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Elmwood Village hosts Latin Jazz Project

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Young Audiences WNY presents Family Night at the Elmwood Village Association's free summer concert series Tuesday, August 3. This event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., families are invited to join the excitement at Bidwell Parkway on Elmwood as the Young Audiences WNY staff helps young concert-goers to create Mexican flowers. YA teaching artist Sarah Hooper will join the fun as she offers salsa lessons both before the concert and during intermission.

Elmwood Festival of Arts Seeks Volunteers

The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts is looking for civic-minded volunteers to help celebrate the community's creative spirit.

Volunteers are needed at "all levels of commitment and ability," according to a statement issued by the all-volunteer, non-profit organization.

Call 830-2484 or send an email to the festival director for more information.

The festival is scheduled August 28 and 29, 2010.

Highly-Sought After Art Collector, Charles Rand Penney Dies at 87

Buffalo, NY - Charles Rand Penney, the Lockport art collector who helped form the Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College, died Sunday night in DeGraff Memorial Hospital from heart failure. He was 87 years old.

Penney's passion for Jackson Pollock paintings and Mr. Peanut paraphernalia earned him a reputation as the region's most eccentric and highly sought-after art collector.

Penney began collecting art by Western New Yorkers in the mid-30's, eventually collecting more than 100,000 objects that he kept and researched in his own home.

In honor of Penney's series of collections donated to the gallery in the early to mid-90's, then-director Anthony Bannon successfully campaigned to rename the institution in Penney's honor. He recently donated items from his collection to the Buffalo Museum of Science, San Francisco's DeYoung Museum, Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery and the South Australian Museum.