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Youth Symphony Making Changes, Recruiting Manager

Youth Symphony Making Changes, Recruiting Manager

Jamestown, NY – Following their recent Spring Gala Concert at Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall, the board of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) is announcing some new directions.

“Circumstances change over time, and we are changing with them,” said board president Tanya Anderson.

Anderson noted that the closing a few years ago of the Suzuki Strings program in the Jamestown Public Schools has made a difference in the ages at which students reach different performance levels. At the same time, student musicians have a lot of demands on their time.

“After careful examination and much thought,” Anderson said, “we are continuing to have three orchestras, but we are changing their make-up and – in one case – their name.”

Under the leadership of Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode, CRYS will continue to offer classical music education and performance opportunities to serious music students from middle school through college.

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So Many Photo Contest Possibilities at the Nature Center

So Many Photo Contest Possibilities at the Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – With the multitude of activities at the Audubon Nature Center in May and June, the opportunities for taking a prize-winning photograph abound.

The 2016 Nature Photography Contest has added a new category for entries: the Jamestown Audubon Nature Center category is for photographs “taken in the building or on the grounds that exemplify the Nature Center experience.”  

You are invited to bring your camera and choose from the many possibilities you will find. Maybe goslings will catch your eye. Or birds at the feeders or nest boxes. Or apple trees in bloom.

You could sign up for one of several classes or workshops – from Father’s Day Birdfeeder Building to one of the Coffee Shop Series -- and ask your fellow participants to put on their best smiles for you.  Or do the same at a Nature Photography Club meeting or First Friday Lunch Bunch gathering.

Dog Ears to Host Returning Author Kali Quinn

Dog Ears to Host Returning Author Kali Quinn

Western New York native Kali Quinn will return to Buffalo this weekend for a reading and book-signing event from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

Part memoir, part curriculum, part field guide, her book “I Am Compassionate Creativity” explores the integral relationship between compassion and creativity, especially within moments of uncertainty and when moving through deep grief. Quinn’s research stems from years of performing solo theater, teaching within universities across the country, and growing up in Buffalo.

“I didn’t want to publish a book and just put it online and in bookstores,” explains Quinn. “I wanted to reconnect with family and friends in-person and deliver my book to them in their homes. I wanted to take these stories on tour and create a movement.”

Workshop on Wild Edibles at Audubon Nature Center Thursday, June 2

Workshop on Wild Edibles at Audubon Nature Center Thursday, June 2

Jamestown, NY – Some people gather wild plants to eat for survival, others to save on the grocery bill.

Foraging can also be a wonderful way to spend time outside, learn plant identification, try new foods, and strengthen your connection to the earth and the food it produces to nourish our bodies.

On Thursday evening, June 2, you can learn to identify late spring/early summer greens, flowers and other wild edibles at the Audubon Nature Center’s “Edible Audubon - Spring into Summer ” workshop.

At the 6-8 p.m. class participants will discover how to recognize edible plants and distinguish them from those that may look similar.

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Author of Buffalo-based Crime Novel to Visit Dog Ears Bookstore

Author of Buffalo-based Crime Novel to Visit Dog Ears Bookstore

Mark Hannon, author of “Every Man for Himself,” a crime novel about racketeering set in Buffalo during the early 1950s, will take part in a book-signing event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

Land Conservancy Awarded $300,000; More Than Halfway to Goal of Protecting Jackson Falls

Land Conservancy Awarded $300,000; More Than Halfway to Goal of Protecting Jackson Falls

The Western New York Land Conservancy has just received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect a 57-acre property in the Town of Aurora. The land, known as Jackson Falls, has two gorgeous waterfalls and incredible Roycroft history. Once protected, it will become a publicly accessible nature preserve. 

The Land Conservancy and the Friends of Jackson Falls, a 30-person group of community members committed to protecting Jackson Falls, have until Oct. 31, 2016 to raise $600,000 and purchase the property, open its trails and ensure its long-term care. If not protected, the land could be cleared and subdivided, cutting the community off from the waterfalls. 

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