Apr 30

Audubon Community Nature Center

MARCH 3 - APRIL 30: The Audubon Community Nature Center presents a series of activities and programs for children and adults. Note their poster on this web site or visit

10:30 am10:30

Dr. Twan Leenders "Eden in our Backyard – how Jamestown’s Urban Nature Inspired Naturalists the World Over.”  

  • ST. Lukes Episcopal Church

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017 at 7 PM

Twan Leenders, conservation biologist and President of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, will share some of Peterson’s Jamestown history and highlight the current state of the city’s "green" side. Although it may not look it on the surface, the urban environment of Jamestown harbors a surprising variety of flora and fauna – including a range of at-risk species that are declining nationwide.   

In the early 1900s, the young Roger Tory Peterson saw these fascinating glimpses of life in the parks of his neighborhood, in the Chadakoin River, and in the woods and farm fields surrounding Jamestown. His explorations and discoveries in the greater Jamestown area became the inspiration for his illustrious naturalist career. Few people have played as important of a role as Peterson in making backyard nature – regardless of where your backyard may be – accessible and understandable to the people. His books, and other volumes in the Peterson Field Guide Series, have inspired and educated millions of people and many people still have a trusty bird book or plant guide on their window sill. 

Jamestown’s urban nature is ever present, if you know where and how to look. The city’s native plants and animals are as fascinating, and possibly even more important now than they were in Peterson’s days. 

4:00 pm16:00

Grow Jamestown Garden Fair at the Northwest Arena

SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017 from 10 AM to 4 PM

We’ve combined everything you loved about our popular garden fair with all the things you’ve come to expect from a home improvement show. Put this event on your calendar as a one stop shop to get your home and gardens ready for the spring season.

Features of this year’s GROW Jamestown Garden Fair and Home Show include landscape designers, craft vendors, home improvement experts, kid’s craft activities, local nonprofit organizations, DIY demonstrations, prizes, food and retail vendors, and gardening workshops.

The Tree Guys return this year with a live chainsaw carving! New this year, Lowes ProServices is partnering with Sherwin Williams to offer an educational workshop for those looking to expand their knowledge of paint techniques. Painting experts will guide participants through different paint finishes and color schemes and offer tips to get professional-looking results for DIY painting projects.

For full details on vendors and booths (still available) visit 

8:30 pm20:30

Prendergast Eco-Read Panel Discussion as a Follow-up to the Reading of “Under the Sea-Wind”

  • Prendergast Library

WEDNESDAY, April 5, 2017 at 7 PM in the Community Room at the Prendergast Library

Becky Nystrom, JCC biology professor and naturalist; Johnathan Townsend (JCC biology instructor, bat biologist, and Lands Manager for the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy), and Lee John (morning show host and radio personality for Media 1 Group) will read short excerpts, and reflect and comment on Rachel Carson’s “Under the Sea-Wind.” 

Join the fun as professor, bat biologist, and morning show host comment on one of the most important writers and environmentalits of the 20th Century.


8:00 am08:00

2017 LEGAL EDUCATION SEMINAR Superfund Changed the World: Initial Response to a National Emergency and its Evolution



PUBLIC WELCOME  (donations appreciated)

8:00 AM REGISTRATION. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, please visit to fill out the form. 


At 8:45 AM, Mary Dee Martoche and Hon. Joseph Gerace Ms. Martoche and the Hon. Joseph Gerace will discuss Robert H. Jackson and the Forbes Case.

At 9:45 AM, Gregory L. Peterson, Esq. interviews the Honorable John LaFalce, Congressman from New York’s 29th District.

BREAK at 10:45

 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PANEL DISCUSSION: The Honorable John LaFalce, former U.S. Congressman; David Flynn, Phillips Lytle partner and Practice Team Leader for the firm’s Energy, Environment, and Nanotechnology Practice Teams; and Paul Neureuter, President and CEO of Krog Corp will engage in topic discussions.

12:45 PM LUNCHEON: Dennis J. “Denny” Lynch, longtime Public Relations Director for the Buffalo Bills and author of Olympic Members from Western New York.

The program will end at 2:00 pm.

6:00 am06:00

How Vital is Corporate Environmental Responsibility?



Please join the Robert H Jackson Center (RHJC) as we explore business opportunities and risks inherent in environmental sustainability.

The program will begin with reflections on the importance of the environment to Jackson’s formative years and how it shaped his perspective that the preservation of the environment relies on a commitment from the business community and its citizens

A panel discussion will follow.  The panel includes Laurie Counsel, Environmental Relations Director at Cummins International and Allison Robinson, Director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Environmental Initiatives, who will discuss their respective entity’s work to strengthen their fiscal health and the well-being of their communities through mitigating environmental impacts. To round out the picture, an attorney with experience in both prosecuting and defending corporations, will address current issues in health, safety, and environmental law.

