Too often, veterans returning home from combat zones aren’t getting the support they need. That’s especially true if they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an often silent disability triggered by a traumatic event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. While PTSD can happen to anyone who has experienced trauma, it’s particularly common in veterans; while it occurs in approximately 7 to 8 percent of the general population, 11 to 20 percent of Afghanistan or Iraq vets, 10 percent of Gulf War vets and 30 percent of Vietnam vets suffer from PTSD. In order to support these veterans, a group of volunteers has organized a benefit called the Victory for Vets Country Music Festival to take place Aug. 16 at Sharkey’s in Liverpool. The proceeds from the event will go to Clear Path for Veterans, a nonprofit based in Chittenango that provides support for returning veterans, including peer-to-peer support, classes, service dogs and more.
An afternoon and evening of fun and fireworks, featuring a performance by the national singing sensation Kidz Bop, will highlight the LEON Festival to take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 at Onondaga Lake Park. Admission to the event is free. The event celebrates the halfway mark to the winter holidays and the start of summer.
'The Long Bike Back' includes scenes shot in Skaneateles
More than five years after their cross-country bike tour made a pit stop in their hometown of Skaneateles, brothers Pearson and Pete Constantino were back in the area last week to screen the documentary film that tells their story.
'The Long Bike Back' featured in Syracuse Spring Fest
A documentary film chronicling a local duo’s cross-country bike trip will be screened in Central New York for the first time this Friday.
For the fourth year in a row, the Skaneateles Central School District has been recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation (NAMM) for outstanding commitment to music education with a “Best Communities for Music Education” designation.
The Skaneateles Central School District will host the 2014 All County Jazz Festival on April 11 and 12.
Musical to be presented this weekend
People of all ages will enjoy the upcoming Skaneateles Middle School musical “Over the Moon,” which will be performed this week. About 60 middle school students are in the cast of this musical, which takes place in the storybook land of Hanoveria. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Saturday. In addition, there is a senior citizen performance at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27.
For more than three decades, WCNY-FM has been serving the blind and visually-impaired residents of Central New York with a special radio service called READ-OUT.
Skaneateles High School students will be giving six performances of this year’s musical, “The Secret Garden,” this week in the high school auditorium. Following a senior citizen performance Wednesday afternoon, performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Five years after he graduated, Shane Aaserud carried his bass back into Skaneateles High School and spent the day in the orchestra room with teacher Karen Veverka and a group of young musicians.
Internationally acclaimed children’s author and educator Bruce Coville will be the featured speaker in the next installment of Creative Conversations, presented by the Skaneateles Area Arts Council (SKARTS).
B’ville Theatre Guild stages a sensational version of the classic musical
Few musicals engage the mind and excite the senses as does “Les Misérables.” Even more rarely does a community theater group expertly blend the epic story, the grand spectacle and the soaring music to deliver a seamless and sensational show. Director Korrie Taylor, music director Abel Searor and producers Mark and Sandy Baker, however, have done just that with the current Baldwinsville Theatre Guild production of “Les Mis,” running through Feb. 8.
Thirty Skaneateles High School students and four middle school students were recently recognized for their artwork with the 2014 CNY Scholastic Art Awards. Students were awarded a Gold Key, Silver Key or honorable mention in the highly competitive awards program.
Creekside Books and Coffee, an independent book cafe in Skaneateles, in conjunction with the Onondaga County Friends of the Central Library (FOCL), will be hosting bestselling novelist, Lee Child for an hour-long book-signing from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at the cafe.
Benefit for performing arts students set for Dec. 8
Right here in Central New York, talent is being born and it’s growing. To further grow any natural ability, one must take added measures to enhance their extraordinary talents. However, more dance training, voice lessons, new instruments or any other tool to further knowledge of performing arts comes with a cost.