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Sacred Spaces Series Continues This Weekend

The Canisius College Chorale, under the direction of Frank Scinta, will continue its 2011 Sacred Spaces concert series with two programs:

On Saturday (December 3), the annual Winter Concert and Carol Sing will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.  On Sunday (December 4), the fourth Sacred Spaces Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Annunciation Church, 7580 Clinton Street in Elma.

The concerts will feature works by Handel, Lotti, Hogan, Dawson and others. Admission is free to both events.

Sacred Spaces stems from an idea the choir proposed seven years ago to feature its music in some of Western New York’s most beautiful and acoustically resonant environments – namely, the sanctuaries of our area’s churches.

Submitted by:  Ellen Barnum, assistant director, ArtsCanisius; and Frank Scinta, adjunct professor, fine arts

View Memorial AIDS Quilt Today, Tomorrow (December 1 & 2)

Four blocks of the Memorial AIDS Quilt are currently on display in the Grupp Fireside Lounge today (December 1) and tomorrow (December 2) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Founded in 1987, The AIDS Memorial Quilt is a poignant memorial, a powerful tool for use in preventing new HIV infections, and the largest ongoing community arts project in the world.  Each “block” (or section) of The AIDS Memorial Quilt measures approximately 12 feet square, and a typical block consists of eight individual three foot by six foot panels sewn together.  Virtually every one of the more than 40,000 colorful panels that make up the Quilt memorializes the life of a person lost to AIDS.

As the epidemic continues claiming lives around the world and here in the United States, the Quilt continues to grow and to reach more communities with its messages of remembrance, awareness and hope.

This display is sponsored by UNITY, the Canisius College’s gay-straight alliance. For more information please contact Chris Lauth at

Submitted by:  Katie Martoche, assistant director, campus programming & leadership development

Sewing Instructors Needed

Five professors from the Wehle School of Business have been engaged in efforts to assist local refugee communities with establishing micro-businesses.  At present, Patricia Hutton, PhD is working closely with the Bhutanese-Nepali community to establish a small super market type store.  The women of the community want to participate in their own micro-business and have requested sewing lessons.

Volunteers are needed to teach these local women how to sew.  Days and times are very flexible.  This is a wonderful endeavor and the Bhutanese women are eager to learn so that they can sell their goods, pooling them together to create a business.  Other Canisius business professors involved include Ron Rivas, PhD; Ji-Hee Kim, PhD; Coral Snodgrass, PhD and Patricia Johnson.

Donations of sewing machines that work, and have a manual, are also welcome.  Please contact Dr. Hutton at or Ext. 2673.  Please cc: Sr. Patricia Brady, SSMN, director, Office for Community-Based Learning, when contacting Hutton by Email.

Submitted by:  Sr. Patricia Brady, SSMN, director, community-based learning