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Dog Ears Bookstore Adds Delicious Twist to Annual Gala

Dog Ears Bookstore Adds Delicious Twist to Annual Gala

The ninth annual Dog Ears Bookstore Gala will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, South Buffalo. This year’s theme is “Buffalo’s Small Plate Debate,” and approximately 25 amazing local restaurants will be on hand to compete for the title of “Best Appetizers in Western New York!”

Providing musical entertainment will be the Charlie O’Neill Unplugged Club, the Grace Stumberg Band and Jay McDonnell. Beer and wine will be included in the ticket price, including a special beer-tasting event by Certo Brothers Distributing. Judging the Small Plate Debate will be South District Councilman Christopher Scanlon, WGRZ-TV personalities Kevin O’Neill and Maryalice Demler, and Buffalo Bills great Steve Tasker.

Community Groups to Host Informational Tables at Elmwood Village Farmers Market

Community Groups to Host Informational Tables at Elmwood Village Farmers Market

The popular Elmwood Village Farmers Market returns to the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo’s historic Elmwood Village on Saturday, May 13, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The outdoor market will take place every Saturday, rain or shine, through Nov. 25.

Each week, three different community groups will host an informational table at the market. The following groups are on the schedule for the 2017 season: 

May 13: West Side Community Services, United Healthcare, The Friends of the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter

May 20: Allentown Industries, Big Big Table Community Cafe, Lexington Co-op

May 27: D'Youville College School of Pharmacy, Massage & Mindful Health By Erin, The Friends of the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter

Rural Outreach Center Receives Donation From United Capital

Rural Outreach Center Receives Donation From United Capital

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) recently received a $2,750 donation from United Capital, a national wealth management firm with an office in Western New York.  

Through United Capital's national “Help4Hearts” program, local offices generate $250 to donate toward a charity of their choice for every client referral they receive and meet with. The program is designed to help regional offices improve lives in their communities while growing their local practices.

The ROC provides wrap-around services to rural communities in southern Western New York, helping individuals and families move toward independence. In 2016, the ROC served over 1,500 people, working to empower them toward their personal goals.

Former Buffalo Bill Ray Bentley Coming to Walden Galleria this Saturday

Former Buffalo Bill Ray Bentley Coming to Walden Galleria this Saturday

Author and former Buffalo Bills linebacker Ray Bentley will be signing autographs at the Walden Galleria from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25. Bentley will be stationed on the first floor near Sears and the Apple Store and is teaming up with BB&G Charities to help raise money to support Western New York’s underprivileged youth. Bentley recently joined BB&G as a spokesperson.

Bentley’s books will be available for purchase and all autographs are free. However, he will be collecting donations for BB&G and donating a portion of all sales to the charity. Bentley is the author of a football novel based in Buffalo titled Driftwood, as well as the Darby the Dinosaur and Bubba Gator children’s books series. These books along with other memorabilia will be available at the signing. BB&G will also be selling candy bars as part of the fundraiser.

Cardinal O’Hara High School to Host Annual Catholic Men’s Conference

Cardinal O’Hara High School to Host Annual Catholic Men’s Conference

The 15th annual Catholic Men’s Conference will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Cardinal O’Hara High School, 39 O’Hara Road, Tonawanda.

Titled “Courage to Believe,” the goal of the conference is to help men grow in faith. Speakers for the conference will include Robert Rogers, who experienced a family tragedy of biblical proportions when he lost his family in a flash flood; Simon Peter, Jesus’ right hand man as portrayed by actor Mark Price; and Deacon Mike Ficorilli, president-elect of the Catholic Men’s Fellowship. 

For more information or to register, please visit www.spiritiscalling.org. A registration fee of $30 includes the conference and lunch. Student admission is available for just $10.

 

Dog Ears Bookstore Seeks Teachers and Educators to Develop Literacy Programs

Dog Ears Bookstore Seeks Teachers and Educators to Develop Literacy Programs

Want to be part of the Dog Ears Bookstore family and improve literacy in our community? The nonprofit community bookstore is looking for current and retired teachers and educators to help out with current programs, design and implement their own and be part of the bookstore’s mission.

Dog Ears will host an informative and exploratory gathering at the bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 to discuss how to serve all members of our community in a positive, educational and imaginative way. All ideas are welcome!

“Some ideas we are looking to fill our schedule with are kids programs, book clubs, story telling, computers for all ages, book-based meetings and any literacy or literature ideas you may have,” said Dog Ears Director Thomas McDonnell. “Come be part of something big, positive and exciting!”

Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank Kick Off Touchdown for Teachers Contest

Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank Kick Off Touchdown for Teachers Contest

Western New Yorkers asked to nominate outstanding educators in their community

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — For the 9th consecutive year, the Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank are calling on fans to nominate Western New York’s “Hall of Fame-caliber” educators for the 2017 M&T Bank Touchdown for Teachers program, which recognizes local teachers for extraordinary service to their schools and communities.

This year, the Bills and M&T are hoping to gather the most nominations in the program’s history. To make it happen, they’re challenging each of the schools throughout the 15-county region that is eligible for the competition to nominate at least one of their outstanding teachers.