Author: Stephanie

Pancake Breakfast with Santa

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc. will be holding a Pancake Breakfast with Santa at Lakewood’s Neighborhood Applebee’s located on Fairmount Avenue.

The event will take place on Saturday, December 14 from 8:00am-10:00am. Tickets are $6 each, and each ticket is good for all you can eat pancakes, bacon, and beverages. Tickets can be purchased at the Infinity Center, online, or at the door on event day.

All proceeds support music and arts instruction for area youth at the Infinity Center in Jamestown.

Infinity Joins #GivingTuesday Movement

Jamestown’s own Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center has once again joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

In 2019, Infinity celebrates 21 years of service to young people and families in the Chautauqua region, and is asking for your support in continuing their mission to provide music and arts education and performance opportunities to all students with a desire to participate.

Performing ensembles and workshops provide Infinity students with an opportunity to learn advanced music and arts techniques and practice soft-skills development in areas such as public speaking, teamwork, collaboration, and positive peer development.

This year’s #GivingTuesday initiative will raise funds to support ensembles, performance and showcasing opportunities, marketable skills training experiences, program and class supplies, and much more! Infinity’s goal is to raise $3,000 with the help of area supporters.

Occurring this year on December 3, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

Infinity joined #GivingTuesday to spark the spirit of giving in Chautauqua County. Last year’s initiative successfully raised $2,200 for group classes and supplies for Infinity students. This year, Infinity is hoping to raise $3,000 to support the 500+ students who attend lessons and classes at the Infinity Center throughout the 11 month program year. #GivingTuesday will kick off the campaign, and donations to this project will be accepted until December 31. All donations are tax-deductible!

Those who are interested in supporting Infinity’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit or Infinity’s Facebook page to make a secure online donation. Donations may also be mailed to Infinity at 301 East 2nd Street, Lynn Building Suite 101, Jamestown, NY 14701.

For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (, Facebook page ( or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.

About Infinity
Infinity is a music and arts education and performing arts center that offers private lessons, group classes, and an array of arts experiences and performance opportunities within five pillars of the arts: music, art, dance, theater, and literature. Infinity offers something for all ages and experience levels.  Join us, and Explore, Experience, and Excel in the arts!
New student orientations take place once a month at 301 East Second Street Lynn Building, Suite 101, Jamestown, NY  14701. For more information, call 716-664-0991 or visit
About #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 28. #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners
to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. It inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together.
To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit:


Fall Classes and Workshops

Infinity is excited to announce their upcoming fall class schedule. In addition to nearly 300 students taking private lessons at Infinity, students are offered the opportunity to participate in group classes, workshops, performance events, and more each month based on their interests.

Fall group classes include:

Art Classes, Steel Drum Exploration, Vocal & Dance Ensemble, INSTILL Leadership, Sewing, Beginning and Advanced Music Theory classes, Intermediate Art, Movin’ and Groovin’, Vocal Ensemble, Let’s Dance, Advanced Art, Lyrical Modern Dance, Barre & Exploration, Performance Workshop Class, Video Crew, and Seasonal Art.

Infinity will also be offering a guitar-themed, “Fix It” Workshop with local Luthier, Jim Holler on Monday, November 18, 4:00-5:00pm, and a Looping Pedal workshop with Kyle Gustafson on December 3, and a Hip-Hop Dance Workshop on December 17.

For more information, including dates and times of classes, and age ranges, please call the Infinity Center at 716.664.0991.

Join us for a New Student Orientation on Thursday, November 21, 2019 for new students interested in learning more about Infinity or signing up for lessons.


Thriller Dance Workshop

Join Infinity dance instructor, Mariah Melendy on Tuesday, October 29 for a Thriller Dance Workshop! Learn the moves to the Thriller Dance and put it all together at the end of the workshop.

What: Thriller Dance Workshop
Where: Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center
When: Tuesday, October 29
Time: 6pm-7pm

Open to Infinity Students ages 8-18.

See the front desk today to register!

CRCF and Infinity Present Learning Carnival Open House

Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and Infinity Center present Learning Carnival Open House

Providing quality instruction and mentoring opportunities to young people in music and the arts has been Infinity’s mission since 1998. This mission has been accomplished over the last 21 years thanks to strong support from the community, as well as a drive to continually evolve and meet the needs of the Chautauqua County community.

Thanks to a grant award from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Infinity is now offering an opportunity to experience hands-on learning experiences at the Infinity Center! All are invited to join the fun at Infinity’s Learning Carnival and Open House event, on Saturday, October 19, 2019. This event will take place at the Infinity Center in downtown Jamestown (301 East Second Street Lynn Building, Suite 101, Jamestown, NY  14701) from 10am-1pm and will feature demo classes, facility tours, a photo booth, games, prizes and more.

