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Tickets Available, Sponsors Sought for Annual Buffalonia Event

Tickets Available, Sponsors Sought for Annual Buffalonia Event

Pre-sale tickets for Buffalonia, the annual fundraising event for the Matt Urban Human Services Center and a celebration of our great city, are currently available for purchase. Buffalonia will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at 500 Seneca St., Buffalo.

Tickets are priced at just $25 each or 10 for $200 and can be purchased at the Matt Urban Center, 1081 Broadway, Buffalo. Admission includes beer and a food voucher. Lloyd's Food Truck with be there, and DJ Jickster from 97 Rock will join in the festivities. Individuals purchasing a pre-sale ticket at the Matt Urban Center will receive a free Buffalonia T-shirt or a Buffalonia beer mug.

Rural Outreach Center Receives Funding for Two New Initiatives

Rural Outreach Center Receives Funding for Two New Initiatives

East Aurora’s Rural Outreach Center (ROC), a nonprofit organization offering a wide variety of social services for those living in Western New York’s rural communities, recently received $12,500 from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds at Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. The grant will fund two new initiatives.

The first program to be funded, “ROC in Motion,” is an exercise and activity program that will be taken to two rural mobile home parks for four weeks this summer, two days per week, two hours per day. 

CrossFit Event to Benefit Matt Urban Hope Center

CrossFit Event to Benefit Matt Urban Hope Center

CrossFit Nickel City (CFNC), 247 Virginia St., Buffalo, will host its second annual In-House Invitational CrossFit Competition from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 15, with all proceeds to benefit the Matt Urban Hope Center.

The Matt Urban Hope Center is a community-focused agency based on the East Side of Buffalo. Its mission is to provide programs that enhance the quality of life, preserve neighborhoods and encourage economic development. The Hope Center responds to the needs of the community by hosting family-focused events, informative workshops, free tax preparation, benefits screening, housing and job assistance. The staff assists individuals who are homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless, and also serves five dinners per week that are free to the community.

Dog Ears Bookstore Partners with People Inc. on Reading Initiative

Dog Ears Bookstore Partners with People Inc. on Reading Initiative

South Buffalo’s community bookstore and gathering place, Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, is partnering with People Inc. to offer the Enlightenment on Wheels program. Through the program, People Inc. senior tenants living in People Inc. senior living locations can fill out a form and Dog Ears then sends two books to each individual every other week, perpetuating the reading process and keeping their minds sharp!

“We love to see all people with a book,” said Dog Ears Director Thomas McDonnell. “The program also allows some of the participants an opportunity to get out into the community as they pick up and distribute the books to five participating sites. The program allows us to ensure that People Inc. seniors have an opportunity to live, travel, learn and enjoy all that these stories have to offer.”

Invasive Species Awareness Week Volunteers Wanted for Honeysuckle Harvest at Kenneglenn

Invasive Species Awareness Week Volunteers Wanted for Honeysuckle Harvest at Kenneglenn

In honor of Invasive Species Awareness Week, on Thursday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Western New York Land Conservancy is partnering with the Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) to remove Tartarian Honeysuckle from the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in Wales. 

Tartarian Honeysuckle is an invasive shrub that was introduced to the United States from Asia. Here in Western New York, where it has no natural controls, its leaves appear early in the spring and remain into late fall, giving it a competitive advantage over native plants. The implications of an invasive plant infestation are wide reaching, from impacts to native woodland plants to insects and birds. 

WNY STEM Hub, AT&T and partners to offer a unique STEM/STEAM experience for teens

WNY STEM Hub, AT&T and partners to offer a unique STEM/STEAM experience for teens

Students entering grades 7 through 12 in the fall are invited to attend Hand in Hand, Powered by AT&T, a tech and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math) experience for teens with a very special dual purpose.

Student participants of Hand in Hand, Powered by AT&T will work in teams to design and fabricate prosthetic hands using 3-D printers and other tech tools. The fully operational prosthetic hands will be donated to youth in need in Western New York and abroad.

The STEAM-focused program is designed to expose students, primarily from local urban middle and high schools, to basic knowledge of anatomy and careers in medical technology, plus fundamental technology skills in 3-D printing, engineering design, computer coding and advanced fabrication, in addition to providing leadership training and service learning.

South Buffalo Alive’s Annual Parade of Circles Set for June 4

South Buffalo Alive’s Annual Parade of Circles Set for June 4

The Parade of Circles, an annual event celebrating beautification projects along McKinley Parkway in South Buffalo, will take place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4. The event is presented by South Buffalo Alive, a nonprofit community organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in South Buffalo through ongoing preservation and beautification efforts.

Established in June 2001, the parade runs from Dorrance Circle to Heacock Park and is followed by a picnic in the park with plenty of activities for the kids. The parade will feature music and dancing as well as community groups that help make the neighborhood a special place in which to live.

Serving as grand marshals of this year’s parade will be Jim Bouris and Dave Powers, co-owners of Imperial Pizza.