Events for February 24, 2024

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Show the SPCA Some Love

SPCA 5440 Rt. 19, Belmont

SPCA Serving Allegany County

Will you be my Valentine?
Come adopt a furry friend.
$500 Matching Challenge
If we collect in $500 in Red Heart Donations
we have a *Valentine* who will match that $500
During the Month of February
Donate $14 (Or Any Amount)
to sponsor toys & treats for one of our shelter dogs or cats
or in honor or memory of your pet or a loved one and we will fill
out a red and display it in our lobby at the shelter



For more Information 585 -593 -2200,
5440 St Route 19 Belmont NY 14813

Beat the Chill! Winter Reading Program

David A Howe Library 155 N Main S, Wellsville

Starting the first Saturday of February, the David A. Howe Library will be hosting their first Winter Reading Program. This event will last four weeks – from Saturday, February 3, through Saturday, March 2 – and is open to community members of all ages!

Each week of the program, we will ask participants to report the amount of time they have spent reading. Children and tweens will color in tracking charts and turn them in each week for an entry to win a grand prize. Teens and adults will receive a bookmark on which to track and will be able to report their progress in-person or online. Library staff will tally all of the minutes reported by participants each week and add them to our thermometer tracker! Our goal is for our community to beat the winter chill by collectively reading for 500 hours during the 4 weeks of the winter reading program. Adults and teens will also have weekly opportunities to enter a trivia contest for an additional prize.

The third week of the winter reading program coincides with Wellsville Central School’s mid-winter break, February 19-23. We encourage caretakers to bring kids and teens to the library to hang out, read, play games, do puzzles, and make use of our Xbox during this time. If you come mid-day during break week, your children and teens will be able to enjoy lunches provided through a partnership with the Salvation Army.


Kimberly Thomas Artist in Residence Black Glass Artist Series 2024

Binns-Merrill Hall 106 and Hot Glass Studio 304 State, Alfred

Glass Demonstration 2/6 130-4pm Glass Studio

Glass Demonstration 2/8 130-4pm Glass Studio

Public Lecture 2/8 430-540pm

Kimberly Thomas is a biracial interdisciplinary sculptor and flameworker residing in Detroit, Michigan. She is known for her work’s intentionally flawed and unusual motifs as well as her intricate sculptural inventions. A self-taught glass artist, Thomas earned a BFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design and spent six years as a special effects make-up artist before she began flameworking in 2009.


Thomas’s work is often autobiographical and conveys her unique perception of the world. Drawing her influence from concepts, questions, and theories about human nature, she combines realism and fantasy. She imparts her truth into dark, yet entertaining, narratives. Recurring themes in her work include the undesirable facets of life and human nature, freedom from the corruption imposed by society, and expansion of self-knowledge. Thomas challenges viewers to face what makes them uncomfortable in order to invite opportunities for fresh perspectives and personal development.


Using intuition as a guide, Thomas’s creative process is a balancing act between experimentation and intention. She uses borosilicate glass as a core medium as well as steel, wood, and other mixed media to create her kinetic, sculptural inventions. Her attention to detail and regard for realism contribute to the intensity and sophistication of each piece.


Thomas is a prolific artist who is dedicated to her professional and creative growth. In addition to working in her studio in Detroit, Thomas exhibits her work in museums and galleries across the United States. She is a former professor of glass at Salem Community College in New Jersey and a guest instructor at various craft schools and studios, including Penland School of Craft and Pilchuck School of Glass. Most recently, she was selected for Pilchuck’s Emerging Artists in Residence Program where she plans to continue to evolve and expand her body of work and her artistic vision.


During the Month of February 2024 Alfred University School of Art and Design and Sculpture / Dimensional Studies will host glass artists who hail from the afro diaspora. Each week an Artist working with glass will lead workshops and lecture on their work and experience.