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Peacemaker Community Choir honors Marjory Wilkins at Winter Solstice concert By Nancy Keefe Rhodes

MLK Day Washington Week managing editor to speak at celebration ...page 5

Boyce Watkins Holder should stop patronizing black dads for political points ...page 2

The Hall Monitor New Year’s Eve resolutions for the city of Syracuse ...page 3

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arjory W. Wilkins can’t help snapping away, even when she is the honoree. The photographer who has lovingly chronicled the Syracuse community for almost seven decades sat in the front pew at Plymouth Church downtown with Onondaga Nation clan mother Audrey Shenandoah and poet Jackie Warren-Moore for the Community Choir’s annual Winter Solstice concert, this year titled Deep Peace. Mrs. Wilkins, recipient of the Choir’s Peacemaker Award, was particularly busy during the performances involving the children’s section and the young people’s ensemble from Nottingham High School. The Choir asked poet Jackie Warren-Moore to write a tribute poem for the event, which she performed during the event. Our thanks to her for providing the text, which is Marjory W.Wilkins (right) captured at the event with Jackie Warren-Moore used here with permission. (center), who delivered the tribute, and Warren-Moore’s granddaughter Nya See Peacemaker on page 2 (left). Photo © Rachielle Scrivens, used with permission.

Community Folk Art Center presents… ‘Tesoros del Pueblo: El Arte Folklórico de México/Treasures of the People: The Folk Art of Mexico’ featured

Community Folk Art Center, 805 E. Genesee St. in Syracuse, will open the exhibition, “Tesoros del Pueblo: El Arte Folklórico de México/Treasures of the People: The Folk Art of Mexico.” The exhibition will be on view in Gallery 805, the Herbert T. Williams Gallery and the Corridor Gallery from Jan. 23 through May 5. There will be an opening reception from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 23. Regular gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday. “Tesoros del Pueblo: El Arte Folklórico de México” features folk art and photographs from the collection of Dr. Alejandro Garcia, Professor of Social Work at Syracuse University. Garcia began collecting Mexican folk art several years ago as

a means to connect with his heritage. Garcia explains, “This collection, in essence, represents who I am, my pride in the richness of Mexican culture, and my celebration of the artistry of Mexican individuals who, in their carving, painting, sewing, and molding, present all of us with precious gifts.”

A butterfly mask.


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African-Americans in the news Published monthly by: URBAN CNY Send mail c/o Eagle Media 5910 Firestone Drive, Syracuse, NY 13206 For advertising and editorial: (315) 422-7778 (315) 434-8883 -- Fax kjackson@urbancny.com Kenneth Jackson – Editor and Publisher

Holder should stop patronizing black dads for political points By Dr. Boyce Watkins

