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Dream big — Read at the library
An exciting summer is planned at the Palmyra Community Library during the statewide reading program “Dream Big – READ!”  Activities for families, babies, children and teens begin the week of July 9 and continue until Aug. 8.

Babies and toddlers up to 36 months and their caregivers can enjoy stories and songs on Wednesday mornings.  Preschoolers’ story time sessions are offered on Thursday mornings.  On Monday mornings children age 5 and up can listen to Dream Big stories and make crafts.  Other activities include children’s art classes, an acting workshop, LEGO block party and fishing at the Palmyra Marina.

Weekly events for families kick off with Airplay, a high-energy juggling and comedy show and continue with performances by Moreland the Magician and musician Jim McCarthy, an evening owl walk through the cemetery, and a picnic at the library.

6th graders and above are invited to “Own the Night” teen programs such as making glow-in-the-dark graffiti and root beer floats, sampling coffee at the Insomniac Café and getting a henna tattoo.

Registration is underway for all these programs at the Palmyra Community Library, 402 E. Main St.  Stop by to pick up a summer reading bag and a full schedule of events.  For more information call the library at 597-5276, visit www.palmyra.pls-net.org or check us out on Facebook.

Show us your talent
Know someone that can juggle three or more items or spin plates? How about someone that plays glasses? Know someone that can rip the tablecloth off of a table without disturbing the dish, glass and silverware placesettings? Know someone that should be a comedian? That plays spoons or a saw? Twirls a mean baton? How about musicians, singers, dancers or a group that loves to perform skits? The Lyons Main Street Program has the contest for them! On Wednesday, July 25, at 7 p.m. at the Ohmann Theatre in Lyons, spectators will be able to see some of the best talent in Wayne County! Cash awards will be made to the top acts and six of them will move on to the a regional competition in Albion, Saturday, Sept. 8.

The regional competition in Albion has been dubbed "Theatre on Main Street" and will feature the top six acts from each of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's New York designated Main Street Communities of Albion, Lockport, and Lyons. A large outdoor stage will be erected in front of the historic Pratt Opera House on Main Street in downtown Albion for an outdoor "Main Street" theatrical experience. The opera house will provide a dramatic backdrop for the production that will be video-taped for possible showings on cable television.

"Theatre on Main Street", concieved and organized by the Albion Main Street Alliance and their Executive Director, Katelin Olson, is a partnership with National Parks Service, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, and the Western Erie Canal Main Street Program. The idea puts the Main Street Communities' historic theatres (The Pratt Opera House, Albion; The Palace Theatre, Lockport; and the Ohmann Theatre, Lyons) in the spotlight and the site of the "Theatre on Main Street" regional competition will move year-to-year to each of the designated New York Main Street Communites.

Prospective acts must send a one minute video (no longer than 60 seconds, please) to lyonsmainstreetprogram@gmail.com for preliminary auditions and the judges' review. The Lyons Main Street Program's judges for the evening are Larry Ann Evans, Greg Maddock, and Danielle Ellis Teeple, all locally known personalities with varied experience in theatrical productions. Acts must be family-friendly, be kept to less than five minutes, and the contest is limited to Wayne County residents. The contest judges will select 20-25 acts from the preliminary auditions. Plans are underway to provide "red carpet" tickets that would include the cost of admission as well as a "Taste of Lyons" - a sampler selection selection of foods from local eateries. For a complete listing of contest rules and guidelines or for additional information, please contact the Lyons Main Street Program at the email listed above or by calling 315-871-4220.