UPCOMING EVENTS

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Upcoming Events

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AUGUST 6

Animal Sounds & Senses with 4-H

Friday, Aug. 6, 11 a.m. – Join friends from Yates County 4-H to learn about all the many ways animals use their senses. This outdoor event will take place in the gazebo at Penn Yan Public Library, 214 Main St., and will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.

Free Bag Lunch

Friday, Aug. 6, noon – Free grab-and-go cold lunch for ages 3 to 18, while supplies last, at Penn Yan Public Library, 214 Main St., in the village.

First Friday in Downtown Penn Yan

Come on out to downtown Penn Yan the first Friday of the month! Select businesses with red balloons will stay open until 8 p.m. Eat, drink, shop, and relax as you enjoy our charming downtown area and all it has to offer. Select participating businesses will have special promotions and unique offerings during First Fridays.

AUGUST 8

Restorative Yoga & Meditation Morning Retreat

Join us from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Aug. 8 to celebrate national Happiness Day with yoga, meditation, and snacks. Led by Angela Fishbaugh, M.Ed., CET II, Sport Yoga Instructor, this outdoor session next to the mansion will start with registration at 8:45 and a meet and greet on the mat at 9 a.m. Angela will help us set intentions with a guided meditation, followed by gentle stretching with modifications to accommodate all levels. This practice can also be done in a chair. At 11 a.m., we will enjoy light refreshments and snacks, with vegan and gluten free options available. Take this time with Angela as she can answer any questions you may have to balance health, lifestyle, yoga and meditation. Bring your own mat and any props you may find helpful; mats and chairs can also be provided. Donation $20. To register, email cobblestonespringsrc@gmail.com or call 607-243-8212. We’re located between Dundee and Himrod at 4306 Lakemont-Himrod Road, Dundee, NY 14837. Angela Schmidt Fishbaugh, author of Seeking Balance in an Unbalanced World: A Teacher's Journey, is on a mission to help today's world. Her passion is educating others on healthy balance and joyful living. She provides workshops for communities, teacher centers, parents, and caretakers on the topic of balance, and is a national presenter for The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC). Her motivational wellness strategies encourage others to live a healthy, balanced, and sound life. Angela aspires to help those who work with our greatest resource, the children. Visit her at balanceteacher.net.

Branchport Car Cruise

Sunday, Aug. 8 from noon until 4 p.m., there will be car cruise at the Modeste Bedient Library in Branchport. There will be food, drinks, 50/50 drawing, and door prizes – with all proceeds benefiting the library and the Back Pack program at Milly's Pantry in Penn Yan.

AUGUST 9

Social Media Scavenger Hunt

A challenging scavenger hunt posts to Penn Yan Public Library’s Facebook and Instagram accounts at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 9.

AUGUST 9 - 14

Kids Can Cook: Ice Cream Sundaes

Kids can sign up to get a free kit that contains everything they will need to make ice cream sundaes for four people. Supplies are limited and registration is required; please register by calling Penn Yan Public Library at 315-536-6114. Kits are available Aug. 9 through 14 only.

AUGUST 10

Stroke Support Group

Tuesday, Aug. 10 from 3-4 p.m. Finger Lakes Health will offer a Stroke Support Group. The topic for August is Blood Pressure and Stroke Risk. The Support Group will be held at the Garnsey Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at Geneva General Hospital.  Parking and entrance is at the rear of the hospital.  This support group meets each second Tuesday of the month, providing monthly topics and guest speakers for stroke survivors, family and caregivers. Come early, from 1-3 p.m., for a FREE blood pressure screening.  For more information, please call Diana Modera or Melissa Grummons at (315)787-4620.

AUGUST 11

Build Your Own Fairy Door

Wednesday, Aug. 11, 3 p.m. – Drop by and build a fairy door to take home. This outdoor program will take place at the gazebo at Penn Yan Public Library, 214 Main St., and will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.

Family Research Support Group: Infamous Ancestors

Wednesday, Aug. 11, 4 p.m. on Zoom – Bring your questions, wisdom, and fascinating discoveries.  Whatever your level of experience, all are welcome.  This month, explore the dark side of your family tree with criminal record research.  Use this link to register: http://bit.ly/PYPLfam.  Hosted on Zoom by Penn Yan Public Library.

AUGUST 12

Diverse Voices Matter

Thursday, Aug. 12, 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.

AUGUST 13

Free Bag Lunch

Friday, Aug. 13, noon – Free grab-and-go cold lunch for ages 3 to 18, while supplies last, at Penn Yan Public Library, 214 Main St., in the village.

