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Upcoming Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Events Will Appeal to Audiences of All Ages

Upcoming Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Events Will Appeal to Audiences of All Ages

Three upcoming events in February and March will showcase the wide ranging activities that regularly take place at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road in Amherst.

Heritage Village is pleased to announce that it will host its second annual First Ladies Tea from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. The event will pay homage to our region’s female political leaders and recognize local historical figures such as First Lady Abigail Fillmore and First Lady Frances Cleveland. The First Ladies Tea will feature a traditional English tea menu, as well as a performance by Denise Reichard as First Lady Dolley Madison. Tickets are priced at $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers; tables of 10 can be reserved for $300. Reservations are required by Feb. 8. In the event of a snowstorm, this event will be held on Feb. 12.

Audubon Community Nature Center Planning 35th Annual Snowflake Sustainable Living Festival

Audubon Community Nature Center Planning 35th Annual Snowflake Sustainable Living Festival

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center is planning for its 35th Annual Snowflake Sustainable Living Festival to be the best yet.

Magic Moments horse-drawn Carriage Rides, Wild Spirit Education programs with owls and hawks, alpacas from Dun Roving Farms, Chautauqua County Humane Society, and Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue are some of the animal experiences being lined up.

The Festival’s emphasis on sustainability means visitors can learn about and experience ways to live a bit lighter on the planet. Opportunities are being planned for bird nest box and feeder building, butter making, soap making, wool spinning, knitting, leather working, wheat grinding, maple tapping and syrup making.

Also indoors will be children’s crafts, a basket raffle, door prizes, great shopping at the Blue Heron Gift Shop, and the opportunity to win a handmade 100% repurposed braided wool rug in the feature raffle.

Explore Buffalo Announces Grain Alley Gala Event

Explore Buffalo Announces Grain Alley Gala Event

Explore Buffalo’s annual fundraising event will take place in Buffalo’s historic First Ward in 2017! Come see what the excitement is all about from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, during the Grain Alley Gala at the newly renovated Barrel Factory at 65 Vandalia St., and support the continued growth of Explore Buffalo’s educational programs.

Mary Queen of Angels School to Offer Tours During Catholic Schools Week

Mary Queen of Angels School to Offer Tours During Catholic Schools Week

Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School, providing a quality education for students in Universal Pre-K, kindergarten and grades one through eight, will hold open house opportunities during school hours throughout Catholic Schools Week.

“Instead of hosting a traditional open house event, MQA will be open throughout Catholic Schools Week to families who would like to see our school, teachers and students in action,” said Principal Kristen Hada. “Tours will be offered from 8:15 a.m. until 2 p.m. Jan. 30 through Feb. 3, and you do not need to make an appointment. If you cannot make it in during school hours, please call the school office at 895-6280 to schedule a private tour.”

Mary Queen of Angels also offers student shadowing opportunities for children who may be interested in attending the school. Please call the school office for details.

High School Students to Compete in NFADA AutoTech Competition

High School Students to Compete in NFADA AutoTech Competition

The Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association and Erie Community College will host the 2017 NFADA Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition on Saturday, Jan. 14. The competition features teams of two high school automotive seniors who will go through a series of diagnostic, workstation and performance tests to measure their automotive technical skills and abilities. Ford Motor Company is the vehicle sponsor and will be providing six 2017 Ford Explorers for the students to compete on.

Also during the event, high school juniors will compete in a Tire Changing Rodeo. They will race against time in an Olympic-style format to dismount and mount tires using a tire-changing machine.

Rural Outreach Center to Launch ‘ROC Resolutions’ Community Challenge in January

Rural Outreach Center to Launch ‘ROC Resolutions’ Community Challenge in January

Imagine having only $6.36 a day to spend on food, living in a house that only heated up to 60 degrees, not having reliable transportation, or not owning a winter coat or boots. For more than 200,000 Western New Yorkers, this is daily life.  

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), which serves the southern communities of Western New York, is raising awareness about the challenges of living in poverty through a new community-wide campaign during the month of January 2017 called “ROC Resolutions.” During each week of the month, the spotlight will shine on a different obstacle often encountered by those living in poverty. Week one (Jan. 2-8) will focus on food, while week two (Jan. 9-15) will focus on utilities, week three (Jan. 16-22) on transportation, and week four (Jan. 23-30) on clothing.

Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count in Warren and Jamestown, December 17

Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count in Warren and Jamestown, December 17

Jamestown, NY – It’s that time of year again!  Fill your bird feeders.  See who shows up.  Some will be feathered friends -- some may be bird watchers with binoculars.

This year marks the 117th Annual Christmas Bird Count held by National Audubon Society. 

Saturday, December 17, in Warren and Sunday, December 18, in Jamestown are the days when bird watchers will take to the roadways and the woods to see how many birds and how many species they can observe in the defined birding Circle. Others will watch their bird feeders.