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Explore Buffalo Plans African-American Heritage Tour

Explore Buffalo Plans African-American Heritage Tour

Explore Buffalo is honored to be partnering with the Colored Musicians Club and the Michigan Street Baptist Church for the Michigan Street African-American Heritage Tour. 

African-American history in Buffalo is centered in the neighborhood surrounding the Michigan Street Baptist Church. Join Explore Buffalo for a tour of important locations in this neighborhood and to learn about the major milestones in African-American history in Buffalo, as well as how this affected national history. Buffalo has played a major role in African-American history, from the days of the Underground Railroad to the formation of the Niagara Movement, a precursor to the NAACP. 

This unique tour includes an interior tour of the Michigan Street Baptist Church, Nash House Museum and the Colored Musicians Club Museum, three important landmarks in this neighborhood.

Second Annual South Buffalo Walk for Hope Coming to Cazenovia Park

Second Annual South Buffalo Walk for Hope Coming to Cazenovia Park

The second annual South Buffalo Walk for Hope, an event to raise awareness of depression, addiction and mental illness and to reduce the societal stigma attached to these issues, will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20 in Cazenovia Park.

The event will feature a 1.5-mile walk plus a post-walk rally in the park featuring free activities for children, music, food trucks, theme basket raffle and silent auction. Proceeds will benefit local mental health groups and depression and substance abuse programs chosen by South Buffalo families affected by related deaths.

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 

Workshop Scheduled to Plan for Future Development along Metro Rail

Workshop Scheduled to Plan for Future Development along Metro Rail

GBNRTC encourages community members to attend March 29 workshop to share ideas

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC) is encouraging the community to explore ways to encourage Transit-Oriented Development along the existing Metro Rail line in the City of Buffalo as well as proposed Metro Rail extension to the Northtowns.

“Transit-Oriented Development is gaining momentum across the country as a way to leverage transit investment to enhance access to jobs and education, improve neighborhood connectivity to transit, and encourage community investment and economic development,” said GBNRTC Executive Director Hal Morse.

“Essentially, Transit-Oriented Development provides our region the opportunity to capitalize on the full potential of transit investment to strengthen neighborhoods and bolster the economy,” he added. 

Experts to Discuss New Refugee and Immigration Policies

Experts to Discuss New Refugee and Immigration Policies

President Donald Trump’s refugee and immigration policies, including a travel ban from several Muslim-majority countries, will be discussed by a panel of experts from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 4 in Daemen College’s Wick Campus Center Social Room.

The panel discussion, “The Myths and Realities of Trump Policies on Refugees and Immigrants,” will examine the new administration’s policies, the controversial travel ban barring refugees from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. and its impact on area refugees, protecting refugee and immigrant rights, and strategies to address the policies.

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.

Explore Buffalo Plans a Unique and Questionable Tour of Buffalo

Explore Buffalo Plans a Unique and Questionable Tour of Buffalo

How well do you think you know Buffalo’s history? Join Explore Buffalo on April Fool’s Day for Fact or Fiction: A Questionable Tour of Buffalo. This is the only time you will hear Explore Buffalo docents give a tour that is only half true! 

As you walk through downtown on this happy hour tour, the docents will keep you guessing with stories that are true but unbelievable, mixed with some tall tales of their own creation. Keep track on your scorecard along the way, and if your ability to sniff out lies is the best of the bunch, you’ll win a prize!