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Thanksgiving Reads for Families

Thanksgiving Reads for Families

Hopefully, it is obvious to you that this turkey has a book in its hand. Come to think of it, hopefully it's obvious that this is, in fact, a turkey.

My amateur drawing skills aside, I want to take this opportunity to draw people's attention to some entertaining reads for children and families this Thanksgiving season. 

I know, I know, we only have a week left--but in recommending Thanksgiving reads, I am not talking about "The Turkey" by Dostoevsky (thankfully, there is no such thing) or "The Yams of Wrath" by Steinbeck (again, no such thing...although I'm told there's something similar). These are just some quick, kid-friendly, fireside reads that are sure to delight families as they prepare to celebrate this season of thanks together.

Note: For photos of each book in the order reviewed, see below.

"Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving," by Laurie Halse Anderson

Apple Picking Around Town

Apple Picking Around Town

Whether it’s the upcoming autumnal equinox, the cinnamon broomsticks at the local grocery stores, the cooler air, or the fact that the sun is setting earlier, there is no doubt that September marks the coming of fall.

Coincidentally, September also marks the prime time for apple picking and many local Western New York farmers are opening their orchards to the public. 

Below is a list of farms in our area that are open to the public this fall:

Chautauqua County

  • Chadakoin Farms - apples, grapes, pre-picked produce.
    10459 Prospect Road, Forestville, NY 14062. Phone: (716) 965-2674. Email: chadakoin@roadrunner.com. Directions: Follow Route 39 into the Village of Forestville. Turn right onto Prospect Road. 1/2 mile outside the Village of Forestville.

Hot Deal: Operation $4 + Free Pizza at Target

Hot Deal: Operation $4 + Free Pizza at Target

Target’s Family Game Night promotion this week is offering a variety of Hasbro games for $12 and a free pizza, which in and of itself is a good deal, but there's no reason to settle for that price. 

To save more money on this deal look no further than coupons.

Our Moms Like Me website is offering a variety of manufacturer coupons on Hasbro games including a $4 off coupon for Operation.  Print this coupon and the corresponding Target coupon for Operation which you can stack to save $8 on the game.

With both coupons you will pay just $4 and will earn a free pizza.

Enjoy!

The 2011 Erie County Fair is Prepared for Another Big Year

The 2011 Erie County Fair is Prepared for Another Big Year

It is almost August and you know what that means, it is almost time for the Fair! Celebrating 12 days of family fun and entertainment from August 10-21 on the Hamburg Fairgrounds where kids 12 and under are FREE everyday! The Fair has been voted the top Family Fun Event by Buffalo Spree!

Some of the new FREE entertainment highlights include:

Beaches within Reach

Beaches within Reach

A contributor to WGRZ-2 On Your Side's Moms Like Me site posted the following helpful information for potential beachgoers looking to escape the heat.

If you would like to be come a Community Content Provider and and start blogging to the WGRZ-2 Your Town neighborhood websites send us an email today.

Thanks, Trixy2!

NOTE: Before heading out, check out swimming and other conditions on the beach website or call. Water quality and park conditions change often.

The following is a list of beaches around the Western New York (and beyond!) that allow swimming; I've included the address in case you want to Mapquest the location to see how long of a ride it is from your home:  

Barbecue Season is Upon Us! Remember to Play it Safe at the Grill

Barbecue Season is Upon Us! Remember to Play it Safe at the Grill

Lifesaving Tips from the Firemen’s Association of the State of NY…

With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, many people will be hosting backyard barbecues. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is reminding residents to follow important fire safety tips so that they can enjoy a safe summer season. 

“The outdoor cookout season will soon be in full swing.  Unfortunately, a barbecue grill could start a fire if certain safety rules are ignored,” said Firemen’s Association of the State of New York President David Jacobowitz.  “It’s important to position the grill far away from siding, deck railings, trees and other flammables. When gatherings involve children, it’s critical that a child-free zone of at least three feet is established around the grill.”