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The American Red Cross is asking eligible donors to help hospital patients by giving one last gift – a blood or platelet donation. It’s a gift that doesn’t cost a thing and can help save lives. You can schedule an appointment to give blood using the Blood Donor App, by visiting or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Literacy Volunteers of Rochester is seeking tutors to help individuals or small groups of adults with reading and writing English. Once trained, tutors commit to work with an adult student for up to two hours each week for one year. Tutoring takes place in a public space, such as a library, church, school, or community center. Literacy Navigators may volunteer for one 2 to 3 hour shift/month, and ACCESS and Family Literacy Volunteers volunteer seasonally when classes are scheduled. For more information, you may visit


THE HIT FACTORY 2 brings iconic music to JCC CenterStage on Saturday, February 6, 13th, and 20th at 8 pm; Thursday, February 11th and 18th at 7 pm: Saturday, February 20th at 2 pm; and Sunday, February 7th, 14th and 21st at 2 pm at the Jewish Community Center Hart Theater, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618. New York City’s legendary Brill Building at 1619 Broadway has been the subject of news articles, web sites and documentaries, but the story of the “Brill Building Sound” was never the focus of a entire musical, until JCC CenterStage presented The Hit Factory last season. The Hit Factory 2 picks up where the first show left off, exploring the time after The Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan. At first, American songwriters tried to complete with the British Invasion sound by writing for bands like Paul Revere and the Raiders, Jay and the Americans and Van Morrison and creating music for TV-inspired bands like The Monkeys and The Archies. Eventually they branched off into their own musical directions and brought musical diversity to the 1970s that turned songwriters into stars. Call 585-461-2000 or visit for information, tickets and subscriptions.

Free Mammograms are available for women 35 and older on February 13th from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at Red Creek, 500 Red CreeTHE HIT FACTORY 2 brings iconic music to JCC CenterStagek Drive, Suite 130, Rochester, NY 14623.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling 585-487-3304. Assistance is available for women high deductibles. Free transportation will be provide for those in need and can be made when scheduling an appointment.  Refreshments will be  provided and there is free parking.  The free mammogram program is supported by Cancer Services Program of Monroe County and Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester.

The Penfield Trails Committee will host its annual Indoor Hike on Saturday, February 13, 10 am at Penfield Town Hall Auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. There will be a presentation by Rochester Orienteering Club and light refreshments will be served. This event is free. Rochester Orienteering Club will present “The Thinking Sport”. Learn the basic skills of using a map and compass to navigate to any outdoor setting while hiking or x-country skiing. Enhance your outdoor adventure! Rochester Orienteering Club meets at local parks monthly, and has a long history in Rochester. While the “hike” is free, participants are asked to pre-register by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8655, option 6. For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655.

The 2016 Rochester Polar Plunge will take place on Sunday, February 14th at noon at Ontario Beach Park.  Register between 9:00 – 11:30 am. The event is a unique, wacky experience that you will never forget! Money raised will benefit the athletes of Special Olympics New York. Ask your family, friends, co-workers, etc. to support your efforts. Then, take a dip or slow crawl into the chilly waters of Lake Ontario! Every plunger that raises $60 receives an official Plunge sweatshirt, raise more money and receive more great prizes! For more information contact: Melody Simmons by phone at 585-586-7400 Ext 108 or online at

On Sunday, March 13th, the Genesee Valley Orchestra & Chorus, under the direction of Christopher Petit, will present a dinner concert and silent auction “Rock with GVOC Tonight:” Rock n’ Roll Hits from the 50s to Now at the Harro East Ballroom 155 N , Chestnut St, Rochester, NY 14604 .GVOC is in a celebratory 40th year and is celebrating all kinds of music throughout our season. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Spotlight Arts – a community group providing Arts education to children, teens and adults. The event will include a high-end silent auction including fine dining, art, jewelry, wine, Disney tickets, sports tickets and more! The event begin at 4:30 pm with a cash bar,  followed by dinner at 5:30 pm, and a concert at 7:30 pm. Reservations can be made by calling 585-223-9006. For additional information visit

The Eastman School of Music professors and students will perform their third concert of the 7th season to benefit Foodlink on Monday, May 2, 2016 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Westminister Road, Rochester, NY. Admission is free with canned or non-perishable food items. Cash donations will be accepted. Make checks out to Foodlink and note IMBTF on the memo line. Concert. For additional information, visit