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n May of 2019, the Ithaca City School District will be holding their Capital Projects vote, which will help fund some of the necessary improvements the District intends to make. Some of the improvements that will be made to schools are under three different headers: Teaching and Learning Innovation, Safety and Security, and Infrastructure. For Teaching and Learning Innovation, ICSD is looking to create some large multipurpose rooms in its buildings as well as flexible learning spaces. Some of the other parts of this would be the cocurricular support, to ensure that students are learning in the best possible fashion. ICSD is also looking to replace classroom furniture because it has reached its natural shelf life. As for Safety and Security, ICSD is looking to overhaul their current security system by installing new pass-key systems at the front entrances of all schools in the district, with the hopes of restricting access to the school and protecting those inside. Another major advancement planned for ICSD schools is the addition of mental health spaces which are designed for students to practice meditation and relaxation techniques. District Superintendent Luvelle Brown spoke about how these spaces will be integrated into schools. “We’re looking for more spaces within existing classrooms, using innovative paint, furniture, lighting; to adjust mental health,” Brown said. “So, spaces within classrooms but also areas and spaces continued on page 7

Ithaca Beer

Conflict Brewing: Ithaca Beer installing pre-treatment system after series of waste violations


ocal government bodies are ringing in Ithaca Beer’s 20th birthday with an unconventional gift: a notice of significant noncompliance, the culmination of several industrial waste violations committed and not remedied by the company that date back more than a year. The violations are related to wastewater discharge from Ithaca Beer Company’s brewing facility in the Town of Ithaca. According to two letters sent to Ithaca Beer by Ithaca

Area Wastewater Treatment Facility (IAWWTF) Chief Operator Carl Kilgore, the local beermaker was instructed in June to cure extreme pH problems it was having at its facility that were being detected at the IAWWTF, but failed to comply with six of eight directives that were originally issued in a compliance order on June 1, 2018. The failed directives were: submit a mitigation proposal to avoid extreme pH levels (less than 2.5, more than 12.5)

T a k e ▶▶ The Trump Effect: Press Freedom in US and around the World. Joel Simon, Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, will deliver a lecture on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m. in Textor 101 on the Ithaca College campus. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. In these times of hostility towards the press, most of it coming from the White House, Simon will address the state of media freedom in the U.S.

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in discharge until a pretreatment system is installed, begin continuous pH monitoring, eliminate all pH extremes, submit plans that will bring Ithaca Beer into pH compliance with a pretreatment system and a monitoring/sampling station, build the monitoring/sampling station within 90 days of approval and notify Kilgore of any failures to comply. Kilgore followed up on Sept. 24, 2018 with another compliance order, this time accompacontinued on page 7

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and across the globe. Simon is a respected author on press freedom, having appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post and written a book on the topic. From the event announcement: “Upholding freedom of expression and the rights of journalists is essential at a time when reporters are being murdered and imprisoned in record numbers; when misinformation and disinformation are proliferating online; and when a new

generation of autocratic leaders is seeking to suppress criticism and dissent.” ▶▶ Don McLean is back in town for State Theatre’s 90th anniversary, so go check out the set and hear “American Pie,” which, as we understand it, is a pretty popular tune. We’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you to swing by the grand finale of the State’s celebration weekend, which also features events Friday and Saturday night as well.

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National Review’s Jonah Goldberg speaks about new book at Cornell


uring these combative political times, it can be hard to drown out the many voices describing the negative things going on in the world. Jonah Goldberg, a syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times visited Cornell University to discuss his latest book, “Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Nationalism, Populism, and Identity Politics Is Destroying American Democracy.” Goldberg is a conservative writer who also writes weekly for the National Review, a staunchly conservative publication, though he is one of the many writers, from the National Review and otherwise, who have come under the “Never Trump” conservative label due to their opposition of the current president. During his talk, Goldberg spoke about the ever-changing world of politics, which he said has strongly influenced the ways the world has changed, particularly throughout the last few years. He compared the process of writing the book to a particular

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aspect of the 1980’s science fiction movie called “They Live.” In the movie, the main character finds a pair of sunglasses that show what media and advertisements are telling people, which falls under the simple guidelines of “obey, consume, reproduce and conform.” With this book, Goldberg said he hopes to deliver a means of seeing the truth through the illusions. Also, in the process of writing the book, he used the idea of what would happen if a Martian came to this planet every 10,000 years and recorded what they saw while asking the essential questions. What would they report? This concept is something social critic Noam Chomsky used in his 1991 book, Media Control. However, in Chomsky’s books, the Martian idea evolves into a whole chapter designed to show how media claims to be objective despite having certain tendencies to lean to the left or the right in their political coverage. While speaking about the book, Goldberg discusses how

he 2017 elections brought the first general political contests held since the 2016 presidential election, and in turn the first elections to experience the wave of new political participation that saw several first-time politicians elected to local positions, especially the Tompkins County Legislature. The surge in candidate interest overshadowed a ballot measure the City of Ithaca introduced that was intended to make city government more efficient and public-friendly. The move, which was approved, consolidated 12 various boards and committees into four umbrella commissions with less


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people but broader focuses: Mobility, Access & Transportation Commission (MATCO), Public Safety and Information Commission (PSICO), Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources Commission (PRNR) and Community Life Commission. Though the realignment passed in a referendum in November 2017, it took until April 2018 for the boards to be fully rostered and meetings to commence, so as of the beginning of December each commission has had six or seven meetings. It’s too early to make any concrete determinations on the overall effectiveness of the changes (“The cake’s not really out of the oven yet,”

most people are taught that they are owed something and that someone else needs to remedy their problems, a fairly common conservative ethos. Goldberg argued that civic knowledge has depleted immensely over the last several years, and that he found this to be one of the flaws causing a lack of self-discipline in Western society. One concept that Goldberg expressed that is a potential weakness of government is how it has combined the microcosm of a person’s life, which is a person’s immediate circle of acquaintances, such as their family, friends, co-workers, etc., with the macrocosm of a person’s life, which are interactions with strangers, the world of law, contracts, as well as civil and commercial rights. Rhetoric that utilizes these types of appeals to emotion among political leadership can end disastrously, with one example he cited being the rise of Nazism in Germany. With a great deal of dissatisfaction in the world, though, Goldberg is telling people to MATCO Chair Eric Lerner said), according to all chairs interviewed, but they were willing to go through some of the pros and cons they have experienced so far. The chair of the Community Life Commission, Tierra Labrada, recently resigned her position to take a job out of the area and could not be reached for comment. Lerner emphasized that most of his interactions with City Hall staff have been positive and he can tell they have an extraordinary amount of work on their hands, though he confessed to some frustration with the generally slow pace at which government work can often move. He also noted that on his commission, there are not many people with city hall experience, which may also play a role in the pace and effectiveness with which work is accomplished. “It’s been an education in how life works in City Hall,

Jonah Goldberg addresses the crowd at Cornell University about his bestselling book condemning tribalism and nationalism. (Photo by Casey Martin)

look on the bright side. That sometimes, instead of being told and forced to examine the negative, that people should be grateful for the positives in the world, though they seem few and far between. Throughout his presentation, Goldberg’s analysis on the state of the Western world provides an analysis that both encourages keeping hope alive while reminding us that hope fades away. E dw i n J. Vi er a and the first thing that comes to mind is that the wheels turn very slowly,” Lerner said. “The challenge is to keep them nonetheless turning slowly, rather than frozen in place. But it can be frustrating.” Lerner said he thought that, given the dearth of resources actually granted to commissions, there may have been an “overestimation” of the impact the commission structure will actually be capable of. That’s part of why he would like to have some sort of review period once a substantial amount of time has passed, some brief process to chart what work the commissions have been able to do and make any available beneficial tweaks. But his cautioning that it’s too soon to grade the commissions remained. “I’m hardly suggesting that these are unsolvable problems, only that there are bugs that continued on page 5

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haven’t been ironed out,” he said. One of the most cited reasons for the realignment was to increase transparency through more public accessibility; the narrative was that by consolidating the list of boards from 12 to 4, and thus reducing the number of meetings but covering more ground during them, more citizens would know where to go with their concerns and be able to make it to those meetings. Public attendance at meetings (and, admittedly, media coverage) has been uneven according to the chairs, with some commissions drawing more interest than others. Aryeal Jackson, the PSICO chair, said she thinks the core purpose of the commissions is to whittle the number of ideas down that come in from public input and present some amalgamated version to the higher-up committees made up of Common Council members like the Planning and Economic Development Committee (PEDC), as well as others. She pointed to a frequent discussion conclusion seen at city meetings, which is that “more information is needed,” as the spot where the commissions could be most valuable; efficiency could be gained by commissions reviewing and processing gathered information into a cohesive group before it reaches those levels of city government. Jackson talked about a variation of the same frustration Lerner spoke of. Because it’s early, there’s an abundance of energy among commission members that would ideally be rewarded by seeing some legislation the commission has worked on ascend the levels of government and be approved, but it’s been several months without that coming to fruition yet. Specifically with her commission, the flow of communication and information between government and constituents is an issue that basically every imaginable municipality grapples with, she said, and so there is likely going to be an ongoing period of trial and error before an acceptable balance can be struck. Read more at

Penny Goldin and Luz Rivera, the clinic coordinator at the Ithaca Free Clinic, at the clinic’s front desk. (Photo by Casey Martin)

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Free Clinic holding fundraiser to reach more patients


t is a fact that the Ithaca Free Clinic is one of the few medically-integrated free clinics in North America that helps the uninsured receive a wide array of necessary health care. The clinic relies on volunteers who are committed to providing care with limited resources in a time where medical costs are high and insurance premiums seem to have grown beyond what most people can afford. And at the Ithaca Free Clinic, any adult or child who is not insured can come to receive care and there is no charge for the uninsured person. There are many who utilize the services that are provided at the clinic, anything from advice on nutrition to diabetes care. Last year, the Ithaca Free Clinic helped 1,592 uninsured visitors. This number does not include duplicate visits, which came to 2,981, according to Luz Rivera, the clinic coordinator. In addition to conventional care, there is alternative holistic care from professionals on a weekly basis. Because the Ithaca Free Clinic is striving to help many more people who are uninsured, the clinic will hold a benefit on Dec. 14 at the Haunt to raise vital funds at this time. Recently, the Ithaca Times interviewed Rivera about the clinic’s future goals and its hopes for their third upcoming fundraising event, which

will feature six bands and an evening of moving music. Ithaca Times: Tell us how the Ithaca Free Clinic began, and why? Luz Rivera: The Ithaca Free Clinic (IFC) began in January 2006; the Ithaca Health Alliance (IHA) fulfilled one of its earliest dreams by making free care available to uninsured residents. In doing so, Ithaca has joined the ranks of generally much larger cities in the U.S. Financed through membership savings from 1997 to the Free Clinic’s inception, members continue to support the IFC, as do donations from the wider community. IT: As the coordinator for the Free Clinic, what do you feel are the most pressing health concerns for Ithaca’s uninsured? LR: The most pressing is for individuals who have a chronic health issue (i.e. diabetes, Lyme disease, asthma, and high blood pressure). They have to pay out of pocket for those medications and they can be expensive. IT: Can you say what a given week is like for you, the staff, and the medical volunteers at the Health Clinic? LR: During walk-in hours on a given week, we really have no idea what to expect. It is always different. We could have 6 patients come in to walk-in clinic on a Thursday [hours are from 4-7 p.m.] or 20 walk-in to clinic on a Monday [hours are

2-6 p.m.]. Many of those could be a medication refill, or a cold or even bronchitis. IT: What do you feel are some of the clinic’s recent successes in the community? LR: We have many success stories here, from having an advocate help with prescription medication for a year to someone that comes in with a health issue they have been dealing with for a few months and have not received an answer anywhere else. IT: The Ithaca Free Clinic also aids in assisting and advocating with people in the Ithaca community. How is this done? LR: An Advocate will help the patient fill out and submit financial applications with hospitals where they may have a medical debt they are unable to pay, as well as follow up application process. [An] advocate may also assist [the] patient fill out medication assistance programs through pharmaceutical companies. If the patient qualifies, they may get up to a year of free medications depending on the company and medication. IT: What are some of your upcoming events to help Ithaca’s uninsured population? LR: We have a few events on schedule for 2019. The Lourdes Mobile Mammogram will be in our parking lot the last Tuesday in the months of January, March, May, July, September, and November 2019. IT: There will be a major benefit event at the Haunt. What kind of music will be performed at the benefit? And what will make this night special for you and the clinic? LR: We will have a fundraiser at the Haunt on Friday, December 14. [The] door opens at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 with a suggested donation of $10 minimum. The bands that will perform are: Viva Mayhem!, Strange to Look At, Hollow Choir, Next to Kin, and Samuel B. Lupowitzs, with a special solo set from Roadman. It will make it special for all of us for the benefit to be successful. We hope many community members will attend so we may reach our goal to be able to provide services for so many individuals in the community.


