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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.

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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

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.

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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! 

You Are Invited to Audubon’s Thanksgiving with the Birds, Saturday, November 18

You Are Invited to Audubon’s Thanksgiving with the Birds, Saturday, November 18

Jamestown, N.Y. – You are invited to bring your family for a potluck dinner, presentation, and fun outdoor activities at Audubon Community Nature Center’s Thanksgiving with the Birds on Saturday, November 18.

Dating to 1965, this annual event is Audubon’s oldest continuing tradition.

At 11:30 a.m. you can gather to mix broth-based soup contributions into a big pot over an outdoor fire. The flavor of the resulting appetizer is interesting and unpredictable, and usually delicious.

Audubon provides the roasted turkeys and beverages for the indoor buffet dinner that begins about 12:30. Participants are asked to bring a side dish (dressing, vegetables, potatoes, salad or dessert) and their own table service, including a mug for soup.

Shadow By the Bridge is Latest Release From NFB Publishing

Shadow By the Bridge is Latest Release From NFB Publishing

NFB Publishing in Buffalo announces the release of Shadow By the Bridge by author Suzanne Zewan.

Set during the time of the infamous Linden, N.Y. murders, Shadow By the Bridge is written from the perspective of 11-year-old Linden resident Fritz Reynolds and focuses on how these terrible events change his hometown and himself. In the book, Reynolds recalls his father telling him that man is the only creature who can find amusement in killing. Little did he realize that those words would become the theme for his teenage years growing up in the rural hamlet. 

In this coming-of-age story, Reynolds takes us back to a simpler time when neighbors gathered at the general store to listen to radio shows, drank barrel-aged cider and worshiped at the Baptist Church every Sunday. All was picturesque in his close-knit farming community until terror was unleashed on them.