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Free Workshop: Clear the Clutter
Wednesday, May 12 from 1 - 3 p.m. online via Zoom – Simplify your life and finances! Do you feel like you are drowning in clutter? Overwhelmed by the sheer volume of stuff? Having trouble finding the item you need? Clear the Clutter and Simplify Your Life and Finances may be the workshop that helps you address these questions. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County is offering this free workshop with Nancy Reigelsperger, CCE-Steuben Financial Educator, who will help you discover the strategies for taking a positive approach to controlling the clutter you might have. She will touch on ways to eliminate paper accumulation and provide alternate ways to keep sentimental items. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Register at PutKnowledgeToWork.org/finance and your zoom link will be emailed to you following registration. For more information call 607-664-2300.
Family Research Support Group: A Range of Records
Wednesday, May 12, 4 p.m. on Zoom – Bring your questions, wisdom, and fascinating discoveries. Whatever your level of experience, all are welcome. This month, we cover probate, tax, and land records. Use this link to register: http://bit.ly/PYPLfam. Hosted on Zoom by Penn Yan Public Library.
Diverse Voices Matter
Thursday, May 13, 8 p.m. on Zoom – One route to greater empathy is through an exploration of the arts in all their forms. Explore and celebrate the work of diverse creators in this ongoing program for adults. Use this link to register: http://bit.ly/PYPLvoices. Hosted on Zoom by Penn Yan Public Library.
Welsh Spoon Carving
Saturday, May 15 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with Craig Sandberg at the Arts Center, 127 Main St., Penn Yan. Welsh love spoons are decoratively carved wooden spoons that are often presented as a gift of romantic intent. They can be as simple or as intricate as you’d like. Create something unique and personal for someone you know! We’ll provide tools, wood, and directions. $40 members, $48 not-yet-members
By Gale-Wyn Catering, Saturday, May 15 starting at 11 a.m. at the Lyons National Bank in Penn Yan. Take-out only: dinner $10, chicken half $7. Dinner includes: half chicken, macaroni salad, coleslaw, salt potatoes, roll & butter. Sponsored by P.E.O. Chapter CI, Penn Yan. P.E.O. is an educational philanthropic organization which supports education for women through scholarships and low interest loans. Our Local Scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors girls, one each from Penn Yan Academy and Dundee High School. For more information on P.E.O. scholarships and loans go to www.peointernational.org/projects.
Podcast Primetime: Voter Suppression
Saturday, May 15, 1 p.m. on Zoom – Podcasts are revolutionizing the way people consume media, providing deep-dives into important topics and opportunities for important voices to flourish. This month: “10 Voter Suppression Methods,” an episode of Stuff You Should Know, which notes that voter suppression “is as old as voting itself.” Find the episode at this link, http://bit.ly/pyvotepod, give it a listen on your own time, and register to join us for discussion at http://bit.ly/pyplpod. Hosted by Penn Yan Public Library.
This Technology Life: All About Streaming
Saturday, May 15, 3 p.m. on Zoom – Drop in on this virtual roundtable hosted by Penn Yan Public Library to bolster your computer tech knowledge. This month, along with your questions, we’ll cover all the media you can stream, mostly for free, over the Internet – music, movies, and more. Register to join us for each session and receive reminders via this link: http://bit.ly/pypltech.
Benefit dinner and concert
LeTourneau Christian Center will hold a benefit dinner and concert on Sunday, May 16, 2021. Dinner will be at 5 p.m., followed by a concert in the Tabernacle featuring Cheri Taylor, a singer/speaker from Santa Claus, Indiana. Registration and pre-payment are required via the LeTourneau website at www.letourneau.org. before May 12 for dinner ($25 adults, $15 children), and advance registration is required for the 6 p.m. concert as attendance will be limited per Covid guidelines. LeTourneau Christian Center is located at 4950 County Road 11, Rushville.
Reading in Public
Mondays, May 17, 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Red Jacket Park on Lake Street in Penn Yan – Penn Yan Public Library invites you to get outside and read together. Join us at Red Jacket Park with your current book and a folding chair. Please bring a mask and observe appropriate social distancing for people outside of your bubble. Watch the skies in case of inclement weather, in which case this session will be canceled.
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, May 18, 19 and 20 (glaze the following week) from 10 a.m. - noon with Rachel Yan Gu at the Arts Center, 127 Main St., Penn Yan. This class offers you an opportunity to cast ceramic works from plaster molds with a variety forms. Demonstration of slip casting process will be shown, as well as making colored slip and cleaning a cast piece. There will be a discussion on slip making, recycling slip and molds, firing and glazing. A knowledge of basic ceramic techniques will be helpful, but this workshop is open to all levels. $50 members, $60 not-yet-members $10 fee for clay/glaze/firing.
Pro Action Yates Office for the Aging will host a drive-through May Banquet from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. May 19 at the First Baptist Church, 224 Main St., Penn Yan. Menu is roast beef, mashed potatoes with gravy, capri vegetables, rolls, and strawberry shortcake. You must make reservations by May 10 by calling 315-536-5515. There is a suggested donation of $8 for people over 60 and a mandatory charge of $8 if under 60.
Apple User Support Group: Optimizing Your Device
Thursday, May 20, 4 p.m. on Zoom – Bring question and tips to this information sharing session where you can trade tips and expertise with fellow Apple aficionados. This month: how to make your device work best for you. Use this link to register: http://bit.ly/PYPLmac. Hosted on Zoom by Penn Yan Public Library.
