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World-class Drum Corps from San Antonio Coming to WNY in July

World-class Drum Corps from San Antonio Coming to WNY in July

As a prelude to the Aug. 6 Drums Along the Waterfront - Tour of Champions competition taking place at New Era Field in Orchard Park, the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps from San Antonio, Texas will be making a promotional tour stop in Gowanda on July 6. Arriving from a competition in Boston, the Crossmen will be utilizing Gowanda Central School’s facilities for a day-long rehearsal.

With musical-athlete membership of 150 strong, the Crossmen compete in Drum Corps International’s (DCI) World Class level, which is considered marching music’s major league. The corps finished in tenth place in last year’s DCI World Championships held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Founded in 1974, the Crossmen are a 501 (c)(3) education and youth development organization assisting young people in becoming outstanding individuals through music and the performing arts.

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Solar Panels Just Became a Work of Art in Western New York

Solar Panels Just Became a Work of Art in Western New York

As the desire for solar energy continues to grow both locally and across the nation, we’re seeing rooftop solar units with much greater frequency and in practically every neighborhood. And if you look a little closer, you’ll also see pole-mounted solar panels popping up in back yards and open fields in both rural and urban communities.

But thanks to Buffalo Solar Solutions Inc., solar energy in Western New York just entered a whole new world, one that combines solar panels, architecture and ingenuity to introduce a new option for homeowners that is as artistically eye-opening as it is energy efficient.

What is believed to be Western New York’s first solar pergola was recently constructed for a Lancaster homeowner, and the end result is sure to generate excitement for those seeking a clean energy option that adds to the overall beauty of their home and landscaping.

Parent-Child Play Group Coming to Dog Ears Bookstore

Parent-Child Play Group Coming to Dog Ears Bookstore

A Parent-Child Play Group for children approximately 18 to 36 months, accompanied by a parent, grandparent or caregiver, is coming to Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, this summer.

This fun and interactive group will meet five Saturdays upstairs at Dog Ears Bookstore. Facilitated by Maureen McDonnell, a licensed speech pathologist, this play group focuses on early language skills through socialization, songs, stories, play and movement. Each class is theme based and includes circle time, gross motor activities, free play, songs, finger plays, crafts and a snack.

The group will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. July 15, 22 and 29, and Aug. 12 and 19. The cost is $70 per child, with a discount offered for siblings. Space is limited! To reserve your space, please call Maureen at 713-6195.

Dog Ears Bookstore to Offer Free Puppy Tales Series

Dog Ears Bookstore to Offer Free Puppy Tales Series

A new six-week Puppy Tales series at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo, will kick off at 10:15 a.m. Friday, June 30.

Open to children ages 2 to 4 accompanied by a parent or guardian, Puppy Tales runs on six consecutive Friday mornings and each session includes three stories, a craft and healthy snacks. This is a free summer session sponsored by Matthew Whitehead and RealtyUSA.

Puppy Tales is a great way to prepare students for Pre-K. To register for the next Puppy Tales series, please visit the bookstore or call 823-2665. And for more information on the nonprofit community bookstore, please visit www.dogearsbookstore.org or follow on Facebook for frequent updates.

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Elmwood Village Farmers Market July 1 Highlights Include Performance by the BPO String Quartet

Elmwood Village Farmers Market July 1 Highlights Include Performance by the BPO String Quartet

The popular Elmwood Village Farmers Market, featuring nearly 40 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local produce and products, continues on Saturday, July 1, at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo’s historic Elmwood Village. Hours at the open-air market, a program of the Elmwood Village Association, are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine, through November. 

Musical entertainment on July 1 will be a special presentation by the BPO String Quartet at 10 a.m. Hosting the market’s community group tables will be West Side Community Services, The Friends of the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter and the Buffalo Wellness Center. Offering wine-tasting will be Leonard Oakes Estate Winery and Victorianbourg Wine Estate.

NFB Publishing Releases ‘The Jump’ by Jessica DiPalma

NFB Publishing Releases ‘The Jump’ by Jessica DiPalma

“The Jump” by author Jessica DiPalma is the latest release from Buffalo-based NFB Publishing.

In her novel, Jack Saunders thinks nothing will ever be good again after he is forced to move to New York City. Things begin to change when Riley Caldwell stands up for him against the middle school bully. While the two quickly become friends, Jack can’t help feeling that Riley is hiding something. 

The truth is Riley is descended from a secret legacy of art jumpers. Jack discovers this fact as Riley is about to enter a painting to rescue her grandfather when he fails to return from a jump. 

Now these two friends will face the adventure of their lives. They must race against time to search for Riley’s grandfather and get back home before the portal closes and they are trapped forever in the world of the painting.

Michael Olear Honored by UB Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Michael Olear Honored by UB Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Michael Olear of the Olear Team at MJ Peterson was honored by the University at Buffalo’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (UB CEL) as their Entrepreneur of the Month for June 2017. UB CEL, part of the UB School of Management, provides an individualized and interactive education in entrepreneurship for business owners. Olear is a 2007 graduate of the program and past chair of the UB CEL Alumni Association. 

As part of his recognition as Entrepreneur of the Month, UB CEL included an interview with Olear in their monthly newsletter, “CEL Happenings.” The interview covered Olear’s beliefs on entrepreneurship, including this quote:

UB CEL: What are the top three skills you believe are needed to be a successful entrepreneur?