UPCOMING EVENTS

Staff reports
The Chronicle-Express

Through June 30

Spring Reading Challenge 

April - June 30 at 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!    


JUNE 16

Lego Club

Wednesday, June 16 at 2 p.m. at Dundee Library - The Legos are back at the Dundee Library!  We have had to become a little creative with our lego club offerings.  Our solution is to give each participant a kit that is theirs to work with during our June weekly meetings.  This month’s kit is the Klutz Lego Gadgets Science/STEM Activity Kit.  We will meet from 2-3 p.m. on Wednesdays.  

Tales With Tails 

Wednesday, June 16 at 3 p.m. at Dundee Library - Our kiddos have chosen a Little Red Riding Hood MysteryTheater theme for their production! We are creating our own script, designing our own set, costumes, and sound effects!  We can’t wait to present this production to you this summer!   

Girls Who Code

Wednesday, June 16 4 p.m. at Dundee Library - Girls in grades 3rd-5th and 6th-12th try something new this year! This club is for you if you enjoy computer science and/or coding. We are mixing things up this month by working on our Girls Who Code page, STEM  and coding activities and reading about other Girls and Women Who Code. Please call 607-243-5938 with questions. 


JUNE 17

Story Time: Father’s Day

Thursday, June 17 at 10:30 a.m. at Dundee Library & Dundee Library Facebook Page - Dads are pretty wise and we’ll celebrate all the great things Dad Knows with My Father Knows the Names of Things.  We’ll also celebrate with Dr. Seuss in I Love Pop!  Our final read will be Dear Boy by Jason and Paris Rosenthal.

Apple User Support Group: iCloud and the Apple Ecosystem

Thursday, June 17, 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: iCloud tips and info on the Apple Ecosystem. Use this link to register: http://bit.ly/PYPLmac. Hosted on Zoom by Penn Yan Public Library.

Aspiring Chefs: Back-Pocket Marinade for Grilled Chicken

Thursday,  June 17 at 4 p.m. on Dundee Library Facebook Page - Help Dad fire up the barbecue for Father’s Day with this seriously simply and very delicious recipe from Food 52!

Exploring America’s Founding Documents: The Rights of Privacy and Association

Thursday, June 17, 5:30 pm on Zoom and livestreamed on Facebook – Get to the bedrock of our national identity with this ongoing exploration of our founding documents.  This month, we’ll look at the constitutional rights guaranteed for LGBTQ+ people embodied in the rights to privacy and association.  Use your own writing implements and we’ll provide the rest.  This program is inspired by artist Morgan O’Hara’s Handwriting the Constitution project.  Use this link to register and receive access instructions: http://bit.ly/USDocs.  Hosted by Penn Yan Public Library.

Diverse Voices Matter

Thursday, June 17, 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.  This month we focus on immigrant and refugee experiences, in conjunction with the current community read of Home Now by Cynthia Anderson.  Use this link to register: http://bit.ly/PYPLvoices.  Hosted on Zoom by Penn Yan Public Library.


JUNE 18

Friday Book Sales

The Friday Book Sales, sponsored by the Friends of the Penn Yan Library, feature books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, and puzzles every Friday in front of the PYPL on Main Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., unless it is raining. This is our first fundraising effort since the last book sale in 2019 because of the pandemic; we really need your help in our efforts to support our library. The price of everything will be a donation of your choice. Please help us enhance your library, and pick up some treasures of your own. Thank you!

Blessed Hope ladies luncheon

LeTourneau Christian Center’s Blessed Hope June ladies luncheon will be held on Friday, June 18, at 11 a.m. The speaker will be Denise McKenzie and the title of her talk is “Dressing in Deity, in the Righteousness of God.”  The program link will be available on the LeTourneau Christian Center Facebook page or at LeTourneau Christian Center YouTube. Registration and $13 pre-payment before June 11 were required for in-person attendance and lunch and could be made by calling LeTourneau at 585-554-3400. LeTourneau Christian Center is located at 4950 County Road 11, Rushville.


