Thumbs up to a wonderful addition to the events that come to mind when we think of the month of May. The annual Spring Showcase hosted by Infinity Visual and Performing Arts gets under way at 5:30 p.m. today with a student art exhibit and open house at Infinity, which is across the street from the Reg Lenna Civic Center on Third Street in downtown Jamestown.
And then the visual performing arts part of the Spring Showcase begins at 7 at the Reg when some 40 students who are members of Infinity bands and ensembles as well as soloists perform jazz, blues, reggae, folk and world music. The showcase also includes a performance by Infinity's student-run drama club.
A special thumbs up to local improv comedy troupe The Unexpected Guests for hosting the Infinity event and entertaining the audience throughout the evening. Tickets are $6 at the door. Students 18 and under are admitted free of charge so that the event is affordable to families and accessible to all children who are interested in the arts and who might never have seen live, local music and performances.
Thumbs up to the volunteers who planned and are carrying out a fundraising plant sale at Sinclairville Free Library from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The library is on Main Street - and thumbs up to everyone who turns out to support the sale.
As a followup to an item from last week, thumbs up to everyone for helping local members of the National Association of Letter Carriers collect 8,600 pounds of food for St. Susan Center, Joint Neighborhood Project, and the Salvation Army. The one-day food drive last weekend was a success because you answered the call for donations.
Thumbs down to yet another incident involving an out-of-control sports parent. This week a suburban New York mother was sentenced to 60 days in jail for sending threats, including death threats, to a Little League official and his young son because one of her sons didn't make a summer baseball travel team. The Nassau County judge who sentenced her to jail and five years' probation called the threats despicable.
What in the world is wrong with us?