SATURDAY, DEC. 3
Al Tech/Dunkirk Specialty Steel Retirees meeting
Demetri’s on the Lake, 6-8 Lake Shore Drive W., Dunkirk, 8:30 a.m. All retirees welcome.
Herbert Star Apartments open house, craft
and bake sale
54 Central Ave., Brocton, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Refreshments from 2 to 3 p.m. and holiday music by Lillian Zappie. Tours available.
Sheridan VFW flea
market and holiday fund-raiser
VFW Memorial Post, 2556 Route 20 Sheridan, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. also 50-50 drawing. Breakfast menu: Danish, breakfast sandwiches on homemade biscuits, fresh brewed coffee. Lunch menu: homemade soup of the day, pizza, wings. Full service bar. Support the veterans.
Fredonia Presbyterian Church presents: Alternative Christmas Festival
219 Central Ave., Dunkirk, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. View hundreds of nativities on display. Ethically sourced artisan crafts from around the world and Equal Exchange food products – chocolate, coffee, will also be for sale.
presents: Miracle on Main Street
10 to 10:30 a.m.: Mark Twain as Santa reading a letter to his second child, Suzie, Barker Library, 7 Day St.; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: ConnectLife community blood drive, Fredonia Family Church, 19 Church St., Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop, Fredonia United Methodist Church, 25 Church St. (fee $18, $23,$28); 11 to 11:30: Story Time with Santa at Barker Library; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: donut decoration food vendors, hot cocoa, kids; activities, wine and bourbon samples and sales, angel necklace crafting workshop at the library; noon to 12:30 p.m. Story Time with Mrs. Claus at Next Chapter Bookstore, 12 Park Place; 1 to 3 p.m. visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Fredonia Grange (bring camera); 2 p.m. Danza at the Gazebo; 3 p.m. The Collage Dancers at the Gazebo; 4 p.m., free screening of “The Grinch” at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House (kids must be accompanied by an adult); 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Holiday Parade and arrival of Santa for official tree lighting, Festivals Give Back presentation to Great Lake FX at the Gazebo; 7 to 9 p.m. Inaugural community street dance with DJ Joe Gould at the Gazebo.
Fredonia Farmers Market
The Fredonia Farmers’ Market is held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday November through mid-May at the Masonic Lodge, 321 E. Main St., Fredonia. It features a variety of vendors, with special events TBA.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Dunkirk First Baptist Church, 876 Central Ave., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See RedCrossBlood.org for details, requirements and to make an appointment.
North Shore Arts Alliance Holiday
Show at RTPI
Roger Tory Peterson Institute, 311 Curtis St., Jamestown, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission free. See and purchase paintings, photographs, stained glass, ceramic creations, wood carvings, wooden furniture and more crafted by 22 North Shore Arts Alliance artists.
Audubon Community Nature Center “Decorating with Greens”
1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown. Session 1 from 10:30 to noon; Session 2 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. $16 adults, $12 Nature Center members and children 3 to 15. Free for 2 and under.
Fredonia Presbyterian Church presents: Alternative
219 Central Ave., Dunkirk, noon to 2 p.m. View hundreds of nativities on display. Ethically sourced artisan crafts from around the world and Equal Exchange food products – chocolate, coffee, will also be for sale.
presents: Mark Twain exhibit
7 Day St., Fredonia. Fredonia’s own Steve Keefe will provide entertainment with his elegant Mark Twain interpretation. See barkermuseum.org for details.
Anderson-Lee Library presents: Make a Gingerbread House,
43 Main St., Silver Creek, 11 a.m. With questions, call 716 934-3468.
Christmas in Gowanda
Noon to 9 p.m. Family fun activities. local merchant celebrations, train rides, Santa and helpers. At the Gowanda Moose Lodge, 201 Aldrich St., make a free ornament craft and enjoy cookies and cocoa from 3 to 5 p.m. The FURIOUS GEORGE Band will play live at the Lodge from 8 to 11 p.m. The annual tree lighting ceremony takes place at Chang Hu Park at 7 p.m., followed by the holiday parade and then fireworks.
Maddison’s Spectacular Toy Drive
Christmas in Gowanda, next to the Gowanda Hollywood Theater, noon to 7 p.m. Members of the public are encouraged to drop off new toys or monetary donations to brighten the holidays for local children in need.