JUNE 19

Town of Jerusalem Clean Up Day

The Town of Jerusalem’s annual Clean Up Day will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at 2672 Guyanoga Road, Branchport (look for signs to the old town highway pit). Examples of what to bring: Furniture, Appliances without Freon, Metal, Paint (dried in can), Empty propane tanks, Electronics (TVs – flat screen & tubed, computers, monitors, printers), Plastic barrels (must have ends removed and barrel cut in half lengthwise), Insulation (bagged only). Fees for Tires: $3 for passenger tire (with or w/o rims), $7 for 19” truck tire (with or w/o rims), $13 for 20” truck tire (no rims), no agriculture tires. Do not bring: Household garbage, Oil, Wet paint, Appliances with Freon, Boats, Partial buildings, Shingles, TVs with cracked screens or tubes.

Please: place small materials in bags or boxes. Separate metal and electronics. No more than three pickup or trailer loads per household. For further information, contact Daryl Jones at 315-694-0058 or Jamie Sisson at 315-530-8237.

Knights of Columbus Chicken Barbecue

The Knights of Columbus will be hosting a chicken barbecue by Gale-Wyn Catering from 10 a.m. until gone Saturday, June 19 at Lyons National Bank in Penn Yan. Dinner includes 1/2 chicken macaroni salad, cole slaw, salt potatoes, and a dinner roll.

This Technology Life: G Suite Part 1

Saturday, June 19, 1 p.m. on Zoom - Drop in on this virtual roundtable hosted by Penn Yan Public Library to bolster your computer tech knowledge.  This month, we’ll begin an in-depth look at G Suite (now known as Workspace), Google’s array of productivity tools.  Register to join us for each session and receive reminders via this link: http://bit.ly/pypltech.

Dresden FD Pizza & Wings

Dresden Fire Auxiliary Pizza and Wings Saturday, June 19 from 4 - 6:30 p.m.  Call ahead starting at 3 p.m. 315-536-6391.  Large cheese $12 and order of 10 wings $8.

Arts & Drafts: Make Your Own Tote Bag

Saturday, June 19, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom - Local artist Jeannette McDunnah will guide us through a new art project you can complete at home with the supply kit provided by the library.  This month, get into the rambling spirit and paint your own tote bag to take on adventures out in the wide world.  To sign up for a supply kit, receive the Zoom demo link, and receive the adventurous drink pairing suggestion, please visit http://bit.ly/pyartsjune2.  Open to adults aged 21 and older; hosted by Penn Yan Public Library and co-sponsored by our friends at Hoban’s Spirits, who are pleased to offer a special discount on this event’s pairing.

JUNE 19 - JULY 5

StoryWalk

Bring the whole family down to the library to walk and read together! The story “North, South, East, West” by Margaret Wise Brown will be mounted on signs set up around the grounds of Penn Yan Public Library at 214 Main St. in the village for folks to read and enjoy together, and will be available from dawn to dusk, Saturday, June 19 through Monday, July 5.


JUNE 21

Maker Monday

Pickup from 2-5 p.m. Monday, June 21 at Dundee Library - Make your Monday great with our Maker Monday kits.  June’s treasure chest located next to the indoor book drop will include Flag Day, Father’s Day, leatherworking, and ice cream cone key chain kits.    This is a passive program you can share with your family on your own schedule!  Each kit will include essential supplies for the activity, but will not include scissors, tape, glue, markers, or crayons. 

Reading in Public

Monday, June 21, 5:30 p.m. at Indian Pines Park, 69 Old Pines Trail, Penn Yan – Join us at Indian Pines Park with your current book and a folding chair.  Watch the skies in case of inclement weather, in which case this session will be canceled.  Hosted by Penn Yan Public Library.

