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Special Screening of the National Comedy Center Virtual Lucille Ball Festival Broadcast featuring Jay Leno
At 5 p.m. EDT Saturday, Aug. 15, on the CHQ Assembly Video Platform, join others for a special screening of the National Comedy Center Virtual Lucille Ball Festival Broadcast featuring Jay Leno. The two-part series (the second will be available at features thelegendary comedian as he discusses his extensive career in stand-up, writing and late-night television in a conversation with Stephen J. Morrison, executive producer of exhibit media for the National Comedy Center.

Annual Writing Contests Ceremony
The annual writing contests held by the Friends of the Chautauqua Writers’ Center will have an awards ceremony at 6:15 p.m. EDT Sunday, Aug. 16, on Zoom. Find more information on how to log-in at Direct any questions to

Coffee & Conversation with CHQ
At 8:30 a.m. EDT Saturday, Aug. 15, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch, join Vice President and Emily and Richard Smucker Chair of Education Matt Ewalt, Vice President of Performing and Visual Arts Deborah Sunya Moore, and Vice President of Religion Gene Robinson for a review of the week and a quick look ahead with CHQ Assembly.

Open Mic
The Friends of the Chautauqua Writers’ Center (formerly the Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends) encourage Chautauqua writers over the age of 18 to share their work at 5 p.m. EDT this Sunday, Aug. 16, and every Sunday via Zoom. Plan on reading for no more than five minutes, or just come and listen. Find more information at Direct any questions to

Smith Memorial Library News
The Smith Memorial Library is now 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 and, or by calling 716-357-6296.

AA/Al-Anon Meeting
At 12:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, Aug. 16, and every Sunday this season, there will be virtual AA/Al-Anon meetings via Zoom. If you are interested in attending, please email for access

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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.