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Take Your Valentine to the Youth Symphony Winter Concert!

Take Your Valentine to the Youth Symphony Winter Concert!

Jamestown, NY – Whether your Valentine is your spouse, a friend, a grandparent or other relative, here’s a sure-to-please way to celebrate a special day with them: take them to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) Winter Concert! 

At 4 pm next Sunday afternoon (February 13), Jamestown Community College’s Scharmann Theatre will swell with beautiful sounds from some of the area’s most talented young musicians. 

In extending the invitation to the community to enjoy the concert, CRYS board president Tanya Anderson observed, “I guarantee that if you’ve never heard the CRYS orchestras before, you’ll be amazed at the quality of their musicianship and the professionalism of their presentation!” 

Performing will be the Young Artists Orchestra, composed of intermediate string musicians, and the Youth Symphony, highly talented and motivated musicians ages 12 through 20. 

Master Bird Bander to Present at Audubon Photo Club

Master Bird Bander to Present at Audubon Photo Club

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – At next Thursday’s (February 10) Jamestown Audubon Photography Club meeting, master bird bander Don Watts will talk about bird banding and how he records his work with a point-and-shoot camera.   

The business meeting and program begin at 7 pm at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary at 1600 Riverside Road, off Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. 

The American Kestrel, a small hawk, has been described as perhaps the most colorful raptor in the world and is the most common falcon in North America. As a Biological Technical Assistant for the U.S. Forest Service in the Allegheny National Forest, Watts has monitored over 40 American Kestrel nestboxes at one time. More than two decades of this work gives him a wealth of experience – and a large collection of photosgraphs. 

Painters’ Group To Exhibit At Prendergast Library

Painters’ Group To Exhibit At Prendergast Library

JAMESTOWN – The Prendergast Library Art Gallery will feature the work of eight local artists in an exhibit called “A Lifetime of Painting” from Feb. 18 through March 18.

Artists participating are Renate Bob, Bernie Chiama, Dick Haseley, Gayle Choate Johnson, Celia Knapp, Theresa LoGuidice, Chris Mesmer and Jean Voltmann.

“There is no stopping place when you have caught the art bug,” said Ms. Johnson.

“Wanting to make art is something you catch from exposure to art made by others. My first attempts in a painting class gave me such pleasure and feeling of accomplishment that my interest grew into a passion that has never left me,” she said.

Chris Mesmer, one of Ms. Johnson’s students, said, “I choose my subjects for their innate beauty and try to convey that to the viewer.”

Ms. Mesmer lives in Russell with her Airedale, Dora. She has always liked to draw and paint, and she earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Penn State.

Treat Yourself And Support Audubon!

Treat Yourself And Support Audubon!

Jamestown, NY – If cabin fever is setting in, the Audubon Center and Sanctuary has some great ideas for chasing those winter blahs! 

You can start by having supper or dessert from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Friendly’s Restaurant on Tuesday, February 8, when a portion of your check will be donated to the Audubon Center and Sanctuary. You’ll get a night off – and you’ll be supporting Audubon’s many school programs, workshops, field trips, day camps, events and festivals that bring nature alive for all ages.  

Friendly’s Restaurant is at 10 South Main Street -- Brooklyn Square -- in downtown Jamestown.

Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony Receives Community Foundation Grant For Scholarships

Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony Receives Community Foundation Grant For Scholarships

Jamestown, NY – Thanks to a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) has scholarship money available to offer prospective orchestra members. 

Each year, up to 100 or more students are enrolled in CRYS’s three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate string musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 12 through 20. 

In announcing scholarship availability, CRYS board President Tanya Anderson said, “The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony board is so grateful to the Community Foundation for providing scholarship money for prospective orchestra members.

Audubon Announces Talking Phone Book Snowflake Festival Schedule

Audubon Announces Talking Phone Book Snowflake Festival Schedule

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – This Saturday’s (February 5) Talking Phone Book Snowflake Festival at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary offers a wealth of activities and demonstrations, both indoors and out! 

With something for all ages, the day includes: 

Skaters Gliding Into Town for Figure Skating Event

Skaters Gliding Into Town for Figure Skating Event

JAMESTOWN, NY – Figure skaters of all levels are scheduled to glide their way into town to showcase their talents for this year’s Chautauqua Winter Games.

Opening ceremonies on Saturday, February 5th will mark the beginning of the weekend-long event which will host over 200 skaters from across the county.

The competition kicks off at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena at 9:00 AM and features Freeskating, Short Program, Compulsory Moves, Compulsory Spins, Dance, Moves in the Field, Interpretive, Showcase, and Team Events.

All events are free and open to the public.

For a complete schedule and additional information, click here.