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Annual Roycroft Summer Festival to Feature Juried Artisans, Music and Demonstrations

Annual Roycroft Summer Festival to Feature Juried Artisans, Music and Demonstrations

Art and music will dazzle the senses at the 41st annual Roycroft Summer Festival taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 24 and 25 on the grounds of Parkdale Elementary School, 141 Girard Ave., East Aurora.

The show will feature dozens of juried artisans, including three newly accepted Roycroft Artisans — Leslie Green Guilbault, ceramics; Patricia McDermott, beadwork; and Kathy Cairns-Hendershott, fiber arts. Providing musical entertainment will be Creek Bend on Saturday and the Old Hippies on Sunday.

Roycroft Artisans and Master Artisans will offer free demonstrations of their crafts on both Saturday and Sunday. The demonstration schedule includes the following: 

Audubon’s Second Nature Play Day is Saturday, May 27

Audubon’s Second Nature Play Day is Saturday, May 27

Jamestown, NY – Unstructured play outside is beneficial to a child’s physical and mental development as well as their understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

However, concerns about safety, location, materials, and the value of play are often barriers to creating these experiences.

Audubon Community Nature Center’s Nature Play Day Series is designed to inspire both kids and adults to make discoveries and feel more comfortable about the natural world through play.

Build with Nature is the focus of the second in the series of three Nature Play Days on Saturday morning, May 27.

Children ages three to eight and their favorite adults can drop in anytime from 9 a.m. to noon at Audubon’s natural play area. While children explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment, adults learn how to continue the nature play experience at home with information and a nature building kit.

Come Pull Garlic Mustard at Audubon on May Saturdays

Come Pull Garlic Mustard at Audubon on May Saturdays

Jamestown, NY – Garlic Mustard is an invasive plant from Asia that crowds out native wildflowers.

Volunteers have been pulling it for several years at Audubon Community Nature Center to reduce the spread of the plant.

On the remaining Saturdays in May there will be Garlic Mustard Pulling Parties from 9:30-11:30 a.m. followed by a pizza lunch.

Volunteer pull coordinator Tom Mooney will be hosting the pulling parties each week.

Call the Nature Center at (716) 569-2345 during business hours to register.

Come early – any time after 7 a.m. – on May 20 and you can observe bird banding, as ornithologists on the west side of Audubon’s property capture migrating and resident birds, fit them with identification bands, measure and weigh and then release them.

Daemen Launching State-Approved Applied Behavior Analysis Program

Daemen Launching State-Approved Applied Behavior Analysis Program

Daemen College has received New York State Department of Education approval to offer a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis (ABA) starting in the fall, making it the only state-approved ABA graduate program in New York.

In addition to the master’s degree, approval has been granted for Daemen to launch a new advanced certificate program to provide ABA post-graduate training for professionals in related fields. “These programs will greatly augment our exceptional academic offerings and prepare highly qualified professionals with the advanced level of skills and training essential for this growing field,” said Dr. Michael Brogan, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college.

“For students, the programs are ideally suited for those looking to further their careers or would like to apply their talents and experience to pursue new opportunities as behavior analysts.”

WBFO and AT&T to present Cyberbullying Facebook Live Event May 9 at 1 pm

WBFO and AT&T to present Cyberbullying Facebook Live Event May 9 at 1 pm

WBFO-FM 88.7 and AT&T will present a Facebook Live panel event on cyberbullying on Tuesday, May 9 at 1:00 p.m.

Hosted by WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley, this online event is not simply to raise awareness of cyberbullying.  This program is about developing strategies that students, teachers and parents can use to minimize cyberbullying. The program will also provide online tools and resources to help facilitate conversations and make a cultural shift around this dangerous behavior.

The panel:

·       Tracy Rodemeyer, the mother of Jamey Rodemeyer, the Williamsville teen who was driven to suicide by cyberbullying in 2011.

·       Amanda Nickerson, Ph.d, Director of UB’s Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse prevention.

·       Daniela Wolfe, a social worker for the Amherst School District and serves as a Dignity Act Coordinator.

Little Explorers Learn about Flower Power at Audubon, Saturday, May 13

Little Explorers Learn about Flower Power at Audubon, Saturday, May 13

Jamestown, NY – “Flower Power” is the theme for Audubon Community Nature Center’s next Little Explorers.

You and the three- to eight-year-old child(ren) in your life can learn about flowers and their adaptations at this 10-11:30 a.m. program on Saturday, May 13.

The world is filled with flowers in May, so you will hunt for some of them and learn, all while enjoying the outdoors. A brief lesson indoors prepares you for a hike. A snack and, time allowing, a craft follow the walk.

Plants have creative ways to reproduce, the most showy being flowers. You will investigate different flowers and how their shapes, colors, and scents help the parent plant make seeds.

Flowers come in a variety of forms, many to attract a pollinator that will help them exchange pollen with another flower to make seeds. Learn about different flower-animal partnerships, how flowers attract pollinators, and some special features that make them successful.

Middle and High School Students Are Invited to Student Open House on Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Middle and High School Students Are Invited to  Student Open House on Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Event Provides Opportunities to Tour the Medical Campus, Explore Professions in Science, Technology & Medicine, and Participate in Hand-On Activities

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc. (BNMC) and the University at Buffalo’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (UB CBLS), in collaboration with AT&T, will host the third annual Student Open House on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, powered by AT&T. This half-day event is designed to introduce future careers opportunities to area students in grades seven through twelve along with their parents or other adults. The event, held on Saturday, May 6 from 9 AM until noon, is designed to expose area students to the many and varied career options offered here, and to provide “hands-on” opportunities to imagine working on the Medical Campus or in similar settings.