▶▶ Thumbs Up: Mayor Svante Myrick was named one of the 100 Future Leaders by Apolitical, a list of one of the most influential young people in government. The publication lists his accomplishments as “successfully closed the city’s budget deficit while also lowering taxes, and invested in infrastructure, housing and public transport,” which is a lot for someone this newsroom once contemplated sending two dozen sarcastic cupcakes to for his last birthday. ▶▶ Thumbs Up: Big congrats to the 15 seventh and eighth graders from ICSD who were named to the NYS Band of the Year. They are: Josephine Goodreau, Annabelle Riker, Alicia Fulbright, Anna Fulbright, Ruby Adams, Tala Solomon, Felipe Poelling, Jacob Merrill, Juliet Crane, Adeline Hitz, William Stanton, Nicholas Schill, David Slattery, Mika Gazit and Claire Russell. ▶▶ Heard: Santa Claus’s annual trip down the facade of Center Ithaca nearly went poorly, after an uneven descent for an unusually athletic-appearing Kris Kringle. Regardless, he joined his elves on the Commons and delighted the hundreds of kids who showed up on a frigid Saturday morning to celebrate the start of December and the upcoming holiday season. And thanks to Ithaca Police Department for helping out, too. ▶▶ The most popular stories on this week are… 1. Ithaca College parents mounting petition after food quality incident 2. Legislature votes to support marijuana legalization in New York 3. Festival Fever: Financial Trouble for Ithaca’s Beloved Summer Event 4. New Cherry Street development: Artistic housing? 5. Task Force: Action needed in the Jungle


If an Ithaca building’s rent is set to be affordable for people making $30K-$47K, does that count as “affordable housing” to you? 48.4% Yes 51.6% No

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his is your stop now, get out,” a Shortline Bus driver shouted at us. It was Friday circa 1 a.m. on Green Street in downtown Ithaca this September. Confused and exhausted from a five-hour ride, we filed out of the bus to collect our bags below and make urgent calls to our family and significant others who were inevitably waiting for us at the West State Street Bus Terminal. “Dad, can you drive to Green Street by the Public Library to pick me up? The bus station is shut down,” I called shivering in cooler upstate weather coming from New York City to visit family, and it dawned on dad why those like him waiting for the 6:30pm bus to arrive were faced with a dark and silent parking lot. Next, I discovered that I could not print my voucher for a return ticket I purchased because now our ticket counter was a pharmacy on Green Street with limited hours of operation. A cousin drove me to Binghamton that Sunday when I usually load the 6:45 p.m. bus back to New York to get a printed ticket. We arrived in line just seconds before I could load the bus that I should have been on from Ithaca in the first place. I graduated Cornell University in 2006 and have since taken the same Shortline Bus back and forth from New York City visiting

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my family on an almost monthly basis. It is the most economical option for me as I work in the humanitarian sector and live on a modest income. The West State Street Bus Terminal was ideal for late night drop offs as my parents live on West Hill, mere minutes away. I knew the time-tables including a holiday schedule and hours of operation by heart. I could walk through the Port Authority Bus Terminal to my gate without reading a single signpost. It was easy and learned, until September. All these years, friends and colleagues asked in shock why I always had to sit on long bus rides to Ithaca and were there no better means of transportation. I had to explain that yes, despite it being a worldrenowned city cradling my fair Cornell, the city of Ithaca did not have a passenger train or an affordable consistent airport. Now the inconvenience and lack of consideration for me as a former resident (I also finished high school in Ithaca) and all the students who may be traveling from home to college for the first time in their lives seemed an affront. For the past several years, each new trip to town revealed new devel-


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There Was Only One Ricky Jay By St e ph e n P. Bu r k e On November 26 a prominent Ithaca resident and Facebook friend of mine posted on the site, “How did I never know about Ricky Jay until his death?,” which had occurred two days before. The flippant answer is that she doesn’t read the Ithaca Times regularly enough. Two years ago I wrote a column concerning Ricky Jay called “Sui Generis.” The topic was exceptional people connected with Ithaca. The column ranked Jay as among Nabokov, Sagan, and Hans Bethe as Ithacans world-renowned and paramount in their fields. Jay’s field had nothing to do with academics. He was a manipulator of playing cards and sleight-of-hand artist, the best in the world. Actually Jay was also a scholar, and wrote eleven books on the history and practice of eccentric arts and entertainment. His last one was in conjunction with an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But a lot of people write books. Only Ricky Jay could throw a playing card 190 feet at 90 miles an hour (certified by the Guinness Book of World Records), or through the rind of a watermelon, or deal poker for a table of six and give each whatever hand he wanted. Look on YouTube for clips of him and you will see him perform one card trick after another that will make you say “I can’t fully believe that,” or words to that effect. Jay came to Ithaca to attend Cornell sometime in the mid-1960s. (It’s hard to speak fully of his past, as he rarely discussed it, and it was generally a prohibited subject in interviews.) He enrolled in Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration with the idea of someday owning a club in Las Vegas. He had always been interested in show business and magic. At age seven he appeared on local television in his native New York City as “the world’s youngest magician” and pulled a guinea pig out of a hat. At Cornell he spent little time in class. Despite a number of years here he never rose above freshman. He spent most of his time in the Royal Palm Tavern on Dryden Road, practicing shuffles hour after hour on the long wooden bar, perfecting tricks and fleecing customers. It paid off well beyond that. Jay

appeared on the Tonight Show while still at Cornell. Before long he was opening at major rock shows. He performed at the Electric Circus in New York City, which hosted acts such as the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers, and where the Velvet Underground was the house band. Jay eventually moved to Los Angeles and started a consulting business (“Deceptive Practices”) for movies and television on magic, cards, and con games. He appeared on-screen i n t h e m o v i e s Boogie Nights,

House of Cards, and many others, and in the HBO series Deadwood. He continued to tour and perform his act in numerous venues and broadcasts. Occasionally Jay returned to New York and performed one-man Broadway shows which were limited runs and extremely tough tickets to get. In show business there’s a stock, notorious fear among performers that the least worthy of their work will end up in the headline of their obituary (thus “Chuck Berry, Singer of ‘My Ding-A-Ling,’ Dies,” for (invented) example). The New York Times must have felt that it had inadvertently fulfilled this fear when it decided to change its obituary headline for Jay online to “Ricky Jay, Gifted Magician, Actor, and Author, Dies at 72.” This is now the one for the record. The original, appearing in the print newspaper, called him “Ricky Jay, Who Pierced Watermelons With Cards.” Actually, I think Jay might have preferred the watermelon entry. It was show biz, it was different, and that reflected Jay’s life. As we concluded in the column on Jay in 2016, “There’s only one Ricky Jay. Even if ‘genius’ doesn’t apply, ‘sui generis’ does.”

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opments and now every inch of downtown has been turned into apartment buildings while our bus station is a street. The Mayor and the City said nothing in response to a series of my tweets asking for a plan of action

It is frankly embarrassing that the city recently proclaimed by The Guardian as being among the “best towns and cities in the US” does not have a bus station.

and when I looked at what the local newspapers have written, I discovered that the city even scrambled with a contingency plan back in August that involves sharing a space with TCAT once the owners of the West State Street Bus Terminal announced their change of heart about leasing the space for this purpose. It is frankly embarrassing that the city recently proclaimed by The Guardian as being among the “best towns and cities in the US” does not have a bus station. The City of Ithaca should own up to its reputation of being a world-class city and out of respect for its visitors from all corners of the world, not least those attending college and renting the expensive New York City-priced apartments downtown it has allowed to exist, immediately find a solution to the bus station problem, or at least to effectively communicate a solution. The winter is here and as a woman, I find being dropped off on Green Street in the middle of the night a security risk. A street is not a sheltering bus station. Dragica Mikavica is a former Ithaca resident based in New York City since 2006 where she works as a child rights advocate in the United Nations system. She graduated Ithaca High School in 2002 and Cornell in 2006.



s a student of Ithaca College, I am disheartened and ashamed that I am a part of a campus that apparently does not recognize that menstrual products are necessities and should be free of charge to all faculty and students on campus. More than half of the population of the IC community are in need of these basic necessities and would exponentially benefit from joining the free menstrual product movement numerous campuses around the country are adopting. This is an essential change to me as an advocate of women’s reproductive health rights. People who menstruate on this campus deserve to feel comfortable at their “home away from home” and not constantly be in fear of being without a tampon due to a lack of funds or accessibility. Food for thought, IC supplies an endless supply of condoms at every corner of this campus, which is important, though having sex is a choice. Menstruating is not. Emily Klausz Ithaca, NY

On the petition from Ithaca College

parents regarding food services “And this is what $59,540 per year gets you? My daughter graduated IC. She never had any complaints.” Tammy Adams Graham, via Facebook

On Ithaca Festival’s financial struggles


read the entire article and did not see anything about sponsors. Is that off the table? The hundreds of industries in this town willing to get their name on a banner for $100 bucks? ...and fyi, we used to be non-local and came to the festival more times then we have since we became locals. We loved it when it was at Stewart Park. It’s better there for families to spend the entire day. The food is ridiculously over priced. A family of 4 cannot afford to eat a meal there. It’s way too crowded. The good vendors are few and far between. Once in awhile I see something interesting. Not everyone loves art (shocker, I know). The Apple Festival is just as much fun without the entertainment. Karen Yonkin Husick, via Facebook

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within the school that are dedicated just to mental health supports. We are still discussing what some of those options are going to look like but we’ve been reading a bunch of things, visiting other places around the country.” Finally, concerning infrastructure which will be dedicated to refurbishing the parking lots, replacing outdated equipment, repairing floors, fixing up bathrooms and renovating schools’ HVAC. ITHACA BEER Contin u ed From Page 3

nied by a notice of violation to Ithaca Beer stating that the company had not met the schedule and, apparently, hadn’t notified the Town of Ithaca why soon enough. Cynthia Brock, the chair of the IAWWTF Special Joint Committee, said a significant non-compliance notification was issued as required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “They have met the criteria for significant non-compliance in three ways,” Brock said. “Their effluent discharge is below 2.0 and above 12.5 on the pH scale, which poses an eminent endangerment to sewer workers and infrastructure. Two, they failed to provide required notification of non-compliance with effluent limits and failed to provide required progress reports on meeting compliance order milestone deadlines. And three, their continuing periodic discharges of highly acidic effluent will adversely affect the collection system and continue to be a danger to sewer workers.” Brock said that while she is glad to see the pretreatment system plans being reviewed, and now submitted, she and the rest of the Special Joint Committee have tired of making the same requests of the company only to not have their requirements met while the violations continue. “Obviously, we are incredibly frustrated,” Brock said. “There’s no evidence that Ithaca Beer is responding to our requests with the urgency that I believe is due.” According to the minutes of the last Special Joint Committee meeting on Nov. 28, a government body which handles matters concerning the Ithaca Wastewater Treatment Facility, Ithaca Beer Company has now submitted their plans to construct and install a pretreatment system that should, theoretically, stop the pH violations as well as high temperatures of discharges, though those plans were initially due in August. The system’s completion is anticipated for April 2019, though high and low pH incidents should be expected until then. Data from Ithaca Beer’s self-monitoring system, which was submitted to the City of Ithaca and obtained through a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request, shows significant pH problems continued recently as well. Between Aug. 10 and Sept. 11, testing of Ithaca Beer’s discharge showed 96 instances of pH under 2.5, which indicates a strong acid, although none above 12.5. Anything De c e mb e r

