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> FREDONIA STATE COLLEGE

Playground Drama Camp to take stage for 4th season

FREDONIA -- Children once again will have the opportunity for a hands-on theater experience this summer as a special day camp at Fredonia State College returns for its fourth season.

The Department of Theatre and Dance and the Fredonia College Foundation's Carnahan-Jackson Humanities Fund will host the Playground Drama Day Camp from Aug. 16-21.

The camp, which operates daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is open to children 8 to 15. The cost is $185 and includes a T-shirt and daily snack.

"The Playground Drama Day Camp is a fun introduction to the world of the dramatic art," said Ted Sharon, camp director. "All participants join the ranks of the 'Playground Players' and will be a part of the cast or crew in this year's musical production of Disney's 'Mulan Junior.' "

Enrollment is limited and deposits are due no later than July 5.

For more information, contact Sharon at (716) 673-3597 or sharon@fredonia.edu.

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> JAMESTOWN

Elderhostel, Audubon Society collaborate on outdoor events

JAMESTOWN -- A partnership between Elderhostel Inc. and Jamestown Audubon Society has resulted in two outdoor learning opportunities this summer for senior citizens and their grandchildren.

"This is our third year working with Elderhostel," said Ruth Lundin, president of the Jamestown Audubon Society.

Children aged 7 to 11 will join seniors in "Wild Senses" July 25-30, when naturalists will lead tours of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and Seneca Nation Museum. Activities include the sensory experience of a blindfolded hike through the woods, and a night hike, when participants will learn how bats see and owls hear, and how to decode messages that fireflies send each other.

From Aug. 1-6, children aged 10 to 15 and their grandparents will become "Insect Detectives," participating in a dragonfly survey, butterfly identification and nighttime moth discovery. They will collect information and send it to a statewide data bank for study. Also, from kayaks and canoes on the outlet of Chautauqua Lake, participants will be on the lookout for insects, turtles and osprey. For information, visit www.roadscholar.org and search on Jamestown, New York.

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