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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.

Youth Symphony Receives Community Foundation Grant

Youth Symphony Receives Community Foundation Grant

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) has received a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for a spring enrichment experience for its musicians.

The grant will help cover the expenses for a trip to hear the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra perform “Star Wars and More: The Best of John Williams.” The trip will include supper at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and a “backstage” get-together with some of the orchestra members.

“We are so grateful for this support from the Community Foundation,” said CRYS board president Katie Derrenbacher, “and this will be such a wonderful opportunity for our students!”

The award comes from the Karl Peterson Field of Interest Fund.

Rural Outreach Center Serves Multiple Families During Holiday Season

Rural Outreach Center Serves Multiple Families During Holiday Season

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), an East Aurora-based nonprofit organization dedicated to ending rural poverty in southern Erie County and surrounding areas and assisting, empowering and elevating individuals to self-sufficiency, assisted numerous local families throughout the holiday season.

“The Rural Outreach Center invited 51 families and over 90 children to receive donated gifts for Christmas,” said ROC Executive Director Frank Cerny. “Families were selected primarily on their work in setting and working toward personal goals toward self-sufficiency as this is part of the ROC’s model of assisting, empowering and elevating participants.”

More than 70 individuals and organizations helped make this happen by purchasing thousands of dollars in gifts, gift cards and non-food items for distribution. “The community response was overwhelming,” Cerny added.

Land Donation Protects Lakeshore Forest; Land Conservancy Seeks Community’s Help to Cover Costs

Land Donation Protects Lakeshore Forest; Land Conservancy Seeks Community’s Help to Cover Costs

Last spring, a generous landowner donated a beautiful eight-acre forest on a bluff overlooking Lake Erie in Derby to the Western New York Land Conservancy. The Land Conservancy is a non-profit land trust that protects forests, farms and scenic vistas forever, including places like the Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston and The Owens Falls Sanctuary in Aurora.  

The Lakeshore Forest is the Land Conservancy’s first preserve directly on Lake Erie. There is very little natural land like this left along the shoreline. The forest has trees that are more than 100 years old. Many birds find food and shelter in these trees during their long spring and fall migrations. Scattered wetlands provide habitat for frogs, toads and salamanders. 

Get a Pound for a Pint at Audubon’s Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, December 27

Get a Pound for a Pint at Audubon’s Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, December 27

Jamestown, NY – The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at Audubon Community Nature Center.

At “A Pound for a Pint,” you can combine giving with receiving on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For every pint donated, the Red Cross will provide a pound of Conewango Blend birdseed that the donor can choose either to take home or to donate to Audubon’s feeders.

Conewango Blend is a mix of birdseed especially formulated by the Nature Center’s own experts to attract a wide array of birds to your feeders.

After filling local needs first, the American Red Cross has the ability, through the national inventory system, to move blood around the country to wherever and whenever it is needed most.

There is a critical need for all blood types at this time. Please give the gift of life!

Rural Outreach Center to Launch ‘ROC Resolutions’ Community Challenge in January

Rural Outreach Center to Launch ‘ROC Resolutions’ Community Challenge in January

Imagine having only $6.36 a day to spend on food, living in a house that only heated up to 60 degrees, not having reliable transportation, or not owning a winter coat or boots. For more than 200,000 Western New Yorkers, this is daily life.  

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), which serves the southern communities of Western New York, is raising awareness about the challenges of living in poverty through a new community-wide campaign during the month of January 2017 called “ROC Resolutions.” During each week of the month, the spotlight will shine on a different obstacle often encountered by those living in poverty. Week one (Jan. 2-8) will focus on food, while week two (Jan. 9-15) will focus on utilities, week three (Jan. 16-22) on transportation, and week four (Jan. 23-30) on clothing.

Audubon Seeking Winter Lights Volunteers

Audubon Seeking Winter Lights Volunteers

Jamestown, NY – “It takes a lot of willing folks to present the exciting experience of Winter Lights,” said Audubon Community Nature Center Volunteer Coordinator Katie Finch. “We couldn’t make it happen without the dedication of many volunteers.”

With a thanks to those who are already on board, including some through RSVP, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Finch is putting out a call for more help for the eights nights of Winter Lights from December 16 through January 7.

A collaboration between Audubon staff and Volt Vision in Warren, Pennsylvania, Winter Lights is an exhibition with 14 lasers and more than 10,000 LED lights along a luminary-lit trail.