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Dog Ears Director Thanks Community for Gala Support

Dog Ears Director Thanks Community for Gala Support

Tom McDonnell, director of Dog Ear Bookstore & Café, would like to thank the South Buffalo community and beyond for supporting the nonprofit organization’s annual gala, held on April 30 at the Buffalo Irish Center.

“The entire community stepped up to help make this event — our largest annual fundraiser — a great success,” said McDonnell. “Thanks to our many volunteers and everyone who donated auction items, their time and money, we will be able to continue our community outreach and extensive literary programs.”

McDonnell would like to extend a special thank you to the 30 volunteers from RealtyUSA who worked both day and night to guarantee the success of the event, including Matthew Whitehead, manager of RealtyUSA’s West Seneca office, and his 5-year-old daughter Olivia. 

Exhibition Features Children’s Works Inspired by Street Photographer

Exhibition Features Children’s Works Inspired by Street Photographer

Elementary and middle school students from South Buffalo’s Seneca Babcock community displayed their “street photography” skills at a Daemen College exhibition that was inspired by the works of American street photographer Vivian Maier.

The photographs shown in the April 21 exhibition, “Seneca Babcock Through the Eyes, Hearts and Art of Children: Part III,” resulted from a community art project overseen by Dr. Mary Wolf, Daemen associate professor of art education, and art education major Samantha Lora of Manchester.

Explore Buffalo Season Kickoff Event Coming to Riverfest Park

Explore Buffalo Season Kickoff Event Coming to Riverfest Park

Summer is just around the corner which means it’s time to kick off the tour season with a party! Join Explore Buffalo from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the brand new lodge in Riverfest Park to enjoy Buffalo’s newest waterfront destination. Riverfest Park is located at 249 Ohio St., Buffalo.

Visitors will enjoy the view of the sunset on the Buffalo River and grain elevators as Explore Buffalo celebrates the start of a new season of tours. Docents will be leading mini tours of the park and the waterfront neighborhood’s history throughout the evening.

Hors d’oeuvres, with a build-your-own taco bar and two drink tickets for beer or wine (cash bar for additional drinks) will be included with admission. Tickets are $30 general admission, or $25 for Explorer Pass holders.

Main Street Marketplace to Host Community Groups Each Week

Main Street Marketplace to Host Community Groups Each Week

Main Street Marketplace, West Seneca’s 16-week farmers’ market sponsored by the Western New York Federal Credit Union, will provide a free informational table each week to a local community group. The market runs from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays on the grassy hill at the corner of Union Road and Main Street, next to West Seneca Town Hall. In the event of bad weather, the market moves into the parking lot in front of the West Seneca Ice Rink.

Following is the market’s 2016 community group schedule:

May 12: West Seneca Chamber of Commerce

May 19: Friends of the West Seneca Public Library

May 26: West Seneca Rotary

June 2: Burchfield Nature and Art Center

June 9: West Seneca Community Emergency Response Team

Art Show and Sale to Benefit Students Impacted by Loss of Funds

Art Show and Sale to Benefit Students Impacted by Loss of Funds

A Small Town Art Show and Sale, a benefit to raise funds to replace money allegedly stolen from the Pavilion Central School District Parent Teacher Organization, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at BW’s Country Club Banquet Facility, 11070 Perry Road, Pavilion. 

The show will feature numerous pieces of art donated by local artists and Pavilion students. There will be artwork priced to sell, plus silent and live auctions.

NOCO Express donates more than $14,000 to Buffalo City Mission

NOCO Express donates more than $14,000 to Buffalo City Mission
To assist those in need in the local community during the cold winter months, NOCO Express launched a Code Blue fundraising campaign at its 31 Western New York stores to benefit Buffalo City Mission. NOCO customers generously donated $7,148 by purchasing Code Blue paper snowflakes from February 16 -28. NOCO matched that contribution for a total donation to the Buffalo City Mission of $14,296. In addition, five NOCO Express stores also served as collection points where people could donate winter coats, warmer clothing, gloves and socks.

“This was the first year we partnered with the Buffalo City Mission to raise awareness for the work they do to ensure no one in the Queen City is left outside in the cold,” said Michael Newman, NOCO’s executive vice president. “Our customers responded generously to the call to action to assist those men and women who rely on the Buffalo City Mission for shelter, warmth and a hot meal.”