I am not exactly sure how the political capital weighs out when black men are blamed for society’s probJennifer Wing – lems, but there must be quite a bit to Designer gain for doing so. In a recent speech in Queens, NY, Attorney General Walt Shepperd – Consultant Eric Holder decided that, for some reason, black men are the ones who Marjory W. Wilkins – should be singled out for being bad Contributing Photographer fathers. In his speech, Holder said, “Too many men in the black commuPrinted by: nity have created children and left Community Media Group LLC them to be raised by caring mothers. 5910 Firestone Drive These women do a wonderful job, Syracuse, NY 13206 but we ask too much of them and too little of our men.” No part of this publication may be I am sure we can all agree that reproduced without written permission.The being a good father is very imporopinions expressed herein are not necessarily tant. I fully expect that Holder was the opinions of Community Media Group LLC or Eagle Newspapers. trying to do his part to encourDr. Boyce Watkins is age black men to take care of their University. responsibilities, since it is apparently the case that we are the only ones who should be From page 1 pulled together like children to be taught the essence A Tribute to Mrs. Marjory Wilkins of personal responsibility. For some reason, the millions of black fathers who do their jobs effectively are missed Thin fingers at the ready in the conversation, as well as the fathers who may Click click have wanted to be involved with their children but were Poised on the shutter victims of parental alienation. What’s most interesting is The pulse of our community that many of the men Holder was speaking about were Click click likely not in the congregation during his speech. I am Snapshots of history not sure what purpose such a speech would have other Our truth Our memory than to gain political leverage by pointing the finger at Our love people who are not in the audience you are addressing. Click click There is a part of me that wonders if Holder would Keen eyes watching be committed to holding himself to the same standards Taking it all lovingly in of accountability that he holds up for African-AmeriClick click can men. I would imagine that he, as Attorney General Not seeing her of the United States, can see the mass incarceration, As she whispers among us disparate sentencing statistics and economic marginalUntil you hear ization of black men that the rest of us see. Given that Click click black male unemployment is as high as 40 to 50 percent Mother grandmother in some urban areas, wouldn’t it make sense to include Photographer elder criticism of the Obama Administration for not alleviatNot telling ing the employment gap? But showing us If white America had 40 percent unemployment and How much How deeply she sees Holder simply gave them speeches on personal responsiClick click bility, don’t you think they might be a wee bit offended? Piecing us together If he is going to give a speech telling black men to be Connecting us more responsible, I would hope he’d be open to a lecture All in the bigger picture from us about how he has a responsibility as Attorney Click click General to alleviate gross imbalances within the crimiLife captured nal justice and economic systems of America. Saved and catalogued I wonder why Eric Holder isn’t out giving speeches Through the eyes to white men about the 50 percent divorce rate in the Of someone white community? Doesn’t that make roughly half of all Who loves us. © Jackie Warren-Moore. white males absentee fathers also? Would Holder go to

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college campuses to give white college students speeches about their commitment to excessive alcohol consumption, causing thousands of drunk driving deaths and campus rapes every year? I become quite curious about these speeches on personal responsibility, which appear to be patronizing belittlements that allow the political figure to deviate from their responsibility to advocate for concrete policy. Perhaps Holder and Obama should leave such speeches to black pastors, given that Holder and Obama are apparently afraid to give such speeches to other Americans (and I haven’t noticed them sending Joe Biden out to the white community to tell white males all the things that are wrong with them). After all, is Eric Holder the a professor at Syracuse Attorney General for black America or the Attorney General of the United States? Black men have flaws, the same as everyone else. Anyone who is somehow committed to the idea that black men are excessively flawed relative to the rest of the American population has become victimized by the very same ignorance that leads to the historical scapegoating of minority groups. I can look at white women, white men, black women and Hispanics and find a long list of “epidemics” in their communities too. If that’s the case, then why in the world do we have black politicians seeking to gain political capital by singling black men out? If Holder and Obama feel compelled to criticize black men as a collective (rather than focusing on the positive things we do for the world), then I hope they don’t get offended when black men start criticizing right back. Given that his father was African (not African-American), the idea that President Obama has used his own father’s behavior to validate his critiques on the African-American male is incredibly problematic as well. Obama’s own experience communicates nothing about him ever being abandoned by an African-American male. To talk about absentee fathers every time you discuss black men is like talking about strippers and prostitutes every time you refer to black women. Even the black women who don’t engage in such activity would become offended that the behavior of a subgroup has been consistently used to address the collective, or that black women are considered more likely to become strippers than white or Asian women. Mr. President, if you cannot also address the good things that black men do, then please do not address the negatives. Both you and Eric Holder are more intelligent than that, so it’s time for some personal responsibility.


