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SUNY Fredonia and AT&T Stem Exploration Program’s Student Expo

SUNY Fredonia and AT&T Stem Exploration Program’s Student Expo

More than 30 high school students from Chautauqua County celebrated the completion of the Fredonia and AT&T STEM Exploration Program with an expo and demo event where they demonstrated some of their STEM projects, including virtual reality, mathematical posters, sealed seeded petri dishes with bacteria, gliders and Theremins, an electrical musical instrument that they learned to assemble, and other projects. The students that participated in the inaugural three week program also received recognition certificates from representatives from Rep. Tom Reed’s, New York State Senator Catharine Young’s and New York State Assemblyman Andy Goodell’s offices.

Former Buffalo Bill Ray Bentley Coming to Walden Galleria this Saturday

Former Buffalo Bill Ray Bentley Coming to Walden Galleria this Saturday

Author and former Buffalo Bills linebacker Ray Bentley will be signing autographs at the Walden Galleria from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25. Bentley will be stationed on the first floor near Sears and the Apple Store and is teaming up with BB&G Charities to help raise money to support Western New York’s underprivileged youth. Bentley recently joined BB&G as a spokesperson.

Bentley’s books will be available for purchase and all autographs are free. However, he will be collecting donations for BB&G and donating a portion of all sales to the charity. Bentley is the author of a football novel based in Buffalo titled Driftwood, as well as the Darby the Dinosaur and Bubba Gator children’s books series. These books along with other memorabilia will be available at the signing. BB&G will also be selling candy bars as part of the fundraiser.

Audubon Community Nature Center Supports Regional Bird Count

Audubon Community Nature Center Supports Regional Bird Count

Jamestown, NY – You can celebrate the beginning of the spring migration season by watching birds, documenting where they are, and adding your observations to those of people throughout western New York.

Every second Sunday in April since 1939, members of the Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) perform a one-day census of all birds in their territory. Both experienced and novice birders participate.

Along with the Ontario Field Ornithologists, the Cattaraugus Bird Club, and the Allegheny Bird Club, the Audubon Community Nature Center is supporting this ambitious effort to count as many birds as possible on one day.

If you have experience in bird counting, you can be part of this important work by volunteering on Sunday, April 9.  If you’re interested but inexperienced, you could observe others and learn for future counts.   

Volunteer Trail Guide Training at Audubon Wednesdays in April

Volunteer Trail Guide Training at Audubon Wednesdays in April

Jamestown, NY – Question: How can Audubon Community Nature Center’s four-member education staff provide an outdoor experience for more than 3,000 schoolchildren every spring?

Answer: With the help of volunteers who have a passionate enthusiasm for sharing nature with children.

Trail Guides volunteers are essential to the education programming at Audubon. Most often these volunteers lead Discovery Walks with elementary age students visiting Audubon on a fieldtrip. Hour and a half Discovery Walks consist of a series of activities that engage the students in learning.

Audubon is offering training to provide new and returning volunteers with the skills to lead small groups on Audubon trails and become Trail Guides.

Youth Symphony Fund Drive Nearing Close

Youth Symphony Fund Drive Nearing Close

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s (CRYS) annual fund drive will be closing soon.

“We really appreciate all the support we receive from the community,” said CRYS board president Katie Derrenbacher. “In order to best acknowledge that support, we need to hear from folks soon.”

CRYS is celebrating its 30th season of offering exceptional music opportunities to talented and motivated young musicians.

The three orchestras sponsored by the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony are Prelude Strings for beginning string players, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate musicians, and the String Chamber Orchestra of advanced musicians in high school and college. 

Weekly rehearsals are led by Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode, with additional coaching by other professionals. Students pay tuition for their training, but significant assistance is provided to those who need it.

Learn About Being an Audubon Trail Guide on Wednesday, March 29

Learn About Being an Audubon Trail Guide on Wednesday, March 29

Jamestown, NY – With more than 3,000 schoolchildren visiting every spring, the Audubon Community Nature Center needs volunteers with a love of nature to lead Discovery Walks with groups of students.

“Our trail guides generously share their time and themselves for the important work of connecting children to nature,” said Audubon naturalist and volunteer coordinator Katie Finch. “These volunteers are critically important, and their impact can last a lifetime!”

At the New Trail Guide Orientation on Wednesday morning, March 29, you can find out how to become a Trail Guide volunteer and learn about this rewarding opportunity to assist the education staff with elementary school fieldtrips.

Dog Ears Bookstore Seeks Teachers and Educators to Develop Literacy Programs

Dog Ears Bookstore Seeks Teachers and Educators to Develop Literacy Programs

Want to be part of the Dog Ears Bookstore family and improve literacy in our community? The nonprofit community bookstore is looking for current and retired teachers and educators to help out with current programs, design and implement their own and be part of the bookstore’s mission.

Dog Ears will host an informative and exploratory gathering at the bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 to discuss how to serve all members of our community in a positive, educational and imaginative way. All ideas are welcome!

“Some ideas we are looking to fill our schedule with are kids programs, book clubs, story telling, computers for all ages, book-based meetings and any literacy or literature ideas you may have,” said Dog Ears Director Thomas McDonnell. “Come be part of something big, positive and exciting!”