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Loss of a child to addiction disrupts natural order

When a couple make the decision to have a child, a natural plan begins to fall into place. With great anticipation they wait for that happy plan to become reality — birthdays, elementary school, high school, college, marriage and eventually grandchildren. Never does that plan include the devastating loss of a child due to addiction.

Day after day we hear about opiate-related deaths in our region and across the country.  Children are dying outside of the “natural order,” and when it occurs it sends people into a tailspin. We’re just not supposed to outlive our children. 

While there is really no “getting over” such a loss, you can begin to integrate it into your life. It’s important to understand that grief is a long journey and finding normalcy takes time. You don't wake up one day and everything's good again.

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South Buffalo Awareness/Remembrance Walk for Hope Set for May 21

South Buffalo Awareness/Remembrance Walk for Hope Set for May 21

The first South Buffalo Awareness/Remembrance Walk for Hope, to raise awareness for individuals and families impacted by depression and/or addiction, will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in Cazenovia Park.

“South Buffalo and the entire Buffalo Niagara region have been hit hard in recent years by depression-related deaths,” said event organizer Mike Blake. “Suicide and accidental overdoses have unfortunately become increasingly prevalent. We encourage friends and family members who have lost loved ones too soon, for any reason, to walk and remember them in their own way.

Buffalo Unconference Powered by AT&T Turns Attendees in to Presenters

Buffalo Unconference Powered by AT&T Turns Attendees in to Presenters

 

Free Self-organizing conference returns to provide for an opportunity for the collision of ideas and collaboration; hundreds of Western New Yorker to spend April 16th teaching each other new innovative skills

 

Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery Lists Creative Springtime Events

Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery Lists Creative Springtime Events

“Two Peas In a Pod,” an exhibit featuring the work of mother and daughter artists Sharon and Lauren Fratantonio, opens Friday, April 8, at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery, 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The artwork will include Sharon’s funky doodle drawings and pottery and Lauren’s colorful clay fungi creations and incredible drawings.

Career Development for Artists with Gerald Mead will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 12. A noted artist, independent curator and art collector, Mead will discuss strategies for getting broader exposure for you and your artwork through exhibition opportunities, networking and promotion. The cost for this class is $20.

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Shop on Amazon.com and Raise Funds for South Buffalo Alive

Shop on Amazon.com and Raise Funds for South Buffalo Alive

Do you shop on Amazon.com? If so, South Buffalo Alive is asking you to always start at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will then donate 0.5 percent of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the local organization.

150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FENIAN INVASION 1866 - 2016

150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FENIAN INVASION 1866 - 2016

THE BLACK ROCK HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS THE FOLLWING EVENTS:

· Wednesday, April 6, 6 p.m. – Panel Discussion, The Free Ireland Perspective on the Fenian Invasion, Buffalo History Museum – Timothy Bohen (Historian/Author), James Hill (Niagara Parks Commission), Dr. Timothy Madigan (St. John Fisher College), James O’Brien (Ancient Order of Hibernians, AOH), William Patterson (AOH), Dr. Bridgette Slavin (Medaille College) - Moderators: Douglas Kohler (Erie County Historian), Edward Patton (Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society, BIGS)

· Wednesday, April 27, 6 p.m. – Lecture, Fenianism and the Centennial of the Easter Uprising, Buffalo History Museum – Edward Patton (BIGS) and Craig Speers (AOH)

Dog Ears Bookstore Plans Annual Gala

Dog Ears Bookstore Plans Annual Gala

The eighth annual Dog Ears Bookstore Gala will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, South Buffalo. The theme for the event is “Buffalo Beats & Eats,” a celebration of local music and cuisine.

Providing musical entertainment will be the Charlie O’Neill Unplugged Club and Gimme Buffett. Additionally, more than 20 local restaurants will participate in a “Taste of the City” event during the gala. Beer and wine will be included in the ticket price, including a special beer-tasting event by Certo Brothers Distributing.

Gala tickets are $50 and are available in advance at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, located at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo. A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door. This is a 21 and older event.