Community notebook

The community notebook is compiled by the OBSERVER staff. To send in an event or listing, e-mail us at editorial@observertoday or call us at 366-3000.

St. Joseph’s Gowanda community meal planned for today

St. Joseph’s Gowanda community meal will take place Saturday, Aug. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m., at 26 Erie Ave., Gowanda. The committee will be serving baked chicken, macaroni, salad, pickle, roll, watermelon and beverages. All are welcome.

CASAC and HOPE Chautauqua plan “Celebrate Your Strengths Talent

CASAC and HOPE Chautauqua will present: “Celebrate Your Strengths Talent Show!,” on Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds, 1089 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Contestants can be ages 8 to 17. The cost is $10 per participant. Divisions include Division 1 (ages 8 to 11), Division 2 (ages 12 to 14); Division 3 (ages 15 to 17). Categories are singing, dancing, instrument, variety. There will be prizes to win: first, second, third for each category in each division. Register at by Aug. 14.

Pine Valley VFW Post No. 2522 car show and chicken barbecue

Pine Valley VFW Post No. 2522, Route 83, Cherry Creek, will host a car show and chicken barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 18 from noon to 5 p.m. or until gone. Dinner includes barbecued chicken, baked beans, macaroni salad and a brownie for a $10 donation. Check in for the car show is at 11:15 a.m. Proceeds benefit cancer aid and research. Call 287-3126 or 287-4497 for details.

Reunion of Walter and Camilla Shepardson

The 104th annual reunion picnic of the descendants of Walter and Camilla Shepardson will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Gerry Town Park pavilion #1. Dinner will be served at 1 p.m. and all attendees are asked to bring a dish of food to pass and their own table service and beverage. For more information, call Larry Barmore at 985-4870.

Chautauqua County Genealogical Society will hold annual picnic

The Chautauqua County Genealogical Society will hold its annual picnic, on Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Red House, Frisbee Road, Cassadaga. The potluck meal will be held at 5:30 p.m. for those who are interested. Table service, coffee, tea and water will be provided. The meeting will take place from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Tour the 1800’s brick house and bring a story or artifacts of interest to share with the group. Members, friends and local historians will have displays, stories and publications available. The event is open to the public.

5K Glow Run/Walk to Benefit Local Suicide Prevention Efforts

On Saturday, Aug. 25, the third annual GLOW Your Mind 5K Run/Walk will take place at 8:30 p.m. at the Northwest Arena, 319 W. Third St. in Jamestown.

The glow run is being put on through the collaboration of The Community Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Chautauqua Tapestry, and Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene. Timing and race management will be provided by Chautauqua Striders. The partnership came out of the groups’ common goal to generate awareness that mental wellness and physical wellness are of equal importance in everyone’s lives.

Registration and race packet pick-up will be from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. outside the arena. The run and walk will begin at 8:30 p.m. and will follow a route through residential neighborhoods in Jamestown.

After the race, an “After Glow” party, managed by Eventz by Scott will be held outside of the arena. The party will feature snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, and live music by DJ Xcite Sound. Awards will also be presented to the top overall male and female finishers and the top male and female finishers in each age group.

Registration is $20 plus a $2.50 sign-up fee for anyone who completes an online registration by Aug. 20. Registration for participants 7 to 18 years old is $15 plus a $2.50 sign-up fee. Visit “” .

All of the proceeds raised by the event stay local and will be used for suicide prevention efforts in Chautauqua County.