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Sons Honor Father with Make-A-Wish Fundraiser

Sons Honor Father with Make-A-Wish Fundraiser

A father’s love of helping the Make-A-Wish Foundation continues to shine through his children as they again organize a benefit that helps others and keeps their dad’s memory alive.

The fourth Dave Mutton Memorial Race will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at MXK Raceway, 800 Bullis Road, Elma.

Dylan Mutton, 13, and his brother, Max, 11, are planning the event to honor Mutton, who passed away in 2002. The race combines two of their father’s passions – Make-A-Wish and go-kart racing. The boys hope to raise about $7,500, which is the average cost of granting a wish to a child with a life-threatening medical condition. The race in 2011 assisted a boy who dreamed of “decking out” his go-kart trailer. Proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York Chapter.

Coalition Celebrates 5th Anniversary with Community Picnic & Meeting

Coalition Celebrates 5th Anniversary with Community Picnic & Meeting

Members of the Lancaster-Depew Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will celebrate the organization’s fifth anniversary by hosting an event to show appreciation to the community for its efforts to prevent youth substance abuse.

The Community Meeting & Picnic will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at the Lancaster Youth Bureau, 200 Oxford Ave. The event will be held rain or shine and will begin with a free hot dog roast for Depew and Lancaster families.

At 6:30 p.m., youth will be entertained by magician Ted Burzynski while parents and other adults in attendance will hear a brief panel discussion focusing on underage drinking. Results of the drug use and attitude survey, which was administered to students in eight area schools in the spring of 2011, also will be presented. Families also will be able to take home valuable information from community groups as well as gifts from the coalition, and a grand prize will be offered at the end of the night.

Legislator Rath: Guided Walk Through Akron Falls Park on Saturday

Legislator Rath: Guided Walk Through Akron Falls Park on Saturday

Erie County Legislator Edward Rath announces that a free guided walk through beautiful Akron Falls Park will be held on Saturday, June 9. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The park is located at 44 Parkview Drive and signs will be placed at the entrance, directing attendees to the starting point of the walk.

“This is a great opportunity to tour Akron Falls Park, which features a waterfall, rock garden and interesting plant and animal life.  The guided walks series promotes healthy lifestyles and includes health screenings and educational information to encourage healthy choices," said Legislator Rath. "If you have never visit Akron Falls Park, this is the perfect time to see its natural beauty firsthand."

Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery Lists Classes, Adds New Programs

Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery Lists Classes, Adds New Programs

A wide variety of classes and events for experienced artists or individuals just looking for an outlet for their creativity are on tap at Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery, 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca.

June’s art exhibit opening, “Photography of Dan Benevento,” will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 8. Free and open to the public, please stop in and meet the artist!

Hull House Combines Two Events into One Fair

Hull House Combines Two Events into One Fair

Representatives of the Hull Family Home and Farmstead are combining two past favorites into a new fair.

The Hull House, 5976 Genesee St., Lancaster, will host the Heritage Arts Fair on Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24. The event combines all-day live historic music from the past Ice Cream Musical/American Music Festival and the fiber arts showcase and demonstrations from the annual Sheep-to-Shawl event.

The fair will feature a variety of music, crafts, demonstrations, vendors, refreshments, children’s activities and tours of the house.

New features will include more historic arts, such as broom- and basket-making, and more animals.

Admission will be $5 for adults $2 for children 10 to 18 and free for those younger than 10.

For more information, visit www.hullfamilyhome.org.

Lancaster Relay is Community Event

Lancaster Relay is Community Event

Families and community members are invited to gather around the track of Lancaster High School as the fourth annual Lancaster Relay for Life kicks off Saturday, June 2.

The school at 1 Forton Drive stresses that Relay is a community event focused on fighting cancer. The opening ceremony will begin at noon, followed by the survivors and caregivers laps. Afterward, team members will circle the track into the night, symbolizing that cancer never rests.

As of today, 53 teams and 561 participants have raised $18,655, but the fundraising continues in earnest Saturday as teams will line the track and sell items ranging from food to refreshments to jewelry from noon to 10 p.m. A basket raffle also will be available, as well as activities for the kids.

To make a donation, sign up a team or learn more, visit www.relayforlife.org/lancasterny or email diane.brindle@cancer.org.

Maternity and Early Childhood Foundation Awards Grant for Catholic Charities Parenting Program

BUFFALO, N.Y., May 24, 2012 – Catholic Charities of Buffalo has received a $25,000 grant renewal from the Maternity and Early Childhood Foundation (MECF), an organization dedicated to ensuring healthy babies and services for parents across New York State, to support its Young Parents Program (YPP), which provides parent education and home visitation services to Erie County residents.

The grant reflects a portion of the funds made available to serve young, low-income, expectant and new parents throughout the state in high-need areas where services are often limited. The MECF has been providing financial support to Catholic Charities YPP since 1984.

The YPP provides education and support to pregnant and/or parenting individuals ages 12-25. Services include two Catholic Charities’ parenting programs, as well as prenatal and parenting educational classes offered through the Ken-Ton Family Health Center and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo OB-GYN Health Center.