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Pet Connection Announces Holiday Season Events

Pet Connection Programs Inc. is counting on support from the generous residents of Western New York to make this a happy holiday season. Volunteers from the nonprofit maternity and special care animal shelter located in Marilla will be at several locations throughout Erie County in an effort to raise funds for the care of dozens of dogs and cats in need of loving homes.

Activities kick off on Black Friday as volunteers from the shelter will be selling their ever-popular pet totes filled with food, treats and toys at the Eastern Hills Mall, near Dave & Buster’s. The volunteers will return to the mall on three Saturday: November 27, December 11 and December 18. Pups from the shelter will also be there to greet you!

FREE Screening at The Screening Room Tonight at 6

Tonight there will be a Free screening of the documentary "EARTHLINGS," Narrated by Academy Award Nominee Joaquin Phoenix. Joaquin Phonix also won The Humanitarian Award for his work with the film at the San Diego Film Festival. This film has won several awards, including Best Documentary Film for Animal Advocacy at the Artivist Film Festival, the Indie-Spec Best Content Award at the Boston International Film Festival, and the Best Documentary Feature at the San Diego Film Festival. Woody Harrelson raves "This is the single most powerful and informative movie about society's treatment of animals! A must-see film for anyone who cares enough to know" The films beautiful footage of animals in nature alone is worth the short drive to The Screening Room in Amherst. The knowledge gained will be with you for a lifetime.

Forest Lawn's Permanent Residents Come to Life in "It Was A Wonderful Life!"

This December, you’ll have a chance to meet some of Forest Lawn’s famous permanent residents, as they take part in Forest Lawn’s presentation of “It Was A Wonderful Life!” which is part of its Sunday In The Cemetery concert and lecture series.  There will be two performances: Sunday, December 5 and Sunday, December 12, both beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Forest Lawn’s historic and festively-decorated chapel.

Participating residents will include:

• Mary Talbert, a persuasive speaker about civil rights who, in 1916, became president of the Colored National Association of Women's Clubs and also served as a director of the NAACP. Mary will sing Negro spiritual hymns.

• Sara Hinson, a Buffalo schoolteacher and principal in the 1800s, who was instrumental in starting Flag Day. Sara will recite a patriotic holiday poem.

Gingerbread...Gifts...Glitz...at Gilda's Club!

Want to do some unique holiday shopping while helping out a worthwhile organization?  Looking for a creative gingerbread house to help decorate your house for the holidays?

Join us at Gilda’s Club Western New York, 1140 Delaware Avenue (across from Canisius High School) on Saturday and Sunday, December 4 and 5 from 11-6 for our annual Gingerbread…Gifts…Glitz…at Gilda’s Club event!

You can bid via silent auction on amazing gingerbread houses created by student, amateur and professional bakers.  Or you can purchase a smaller gingerbread house right then and there.

You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts created by local artists – everything from jewelry to pottery to photography to food items and more! – to get a jump on your holiday shopping.  All the artists are donating a portion of their proceeds to Gilda’s Club as part of the Artists in Buffalo Holiday Open Studios and Galleries.

McKibben Decries Failure to Act on Global Warming

This article originally appeared on the website of Grow WNY

Those who attended the 2010 WNY Environmental Congress November 13 at City Honors had the honor to hear renowned writer and climate activist Bill McKibben address the climate change problem.

While the WNY Environmental Alliance, the main sponsor of the event, may be planning to release a report about or video or audio of McKibben’s excellent talk, we thought it would be helpful if we did a quick summary to share with those who missed the presentation.  That summary is below.

Whether you attended or not, please feel free to use and distribute this information if you find it helpful.

Click here to read the summary of Mr. McKibben’s remarks.

97 Rock DJ Lives in a Food Bank Trailer During 5th Annual Operation: Rock Out Hunger

Buffalo, NY, November 17, 2010—97 Rock’s “DJ Jickster” will be living on a Food Bank of Western New York 48-foot trailer for one week for the fifth straight year as he collects food and funds to help fight hunger in our community.

Operation: Rock Out Hunger began at 3 p.m. yesterday and continues through 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22 in the Quaker Steak and Lube Restaurant parking lot at 6727 Transit Road (near Wehrle Drive) in Williamsville.   Perishable and non-perishable food will be collected.  Last year, the drive collected a record 18,186 pounds of food, $11,742.29 and a record 812 turkeys.

“I couldn’t believe how busy it was last year,” Jickster said.  “It’s going to take a lot of push to better that amount but with the help of Western New York’s generosity, I am determined to get there.”

Festival of Trees Will Provide Funds to Purchase New Electronic Fetal Monitors

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.