Community Calendar

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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

Volunteers of America is now enrolling children for its Fall Universal Pre-K and Head Start programs. These programs offer experienced teachers, health and dental care, and nutritious meals, all in a state-of-the-art center. To sign up your preschooler, call 647-1344.

Volunteers of America is looking for volunteer groups to hold a birthday party for the kids at our Family Shelter this summer! Get involved in helping our community and make a difference in a child’s life! Call 402-7202 for more information.

2016 GUIDED WALKING TOUR are provided by The Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery, offering general and special-theme guided walking tours throughout the year. The 2016 season of regular weekend public tours  runs through the end of October. Visit the tour page at for a complete 2016 schedule of general and special theme tours.

The All In Brass Band is looking for brass and percussion musicians of all ages to play at community events and learn about the causes.  Rehearsals are every Saturday, 11 am-1 pm. at Rochester Association of Performing Arts at Kodak Center at Theatre on the Ridge, 200 West Ridge Road, Rochester. No dues or registration fees are required. For additional information, contact Tom Allen at 585-746-4181 or visit

The Geneseo United Methodist Church is holding a 150 Family Yard Sale & Wellness Fair on Saturday, August 27th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The church is located at Rt. 63 and Court Street in Geneseo, NY. All of the items will be displayed under large tents. Refreshments are available. While at the yard sale, shoppers can take advantage of the Wellness Fair, which is provided free of charge. A variety of tests and screenings will be available.  A variety of tests and screenings will be available. Proceeds from this event benefit the Geneseo United Methodist Church.  For additional information contact Bill Lewis at 243-4847.

GENESEE VALLEY ORCHESTRA & CHORUS (GVOC) is holding auditions for Instrumentalists and Singers! The Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus and Music Director, Christopher Petit, encourage you to join us for our upcoming 2016-2017 season! Come join a community-based orchestra and chorus that has been making beautiful music and memories together for the last 40 years. Concerts feature music ranging from classical to golden oldies. Auditions will be scheduled on Tuesday, August 30th in Pittsford, NY at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (28 Lincoln Ave). To schedule an audition, please email your name, phone number and voice part or instrument to or call (585) 223-9006. For additional information, visit

Photography Galleries, Genesee Center for the Arts & Education, 713 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY is holding an I’m Every Woman: Fashion of the Ages, an exhibition of new work by photographer Floyd Gibson, portrays women’s fashions from the 1920’s through the 1970’s in the categories of evening wear, casual wear, and swimwear. The collection showcases fashion for the average woman during those decades and highlights the individualism, attitudes, and approach to dress during this time. The reception is Friday, September 2nd, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The exhibition runs from  September 2nd – October 29th, 2016. For additional information, contact Megan Charland online at or by phone at 585-271-5920.

Penfield’s annual Tastin’ the Blues will be held on Saturday, September 17 at Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage, from 12 – 4 pm. This free event will include chili judging, beer sampling, and blues music. Anyone who has a favorite chili recipe is invited to enter the chili contest. Chili entries will be judged by a panel. Prize packages will be awarded to the top three winners, and the first place package will include a $100 cash prize. Registration forms and rules for the chili contest can be found at the Penfield Recreation office, 1985 Baird Rd., Penfield, or on our website at Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage is located in Veterans’ Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall at 3100 Atlantic Avenue. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit our website at, or call 340-8655.

RAPA Family Theatre, a professional troupe of adult and youth actors, brings theatre and literature to life for children and their families. Eric Vaughn Johnson is the Program Director/magician behind RAPA Family Theatre, and Johnson has lots of fun up his sleeve for the new season. RAPA Family Theatre is expanding with plans to bring Rochester audiences four brand-new shows in the 2016-2017 season. The season kicks off with Disney’s My Son Pinocchio and continues with Winnie-the-Pooh: The Musical, directed by Holley Lowden, Hansel and Gretel, directed by Adele Fico,  and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, directed by JohnsonDisney’s My Son Pinocchio production will take place at School of the Arts, Allen Main Stage, and performances will occur on Saturday, September 17th at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30PM; Sunday, September 18th, 11 a.m and  2:30 p.m.;  and Saturday, September 24th  at 11:00 a.m. and  2:30 p.m. Tickets are Adult – $20.00; Senior / Student – $18.00 and Kids 12 & Under are half priced at $10 and may be purchased only by calling 254-0073 or at the show.