Grants and Marketing Coordinator, Stephanie Rogers, says, “This annual event, in partnership with CRCF, has become a day that we really look forward to hosting! It gives the community an opportunity to visit the Infinity Center and really see what the “Infinity Experience” is all about. We are grateful to Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for helping us make this ‘glimpse into Infinity’ possible for so many of our community members. It’s truly a day to explore and experience all that we have to offer in a fun and engaging way.”

Shane Hawkins, Infinity’s Executive Director, adds, “Many are surprised when they take a tour of the Infinity Center! We maintain a 14,100 square foot footprint packed full of learning and performance space for our students. Nearly 14,000 private lessons happened under this roof last year and we hosted more than 50 events. I love seeing kids experience Infinity for the first time! We invite everyone to stop in on October 19 and see this wonderful creative space for themselves.”

For more information please call the Infinity Center at 716.664.0991. Infinity will also be hosting a New Student Orientation on Thursday, October 17, 2019 for students interested in learning more about Infinity or signing up for lessons.

M&T Bank Supports Infinity

Thanks to a funding award from the M&T Bank Foundation, Infinity Visual and Performing Arts students will soon benefit from some new musical instruments and equipment!

Infinity, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is so thankful for grant funding and community support that helps ensure that Infinity students have access to unique tools and materials. Donations such as this one from M&T Bank, provide much needed instruments and equipment for Infinity students to utilize during their lessons and rehearsals at the Infinity Center. The Infinity Center also has an Instrument Lending Closet which helps provide loaner instruments for students with financial need, or students who may not have decided on an area of study yet.

Infinity’s Executive Director, Shane Hawkins, says, “The M&T Bank Foundation has been a consistent supporter of our instrument fund. We are so grateful to M&T for continuing to support this program annually, and providing quality instruments and equipment for our students to explore, experience, and excel!

For more information about Infinity, or to register for lessons with any of the 40 instructor mentors teaching at the Infinity Center, please click the “Register” Tab!

Infinity Welcomes New Instructors

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts welcomes two new instructors!

Emani Barber (Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Piano) and Genevieve Ellis (Classical Voice, Musical Theater, Acting/Theater) have joined the Infinity Team. Emani is currently offering private lessons in Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, and Piano, and Genevieve is offering private and group lessons in Classical Voice, Musical Theater, Acting, and Theater.

Emani Barber (Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Piano)
Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, Bassist/ Keyboardist Emani Barber recently moved to Jamestown to complete his Masters Degree in Music Performance at SUNY Fredonia. Emani holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Double Bass Performance. Emani is a seasoned symphonic, solo, chamber, and pit musician on multiple instruments, spanning an array of genres.

Genevieve Ellis (Classical Voice, Musical Theater, Acting/Theater)
Genevieve is a recent graduate of SUNY Fredonia’s BFA Musical Theatre program and has over twelve years of experience in the performing arts. Since the start of her training, she has had the opportunity to perform across the U.S in a number of shows, masterclasses, and competitions. Genevieve has experience in a wide variety of theatrical roles, including musicals and plays that vary in style and genre ranging from pop/rock and operetta, to farce and Shakespeare.

For more information about Infinity, or to register for lessons with Emani, Genevieve, or any of the 40 instructor mentors at Infinity, please click the “Infinity Team” tab!  New Student Orientations for the 2019-2020 Program Year will be held on SEPT 18 and SEPT 19. Call today to reserve your spot! 716-664-0991


Another Local Music Showcase is a WRAP!

Thanks to EVERYONE, we estimate Infinity raised just under $10,000, which all comes back to support youth music and arts programming at the Infinity Center!

This wouldn’t be possible without the help of our amazing community, so check out this incredible list of people who made it happen!


