Community Calendar

THURSDAY, DEC. 13

CASAC presents Active Parenting: First Five Years, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., CASAC, 51 E. Third St., Suite 2, Dunkirk. Learn best ways to nurture your child from birth to pre-K with “just right” combination of freedom, non-violent discipline. Free of charge. Call Kathleen Colby, CASAC, at 664-3608 to register.

St. Lucia Day” Taize Advent Service, 5:30 p.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 12 Elm St., Westfield. Meditation, reflection, readings and music.

Directing Scenes-One Acts, 6 p.m., Rockefeller Arts Center, Fredonia. Open to the public, no cost.

Lakeshore Humane Society Pet Adoption evening, 6 to 8 p.m., Lakeshore Humane Society Adoption Center, 431 E. Chestnut St., Dunkirk. Come see some of the cats and dogs in need of loving homes. (One must be 21 years of age or older to adopt a pet.) Call 672-1991 or go to www.lakeshorehumanesociety.org for details.

Holiday yoga, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., YWCA, 58 S. Portage St., Westfield. $15. wear comfortable clothing, bring yoga mat if owning one. RSVP 708-2521. All proceeds donated to YWCA women’s programs.

Al Anon Steps to Serenity weekly group meeting, 6:45 to 8 p.m., Harvest Chapel Church, Fredonia.

Lakeshore Coin Club meeting, 7 p.m. Community Bank, 70 E. Main St., Westfield. Auction, door prize give-aways and raffle prize chances. Meets fourth Thursday of the month from January to October, the second Thursday in November and December. Annual membership $9. Guests welcome. For details, call John Boner at 679-8155.

Rational Recovery weekly meeting, 7 to 8 p.m., Holy Trinity Parish Hall, Dunkirk.

Freedom in Fredonia Narcotics Anonymous weekly meeting, 7 p.m., Fredonia Presbyterian Church, 219 Central Ave. This group is closed (for addicts only).

Chautauqua Lake Central School Winter Concert, grades 7 to 12, 7 p.m., 100 N. Erie St., Mayville. Public welcome, free admission.

Gowanda Central School District Grade 5/6 Band and Chorus Winter Concert, 7 p.m., Middle School, 10674 Prospect St.

Citizens for a Better Cassadaga meeting, 7 p.m., Cassadaga Library, 18 Maple Ave. Agenda: winter festival of Feb. 8,9,10; grant updates, reorganization of CBC. All area residents encouraged to attend.

Collage Performing Arts Center “Christmas in our Hometown,” 7 p.m., 1891 Fredonia Opera House. Tickets: $15.

Health and wellness

Dunkirk Recreation Department Adult Walking Program, 7:30 to 10 a.m., Chautauqua County Fairgrounds, Recreation Center Building, Waldorf Road, Dunkirk. $1 per session or $10 punch card for 14 sessions. Mondays through Fridays.

Aerobics by Catherine, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Dunkirk Senior Center, 45 Cliffstar Court, Dunkirk. All seniors welcome. Donation: $1.

Tai Chi, 3 to 4 p.m., Dunkirk Senior Center, 45 Cliffstar Court. Advanced at 3, beginners’ at 3:30. Instructor: Peter Miller. Cost: $1.

Games and hobbies

Knitting/Crocheting Workshop, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., St. John’s United Church of Christ, 733 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Everyone is invited to make items for community needs. Newcomers can learn skills. Bring a craft to work on, or meet new friends. $1 fee. Yarn donations welcome. Call Louise Kowal at 785-6039 for details or to donate yarn.

Pinochle: Birdie’s Bidders, 1 p.m., Fredonia Beaver Club, 64 Prospect St.. For details, call Kathy at 410-0111.

Libraries

Dunkirk Public Library presents: Storytime, 10:30 to 11 a.m., 536 Central Ave. Children 1 to 5 years old can listen to a story, make a craft. Siblings and friends always welcome. Afterward can read, play with dollhouse, do puzzles, color. For details, call 366-2511.

Ahira Hall Memorial Library presents: FAB: Fiber Arts in Brocton, 10:30 a.m., 37 W. Main St., Brocton. Bring own projects, supplies. Enjoy friendship, crafting. Call 792-9418 for details.

Anderson-Lee Library presents: Pre-school Storytime, 10:30 a.m, 43 Main St., Silver Creek. Ages 2 to 5. Reading, singing, rhymes, fun crafts. Children under 3 Ç need a parent/caregiver present.

Anderson-Lee Library presents: Storytime for School Age Children, 10:30 a.m., 43 Main St., Silver Creek. Variety of activities with Miss Amy for children ages 6 to 10. Expect stories, crafts, LEGOs, games, and more!

Dunkirk Public Library presents: Drawing Club for teens and tweens, 4 to 5 p.m., 536 Central Ave. Learn a new drawing technique each week. Paper and pencils provided. Can bring own supplies if desired. Call 366-2511 for details.

