LEAF Announces Summer Filled with Programming

Free or low cost offerings for children and adults of all ages & abilities

During the summer months the local nonprofit LEAF – Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park will offer a wide range of free or low cost programs for all ages from babies to adults.

Families with young children can stop by Frontier Park for Thursday morning “Little Leaves” Nature-Inspired Movement, Story & Art programs on July 18 from 10-10:45AM or Saturday morning “Active Apples” Family Yoga Classes on July 20 from 10-10:45AM. Pre-registration is required for Active Apples Family Yoga Classes. No pre-registration is required for Little Leaves. For six weeks in June-August “Branching Out” Tuesday Science and Wednesday Art enrichment programs will be offered in separate, age appropriate session for ages 4-6 and 7-12. The Tuesday science programs invite children to get up close with nature and conduct awesome outdoor science experiments on topics such as intergalactic discovery, animal habitats, solar and plant power, things with wings, and more! The Wednesday art programs feature art-making and sensory exploration. Each week children will be introduced to a new artist and explore diverse art topics and materials including botanical drawing, collage, as well as mixed-media artworks inspired by birds, landscapes, constellations, and more! Pre-registration is required for “Branching Out” science and art classes (no drop-ins). Online registration is available at http://www.leaferie.org

Visitors of all ages will enjoy LEAF’s outdoor concerts and performances in LEAF’s Patricia McCain Outdoor Amphitheater, all of which are free and open to the public. On Thursday evenings in July and August LEAF will present the “Arts in the Arboretum Concert Series” featuring a range of local talent including Tennessee Back Porch, Familiar Spirit Band, Abbey Road and The Breeze Band. Concerts begin at 7PM each Thursday from July 18-August 8. LEAF will also host a special Sunday afternoon Erie Philharmonic Octet performance from 1-2PM on July 28. Attendees at these performances are invited to sit on LEAF’s stone risers or bring their own blanket and chairs.

On the weekend of Erie’s Blues & Jazz Festival, LEAF will offer a free “Movie Under the Stars” screening of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial on Friday, August 2 at Dusk (approximately 8:30PM) on the 8th Street side of Frontier Park. Attendees are invited to bring their own blanket and chairs to enjoy the films. The following morning, Saturday August 3, families can return to Frontier Park for a free outdoor “Sunshine Storytime” program at 10am in the Patricia McCain Outdoor Amphitheater.

LEAF will wrap up the summer with the annual “ArborEAT’em – Party in the Park” fundraiser (age 21+) on Saturday, August 24. LEAF’s annual fundraiser is a delightful evening of delicious food, fun, entertainment, artwork and amazing fireworks. Tickets for the fundraiser are available for purchase at www.leaferie.org. Then, on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 10am-2pm LEAF will host the 21st Annual LEAF Festival, a free, family-friendly educational event celebrating the beauty and diversity of trees in the arboretum. Local organizations provide information and hands-on activities including a live animal display, auction, crafts, scavenger hunt, and more!

LEAF has also collaborated with other local organizations to expand activities in Frontier Park. Gannon University’s Theatre Department will present “Shakespeare Summer Nights” again this year, with performances of SHREWD; The Taming of the Shrew Project on July 15, 16, and 17 and I AM HAMLET on July 22, 23, and 24. Shakespeare performances will be held in LEAF’s Patricia McCain Outdoor Amphitheater from 7-8:30PM. Attendees may sit on LEAF’s stone risers or bring their own blanket and chairs.

Full details for all of LEAF’s summer happenings can be found at http://www.leaferie.org

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The Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier (LEAF) is a tree museum situated within Frontier Park and is home to over 250 different varieties of trees. The collection of over 1,000 trees has grown in interest and diversity since the first tree plantings in 1998, allowing LEAF to generate a greater awareness of the importance of trees to our lives by creating educational opportunities and outdoor experiences for our community. For more information about LEAF visit LEAFErie.org.

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