AUGUST 13-14

Cobblestone Springs Watercolor Workshops 

Exploring Watercolor Methods, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Aug. 13 – This workshop is an introduction to basic watercolor methods, with particular focus on creating washes. Included will be demonstrations, exercises, handouts, and lots of opportunity to explore this medium, working either indoors or out. Designed for beginners or those who are looking for a jump start. Program Fee: $70. To register, email cobblestonespringsrc@gmail.com or call 607-243-8212. We’re located between Dundee and Himrod at 4306 Lakemont-Himrod Rd., Dundee, NY 14837.

Awareness of Depth with Watercolor, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m Aug. 14 – The focus of this workshop is to increase awareness of depth and learn and practice various methods of showing depth with watercolor. Atmospheric perspective as well as linear perspective will be addressed. Some basic knowledge of watercolor is beneficial for those taking this workshop. Program Fee: $70. To register, email cobblestonespringsrc@gmail.com or call 607-243-8212. We’re located between Dundee and Himrod at 4306 Lakemont-Himrod Rd., Dundee, NY 14837.

Both programs for this weekend with an overnight stay in the mansion are available for $200. Please bring your own lunch, coffee and tea will be provided.

AUGUST 14

Nan Hoffman with guest Kathy Deloughry

Saturday, Aug. 14, 2 p.m. – Rescheduled from July!  After a year away (and then some), our friend Nan Hoffman makes a return engagement for a concert on the Penn Yan Public Library lawn, and she’s brought her friend Kathy Deloughry to perform with her! Nan’s unique set of folk and acoustic pieces will soothe your summer stress and get your toes tapping.  This free concert is open to one and all, so join us for an afternoon of fun and melody.  Also featuring Joe Tumino!  Bring a lawn chair and watch the skies – we will cancel in the case of inclement weather.

AUGUST 15

Arts Center Ice Cream Social

Sunday, Aug. 15, 1  – 4 p.m. at Sunny Point, 869 East Lake Road, Dundee – Many of the area’s professional potters are already at work preparing handcrafted bowls for this fundraising event, which also features Seneca Farms ice cream. Don’t miss this opportunity to buy a bowl and support the Arts Center. Cost: Admission is free.

AUGUST 16

Social Media Scavenger Hunt

A challenging scavenger hunt posts to Penn Yan Public Library’s Facebook and Instagram accounts at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16.

Reading in Public

Monday, Aug. 16, 5:30 p.m. at Red Jacket Park – Join your Penn Yan library friends at Red Jacket 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. 

AUGUST 16 - 20

Theatre Fundamentals: The Monologue

Total of five Sessions: Monday through Friday, Aug.16 - 20 6 – 8 p.m. at the Arts Center, 127 Main Street, Penn Yan –  The monologue is a key element of theater performances. In this class everyone will pick a classic or modern monologue and analyze the character, answering the Who, What, Where, When and Why questions. Exercises in body movement, voice and articulation will follow to emphasize character words and actions. There will be a Reader’s Theater public presentation on Friday evening. Cost: $65 members, $80 not-yet-members. (Open to ages 14 and up. Ask about student pricing!) Contact: 315-536-8226 or go to www.artscenteryatescounty.org to register and pay online.

AUGUST 17

Red Cross Blood Drive

The American Red Cross is conducting a blood drive Tuesday, Aug. 17 from noon - 5 p.m. at the Branchport Fire House, Rte. 54A, Branchport.

Blood supplies of all blood types remain extremely low. Staffing at a drive is determined by appointments, which are encouraged. Walk-in donors will be accommodated if time permits. Make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org, call 800-733-2767, or download the Red Cross Donor App which will provide you with a current donor card. Save up too 15 minutes at the drive by completing a Rapid Pass which includes pre-donation reading and the health questionnaire. Go to RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or your donor app.

AUGUST 17 - 19

Autumn Sculpture

Three sessions: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 17 - 19, 10 a.m. – noon at Sunny Point, 869 East Lake Road, Dundee – Choose between building a pumpkin, acorn or a squash. Combine pinch pot, coil and slap building techniques as you craft your own autumn gourd. Plan to glaze August 24, 25 or 26. Cost: $10 per student, $70 members, $84 not-yet-members Contact: 315-536-8226 or go to www.artscenteryatescounty.org to register and pay online.

