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2017-11-08 / Lifestyles

Mount St. Mary Academy to perform ‘42nd Street’

by NICK KONOTOPSKYJ
Reporter


Cast members of “42nd Street” are shown dancing to a scene in the Mount St. Mary Academy musical, to be presented Nov. 10-12. From left are Julia Murphy as Peggy Sawyer, Amelia Waddell as Lorraine, Abby Rice as Annie and Amanda Whalen as Phyllis. 
Photo by Kathleen Kramer. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Cast members of “42nd Street” are shown dancing to a scene in the Mount St. Mary Academy musical, to be presented Nov. 10-12. From left are Julia Murphy as Peggy Sawyer, Amelia Waddell as Lorraine, Abby Rice as Annie and Amanda Whalen as Phyllis. Photo by Kathleen Kramer. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Kenilworth Branch 318 Montrose Ave. 834-7657

Library hours

Fall hours are: noon to 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The library is closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Library events

Reading with Gus will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8. The reading program is for children ages 5 and up. Participants can sign up for a 15-minute session to read to Gus, a trained therapy dog. Registration is required.

Kenilworth Craft Club will meet at 4 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 17 and Dec. 8. For ages 5 and up. There will be a special craft project every month. Registration is required.

Call the library for more information or to register for any of these events.

Kenmore Branch 160 Delaware Road 873-2842 Library hours

Fall hours are: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Library events

A computer coach will be available at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. A volunteer will be helping participants with email, Microsoft Word, using the internet and scanning. No appointment is needed. Additionally, services available are based on volunteer availability.

Preschool Story Time, for children ages 3 to 5, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. Attendees can enjoy stories, finger plays, songs and crafts. Registration is required.

A Sensory Story Time will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. The program is designed for children with sensory issues or who are on the autism spectrum. It features songs, stories and activities that will help make participants feel comfortable joining in every week. Registration is required.

Books and Barks will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. Children can improve their literacy skills and reading self-confidence by reading to Gus, a licensed therapy dog. Sign up for a 15-minute session. For children 5 to 12. Registration is required.

Homework Helpers will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14. Helpers can work with students in grades one through seven to check and/or help with assignments. The group is run by student volunteers from Kenmore West’s International Baccalaureate Program. The program is dependent on volunteer availability.

Knit/Crochet Group will meet at noon Monday, Nov. 13. This adult group is open to all skill levels. Learn new tips and tricks or share some. Call or stop by the library for information.

Explore & More will present Tinkering at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15. Children will learn critical/analytical thinking skills from the program, which also fosters curiosity and problem-solving skills.

Call the library for more information or to register for any of these evens.

City of Tonawanda 333 Main St. 693-5043 Library hours

Fall hours are: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays; 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The library is closed Wednesdays.

Library events

Book Babies, for ages 3 months to 23 months with an adult caregiver, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9.

Mother Goose on the Loose, for ages 2 to 4 with a parent or caregiver, will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Nov. 13 and 27, or Tuesdays, Nov. 14 and 28.

Family Story Time, for ages 2 to 5 with an adult caregiver, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13. Registration is required.

PAWS to Read will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. Participants, ages 6 to 10, can practice reading skills by reading out loud to Anka, a certified therapy dog. Registration is required.

Lego Club, for children ages 5 to 12, will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11.

Color for Relaxation at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. The library provides all supplies. Stop by or call to register. This program is for adults.

The Swiftwater Reading Club will meet from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 28. “Circling the Sun” by Paula McLain will be discussed. New readers are always welcome to attend.

Call the library for more information or to register for any of these events.

North Tonawanda Branch 505 Meadow Drive 693-4132 Library hours

Fall hours are: 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Library events

New York State of Health - Insurance Registration will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. This program is for adults. Call Michael Bevill for an appointment at 201-2026. Time slots are available every Friday.

A Hospice Newly Bereaved Group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10.

Dungeons and Dragons will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, in the conference room. Join an experienced dungeon master in a session of this fantasy role-playing game. The program is free of charge to anyone 13 and up. No registration is required.

Story Times take place at 9:45 a.m. Wednesdays for babies; 11 a.m. Wednesdays for toddlers; and 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Thursdays for preschoolers. Registration is required for these programs.

Teen Manga Club will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13. For youths ages 13 to 18. Join the group every month in talking about your favorite manga.

Call the library for more information or to register for any of these events.

Brighton Place 999 Brighton Road 332-4375 Library hours

Fall hours are: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. The library is closed Mondays and Sundays.

Library events

Eclectic Book Club will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, to discuss “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. Call the library for more information.

Discovering Your Self Through Story with spoken-word poet Ten Thousand is held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 9. This is an interactive engagement program that uses poetry, performance and art to awaken the individuality, self-esteem, creativity and inner voice of each participant. For participants ages 14 to 18. Sign-up is required.

Laughter Yoga is held at 11 a.m. Thursdays. Dawn and Craig Werner lead participants through specialized laughing routines to keep them healthy and relaxed.

Adult Ukulele Sing and Play will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Participants can learn how to play the ukulele and sing along to popular songs. Instruments are provided, and no experience is necessary. The suggested donation is $5 per class, and sign-up is required.

Call the library for more information or to register for any of these events.

Students from Mount St. Mary Academy and other area high schools will be performing in the musical, “42nd Street,” Nov. 10-12, at Mount St. Mary Academy, 3756 Delaware Ave.

This cast of roughly 40 tap dancers is a 1930s’ musical that takes place in the middle of the Great Depression. Senior Julia Murphy will be playing the lead role of Peggy Sawyer. Murphy has participated in high school musicals for all four years at Mount St. Mary Academy, and she talked about what it is like being a senior and having this be her final musical.

“I have been kind of dreading this moment since freshman year, and it is really sad to see it come to an end,” Murphy said. “We do have some new people this year that have stepped right in, and it is nice to see them come to love this musical as much as we do, and I’m excited to pass the torch.”

According to the director, Kelly Copps, this group has been working since late September when rehearsals first started. Copps also talked about her confidence in this year’s students as they approach the show dates.

“This is the best group of kids I’ve had as a director here, and we really do have a great cast,” Copps said. “The leads are particularly strong, and I think we made a really good choice with the show selection, since it features many of our students.”

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12. Tickets are priced at $12 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and students. To purchase tickets, visit msmacademy.org.

“I think people are really going to like this show,” Murphy said. “It is funny, light-hearted, very charming, and everything about it is just so cute.”

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