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Batavia Downs to Host Sports Collectors Expo in February

Batavia Downs to Host Sports Collectors Expo in February

A huge lineup of professional athletes — including several Hall of Famers and members of the Buffalo Bills, Braves and Sabres — are scheduled to appear at the Sports Collectors Expo Feb. 18 and 19 in Batavia. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Batavia Downs Gaming Center, 8315 Park Road, Batavia.

Audubon Community Nature Center Planning 35th Annual Snowflake Sustainable Living Festival

Audubon Community Nature Center Planning 35th Annual Snowflake Sustainable Living Festival

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center is planning for its 35th Annual Snowflake Sustainable Living Festival to be the best yet.

Magic Moments horse-drawn Carriage Rides, Wild Spirit Education programs with owls and hawks, alpacas from Dun Roving Farms, Chautauqua County Humane Society, and Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue are some of the animal experiences being lined up.

The Festival’s emphasis on sustainability means visitors can learn about and experience ways to live a bit lighter on the planet. Opportunities are being planned for bird nest box and feeder building, butter making, soap making, wool spinning, knitting, leather working, wheat grinding, maple tapping and syrup making.

Also indoors will be children’s crafts, a basket raffle, door prizes, great shopping at the Blue Heron Gift Shop, and the opportunity to win a handmade 100% repurposed braided wool rug in the feature raffle.

Local Artisans Inspire Holiday Shopping at 22nd Annual Yuletide in the Country

Local Artisans Inspire Holiday Shopping at 22nd Annual Yuletide in the Country

Western New Yorkers can complete their holiday shopping and buy local on Dec. 3 and 4 as the 22nd annual Yuletide in the Country Holiday Artisan Market returns to the Event Center at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State to Return on December 3

Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State to Return on December 3

The Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State, an indoor version of the popular Elmwood Village Farmers Market, will return to Buckham Hall on the campus of SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave., on Saturday, Dec. 3. The market will run from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through mid April 2017.

In addition to hosting nearly 20 quality vendors, entertainment will be offered from approximately 10 to 11:30 a.m., and one community group will be invited to host an informational table each week. One group or organization from Buffalo State will also host a weekly informational table, and the market will be equipped to accept EBT customers as well.

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Sponsors to Adopt Needy Families This Holiday Season

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Sponsors to Adopt Needy Families This Holiday Season

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) in East Aurora hopes to spread some holiday spirit this Christmas season by asking local individuals, families, businesses and organizations to “adopt” a deserving family and help make their holidays a little brighter. 

“This Christmas season we anticipate assisting 12 to 15 families who are actively pursuing their goals toward self-sufficiency,” said ROC Executive Director Frank Cerny. “Those receiving gifts this holiday season will be asked to make a contribution of some sort back to their community as part of the empowerment process. Virtually all participants in the program readily agree to do this as they too want to help others in some way. We call it the ‘pay-it-forward’ portion of the program.”

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. 

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.”