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JCC will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day during Earthfest, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 21 outside the Hamilton Collegiate Center on JCC's Jamestown Campus.

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

Dolecki art pieceJCC's Weeks Gallery will host an opening reception for its annual student art exhibition at 6 p.m. on April 22.

The reception, featuring the talent of Cale Hawkins, a long-time student in the Infinity Performing Arts Program, is free and open to the public.

The reception and exhibition are sponsored by the JCC Faculty Student Association, JCC Foundation, JCC Alumni Association, and Falconer Printing & Design.

Residents of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, and Warren counties are invited to submit up to three original works to Jamestown Community College's Four-County Poet Competition. Entrants must be at least 16 years old by June 1, 2010.

Participants can submit one packet of three unpublished original poems by the July 1 deadline. Initial judging will be conducted by JCC faculty with finalists' poems sent to a published poet for selection of winners.

Bryon Hurt will present his documentary, “Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes,” at 4 p.m. on April 16 in Murphy Auditorium at St. Bonaventure University to open Olean's Diversity Weekend. Diversity Weekend is co-sponsored by A Call to Men of Olean, the program committee at Jamestown Community College's Cattaraugus County Campus, and St. Bonaventure University.

This year's programs will focus on how men can demonstrate their respect to women in meaningful ways. All events are free to the public unless otherwise noted.

Poet Linda Gregg will hold a reading of her work at 7 p.m. on April 28 at JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus.

The free event, which will be held in room 308 of the Library and Liberal Arts Center, is co-sponsored by JCC and the Olean Public Library with funding from the Katharine Jackson Carnahan Endowment for the Humanities and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Migrant community culture will be examined in a special presentation by award-winning photojournalist and author Gary Harwood at 7 p.m. on March 29 in the Lenna Teleconference Theatre on JCC's Jamestown Campus.

The program, free and open to the public, is sponsored by JCC's college program committee and the Katharine Jackson Carnahan Endowment for the Humanities.

JCC will host a healthcare job and education fair from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on March 26 in the Physical Education Complex on JCC's Jamestown Campus.

Healthcare employers and representatives of four-year colleges have been invited to attend the event to provide information on job opportunities in the healthcare field.

Visitors to the job fair should several copies of their resume and should dress appropriately since they will meet with potential employers.

Artwork created by three JCC students will be included in the spring State University of New York Student Art Exhibition.

A self-portrait in graphite by Sarah Modica, a self-portrait in airbrush by Baca Potts, and a dry pastel by Caitlin Ross were submitted to the juried show. The works will be on display in the main concourse of SUNY Plaza in Albany through May 28.

Other works by Ms. Ross which were included in the fall 2009 SUNY exhibition were selected for the Best of SUNY exhibition which will be held at the State Museum this summer.

Of Mice and Men opens March 12 on the Scharmann Theatre stage.

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. on March 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20 and at 2 p.m. on March 14. Ticket prices are: general admission, $7, senior citizens and area students, $6, and FSA members, $5. Tickets can be obtained by calling the JCC box office, 716.338.1187, or at the theatre door.

The production contains some content that may be inappropriate for children. Parental discretion is advised.

Dana Shelters has been named coach of the women's softball team at JCC's Jamestown Campus.

The Jayhawks will open their season on March 25 at Westmoreland College.

“Coach Shelters brings continuity to our women's athletics program with his experience coaching our soccer team,” said Bill Burk, JCC athletics director. “He has a lot of experience coaching women and the sport of softball, and understands what it means to be successful at the intercollegiate level.”

Shelters is also coach of the JCC women's soccer team, a post he has held since 2007.
 

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