1. Aaron Young
2. Acoustic Love
3. Adam Gould
4. Alannah Boyd
5. Aleyna Hayes
6. Andrew Speer
7. Andy Sears
8. Angelo Giuffre
9. Ashley Ordines
10. Bill Downe
11. Billy Blakey
12. Billy Johnson
13. Bob Schlick
14. Brandon Hawley
15. Brazil Craft Beer & Wine Lounge
16. Brent Sheldon
17. Brian Hanna
18. Brian Hanna & Scott Horton
19. Brianne Fadale
20. Casey Delles
21. Chase Johnson
22. Chris Hanesworth
23. Chris Lee
24. Christine Wright
25. Cindy Baker
26. Cindy Haight
27. Cody Barcroft
28. Cold Lazarus
29. Common Denominator
30. Corey Watson
31. Cosmo Witruke
32. Curtis Newart
33. Dan Davis
34. Dan Imig
35. Daniel Witherspoon
36. Darren See
37. Daryl Simmons
38. David Moller
39. Deep Fried and Dipped in Honey
40. Derek Ahlquist
41. Dick Gould
42. Donna Eckstrom
43. Duane Bennett
44. Elizabeth Davis
45. Elizabeth Sorber
46. Empire Development
47. Faith Graham
48. Feverhawk
49. Forte
50. Frank Besse
51. Frank Phillips
52. Fresh Press Studios
53. Gale Svenson-Campbell
54. Gary Cuckler
55. Gary Peters, Jr.
56. Gavin Paterniti
57. Genevieve Ellis
58. George Downe
59. Harmony Dillingham
60. J.B. Liquor
61. Jamestown Renaissance Center
62. Jake Sorber
63. Jamestown Wine Cellar
64. Jamie Coccarelli
65. Jamie Trusler
66. Jason Dillingham
67. Jason Green
68. Jason Mowrey
69. Jason Sample
70. Jason Tonon
71. Jay Peterson
72. Jeana Wolf
73. Jeff James
74. Jen Bailey
75. Jennifer Sears
76. Jeremy Bunce
77. Jesse Wolf
78. Jessica Coe
79. Jessica Smith
80. Jim Blomquist
81. Jim Holler
82. Jim Sturdevant
83. Jim Torrey
84. Joanna Roberts
85. Joe Coccarelli
86. Joel Forsgren
87. Joel Peterson
88. Jordan DeAngelo
89. Jordan Garrett
90. Josh Almquist
91. Josh Mayes
92. Josh Plymel
93. Justin March
94. Karen Suber
95. Kate Rinko
96. Kelsey Fricker
97. Ken Hardley
98. Kevin Laumer
99. Kris Meekins
100. Kurt Johnson
101. Kyle Gustafson
102. Labyrinth Press Company
103. Laura McCollough
104. Lauren Engallina
105. Lee John
106. Lefty (Mark) Jones
107. Level 3
108. Liquid Monkey
109. Logan Stearns
110. Mac Dawson
111. Macklehat Merffy
112. Marco Scapelitte
113. Mariah Melendy
114. Mark Almquist
115. Mark Cooper
116. Mark Mincarelli
117. Marty Schwab
118. Mary Laumer
119. Mary McCusker
120. Matthew Baxter
121. Matthew Smith
122. Media One Group
123. Melissa Paterniti
124. Michael Gerholdt
125. Michael Johnson
126. Michael Streed
127. Mike Brunacini
128. Mike Zabrodsky
129. Miki Girts
130. Moonlight Electric
131. Morgan Phillips
132. Muttnik
133. Natalie Langworthy
134. Nate Webster
135. Nathan Ditonto
136. Neil Flory
137. Nick Slagle
138. Nick Thies
139. Northwest Arena
140. Omeri & The Poppas Crate Band
141. Omeri Monroe
142. Pat Roche
143. Paul Clemente
144. Pearl City Hops
145. Peggy Kaltenmeier
146. Penny Saver
147. Philip Starkweather
148. Post-Journal
149. Priest Stewart
150. Quick Solutions
151. Raynor’s Liquor
152. R. Hawkes Suber
153. Richard Gould
154. Rob Hewitt
155. Rob Suber
156. Robert Newart
157. Ryan Wilde
158. Ryder’s Cup
159. Sam Lisciandro
160. Samantha Cooley
161. Sara Rafaloski
162. Scott Horton
163. Scott Robert
164. Scott Slade
165. Sean Lander
166. Shane Hawkins
167. Shannon Greenland
168. Sharon Roberts
169. Shawbucks
170. Shut Up, Jesse
171. Silver Tree Seniors of Jamestown
172. Slow Motion Breakdown
173. SKF Aeroengine
174. Steel Rails
175. Stephanie Rogers
176. Stephen Riczker
177. Steve Roberts
178. Sue Ottaway
179. Teal Weatherley
180. The Adventure
181. The Beer Snob
182. The Elektra Kings
183. The Hallow Society
184. The Himalayan Redneck Opera
185. The King’s Express
186. The Pub
187. The Spire Theater
188. The Sundowners
189. The Trophy House
190. Three Philosophers
191. Tom Fadale
192. Trever Wilkins
193. Trip the Deuce
194. Val Murphy
195. Vincent Nelson
196. We Speak Canadian
197. William Russell
198. WRFA 107.9
199. Ylsa Giuffre
200. Zach Stahlsmith
201. Zeke Witruke

New Student Orientation

If you are interested in Music, Art, Dance, or Theater, then the Infinity Center is the place for you!  Join us for Infinity’s first new student orientation sessions of the 2019-2020 Program Year! Sessions will be held on Wednesday, September 18th between 3pm and 5pm, and Thursday, September 19 between 4pm and 5:45pm. Take a guided tour, meet the Infinity staff, and sign up for lessons!

Please contact the Infinity Center at 716-664-0991 to register for a session and reserve your spot today.

The Infinity Center is located at 301 East 2nd Street, Suite 101 in the Lynn Building.