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A list of things from 2009 that make you say ‘Dayum!’ 1. Re-branding Upstate Medical Center, University Hospital, SUNY Delight, or whatever the one million dollars went to get that message across.  Yeah, “Knowing makes all the difference” but how many MRI’s and CAT Scans and other human needs could be met with that money.  I don’t care if you put a big plastic wrapper around the building like AXA did to the towers previously known as MONY. It’s a hospital ya’ll. 2. The Spruce Goose – (A.K.A. the Carousel Mall expansion). Like Howard Hughes large flying boat this flightless mega box will eventually become part of the DestiNY USA project. But until then, it’s fun to pick at its cement and metal carcass. 3. Syracuse Joint School Construction Project – (sound of crickets chirping). 4. The Onondaga Creek walk Project- “Excuse me sir, I’m Dorothy Gale from Kansas could you tell me how to get to the Mall?” just then the voices sing, “Follow the muddy brown creek.” Like the Mall expansion a work in progress, when it will be completed and where will it go? 5. Onondaga County Staff Reduction or (Look for the Union Label) – As one union worker said to me, “how would you like it if someone called you “non-essential.”  Reduction in Probation and other social services will soon turn Onondaga County into Oswego County’s evil twin.  As unemployment increases the need for services provided by government increase however bickering between union officials and Joanne Mahoney ended with the County Executive making the difficult decision to induce layoffs and reduce hours for Onondaga County employees.  Union officials could have forgone a previously agreed to raise but instead choose to let this happen. The unions share the blame by refusing to share the pain. 6. Whining Workers- “Would you like some whine with that cheese?” I sat dumbfounded by a Crucible Specialty Metals employee called back to work “Live” on local television news complaining that he has to pay more into his health insurance plan. Dude, there are people out here with no job no money or health insurance. I wanted to yell at the T.V., “ you need to scrape your knees on the ground being thankful that you were called back to work.”  Most former manufacturing workers never return to the factory or the living wage those jobs provided. 7. “Crab” Grass Roots Activists – You know who you are and with every new administration there’s a new scheme that somehow gets funded. There are local so-called activists who do nothing but meddle in issues they know nothing about. The result is a disjointed dysfunctional crabs in a barrel reality that keeps the African-American community mired in back biting and infighting. A phrase commonly heard in some circles, “I’m not working with Him (her) because…..” 8. New License Plates – reportedly the governor says that the old plates are difficult to see, (insert inappropriate comment here) therefore we need these new plates that look like the same ones we had 40 years ago. There are states that have an entire sunset embossed on their license plates with black letters that fade into the back ground.  As a protest we should mail the old plates to the Governor’s office. 9. Stuff the Zoo – There were some Onondaga County workers that offered suggestions on how to close the budget gap. The most provocative one involves the Onondaga County Zoo. “Record the sounds they make and then euthanize all of the animals. Stuff and animate them like the Hall of Presidents at Disney World. Imagine when you pass by a motion sensor will activate the animals motion and recorded vocalizations, It would save millions of dollars.” 10. Grocery Stores and the Catholic Church – both are leaving innercity neighborhoods as fast as you can say “Hail Mary.”

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New Year’s resolutions for the city of Syracuse I gave up on public pronouncements of New Year’s resolutions when one year a relative reminded me, “You said the same thing last year.” Therefore from that year Urban forward I never gave anyone a clue as to what goals I was CNY targeting for the upcoming year. I continue to maintain that silence and since that time my resolutions have not been tied to a calendar year. That said, there are times when publicly it would be nice if there were resolutions or goals set by our elected representatives empowering citizens to make decisions regarding their community. Democratization of the community development process – Allocating funds for local projects including: housing, code enforcement and capital improvements, demolition, economic development and more as they pertain to an individual neighborhood. Reduce the size of Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today aka TNT – All sectors should be within walking distance of area residents. In a city this size if you have to drive two miles to get to your neighborhood meeting then it no longer resembles a neighborhood. Can you hear me now? City representatives should be available at these meetings to respond to resident’s concerns. Responses to individual issues need to be documented in writing. How many times have you attended a meeting only to leave with a hat full of promises with no tangible documentation to confirm the issue was ever discussed? Have an agenda and keep minutes that residents can access. User Friendly Code Enforcement – When a residential building’s overflowing garbage-can-clutter sits there week after week without action then there’s something wrong with the system. We’ve witnessed roach infestation in a house on School Street so bad that bugs marched 60 feet to escape poison. On trash day roaches were even seen scurrying from the resident’s trash. Code Enforcement should report to the neighborhood clusters so that people can have a voice in their community. We in the neighborhoods see the issues those in Code Enforcement at times don’t see or seem to care about. Today, a Code Enforcement employee can and will tell investors who called them. Disclosing information regarding who lodged a complaint should be punishable by losing your job. The last time I called Code Enforcement my property was vandalized. The property next door had hundreds of violations and the State Supreme Court made the investor clean it up. In response to my property being vandalized the investor said, “Take me to small claims court.” Well, you don’t have to worry about me calling “codes” again. If you want to be spoken to like you are trash, feel like you’ve interrupted someone’s day, call City of Syracuse Code Enforcement. But just like our personal resolutions, time gets away from us and the next thing you know it’s the next year. During this time of transition in Syracuse let’s hope that someone’s considering a resolution to make living in all Syracuse neighborhoods just a little bit better.