PYA Sports Awards Program

The 55th Annual Sports Awards Program will be held at Penn Yan Academy Monday, June 21.  This year’s program will consist of an awards program in the auditorium at 6 p.m.   Due COVID-19 restrictions, the program will be limited to athletes and their two guests.  We invite you to join us for the live stream that evening at the Penn Yan Athletics Youtube page. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC69OpAbUSsPrOnmmIbFIeWw  


JUNE 22 - 23

Glass Mosaics

Two sessions: June 22, 1 – 5 P.M. and June 23, 2 - 4 p.m. at the Arts Center, 127 Main St., Penn Yan - During this two-day class, participants will design, create and grout a mosaic. Using pieces of stained glass, create something unique that will remind you of your time on Keuka Lake. (If you do not currently wear glasses, please bring a pair with you.) Cost: $60 members, $72 not-yet-members. Contact 315-536-8226 or go to www.artscenteryatescounty.org to register and pay online. 


JUNE 22 - 24

Coil Pots

Three Sessions: June 22, 23 and 24, 10 a.m. to noon each day at the Arts Center, 127 Main St., Penn Yan. Explore the craftsmanship and visual expression of coil building. Build a mug, a flowerpot, a vase or a bowl using the clay coil technique. Plan to glaze June 29, 30 or July 1. Cost: $70 members, $84 not-yet-members. Contact 315-536-8226 or go to www.artscenteryatescounty.org to register and pay online.


JUNE 23

Red Cross Blood Drive

The American Red Cross offers one final Yates County June Blood Drive to collect much needed blood of all types. Supplies continue to be critically low. The drive takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Wednesday, June 23 at the Yates Community Center, 463 N. Main St., Penn Yan. To make an appointment or for more information, visit redcrossblood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or download the free Red Cross Donor App. You can shorten your donation time by completing a Rapid Pass, which includes pre-donor reading and the health questionnaire, on the day of the drive. Go to the website or use the Red Cross Donor App.

Movie: 'The Thing From Another World'

Wednesday, June 23 at 2 p.m. at Dundee Library - Hold on to the edge of your seats as we check out a blast from the past (1951 to be exact) as we celebrate the last day of school with a sci-fi movie.  

Dundee Baccalaureate Service

The Dundee Area Council of Churches will offer a Baccalaureate Service to the graduating class of 2021 of Dundee Central School.  The service will be hosted by the Dundee Baptist Church, 20 Seneca St, Dundee at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23.

The service will be limited to the graduates and their guests, school administration and teachers, and the presenting clergy and lay persons. Please bring a face mask to wear while indoors.

There will not be a formal reception. Bottled water will be available outside. The church lawn and the Seneca St. Park are available for family and friends to meet and greet, weather permitting. 


JUNE 24

Story Time: Summer Fun                

Thursday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m. at Dundee Library & Dundee Library Facebook Page - Summer is finally here!  The first day of summer is literally the Sun’s Day to shine because the Summer Solstice, June 20 is the one day of the year that has the most sunlight!  Celebrate Summer with us when we read "Sun" by Stacy McAnulty. One of your many favorite summer activities may be camping. Read "Flashlight" by Lizi Boyd with us to prepare for your next camping adventure.

Aspiring Chefs: Hawaiian Pizza

Thursday, June 24 at 4 p.m. on the Dundee Library Facebook Page - Make your own Hawaiian pizzas with English muffins, pineapple, and Canadian bacon! 

JUNE 25

Friday Book Sales

The Friday book sales, sponsored by the Friends of the Penn Yan Library, feature books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, and puzzles every Friday in front of the PYPL on Main Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., unless it is raining. This is our first fundraising effort since the last book sale in 2019 because of the pandemic; we really need your help in our efforts to support our library. The price of everything will be a donation of your choice. Please help us enhance your library, and pick up some treasures of your own. Thank you!