Julia Craighill, president of Ensign Consulting, Jackson Center board member and Jackson’s granddaughter, will provide the opening reflections and moderate the panel.

THIS PROGRAM IS PART OF THE GREENUP JAMESTOWN INITIATIVE, a series of events leading up to Earth Day.


11:00 am11:00

Jamestown Community College's EarthFest

EARTHFEST, THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2016, from 11 - 2 pm: 

The program includes eco-friendly products, nature photography, jewelry, and plants, plus educational, outdoors, and live animal displays. Proceeds from the sale of fairly traded products by club members will be donated to environmental organizations. A tree seedling adoption will be conducted by the Earth Awareness Club.

Sponsored by JCC’s Earth Awareness Club and JCC/FSA (free and open to the public)

7:30 pm19:30

Jamestown Concert Association and St. Luke's Episcopal Church present an Art-Happening Event to Celebrate Earth Day 2017


SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017 at 6 pm

The Reverend Luke Fodor will present a brief opening ceremony and Earth prayer to be followed by an "optional" fifteen minutes of silent prayer or meditation for Earth Healing. When the opening ceremony is completed, or as guests finish their reflections, they can move on to the ArtHappening reception in the sanctuary at 6:15.

As part of the reception, "E. O. Wilson's Biophilia Hypothesis: Loving Bats and Birds and Leaves" photography exhibition will be on view in the St. Luke's Winged Ox Art Gallery. Sandra Rothenberg and Marilyn Martin are the featured artists. The show celebrates the familiar and unfamiliar wonders of Nature. 

The Jamestown Concert Association presents Percussion Group Cincinnati at 7:30. 

ADULTS: $20 at door and $15 for pre-sale • SENIORS: $15 at door and $12 for pre-sale  CHILDREN under 18 are free. Pre-sale tickets at available at Trinity guitars, Chautauqua. Music, Wright's Music Shed, and Germaine & Pappalardo Music.  



1:30 pm13:30

The Reverend Luke Fodor presents "Be Fruitful and Multiply: Did God Really Propose Human Domination of Creation?"


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017 at 7 PM: 

In the first creation story in Genesis, God creates humanity and tells them to be fruitful and multiply and to subdue the earth. We have seen the results of Western Society’s expansion domination and its environmental impact. We’ll look at how a simple creation story might have justified the exploitation of the earth—“our fragile island home,” as the Book of Common Prayer calls it. We’ll ponder what God really wants from our stewardship of creation. 

7:00 pm19:00

The Reverend Luke Fodor presents "Following the Celtic Saints: Being Grounded in Creation."



For many, connecting with nature plays a significant role in their spirituality and how they experience the grandeur of God. For others these “natural sentiments” smack of a mawkish, Romantic impulse that is a reaction to the reality of daily lives. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’ll follow the paths of the Celtic Saints as they model a “green spirituality” that is in balance with the reality of lived daily experience but strives to create a verdant human society.

7:00 am07:00

Dr. Sherri "Sam" Mason presents "Silent Springs Eternal: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson"


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2017 at 7 PM

Dr. Sherri “Sam” Mason will illuminate Rachel Carson’s life, vision, and legacy. "Silent Spring" merges Carson's poetic and scientific writing as a means to change public policy to heal Earth. On the other hand, the EcoRead, "Under the Sea-Wind," represents the author's pure passion: revealing the beauty and miraculous wonders of Nature. The slide talk will be held in the Pendergast Library Community Room.

Professor of Chemistry, and Chair, Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences at SUNY at Fredonia, Dr. Mason has also played a role in transforming public policy. She and her team are helping heal the Great Lakes ecosystem. Search “Beads of Destruction” for her TEDx Talk.

Carson’s lifetime achievements as an author, naturalist, scientist, and editor-in-chief for the US Fish and Wildlife Service should be familiar to every American, "especially young men and women interested in environmental studies, politics, public policy, and women’s studies." For nearly sixty years, “Silent Spring” has been recognized as one of the most significant nature books of all time. 

Edward O. Wilson (Harvard University Professor, radical biologist, and two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author) categorizes Carson’s legacy like this: “One of the most important Americans of the twentieth century.” Therefore, an account of Carson’s legacy and “relevance to our times,” is appropriate. Healing Earth and healing humanity are Mason’s and Carson’s shared goals and passions. 

Mar 10

The JCC Uncommoners present "Paragon Springs"


MARCH 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 8 PM; MARCH 5 at 2 PM

Paragon Springs is based on Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People. Set in 1926, the famed "healing waters" of Paragon Springs have been mysteriously poisoned, and Dr. Thomas Stockman, the town's citizen-crusader, is determined to uncover the truth. This socio-political play includes the classical conflicts between the bottom line, social justice, and environmental ethics and law.  

TICKETS: 716-338-1187 or