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News Jubilee Homes starts Shopper’s Club Campaigns for supermarket support As part of their Supermarket initiative Jubilee Homes has started a Shoppers Club. Recently applications have been appearing at churches and other areas in Syracuse. Applicants are asked to fill out the application and return it to Jubilee Homes. The feedback from the number of members will show the community and funding sources that Jubilee is serious about this challenge of not having adequate grocery store facilities. In addition to showing support by signing up for the Shoppers Club you’ll be kept informed of future developments. Along with the South West Business Resource Center Jubilee Homes has transformed this corner

of Syracuse by building or renovating over 90 homes. Their off-shoot the SWEBRC operates a small business assistance center on Onondaga Street, Syracuse. Since 2002, SWEBRC has provided education, training, and development assistance to small-sized, minority and women-owned businesses in the southwest region of Syracuse. As part of the city’s Empowerment Zone initiative, the Center’s primary focus is to provide guidance and direction to assist small businesses with their technical and financial needs. The Business Resource Center allows small businesses to receive a multitude of services at one location. The Jubilee ShopThese on-going services are provided in per’s Club Application innovative ways to aid in the development and sustainability of small businesses in the region.

Southside Community Coalition gets funding CNY Community Foundation grant will go toward creation of community food co-op By Kelly Homan Rodoski

The Central New York Community Foundation recently announced that the Southside Community Coalition will receive a $5,000 grant in support of the group’s efforts to create a community food cooperative in Syracuse’s South Side neighborhood. Unlike a traditional supermarket, the cooperative model ensures that as long as the community wants a grocery store, it will continue to operate.

The Southside Community Coalition and its partners (Syracuse University South Side Initiative, GroundWorks Capital Coalition and the SU Community Development Law Clinic) have been working on the food cooperative project for more than two years. Foundation support will be used to increase local awareness of the project, communicate the importance of healthy eating, and educate residents about the benefits of a community-owned and -operated grocery store.

“The Southside Community Coalition is elated to receive support from the CNY Community Foundation,” said Antonisha Trapps, the Southside Community Coalition’s project manager for the food co-op. By creating a grocery store that will be owned and controlled in equal share by each co-op member, the Southside Community Coalition and partners are working toward a vision of a revitalized, healthier South Side. The Southside Community Coalition See Coalition on page 5

OCRRA charged up about battery program changes Beginning Jan. 1, look for changes in OCRRA’s Household Battery Collection program.  Due to new federal regulations, alkaline, rechargeable, and button batteries must be collected separately. What does this mean for OCRRA’s Battery Program?  Look for NEW collection bins at all Onondaga County Wegmans.  Previously, the stores served as collection sites for household batteries using a single-bin system, where all batteries could be mixed together.  The new bins, hitting the stores January 1st, are 3-bin collection systems, with separate slots for alkaline, rechargeable, and button batteries (including hearing aid and watch batteries).  As before, on a weekly basis OCRRA will continue to pick up and properly

