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Little Explorers Learn about Incredible Insects at Audubon, Saturday, June 10

Little Explorers Learn about Incredible Insects at Audubon, Saturday, June 10

Jamestown, NY – “Incredible Insects” 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 insects and discover some outside at this 10-11:30 a.m. program on Saturday, June 10.

Insects are one of the most common animals on the planet. Flying, crawling, jumping – insects survive in the world in many different ways.

This is an opportunity to investigate different insect families, learn more about each, catch some, and discover more about their lives.

A brief lesson indoors prepares you for a hike. Then you will explore outdoors to see what insects you can find. Investigate, wonder, and explore this fascinating world and learn how insects help humans carry on their lives. Learn more about them during an activity indoors, when a snack and craft follow the hike.

With Significant Electrical Rate Increase on the Horizon, More Consumers are Switching to Solar

With Significant Electrical Rate Increase on the Horizon, More Consumers are Switching to Solar

It’s not a joke, and not at all funny. National Grid is asking the Public Service Commission to raise its residential electricity delivery prices beginning April 1, 2018.

If the rate hike is approved, the average National Grid customer would see their monthly bill increase by $11.23 a month! The company says it needs the money to make infrastructure investments.

National Grid is also proposing increases in monthly electricity bills for commercial customers — as high as $10.01 per month. 

Explore Buffalo Announces Extensive June Tour Schedule

Explore Buffalo Announces Extensive June Tour Schedule

Explore Buffalo, a nonprofit organization providing tours and other opportunities where guests can discover Buffalo’s great architecture, history and neighborhoods, has announced an extensive lineup of June events. The list includes all of your favorites, plus some new tours added this summer. 

MASTERS OF AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE
June 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30 • 10 a.m.
Meet: Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St., Buffalo, corner of Washington and Mohawk streets. Two-hour metered parking is available on surrounding streets, and the Mohawk Parking Ramp is on the opposite corner. The Lafayette Square Station of the Metro Rail is around the corner on Main Street.
Cost: General $15, Student $5, Explorer Pass Free 

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.”