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Ladies First Jazz Big Band to Perform at Annunciation

Ladies First Jazz Big Band to Perform at Annunciation

The Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, will host a concert featuring the Ladies First Jazz Big Band at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6.

The Ladies First Jazz Big Band is a 16-piece all-female group formed by bassist Jennifer May. The band has roots as a six-piece ensemble that started in 1994. Ten of its current members will be performing at the Church of the Annunciation.

The band has performed from Jamestown to Rochester, including concert venues such as the Tralf Music Hall and Riviera Theatre, and events including the M&T Noontime Summer Concert Series, Canal Fest and Taste of Buffalo.

A pre-concert event will take place in Annunciation’s Selbert Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m. May 6. Guests are invited to bring their own beverages and snacks. 

Full Summer Season Kickoff Planned at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Full Summer Season Kickoff Planned at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road in Amherst, is proud to announce a full May calendar celebrating the season opening! 

Free Farmstead Thursdays, made possible through funding by M&T Bank, will begin Thursday, May 4. Admission is free for all to enjoy from 4 to 8 p.m. and offers visitors access to family-friendly educational programming, demonstrations by costumed historic interpreters, guided tours of the historic village and farmstead, and 20,000 square feet of curated exhibit space. Free Farmstead Thursdays run May through August. 

Annunciation to Host Chris Wilson Concert

Annunciation to Host Chris Wilson Concert

The Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, will host singer and songwriter Chris Wilson for a songs of faith concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 28.

A New York native, Wilson has gained celebrity status for his vocally driven songwriting and passionate live performances. His career brought him to Los Angeles for a brand new MTV show called “The Cut,” where he became one of only 10 artists to win their way to the finals from a field of 160 competitors and over 10,000 hopefuls from around the world. Wilson went on to win MTV’s Viewers Choice Award for his performance in the finals. 

Explore Buffalo Lists Exciting April Tours

Explore Buffalo Lists Exciting April Tours

As the weather warms up, so does tour season in Western New York! Following is a listing of Explore Buffalo tours scheduled during the month of April.

AMERICAN MASTERS
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 • 10 a.m.
Meet: Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St., Buffalo, corner of Washington and Mohawk streets. Two-hour metered parking is available on surrounding streets, and the Mohawk Parking Ramp is on the opposite corner. The Lafayette Square Station of the Metro Rail is around the corner on Main Street.
Cost: General $15, Student $5, Explorer Pass Holders FREE 

Annual Indoor Yard Sale to Benefit Pet Connection Programs Inc.

Annual Indoor Yard Sale to Benefit Pet Connection Programs Inc.

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a maternity and special care animal shelter located in Marilla, will host an indoor yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Variety Club Banquet Hall, 6114 Broadway, Lancaster. For every $5 spent at the yard sale, shoppers will receive a chance to win one of many wonderful prizes.

A donation drop-off will take place at the yard sale location from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 5. Items should be new or gently used; please, no electronics, broken, dirty or rusty items.

Annunciation Strong Start Pre-K Program to Host Open House

Annunciation Strong Start Pre-K Program to Host Open House

The Strong Start Early Learning Academy at the Church of the Annunciation will host an open house from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 22 at the school, located at 7580 Clinton St., Elma.

For the 2017-18 school year, Annunciation will again offer a two-day Pre-K3 program from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and a three-day program Tuesday through Thursday. The Pre-K4/5 program will continue to be offered from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Annunciation also offers a “Mommy & Me” program for children 18 months to 3 years from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays.

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.