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Most of the work is going to be done during summer to avoid displacing students, though some of it may bleed into the early weeks of the school year. The entire process of completing the Capital Projects plan is set to take 10 to 12 years. In total, the project will cost approximately $100 million. ICSD will be holding more meetings about this so they can get public feedback about the project as well as field some concerns that community members may have. The next two meetings will be held on December 13 and January 17. E dw i n J. Vi er a outside of that range, categorized as “effluent pH extremes,” is considered hazardous waste by the EPA. The previously mentioned compliance order states that industrial discharge is only allowed a pH between 5.5 and 9.5, or 11.0 with special permission. Ithaca Beer Company owner Dan Mitchell said the new pretreatment plant will end up costing the company around $300,000, and that part of the delay between the violations and the company’s solution was the initial price tag they found when looking into it. “We’ve put in probably close to $100,000 just doing some background research and testing and hiring consultants to find out what the problem is,” Mitchell said. “We hired an engineering firm to look into the cost of remedy, and original quotes were around $800,000. We had to go back to the drawing board to hone in on a system that we could afford to pay for, and we feel like we’ve gotten to that point, so now we’re closer to $300,000.” Mitchell said cleaning materials used at the brewery are the culprit for the extreme pH test results. He defended the schedule violations, saying they were a symptom of having to find a pretreatment plan the company could afford, along with doing enough investigation to figure out the source of the problem. “It’s not even a reaction time as much as a discovery time,” Mitchell said, adding that he does not believe the company has become more prone to violations since its popularity and production has risen. “When they brought it to our attention, we jumped in and started looking at what the problems were [...] But most of it is not knowing where the pH values are coming from and how to remedy them. It’s more complicated than ‘Once you know what the problem is, here’s a quick fix.’” The problems were first announced publicly in a legal notice issued by the IAWWTF and the Town of Ithaca, which was published in the legal notice section of the Nov. 29 edition of the Ithaca Journal. “The Ithaca Beer Company, Inc., [...] has met the USEPA’s criteria for significant noncompliance because it failed to provide, within the specified number of days after the due date, required reports on compliance within compliance schedule milestones.” M att Butler

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GIVE LOCAL By E dw i n J. Vi e r a a n d M att Bu tler


ach year, the Ithaca Times presents its Give Local issue, an annual guide to a select few local non-profit organizations that might not be as well known as some of the more prominent groups around the area. This is obviously not an exhaustive list; there are dozens—if not hundreds—of local organizations doing essential, influential work in Tompkins County. The six organizations featured are either new, or doing work that might not always grab headlines, perhaps due to the populations they deal with or the subtlety of the services they provide.

access to compassionate healthcare in a setting where they will not be stigmatized or judged based on drug use, homelessness, or any other issue that may cause less than adequate care in today’s healthcare environment,” according to its website’s mission statement. Since Reach has opened, it’s seen just below 700 patients total, according to the clinic’s Medical Director Justine Waldman, and currently has over 400 patients taking medication to help deal with opiate usage. But the biggest development in Reach’s first year is that they are now in negotiations with New York State’s Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Service (OASAS) to become a pilot program

the health of those individuals,” Waldman said. “Really, they’re looking to engage people in treatment longer and not dismiss them for not meeting previously made treatment goals, like abstinence from any substance.” Money given to Reach is used for patient care, Waldman said, some of which is dedicated to “improving social outcomes” for the patients. That can take the form of facilitating food and clothing donations so people who enter Reach are better able to function socially, and even survive in some cases. At its core, that’s the mission of Reach: to keep people alive and reduce

until they are running healthily. “Our work is based in supporting beginning farmers to run viable businesses in the area,” said Elizabeth Gabriel, Groundswell’s director. “We do a lot of work around justice and equity in the food system by hosting community events, providing opportunities to bring together the intersection of farming and justice.” Beyond that, Gabriel said part of Groundswell’s mission is creating a faceto-face farmer’s network that is designed to help foster communication between experienced farmers and those just entering the industry. The organization also helps

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The Reach Clinic opened earlier this year on Cayuga Street and has already seen a positive reception from those in the community seeking treatment for a drug addiction, despite its youth compared to other treatment facilities in Ithaca. Reach runs on a harm-reduction model that avoids the more conventional abstinence focus of drug treatment centers. It provides patients with “respectful, equitable, 8  T

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under the OASAS umbrella while retaining their unique methods. That’s a significant step for the statewide agency, which had previously shied away from the level of harm reduction-fueled treatment that Reach utilizes. “They’ve come to recognize that it is a chronic, relapsing condition and that having patients leave programs based on other substances in their urine or not meeting the goals of OASAS may not be increasing


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the lethal impact of the opioid epidemic, which seems to grow every year. As long as someone is alive, they have a chance to capture whatever level of health and happiness suits them. GROUNDSWELL

Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming is a non-profit organization based on extending food security to people who may otherwise struggle to gain equal access not only to entrance into the farming industry, but to the food system itself. The center receives funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to further its mission of training people new to farming and incubating nascent farming businesses

Th e It h ac a P h y s i c s B u s d u r i n g a g i g ( P r ov i d e d) farmers navigate how to secure loans from banks and other ways to either open or expand their business. Gabriel said a significant amount of their work is done with people of color and refugees: populations that may not have easy or natural routes into the farming industry, along with other demographic groups that are underrepresented in farming, such as women and low-income individuals. Along with providing in-the-field technical support for businesses, Groundswell

runs 10-week farming business courses, each with a maximum of 25 people, and this year is introducing opportunities for people to pay and attend certain weeks of classes that pertain to the subjects they feel are most relevant to them. They also provide interpretations for foreign-speakers, such as refugees, who want to be trained, though these classes are often much smaller to maximize what each person takes away from the class. “Everything donated to us goes to the sustainability of the food system, but also the equity of the food system,” Gabriel said. “All of our work between farmers centers around equity and justice and rethinking how we can design the farming landscape and farm business to be more fair and be more accessible to all.”

it in school. “I loved physics, but I was failing it in college,” Herman said. “So I started making exhibits and demonstrations for a live show twice a year [...] I found a great deal of joy in it, and someone, a friend, said ‘You should put this all on a bus.’ So that’s how it started.” Several years ago, when Herman moved to Ithaca, the idea came to life again. Herman and Bell are the main people running the Physics Bus now, traveling to different schools, libraries and summer camps between 8 to 12 times a month during their operating season of March through November; they’re particularly busy over the summer. Money from donations to the Physics Bus is used to subsidize trips to schools with lower-income students, or simply less money to spend on educational

as learning how the world works instead of examining the nuts and bolts right away. “We’ve kept quote after quote after quote of kids being like ‘Whoa, physics is so cool, this is like the Magic School Bus,’” Bell said. “I think a lot more kids would connect with science and not feel like ‘Oh, this is dry and boring,’ if they first learned to love the experience, and later on, if they need to, they can learn about equations and that stuff.” Community Dispute Resolution Center Alternatives to litigation are a common method in New York State, and in several cases, it can effectively deliver acceptable outcomes. The Community Dispute Resolution Center (CDRC) has been around Tompkins County for 35 years and has been serving Chemung and Schuyler

CDRC, explained that for them, success doesn’t necessarily mean everyone leaves happy, but that a tempered conversation on the issue has taken place. “Often what we see is people coming into the office and they sit away from each other with their arms folded, and then they go into the mediation and what happens a lot of the times is that when they walk out of the mediation, they’re actually continuing their conversations as they leave,” Wright said. “And so, we see that as a huge success for us; that people were actually able to have a conversation with each other without it being adversarial.” The organization has also implemented a new means of conflict resolution which could be a welcome tool. Conflict coaching, according to Wright, is a one-on-one

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On a given warm-weather day, one might see an aluminum foil-clad bus rolling around the greater Tompkins County area or even beyond, appearing a tad strange to the routine bystander but equipped with just enough science and just enough entertainment to engage even the most attention-challenged elementary schoolers. It’s the Ithaca Physics Bus, a community science workshop started five years ago by Erik Herman, Chris Bell, Eva Luna and Claire Fox. The idea was born in Tucson, Arizona, where Herman was connecting with science in a way that helped him, but was far different than how he was learning

experiences, so that Herman and Bell are able to facilitate the trips without having to charge the schools or subsidize the trips themselves. They say students are normally quite enthused by the bus, and Herman and Bell intentionally step back and let the kids have at it as they pass through the vehicle, free to examine each exhibit as they go. They find it’s easier to let the students explore for themselves rather than intervening with explanation and risk ruining the experience. The driving thought behind the program is that kids would be far more engaged by science if it were approached

counties for the last two decades. CDRC works alongside courts to provide an alternative to litigation to get things settled in an easier way. They offer mediation services for people in conflicts, particularly dealing with the issue of custody and visitation from family courts. The CDRC is a non-profit organization that uses donation funding, along with resources from United Way and the court system, to teach children conflict resolution, train community mediators and generally reduce the burden on the court system for low-level disagreements. Paula Wright, executive director of De c e mb e r

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private session with a certified coach that has been trained in conflict resolution that can help people implement some mediation tools into their own lives going forward. “It’s offered to people when the other person is not interested in mediating,” Wright said. “Or sometimes folks are a little uncomfortable with what does the mediation session look like and may need some help figuring out how to talk to someone they are in conflict with. We also use conflict coaching with organizations that contact us.”

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Artistic Housing

New Cherry Street development: Artistic Housing?

Vecino Group’s newest development submission would bring 120 units of affordable housing to Cherry Street. (Photo provided)


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ecino Group is re-entering the Ithaca development process after proposing a new housing development on Cherry Street, a former industrial zone that has been recently further readied for development. Unlike its introduction to Ithaca, which came in the form of the Asteri Ithaca proposal that is currently under consideration for the Green Street Garage redevelopment (and quite popular), Vecino’s newest proposal would be focused on artist housing, bearing the name Arthaus (Art House) and containing certain amenity space meant to appeal directly to artistic types. Conveniently, it’s very close to the Cherry Arts theater. Similar to Vecino’s Green Street proposal, though, the whole project is meant to be affordable housing. Molly Chiang, Vecino’s Ithaca representative, said there would be certain amenities meant to appeal directly to artists, though non-artists would be welcome to live in the building as well. ArtHaus would include 120 total units of affordable housing, with rents set to 50-80 percent Area Median Income, which translates to people who make between $27K and $47K, approximately. The units would be split up as follows: 40 studios, 60 one-bedroom units and 20 two-bedroom units. Amenity space is also baked into the project, such as a gymnasium and gallery space (probably the most marked difference between normal affordable housing and this style of “artistic housing”). Floor plans aren’t set in stone yet, and Chiang said they would know more as time goes on, but here is one rendering that Chiang provided after the meeting. It’s no coincidence that Vecino’s two new proposals came so closely together, as Chiang said they had their interest piqued by the Ithaca market during the Green Street Garage process. After submitting their Green Street proposal over the summer, Chiang said Vecino became enam-

ored with the area’s ample potential for housing development. “One of the byproducts of us being in town for that was learning the curve of what developing in Ithaca is like,” Chiang said. “It’s like the new Cherry Street zoning is beckoning this type of project.” Chiang said this project would likely have some type of youth component, between 15-20 units, which would be dedicated to a supportive housing partnership with TCAction. She said Vecino has been impressed with TCAction’s other developments around the area. Cherry Street could be where the predicted West End development wave takes shape, or at least that’s how it seems early on. In addition to the Vecino project, local business Emmy’s Organics has been approved for a new Cherry Street location that will help them expand their production. New zoning regulations in the West End, enacted this year, were installed to encourage development in that section of the city, particularly residential. Vecino’s President Rick Manzardo has previously noted that the company believes their strengths match up well with the affordability needs of Ithaca, which he said are some of the most significant they have seen in their work. The Planning Board seemed enthused by the project, though Garrick Blalock noted that efforts should be made to market to and attract artist types to ensure stable occupancy, but simultaneously avoid repelling potential residents who are not artists. “This project is so refreshing considering other things that we see that are lacking in mission or accessibility or character,” Board member McKenzie Jones said. “Just generally, the work that you’re doing in this world, to provide housing for people of low and moderate income, it’s great.” M att Butler


