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With city schools closed, recreation centers and a few schools have become a “go to” place to get meals for some of Rochester’s children. Those meals are typically given to Rochester City School students at schools but since an order Saturday, shutting down Monroe County schools, Foodlink, the school district and the City of Rochester are filling the gaps.

About 50 meals were served at Gantt Community R Center on 700 North Street but just before lunchtime it was quiet. The attendants, who waited to give out food, wore face masks and gloves as they sat and waited, turning away adults who didn’t know the center's gym was closed. 

Geva's new production of To Kill a Mockingbird hits the stage February 16, and the theatre is tying threads throughout the local arts community. Students from School of the Arts (SOTA) are shadowing their professional counterparts, culminating in their own chance to perform the show. The George Eastman Museum will screen the Oscar-winning film version of To Kill a Mockingbird next week. And Writers & Books will host a class called "Re-Imagining To Kill a Mockingbird," allowing the public to get closer to the story before the production opens on stage. Our guests:

  • Mark Cuddy, artistic director, Geva Theatre Center
  • Skip Greer, playing Atticus Finch on the Geva stage
  • Catherine Yeager, member of the Moving Image Team, George Eastman Museum
  • Lorie Dengler Dewey, director of SOTA’s To Kill A Mockingbird and SOTA drama faculty member
  • Bill McDonough, student actor