Community Notebook

Christmas memories sought

Do you have a favorite Christmas memory that you would like to share? How about a current tradition that you enjoy? What are some hopes you have for the future?

The OBSERVER is publishing special Christmas themes this year and we would love to publish yours as well! Just send us your story along with any photos. There is no charge. The only thing we ask that is that these be your original words and/or photos.

Send your submissions to (best), mail them to 10 E. Second St., Dunkirk, NY 14048 or drop them off at the office by Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Swedish Market Day today in Jamestown

On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Julmarknad will take place from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. This is a Swedish event in Jamestown. A number of local artists will offer their own creations at Jamestown Community College, 525 Falconer St., Jamestown.

This is an opportunity to purchase a wide variety of Scandinavian gifts. Other places include Country Woods Country Store and Antiques at 1771 Foote Ave. in Jamestown, which has a Scandinavian room with traditional items; the Ecklof Bakery at 832 Foote Ave., which has baked up Swedish seasonal items such as vort limpa bread, spritz, and pepperkakor cookies, cardamon braids and rolls, almond braids and tarts; Fenton History Center on 67 Washington Ave. decorated with Swedish items; Peterson Farm on Fluvanna Ave. Ext., which will present a free sampling of Swedish Christmas foods, and their Swedish Gift shop will be open; Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History at 311 Curtis St. featuring artwork and memorabilia of Roger Tory Peterson, including a current exhibit of Alberto Rey’s Extinct Birds Project; and Wegmans at 945 Fairmount Ave. featuring Scandinavian dinners to go, along with a variety of Scandinavian foods, and Swedish music from 1:30 until 3:30 and the Thule Swedish dance teams at 2 p.m.

Union Relief’s 97th annual Charity Ball

Union Relief’s 97th annual Charity Ball will take place tonight, Dec. 1, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Hors d’ouevres will be available from 7 to 8 p.m., Eason Hall, 23 Elm St., Westfield.

The event features Uncle Ben’s Remedy. The donation is $50 per couple, $25 for single. Tickets are available at B&C Bookkeeping or from any Union Relief member.

Proceeds provide temporary relief to those in the Westfield community in distress.

Light Up Cassadaga’ today

“Light Up Cassadaga,” will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 with an adult presentation of “A Christmas Carol. The performance will take place at Park Church, 25 Maple Ave., Cassadaga and stars Mr. Kim Tenreiro. To purchase the $10 tickets for “A Christmas Carol,” go to

From 3 to 5 p.m., Santa visits Amen Common (corner of Maple Avenue and Route 60), followed by CVCS Valley Minstrels and Jazz/Pep Band performances, Remembrance Tree Recognition and “Lighting up Cassadaga.”

Events are sponsored by Citizens for a Better Cassadaga. For more information, call 397-1728.

Southern Tier Bills Booster Club viewing Sunday

The Southern Tier Bills Booster Club will watch the Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins game on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. at the Kosciuszko Club, 252 Nevins St., Dunkirk. Roast beef sandwiches will be provided at halftime. Members may bring a dish to pass.

COI Alzheimer Services

Are you a care partner for someone with memory loss? Are you looking for tips to manage responsibilities and stress during the holidays? Come to a Chautauqua Opportunities workshop on Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Dunkirk Public Library, 536 Central Ave., Dunkirk. RSVP by calling: 366-3335 ext. 1236 or 661-9430 ext. 1236. The workshop is free and open to the public. Supported in part by the New York State Department of Health.