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Clarence in the Spotlight With WNED's Our Town

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Experience life in Clarence, N.Y. through the eyes of 22 residents who captured the people, places and happenings of their hometown for the latest installment of WNED-TV’s OUR TOWN series.

In June, the volunteer filmmakers videotaped topics of interest or unique town assets, including history, architecture, schools, businesses and natural places. Their video footage was edited and compiled into the television program, OUR TOWN: Clarence. The volunteers also were interviewed about the topics they covered, and their commentary serves as the narration behind the program.

The resulting “video scrapbook” premieres on WNED-TV Sat., Sept. 25 at 6:30 pm.

Board Recommends 3 WNY Properties for State and National Registers of Historic Places

The New York State Board for Historic Preservation recommended that 24 properties statewide be added to the State and National Registers of Historic Places, including the nationally significant Haviland Middle School in Hyde Park and the birthplace of an important American statesman, William H. Seward.

Three of the sites are in Buffalo:

- The Calumet, on Chippewa Street

- The Zink Block, Massachusetts Avenue on the city's West Side

- Kensington Gardens Apartment Complex, on the Cheektowaga-Buffalo border

"So many of the unique buildings and landscapes that have stood the test of time help us to appreciate New York State's incredible history," said Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Carol Ash. "Listing these landmarks on the State and National Registers of Historic Places will give them the recognition and support they deserve."

Hispanic Heritage Month Kicks Off at the Central Library

The official launch of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations will take place this year at the Buffalo & Erie County Library in downtown Buffalo on September 15, 2010. The ceremony will begin at 12pm in the library lobby and will host several community figures, guitar playing, salsa dancing performances and presentations from students of the Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy.

Several Hispanic Community Organizations will also offer displays, posters, and craft items from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 15th as part of the celebration. Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States and to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture.

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists Weekend Attractions

Coming Saturday, September 18, to the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market: A beer brewing demonstration with Community Beer Works, and wine-tasting courtesy of Schultze Vineyards & Winery and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery! Feed Your Soul will also be touring the Market with Chef Steven Gedra of Bistro Europa. Sounds like the makings of a memorable day!

Writing With Light Student Exhibition

Just Buffalo Literary Center and CEPA Gallery are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Writing With Light Student Exhibition. A celebratory reception will be held on Friday, September 10, 2010 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at CEPA Gallery in the Market Arcade building, 617 Main Street, Buffalo.

Featuring selected works from Just Buffalo & CEPA Gallery’s education programs from the past year, the exhibit will display work from Picturing Poetry, Writer Residencies, and Bookmaking projects.

Writing With Light reached more than 3,500 K-12 students across the region this year, and its emphasis on intensive one-on-one contact between teaching artists and students yields powerful creative results. 

Genevieve DeCarlo, a 3rd grade teacher at Discovery School, P.S. 67 explains, "It was amazing to see the growth of my students... All children should be able to have this awesome learning experience!"

Autistic Services, Inc. Returns to ArtSpace for 2010

(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) The return of Autistic Services to ArtSpace means more than 30 artists from their Arts Program will be highlighted.  This successful program allows the participants of Autistic Services Inc. to communicate through many different art media thus showing their understanding of composition, color theory and the use of space. “Many people with Autism are challenged by living in our mainstream society. But that doesn’t mean they cannot find other ways of communicating with the public. Art is a sophisticated way of doing that,” says Veronica Federiconi, Executive Director of Autistic Services Inc.

ArtSpace will once again welcome the show which will be exhibited from August 6 to August 28.  The exhibit opens with a reception on Friday, August 6, 2010 from 6PM until 9PM. ArtSpace located at 1219 Main Street Buffalo, NY.