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The Truth of “An Apple a Day” By E dw in J. Vie ra


he old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” may have some truth to it, though with improved technology being developed in Ithaca, apple season might mean all yearround now. Doctor Chris Watkins, a professor of horticulture and director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, has been a key player in learning about how to keep apples fresh year-round. The answer: Controlled Atmosphere (CA) technology. “Controlled atmosphere storage technology is a simple concept because what we’re trying to do is put the apples to sleep, reduce the rate of metabolism,” Watkins said. “So, instead of a sports car, we’ve got a sedan. So, we’re bringing the oxygen levels down. Typically, people are breathing about 21 percent oxygen. So, typically in a controlled atmosphere, the oxygen levels are around two percent.” According to Watkins, this process essentially slows down the production of the hormone ethylene, which makes fruit ripe. Robert Smock, a researcher at Cornell University’s pomology department first observed the technology when he visited Cambridge University. He began his own experiments with it and by the 1950s, developed some of the first CA rooms in the United States. Advancements in CA technology have helped determine specific attributes of what causes the apples to thrive in these climates, according to Watkins. “We have a new technology called Dynamic Controlled Atmosphere,” Watkins

said. “What we do there is we measure the stress on an apple. As we lower the oxygen levels, it gets to a point where the apple starts to show stress. We can measure that and bring the oxygen levels up a little higher than that. [...] When Bob Smock first did his original work at Cornell, [the apple industry] was very crude.” Watkins said now, orchards have systems that can measure oxygen and carbon dioxide, which enables the owners to keep the atmospheres around the apples constant. “Technology has helped move what we can do with apples,” he said. The only problem with the Controlled Atmosphere technology is that if the apples receive oxygen and carbon dioxide in the wrong amounts, they can start to ferment and deteriorate. Watkins gave the example of Macintosh apples as a way of showing just how this technology determines the right climate for apples to exist without ripening. “A very good example is the Macintosh, which needs a lot of carbon dioxide in the air,” Watkins said. “After a low period of carbon dioxide for about six weeks we increase that level between three and five percent. And we keep the oxygen levels around two percent. Some apples we can use much lower oxygens and others we can’t because of the thickness of the stem affects the amount of oxygen that goes through the apple of the stem.” Watkins said the thickness of the stem can actually determine how much air is

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capable of flowing in and out of the apple. Keeping apples fresh longer greatly eases marketing and sales burdens on the apple industry, according to Watkins, who said that selling all apples only between September and December, when they are in season and ripe, would be chaos. Then, people would have to wait for the following autumn for apples to come back into season. According to Medical News Today, a study authored by Matthew Davis, Ph.D. at the University of Michigan School of Nursing undertook the age-old proverb and exposed it to be false. The findings from the study show that apple eaters were more likely to avoid prescriptions than a visit to the doctor.

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IC teammates and Coach Valesente and the rest of the staff,” he answered when asked if his Ithaca College experience was useful. “They didn’t just teach us about baseball, they taught us to the office recently and told that he had be adults.” been traded. Always willing to make the I called George most of any and all opportunities, Tim Valesente, IC’s asked to whom he had been traded. What baseball coach, to he heard next was what virtually every ask him if he was Little Leaguer who grew up in the Empire excited for LocasState wants to hear: His contract had been Tim Locastro got the call that could bring him to the brightest tro, and he said, purchased by the New York Yankees. lights in sports: Yankee Stadium. (Photo provided) “I am very happy I called Tim to talk about this latest for Tim. He can chapter, and I asked him if he looked at These days, Tim is in his hometown fill the bill for them as a utility player, and the calendar upon hearing the news to of Auburn, working out six days a week make sure it was not April 1. He laughed with his friend and high school teammate, whether he plays for their Triple A team in Scranton or in Yankee Stadium, I’ll be and said, “No, but I’ll tell you, it was wild Johnny Fiermonte. there.” to hear those words.” “The same routine has been serving George added, “It usually takes me I also asked the ex-Dodger what he reme well for the past four years, and now I about a year to get to know a player, but members about the experience of fulfilling am adding some time inx220 the pool at the Y,” 607-277-7000 from the start, Tim was so passionate and his lifelong dream of playing in the Mahe said. When asked how adding swimClient: Newspaper: upbeat—no matter what—and he never jors. “I remember walking out into Coors ming will help, he stated, “It’s important hung his head, never lost his composure. Field,” he offered, “and it was amazing how to stay flexible. It’s such a long season—it’s Every year, he worked harder and he got high the Major League stadiums are. They a marathon, not a sprint—and staying better. He played hard every second of hold so many people.” healthy is my priority.” every game.” Locastro would soon play in front of Come spring, Tim said, “If I’m still Coach Val paused and said, “You know, 55,000 fans at a sold-out game at Dodger with the Yankees, I’ll report to Florida I think his most redeeming factor was the Stadium, and I asked him if such an expefor Spring Training. The Dodgers train in fact that he was not only our best player, rience was intimidating. He said, “When Arizona, so I haven’t been in Florida for he was the most well-liked. Those two you’re in the dugout, you can feel the Spring Training since 2015, when I was things rarely go together.” nerves, but between the lines, baseball is with the Blue Jays.” baseball and the adrenaline takes over.” “I wouldn’t be where I am without my

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hen Tim Locastro played baseball for the Ithaca College Bombers, he was a lot of fun to watch. Unless, that is, you were an opposing pitcher or catcher. Tim had an uncanny knack to get on base—hits, walks, hit-by-pitch, whatever it took—and once aboard, he was a nightmare. He stole an absurd 40 bases in one season, and he made the proverbial “unlucky #13” lucky once again. Times two, in fact, given he was drafted in the 13th round of the 2013 MLB Draft. Since then, Locastro has played in over 500 minor league games, with over 600 hits, 28 home runs and a .292 batting average. Many people might say, “That’s a pretty good run for a Division III player,” but Tim’s not done yet. The Auburn native has never taken his eye off the prize, and after starting out in the Toronto Blue Jays organization he was traded to the L.A. Dodgers. He got a brief shot at the Big Show in 2017, went back to AAA, and went back up to the bigs in 2018, playing in 18 games. Like many up-and-comers in the baseball world, Locastro was called into

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Perhaps the one issue that everyone in Tompkins County, from politician to citizen, is consistently discussing—but for which there doesn’t seem to be a solution in sight—is homelessness. With population at the Jungle rising and affordable housing still at a premium, it seems the effort to stem homelessness is hitting some stagnation. But Second Wind Cottages, a neighborhood development in Newfield, has been trying a different approach than the traditional homeless shelter methods. Founded in 2013, this non-profit’s goal of “permanent supportive housing” consists of guiding people towards restoring their lives through providing a safe, healthy environment that can help people recovering from addiction or transitioning out of homelessness. Even though the current facility works primarily with men, Second Wind has plans to create a new facility for women as well as women with children. Carmen Guidi, the founder of Second Wind Cottages, described just what it means to provide people with per-

manent supportive housing. “Our goal is to help the guys reintegrate into a conventional housing, whether that be an apartment or whatever, but there is not a limit to stay,” Guidi said. “We are supportive, which means we wrap the guys around all the supports in the community. We have staff here. We have drug and alcohol counselors. We have mental health workers [and] social workers to support the men here.” Another expansion Guidi has planned is to create a large training and development building to house several different programs. He envisions having Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, GED training, computer training and job training. Second Wind also has a different way of being funded, according to Guidi, which is that they do not use any government grants, making donations an even more crucial part of their continued mission. “We are 99 percent privately funded,” Guidi said. “We do not go after government grants because they have a lot of strings attached which would box the guys into programming that they may not accept. We try to have as little of barriers as possible to get into housing. And a lot of times when you take government money,

you have to have a certain program, and if that’s the case, you leave out a lot of people that could be helped.” Donations to Second Wind Cottages can be made online here. ITHACA GENERATOR

Working on a project can be hard to do without the right equipment. However, one local non-profit organization provides the workspace and resources that any tech entrepreneur is looking for around the area. Ithaca Generator, which was founded as a non-profit in 2013, serves as a place for people who, for a low monthly fee, can get access to a workspace of high- and low-tech tools, ceramics, electronics, 3D printers, a range of educational opportunities and a community for a network of those members. Elliot Wells, Board President for Ithaca Generator, discussed just how the organization has grown through the years since its creation. “The founding members saw a need for a space beside their own houses where they could get together, bring their families together, give activity space for their kids, but also work on their own tech projects and create team projects and have a collaborative workspace that wasn’t tied to any specific plan or institution,” Wells said.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12 5:30P.M., TEXTOR 101 Free and open to the public Joel Simon, Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, will deliver a lecture on the state of media freedom in the United States and across the globe. Upholding freedom of expression and the rights of journalists is essential at a time when reporters are being murdered and imprisoned in record numbers; when misinformation and disinformation are proliferating online; and when a new generation of autocratic leaders is seeking to suppress criticism and dissent. Simon has written widely on press freedom issues for The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Guardian and dozens of other publications around the world. He is the author of three books, “Endangered Mexico,” “The New Censorship” and “We Want to Negotiate: the Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages, and Ransom” (forthcoming, January 2019). Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please contact Brandy Hawley, or 607-274-3590 as soon as possible.

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If you’re going to cook for your sweetheart this holiday season, don’t forget that crucial perfect pairing. A limited release semi-dry hybrid red blend from Americana, described by the winery as “a taste of autumn with dark cherry and cranberry flavors,” works wonders with a winter meal. Americana Vineyards

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A relaxed and strong partner is a happy partner, and a month of unlimited yoga is just the thing to start the New Year off right. Mighty Yoga offers a great deal to new students and a full menu of great membership packages for experienced yogis, so release that tension in time for 2019. Mighty Yoga






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Ithaca’s most persistent venue celebrates another decade with optimism


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mong the complaints of local Ithacans today, “Things are changing too quickly and the city used to be better” is usually first on the list. Residents have watched former hallmarks of Ithaca replaced in the name of making the city better, but one downtown stalwart has remained unchanged despite the modernization around it. The State Theatre is ringing in its 90th year this weekend with a full slate of events meant to highlight the current season, the historical value of the building as Ithaca’s primary music venue and the years of use the theatre has withstood. In order to celebrate the momentous anniversary, the State Theatre is hosting a weekend full of events. On Friday night, a trio of family friendly Christmas movies will be shown, with the original “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” followed by “A Year without Santa Claus” and finished off with “A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa.” All are free of charge and will be shown on the big screen from 6:30 to 9 p.m. A full celebration of the area’s musical history is then slated for Saturday night, starting at 7 p.m. “We’re going to do a music-maker’s history of music in Tompkins County on Saturday night,” State Theatre’s Executive Director Doug Levine

said. “We have about 14 different acts lined up. They’re going to play short sets, like two or three songs. Just to show a little bit about the history of music in Tompkins County. Ithaca College was founded as a music conservancy, [and] there’s even people from Cayuga Nation, who really predated all of us here, that will be here, up to some of the more recent bands like Sid Redmond Band, Kevin Kinsella, that kind of

A 1957 View of the State Theatre (Photo: Courtesy of the History Center)

thing.” Then on Sunday, the piece de resistance: Don MacLean, the singer and songwriter of maybe the most recognizable song of the 20th century “American Pie.” He’ll cap off the weekend with a show at 8 p.m. and tickets are still available. A stroll around the theatre without the distraction of a show reveals a long list of subtle aspects that one likely hasn’t seen before. Gargoyles and lion faces adorn the lobby, an imposing moose head is mounted above the concession stand (Levin said legend has it that it was lent to the State Theatre owners by Robert Treman decades ago, but never returned), and the theatre’s ceiling portrays constellations in a night sky, with artificial stars that even glow when the stage is lit a certain way. The location was originally a car dealership in its earliest days, something that can still be slightly felt in the lobby as it ramps down toward the front door, before being converted to a movie theater and eventually to its current identity. Despite its prestige in Ithaca, the State Theatre does still have its share of struggles; some are inherently part of being a non-profit operated community theatre. Some of the scars from the building’s past can still be seen today, like stains on the ceiling from a major water leak years ago that remain visible, or the outline of a floor-to-ceiling wall meant to create a second screen for more viewing. Even now, repairs De c e mb e r

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the State, Levine said, particularly comedy acts that are popular in casino settings. Despite those obstacles, Levine, who first came to the theatre in 1994 as a freshman at Ithaca College to watch “Shawshank Redemption,” noted that he feels

like the theatre is in a new era of strength. That’s due, at least in part, to the success of the non-profit organization that has run the theatre for just under a decade, State Theatre of Ithaca, Inc., and is approaching a significant anniversary of its own in the spring. The non-profit took over control and ownership of the business from Historic Ithaca, who had resurrected the theatre after several abandoned years and a near-demolition by the city between the mid-1990s and early 2000s. “I think people who have been in Ithaca for quite a while will note that the State Theatre is really in some of the best footing it’s ever been in,” Levine said, crediting the staff of the theatre and others deeply involved with the organization for the turnaround. “I came here in the mid-90s and the theatre was always on the brink of disaster. [...] I was only here for a yearand-a-half and then it closed down, and it was closed for the rest of my college tenure actually. There’s a long history of ups and downs here.” But with the non-profit came the ability to focus solely on fundraising, marketing and other theatre concerns, and that continued freedom. There are still hiccups at the 1,600-seat venue, and Levine said it takes $200,000 each year just to fund the basic operations of the theatre. But even with Ithaca seemingly in constant change, he’s confident there will be room for the vintage venue on State Street. “I know the impact that this place has on the community [...] With the theatre thriving, I feel like the rest of downtown Ithaca is thriving,” Levine said. “You see the hotels coming in, you see all these new restaurants opening up. I think we’re an integral part of downtown Ithaca [...] It’s a really special place. They don’t build theatres like this anymore.”

