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Book-signing Event to Feature Author, Poet and Photographer Jennifer Sinatra Mac Neil

Book-signing Event to Feature Author, Poet and Photographer Jennifer Sinatra Mac Neil

Jennifer Sinatra Mac Neil, author of “My Visions, My Truths: Poems and Inspirations,” will host a book-signing event from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Hamburg American Legion Post #527, 2 Memorial Drive, Hamburg. The book was recently released by No Frills Buffalo publishing company.

Sinatra Mac Neil is a native of Western New York. She is a graduate from D'Youville College and Lafayette High School and has obtained a dual bachelor's degree in math/computer science and philosophy. “My Visions, My Truths: Poems and Inspirations” is her first volume of inspirational poetry. The book was written to help others cope with life-changing trials as she herself has faced in her own life. This book is a collection of verse and photographs taken around Western New York.

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Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

By Marissa Shorenstein, New York President of AT&T and Anthony Spada, President-CEO, AAA Western and Central New York

When you’re driving and your phone makes that familiar “ding” sound, what do you do? Sadly, that’s a life or death question. Every day, nine Americans die from distracted driving such as texting and checking their phones. In New York State alone, there’s an 840 percent increase in tickets issued for texting while driving since 2011. How come? Because some drivers don’t believe It Can Wait.

It Can Wait is the name of AT&T’s campaign to educate motorists on the dangers of texting while driving. As New Yorkers mark another Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it’s a shame this dangerous behavior continues. Despite the number of crashes, life-altering injuries and preventable fatalities, drivers continue to put themselves and others at risk.

May 7 is Nature Center Birdathon for Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship

May 7 is Nature Center Birdathon for Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center’s education staff and their friends and fans invite you to join them to see as many birds as possible on a one-day-only birdathon. 

Since 2003 this group that calls themselves “The Fledglings” has been holding a birdathon to raise scholarship funds. Participants try to find as many species of birds as possible. Generous supporters pledge an amount – either per species or in total – and the end result is a $500 scholarship. 

On Saturday, May 7, The Fledglings will raise money for the Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship, awarded each year to a local student heading off to college with an interest in pursuing the natural sciences. The scholarship is named in memory of one of its very first recipients, a volunteer, intern, and nature-lover who donated countless hours of time and expertise to the Audubon Nature Center.

Infinity Announces May Classes

Infinity Announces May Classes

Infinity Announces May Classes

The Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center, located in Downtown Jamestown, has a number of creative class and workshop opportunities beginning in May!

May classes include: Native American Art, Creative Movement, Spring Showcase Production, Infinity Glee, Music Theory for Beginners, Hip-Hop Dance, Advanced Music Theory, Advanced Art, Music Adventures, Stage Experience, Drawing 101.

Infinity will also be offering an art class for adults (18 and over) with instructor Ellen Feldt beginning Saturday, May 7.

For more information about classes, pricing, or to register, please call 716.664.0991 or stop in to the Infinity Center at 301 East 2nd Street. Online registration is also available online at www.infinityperformingarts.org/register!   

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Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Pulse Poetry Slam Event

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Pulse Poetry Slam Event

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc. will be hosting a May installment of Pulse Poetry Slam on Thursday, May 5 at 6:00pm at the Infinity Arts Café.

This event is free, family friendly, and open to the public. Audience members and performers of all ages are welcome.

Performance poetry is an excellent way to express creativity while practicing performance and public speaking. Poets and audience-members welcome.

The Infinity Arts Café performance entrance is located at 300 East 3rd Street, through the doors to the old post office.

Email info@infinityperformingarts.org

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Jazz at Infinity- Barbara Jean and Friends!

Jazz at Infinity- Barbara Jean and Friends!

Jazz at Infinity- Barbara Jean and Friends!

JAZZ AT INFINITY! Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc. will be hosting Barbara Jean and Friends at the Infinity Arts Café at 7:00pm on Friday, April 29.

Thanks to support from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Jazz at Infinity events are held on the last Friday of each month and are free, family friendly, and open to the public. Audience members of all ages are welcome!

The Infinity Arts Café performance entrance is located at 300 East 3rd Street, through the doors to the old post office.

Email info@infinityperformingarts.org

Website http://www.infinityperformingarts.org/

Land Conservancy Speaker Series Presents Doug Tallamy in ‘Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home’

Land Conservancy Speaker Series Presents Doug Tallamy in ‘Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home’

As a follow up to Earth Day, the Western New York Land Conservancy is bringing award-winning author Doug Tallamy to the UB Center for the Arts for a presentation on the critical importance of native plants for the ecology and vibrancy of our region.

Tallamy’s research and his book, “Bringing Nature Home,” have sparked a national conversation about the importance of using native plants in our gardens and landscapes to reverse the loss of wildlife and to make our communities healthier. After decades of intense urban sprawl, our natural places are shrinking and becoming more fragmented. The use of native plants in our yards and gardens will make a difference, no matter the size.