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Land Conservancy Invites Community to Birdwatching Hike in the Niagara Gorge

Land Conservancy Invites Community to Birdwatching Hike in the Niagara Gorge

Spring bird migration is in full swing in Western New York. On Saturday, May 20, the Western New York Land Conservancy is hosting a birdwatching hike in the Niagara Gorge from 8 to 10 a.m. Attendees will look for colorful songbirds as they pass through the region on their way to their breeding grounds. The Niagara River is famous for its gulls and other migrating birds and is a globally significant Important Bird Area, a designation shared with Yellowstone and the Everglades!

Local Author Keith Elkins to Visit Dog Ears Bookstore

Local Author Keith Elkins to Visit Dog Ears Bookstore

Keith Elkins, author of “The Old Guy Goes,” will read from his book and sign copies at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, at noon Saturday, June 24. 

A Buffalo resident, Elkins retired from Empire State College as a State University of New York Distinguished Service Professor in 1997. In the years since, he’s been a volunteer in several agencies supporting children, working adults and seniors. Up to four times a month for most of those years, he's facilitated three or four current events discussion groups for seniors in as many different senior residences. He's also served as founder, writer and performer with the Brainstormers, a group of mostly older actors who create, present and discuss with audiences of senior citizens playlets that dramatize issues of interest or concern to them. 

A Rainy Spring, Plus Pets, is a Bad Combination for Carpets, Floors and Furniture

A Rainy Spring, Plus Pets, is a Bad Combination for Carpets, Floors and Furniture

It’s been a very rainy spring in Western New York, which is bad news for homeowners who also own pets. Yards with poor drainage are looking a lot like swampland these days, which means Fido’s paw prints can likely be found all over your once clean floors, carpets and furniture.

“We know it’s not the dog’s fault, but these can be difficult days for all the pet owners out there, especially those who like to keep a clean house,” said Edmund Bedient, owner of Clear Choice Carpet Cleaning Services in West Seneca. “Even when the sun does come out and the yard dries up, the damage has already been done, and all the brooms, mops and vacuum cleaners in the world aren’t going to bring back the look you’re looking for. Therefore, it’s time to call in a professional cleaning service.”

Following are some tips from Clear Choice for returning your home to its former glory:

Housing Grants, Renovated Apartments Available Through the Matt Urban Center

Housing Grants, Renovated Apartments Available Through the Matt Urban Center

The Lt. Col. Matt Urban Center announced this week that it currently has grant funds available for low-income homeowners to cover projects such as weatherization, down payment and closing cost assistance, home repair and more. Applications for apartments at HELP Buffalo II are also being accepted. Details of the programs are outlined below.

• Housing Opportunity Fund: In coordination with Evans Bank, N.A. and the City of Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, owner-occupied home repair assistance and downpayment and closing cost assistance is available to a limited number of residents through the Housing Opportunity Fund.

WBFO and AT&T to present Cyberbullying Facebook Live Event May 9 at 1 pm

WBFO and AT&T to present Cyberbullying Facebook Live Event May 9 at 1 pm

WBFO-FM 88.7 and AT&T will present a Facebook Live panel event on cyberbullying on Tuesday, May 9 at 1:00 p.m.

Hosted by WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley, this online event is not simply to raise awareness of cyberbullying.  This program is about developing strategies that students, teachers and parents can use to minimize cyberbullying. The program will also provide online tools and resources to help facilitate conversations and make a cultural shift around this dangerous behavior.

The panel:

·       Tracy Rodemeyer, the mother of Jamey Rodemeyer, the Williamsville teen who was driven to suicide by cyberbullying in 2011.

·       Amanda Nickerson, Ph.d, Director of UB’s Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse prevention.

·       Daniela Wolfe, a social worker for the Amherst School District and serves as a Dignity Act Coordinator.

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Event with Author and Illustrator Wende Essrow

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Event with Author and Illustrator Wende Essrow

Children’s book author and illustrator Wende Essrow will visit Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, for a special event at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 27. Essrow will be sharing her latest children's book, “Where’s Your Belly, Nelly?” She will also help children in attendance make paper bag puppy puppets to go along with the story. 

“Where’s Your Belly, Nelly?” is Essrow's third children's book. She collaborated with local artist Bernice Smith on this sweet story. Essrow has also written and illustrated “The Paintbrush Dreamer” and “If You Listen to the Trees.” Her latest book is about a puppy who just could not learn anything about obedience training. Nelly, the puppy, has learned only one thing — that she loves tummy rubs! She steals the reader's hearts and is a sweet reminder of what is important in life.

Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery Lists Fun-filled Classes and Events

Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery Lists Fun-filled Classes and Events

The opening reception for Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery’s June exhibit, “Collage, Digital and Mixed Media Mania,” will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 2. The gallery is located at 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. The event is free and open to the public.

The gallery is also putting out a Call for Artists for two upcoming events. “Collage, Digital and Mixed Media Mania” is open to emerging and professional artists who can submit up to three pieces of artwork for the June exhibit. The gallery is also looking for garden-related art for its popular Garden Art Saturday event on Saturday, June 17. A prospectus for both events can be found on the gallery’s website at http://etjgallery.com.