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Local teens heading to Irish dance world championships

When you think of youth dance classes, you typically think of the jazz, ballet, tap or hip-hop. But how often does Irish dancing — with a style that is characterized by a rigid upper body with fast moving footwork — come to mind as an extracurricular option? The sport is actually much bigger and more competitive than one would think.

F-M art program excels at 2015 Scholastic Art Awards

Fayetteville-Manlius School District art students in grades seven through 12 recently won a total of 154 awards at the 2015 Central New York Regional Scholastic Art Awards competition.

NOPL news: Forgiveness, fun and frugality

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, NOPL is excited to announce the return of our popular “Food for Fines” program.

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Sport of the arts

Cicero-North Syracuse’s Northstars Winterguard is the longest-running program of its kind in New York state. Earlier this month, the program celebrated 50 seasons at the Cicero-North Syracuse Varsity Home Show with a performance from the current guard and an alumni performance.

Winter Festival Talent Show looking for acts

Have a talent? Share it with the Cazenovia community! This year's annual Winter Festival Talent Show will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, in the high school auditorium.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Come into BPL and escape the cold

First comes the Big Chill, a near guarantee of unseasonable weather, and then winter break for the students in our audience. In other words, there are lots of reasons to come to the library and stock up, study up or simply escape without investing in long distance travel. In fact we even have the resources to help you plan your trip if you have the resources to take it.

2015 Madison County Travel Guide Now Available

The 2015 Madison County Travel Guide is now available from Madison County Tourism. The 52-page guide presents visitors with comprehensive sections on dining, recreation, lodging, events, shopping and other opportunities.

Nancy harmonizes with Hammond B-3

Thirty years ago, Syracuse Area Music Awards Hall of Famer Nancy Kelly honed her vocals accompanied by a variety of Hammond organists at Jewel’s, a salt-and-mostly-pepper nightclub on Philadelphia’s Broad Street. When she returned to CNY, she worked more often with pianists. One of them was Dino Losito.

Ralph Lalama, Nancy Kelly headline January Jazzfest

The CNY Jazz Arts Foundation is warming away the midwinter blues with some jazz. January Jazzfest is filling four levels of Mohegan Manor in Baldwinsville with a sampler of jazz artists Sunday, Jan. 25, including vocalist Nancy Kelly, saxophonist Ralph Lalama and trombonist Melissa Gardiner.

Library focus: Make your way to the Baldwinsville Public Library

Even if you plan to hibernate the entire winter the library can still be a part of your plans. If you have a library card, PIN and access to the Internet you can visit us online for informative databases (magazine and newspaper articles searchable by author, title and subject), online courses (check out learning express and rocket languages to acquire new skills) and ebooks galore (including audio versions).

Take Your Child to the Library Day is Feb. 7

Want to give your child a lifetime of wisdom, adventure and pleasure? Acquaint them with their local library. That’s the idea behind Take Your Child to the Library Day, which takes place Saturday, Feb. 7. This year marks the fourth such celebration and the second in which the Baldwinsville Public Library is participating.

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Girl Scouts gear up for sales pitches, service projects

Between earning awards and serving their communities, area Girl Scouts had a busy 2014. This year will be just as busy as the girls set their goals for the annual cookie sale — which is available online for the first time ever — and continue pursuing service projects within their communities.

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Stone Quarry Hill Art Park names new executive director

After more than one year of being run by an interim director, the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park Board of Directors last week announced the hiring of a permanent executive director for the park — Emily Gates Zaengle. Zaengle, 27, a native if Unadilla Forks, holds advanced degrees in both landscape architecture and museum studies and during the past three years has served as both an intern and a volunteer at the art park.

2015 Cazenovia Winter Festival schedule of events announced

The schedule of events for this year's Cazenovia Winter Festival has been released. The festival will take place from Thursday, Feb. 5 through Sunday, Feb. 8.

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Silverwood Clarinet Choir to perform free concert at Oneida Library

The Silverwood Clarinet Choir has announced that it will perform a free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, at the Oneida Library, 220 Broad Street, Oneida.

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