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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!”

Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank Kick Off Touchdown for Teachers Contest

Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank Kick Off Touchdown for Teachers Contest

Western New Yorkers asked to nominate outstanding educators in their community

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — For the 9th consecutive year, the Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank are calling on fans to nominate Western New York’s “Hall of Fame-caliber” educators for the 2017 M&T Bank Touchdown for Teachers program, which recognizes local teachers for extraordinary service to their schools and communities.

This year, the Bills and M&T are hoping to gather the most nominations in the program’s history. To make it happen, they’re challenging each of the schools throughout the 15-county region that is eligible for the competition to nominate at least one of their outstanding teachers.

Youth Symphony Receives Community Foundation Grant for Conductor

Youth Symphony Receives Community Foundation Grant for Conductor

Jamestown, NY – Board members of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) were delighted recently to receive a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.  The award from the foundation’s Blossom Fund and H. James Abdella Fund for the Arts will be used for the honorarium for CRYS Conductor and Music Director, Bryan Eckenrode.

“We are so grateful for the Community Foundation’s support of Bryan over many years,” said CRYS board president Katie Derrenbacher. “It has been critically important in our work to give our students an exceptional music education experience.”

Celebrating its 30th season, CRYS was established to provide quality classical music education and performance opportunities to young musicians and to add to the cultural offerings of our area.

Elmwood Village Farmers Market Announces Annual Poster Competition

Elmwood Village Farmers Market Announces Annual Poster Competition

The Elmwood Village Farmers Market will hold its seventh annual poster contest to promote the outdoor market’s upcoming 2017 season. Entries for the poster competition are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 10. Whether you’re a student studying the arts, a professional graphic designer or just someone with a creative streak, you’re invited to submit your design for an 11x17-inch color poster that accurately reflects the feel of the Elmwood Village Farmers Market, sponsored by the Elmwood Village Association.