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Western Fair Entertainment Centre is Buzzing With Activity

Looking for a quick escape from Western New York? Can you imagine one location that’s home to harness racing, ice hockey rinks, popular consumer shows, farmers’ markets, dining, live entertainment, slot machines and no shortage of excitement 24/7? Does such a nirvana truly exist for those who may love Buffalo but could use a few days away?

ANTONY & CLEOPATRA

By William Shakespeare

World Premiere Adaptation by Jon Elston - Directed by Scott Behrend

October 22 - November 14, 2010

When military hero Mark Antony meets the beautiful Queen of Egypt, the sparks of their attraction ignite a tempestuous affair of legendary proportions. The affair puts them at odds with Octavius Caesar, Antony’s possessive partner in the triumvirate and threatens to destroy the entire Roman Empire. Jon Elston offers a sharp, contemporary vision of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar sequel -- an immortal tale of obsession, intrigue, valor, betrayal, and tragic love, a true classic that hasn’t been produced in Buffalo for over fifty years.

All performances located at the Road Less Traveled Theater, 639 Main St. Buffalo, NY. 

Walsh Insurance Group Donates $50,000 to the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

On Saturday, October 23rd, over 100 employees from the Walsh Insurance Group donated their time to plant 150 trees and dozens of flower bulbs along the ring road in Delaware Park.  These new trees and their maintenance will be paid for by a generous donation of $50,000 from the Walsh Insurance Group and their subsidiaries.

Public Invited to Meeting at Central Library: Create a New Vision for Libraries and Services

Re-Imagine! - The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System 

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The public is invited to share its ideas for the regional library system of the future through a series of public meetings, web surveys and focus groups; all part of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System's newly launched Re-Imagine campaign. 

"This is an exciting as well as a challenging time for the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System," said Bridget Quinn-Carey, director of the Library System.  "We are beginning a process to re-imagine the library and create a new vision that will meet the needs of the entire community; a library that will not only accommodate the types of  services that are so heavily used currently, but one that will satisfy the needs of our users for innovative services in the years ahead."  

Rally Planned to Protest County Arts Funding Cuts

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A group of concerned citizens is organizing a rally for Monday, October 25, at 4 p.m. on the steps of County Hall, 95 Franklin Street, to protest the "zeroing off 33 arts organizations by Erie County Executive Chris Collins," according to a statement from Joyce Stilson, one of the rally organizers.

The county budget for next year that Collins recently sent to the Erie County legislature eliminates funding for all but 10 select cultural organizations the executive considers best able to draw visitors from outside the region.

"Artists, technicians, designers, actors, musicians, administrators and arts supporters," says Stilson, "will attend the rally as workers at County Hall exit from their Monday jobs." 

She said a flash mob is planned as part of the rally. The public is encouraged to attend.

Spirit of Children Program Brings Halloween Party to Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo

A patient at Women & Children's Hospital and Deb King, Child Life Specialist, enjoy the Spirit of Children Halloween party together.

Spirit Halloween Volunteers put on their costumes and brought Halloween cheer to the patients and families of Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo this past Tuesday, October 19. Pumpkin painting, costume parades, Halloween games and crafts offer a temporary escape for the young patients.

The Spirit of Children program was launched in 2006 and is dedicated to bringing fun and funding to Hospital Child Life Departments during the Halloween season and all year long. Volunteer Spirit Halloween employees bring Halloween celebrations to the hospitals so kids can enjoy the holiday. Since its inception, Spirit of Children has raised more than $14,000 for the Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo to date.

Annette and Colin McMahon Chair the 2010 Festival of Trees

Annette and Colin McMahon, MD, chairpersons of the Festival of Trees, are preparing for the open of the 33rd holiday season event benefiting Women & Children’s Hospital which starts November 19 and runs until December 3 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel located at 2 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo 14202. It will be open 24 hours each of these days for people to come and experience the Glittering Wonderland of elegance and charm.

Sponsored by CGF Anesthesiology, Mark IV Industries Foundation and TOPS Friendly Markets, the Festival of Trees is Western New York’s premier holiday event, featuring decorated trees, wreaths, swags and mantle pieces on display and a Boutique filled with holiday home décor and gifts. It also serves as a significant fundraising event for Women & Children’s Hospital.