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he long dormant redevelopment of the Ithaca Gun site has taken a step forward, albeit a small one, despite the persistence of questions about the site’s current and future health. Revived again over the summer by developer Travis Hyde Properties, the Falls Lake Apartments plan, as it stands now, is proposing 74 units of housing for active senior citizens (55 and over) with a housing stock mix of one- and two-bedroom units. The building would be 133,000 square feet total, stand four stories high and the site would contain 80 parking spaces. Though it’s been approached several times, previous attempts at redevelopment have been stymied by the continued contamination of the site, primarily via lead in the soil, a symptom of the site’s past as the host of the Ithaca Gun factory. Regarding clean-up, Travis Hyde owner Frost Travis said the remediation plan submitted by the development team’s environmental engineering firm has been accepted by the DEC, and that he would now be looking to fulfill the DEC’s routine request that alternative remediation plans be investigated as well. According to Travis, the current remediation includes the removal of 4,000 cubic yards of soil and burial of the rest of the remaining polluted soil. One resident did come to the scheduled public hearing, and said he was nervous about the site’s notorious contamination. He requested a thorough look at the condition of the soil and how well the cleanup process is going stage-by-stage. Beyond that, he stated a concern about light pollution emanating from the site. Labor Trades President David Marsh also came forward to lobby for local labor involvement in the construction of the project. Former County Legislator Carol Chock, speaking as a resident, spoke in favor of the choices Travis made relating to energy usage. Environmental activist Walter Hang and resident Susie Kramer, who have been vocal during the concurrent Old Library/ DeWitt House demolition debate that also involves a Travis-Hyde environmental clean-up controversy, both spoke out in favor of a more comprehensive lead remediation. Hang, in particular, said 10,000

cubic yards of polluted soil should be removed instead of the proposed 4,000. Other notes from the packed November Planning Board meeting: Maguire Lincoln auto dealership (which also sells Ford) hit quite a bit of resistance while proposing an addition to its 370 Elmira Road location that would allow it to meet modern Ford dealership standards. The Board was not enthused by the lack of green-space and abundance of asphalt, so they’ll give it another go next month. The same went for the two new family dwellings at 815-817 North Aurora Street, which might have to undergo some design modifications. The board asked for the proposal to try to adhere more closely with the surrounding neighborhood, which is mostly single-family homes instead of duplexes. Two of the area’s biggest projects, Cornell’s North Campus Residential Expansion and the mammoth Chainworks District, both appeared before the board as they continue to progress through the

The renderings introduced over the summer of the Falls Lake Apartments, slated to be built over the old Ithaca Gun factory site. (Photo provided)

planning process, though it’s likely more significant updates and decisions on those projects are still on the horizon. There were three new sketch plans introduced. Two were by architect Jagat Sharma for rather small-scale developments at 312 East Seneca Street and 114-118 Catherine Street. The latter would include two six-bedroom units on the top

floor with one five-bedroom unit on the ground floor, and was presented in conjunction with Nick Lambrou of Lambrou Real Estate. Both are quite early. There was also another residential project presented on Cherry Street by Vecino Group (different than their Green Street Garage redevelopment proposal, and can be seen on page 10

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he quiet of searching in this current story. The questions underare “How and why are neath this amusing, my family this way? startling, and imagWho is my father? Do inative journey of a I belong?” which drive father and daughter the play almost relentis a story of Jews lessly. in post WWII The Kitchen America. A story of production brings the finding and losing play to scintillating, generations of fameven incendiary life ily, of eccentricities in Lena Kaminsky’s shaped by trauma warm and probing and resilience, of performance, confirebuilding and dently directed by Zoë remembering, and Golub-Sass. of the kitsch and Kaminsky, who surreal set against shone in the Kitchen’s horror and grace. previous productions Playwright Lisa of Swimming in the Kron’s one-woman Shallows and Birds of show begins with East Africa, makes a Lisa narrating a welcome return. She Lena Kaminsky in 2.5 Minute Ride, a series of slides in has a wide register as one-woman show now playing at the great detail—except an actor, both vocally Kitchen Theatre. (Photo online) these slides are and physically. A natusimply rectangles ral storyteller, Kaminof color—that are sky is able to maintain the pictorial archive an aching vulnerability of a video she is in the process of creatbeneath a wry, wise-cracking exterior. She ing about her father Walter, a 75 year-old easily inhabits Kron’s ambivalent, joking survivor of the Holocaust transplanted and ultimately yearning persona. Kaminto white-bread midwestern Lansing, sky is unerringly precise in her imagining Michigan. Her father’s parents never left of the myriad details of the story (made all Auschwitz. the more prominent by the device of the On Lisa’s matrilineal side she has gen‘empty’ slides), pulling us into a chaotic, erations of relatives living and recently de- uproarious and heartbreaking world. ceased who provide a gallery of eccentrics, Among the compelling moments are a including a hoarding grandma who ended near break-down during the Auschwitz up with an entire floor of Avon products, narration, a glorious roller-coaster ride, out of pity for the Avon saleswomen. and a transcendent finale at the wedding. Three basic storylines are woven Golub-Sass uses the space with authorthrough the evening: preparations for her ity and subtlety, while deftly pacing the brother’s wedding to his fiancée (found show. All that is missing is a bit more use online) in a Canarsie Jewish center (décor of silence and stillness, but that is a minor from a 1974 James Bond movie, Kron quibble. declares); the family’s annual pilgrimDesign is sharp. IC alum Megan Parker age to Cedar Point Amusement Park in provides costume (casual) and set (abSandusky, Ohio (where her nearly-blind stract and specific, mirroring the 35mm father insists on trying the latest rollerslides in a perforated and backlit rear coaster rides); and a daughter and father wall). Daisy Long lights it with grace and journey to Germany and Poland to see adroit attention to the play’s rhythms. Walter’s birthplace and the death-place of Pornchanok Kanchanabanca provides a his parents in Poland. haunting sound design that locates, but Gorgeously written, and eminently never overwhelms, always placed in the actable, Kron’s script whips through details halls of memory. mundane and shattering, always with a This is another remarkable triumph for salty survival-based Jewish humor, and the Kitchen. This fall has especially centhe critical distance of her lesbian lens tered on the act of storytelling: its seduc(especially droll in the wedding scenes). tion, its difficulties and its necessity. Great Providing ballast and contrast are her conversations. gentile Irish lover Peggy. 2.5 Minute Ride by Lisa Kron; Kitchen While set of course as a story about Theatre through Dec. 9. past events, Kron creates a blazing core


Be the One

Are healthy relationships all it takes? By Mat t Butl e r The ethos of the Be the One movement is simple: Everyone, regardless of their place in life or their outward behavior, could use someone to lean on in times of need, and can simultaneously serve in that role for others as well. Advocates of that idea, like Jaydn McCune, say that one of the organic ways people can overcome traumatic experiences is through healthy mutual relationships, something that the Be the One campaign aims to foster across all types of demographic lines. McCune currently works as the facilitator of the Collaborative Solutions Network at the Rackers Center in Ithaca, and has played a large role in organizing Be the One’s presence in Tompkins County. The campaign officially starts with a launch event on Dec. 10, when Be the One advocates will gather in the Space @ GreenStar and invite the community to come out and help brainstorm ideas to bridge mentorship gaps and opportunity lapses in the hopes of facilitating supportive relationships for as many people as possible. The event includes food and several local related organizations will be tabling at the event to show participants more ways to get involved with mentorship opportunities. The idea to pick up the Be the One mantle was born earlier this year, in April, when several non-profits throughout the region gathered to organize their annual collaborative event to highlight Mental Health Month in May. This year, Be the

One was chosen, fueled by the thought that having a “safe, supportive, mentoring relationship” is essential to healthy and happy lives, particularly if someone is overcoming a traumatic experience that could cause chronic stress. “It comes out of a lot of the work that’s been done about trauma and resiliency,”

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McCune said. “We’re coming to understand the neuroscience behind how we heal from trauma and chronic stress, and the one most potent factor is having caring and supportive relationships. When communities are able to create that, they create resilient communities where people are happier and healthier.” McCune said the response in the community has been very positive, and has helped encourage them to keep working with this specific message. Using a grant they received in August, McCune said they are currently targeting schools and faith organizations with the Be the One message, and will subsequently move on to community organizations during the second phase. The rest is undefined yet, though McCune said they’re aspiring to

work with businesses and other community groups as well. “Imagine if we were all connected in a significant and meaningful way to each other, not just on Facebook and social media and on our phones, but face to face—a real relationship with each other,” McCune said. “We have this big launch event at GreenStar on Dec. 10 that’s going to be a really exciting way to bring everybody together and envision all the ways that we can bring this message to life.” Someone’s Be the One mentor can take basically any form, whether it be a friend, relative, pastor or, also somewhat commonly, a favorite teacher in school. McCune’s intention, she said, is to encourage and empower people to use the time and resources they have for the benefit of others, without necessarily being able to receive any type of material compensation for their efforts. One example is a young girl McCune knows who walks about two miles to school every morning; in Mccune’s mind, there must be someone out there who has a car and some time in the morning to give her a ride to school, a person who values the need for access to education at a young age. The commitment to a relationship need not be a years-long contract, McCune said, and representing it that way means more people are interested in participating. It can be a “small project or some way they can connect,” she said, as long as some form of relationship is formed in a healthy way that is also feasible for all parties involved. “The goal is to create more informal and formal mentoring opportunities in our county,” McCune said. “Across intergenerational divides, across cultural divides, to create ways for people to have meaningful relationships with each other over time.”


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members shouting “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” which is often interpreted as a call to dissolve Israel in favor of Palestine (though it should be noted, Palestinian supporters argue the saying simply means Palestinians should be free to live wherever without threat or oppression). Additionally featured is a scene from a protest at Cornell University in which pro-Israel rally-goers are spit-on and derided. After the film was a panel discussion with three students, two from Cornell University, and one from Ithaca College, who answered questions about some of their experiences with anti-Semitism. Both students from Cornell said they had experienced some form of anti-Semitism, while the student from Ithaca College said he mostly experienced it during his high school and elementary school years. One of the questions that came up was what the three students thought the response from campus administration should be regarding any anti-Semitic acts that occur. The student from Ithaca College commented that the previous president of the school, Tom Rochon, failed

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to properly respond to any acts of hate against a certain group. The two students from Cornell said that the response should have some sort of punishment for those who are committing these acts instead of being general statements that are neutral. One suggestion was that campus administration should use the “3D” test, a process developed to try to separate legitimate criticism of Israel from antiSemitism. The panel members explained that the D’s stood for delegitimization, demonization and double standard. Delegitimization means if Israel’s founding is in question as if Jewish people don’t have a right to be there. Secondly, demonization takes a look at whether the context is removed from a work that attributes an evil intent to Israeli people. Finally, double standard is when any Israeli response to an attack is viewed as a malicious crime, even if Israel is acting in self-defense. The film alleged that SJP is protected from on-campus issues because professors sympathize with the group, as well as the Boycott, Divest, Sanctions (BDS) movement that calls for the United States to separate itself from Israel. The film further claims that SJP works to get into student governments in order to push for votes calling for the school to divest (again, it should be noted: these types of accusations have been lobbed at pro-Israel student groups as well). Another question posed to the student panel was about a good way to be engaged in facing questions of anti-Semitism. One student from Cornell said that he had a friend simply ask him about the conflict between Israel and Palestine so that he may better form an opinion about it. The other Cornell student said that he will not engage in an argument of emotions but wants to educate a person with facts instead. ICUCME said this films series will be continuing in the spring with another showing at Cinemapolis, though a set date or film has not been announced as of yet.