dispose of batteries dropped off at Wegmans. Here’s how it will work at Onondaga County Wegmans stores:  1. Deposit loose alkaline batteries in the large container. The alkaline batteries do not have to be put in individual plastic bags. 2. Put each rechargeable battery in an individual plastic bag (provided) and place in the special container labeled “Rechargeable Batteries Only.” 3. Place loose button batteries in the container labeled “Button Batteries Only.” The button batteries do NOT have to be in plastic bags. Other battery disposal options: 1. Over 50 local places accept rechargeable batteries for recycling at no charge. For a comprehensive list,

visit: OCRRA.org/ programs_battery. asp. Put rechargeable batteries in individual plastic bags (provided) and place in special container labeled “Rechargeable Batteries Only.”  2. July Curbside Collection = Alkalines ONLY.  Place alkalines, only, in new yellow collection bags for the July curbside collection.  Rechargeable or button types cannot be accepted due to the new federal regulations. 3. Drop off at the Rock Cut Road Transfer Station.  Batteries may also be dropped off at OCRRA’s Rock Cut Road Transfer Station (5808 Rock Cut Road, off Brighton Avenue).  Please separate

rechargeable batteries from alkalines and button types.  Put each rechargeable in a separate plastic bag. OCRRA’s Household Battery Collection effort, with the community’s help, nets 100,000 pounds of batteries each year and keeps heavy metals (such as cadmium and mercury) out of the community’s waste stream.  More information is available online at: www.OCRRA.org/programs_battery.asp.  Working together, we can continue to keep household batteries out of the waste stream.


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25th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration planned for Jan. 23-24 Continuing the journey: Where do we go from here?

Events are planned for Jan. 23 and 24 in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Saturday Jan. 23

A celebration of arts, culture and education will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Syracuse Community Seymour Dual Language Academy – 108 Shonnard St. The celebration is free and open to the public. The event is hosted by Syracuse University and Community Organizations.

Sunday Jan. 24

A Conversation with Gwen Ifill will be held Sunday Jan. 24 on campus. Featured will be a discussion of Ifill’s book, “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.” The event will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Maxwell Auditorium. The discussion is free and open to the public.

Evening celebration

An evening celebration featuring a keynote address by Gwen Ifill will be held at the Syracuse University Carrier Dome. The program will include the presentation of the 2010 Unsung Hero Awards and entertainmen. Dinner is at 5 p.m. and the program starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person; $15 for students without

Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and senior correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. She is also frequently asked to moderate debates in national elections, most recently the Vice Presidential debate during the 2008 election.  Her most recent book is “The Breakthrough:  Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.”

Coalition From page 4 and its partners are working hard to make sure that South Side residents have an opportunity to purchase fresh produce in their own neighborhood even before the store opens. Since fall 2008, the coalition has sponsored “Store for a Day” events at 2617 South Salina St., offering a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to South Side residents at an affordable price. The “Store for a Day” is held the third Saturday of each month. Community members can support the food co-op project—and stock up for their holiday cooking—at the next store from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (or until the produce sells out) Saturday Jan. 17. For more information about the Southside Community Coalition and the Food Cooperative project, contact Antonisha Trapps at 443-8561.

meal plans and a dinner charge for students with meal plans. For ticket information, contact Hendricks Chapel: 443-5044.

Paterson eulogizes Percy Sutton “Tonight, we say farewell to one of New York’s and this nation’s most influential African-American leaders – a man whom I am proud to have called a friend and mentor throughout my entire career. “Percy Sutton was a trailblazer. He began his career as a prominent lawyer for Malcolm X and then took Harlem by storm as a leader of the Harlem Clubhouse where he launched not only his own successful political career but, as a member of the Gang of Four, spawned the successful careers of so many other Af-

rican-American leaders. It was Percy Sutton who talked me into running for office and who has continued to serve as one of my most valued advisors ever since.   “The youngest of 15 children, Percy dreamt big and exceeded even the highest of expectations. His success did not end simply with legal triumph or elective office – both of which he attained. Beyond those achievements, it was his entrepreneurial spirit that led to some of his greatest accomplishments – the rebirth of the Apollo Theater, the stewardship of a

growing media empire and more. “Percy was fiercely loyal, compassionate and a truly kind soul. He will be missed but his legacy lives on through the next generations of African-Americans he inspired to pursue and fulfill their own dreams and ambitions. “Thank you, Percy, for your friendship and for all that you have contributed to our State and our Nation. On behalf of Michelle, the Paterson Family and all New Yorkers, our prayers are with your family.”

