JCC's Weeks Gallery will host an opening reception for the annual juried student art and design exhibition at 6 p.m. on April 23. The reception is free and open to the public.

The exhibition features works from all JCC campuses and includes painting, drawing and prints, photography, 2D and 3D works, ceramics, and new media created during the 2014-2015 academic year. Artistic excellence and gallery awards will be presented during an awards ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m.

JCC’s annual Earthfest to celebrate Earth Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 22.

Jamie Haight singing with guitar

The event, sponsored by JCC’s Earth Awareness Club and the college program committee of the JCC Faculty Student Association, is free and open to the public.

JCC is offering day and evening courses as well as internship and online learning opportunities this summer.

Six-week sessions will be conducted May 26-July 2 and July 6-August 13 at JCC’s Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses and North County Center. In-person registration will be conducted until May 21 for Summer Session I and until July 3 for Summer Session II.

Online course registration, as well as a complete listing of courses, is available at

Neighbors North: Celebrating the Lives and Lore of Northern Chautauqua County will celebrate local history, art, and poetry on April 8.

The event, from 6:30-8 p.m. at JCC’s North County Training Center, 10807 Bennett Rd., Dunkirk, is free and open to the public and is presented with support from the Katharine Jackson Carnahan Endowment for the Humanities and JCC.

Reservations are encouraged but are not necessary. To make a reservation, call 716.363.6500.

The Tom Roberts Hot 3 Band and the Karl/Marks Show will headline JCC’s Jazz Fest on April 17.

Admission to the 7 p.m. performance in Scharmann Theatre is $4, general public, $3, area students and senior citizens, and $2, JCC Faculty Student Association members. Tickets can be purchased through JCC’s box office, 716.338.1187, or online at

The performance is sponsored by JCC’s arts, humanities, and health sciences division and college programming committee.

Eric Ewazen, an internationally renowned classical music composer, will perform at JCC's Jamestown Campus on April 9.

Eric Ewazen headshotThe concert, free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in Scharmann Theatre. Ewazen will also conduct a pre-concert lecture at 6:15 p.m. in the Weeks Room.

New York state residents who have been unemployed long-term have the opportunity to participate in a machinist training program.

The program provides training that is immediately applicable in a machining environment and helpful in other areas such as drafting and mechanical engineering.

Information sessions for the program will be held at JCC’s North County Center in Dunkirk at 10:30 a.m. on April 9 and the Jamestown Campus at 10 a.m. on April 16. To reserve a seat, call 716.363.6500 by April 2 for the Dunkirk session and 716.338.1005 by April 6 for the Jamestown session.

Students who were named to JCC's fall 2014 part-time student dean’s list earned at least a 3.50 average, equal to a B plus or better, in six to 11 credit hours of letter-graded work, and included:           

Allegany: Karin Appleby, Amanda Bradley, Amanda Elliott, Andrew King, Elizabeth Rodgers

Andover: Grace Dowd

Ashville: Sara Rose Baglia, Tammy Fardink, Chien-Yu Lai, Charlene Loveless, Christina Rauh, Judah Samuelson

Belfast: Scott Stout, Alexis Weaver

JCC’s Jamestown Campus will hold Explore JCC, an open house for high school students and others, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on March 14.

A campus fair featuring information on academic programs and student services will be held in the Student Union and participants can also choose among a variety of informational sessions that include topics such as internships, financial aid, JCC’s honors program, transferability of JCC credits, and options for undecided students. Guided campus tours will be offered at 11:30.

JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus Alumni Association will hold a stationary bike race on April 18 at Eade Fitness 24/7 in Olean.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

“We’re excited about this event,” said Kristen Johnson, JCC’ alumni relations director. “The Alumni Association recently established a scholarship to help returning second-year students at the Cattaraugus County Campus with the cost of tuition and fees as a way of incentivizing them to complete their degree.