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Monday, March 30, 2015 at 10:59 am

Godfrey's Pond holds fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt

More than 70 children with there families attended the fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt at Godfrey's Pond yesterday. The club put out a couple thousand Easter eggs early before the event which started at Noon and continued through 2 o'clock. Cookies, drinks were provided to all who attended. Mike Hammon, caretaker of Godfrey's Pond, said the free public event has grown consistantly over the years.

Other activities included a petting opportunity with six baby chicks.

Two contests were held; one for who collected the most eggs and a coloring contest.

Abby Lampke was the winner of the coloring contest.  

Egg hunt winners were:  

Gold -- Adrian Laird

Silver -- Connor Schrane

Bronze -- Trevor Pahl

Photo above is 7-year-old Eliana Stringham with the Easter Bunny. Craig Gillard submitted the photos from Godfrey's Pond.

Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 1:20 pm

Photos: Easter Bunny at Oliver's Candies

It’s an annual tradition that has some patrons make an hour-long trek to continue. Oliver’s Candy Store on Main Street in Batavia welcomed Spring with the arrival of the Easter Bunny earlier today. 

Genesee County’s “sweet spot” has extended business hours – from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, April 4. Oilver’s is closed only two days a year – Christmas and Easter – regular business hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 5:58 pm



SEE YOU THERE!!!!cheeky

Event Date and Time

September 26, 2015 - 4:00pm - 9:30pm
Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 10:33 am

Fall Family Festival at the Willow Bend Inn

post by Holland Land Office in dancing, family, food, fun, history, live music

The Holland Land Office Museum and the Willow Bend Inn present a Fall Family Festival at the historic stage coach stop of the 1800s on Sunday, October 19th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Events include children's games and crafts, stagecoach travelers, Civil War and 1812 reenactors, musket firing, raffles, live music by Red Creek, food including wings, chicken fingers, fries, chili, burgers, and a cash bar.  This is a fundraiser for the Holland Land Office Museum.  Admission is $5.00 for adults and free for children.  There will be a cowboy/cowgirl costume contest for children as well.  

This is open to the public and everyone is welcome to experience this historic building and participate in the activities.  We hope to see you there! 

Event Date and Time

October 19, 2014 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Local moms start group to help kids, families

post by Daniel Crofts in family, genesee county, youth

From left: Iris Hatcher, Jessica Polk, Jessica Simmons and Kenyetta Reese.

Leave it to a group of mothers to figure out what their community needs, and then to do something about it.

Pictured are the four founding members of "Mothers Supporting Children and Families" (MSCF), a new nonprofit designed to "provide inspirational support and positive direction to children of all ages" and "empower children and families" (per their mission statement.)

Polk, the WSCF president, said she conceived the idea during a dinner party at her Batavia home.

"There were a bunch of us mothers there," she said. "We got to talking -- Jessica (Simmons) had had the idea for a long time about doing something for the youth in the community to get them off the streets and doing something productive."

Polk and her friends were concerned about what appeared to be an increase in instances of local youth getting in trouble -- "and at a younger age" -- in recent years.

In order to help address this problem, she and her fellow MSCF moms are joining forces with Care-A-Van Ministries, a local Christian street ministry.

"They were extremely instrumental in giving us spiritual guidance from the very start," Polk said.  "They've taken us under their wing, and they've given us advice on how to start a nonprofit. We ask for their advice all the time."

Elsewhere in their mission statement, they name an important aspect of how they intend to address the problem of troubled youth: "MSCF lends a helping hand to the community so there are fewer children in unhealthy home dynamics."

Ways of positive self-expression, adult role models, and trusted adults that kids can come to with their concerns if, for whatever reason, they cannot go to their parents or legal guardians, are among what they seek to offer young people.

"And I hope that we, as an organization, will be able to show them the different resources available to them that they may not know of," Hatcher said." We want to guide them into whatever they need to relieve that pressure that is causing them to get into trouble."

But their mission is not limited to kids; rather, it is founded on "the concept of parents helping parents" and "promotes positive parenting, and healthy families."

MSCF is open to all families in Genesee County. Despite the group's name, Polk wanted to make it clear that men are welcome to be involved as well (they just cannot be official members).

Hatcher said that eventually, they would like to be able to arrange for situations in which families and children can get together for fun and socialization.

"We just have to get on our feet first and get our name out there," she said.

For more information on MSCF:

Web site: www.mscfmothers.wix.com/mscf-
Twitter: www.twitter.com/MSCFMOTHERS
Facebook: M.S.C.F. Mothers
Email: [email protected]

People can also contact Polk at 300-3804.