Cherry Creek kick-off
Lunch with Santa at the Trillium Lodge, 6830 Main St., noon to 3 p.m. $15 includes lunch buffet, photo with Santa, gift and activity for children with Mrs. Claus. Registration required, call 716 296-1032. Annual Christmas tree lighting and bow hanging ceremony begins at 5 p.m. Bows are $5 and must be pre-ordered.
Christmas Through the Village in Findley Lake
Main Street, noon to 7 p,m. Pictures with Santa, specials in stores, door prizes, crafts, entertainment, Santa’s workshop and more. Free admission.
Lakeshore Humane Society Saturday open adoption hours
The Lakeshore Humane Society, 431 E. Chestnut St., Dunkirk, will hold open adoption hours from noon to 3 p.m. The public is welcome to see the dogs and cats in need of loving homes. Tours of the facility will not be given. Individual appointments are available throughout the week by leaving a message at 716 672-1991; press “1” for dogs or “2” for cats. One must be 21 years of age or older to adopt a pet. The Cat’s Meow Boutique will be open for purchases by the public. For details, call 716 672-1991.
Lake Shore Center for the Arts presents:
Jacqueline Phillips Theater, 49 S. Portage St., Westfield, 2 p.m. Features the stories of prominent Westfield citizens who have passed on. Tickets $20 at lakeshorecenterforthearts.com. Another performance at 7 p.m.
The Department of Theatre and Dance
presents: “Radium Girls”
SUNY Fredonia, Rockefeller Arts Center, Bartlett Theatre, 2 p.m. Written by D.W. Gregory, set in 1926 based on the true story of women who became ill painting watches with radium and the fight for compensation. General public: $20 in advance, $25 door; student/child $5 advance, $10 door. Daniel Lendzian, Director. Another performance at 7:30 p.m.
Merrins BFA Dance Senior Projects
SUNY Fredonia, Rockefeller Arts Center 258, Merrins Dance Theatre, 2 p.m. Admission is free, however tickets are required due to limited seating.
presents: Come Home for the Holidays performances
Warner Theatre, 811 E. State St., Erie, Tickets: $60, $49, $39, $25, students $12. Call 814 455-1375. Matinee performance at 3 p.m.; evening performance at 8 p.m.
Light up Cassadaga
Ames Common, corner of Route 60 and Maple Avenue. Santa Claus arrives via fire truck at 3:30 p.m. and will listen to children’s requests until 5 p.m. Cassadaga Volunteer Fire Dept. will serve free hot chocolate. Fire pits available for warming. At the Cassadaga Library, 18 Maple Ave., children can choose a free book, do an activity and enjoy refreshments. Living nativity, at Park Church, 25 Maple Ave. Basket raffle tickets available, Remembrance tree. Call 716 785-5736. Caroling and park lighting at 5 p.m. Valley Community Choir will perform the Christmas cantata “O Holy NIght” at 6 p.m. at Park Church.
Dom Polski Club
holiday meat raffle
179 Lake Shore Drive E., Dunkirk, 4 p.m. until sold out. Members and eligible guests.
Cassadaga American Legion Decking the Halls
228 Maple Ave., 4 to 6 p.m. Bring a snack and wear an ugly sweater.
Youngsville Hometown Christmas Parade
Parade steps off at 4 p.m., events until 6 p.m.
Jingle Cancer Away
SUNY Fredonia, Williams Center, multi-purpose room, 4 p.m. Holiday-themed karaoke night featuring a capella and dancing performances. All in support of fighting cancer.
Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care Light a Life Memorial
Virtual memorial celebration streamed online at 6 p.m. The video link will be available on the CHPC Facebook page.
“Elf The Musical”
Lucille Ball Little Theatre, 18 E. Second St., Jamestown, 7:30 p.m. Based on the film, directed by Anne Ecklund and Heather Young.
Fredonia Holiday Choral Concert – Fredonia Chamber Choir, College Choir and Camerata
SUNY Fredonia, Rockefeller Arts Center, King Concert Hall, 8 p.m. Concert will be recorded and presented on local PBS stations during Christmas week.
SUNDAY, DEC. 4
Christmas Through the Village in Findley Lake
Main Street. Pictures with Santa, specials in stores, door prizes, crafts, entertainment, Santa’s workshop and more. Free admission.
