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Explore Buffalo Offering Docent Training for the 2017 Season

Explore Buffalo Offering Docent Training for the 2017 Season

What do Explore Buffalo docents do? Volunteer docents lead all Explore Buffalo’s walking tours, including regularly scheduled and private group tours for the general public, and school tours for thousands of students from elementary to high school. With hundreds of tours given each year, there are many opportunities to participate!

Why become a docent for Explore Buffalo? Being a docent for Explore Buffalo is fun! What could be more thrilling than showing people from around the world Buffalo’s incredible architecture and history?

Being a docent is also a great way to meet new people within Explore Buffalo and among the organization’s many community partners. Explore Buffalo organizes regular social events for docents and volunteers.

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ROC Receives Grant to Enhance ‘Especially for Kids’ Program

ROC Receives Grant to Enhance ‘Especially for Kids’ Program

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) is pleased to announced that it has been awarded a $3,500 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY, Inc. to enhance the organization’s “Especially for Kids” program. The grant will be used to purchase therapy supplies, backpacks, school supplies and winter coat gift certificates.

Located at 730 Olean Road in East Aurora, the mission of the Rural Outreach Center is to assist, empower and elevate the impoverished rural population in southern Erie County and surrounding areas. In January, the ROC will launch its ROC Resolutions campaign to shine a spotlight on rural poverty in Western New York. Several well-known members of the local business and sports communities — including co-chairs Steve and Sarah Tasker — will assist in promoting areas of concern for those living in poverty, such as nutrition, utilities, transportation and clothing. 

Audubon Community Nature Center Unveils New Sign and New Name

Audubon Community Nature Center Unveils New Sign and New Name

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) began its 60th anniversary year with all things new: a new name, newly defined mission, vision, and belief statements, and new slogan, graphics, and website.

The change was celebrated with the recent unveiling of a new sign at its entrance on Riverside Road, one-quarter miles east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

President Ruth Lundin addressed the assembled group. She noted that for the last ten years, the Nature Center staff and Board of Directors have been thinking that the name and the logo did not do justice to its wide range of exhibits, events, and programming. Despite focus groups, surveys, and questionnaires, including both members and strangers, “The crystal ball remained murky. We were not interested in taking a new direction but in clarifying the essence of what we provide.”

Come to Audubon for Birds! Birds! Birds!

Come to Audubon for Birds! Birds! Birds!

Jamestown, NY – On Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, 2016, the Audubon Community Nature Center is presenting a day of bird activities and lessons.

From 1 to 3 p.m. several stations will be set up throughout the Nature Center for self-guided learning about birds.

Use binoculars, you can spot birds from the Windows on Wildlife. Or take the Bird Scavenger Hunt challenge.

You will be able to examine bird feathers and nests, make a pine cone bird feeder (free or donation), and make a wooden bird feeder (for an extra fee).

A limited number of bird fun Scout patches will be available. Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and other interested children can request an activities sheet at the welcome desk. After completing at least four of the activities, a fun patch can be purchased on a first-come first-served basis for $3.

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“360 Degree Photography” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting

“360 Degree Photography” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting

Jamestown, NY – Bruce Isaacson will be the presenter at the Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, November 10.  His subject will be 360 degree photography, virtual tours, and the tools used to create these images

“Fog” and “Fall Colors” are the topics for the image review that opens the meeting at 6:15 p.m. Fog is about seeing what fog can bring to enhance or hinder an image. Fall colors is an overview of the spectacular colors autumn brings to this region of northwest Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York 

An illustrated presentation on adjusting your color to create better black & white photos will be in the 15-minute tech portion of the meeting.

There will also be a show and tell time when members can show off some of their best pictures.

A social time follows the program.

Daemen Opens Alumni House, Adds Campus Parking Lot and Footbridge

Daemen Opens Alumni House, Adds Campus Parking Lot and Footbridge

Daemen College has opened the doors to its newest addition to campus, Alumni House, which will serve as a central hub for the Office of Institutional Advancement’s fundraising, alumni relations, and publications operations.

Once Daemen’s presidential residence, Alumni House sits in a wooded area on campus directly adjacent to the college’s recently opened Honors House. The two-story facility has been reconfigured to include nine offices, meeting and event space for small gatherings, and a reception area.

“For the first time, our institutional advancement team will be centralized in the same building, which will provide for better access and greater collaboration among these key offices,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “Alumni House is a welcoming place where we can engage with our graduates, donors, visitors, and the campus community throughout the year.”

Rural Outreach Center Collecting New and Gently Used Winter Clothing

Rural Outreach Center Collecting New and Gently Used Winter Clothing

New and gently used coats, boots, scarves, gloves and mittens, and new socks and hats, are now being collected by the Rural Outreach Center (ROC). Located at 730 Olean Road in East Aurora, the mission of the ROC is to assist, empower and elevate the impoverished rural population in southern Erie County and surrounding areas.

“Items collected will be donated to families living in poverty throughout the southern rural region of Western New York,” said Pastor Frank Cerny, ROC executive director. “With the cooler months now upon us, this need is immediate. We urge everyone to go through their closets and donate winter clothing items that you no longer use but still have a lot of life left in them.”