One last reminder for a new series of programs presented in a partnership of Penfield Recreation's DEAR program, the Penfield Public Library, and the Local History Room. Together, they are planning events throughout 2017 to recognize and celebrate the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote in New York. Programs begin with a series entitled SuffraTeas. The first tea will be held on Wednesday, February 15 (Susan B. Anthony's birthday) at 2:00 PM in the Senior Lounge at Penfield Community Center. Pam Mount and Kathy Kanauer will discuss women getting the vote and the importance of this right. Registration is not required. More information on future events will be available when the schedule is firmed up. Please watch this column for more details or log on to www.penfieldrec.org.
The next Penfield Symphony Orchestra concert “Operatic Gems” is scheduled for Monday, February 13 at 7:30 PM in the Penfield High School auditorium. Free rides to the concert are available from Lifespan by calling 872-0774. For more information about this concert or the PSO, please go to www.penfieldsymphony.org.
February is national heart month. Last Friday our Employee Wellness Team helped kick off this year’s program. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, with one in four deaths caused by heart disease every year. Heart disease can often be prevented when we all make healthy choices and manage our health conditions. We can use this month to raise awareness about heart disease and prevention. Encourage your family to make small changes, like using spices to season food instead of salt. Make physical activity a part of your everyday routine. Watch your weight, quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke, control your cholesterol and blood pressure, and if you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation. Spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage others to live heart healthy lives.
This Friday, February 10, is the last day to pay your Town/County taxes in full without interest. The tax receiver’s office will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM to accept payments. If those hours are not convenient you can use a payment drop box located on the east side of the town hall. The drop box is checked several times a day. The tax office will mail a receipt once your payment is processed. If you have any questions about your bill please call the tax receiver’s office at 340-8625.
Winter break week, February 20–24, is fast approaching. Penfield Recreation has put together programs including family open swim, springboard diving, a lifeguarding course with a waterfront module, gymnastics camp, and much more. Additionally, the Penfield Library is offering several programs including outrageous origami, a stuffed animal pet show, family game day, drumming with Topher Holt, and Lego lab. For more information on these programs and many more, please log on to www.penfieldrec.org and www.penfieldlibrary.org.
As the days get longer and signs of spring are in the air, many area farms start to gather sap for making syrup. This reminds me of PenRec’s “lunch plus” at the Maple Tree Inn. Come enjoy the wonders of spring and maple syrup as our vans travel to Cartwright’s Maple Tree Inn on Wednesday, March 8. The good folks at the Maple Tree Inn will be serving up their buckwheat pancakes topped with fresh, pure maple syrup—and then there are those famous maple sundaes! The van departs the Penfield Community Center at 9:30 AM and returns at approximately 2:30 PM. The fee is $25.00 and includes the pancakes.
The Penfield Players’ 2017 spring melodrama, Red Velvet Cake War, will open on Friday, April 28. A family reunion in Sweetgum, Texas goes horribly awry and hilarity ensues! Things spin hilariously out of control when a neighbor’s pet devours everything edible, a one-eyed suitor shows up to declare his love, and a jaw-dropping high-stakes wager is made on who bakes the best red velvet cake. As this fast-paced romp barrels toward its uproarious climax you’ll wish your own family reunions were this much fun! Look for more information at www.penfieldplayers.org.
Until next week, enjoy the “above normal temperatures” part of this week. I hope to see you out in the community!