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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.

V.S. Naipaul comes to BABEL series tonight

Just Buffalo's BABEL series begins tonight! October 19, 2010, 8:00 PM

An evening with V.S. Naipaul, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo

Tickets available at the door

Students: $10

General Admission: $35

General Admission with B&ECPL library card: $25

Or use your HSBC card for discounts!

VIP (with author reception): $100

Call 716-832-5400 with questions

Experience Holiday Magic at the Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees presents a magical wonderland for all of Western New York to enjoy with decorated trees, wreaths, swags and mantle pieces on display and a Boutique filled with holiday home décor and gifts at the Hyatt Regency Hotel located at 2 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo 14202 from November 19- December 3. 

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.

Journey’s End Celebrates 25 Years with Photo Show by Refugees

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- More than a quarter century ago Journey’s End began as a volunteer effort by local churches to assist an out-of-town agency resettle refugees in Buffalo. Early on, Journey’s End hoped to resettle 40 refugees/ year. This year the local non-profit has already resettled more than 450 refugees with more arriving every week.

In the last quarter century, Journey’s End has grown to provide a full range of services to help refugees integrate and contribute to our community as rapidly and thoroughly as possible. And through that growth they’ve stayed true to their roots, as the only agency working with churches and community groups to directly assist with the resettlement process through their co-sponsorship program.

Katyn Film to Be Shown October 17

WNYers with Connections to Massacre to Speak

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The film's director, Andrzej Wajda, fulfilled his personal dream of telling the story of his father, who was among the thousands of Poles murdered in Katyn. Wajda chose Poland's best actors to tell the story.

The screening of the English-subtitled film coincides with the closing of the traveling exhibit entitled “Katyn. Massacre. Politics. Morality” on view at the library until the morning of Oct. 18.

A poignant local connection was discovered during the exhibit's presence in Buffalo. The photos of two Buffalo-born men are featured on a panel dedicated to U.S. born victims of the massacre. Those men were Reserve Lt. Henryk Franciszek Adamski and Sgt. Major Wincenty Blaszak. A copy of Adamski's baptismal certificate next to his photo lists him as living at 919 Clinton St. in Buffalo.