Photo submitted by Jessica Polk.

Monday, April 14, 2014 at 2:22 pm

11th Annual Family Game Night

post by Lu Ann Henry in family

Sponsored by the Genesee County Youth Bureau.  April 30th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm @ 2 Bank Street, Batavia.  Turn off the TV/ internet and spend quality time together.  Learn about our County Departments, enjoy a light dinner, play a board game and leave with a board game of your own to start your Family Game Night tradition.  $3 per person or $10 for a family of four.  Hope to see you there!

Event Date and Time

April 30, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Monday, February 17, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Free Community Yoga Class to be Offered at Blue Pearl Yoga

post by Patricia Hawley in announcements, community, family, kids, kids activities, wellness, yoga



BATAVIA…Blue Pearl Yoga will offer free yoga classes to the community on Friday, February 21 at 6:00 p.m. These classes are suitable for all ages and skill levels. A DJ will provide music for this fun event. Light refreshments will be served following the class.


Karen Reisdorf, owner of Blue Pearl Yoga and recent recipient of the 2013 City of Batavia Business of the Year award announced that she will teach a yoga class as a way to say thank you to the community for the support they’ve shown during her 14 years in business. “Independent business owners owe everything to their customers, especially when you live outside an urban center,” Reisdorf said. “This is a way for me to give back and show my appreciation to all of the people who’ve supported me and helped me grow Blue Pearl Yoga.” 


A class for adults will be held on the 3rd floor of her yoga studio located at the old Masonic Temple on Main Street in Batavia. A special class for families will be held on the fourth floor; both classes begin at 6 p.m. “We’re committed not only to the health of our families but the health of our community,” said Reisdorf. While this is the first time that a free yoga class has been offered community-wide, Blue Pearl Yoga can often be found at local community agencies like the Mental Health Association and the YWCA teaching yoga to their clients.”  


A class for families will be held simultaneously on the 4th floor of the studio. Maryanne Skye will teach a class designed for fun and suitable for adults and children of all ages. Participants can expect light stretching and simple yoga poses that create a delightful flow of energy to an upbeat soundtrack.


No special equipment is required but participants should wear light, comfortable clothing. Yoga mats will be provided by the studio or you can bring your own.  Blue Pearl Yoga is located at 200 East Main Street in Batavia. For more information please call Karen Reisdorf at 585.230.5430 or email [email protected]

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 10:28 am

Children's Gala @ The Wonderland of Trees - Holland Land Office Museum

post by Holland Land Office in children, Christmas, family, history, kids

Event Date and Time

December 14, 2013 - 11:00am - 2:00pm
Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 3:30 pm

The Boy Who Tricked The Moon

The Forum Players Theatre Company of Genesee Community College takes their show on the road!

Following their performances in The Stuart Steiner Theatre at The Genesee Center for the Arts, Genesee Community College, Batavia Campus, the cast and crew of The Boy Who Tricked The Moon will be taking their show on the road.  “In these days of limited budgets, many districts cannot afford to bus their children to campus for the show,” said Maryanne Arena, director of Fine and Performing Arts at GCC.  “We still want them to have the chance to experience a live theatre performance, se we’re taking the show to them.  We like getting out into the community to share the wonderful talent we have at GCC.” 

“On the Road” public performances of The Boy Who Tricked The Moon are scheduled for:  Sunday, April 7th @ 7:30 p.m. at The Stage in Warsaw, Friday, April 12th @ 6:00 p.m. at the GCC Dansville Campus Center, Saturday, April 20th @ 2:00 p.m. at Theatre 101 in Mt. Morris and Saturday, May 11th @ 10:00 a.m. at the Springville Center for the Arts.

  Tickets for these performances can be purchased at each venue prior to the show.

Event Date and Time

April 12, 2013 - 6:00pm - April 20, 2013 - 10:00am
Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 11:15 am

Charlotte's Web

post by Cathy DeBellis in children, family, theatre

You grew up with it.  Your kids love it.  Now see it spectacularly and imaginatively brought to life onstage as The Forum Players Theatre Company of Genesee Community College, with the support of the BEST Center, presents "Charlotte's Web", adapted from the book by E.B.White.  Autograph session after each performance.  Performances Friday, June 14 @ 7:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, June 15-16th @ 2:00 p.m.  Stuart Steiner Theatre, Genesee Center for the Arts, Genesee Community College, One College Road, Batavia, NY  Tickets: $5  For ticket information, purchasing and reservations contact the box office at (585)345-6814 or [email protected].

Event Date and Time

June 14, 2013 - 7:00pm - June 16, 2013 - 2:00pm
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