8 Places to Learn Something New

It's a new year and like many people do, it's a time for new goals and resolutions. What would you like to accomplish this year, where do you want to improve? If you're looking for change or something new and refreshing, why not learn something new? Our city is full of businesses and organizations dedicated to the arts and education.

Check out these 8 places to learn something new this year in ROC:

1. Flower City Arts Center

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Formerly known as Genesee Center for the Arts & Education, the Flower City Arts Center is a great place for adults and kids alike to learn about the arts with hands-on classes. From letterpress, paper making and pottery, to photography, digital arts, book binding, there are a lot of options to improve a passion you already have or start a new one.

2. Hoopla, City Library

If you're a resident in a city neighborhood, you're in luck. Check out Hoopla, this service offered FREE through the Rochester Public Library (to city residents ONLY!) gives library card holders access to ebooks, audio books, movies and more, accessible right from your desktop browser, to your mobile phone through the Hoopla app. Check out our recent post on the service for more information: Hoopla for Snow Days & Lazy Days. We can say from experience we have already really enjoyed taking advantage of all of the audio books available.

And even if you don't have access to Hoopla, your local library is full of resources, books, and classes to take advantage of.

3. Amore by Wegmans

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A great place to hone cooking skills is from a place that makes great food. Why not take a cooking class from a restaurant? In 2016, Amore Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, located at the East Ave Wegmans, launched a series called Eat, Drink & Learn (check out our post). Keep an eye out for classes throughout the year including Pasta Making, Mozzarella Making, Gnocchi, Risotto and more. Check out the class schedule.

4. 540WMain Communiversity

540WMain is a grassroots non-profit (501(c)(3) community school and event space. They offer classes and programs focused around diversity & inclusion, historic preservation, sustainability and more. With their main location at 540 W. Main Street, they will be opening a second satellite location at The Yards in February focusing on the arts and wellness. Check out the website for a list of all of their classes and events.

5. Rochester Brainery

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Don't have time to sign up for a series of classes? Try taking a class (or ten) at Rochester Brainery in NOTA. If you've got a few hours to spare the Brainery offers classes from business, to arts, gardening, cooking, history, photography, jewelry making, and more.

6. George Eastman Museum

If photography is your passion, why not improve and hone your skills at a place dedicated to the life and dreams of George Eastman and educating the community and world on photography, film and much more, the George Eastman Museum? Did you know that they offer photography workshops throughout the year, ranging from one day to five days in length? If you've ever wanted to learn more about the history of photography and difference methods of developing film, check it out.

7. Creative Workshop @ the MAG

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Located at the Memorial Art Gallery, the Creative Workshop is another great place for adults and children to learn the arts. Ceramics, jewelry making, painting, sketching, weaving, there's even art appreciation classes. See all of the class offerings online.

8. Studio 34 Creative Arts Center & Gallery

Studio 34 is located on Elton Street in NOTA and offers classes at all levels in different areas of glass work, jewelry, photography, clay and more. Private lessons and group lessons are also available.

What places are we missing? Where do you head when you want to learn something new?


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5 Places for FREE Outdoor Concerts This Summer

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Summer is a wonderful time in Rochester: sunshine, (hopefully) great weather, and lots of outdoor activities. So, without further ado, here are 5 Places for FREE Outdoor Concerts you won't want to miss this summer:

1. Bands on the Bricks

For five Friday nights this summer, the City of Rochester Public Market will be overtaken by bands as well as food and drink vendors for Bands on the Bricks. This year's dates are: July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4, and August 11. Seating is extremely limited so BYOC (bring your own chair)!

2. Hochstein at High Falls

Every Thursday, June 8th through August 17th, take your lunch break in High Falls. Concerts begin at 12:10pm at the Granite Mills Park near the Pont de Rennes Bridge at 104 Platt Street (map). See the website for a list of performances. Grab lunch or coffee at Fina's Cafe while you're there!

3. Jazz in the Reading Garden

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If you've followed along with us for a while, you may have seen us mention the Dorris Carlson Reading Garden at the Central Library. We LOVE it, it's like the Secret Garden of our city, only accessible through the library!

Enjoy your lunch breaks here on Tuesdays for their June Jazz Duets (June 6th, 13th & 20th) as well as during the Jazz Fest (June 26th - June 30th). To see the full list of concerts happening in the Reading Garden use the events search feature and select the Library: Central Library, and Category: Musical Performance.