Women Transcending Boundaries ‘Give So Others May Live’ meeting Jan. 10 All women are invited to attend join Women Transcending Boundaries (WTB)’s monthly program Sunday, January 10, “Give So Others May Live.” The program will address the spiritual, religious, ethical and practical issues that women of diverse ethnicities face when confronted with a life-threatening

illness that requires donations of blood, tissues or organs. Speakers include those who have faced this reality and representatives from the Bill Pomeroy Foundation and the CNY Organ and Tissue Registry. We will also share information on WTB’s second InterFaith Blood Drive, Jan. 21.

The meeting is free.  The meeting is from 3-5 p.m. at Jowonio School, 3049 East Genesee Street, across from Nottingham High School, Syracuse. For more information on WTB, visit wtb.org or contact Tanya Atwood-Adams at 395-6605.

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ARTS & Entertainment Onondaga Community College’s Black History Month calendar February 2         11:15 – 12:15 Nick Howard, Gordon Student Center, Dining Commons (Monty Flynn) 8        11:15 -12:15                “Black Aids Awareness Day”, Whitney, Atrium (Dr. Ednita Wright) 8        7:00-9:00                     “Spoken Word:  Shi Han”, Gordon Student Center, Dining Commons (Monty Flynn) 9        11:15-12:15                 “Magician:  Ran D’Shine”, Gordon Student Center, Dining Commons (Monty Flynn) 10      3:00-4:30                     “Pocketbook Monologues”, Whitney, Room M345 (Jennie Breland) 10      3:00-4:30                     “Pocketbook Monologues”, JOBSPlus, (Debra McClendon-Boddie) 10      10:00-2:00                   Information Booth, Gordon Student Center (Hui Chen) 11      10:00-4:00                   Blood Drive/Bone Marrow, Gordon Student Center, Great Room (Monty Flynn) 11      4:00-5:30                     African American Quiz, Mawhinney, Room M245 (Beverly Mack) 12      10:00-4:00                   Blood Drive/Bone Marrow, Gordon Student Center, Great Room (Monty Flynn) 17      10:00-2:00                   Information Booth, Gordon Student Center (Hui Chen) 17      11:15-12:15                 “Where Are the Black Males:  The State of the Black Male Population”, Mawhinney, Room M245 and M345        (Eunice and Deb Irwin) 17      3:00-5:30                     “Millennial Student Language” a film and panel discussion, Whitney, Room W101 (Drake Harrison) 17      6:00-7:30                     “Soul Cuisine” catered by Aramark, Gordon Student Center, Dining Commons 18      4:00-5:30                     African American Quiz, Mawhinney, Room M245 (Beverly Mack) 22     6:00-8:00                     “Gospel Feast, Ferrante Hall, Storer Auditorium (Corey Hudson) 24      10:00-2:00                   Information Booth, Gordon Student Center (Hui Chen) 24      7:00 – 9:00                  “S.E.L.L.O.U.T., Gordon Student Center, Great Room (Monty Flynn) 25      11:15-12:15                 “             TBA         “, a panel discussion, Mawhinney, Room M245 (Eunice and Deb Irwin) 25      4:00-5:30                     African American Quiz, Mawhinney, Room M245 (Beverly Mack)