Diverse Voices Matter
Thursday, May 20, 8 p.m. on Zoom – One route to greater empathy is through an exploration of the arts in all their forms. Explore and celebrate the work of diverse creators in this ongoing program for adults. Use this link to register: http://bit.ly/PYPLvoices. Hosted on Zoom by Penn Yan Public Library.
Blessed Hope May ladies luncheon
LeTourneau Christian Center’s Blessed Hope May ladies luncheon will be held on Friday, May 21 at 11 a.m. The speaker will be Blake Ennis. Blake is the former teaching director of Canandaigua’s Community Bible Study and the title of her talk is “God Will Hold Us Fast.” The program link will be available on the LeTourneau Christian Center Facebook page or at LeTourneau Christian Center YouTube. Registration and $13 pre-payment is required for in-person attendance and lunch. LeTourneau Christian Center is located at 4950 County Road 11, Rushville.
Spring Plein Air
Friday & Saturday, May 21-22 from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. with Kevin Feary of the Arts Center of Yates County. Celebrate spring in the Finger Lakes with two days of landscape painting in one of the area’s most scenic venues at Borglum’s Iris Farm. Painters in any medium welcome. Enrollment is limited. $150 members, $175 not-yet-members
The First Baptist Church of Penn Yan will host a chicken barbecue Saturday, May 22 from 11 a.m. until sold out, at the parking lot of Lyons National Bank, 205 Liberty St. in Penn Yan. The cost is $10 for complete chicken dinner, and $8 for 1/2 chicken only. All proceeds will benefit the budget of First Baptist Church.
Understanding Film: AFTER THE STORM
Friday, May 28, 9 pm on Zoom – Penn Yan Public Library welcomes media critic and educator Mike Reiff for another insightful exploration of the art of cinema. This month’s selection is the Japanese family drama "After the Storm" by Hirokazu Kore-eda, which you can find streaming for free on Tubi. Use this link to register and receive access instructions: http://bit.ly/PYPLfilm. This session will be recorded for later viewing on YouTube if you can’t attend live.
Dundee Flying Club Memorial Day Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast is Monday May 31, featuring the "Awe-Ja-Magic" pancake machine invented by Clarence Sebring. Prices are adults $8, children $5; menu includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, applesauce, coffee, juice, hot chocolate. Time 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. Located at the corner of Rt. 14A and Chase Road in Reading Center, N.Y.
Cards of Appreciation
Starting May 1 and continuing all summer long at the library during open hours (214 Main Street, Penn Yan) – Penn Yan Public Library would like to invite you to spread gratitude to some of the workers, agencies, and businesses that have played a part in keeping our community #PYStrong during this difficult year. We’ll have colorful cards available for you sign or customize on your next visit to the library, which we’ll then deliver to their destination. Check back every two weeks to make out a card for another group of deserving recipients.
Penn Yan Public Library is offering custom outdoor “pod storytimes” for groups of fewer than eight people. Please email email@example.com to get started.
Spring Reading Challenge
Dundee Library – Calling all avid readers and those looking to jump start their next reading adventure! The Dundee Library has a very rewarding reading challenge for you! This challenge is for adults and children. Participants will be eligible for a drawing at the end of each quarter or at the end of the year depending on the challenge. First, second, third, and fourth place prizes will be awarded at the end of June. Prizes will include books, gift cards, and items or gift certificates to local businesses. To participate please contact the Dundee Library to sign-up, if you do not already have a library card with a library in the Southern Tier Library System please apply for one with us, and request a bookmark and/or calendar challenge poster. You may also simply keep a reading log. Eligible materials are books, ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines. We also have the 1,000 books before kindergarten program to promote early literacy with prizes for every 100 books read!
Little Bookworms is on Facebook Live at 9 a.m. on Wednesdays with Lauren, who will give an overview of the Weekly Activity Kit, designed for ages 0-4. They are available to pick up at the Hammondsport Library afterwards. Sign-up is required as kits are limited.
Relax & Read Teen Subscription Box
All April long – Penn Yan Public Library invites Yates County youth ages 12 to 18 years to register to get a once-a-month subscription box (actually a reusable grocery bag) full of fun stuff to help them relax and de-stress. What's in the bag? A calming, fun activity with all supplies included; a library book already checked out to you, chosen just for you; and random swag, as our budget allows. Fill out the registration form at https://tinyurl.com/PYPLRelax to participate, and the library will get in touch once the bag is ready to be picked up.
Penn Yan Public Library’s Miss Melissa reads great chapter books for elementary readers! Find links to the video playlists, plus discussion guides, at https://tinyurl.com/BBPYPL.
PYPL encourages all community members to consider keeping a journal of their daily lives during these extraordinary times, and to consider this act in terms set forth by the New York State Library Manuscripts and Special Collections (MSC) in their newly-announced COVID-19 Personal History Initiative: “Through this new project, we’re encouraging all New Yorkers to keep a journal documenting what their daily lives are like during the pandemic in an effort to record and preserve the unprecedented and historical events that are currently unfolding around us. … The history of our state is told through the experiences of its citizens, and we need all New Yorkers to document this unchartered territory.” In the future, you may consider donating your writings for posterity, both to the New York State Library as well as for local preservation and access. Start writing now, and stay tuned for future announcements!
A weekly activity program for all ages will be on Hammondsport Library’s Facebook Live at noon Thursdays with Sally. Programs are recorded and may be viewed at anytime afterwards. Follow the Fred & Harriett Memorial Library on Facebook and Instagram for updates.