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Chautauqua Striders fourth annual Striders Night Live will take place on Friday, March 4th, 2016 at the Willow Bay Theater. The event, which is a spoof of the hit television show, will feature performances by the band “Smackdab” and the improv comedy group “The Unexpected Guests.” The event is for those ages 21 and up. New and exciting to the event this year includes food provided by the Caribbean Diner; beer provided by Southern Tier and a wide variety of wine provided by Evans Discount Liquors. The event, which has grown in popularity each year since its inception in 2013, is sure to bring many laughs and good times! Doors open at 6:30 pm with the event beginning at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $25/pre-sale and $30 at the door. This year’s door prize is a free six month membership to the Jamestown Area YMCA, a $300 value. The event will feature a basket auction and 50/50 raffle. This event provides valuable funding to help support Striders athletic, academic, and mentoring programs, and to fund new programs.
Striders New Programs Academic
Striders has introduced new academic programs to help students meet and prepare for Regents exams and inspire them toward future career pathways. Regents exams are a critical component of high school graduation. All students must pass them to meet the basic requirements for graduation, and many aspire to score greater than 85% to achieve advanced designation. Every Friday after school leading up to Regents exams in January and June, Striders holds a Regents Prep Pizza Party. During these sessions tutors cover course material, provide test-taking strategies, and practice questions from past exams. This program is open to students from all school districts and is provided at no cost.
Striders has also developed hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) workshops that are fun and engaging. The goals of these workshops are to inspire youth to pursue careers within STEM fields and help them gain the knowledge necessary to that pursuit. Striders’ Minecraft Workshops use the popular building game to introduce students to computer programming. Within the game students learn to program robotic “turtles” that mine and build for them. The Scratch workshops use an introductory drag-and-drop programming language developed at MIT. Students are able to program a variety of interactive stories, animations and games. These workshops are geared toward students between 8-14 years old. These weekly hour-long workshops take place at Chautauqua Striders office over a period of five weeks. The cost is $50 per five-week session.
Striders launched a new athletic program this year called “Striders on the Move.” This is an 11 week program that meets every Monday night in January and February leading up to the St. Pat’s Dash. The program, taught by Randolph High School track coach Brooke Adams, trains those looking to get back into or stay in shape over the winter months. The program features interval, distance, dynamic stretching and speed training. “This program has been a huge hit in its first year,” claims Sean Hanus, Director of Events, Marketing, and Athletics for Striders. “We were expecting about 20 runners for the program and we ended up with 40 so we were really excited about the turnout. We hope to extend another session of the program over the summer to lead into our Dan Feather 5K.” Participants of the program pay $50 for the 11 week course and receive free entry into the St. Pat’s Dash.
“Kids on the Move” is a new program with Chautauqua Striders. This health and wellness mentoring program pairs two paid staff and two to four volunteers with 20 students. The mentors and mentees meet with students weekly for 8 weeks. Together they discuss a wellness topic including proper stretching, self-care, healthy eating and much more. After the group discussions mentors and mentees “hit the road” gradually increasing the distance jogged. At the end of the 8 week session mentors and mentees participate in a 3 mile or 5k race. The first group of “Kids on the Move” participants are from Fletcher Elementary School and will be participating in the St. Patrick’s Dash in March.
Another exciting new adventure for Chautauqua Strider mentoring is a project based mentoring program in Partnership with Jamestown Community College and the East Side YMCA. Volunteers are JCC students who are participating in the Spanish II class and mentees are middle school students who attend the East Side YMCA after school program. Mentors and mentees meet weekly for eight weeks and together are completing a project exploring local community and cultures.
Striders Upcoming Events
The Striders Annual Awards Banquet will occur at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club on Monday, March 7th at 6:30 pm. Dennis Johnson, Associate Professor of Sport Management and Physical Education, will be the keynote speaker. Cost is $22 per person.
The St. Pat’s Dash fun run/walk is a challenging 3 mile jaunt through downtown Jamestown beginning and ending at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena. This year’s race is being held on Saturday, March 19th with registration beginning at 7:30 am. Cost is $30 and includes a free long sleeved tech shirt.
Striders 26th Annual Golf Outing will take place on Sunday, May 15th at South Hills Country Club with a shotgun start at 9:00 am. Cost is $75/golfer or $300/team.
The Dan Feather 5K race occurs annually on the Sunday before Labor Day. This year’s race will take place in Bergman Park on Sunday, September 4th. This year’s race will mark the 25th year of the race in memory of one of Striders late founders, Dan Feather.
Striders Minecraft Mondays is a five week course that begins on Monday, March 28th. Cost is $50 for the course and students will learn how to program characters through the educational and popular building game. This course runs for five Monday’s from 4:00-5:00 pm and is open to students ages 8-14.
Striders Scratch course is a 5 week course beginning on Thursday, April 7th from 3:30-4:30 pm. This program allows students ages 8-14, to create their own interactive stories, games, and animations. Cost is $50 and runs for five Thursdays.
For more information or to register for upcoming programs or to order Striders Night Live tickets, please visit www.chautauqua-striders.org or call 716-488-2203 today.