After a stunning debut last year, “Winter Lights at Audubon” is returning to the Audubon Nature Center. The spectacular interactive outdoor light display is being presented on three weekends this December, for a total of eight nights. You can celebrate the longest, darkest nights of the year by venturing out into the lights where you can control some of the 10,000 LEDs on a luminary trail. Through drums, movement, lights and more, visitors make lights dance and swirl and even trigger noises and other reactions, like making an owl hoot. The trail ends with an LED laser show that turns the landscape into a fairyland. A warm fire at the halfway point, along with hot chocolate and snacks inside, makes for a great evening out.
Winter Lights at Audubon will be presented the last three weekends in December, Fridays and Saturdays December 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27. Thursday, December 18 will be “Over 21 Night,” with live music and additional fun. The final night for Winter Lights will be Sunday, December 28. Hours for all eight evenings are 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Admission is $10, $8 for Friends of the Nature Center and children 3-15, and free for ages 2 and under. Reservations are not required. For more information, call (716) 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.
A Salute to Hollywood
This Friday, December 12, the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena will host “A Salute to Hollywood” featuring talent from the Jamestown Skating Club, YMCA Starz Gymnastics, and Infinity Visual and Performing Arts. The event starts at 5 pm and is free with donations appreciated.
Progressive Ice Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular
This event brings together two of the most popular Olympic sports: figure skating and gymnastics. Headlining the show will be 2014 Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, and two-time world all-around champion Simone Biles. In addition, several of world’s top gymnasts and ice skaters will join Danielle Bradbury and Cody Simpson to provide a highly engaging evening of entertainment.
3rd on 3rd Gallery
The holiday shopping season is quickly approaching, and you’re in luck if you have artwork on your shopping list. The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, through its 3rd On 3rd Gallery, is organizing an art show to promote the purchasing of local art. “100 Under 100” will showcase 100 works of art from local, regional and international artists all priced under $100. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm through the holidays. When one piece is sold, another will take its place. Stop by the gallery throughout the shopping season to find that perfect present for someone on your gift list.
Christmas for Kids
This Sunday, December 14, Shawbucks will host Chautauqua Music’s second annual Christmas for Kids, a fundraising event for Toys for Tots and St. Susan’s Center. The event will feature several local musicians and bands including Smackdab, Big Leg Emma Trio, Qwister, We Speak Canadian, Alex Kates, Jolly Pops, Santa Claus Band, Will and Sara, Gina Vecchio, Alexzandria Genco, Stephanie Benson, Natalie Shafer, Sadie D’Angelo, and Chloe Peters. The event will run from 1 to 9 pm and is kid friendly. Unwrapped toys, groceries, and cash donations to support the benefiting organizations will be accepted as admission to this community event.