Barker Library presents: Master Builders Night, 4 p.m., 7 Day St., Fredonia. Use LEGOS, Strawbees, Magformers, Lincoln Logs, Play Doh, Cubelets and more. Build something amazing and it may be displayed in the display case. All children welcome. No registration necessary. Caregivers are welcome to browse the Library’s collections, use a public computer or enjoy free WIFI during programs.

Collins Public Library presents: “Christmas Story Hour,” 6 p.m., 2341 Main St. Registration appreciated, call 532-5129. Thomas the Train and friends Christmas story hour. Stories, crafts, fun train snack, train games. Ages 2 to 7.

FRIDAY, DEC. 14

Trinity Episcopal Church Women annual plated Christmas cookie sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 11 Day St., Fredonia. Every plate contains at least 18 cookies. Also mini breads, small fresh fruit tarts, ready to give tins of cookies and more. Limited number of gluten free plates available. All plated cookies $9 a plate, other items as marked. Can call 679-7901 to pre-order Dec. 5 to 7 afternoons, pick up on Dec. 14 by 11 a.m.

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support group, 10 a.m., St. John’s United Church of Christ, 733 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Sponsored by Alzheimer’s Association Western New York chapter. Call 1-800-272-3900 prior to attending your first meeting. Meets the second and fourth Fridays of each month.

Sheridan VFW Post 6390 Auxiliary special holiday bake sale, 4 p.m., 2556 Main Road, Sheridan. During regular Friday fish fry hours. Assortment of home-baked Christmas cookies, special treats.

Directing Scenes-One Acts, 6 p.m., Rockefeller Arts Center, Fredonia. Open to the public, no cost.

Clean, Sober Saved addiction education and support group, 6 p.m., Master’s Plan Cafe, 9586 Railroad Ave., Dayton. Snacks provided. Bible-based, taught in videotape sessions by Tracy Strawberry.

Clean, Sober, Saved family and friends support group, 6 p.m., Master’s Plan Cafe, 9586 Railroad Ave., Dayton. Snacks provided. Hope for a powerful life free from co-dependency.

Holiday Ukulele Jam, 6 to 8 p.m., Costello Community Room of Rockefeller Arts Center, SUNY Fredonia Campus. Come to strum or sing. Extra ukuleles available.

Narcotics Anonymous weekly meeting, “A Message of Hope” group, 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 327 Washington Ave., between Third and Fourth streets, Dunkirk. Open meeting for anyone who wants to not use drugs.

Collage Performing Arts Center ” Christmas in our Hometown,” 7 p.m., 1891 Fredonia Opera House. Tickets: $15.

Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet presents “The Nutcracker,” 7:30 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for The Arts, 116 E. Third St., Jamestown. Tickets $14/$28/$35.

Lucille Ball Little Theatre presents: “Christmas Is…,” 7:30 p.m., 18 E. Second St., Jamestown. Helen Merrill, director. Includes Little Theatre’s Junior Guilders. Tickets $10. Call 483-1095.

Health and wellness

Dunkirk Recreation Department Adult Walking Program, 7:30 to 10 a.m., Chautauqua County Fairgrounds, Recreation Center Building, Waldorf Road, Dunkirk. $1 per session or $10 punch card for 14 sessions. Mondays through Fridays.

Stretch and tone with exercise, 9 to 10 a.m., Dunkirk Senior Center, 45 Cliffstar Court. Donation: $1 per session.

Grape Belt Seniors Aerobics and Weights with Catherine, 9 a.m., Masonic Lodge, East Main Street, Fredonia. Coffee and conversation follows at 10 a.m. New members welcome.

Overeaters Anonymous weekly meeting, 3:30 p.m., Steger Hi-Rise Apartments library, 15 N. Main St., Dunkirk. This is a 12-step fellowship of men and women recovering from eating disorders. No dues, fees or weigh-ins.

Games and hobbies

Dunkirk Senior Center Pinochle, 1 p.m., 45 Cliffstar Court. Everyone welcome.

Pinochle: Birdie’s Flock, 1 p.m., Fredonia Beaver Club , 64 Prospect St.. For details, call Kathy at 410-0111..

Dunkirk Elks bingo, 7 p.m., 428 Central Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Call 366-1110.

Libraries

Sinclairville Free Library presents: “Write Circle” Writers’ Group meeting, 9 to 10 a.m., 15 Main St. Writers of all genres and styles welcome. For more information, contact Beth Hadley at the library at 962-5885.

Cassadaga Branch Library presents: Storytime, 10:30 a.m., 8 Maple Ave. Includes stories, songs, a craft and friendly peer interaction. Parents/guardians asked to stay.

