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Annual Red Jacket Awards to be given Nov. 18 @ BECHS

The Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society's Red Jacket Award is given annually in recognition of quiet, continued, unbroken devotion to civic progress. Created 53 years ago, in 1957, the award is based upon a medal presented in 1792 by President George Washington to the renowned Seneca orator and leader Red Jacket.

This year, the Board of Managers and Regents of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society has selected Wayne D. Wisbaum, and brothers Christopher T. and Finley R. Greene, as recipients of the award. Wisbaum is an attorney and devoted public servant, as is Christopher Greene. The late Finley Greene was a fundraising professional who aided many non-profit causes and organizations over the course of his decades-long career.

Festival of Trees Will Provide Funds to Purchase New Electronic Fetal

Proceeds from the 2010 Festival of Trees will fund new Electronic Fetal Monitors for Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.   This gift, made possible in part by event sponsors like CGF Anesthesiology Associates, PC, Mark IV Industries Foundation, Tops Friendly Markets, Fisher-Price and the physician members of University at Buffalo Pediatric Associates, Inc., will enable the Hospital to replace all the monitors with the latest and most state-of-the–art equipment.  Constant monitoring and examination during the labor process will allow doctors to monitor progress and ensure the safest possible delivery with minimal complication for both baby and mother.    

Join Literacy Volunteers for Cocktails in Character!

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Literary characters come to life at Shea’s on Thursday, November 4 - from Scarlett O’Hara to the Cat in the Hat, from Tom Sawyer to Cleopatra – in what promises to be a novel evening of fun. 

We encourage you to dress as your favorite book character, or come as you are, to celebrate and support Literacy Volunteers.

Many of Western New York’s finest restaurants will provide samplings,and beer and wine tastings will also be served. A cash bar will feature literary-themed cocktails, including:

- Long John Silver Pirate’s Rum & Coke
- James Bond 007 Martini
- Scarlett O’Hara
- The Invisible Man-darin Vodka Iced Tea
- Boo Radley’s Root Beer Float Featuring Vanilla Vodka

An extensive raffle and silent auction will feature unique and creative items, many with a literary theme.

The evening will also include guided behind-the-scenes tours of Shea’s Performing Arts Center,and other surprises.

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."