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Local Schools to Host World’s Top Drum Corps for Drums Along the Waterfront event

Local Schools to Host World’s Top Drum Corps for Drums Along the Waterfront event

Eight local schools will host the top drum corps in the world when they converge on Orchard Park for the annual Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champions event taking place on Aug. 6 at New Era Field.

“The visiting drum corps will spend one night at each of the host schools, where these musical athletes will eat, sleep and practice,” said Drums Along the Waterfront Director Jack Gaylord Jr. “We thank the schools and the entire community for being so welcoming year after year. We could not pull off an event of this magnitude without their cooperation.”

Local school serving as hosts include:

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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. 

Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery Announces a Variety of Creative Events

Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery Announces a Variety of Creative Events

West Seneca’s Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery, located at 1168 Orchard Park Road, has announced a wide variety of creative events taking place in the coming days, weeks and months.

A members’ exhibit, “Influence of the 20th Century Masters,” continues to run through Friday, July 28. Guests are invited to view the work of the artists and guess who influenced their careers. 

August’s exhibit, “Life’s A Beach,” will be introduced with a free opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4. Artwork is still being accepted for this exhibit, and details can be found on the gallery’s website.

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With WNY on the Upswing, Low-income Families Finding Fewer Quality Housing Opportunities

With WNY on the Upswing, Low-income Families Finding Fewer Quality Housing Opportunities

The City of Buffalo is seeing a resurgence that many of us never thought we would see in our lifetime. New buildings are going up and businesses that never gave Buffalo serious thought are now lining up to purchase commercial space for immediate and future development, all of which is tremendous news for the city by the lake and its surrounding suburbs.

As a result, housing prices are also skyrocketing. Again, that’s good news if you currently own a home in the 716. For those now looking to buy, many are already finding themselves priced out of the market. And those who rent, especially in the city, are dealing with dramatically increasing monthly payments, making the cost of quality rental housing a big burden on our low-income residents.

Explore Buffalo Lists July Tours and Events

Explore Buffalo Lists July Tours and Events

Explore Buffalo, a nonprofit organization providing tours and other unique opportunities where guests can discover the region’s great architecture, history and neighborhoods, has announced an extensive lineup of July events. 

Explore Buffalo’s walking tours are back! All your favorites plus new tours added this summer. Advance reservations are encouraged but not required for tours. Walk-ups are welcome! For security reasons, all credit card payments must be made in advance. Advance reservations with a credit card can be made online until the tour starting time. Cash or checks are accepted at the start of the tour. If you make an advance reservation, please print your confirmation email or be prepared to show it on your phone.

Counting Down to International Music and Dance at TD Sunfest 2017

Counting Down to International Music and Dance at TD Sunfest 2017

TD Sunfest 2017, Canada’s premier celebration of world cultures, returns to nearby London, Ontario’s Victoria Park from July 6-9!

A free admission event, the park will open daily at 11 a.m., with opening ceremonies scheduled to take place at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, July 6. Live music will be featured from 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday and noon to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

How can you whisk around the world, savoring all that summer has to offer while avoiding high admission and travel costs?