Ahira Hall Memorial Library presents: Makerspace Fridays, 2:45 to 4:30 p.m., 37 W. Main St., Brocton. Materials provided to create, explore, imagine and discover. Call 792-9418 for details.

Patterson Library presents: “A Journey with Katherine Galbraith – Finding Poetry in Paint,” 7 to 9 p.m., Paterson Library Octagon Gallery, 40 S. Portage St., Westfield. Free, open to the public.

SATURDAY, DEC. 15

Audubon Community Nature Center presents: Christmas Bird Count/Warren, all day. Citizen science project of National Audubon Society. Free volunteer opportunity. To participate, contact Don Watts at (814) 723-9125 or (814) 730-9204.

Cross Roads Market, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 6017 Westfield-Sherman Road, Westfield. Local vendors, artisans, crafters.

Wright Memorial Presbyterian Church Christmas bazaar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 12672 Route 438, Irving. Wide variety of vendors, food.

St. John’s Episcopal Church cookie walk sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Corner of W. Fourth, Lark streets. Italian fig cookies and Baklava $15 per pound, all others $10 per pound. Free delivery available: call 366-8421 before sale, or 366-1979 Dec. 15.

Fredonia Farmers’ Winter Market Holiday Celebration, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Masonic Lodge, 321 E. Main St., Fredonia. Live music, kids’ crafts, face-painting and more. Poinsettia fundraiser by Boys & Girls Club. Please consider bringing a non-perishable food or cash donation for Friendly Kitchen and Fredonia Food Pantry. Wide variety of locally grown fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs, honey, maple syrup products, plants, baked goods. SNAP/EBT/WIC benefits welcome. See www.fredoniafarmersmarket.org for details.

Fredonia Food Pantry, 10 a.m. to noon, Fredonia Presbyterian Church, 219 Central Ave. Serves the needs of residents of Fredonia, zip code 14063, Pomfret, Sheridan, and Laona. All guests receive one or more bags of non-perishable food, given out depending on family size.

Audubon Nature Play Day, 10 a.m. to noon, Audubon Community Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown. Free. Ages two to eight, adults required to stay with children. Dress in clothes and footwear that can get wet and dirty. Guests may want to bring an extra change of clothes or a towel for the car ride home. In case of severe weather, program will be cancelled; call 569-2345 to confirm. A naturalist will be available to answer questions and provide information. New attraction: 12-foot-long concrete turtle.

Winter Village at CHQ, Chautauqua Institution, free admission, parking. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Breakfast with Santa (La Familia Restaurant) 10 a.m. Visits with Santa: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Horse-drawn carriage rides 1 to 5 p.m. Chili-Cook off.

Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue open house, 1 to 3 p.m., 7540 N. Gale St. in Westfield.

Audubon Community Nature Center presents: Decorating with Greens Make and Take, 1 to 4 p.m., 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown. Make, take a holiday decoration with natural greens. $3 per person. No reservations required.

Live via satellite from NYC’s Metropolitan Opera: Verdi’s “La Traviata,” 1 p.m., 1891 Fredonia Opera House, Church Street. General admission $20, $18 Opera House members, $10 students. Soprano Diana Damrau. Three hours, seven minutes, with two intermissions.

Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet presents “The Nutcracker,” 2 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for The Arts, 116 E. Third St., Jamestown. Tickets $14/$28/$35.

St. Joseph’s Church stuffed shells dinner, Serving 4 to 6 p.m., church basement, 26 Erie Ave., Gowanda. All welcome.

St. John’s United Church of Christ meatloaf dinner, Serving 4:30 to 6 p.m., 733 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Call 366-0710 for reservations. Pre-sale tickets, $9.50, tickets at door, $10. Take-outs available. Parking off Eagle Street. Pre-sales must be picked up by 5:30 p.m. Christmas carols by Dunkirk Middle School chorus. Free will offerings accepted to aid the group in acquiring uniforms.

New Horizons Band movement documentary, 4:30 p.m., WNED-TV. Tune to Channel 17 to see this documentary about origin, benefits of New Horizons Band movement.

Living Nativity, 5 to 8 p.m., Harvest Chapel, 39 Matteson St., Fredonia. Tours are 40 minutes and leave every 10 minutes. Handicapped accessible throughout. Free event.

Murray Hose Christmas party, Kosciuszko Club, 252 Nevins St., Dunkirk. 5:30 p.m. happy hour; dinner at 6:30; music 8 to 11 p.m.

Annual Barn Mass, 6 p.m., barn of John and Aimee Rogers’ family farm, 10237 Bradigan Road, Forestville. Sponsored by Roman Catholic Faith Community of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (St. Rose of Lima, OLMC). Mass, Christmas pageant with live animals will adorn the manger setting. Cocoa, cookies served after Mass. Dress warmly! Two collections: weekly church collection; St. Gianni Molla Pregnancy Center, Fredonia. Parking on one side of street.