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he need for a declared stand on human rights was finally observed on Dec. 10, 1948, when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Here in Ithaca, New York, the day will be marked at Ithaca College (IC) by Ute Ritz-Deutch, the Area Coordinator of Amnesty International of New York State, and Patricia Rodriguez, associate professor of Politics at IC. The event is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on IC’s campus in room 101 of the Textor building, and will feature a film on U.S. Policy and arms trade with Mexico and human rights in Mexico called “Where the Guns Go.” A discussion will follow the film, and the event is free and open to the public. Also being marked is Amnesty International’s collective action to aid 10 people fighting for human rights who have faced adversity in their home countries as a result of their work. One can download and write letters to help protect these individuals’ human rights, with a letter-writing campaign ongoing until Jan. 31, 2019. “Standing for our human rights in Ithaca and everywhere else is necessary to protect the dignity of all people,” RitzDeutch said. The City of Ithaca’s Office of Human Rights (OHR) will, on Dec. 8, hold a Human Rights Arts Competition at the Tompkins County Public Library at 11 a.m., according to OHR interim Director Kenneth Clarke. “The Kindergarten through 12th grade competition is important to develop and educate students with age-appropriate materials related to human rights,” Clarke said. Taking action for human rights works to maintain justice and sustain peace while reaching beyond just the city of Ithaca.

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Blue Skies | 6:00 PM, | Americana Vineyards, Interlaken Surf Renegades 8th Annual Surfing with Santa Holiday Show | 6:00 PM, | The Haunt, Ithaca

Irene Jeong, senior cello recital | 3:00 PM, 12/6 Thursday | Barnes Hall, Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca |

David Graybeard Band | 7:00 PM, | Two Goats Brewing, Burdett

BPO Cirque Musica Holiday presents Wonderland | 7:30 PM, 12/6 Thursday | Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, 1 Stuart St, Binghamton |

Iron Horse | 7:00 PM, | McGillicuddy’s Bar & Grill, Montour Falls The MacGillicuddies Reunion Show | 8:00 PM, | Silver Line Tap Room, Trumansburg Porky’s Groove Machine w/s/g Fall Creek Brass Band | 10:00 PM, | Lot 10 Lounge, Ithaca | $7

12/9 Sunday Samuel B. Lupowitz | 12:00 PM, | Agava, Ithaca Lucia Barrero (violin) and Alfredo Oyaguezv(piano) | 1:00 PM, | Red Newt Cellars Inc, Hector Ithaca Jazz and Blues Jam | 4:00 PM, | Mix Kitchen and Bar, Ithaca The Family Ties | 4:00 PM, | Two Goats Brewing, Burdett The Tarps | 4:00 PM, | Americana Vineyards, Interlaken

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AN EVENING WITH DON MCLEAN Sunday, December 9 at 8:00PM | State Theatre of Ithaca, 107 W. State St. | The State Theatre continues its special 90th birthday celebration with a special performance from Don McLean. One of America’s most enduring singer-songwriters is forever associated with his classic hits “American Pie” and “Vincent (Starry Starry Night)”. (photo: provided)

Home Remedy CD Release Show | 7:00 PM, | Sunwood Recording studio, Trumansburg | $10 Vee Da Bee | 7:00 PM, | The Westy, Ithaca

12/10 Monday Open Mic | 8:30 PM, | Agava, Ithaca

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12/11 Tuesday Professor Tuesday’s Jazz Quartet | 6:30 PM, | ZaZa’s Cucina, Ithaca Irish Session with members of Traonach | 7:00 PM, | Argos Inn, Ithaca Open Mic | 8:00 PM, | Silver Line Tap Room, Trumansburg

Piano studio recital: Students of Xak Bjerken and Ryan McCullough | 8:00 PM, 12/6 Thursday | Barnes Hall, Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca | Celebrating the centenary of Claude Debussy’s death. Burns And Kristy Band Holiday Concert | 8:00 PM, 12/7 Friday | First Unitarian Church Ithaca, 306 N Aurora St, Ithaca | | $15 pre-order/$20 at the door Piano studio recital: Students of Shin Hwang | 8:00 PM, 12/7 Friday | Barnes Hall, Cornell, Ithaca | Big Bands and Ballads: Swing Through the Season | 4:00 PM, 12/8 Saturday | First Baptist Church of Ithaca, 309 N. Cayuga St, Ithaca | VOICES Multicultural Chorus presents

its fall concert. | $12 in advance, $15 at door, 12 and under free Hometown Music Makers’ Revue: Celebrating Tompkins County’s Extraordinary Musical History | 7:00 PM, 12/8 Saturday | State Theatre Of Ithaca, 107 W State St, Ithaca | Highlighting more than a century’s history of music in Tompkins County, from Patsy Conway’s world-renowned brass band in the early 1900s to the contemporary musicians who help make Ithaca a draw for art and entertainment today. | $15/$29 Cayuga Chamber Orchestra: Holidays with Handel | 7:30 PM, 12/8 Saturday | St. Pauls United Methodist Church, 402 N Aurora St, Ithaca | Selections from Messiah. Symphoria Special: Messiah | 7:30 PM, 12/8 Saturday | Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 259 E. Onondaga Street, Syracuse | Symphoria and the Syracuse University Oratorio Society celebrate the season with this inspiring family tradition at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception | $25 to $20 Traonach and Friends | 2:00 PM, 12/9 Sunday | St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2720 Slaterville Road , Slaterville Springs | The concert will feature traditional Irish music amidst fresh Christmas greens and candlelight. Enjoy hot mulled cider and seasonal treats. | Free with offering for the Caroline Food Pantry Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes Holiday Concert | 4:00 PM, 12/9 Sunday | Clemens Center, 207 Clemens Center Parkway, Elmira | Songs of the Mediterranean | 4:00 PM, 12/9 Sunday | North Star Art Gallery, 743 Snyder Hill Road, Ithaca | Baritone Kurt Lichtmann will be singing songs from Italy, Spain and France. The concert is presented in conjunction with the “Best of Shows” exhibition. An Evening With Don McLean | 8:00 PM, 12/9 Sunday | State Theatre Of Ithaca, 107 W State St, Ithaca | | $38.50 - $58.50

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Cornell Concerto Competition Final Round | 8:00 PM, 12/9 Sunday | Barnes Hall, Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca |

Ohio, amusement park; her journey to Auschwitz with her father, a Holocaust survivor; and her brother’s marriage to an Internet bride.

Cindy Chen senior piano recital | 8:00 PM, 12/10 Monday | Barnes Hall, Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca |

ComedyFLOPs Presents All You Can Eat Improv | 7:00 PM, 12/6 Thursday | The Haunt, 702 Willow Ave, Ithaca | To benefit Addiction Recovery Services | $5

Stage Senior Troupe of Lifelong’s Living History Theatre: Trust | 5:30 PM, 12/5 Wednesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Trust of all kinds is the theme of this season’s performance of the Senior Troupe of Lifelong, including trust in our memories, in our parents, and in the belief that our voices will be heard. The troupe’s Living History Theatre features stories from the troupe’s lives that are both humorous and serious. 2.5 Minute Ride | 7:30 PM, 12/5 Wednesday; Contact theatre for additional showtimes. | Kitchen Theatre, 417 W State St, Ithaca | The play switches back and forth between playwright Lisa Kron’s Michigan family’s annual pilgrimage to a Sandusky,

Dance Concert: Experiential Atonement | 7:30 PM, 12/6 Thursday thru 12/8, Saturday | Dillingham Center, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca | Ithaca College Dance Faculty present their own choreography on the Hoerner Stage.| 607-274-3224 or in person at the Dillingham Center Ticket Office. Drag Show with The House of Merlot | 9:00 PM, 12/6 Thursday | The Range, 119 E State St, Ithaca | A Christmas Carol | 7:00 PM, 12/7 Friday; Contact theater for additional showtimes. | The Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | A retelling of the classic novel by Charles Dickens. Adults and children alike will enjoy this wonderful world of music, costumes, and magic. Elf the Musical | 8:00 PM, 12/7 Friday | Syracuse Stage/Drama Complex,

820 E Genesee St, Syracuse | Through 1/6/19 Miracle on 34th Street | 8:00 PM, 12/7 Friday | The Central New York Playhouse, 3169 Erie Blvd. E., B201 , Syracuse | Runs December 7-22 with 10 performances. Contact theater for additional showtimes. | $17-$20 Scrooge: The Musical | 8:00 PM, 12/7 Friday | Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St, Auburn | | $10-$20 A Charlie Brown Christmas | 7:00 PM, 12/8 Saturday | Redhouse Theater, 400 S. Salina Street, Syracuse | Thru 12/16. The Nutcracker. | 7:30 PM, 12/8 Saturday & 2:30PM, 12/9 Sunday| Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St, Geneva | Studio for the Performing Arts, Inc. (SPA) Ballet Company is delighted to present to you their rendition of the holiday classic ballet. Scrooge: The Musical | 8:00 PM, 12/8 Saturday & 2:00PM, 12/9 Sunday | Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St, Auburn | | $10-$20 A Magical Cirque Christmas | 7:30 PM, 12/11 Tuesday | Civic Centers Theaters At Oncenter, 421 Montgomery St, Syracuse | Jaw-dropping magic,

breathtaking circus acts, and the most angelic voices singing your favorite Christmas carols. Be transported to the golden age of entertainment by the mind-blowing talents, stunning costumes, comedy and more. The Sound of Music - Live | 7:30 PM, 12/11 Tuesday | Landmark Theatre, 362 S Salina St, Syracuse |

Art Donovan, Markov, Mildenberg | Ongoing | Olive Tjaden Gallery, 815 University Ave, Ithaca | New work by artists Sean Donovan, Vladislav Markov, Jonathan Mildenberg will be on view at Cornell University Snowflake Ornament Workshop | 3:30 PM, 12/5 Wednesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Participants will select a snowflake design from the Libraryís collection and watch as they are cut out of birch plywood using the Epilog laser cutter and engraver. Colorful string can then be added for hanging, and finishing touches may be added with colored pencils and paint.

