thrilled to be contributing to that process and welcome the community’s support of our work.”

At their November meeting, CRYS board members launched their annual fund drive for 2017-2018, the organization’s 31st season. Letters were sent to previous contributors as well as to prospective donors.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation

Calling all MUSIC, ART, DANCE, THEATER, AND LITERATURE lovers!!! 

Join us at the Infinity Center for a new student orientation! 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017

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Celebrate the Holiday Season at the Annual Roycrofters-At-Large Winter Festival

Celebrate the Holiday Season at the Annual Roycrofters-At-Large Winter Festival

Nearly three dozen juried artisans from near and far will come together from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3 for the 41st annual Roycroft Winter Festival! This highly anticipated Western New York holiday tradition will take place in East Aurora Middle School, located at 430 Main St. in the village.

The juried artisans, including several Roycroft Artisans and Master Artisans, will offer a wide variety of beautifully handcrafted items. Artisans taking part in the event offer everything from jewelry, wood, clay and books to metal, tile, glass, leather, pottery, sculpture and more. 

You Are Invited to Audubon Nature Play Day Sunday, November 19

You Are Invited to Audubon Nature Play Day Sunday, November 19

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center invites you and the young one(s) in your life to explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment and learn how to continue the nature play experience at home.

On Sunday afternoon, November 19, 2017, you can come and play outside with a naturalist and enjoy a Nature Play Day.

Children aged two to eight and their favorite grownups can drop in Audubon’s Nature Play Area anytime from 1 to 4 p.m.  

Extra materials will be placed in the play area such as mud kitchen equipment, hammocks, weaving material or natural building materials. A naturalist will be present to answer questions and provide information.

WNY Children’s Book Expo to Host Authors From Around the Globe

WNY Children’s Book Expo to Host Authors From Around the Globe

The WNY Children’s Book Expo, presented by Monkey See Monkey Do … Children’s Bookstore in Clarence, has released an extensive list of authors and presenters scheduled to take part in the Expo on Saturday, Nov. 11. This free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in downtown Buffalo.

Featured authors at the BlueCross BlueShield of WNY Main Stage, Room 106B, will include: 

• 10:10 – 10:35 a.m., Barney Saltzberg, Explore your World: Find Art Everywhere 

• 10:45 – 11:10 a.m., Nick Bruel, Explore the World of Storytelling with Bad Kitty! 

• 11:20 – 11:45 a.m., Jennifer Hanson Rolli, Explore Moths and Butterflies … Alike but Different!