AUGUST 18

Community Garden Storytime

Wednesday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m. – Bring your own picnic blanket or chair and enjoy a storytime in the colorful surroundings of the Penn Yan Community Garden, which is located on Pleasant Ave., off of South Ave. in the village. This outdoor event is best for youth ages 5 and under, with a caregiver, and will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.

Youth Studio: Abstract

Wednesday, Aug. 18, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the Arts Center, 127 Main Street, Penn Yan – Explore different art mediums and learn different techniques tied into elements and principles of art. Learn how to “warm up” to art, loosening up our hand muscles and practicing our hand and eye coordination. Work with a particular medium then use what you’ve learned to imagine and express yourself in a project related to the day’s theme. Finally, take advantage of all the supplies on hand to create whatever you’d like. You’ll end the workshop with three unique pieces of art! Recommended for ages 8-16. Cost: $10 per student

AUGUST 19

Apple User Support Group: Editing Photos with Snapseed

Thursday, August 19, 4:00 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: a demonstration of the digital photo editing app Snapseed, plus guided practice, with photographer Diane Andrasik.  Use this link to register: http://bit.ly/PYPLmac. Hosted on Zoom by Penn Yan Public Library (214 Main Street, Penn Yan).

Exploring America’s Founding Documents: The Americans with Disabilities Act

Thursday, Aug.19, 5:30 p.m. 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 will look closely at the law that guaranteed rights for Americans of all abilities.  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.

Genealogy Workshop at Brick Tavern Museum

A workshop on genealogy for beginners will be presented Thursday, Aug. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Schuyler County Historical Society’s Brick Tavern Museum in Montour Falls. Historical Society board member and experienced researcher Jean Hubsch will be the presenter. The cost for the 90-minute workshop is $10 per person. Space is limited. To register, contact the Historical Society by email at director@schuylerhistory.org or call 607-535-9741. The Brick Tavern Museum is located at 108 N. Catharine St./Route 14.

Diverse Voices Matter

Thursday, Aug. 19, 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.

AUGUST 20

Free Bag Lunch

Friday, Aug. 20, noon – Free grab-and-go cold lunch for ages 3 to 18, while supplies last, at Penn Yan Public Library, 214 Main St., in the village.

Shave Ice & Tie Dye Extravaganza

Friday, Aug. 20, 4 p.m. – Drop by Penn Yan Public Library, 214 Main St. in the village, to enjoy free shave ice from the Shaka Shave Ice truck! We’ll be celebrating the end of our summer of reading fun, plus you can tie-dye your own tote bag! Shave ice and tote bags are available while supplies last and on a first-come, first-served basis. This outdoor event will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.

AUGUST 21

This Technology Life: Google Apps, part 2

Saturday, Aug. 21, 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 continue our look at the tools available for free from Google.  Register to join us for each session and receive reminders via this link: http://bit.ly/pypltech.

Resilient Penn Yan: Milkweed Seed Bombs

Saturday, Aug.21, 3 p.m. – Seed bombs can be used to easily spread native plants vital for pollinators.  Join us outside to make your first batch with our free supplies, and use the recipe to make more whenever you can.  Once you have your seed bombs prepared, distribute them throughout the fall and watch for beautiful, monarch-sustaining areas to emerge in the spring!  Please try to plant only where you have the permission of landowners.  Supplies are limited; to register, email info@pypl.org.  This event will be postponed in the event of inclement weather.  Hosted by Penn Yan Public Library.

Arts & Drafts: Paint Night

Saturday, Aug.21, 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, paint your own summer scene on canvas!  To sign up for a supply kit, receive the Zoom demo link, and receive the adventurous drink pairing suggestion, please visit https://bit.ly/artsdraftspy.   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.

AUGUST 21 - 29

StoryWalk

Walk and read a story together on the Keuka Outlet Trail! Follow the signs to read “Wake Up, Color Pup”  heading east from the Cherry St. entrance of the Outlet Trail from Saturday, Aug. 21 at 9 a.m. through sunset on Sunday, Aug. 29. Dress for the weather and enjoy walking and reading with the whole family! Presented by Penn Yan Public Library in collaboration with the Southern Tier Library System and the Friends of the Outlet.

AUGUST 23

Civics 101: Americans’ Rights

Monday, Aug. 23, 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 23rd, 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 Americans’ fundamental rights.  Hosted on Zoom by Penn Yan Public Library.

AUGUST 25

Pancake Breakfast & Trap Shoot

Middlesex Conservation Club's Pancake Breakfast & Open Trap Shoot is 8 - 11 a.m. Aug. 25. Activities include indoor pellet range, youth archery. Middlesex Conservation Club, 6087 S. Hill Road, Middlesex.