Luminous Lakes painting by Brian S. Keeler | Ongoing | 171 Cedar Arts Ctr, 171 Cedar St, Corning | A selection of Keuka and Seneca Lake paintings. Best of Shows Art Exhibition | 11:00 AM, 12/7 Friday | North Star Art Gallery, 743 Snyder Hill Road, Ithaca | Fridays - Sundays. This exhibition includes select pieces from each of this year’s shows and includes works from artist-in-residence, Brian Keeler, Susan Booth Titus, Bridget Bossart van Otterloo and Kurt Lichtmann Annual Print Sale and 20th Int’l Mini-Print Exhibit | 5:00 PM, 12/7 Friday | Ink Shop Printmaking Center, 330 E.State / MLK Street (2nd floor CSMA bldg), Ithaca | Our collection of prints is extensive and represents some of the best printmakers around. These make great gifts. We are always encouraging people to support the Arts by buying more Art! First Friday Gallery Night | 5:00 PM, 12/7 Friday | Downtown Ithaca, Center ithaca, Ithaca | Downtown Ithaca explodes with talent in different shops, restaurants and hotels. Nearly 20 businesses downtown become the home to different local artists and sometimes global ones, as well. Out of Time: Gallery Night Opening Reception | 5:00 PM, 12/7 Friday | CAP ArtsSpace, 171 The Commons, Ithaca | From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to the waters of Ithaca Falls, Chris Walters exhibit features long exposure photography that juxtaposes people against both the natural and human-made world. The Seventh Annual December Juried Show Opening Reception | 5:00 PM, 12/7 Friday | State Of The

Art, 120 W State St Ste 2, Ithaca | More than sixty artists from the Finger Lakes exhibit sculpture, drawings, paintings, prints, collage, mosaic and more. Show dates: December 5-30, 2018. Hours: Wed. - Fri., 12-6pm, Sat. & Sun., 12-5pm. Photo Exhibit - Carl Schofield & Mark Sussman | Ongoing| Leidenfrost Vineyards, 5677 State Route 414, Hector | Exhibit on display through Dec. Little Red Wagon Artisan Market | 10:00 PM, 12/8 Saturday | The Space at GreenStar, 700 W Buffalo St, Ithaca | All the art from our CAP-a-Palooza Art Sale will be at the Little Red Wagon Artisan Market! It will be the LAST DAY of our sale, so expect very low prices on vintage and donated art! Some truly groovy stuff. 9th Annual Gorge Road Artisan Market | 11:00 AM, 12/9 Sunday | Gorge Road Artisan Market, 3406 Gorge Rd, Trumansburg | The market is held at a private residence and features 5 excellent local artists and one local cidery all selling their wares under one roof. There will be live music, a free raffle, refreshments, friends and much merriment. Please come join the fun and support local arts.

Film Cornell Cinema All films are shown at Willard Straight Hall on Cornell campus. Crazy Rich Asians | 12/5, 7:00PM; 12/6, 7:00 and 9:30PM | This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family. Won’t You Be My Neighbor | 12/7, 7:00PM; 12/8, 7:00PM; 12/9, 4:30PM | An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children’s television host, Fred Rogers. First Man | 12/7, 9:00PM; 12/8, 9:00PM; 12/9, 7:00PM| A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.



THURSDAY, 12/6 AT 7:30PM; FRIDAY, 12/7 AND SATURDAY, 12/8 AT 8:00PM; SUNDAY, 12/9 AT 4:00PM

The Commons, East State St., Ithaca | The festival features impressive display sculptures, fire demonstrations, the ever-popular Ice Bar (an outdoor bar made entirely of ice, serving Bacchus Beer, wine, and hot cocoa), and a tasty Chowder Cook-off. (photo: provided)

Kitchen Theatre Company, 417 W. State St., Ithaca | From playwright Lisa Kron (Fun Home) comes an unexpected tragicomedy about coming to terms with where–and who–you come from. (photo: provided)

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Intergenerational Ornament Event | 5:00 PM, 12/6 Thursday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | At this intergenerational ornament making event, children and their caregivers will have the opportunity to tour various stations. For instance, the laser cutter can be used to cut out wooden ornaments, vinyl stickers may be created using the Cricut system, and traditional materials will be available for anyone who wants to get creative. Everyone is invited to explore and create with the community.

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Peter Rabbit and the Tales of Beatrix Potter | 12/8, 2:00PM | Recommended for ages 6+. The classic tales of Beatrix Potter come to life with music performed by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera and dance performances by The Royal Ballet.

their arcade, leading them into a new adventure. | 112 mins PG

hands-on science activities! | General admission fees apply

Robin Hood | A war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown. |116 mins PG-13


The Front Runner | American Senator Gary Hart’s presidential campaign in 1988 is derailed when he’s caught in a scandalous love affair. |113 mins R

Ice Fest 2018 - Day 1: Ice Bar and Silent Disco | 5:00 PM, 12/6 Thursday | The Commons, East State Street, Ithaca | Visit the opening day of the outdoor Ice Bar. Bring the whole family and enjoy the winter weather with a glass of beer from Bacchus Brewing Company, wine from Six Mile Creek Vineyard or cocoa and coffee from Waffle Frolic while watching firefueled entertainment at this frosty extravaganza from 5-9pm. Also from 5-9 pm, get ready to warm up with a Silent Disco featuring DJ ha-MEEN.

Week of Friday, December 7, 2018 through Thursday, December 13, 2018. Contact Cinemapolis for showtimes. New films are listed first*. Swimming with Men* | A man who is suffering a mid-life crisis finds new meaning in his life as part of an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronized swimming team. |105 mins R Maria by Callas* | An intimate look at the life and work of Greek-American opera singer Maria Callas, as told in her own words. |113 mins PG Burning (beo-ning) | Based on the short story “Barn Burning” by Haruki Murakami. |158 mins NR

Creed II | Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, light heavyweight contender Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago. | 130 mins PG-13 Green Book | A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. | 130 mins PG-13 Instant Family | | 119 mins PG-13 Widows | | 129 mins R The Grinch | | 90 mins PG

Border (Gräns) | A customs officer who can smell fear develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveler while aiding a police investigation which will call into question her entire existence. |110 mins R

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald | 134 mins PG-13

Boy Erased | The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents. | 114 mins R

A Star Is Born | 135 mins R

Can You Ever Forgive Me? | |106 mins R Free Solo | |100 mins PG-13 Regal Ithaca Wednesday, 12/5 through Tuesday, 12/11. Contact Regal Ithaca for showtimes. New films listed first. * The Possession of Hannah Grace* | When a cop who is just out of rehab takes the graveyard shift in a city hospital morgue, she faces a series of bizarre, violent events caused by an evil entity in one of the corpses. | 86 mins R

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Ice Fest Day 2: Speed Carving Competition and Ice Bar | 5:00 PM, 12/7 Friday | The Commons, East State Street, Ithaca | †The opening competition of Ice Festival! Watch carvers test their speed and skill in this one-block, speed-carve, single elimination competition. Each participant will have approximately 20 minutes to create a complete sculpture. Music by DJ Gourd.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms | 99 mins PG

Special Events Let’s Get Ugly: Ugly Sweater Making Party | 6:30 PM, 12/5 Wednesday | Danby Gathery , 1774 Danby Road, Ithaca | You bring the sweater (or skirt, apron, hat...get creative!) and we provide the supplies to deck it out to Deck The Halls! If you have special pieces you want to add, feel free to bring them along! | $12 Sciencenter After Dark: Wicked Plants | 6:30 PM, 12/5 Wednesday | Sciencenter, 601 1st St., ithaca | This event for those ages 18+, features science fun with plant scientists from the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI). Enjoy beer, wine, and appetizers while you explore our eerie exhibit, Wicked Plants, and participate in a variety of


Ralph Breaks the Internet | Six years after the events of “Wreck-It Ralph”, Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in

Bohemian Rhapsody |134 mins PG-13

10th Annual Lansing Artisan Fair | 3:00 PM, 12/7 Friday & 10:00AM, 12/8 Saturday| Lansing Community Library and Lansing Community Center, 27 Auburn Rd., Lansing | Over 25 artisans and crafters will be selling their wares. Vendors will be offering a great mix of jewelry, clothing and accessories, pottery,home goods, body care products, holiday and home decor and much, much more. Free hot beverages and treats will be available for shoppers.

Ice Fest Day 3 | 9:00 AM, 12/8 Saturday | The Commons, East State Street, Ithaca | Two-Block Showpiece Challenge: This competition is the ultimate test of the ice carvers’ abilities! Competitors will produce their most dramatic and impressive sculptures using 2 large blocks of ice. Carvers will not only compete with each other for points, but also with the elements, rain, extreme cold, or unseasonable heat. Winners will be announced at 5 pm. Holiday Open Farm Days at Shepherd’s Creek Alpacas! | 10:00 AM, 12/8 Saturday | Shepherd’s Creek Alpacas, 5797 Stillwell Rd, Trumansburg |

Sixth Annual Festival of Trees | 10:00 AM, 12/8 Saturday | Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural and Country Living Museum, 6880 East Lake Road, Auburn | Habitat For Humanity’s Annual Cookie Walk 2018 | 11:00 AM, 12/8 Saturday | Downtown Ithaca, Center ithaca, Ithaca | 7th annual ‘Cookie Walk 2018’ offers over 100 varieties of homemade holiday cookies to purchase by the pound. 25th Annual Dickens Christmas | 12:00 PM, 12/8 Saturday & 12/9 Sunday| Various Skaneateles locations, | Charles Dickens and his cast of over 50 characters will interact with residents and visitors in the streets, stores, and restaurants. 9th Annual Downtown Ithaca Chowder Cook-Off! | 12:00 PM, 12/8 Saturday | Downtown Ithaca, Ithaca | On the Commons and surrounding streets including Aurora, Cayuga and Dewitt Mall, Ice Festival-goers can stay warm by sampling over 20 different traditional, exotic, and gourmet chowders from local restaurants competing to be crowned our next Chowder Cup Champion! Sampling tickets are for sale in advance and on the day-of downtown. | 10 Tickets for $10 The 2nd Annual Madrigal Dinner | 6:00 PM, 12/8 Saturday | Center For the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St, Homer | Come be dazzled by stunning pageantry, humor, jests, unmatched music and song accompanied by the finest wine and succulent food prepared by the Chefs of the American Culinary Federation. Contra Dance with Lake Effect and Margaret Matthews | 8:00 PM, 12/8 Saturday | Community School Of Music And Arts, 330 E State St, Ithaca | Newcomers welcome; 7:30 pm workshop teaches simple steps. No need to bring partner, but please bring clean, softsoled shoes. | $10; $8 for Hands Four Dancers members and students. Delight Before Christmas: Burlesque and Bowl | 9:30 PM, 12/8 Saturday | Atlas Bowl, 61 W. Main St., Trumansburg | Join us as we kick off the holiday season with a little extra sizzle from our friends from Whiskey Tango Sideshow and some hearty


State of the Art Gallery, 120 W. State St., Ithaca | More than sixty artists from the Finger Lakes exhibit sculpture, drawings, paintings, prints, collage, mosaic and more. (photo: provided)

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laughs from comedian Francisco Ruben Arce! Dance party following the show! | $10 FREE BIKES FOR KIDS | 12:00 PM, 12/9 Sunday | The Widget Factory, 220 Cherry Street, Ithaca | Refurbished used bikes, big selection of sizes.† Christmas Contentment with Karen Ehman of Proverbs 31 Ministries | 6:30 PM, 12/11 Tuesday | Bethel Grove Bible Church, 1763 Slaterville Rd, Ithaca | Karen will share a message about Christmas Contentment with us as we celebrate the season. Tickets can be purchased through Ithaca MOPS on Facebook or at | $8

Books Write Now Writer’s Group | 10:00 AM, 12/5 Wednesday | Candor Free Library, 2 Bank St, Candor | For more information on membership or visiting the group, contact author Carol Henry at carolhenry@frontiernet. netor 607-659-7661. Books and Brew: the Book Club at Hopshire | 7:00 PM, 12/6 Thursday | Hopshire Farm & Brewery, 1771 Dryden Road, Freeville | Science Fiction Buffalo St. Books Presents Trampoline Thursdays | 7:00 PM, 12/6 Thursday | Lot 10 Lounge, 106 S Cayuga St, Ithaca |

Sciencenter Science Together | 3:00 PM, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10:30 AM, Tuesdays and Thursdays | Sciencenter, 601 1st St., Ithaca | General admission fees apply American Girl Book Club | 3:30 PM, 12/5 Wednesday | Southworth Library, 24 W. Main Street, Dryden | Addy Walker - 1864 Lego Literacy | 3:00 PM, 12/6 Thursday | Interlaken Public Library, 8390 Main Street, Interlaken | Preschool Storytime at Southworth Library | 10:00 AM, 12/7 Friday | Southworth Library, 24 W. Main Street, Dryden | Baby Storytime | 10:30 AM, 12/7 Friday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street, Ithaca | Also one from 3:30 to 4:00 PM. Tompkins County Public Library to Offer Teen Writing Workshop | 4:30 PM, 12/7 Friday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Workshops are appropriate for people in grades 6-12. Polar Express Night | 6:00 PM, 12/7 Friday | Seneca Falls Library, 47 Cayuga Street, Seneca Falls | Teen Takeover: Movie Night | 7:00 PM, 12/7 Friday | Southworth Library, 24 W. Main Street, Dryden | The House with a Clock in its Walls Family Storytime | 11:00 AM, 12/8 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street, Ithaca |

Gallery Night | Carla Elizabeth DeMello | 5:00 PM, 12/7 Friday | Buffalo Street Books, 215 N Cayuga St, Ithaca | The First Friday opening of Its Mysterious Life: an appreciation of beetles.