Barbecue Social Fundraiser

Care Net Penn Yan's Barbecue Social Fundraiser is Friday, June 25 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Oak Hill Bulk Foods on Rte. 14A in Second Milo. The $15 ticket includes all-you-can-eat chicken barbecue dinner, Shtayburne Farm ice cream, live music, and a program update from Care Net! Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com/e/bbq-social-fundraiser-tickets-148794760133, by emailing pycarenet@hotmail.com, or by calling 315-536-7333.

Understanding Film: 'HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE' by Taika Waititi

Friday, June 25, 9 p.m. 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 "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" by acclaimed director Taika Waititi, which you can find streaming for free on Tubi or available on DVD through the library. 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. 


JUNE 26

Wellness Program Annual Blood Analysis

Dundee Rotary Wellness Program Annual Blood Analysis (AMBA) will be held Saturday, June 26 from 6 - 10 a.m. at the Dundee Fire Hall, 12 Union St., Dundee. Cost: $41 (check or money order only). There will be a separate handling fee of $5 for the Rotary (cash or check). Optional tests are available; physician order will be required for these. This will be done by appointment only, no walk-ins. To make an appointment, call 1-800-234-8888 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. (have doctor's name and address available).

Resilient Penn Yan: Ninespotted Ladybug Release

Saturday, June 26 at 9:30 a.m., Penn Yan Community Garden (at the end of Pleasant Avenue) – The nine-spotted ladybug was once commonly found across North America, when it served as an important beneficial insect in our agricultural landscapes.  Now extremely rare, this species is the subject of a reintroduction effort hatched by the Cornell-based Lost Ladybug Project, and we’d love your help! Join Cornell Cooperative Extension educator Caroline Boutard-Hunt for a brief session on the value of these native insects, then help us release them into the garden. You can even take some with you to release into viable habitats on your property or around the community. These larvae have been raised with local adaptation in mind and will be very happy and helpful in our Finger Lakes gardens. This program is being organized jointly by Penn Yan Public Library and the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County, with the support of Citizens’ Climate. Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change is a pilot program of the American Library Association. We will hold this program rain or shine, so please dress appropriately.

Chicken Barbecue

A chicken barbecue benefitting the Yates County Sportsmen's Association will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at Oak Hill Farms, 3173 Route 14A, Penn Yan.

Books & Bikes Fest

Saturday, June 26, 10 a.m. - noon - Penn Yan Public Library is excited to announce the return of Books & Bikes Fest! This annual celebration kicks off our summer of learning fun! The library’s parking lot will be closed to vehicles so kids can bring their bikes and ride! There will be bubbles, snacks, free books, free bike decorations, and even free helmets! Kids who sign up to keep track of how much time they spend reading this summer will earn a free book of their choosing! This free outdoor event is for the whole family. Please dress for the weather, although the festival will be canceled in the event of rain or thunder, and follow all current public health guidelines.

Girl Scout/Brownies Humane Society Walk

Please join Girl Scout Troop 60201 Saturday, June 26 in helping to raise money for the animals in need at the Yates County Humane Society. Join us for our first ever large event put on by our Brownie Troop. Enjoy a nice walk, run, hike, or bike with your pet, friend, and/or family member. Learn more about our beloved Humane Society, Outlet Trail, and Daisy Troop while enjoying a summer day in nature. Meet us at the Cascade Mills Visitor's Center for some special treats and to sign in between 10-11 a.m., the event starts promptly at 11 a.m. 


JUNE 26-27

16th Annual Cherry Festival

Varick Winery & Vineyard, 5102 State Route 89, Romulus, is hosting its 16th Annual Cherry Festival on June 26 and 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine.  Enjoy sweet and sour cherry picking, food by Smokey and The Pig Barbecue, wine, spud chuckin', sweet treats,  music by The Inner Crazy on Saturday and by Howie Bartolo on Sunday,  and arts and crafts vendors offering such treasures as jewelry,  bags, candles, clothing, soap,  and cutting boards.  Admission is free. Varick Winery is located on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. For more information, call 315-549-8797 or visit www.varickwinery.com.  


