Last week, our director, Dominic Robinson, along with Tim Penex (Director of SUNY Syracuse Education Opportunity Center [SEOC]), Representative John Katko, Amy Kremenek (Vice President of Enrollment Development & Communications at OCC), Hussein Yerow (a SEOC student, Northside resident, and refugee from Kenya), Peter Waite (Executive Vice President of ProLiteracy), and Marchas Tait (Executive Director of Literacy CNY) were part of a panel to celebrate Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. The subject of the discussion, the employment skills gap in our region, drew from findings in the latest report from the Onondaga Citizen’s League: Understanding the Employment Skills Gap in Central New York.
The panelists were all able to speak to different aspects of the issue, including federal legislation, college and career readiness, and the need for additional resources. What many of the panelists emphasized, however, was a strong collaborative approach to lessening the gap. “Collaborate,” Tim Penix explained, “that’s going to be the strength of our community.” Similarly, Dominic argued for the importance of a community-wide and an asset-based approach to “bring economic opportunity back into our communities and invigorate our local economy.” “We need to understand,” Dominic emphasized, “that we can’t do it alone.”
The event ended with questions from the audience and further discussions about funding and the role on Congress. To view a series of photos from the event, visit ProLiteracy’s Flickr account.
This week, Vinomania is celebrating 15 years in businesses with “3 days of peace, love, and wine.” VinoStock will begin Thursday evening and extend into the weekend, beginning at 4:00 PM on Friday and 3:00 PM on Saturday. Along with wine, food will be available from Lune Chocolat, Zimmers Bakes, Recess Coffee, 2 Kids Goat Farm, and more. For all the VinoStock details, check out the event flyer.
To learn more about Vinomania, visit their website and like them on Facebook.
From noon to 4:00 PM today Ra-Lin is hosting a Tamron Tailgate Tour, featuring a variety of sessions for individuals interested in taking better photos. The event begins with three free mini-sessions:
12:00 – 12:45 PM: Achieving Perfect Exposure
1:00 – 2:30 PM: Portfolio and Image Review
3:00 – 3:34 PM: Understanding Your Digital Darkroom
The Tamron Photographer Tech Team will be on hand throughout the event to answer any of your photo questions. There will also be a free lunch (12:00 – 2:00 PM), giveaways and prizes, and a chance to “test drive” some of Tamron’s camera lenses.
As an added bonus, Tamron will also lead an evening seminar on Wednesday from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. This seminar, entitled, “The Field Guide to Inspired Photography: See It, Capture It, Work It,” will help you “capture top-notch images while finding your own style.” Tickets for this session are $25 and can be purchased online here. Seating is limited.
For more details, view the Tamron event flier here.
To learn more about the history and architecture of Hawley-Green’s most beautiful homes and gardens (like this one!), call NEHDA at (315) 425-1032 and get your ticket for tomorrow’s Home & Garden Tour.
This Saturday, Open Hand Theater, the Northeast Hawley Development Association (NEHDA), and ArtRage Gallery are all hosting events in our neighborhood.
Historic Hawley-Green Home & Garden Tour
Starts at 11:00 AM; last tour leaves at 3:00 PM
Meet at The First Lutheran Church, 501 James Street
NEHDA has organized a tour of some Hawley-Green’s most stunning homes and gardens. Much of the architecture dates back to the Victorian era and includes intricate details and color combinations. Participants will learn the history behind many of these residential buildings during a guided tour of the neighborhood. Tickets are $15 in advance (call 315-425-1032 to make your order) and $20 the day of the event. Lunch at The Dolores Community Garden is included in the ticket price.
The Chocolate War
11:00 – 11:45 AM
Open Hand Theater, 518 Prospect Avenue
Join Open Hand Theater’s talented puppeteers during a performance of The Chocolate War, the story of “ two inseparable pals who tumble into a series of haphazard events that lead to a catastrophic quarrel.” Like many of Open Hand’s shows, this performances is enjoyed by children and adults alike, but is best suited for grades K-6. As the plot thickens, the audience will delight in puppets that grow as the conflict develops. To purchase tickets, visit Open Hand’s website or call the box office at 476-0466.
The Global Citizen Opening Reception and Artist Talk
Artist Talk: 4:00 – 5:00 PM | Reception: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Avenue
The graphic art of Marlena Buczek Smith depicts “struggles for peace, social justice, environmental defense, and liberation from oppression.” This exhibit highlights the poster, a form that is so often utilized “for the public dissemination of ideas, information, and opinion” whether they be for political or educational gains. To read the artists’ statement, visit ArtRage’s website. The Global Citizen is on display until October 24 during gallery hours.
The Syracuse New Times is asking the Syracuse community to weigh in on The Best of Syracuse, a contest where individuals vote on their favorite businesses and local personalities in a variety of different categories. This year, several of our Northside Business Partnership (NBP) members are in the running:
Best Local Chef
Michael Brown of Laci’s Tapas Bar
Voting ends September 20 at midnight. Visit SyracuseNewTimes.com to place your vote.