Christmas on the Lake
Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, Lake Shore Drive E., Dunkirk, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Talented artists and craftsmen, local boutiques, with wide selection of handmade items including handbags, jewelry, floral designs, chocolates, pottery and much more. Free admission. Specially prepared lunch specials available.
The Barn 3521 holiday open house
3521 E. Main St., Fredonia, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eclectic selection of antiques and merchandise. Homemade cookies and live music.
Lakeshore Humane Society’s “Picture Your Pet With Santa” fund-raiser
Lakeshore Humane Society Adoption Center, 431 E. Chestnut St., Dunkirk, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pets, children, and/or family photos with Santa Claus will be taken by a photographer and available for purchase to benefit LHS. $15 for one pose; $20 for three poses. The digital photo(s) will be sent via email. Payment can be accepted in the form of cash or check only. Pets must be vaccinated, friendly and on a leash or in a carrier. Multiple pets and children are welcome. (No sick, aggressive, or exotic animals can be accommodated.) Call 716-672-1991 for details.
North Shore Arts Alliance Holiday Show at RTPI
Roger Tory Peterson Institute, 311 Curtis St., Jamestown, noon to 4 p.m. Admission free. See and purchase paintings, photographs, stained glass, ceramic creations, wood carvings, wooden furniture and more crafted by 22 North Shore Arts Alliance artists.
Audubon Sunday Storytime
Children ages 2 to 8 and their caregivers are invited to a free nature-based storytime at the Audubon Community Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Sunday admission is also free. Come for storytime and stay to explore the indoor Nature Play Area, live animals and exhibits. Participation is limited to 15. Reservations by the previous day are suggested. Call 716 569-2345.
“Elf The Musical”
Lucille Ball Little Theatre, 18 E. Second St., Jamestown, 2 p.m. Based on the film, directed by Anne Ecklund and Heather Young.
Sensory Santa at the Fenton
Fenton History Center, 67 Washington St., Jamestown, 2 to 4 p.m. Families are invited to bring their kids who can’t visit Santa in a crowded setting. The family and child will have their visit in a quiet setting without others in the room. Refreshments served in the dining room. Each child will receive a small gift. Free event.
Orchesis Dance Company’s Fall Showcase: Point of View
SUNY Fredonia, Steele Hall G01, Fieldhouse, 2 p.m. See student choreographed pieces in all styles. Students $4, general public $8. Another performance at 7 p.m.
Warren Concert Association presents: Matt Flinner and Low Lily
Struthers Library Theatre, 302 W. Third Ave, Warren, PA., 3 p.m. Folk music featuring guitar, mandolin, fiddle and vocals. $25. For details, call 814 723-7231.
Fredonia Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble
SUNY Fredonia, Mason Hall, Diers Recital Hall, 5 p.m.
The Department of Theatre and Dance presents: “Radium Girls”
SUNY Fredonia, Rockefeller Arts Center, Bartlett Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Written by D.W. Gregory, set in 1926 based on the true story of women who became ill painting watches with radium and the fight for compensation. General public: $20 in advance, $25 door; student/child $5 advance, $10 door. Daniel Lendzian, Director.
Fredonia Jazz Combos
SUNY Fredonia, Mason Hall, Diers Recital Hall, 8 p.m.
MONDAY, DEC. 5
Sinclairville Free Library presents: Makerspace
15 Main St., 5 to 6:30 p.m. Building kits, challenges, STEM activities. No registration required. Caregivers are required to stay with children.
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church service and welcoming event
12 Elm St., Westfield, 5:30 p.m. The Right Rev. Bishop Sean Rowe will be celebrating Holy Eucharist, receiving a congregant into the Church and answering parishioners’ questions and concerns. A potluck soup and grilled cheese sandwich supper will be served. Attendees are asked to bring a pot of soup to share. Sandwiches, tableware and beverages provided.
Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care Designer Bag bingo
Chautauqua Suites Hotel and Expo Center, 215 W. Lake Road, Mayville, 6 p.m. Features designer bags, purses and wallets by Kate Spade, Coach, Dooney & Bourke, Michael Kors, Fossil and Patricia Nash. Attendees can support CHPC, Chautauqua County Humane Society, Family Services of the Chautauqua Region, Creche Jamestown, CASA, No Kid Goes UnChristmased, Arise Chautauqua or a charity of their choice.