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Flight Night and photography classes offered at The MOST  The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) is set to take off with its very first Flight Night, Friday Jan. 15 an evening for families to enjoy and learn about the scientific principles of flight. Flight Night begins at 5:30 p.m. Have you ever wondered how an airplane moves through the sky? Have you ever thought about soaring in a glider or pondered going up in space? Flight Night will give children and their parents a chance to create their own gliders, build a paper rotor (helicopter), and enjoy Astronaut food, among many other activities!  Flight Night also welcomes guest speaker, Jim Kuhl. Kuhl is a sixth grade earth science teacher at Central Square Middle School. He has been chosen as one of seven teachers to fly into space with Teachers in Space, a program dedicated to giving teachers a chance to visit space and bring their experience back to their classrooms. This past summer he participated in nine days of training in California that will hopefully result in a space flight within two to four years.  Following these exciting activities, participants will view The Magic of Flight, the newest of our IMAX films, opening in the Bristol Omnitheater on Jan. 2. Whether you are interested in participating in the sheer excitement of a Blue Angels air show, or learning about the evolution of flight, scientifically and historically, The Magic of Flight includes the entire experience. There is no better way to feel like you are right there in the air. This educational event for the entire family is part of our dedication to spreading the love of science and technology to young people. This event is intended for ages 8-12 with accompanying adults. Purchase of an IMAX ticket ($11 for adults, $9 for children) for the 7pm showing of The Magic of Flight serves as your admission to the event. Members with IMAX Passports can purchase FLIGHT NIGHT admission for $2. Seating is limited to 200 people, so be sure to pre-order your IMAX tickets by calling 315-425-9068 ext. 2132.  For questions about FLIGHT NIGHT, contact Betty Jones in our Education Department at 315-425-9068 ext. 2143 or bjones@most.org. See Flight Night on page 7

Community Folk Art Center 805 East Genesee Street Syracuse, NY

Tesoros del Pueblo: El Arte Folklórico de México/Treasures of the People: The Folk Art of Mexico.

January 23rd through May 5th, 2010.

For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month events log on to urbancny.com.

Gallery 805, the Herbert T. Williams Gallery and the Corridor Gallery

Opening reception on Saturday, January 23rd from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Flight Night From page 6 MOST Photography Classes – January 2010

for non-members. Space is limited to 10participants and the classes are designed for adults. Reserve your space  As part of our educational mission, by contacting admissions at 425-9068 the MOST makes an effort to offer x2132. engaging classes for the community. This three-hour lecture/workshop One of these exciting programs is the is about understanding the manual Natural Light Photography Series. features on 35mm film or digital camThe Natural Light Photography eras.  The session begins by examinSeries is taught by the museum’s staff ing the scientific nature of light and photographer.  Dustin Angell is a lo- the development of cameras through cal artist and educator with a BFA in history.  This background information painting and photography.  His work creates a context in which to relate how has been shown in California, NYC, the different parts of the camera work and published in France and at home.  together.  Students will learn about Dustin is also a science educator, ISO/ASA, aperture, lenses, exposure, working with families at the MOST depth of field, and more.  Students and students in schools throughout are expected to bring their own SLR or the region. Take at a look at some of DSLR cameras to the workshop, so they his spectacular work by visiting www. can find each feature we discuss. dustinangell.me. Please contact Dustin Winter Landscapes with questions at 425-9068 x2148 or A two-week course designed to dangell@most.org. prepare and excite beginner/intermeHow cameras work and how to use diate students to photograph outside them during winter.  This class addresses From 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays Jan. camera features sparingly, and instead 7, Feb. 4, March 4 and April 1. Cost focuses on the common difficulties of is $20 for MOST members and $25

Red House hosts The Bells of Harmony

The Bells of Harmony.

Gospel music comes to Red House when The Bells of Harmony make their long awaited return as part of the Red House Regulars series.  The Bells of Harmony is one of the most recognized and acclaimed ensembles in Central New York, having won Syracuse Area Music Awards and Alpha & Omega Awards. The CNY Urban Music Awards named The Bells of Harmony the Best Gospel Group. In 2006, they celebrated their 40th anniversary by recording their first live CD and DVD.  The results of that effort, “Live in Syracuse” was listed as number three on The Post Standard’s Top 10 list for recordings by local artists in 2007.  That year, The Bells of Harmony won the first Upper State Independent See The Bells on page 8

The Blue Angels.

photographing in the cold and snow.  Students will practice analyzing professional winter landscape photography, make their own photos for homework, and present their work in class.  Students are expected to bring an SLR or DSLR to class and to e-mail their homework a day in advance of

the second class. Held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays Jan. 14 and 21, cost is $20 for MOST members and $25 for non-members. Space is limited to ten participants and the classes are designed for adults. Reserve your space by contacting Admissions at 425-9068 x2132.

