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Dog Ears Plans Programs for Kids, Poets and Aspiring Writers

Dog Ears Plans Programs for Kids, Poets and Aspiring Writers

A writers’ workshop for kids, an evening of poetry, and comedy and fictional writing workshops are all scheduled this month at Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

Sara Ries will host the writers’ workshop for kids, Expressing Yourself Through Poetry and Art, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the nonprofit bookstore. In a fun and nurturing environment, participants will roll up their sleeves and grab their pens, pastels, paint, photographs, glitter and glue to experience what happens when several art forms are combined. Bring your own art supplies or use what is provided by the instructor. In an exploratory way, these students will blur the line between poetry and art to let them live together on the same page.

How to Make Sure Your Pet Has a Good Time on Vacation

How to Make Sure Your Pet Has a Good Time on Vacation

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

When it comes time to take a vacation, don't forget to invite your family pet along for the ride. Traveling with your pet adds an extra element of fun to your getaway and means you don't have to make separate arrangements for feeding and boarding your pet while you are gone. 

There are also a few things you can do to make sure your pet enjoys your vacation as much as the family. Here are tips to keep your pet happy and healthy during your travels. 

Annunciation Church to Host Fun-filled Summer Picnic

Annunciation Church to Host Fun-filled Summer Picnic

The annual Annunciation Church Picnic, a fun-filled family event featuring great food, kids’ activities, raffles, music, specialty booths and much more, will take place August 17-19 on the parish grounds at 7580 Clinton St. in Elma. 

The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday, August 17, with a delicious fish fry, a Classic Car Cruise Night and music by Hit ’n Run from 7 to 11 p.m.

Activities on Saturday, August 18, will kick off at 1 p.m. and will include a pork chop dinner at 4 p.m. and musical entertainment by the Boys of Summer from 7 to 11 p.m. Volunteers will also be serving Annunciation’s famous clam chowder throughout the day!

Dog Ears Bookstore to Offer Parent & Child Play Group

Dog Ears Bookstore to Offer Parent & Child Play Group

A new Parent & Child Play Group designed for children 18 to 30 months will be offered at the nonprofit Dog Ears Bookstore from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on five Wednesday mornings beginning July 11. 

Facilitated by Maureen McDonnell, a New York State licensed speech language pathologist, the play group will encourage and foster social play and interaction, language learning through books and songs, and communication skills. The program will also feature exposure to early literacy skills, small group play, circle time and a snack.

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."