Thursday, June 14
The Westfield Senior Citizens meet on the second Thursday of the month at the YWCA Westfield at 6 p.m.
Parkinson's support group at Absolut Care
The Absolut Care of Westfield's Parkinson's Disease Support Group Meeting is held the second Thursday of the month in the Absolut Care Activity Room from 4 to 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 16
Author to discuss War of 1812
A Pulitzer Prize winning author will make a stop in Chautauqua County on Saturday, June 16 to discuss the War of 1812 at 1 p.m. Dr. Alan Taylor, who is currently a professor of history at the University of California, Davis, will appear at the Dunkirk Lighthouse as part of the Chautauqua County Historical Society's 2012 Speaker Series. Taylor is a noted historian who won the Pulitzer Prize for American History in 1996 for his book on Cooperstown, N.Y., and who's most recent book deals with the War of 1812. The lecture, which is in collaboration with the Dunkirk Lighthouse and Dunkirk Veterans Park, will take place rain or shine at the Lighthouse. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will also be provided. For more information, call 326-2977 or visit McClurgmuseum.org.
Wednesday, June 20
Annual Strawberry Social
The Portland Congregational Church is holding its annual Strawberry Social at the church on Wednesday, June 20 from 5 to 7 p.m., or sold out. Dinner will include beef on weck, salad, beans, strawberry shortcake or strawberries and ice cream. Take-outs will be available.
Saturday, June 30
Ripley Hose Company fundraiser
The annual Ripley Hose Company and Ladies Auxiliary fundraiser will be held at the Firemen's Field in Ripley on Saturday, June 30 from 2 to 11 p.m. There will be food, games, crafts, a photo competition, live music and dance plus more. Save the date.
Ripley Community Day Festival
A Ripley Community Day Festival will take place on Saturday June 30 at Firemen's Field in Ripley located at 2 Park Avenue from 2 to 10 p.m. This fundraiser for the Ripley Hose Company No. 1 and Auxiliary has free admission. All are welcome to stop by for fun, food and entertainment.
Attractions include a craft show, silent auction and games for all such as a bounce house, dime toss, "I got it" game and bell jar. There will be live music by Ron Vance throughout the afternoon and a street dance at 7 p.m., with music by Acoustic Gypsies.
Food concessions include Smith's hot dogs, hamburgers, firemen's curly fries, assorted beverages, baked goods, strawberry shortcake and a special pulled pork platter available from 5 p.m. until gone. Beer will be available after 5 p.m.
There will be wine tasting and sales featuring Sparkling Ponds frappe vino wine slush. A corn hole competition will be held at 5 p.m. with registration at 2 p.m. For further information contact Tina at (814) 602-8778.
A photo contest will be held with entries accepted on Friday, June 29 at the Ripley Fire Hall and will be judged by SNAPP members. For further information on the contest, contact Stephanie at 736-9669 or Kathy at (814) 450-1084.
Tuesday, July 17
Chautauqua Institution tour of homes
The Chautauqua Bird, Tree and Garden Club will hold its biennially sponsored tour of homes on Tuesday, July 17 from noon to 5 p.m. on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution.
There are 12 stops on this self-guided walking tour. The designated homes represent a delightful assembly of summer living styles constructed from early Chautauqua times to the present. The century-old Miller Bell Tower is also a stop on the tour, and refreshments will be served under a tent near-by. Gardens that received a 2011 Chautauqua in Bloom award will be marked on the tour map for visitors to view while strolling through the grounds.
Tickets are $26 per person and must be purchased in advance. Orders are now being accepted by mail. A printable ticket order form may be found at www.ciweb.org/btg or write to 2012 BTG House Tour, P.O. Box 721, Chautauqua, N.Y. 14722.