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The Briefly column will appear every weekday and on Saturdays at www.chqdaily.com. It is intended to provide space for announcements from Institution-related organizations. If a meeting or activity is featured that day in a story, it should not be repeated in the Briefly column. Submit information to Cloey Olkowski, editorial office manager, at daily@chq.org. Please provide the name of the organization, time and place of virtual event, and one contact person’s name with phone number. Deadline is 5 p.m. EDT three days before publication.

CLSC Book Discussion

Join fellow readers for a discussion of Week Five’s Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection, In the Country of Women, by Susan Straight, at 12:30 p.m. EDT Monday, July 27, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch. The discussion will be led by Sherra Babcock.

School of Music Voice Program Master Class

At 2 p.m. EDT Monday, July 27, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch, prominent vocal coach and pianist Craig Rutenberg leads a master class featuring several students in the Chautauqua School of Music Voice Program.

Smith Memorial Library News

The Smith Memorial Library is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT on weekdays and from noon to 3 p.m. EDT on Saturdays. Capacity is limited, face coverings are required, and social distancing rules apply. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult, and computers and office services are available on a limited basis. Enhanced sanitization and book-quarantine protocols are in place, and touchless browsing is encouraged. Safe return bins will be located throughout the Smith. Any transactions will be contact-free, and the preferred payment is exact change. While newspapers are currently unavailable, magazines may be checked out by request. In-person programs, meetings, and food and beverage sharing are not permitted. Remote services continue at www.smithlibrary.com and library@chq.org, or by calling 716-357-6296. 

Weekly Conversation with Michael Hill and Candy Maxwell

Chautauqua Institution President Michael E. Hill and Board of Trustees Chair Candy Maxwell will hold the second of nine weekly community webinars at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 30, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch. Log in to CHQ Assembly to register for the webinar. Thursday’s session will be “CHQ Assembly Feedback Session No. 2.” Maxwell and Hill will respond to questions submitted during this Virtual Porch event.

Robert Pinsky Favorite Poem Project
At 5 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 29, via Zoom, selected Chautauquans will be given the chance to read their favorite published poem and briefly explain why it is their favorite. This event, sponsored by the Friends of the Chautauqua Writers’ Center, is modeled on the initiative introduced to Chautauqua by the former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.  Applications must be submitted online. Questions should be directed to 4normarees@gmail.com.

Chautauqua Women’s Club 

At 3:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 28, on the CHQ Assembly Video Platform, New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will give her lecture “Equal Rights Now: The Fight for Equality 100 Years Later” as part of the Chautauqua Women’s Club Virtual Contemporary Issues Forum Lecture Series. Following the lecture there will be a live Q-and-A.

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The author Cloey Olkowski

Birkenstock enthusiast and lover of all things yellow, Cloey Olkowski is the office manager at the Daily. This will be Cloey’s fourth season at the Daily and 20th season at Chautauqua. A native of Buffalo, New York, she is a recent graduate of SUNY Oswego, where she majored in public relations with double minors in graphic design and psychology. Three seasons ago she placed second in the Old First Night Run/Walk and hopes to take home the virtual gold this season.

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