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Carnival Crews

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July 21 was what some might call a “scorcher,” with temperatures approaching the 90s even before 11 a.m. That didn’t stop campers and counselors from heading down to the Boys’ and Girls’ Club annual carnival and enjoying the scene.

Telling stories without words

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His artwork has transformed some of the most imaginative stories into some of the most visually recognizable books in children’s literature, but author and illustrator Eric Rohmann said you still can’t judge a book by its cover. Rohmann, a Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator whose pictures appear on book covers like Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass, traveled to Chautauqua for the Highlights conference this week. He will visit the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle Young Readers program at 4:15 p.m. today in Room 203 of Turner Community Center. This week’s Young Readers selection is Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz by Beverly Gherman.

Big Leg Emma founders to play acoustic set at College Club

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Steve Johnson and Charity Nuse, founding members of Americana band Big Leg Emma, will play an acoustic show at 9 p.m. tonight at the College Club. Nuse and Johnson met in high school, where they honed their musical skills around campfires. From this friendship, Big Leg Emma formed 10 years ago. The six-member group took a brief hiatus in 2008 but recently reformed and is stronger than ever, Johnson said.

Children’s School saddles up for western-themed week

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The kids of Children’s School will participate in various activities related to the “Wild, Wild West” this week. Children will be making all kinds of western-themed crafts, “Wanted” posters, hobbyhorses, sheriff badges and cowboy hats. They also will be learning square dances and a hoedown.

SLIDESHOW: ‘Controlled Chaos’

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SLIDESHOW: At 2 p.m. Wednesday, rows of Boys’ and Girls’ Club campers lined the shore behind Beeson Youth Center. Dressed in swimwear and wrapped in beach towels, the kids eagerly awaited instructions from Chuck Bauer, Club’s aquatic director, who stood on the dock in front of them, megaphone in hand.

Golf tournament supports Westfield hospital

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The Chautauqua Golf Club regularly hosts a variety of charity events, most notably the Office Depot Pro-Am Tournament and the Sports for Kids Golf Tournament. Last Friday, both frequent and occasional golfers gathered at the Golf Club to support local hospital care in the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation 19th Annual Golf Tournament.

Week Three selection to foster poetry appreciation

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“I am the Pablo bird, bird of a single feather, I fly in the clear shadows and the confused light.” These are the words of Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. A writer with a strong political opinion, Neruda was originally Neftalí Reyes but changed his name to save his father the embarrassment of having a poet for a son.

Folk musician Rowe to perform at College Club

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Singer and guitarist Kev Rowe returns to the College Club at 9 p.m. tonight for an evening of original acoustic folk music. Rowe, a native of Jamestown, N.Y., has been playing at the College Club for more than 10 years. He said he finds the energy at Chautauqua inspiring.

Spending a day at the Sports Club

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Down at the edge of the Institution’s grounds, in the shadow of the grand Athenaeum Hotel, canopied by a few tall trees, sits a quaint little house — Chautauqua Sports Club. Green shuffleboard courts lie to the left. A few picnic tables with chess and checkerboards on top decorate the front lawn. The lake rests behind the house, with paddleboats, canoes and kayaks bobbing in the water near the dock.

The lure of Chautauqua Lake

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Fishing. It has inspired some great minds, such as Washington Irving: “There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind.”

Music and nature counselors earn Week One award

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Amidst the chaos of lunchtime at the Youth Activities Center, two Boys’ and Girls’ Club counselors stood out as recipients of the prestigious “Counselors of the Week” award. Emily Horak, a nature counselor from Jamestown, N.Y., and Kurt Wissing, a music counselor from Buffalo, N.Y., were Week One’s winners.

Golf Club enhances natural areas for a better game

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Two springs ago, Jack Voelker attended a recreation professionals conference to present on reconnecting children with nature. At the same conference, a spokesman for the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program presented on enhancing the natural areas of golf courses. Voelker, general manager of the Chautauqua Golf Club, met with the spokesman to talk business and discovered that he was quite familiar with Chautauqua.

Kids see, touch and taste nature in new ‘sensory garden’

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For Children’s School administrators, a major goal for several years has been to incorporate more outdoor learning for the kids who attend the program. This year, after five years of planning, designing and building, their goal has finally been reached. The final product: the new “sensory garden” in the backyard of the Children’s School, which allows children to experience nature in a whole new way.

Creech’s comic confusion leads to Young Readers book

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In the south of Switzerland, they speak Italian. So the first time Sharon Creech visited Switzerland in 1982, she made sure to learn Italian. But when the Newbery Award-winning author of Walk Two Moons returned to the country in 2007, she found that hopping between English and Italian was much more difficult than it used to be.
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