4. RPO: Around The Town & More

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The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is a gem and throughout the summer they play a handful of FREE outdoor concerts in the city called Around The Town as well as a special 4th of July show and Concert by the Shore. Check out the list for dates & times:

5. Xerox Rochester International Jazz Fest

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Speaking of the Jazz Fest (June 23rd-July1st)... the amount of FREE concerts throughout the week is unbelievable. While the website may have a ton of information about the concerts listed by artist, date, venue and so on.... don't get too overwhelmed, the XRIJF has a schedule of all the free events broken down by day and time, check out the schedule.

Now you just need the official MAP (PDF) and you'll be on your way in no time.

BONUS: $5 - Party in the Park

While Party in the Park concerts are not free, for 5 bucks you'll get in to see some great bands.  Bring a blanket, relax on the lawn and enjoy some great food trucks and local beer offerings. Concerts run every Thursday night June 15th through August 10th in Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park.

Know of an awesome free outdoor concert happening in the city that we missed? Let us know!


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The Hack-A-Thon You Don't Want to Miss

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Do you love to learn new things, no matter how random they may be?

Well, we've come across something you may be interested in, on Earth Day the Central Library is holding the Life Hack-A-Thon: A How-To Festival.

If you're like us, you probably just said to yourself... "what is that?" Well, you're in luck, we've got all of the details for you:

1. The Date & Time

Most importantly, you'll need to know WHEN it is, so you don't miss it. This event will be taking place on Saturday, April 22nd, from 11am-2pm at the Central Library (both the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building and the Rundel Memorial Building).

2. What is it?

This is a "How-To Festival", a 3 hour event (you can go for as long as you'd like, 3 hours is not required), where you can learn a variety of things like how to play the ukulele, be an urban chicken farmer, how to make wine at home, how to fix a flat bike tire, origami, and so much more.

And, if you're up for the challenge, you can learn up to 25 things in 3 hours.

3. Where to Go & When:

The library has provided not only the SCHEDULE, but also a MAP to find all of the workshops, so you can be prepared before you go. A lot of the workshops are happening multiple times so take a look and see which ones you'd be interested in.

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Ready to learn?

Details: Website, Workshop Schedule, Map


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Hoopla for Snow Days & Lazy Days

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The first big snowfall of the season has us thinking about what we'd like to do on a snow day. You know, when you actually get a snow day and have no reason or need to leave the house? They're few and far between, but it's great to brainstorm and be ready. You never know, right?

What would you do first? Brew a big pot of coffee, hope you have enough eggs in the fridge to make an omelet? Read? Watch the news? Catch up on emails?

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Well, we've recently come across another option for city residents with a library card - renting (FREE) movies, music, TV shows and more without ever leaving your home.

It's called Hoopla.

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Hoopla | screenshot

There's no cost, no fee, no subscription charge for Hoopla, you just need a Rochester Public Library card. Stream right to your desktop browser, phone through the mobile app, and maybe even to your TV if you're more tech-savvy than we are. With the mobile app you can even download to the device and then enjoy when you don't have access to Wi-Fi.

Hoopla | Screenshot

Hoopla | Screenshot

As a library cardholder, you may borrow up to 7 titles per month. And then titles are automatically returned and removed from your device at the end of the lending period, so... no late fees. Movies and TV show episodes you can borrow for 72 hours, audiobooks, ebooks, and comics for 21 days, and music for 7.

We really love this service. It is easy to use and provides you instant access (again, with no waiting!) to any titles you want.

Don't have a library card? What are you waiting for?

Details:
Hoopla Website


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#inspireROC: Central Library Mural Makeover

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Central Library | Facebook

If you follow Shawn Dunwoody, the Central Library, or the Fruit Belt Project on social media you may have heard about their recent campaign to seek the public's input for a mural. Followers were asked to submit a word or phrase that inspired them (words to live by) or a word or phrase that would describe what the library means to them using "#inspireROC".

Maybe you even submitted a word or phrase yourself.

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With hundreds of words to choose from, the list was narrowed, the walls were primed, and the painting began on Tuesday, May 16th with some help from the community, funding by the Friends & Foundation of the RPL as well as donated paint and labor from Sherwin-Williams.

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The walls surrounding the Dorris Carlson Reading Garden are now beautifully illustrated with positive words describing our beloved library, "unlimited possibilities", "best kept secret", "paradise", "free", and other positive words and phrases such as "Be Grateful, Be Thankful".

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For more information, check out the Democrat & Chronicle's recent article and then head to the Central Library to see the murals for yourself.

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If you've never been inside these walls, take your lunch break in the Dorris Carlson Reading Garden in June on Tuesdays for their June Jazz Combos.

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Whether you bring your own lunch or grab something at Starry Nites in the library, enjoy different Jazz groups from noon to 1pm on June 7th, 14th, and 21st, then every weekday during Jazz Fest (June 27th - July 1st)!

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