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Grants bring nature to city schools Schools, corporations partner with Baltimore Woods Nature Center in science program

Representatives from Baltimore Woods Nature Center (BWNC), Dominion Transmission, Inc., and National Grid met in November to seal a deal that will touch many children’s lives. Dominion Transmission presented BWNC a check for $15,000 to sponsor the nature center’s award-winning “Nature in the City” (NITC) natural science-based education programs in three Syracuse elementary schools - Ed Smith, Meachem and H.W. Smith. Lockheed Martin, SRC, National Grid, and Time Warner Cable are also sponsoring NITC programming at elementary schools in the Syracuse City School District (SCSD), and are supporting the nature center’s efforts. The Syracuse City School District is matching donations pledged by the corporate sponsors. Through the financial support of SCSD and the corporate sponsors, Baltimore Woods educators are bringing hands-on science programs to 11 Syracuse elementary schools, reaching 5,520 students in grades K-6 during the 2009-2010 school year. NITC programs teach important

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natural science concepts to elementary schoolchildren through meaningful interactions with their neighborhood environment. BWNC believes that an awareness and knowledge of the natural world are essential to developing a sense of stewardship and meaningful understanding of science in the context of their neighborhoods and everyday lives. Baltimore Woods Nature Center (BWNC) is a premier member-supported environmental education center located in Marcellus. BWNC offers people of all ages opportunities to enjoy and learn about nature first-hand in a positive environment that encourages lifelong respect for nature, for others and for self. Six miles of hiking trails are open from dawn to dusk every day. The John A. Weeks Interpretive Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please call 673-1350, or visit baltimorewoods. org.

Holding a banner for Roberts Elementary School in Syracuse are, from left, Glen Lewis, Baltimore Woods Nature Center (BWNC) board member; Patty Weisse, BWNC executive director; Melanie Littlejohn, regional executive director, National Grid; Brian Wilson, manager, Interstate Marketing, Dominion Transmission, Inc.; Kevin Zink, director, Area Operations, Northeastern Area, Dominion Transmission, Inc.; and Gary Germain, BWNC board member at the November 5, 2009 check presentation.The banner is one way BWNC and the Syracuse City School District acknowledge the support from National Grid for sponsoring BWNC’s science-based nature education programming, “Nature In The City.”

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Award. The Bells of Harmony has been recognized as “Syracuse’s own and one of Central New York’s finest when it comes to Gospel Music.”   The group performed at the 2009 NY State Fair as the opening act for national recording artists The Gospel Four as well as at the Pan-African Village and the International Food Pavilion.  The Bells of Harmony has

traveled throughout the United States sharing the stage with Stellar Award winners and Grammy Award winners like Shirley Caesar, The Williams Brothers and the Canton Spirituals. This year, The Bells of Harmony marked 43 years of continuously celebrating the gospel through song to all who will listen.  Although the group’s members may have changed over the

years, the sound and the style remain the same.  The Bells of Harmony presently consists of group founder Charles Cannon (lead vocals), Howard Wright (bass guitar, vocals), John Carter (lead guitar, vocals), Floyd Hodge (vocals), Dwayne Cannon (vocals), Trent Wright (vocals), Jaques Cannon (drums), Pastor Jimmie Smiley (keyboards), Keith Cannon (sound) and Kelvin Cannon

(manager). The Bells of Harmony will perform at the Red House Arts Center at 8 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 9.  Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for students and seniors and are available from theredhouse. org. For more information, call the Red House at 425-0405 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

[re]think your future From Workforce Development to Continuing Education, Onondaga offers programs that meet the needs of of employees and employers in Central New York.

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