Onondaga Community College Receives $1 Million Donation

A new program is coming to Onondaga Community College.

Eric Allyn recently donated $1 million to the college in honor of his wife, Meg O’Connell. She previously served as interim president and chair of the Board of Trustees.

With the money, OCC will create the “Meg O’Connell Center for Social Justice and Community Impact.” Each year, there will be a cohort of 20 students, and they will receive a stipend for volunteering and service-learning.

“This gift, one of the largest in our history, will support OCC students to engage with the community in work that will no doubt have an enduring impact on the future of Central New York,” said Mary Snyder, chair of the OCC Foundation Board of Directors, in a press release. “The OCC Foundation looks forward to engaging others to join with us in supporting this vision through OCC and its students.”


Rosamond Gifford Zoo Hosts 5K

Run past camels, penguins and more during the Rosamond Gifford Zoo’s inaugural Zoo Run Run.

The event will take place on Saturday, April 23 – or you can begin running and walking now (when you register, there is a link for Strava, a fitness app). Either way, the minimum fee is $35 for non-members. There will also be a Hatchling Hustle Fun Run for children ages 7 and under.

“The Friends of the Zoo is always looking for ways to help provide the best care and enrichment for every animal, and we planned a 5K as a healthy way to support the health of our animals,” said Friends of the Zoo Executive Director Carrie Large in a press release. “While Naga is the star of this year’s Zoo Run Run, we hope every family, team, organizational group and individual will be inspired by all of our animals to get out and support their zoo.”

For more information, visit rosamondgiffordzoo.org/zoo-run-run.


Disney Princess – The Concert Coming to Syracuse

Do you have a Disney fan in the family?

Disney Princess – The Concert will visit the Landmark Theatre on Friday, April 15.

Families can enjoy more than 30 songs, including Let It Go, A Whole New World, and A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes. Tickets start at $25.50 (plus fees) and are available via LiveNation.com.

For more information, visit landmarktheatre.org/event/disney-princess-the-concert.


Hangar Theatre Announces 2022 KIDDSTUFF Shows

Are you hoping to catch a family-friendly play or musical this summer? Outdoor KIDDSTUFF shows are returning to the Hangar Theatre.

There will be four shows during the months of July and August: Cinderella Eats Rice and Beans (June 24-25); Three Little Birds (July 8-9); Dragons Love Tacos (July 29-30); and Red Riding Hood (August 27-28). Tickets will go on sale this month.

“We heard from parents last year that the outdoor performance space really enhanced the experience for the whole family,” said Managing Director R.J. Lavine in a press release. “Live outdoor performances embrace kids’ natural enthusiasm, and noise and movement, and create dynamic first experiences of theatre for young audiences. We are excited to work with the possibilities of the outdoors and are investing in improvements to make the experience accessible and inviting for everyone.”

For more information, visit hangartheatre.org/buy-tickets/category/kiddstuff/list.

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