JUNE 27

Dresden FD Breakfast

The Dresden Fire Department will host a breakfast on Sunday, June 27 from 7 - 11 a.m. Eat in or take out. All-you-can-eat menu includes: pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, ham, home fries, toast, and drink.  $8 for adults and $4 for age 12 and under.


JUNE 27-30 

Painting with Paper a la Carte 

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Arts Center of Yates County’s Sunny Point, 869 East Lake Road, Dundee 

June 27: Painting Paper for Collage with the Gel Plate. Transform simple papers of all kinds – music, text, newspaper, copy paper, specialty papers and more – into the vibrant, textured media that takes your work beyond “collage” to truly “painting with paper” with internationally-known collage artist Elizabeth St. Hilaire. 

June 28: Creating a Small Format Flower Collage. Under the direction of internationally-known collage artist Elizabeth St. Hilaire work from a photo reference to build a vibrant, multidimensional flower portrait with a variety of colored papers you provide.

June 29: Medium Format Open Studio. Have you worked with internationally known collage artist Elizabeth St. Hilaire before but would like to take your work to the next level? Take this opportunity to work from a photo reference or your imagination to build a vibrant, multidimensional unique painting using a variety of colored papers you provide or build your supply of colorful papers for future projects.

June 30: Medium Format Open Studio: Take this opportunity to work from a photo reference or your imagination to build a vibrant, multidimensional unique painting using a variety of colored papers you provide or build your supply of colorful papers for future projects.

Cost for each class: $100 ACYC members, $125 not-yet-members.  Call the Arts Center for multi-day discount. Contact: 315-536-8226 or go to www.artscenteryatescounty.org to register and pay online. 


JUNE 28

Maker Monday

Pickup from 2-5 p.m. Monday, June 28 at Dundee Library - Make your Monday great with our Maker Monday kits.  June’s treasure chest located next to the indoor book drop will include Flag Day, Father’s Day, leatherworking, and ice cream cone key chain kits.    This is a passive program you can share with your family on your own schedule!  Each kit will include essential supplies for the activity, but will not include scissors, tape, glue, markers, or crayons.

Make Your Own Water Bead Stress Ball

Monday, June 28, 3 p.m. - It’s been a long year. Relax and make yourself something fun to help squish the stress (of exams and everything else) away! This outdoor event for ages 10 and up will take place at the gazebo at Penn Yan Public Library, 214 Main St. in Penn Yan, and will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Please follow all public health guidelines.

Civics 101: The Courts, Judicial System, and Interpreting the Law

Monday, June 28, 7 p.m. on Zoom - Know your democracy!  Visit http://bit.ly/civlists to find a curated list of episodes on this month’s theme and listen at your leisure.  Then on the 28th, join us for a session to discuss what we learned, ask questions, and go deeper into the process of democracy.  Use this link to register and receive access instructions: http://bit.ly/pyplcivics101. This month’s episodes focus on the role of the judicial branch. Hosted on Zoom by Penn Yan Public Library.


JUNE 29

4-H Ice Cream Making

Tuesday, June 29 at 4 p.m. at Dundee Library - Learn how to make your own ice cream from scratch.


JULY 2

Mini Masterpieces Exhibit 

Opening 5 – 7 p.m. Friday, July 2 at the Arts Center of Yates County, 127 Main St., Penn Yan – This popular fundraiser starts with small masterpieces from local artists priced at $50 each.  At 5 p.m. when the bell rings, a rush to purchase your favorites begins! Don’t miss out – get there early for the best selection. Contact 315-536-8226 for more information, or go to www.artscenteryatescounty.org.

ONGOING

Cards of Appreciation

Starting May 1 and continuing all summer long at the library during open hours (214 Main St., 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.

Pod Storytime

Penn Yan Public Library is offering custom outdoor “pod storytimes” for groups of fewer than eight people. Please email info@pypl.org 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!  

Hammondsport Bookworms

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.

Bookworm Buddies

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.

COVID-19 Journaling

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!

Weekly Activity

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.