Llama Storytime & Paws to Read | 11:00 AM, 12/8 Saturday | Southworth Library, 24 W. Main Street, Dryden | w/ Gail’s “llovely” llama and other furry friends from Cornell Canine Companions.

Poets Bruce Bennett and Michael Jennings | 3:00 PM, 12/9 Sunday | Buffalo Street Books, 215 N Cayuga St, Ithaca | Poets Bruce Bennett and Michael Jennings both have new books with a “Western” theme and will be giving a joint reading.

Nutcracker Reading with Ithaca Ballet | 11:30 AM, 12/8 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | A costumed character will read from a picture book version of The Nutcracker. Dancers will then perform short excerpts from the Nutcracker ballet.


Families Learning Science Together at TCPL: Colorful Kinetics | 1:00 PM, 12/8 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Families will explore the colorful world of chemistry and chemical reactions. They will experiment and

Cuddle-up Infant & Toddler Library Time | 10:00 AM, 12/5 Wednesday | Southworth Library, 24 W. Main Street, Dryden |


St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 402 N. Aurora St., Ithaca | Returning guest conductor Grant Cooper will lead the CCO is performing selections from Handel’s Messiah. Soloists include Elena Galván, Dawn Pierce, Robert Allen, David Neal, and the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble. (photo: Facebook)

observe how various food dyes react with bleach. Sing Me a Story! Read Me a Song! w/ John Simon and Cal Walker : Kick-Off and World Premier | 1:00 PM, 12/8 Saturday | GIAC, 301 N Albany St, Ithaca | Cookies & Cocoa with Santa | 2:00 PM, 12/8 Saturday | Community Fire & Rescue Dept. 24, 321 State Route 224, Van Etten | Have your picture taken with Santa, Christmas crafts with cookies & cocoa. Sciencenter Showtime! | 2:00 PM, 12/8 Saturday | Sciencenter, 601 1st St, Ithaca | General admission fees apply Tomas and the Library Lady | 10:00 AM, 12/10 Monday | Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St, Geneva | Monday Storytime | 10:30 AM, 12/10 Monday | Interlaken Public Library, 8390 Main Street, Interlaken | Playtime at Southside Community Center With Finger Lakes Toy Library | 10:00 AM, 12/11 Tuesday | Southside Community Center, 305 S Plain St, Ithaca | Parents are welcome to bring their children to play with others and enjoy the toys brought by the Toy Library. Tuesday Morning Story Hour | 10:15 AM, 12/11 Tuesday | Candor Free Library, 2 Bank St, Candor | Family Story Time | 10:30 AM, 12/11 Tuesday | Newfield Public Library, 198 Main St. , Newfield | Toddler and Preschool Storytime | 11:00 AM, 12/11 Tuesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca |

Notices Ithaca Rotary Club Luncheon Speaker Series | 12:15 PM, 12/5 Wednesday | Coltivare, 235 S Cayuga St, Ithaca | Frost Travis: Annual Pride of Ownership Awards | $15 ESL Talk Time at TCPL | 3:30 PM, 12/5 Wednesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Tompkins County Public Library invites English language learners to attend a weekly, drop-in discussion circle. Open Hearts Dinner | 5:00 PM, 12/5 Wednesday | McKendree UMC, 224

TOWN MEETS GOWN AT ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00PM | Ford Hall, Ithaca College | The Ithaca College Brass Choir and Ithaca Concert Band will join forces for a Holiday Concert. The theme of the musical night will be “A Season of Joy”. The Brass Choir will begin the program, followed by the ICB, and then the two groups will combine for two tunes, the final one being Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride”. ICB conductor Arthur Carichner called the upcoming concert, “A wonderful night of town and gown music.” This family concert is open and free to the entire Ithaca community.

Owego St., Candor | Come and join in the fun. Whether you are looking for fellowship or a free meal this one’s for you. Contact: Denice Peckins Hooks and Needles | 6:00 PM, 12/5 Wednesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | A biweekly drop-in knitting and crochet meetup in the Libraryís Makerspace. Ages 18 and up. Ithaca Sociable Singles | 6:00 PM, 12/5 Wednesday | Dinner:Starlite Room, Elmira. Host:Dave P., RSVP:† Also:Sunday, December 9,4:00 to 7:00 PM Jazzy Jam and 5:00 PM Dinner: The Mix, Ithaca. Hosts:Mavash G. and Helen B., RSVP: or Parents of Adopted Teens and Adopted Teens Support Group | 6:30 PM, 12/5 Wednesday | Beverly J Martin Elementary School, 302 West Buffalo Street, Ithaca | Come hang with other adoptive parents, share food, laughter and experiences while your adopted teens have their own space! Wednesday Night Ithaca Women’s Basketball Association | 7:00 PM, 12/5 Wednesday | Lehman Alternative

Community School, 111 Chestnut St, Ithaca | Moms All Striving Together | 9:30 AM, 12/6 Thursday | Candor Congregational Church Parsonage, 134 Main St, Candor | A group for all moms for fellowship and encouragement. Child Care is provided. Contact Mary Wheeler at or 659-5067. Doug’s Fish Fry + | 11:00 AM, 12/6 Thursday | Trumansburg Fairgrounds, 2150 Trumansburg Road, Trumansburg | Also: Fresh Fir Wreaths, boxwood baskets, bake sale too!! To benefit Mecklenburg United Methodist Church. Community Game Night | 6:30 PM, 12/6 Thursday | First Presbyterian Church, 315 N Cayuga St, Ithaca | All ages are welcome. Bring a game to play or play a game someone else brought. No-Fear Cover Letters | 9:00 AM, 12/7 Friday | Tompkins County Workforce Center, Center Ithaca, Suite 241, | This workshop will cover the basics of writing a cover letter as well as suggestions for making it stand out and fun to write. Feel free to bring one you have written for a quick critique from peers and staff.

Dryden Dungeon & Dragons Gamer’s Guild | 3:00 PM, 12/7 Friday | Southworth Library, 24 W. Main Street, Dryden | Beginner Bird Walks | 8:30 AM, 12/8 Saturday | Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Ithaca | Guided bird walks every Saturday and Sunday morning, starting at 8:30 a.m., sponsored by the Cayuga Bird Club. Targeted toward beginners, but appropriate for all. Binoculars available for loan. New Roots Open House | 1:00 PM, 12/8 Saturday | New Roots Charter School, 116 N Cayuga St, Ithaca | Families interested in exploring the school and getting a jump start on applications for the 2019-2020 school year are invited to attend the first Open House of the school year. Student tour guides will be available to show families around the school, and teachers and staff to share about the curriculum and answer any questions. Trumansburg Robotics Team Holiday Dinner | 5:00 PM, 12/8 Saturday | The American Legion, 4431 Seneca Rd, Trumansburg | Come support our local Robotics Club and enjoy a delicious dinner at the same time! | $15 Candor Chamber of Commerce Holiday Tour of Homes | 1:00 PM,

12/9 Sunday | This is a self guided tour of several showcase Candor homes, all decked out for the holidays. | $10

Tai Chi | Classes held in Brooktondale, Lansing and Ithaca. Contact Lifelong for dates and times.

Blue Christmas Service | 3:00 PM, 12/9 Sunday | Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, corner of Steve Strett and Turnpike Road, Mecklenburg | Readings, gentle music and candle lighting.

Exercise Class for Seniors | 8:30 AM, 12/6 Thursday | Newfield Public Library, 198 Main St. , Newfield |

Knitters and Crocheters | 3:00 PM, 12/9 Sunday | Varna United Methodist Church, 965 Dryden Rd, Ithaca | Come meet other fiber artists and share skills with one another.

Take off Pounds Sensibly | 6:00 PM, 12/6 Thursday | Candor Town Hall, 101 Owego Road, Candor | Contact Jean Dewey 659-9969 or jmdewey@

Sunday Night Alive! | 6:00 PM, 12/9 Sunday | McGrawville Church, McGraw |

Square Dance and Other Dancing | 2:00 PM, 12/7 Friday | Lifelong, 119 W Court St, Ithaca | Everyone Welcome (members and non-members). No experience or partner needed. For more information call 273-1511

Civil Service Workshop | 10:00 AM, 12/10 Monday | Tompkins County Workforce Center, Center Ithaca, Suite 241, | Learn how to look up exam and vacancy information for various forms of government jobs. Weíll look at the application process and provide an understanding of navigating the process Dryden Senior Citizens Lunch | 12:00 PM, 12/10 Monday | Dryden VFW, 2272 Dryden Rd, Dryden | A Christmas Luncheon with entertainment by Aaron Karppala singing Christmas songs. Last luncheon for 2018. Anyone 55 or older in the area is most welcome. | $7/$8 Candor Fire District Commissioners Meeting | 7:00 PM, 12/11 Tuesday | Weltonville Fire Station, 3232 W. Creek Road, Newark Valley |

Health S.A.I.L. Into Fitness | Classes held in T-burg, Brooktondale and Ithaca. Contact Lifelong for days and times. Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia | 1:00 PM, 12/5 Wednesday | Country Inn and Suites, 110 Danby Rd, Ithaca |

Chair Yoga | 10:15 AM, 12/6 Thursday | Ulyssess Philomathic Library, 74 East Main Street, Trumansburg |

Ask a Professional: Discover Assistive Technology Options at TCPL | 10:00 AM, 12/8 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Older adults, their family members, and caregivers are welcome to an interactive workshop on computer accessibility. Sacred Sunday Community at Yoga Farm | 9:00 AM, 12/9 Sunday | Yoga Farm, 404 Conlon Rd, Lansing | Open Meditation | 10:30 AM, 12/9 Sunday | Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Road, Ithaca | Dance Church Ithaca | 11:30 AM, 12/9 Sunday | Fine Spirit Studio, 201 Dey Street, 2nd Floor, Ithaca | | $5 suggested donation Overeaters Anonymous 12-Step meeting | 7:00 PM, 12/10 Monday | Just Be Cause Center, 1013 W State St, Ithaca | Exercise Class for Seniors | 8:30 AM, 12/11 Tuesday | Newfield Public Library, 198 Main St. , Newfield | Chair Yoga | 10:15 AM, 12/11 Tuesday | Ulyssess Philomathic Library, 74 East Main Street, Trumansburg |

Yang style Tai Chi. | 2:00 PM, 12/5 Wednesday | Candor Emergency Squad building, 58 Main Street, Candor | Ideal for people of all ages.

Chair Yoga | 11:45 AM, 12/11 Tuesday | Interlaken Public Library, 8390 Main Street, Interlaken | Join us for our popular chair yoga class on Tuesdays before the library opens. No experience necessary!

Alzheimer’s Support Group | 5:30 PM, 12/5 Wednesday | Lifelong, 119 W Court St, Ithaca |

Ithaca Bipolar Support Group Meeting | 7:00 PM, 12/11 Tuesday | Lifelong, 119 West Court St., Ithaca |



GIAC, 301 N. Albany St., Ithaca | Kick-Off and World Premier: Our community’s reading and singing dynamic duo have a wonderful new line-up of vibrant and beautiful children’s books featuring story songs, some for which John Simon has written original music and one that Cal Walker wrote especially as a wake-up song for children. (photo: provided)

State Theatre, 107 W. State St., Ithaca | What a lineup! The Burns Sisters, Cayuga Nation Gayogo̱hó:nǫ Welcome, the Chorale of the Ithaca Children and Youth Chorus, The Cornell Hangovers, the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, the Fall Creek Brass Band, Jean McPheeters (as Sebela Wehe), Joe Crookston, Johnny Russo and the East Hill Classic Jazz Band, Kevin Kinsella, Richie and Rosie, the Sim Redmond Band, and the UNITED Dance Troupe. (photo: provided)

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