Red Cross Blood Drive

The American Red Cross is conducting a blood drive Wednesday, Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Yates Community Center , 463 North Main St., Penn Yan. Blood supplies of all blood types remain extremely low. Staffing at a drive is determined by appointments, which are encouraged. Walk-in donors will be accommodated if time permits. Make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org, call 800-733-2767, or download the Red Cross Donor App which will provide you with a current donor card. Save up too 15 minutes at the drive by completing a Rapid Pass which includes pre-donation reading and the health questionnaire. Go to RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or your donor app.

AUGUST 28

Meet a Therapy Dog

Saturday, Aug. 28, 10 a.m. – Meet a special working dog out under the gazebo at Penn Yan Public Library, 214 Main St. This informal meet-and-greet is a great way to relax as you begin your weekend!

SEPTEMBER 5

Pancake Breakfast & Trap Shoot

Middlesex Conservation Club's Pancake Breakfast & Open Trap Shoot is 8 - 11 a.m. Sept. 5. Activities include indoor pellet range, youth archery. Middlesex Conservation Club, 6087 S. Hill Road, Middlesex.

Pulled Pork Dinner

Sunday, Sept. 5, a pulled pork dinner by Gale-Wyn will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. Michael's Church parking lot. Sponsored by Catholic Daughters, tickets are pre-sale only for $11 and are available starting July 31 through Aug. 29 only at the Nest Egg, St. Michael's Catholic Church office, and at weekend Masses.  

ONGOING

Scavenger Hunt

Mondays, July 5, 12, 19 & 26  – Every Monday in July, a challenging scavenger hunt will post to Penn Yan Public Library’s Instagram and Facebook. Take pictures with the items on the list and email to info@pypl.org; one entry each week will win a prize. Open to youth ages 5 to 18 years old only.

Page Turner Adventures: Show Day

Mondays, July 5, 12, 19 and 26 – An original show or storybook adventure about each week’s theme that helps get kids excited about reading! Watch these videos whenever fits your schedule! Page Turner programs are brought to you by Penn Yan Public Library and can be found online at http://tinyurl.com/PYPLSummer. Use the username PYPLSummer and the password summer2021 to access them.

Hammondsport Library Summer Programs

Sign-up is required for The Summer Reading Program, Tails and Tales, and for all other summer programs. Number of participants varies from program to program and kits & materials must be prepared in advance. Programs are designed for specific age groups. Stop by the library for a program packet and sign up sheet. It is first come, first served. Some programs may have waiting lists. The Fred & Harriett Taylor Memorial Library, 21 William Street, Hammondsport, NY, is open during their regular hours: Monday, 10-8, Tuesday 2-8, Wednesday 10-8, Thursday 2-8, Friday 10-5, and Saturday 10-2. Call the library at 607-569-2045 to sign up for programs.

Page Turner Adventures: Craft Day

Tuesdays, July 6, 13, 20 and 27 – Two crafts that go with each week’s theme for our summer of learning fun! Kits with instructions and supplies will be available at Penn Yan Public Library beginning the Monday of the week, while supplies last. Watch these videos whenever fits your schedule! Page Turner programs are brought to you by Penn Yan Public Library and can be found online at http://tinyurl.com/PYPLSummer. Use the username PYPLSummer and the password summer2021 to access them.

Cards of Appreciation

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.

Page Turner Adventures: Author Day

Wednesdays, July 7, 14, 21 and 28 – An exclusive interview with a picture book author or illustrator. Watch these videos whenever fits your schedule! Page Turner programs are brought to you by Penn Yan Public Library and can be found online at http://tinyurl.com/PYPLSummer. Use the username PYPLSummer and the password summer2021 to access them.

Page Turner Adventures: Mashup Day

Thursdays, July 8, 15, 22, and 29 – A recipe, a game, a field trip, or other fun things that don’t fit under our other Page Turner categories. Watch these videos whenever fits your schedule! Page Turner programs are brought to you by Penn Yan Public Library and can be found online at http://tinyurl.com/PYPLSummer. Use the username PYPLSummer and the password summer2021 to access them.

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.

Page Turner Adventures: Guest Day

Fridays, July 9, 16, 23, and 30 – Videos featuring special guests like a pet detective, farmer, or even a dog circus! Watch these videos whenever fits your schedule! Page Turner programs are brought to you by Penn Yan Public Library and can be found online at http://tinyurl.com/PYPLSummer. Use the username PYPLSummer and the password summer2021 to access them.

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.

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.