Sinclairville Free Library presents: Meet Cassadaga Valley Central School Agriculture and Occupational Education teacher Cheryl Burns
15 Main St., Sinclairville, 6 p.m. Call 716 962-5885.
Fredonia African Drumming Ensemble
SUNY Fredonia, Mason Hall, Rosch Recital Hall, 8 p.m.
TUESDAY, DEC. 6
Ahira Hall Library presents: Little Adventurers
37 W. Main St., Brocton, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. For ages 0 to 5. Call 716 792-9418 for details.
Dunkirk Public Library presents: Story time and take-home craft kit
536 Central Ave., 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For ages 2 to 5.
Youngerman Center Stroke/Head Injury Support Group meeting
SUNY Fredonia, Thompson Hall, room E148, 3 p.m. Activities to help stroke and head injury survivors use compensatory strategies to improve communication skills, provide educational information and an opportunity to socialize and share experiences. Light refreshments provided. For details, call Julie Williams, coordinator, 716 673-4618.
Ahira Hall Library presents: Explore and More
37 W. Main St., Brocton, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. For Pre-k through grade 3. Call 716 792-9418 for details.
Chautauqua County Planning Board meeting
Fredonia Technology Incubator, 214 Central Ave., Dunkirk, 4 p.m. For details, contact Courtney Domst at 716 363-3623.
St. Joseph’s bingo
Bingo will take place at St. Joseph’s parish, 145 E. Main St., Fredonia. Doors open at 5 p.m.; bingo begins at 7.
Darwin R. Library presents: Creative Writing Workshops
7 Day St., Fredonia, Steele Room, 5:30 to 7 p.m. No registration is required. All are welcome. Bring notebook and pen. Discuss different writing topics and enjoy support from other writers. Hosted by local writer Amanda Vink.
Valley Historical Society Christmas dinner meeting
Sinclairville Fire Hall, 6 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass, personal table service and beverage. The year in local history will be discussed. Election of officers. All are welcome.
Children in the Stream/4H Youth Fly Fishing program class
SUNY Fredonia, Rockefeller Arts Center, Costello Room, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Open to children over 12 (younger if accompanied by an adult), faculty, staff and community members of all ages. Classes and supplies provided at no cost. No long-term commitment is needed.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7
TOPS NY No. 890 meeting
First United Presbyterian Church, 35 Park Place, Silver Creek. Weigh-ins begin at 8:45 a.m., meeting starts at 9:35 a.m. All are welcome. Use the Main Street entrance. For details, call 716 680-0313.
Patterson Library presents: Zoom Room
40 S. Portage St., Westfield, 10 a.m. for ages 0 to 2.
First United Presbyterian Church of Dunkirk Marsh Memorial Advent Recital
19 W. Fourth St., Dunkirk, church sanctuary, noon. Performance by organist Don Fellows. Free musical program, open to the public.
Sinclairville Free Library presents: Child’s Play
15 Main St., 1 to 2 p.m. Ages birth through pre-school. Stories, songs, fingerplays. Take-away craft or activity for extended learning. Registration required.
USW SOAR Chapter 4 Christmas party
First Ward Falcon Club, 341 Lake Shore Drive E., Dunkirk, 5 p.m. Open to SOAR members and their spouses.
Lakeshore Humane Society Wednesday open adoption hours
The Lakeshore Humane Society, 431 E. Chestnut St., Dunkirk, will hold open adoption hours from 6 to 8 p.m. The public is welcome to see the dogs and cats in need of loving homes. Tours of the facility will not be given. Individual appointments are available throughout the week by leaving a message at 716 672-1991; press “1” for dogs or “2” for cats. One must be 21 years of age or older to adopt a pet. The Cat’s Meow Boutique will be open for purchases by the public. For details, call 716 672-1991.
Leon Community meeting
Leon FIre Hall, 6 p.m. All Leon Fire District residents encouraged to attend. Topic: Leon ambulance transfer to the Randolph Regional EMS.
Ahira Hall Library presents: Write Focus Writers’ Group
37 W. Main St., Brocton, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call 716 792-9418 for details.