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Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Author and Illustrator Wende Essrow


Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Author and Illustrator Wende Essrow


Wende Essrow, author and illustrator of the books “The Paintbrush Dreamer” and “If You Listen to the Trees,” will visit Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 20.

Essrow will present a reading of “If You Listen to the Trees,” followed by a charcoal art drawing workshop. All materials will be included, and participants can take their art home.

Mary Queen of Angels School Plans Annual Basket Auction

Mary Queen of Angels School Plans Annual Basket Auction

Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School will hold its annual basket auction event on Friday, March 18, in the Infant of Prague Parish Hall, 921 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with the auction beginning at 7 p.m. A $5 donation includes admission and your first sheet of auction tickets. More than 200 baskets, gift certificates and other prizes will be given away during the event!

Mary Queen of Angels is currently accepting donations of new items and gift cards that will be used in the basket auction. If you are unable to bring your donation to the school, please call the school office at 895-6280 to arrange for pickup. Plenty of free parking will be available at the event.

Athlete Signing Times Announced for Huge Sports Collectors Expo in Batavia

Athlete Signing Times Announced for Huge Sports Collectors Expo in Batavia

Nearly 30 former football, baseball, basketball and hockey players and coaches — including members of the Buffalo Bills, Braves and Sabres — are scheduled to appear at the Sports Collectors Expo Feb. 20 and 21 in Batavia. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Batavia Downs Gaming Center, 8315 Park Road, Batavia.

Athlete signing times have recently been announced. Scheduled to appear on Saturday, Feb. 20, are:
11 a.m. to noon: Claude Humphrey, Joe Altobelli, Gilles Villemure, Don Luce
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Ray Bentley
12 to 1 p.m.: Sammy Stewart, Dave Ford, Tim Stoddard, Al Bumbry, Bill Swaggerty
1 to 2 p.m.: Adrian Dantley, Jim McMillian, Ernie DiGregorio, Jack Marin, Gar Heard
2 to 3 p.m.: Walt Patulski, Scott Norwood, Jim Lorentz, Ruben Brown, Gabe Northern

Student Art Exhibit Kicks Off a Busy Schedule at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery

Student Art Exhibit Kicks Off a Busy Schedule at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery

A wide variety of classes, exhibits and workshops will take place at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery, 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, in the upcoming weeks and months!

“Creative Courage,” an exhibit featuring the work of students from the West Seneca Visual Arts Academy at West Seneca East Senior High School, will be on display from Feb. 3-27. An opening reception, open to the public, is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5. Guests are invited to meet the student artists, view their creativity and discuss their artwork with them!

Free Health and Safety Evaluation Provides Peace of Mind for Homeowners

Free Health and Safety Evaluation Provides Peace of Mind for Homeowners

Is your house healthy? If you’re not 100 percent sure, there’s a cost-free way to find out.

A New York State program now offers a free home health and safety evaluation — the NYSERDA Free Energy Audit — for homeowners. All homes are eligible for this service every two years, free of charge. 

“A home should be declared safe before starting any major home improvement project such as adding insulation or installing new windows,” said Jim Stroehlein, co-owner of Prime Time Energy Services. “If a home has an existing health or safety concern and you tighten up the building's shell, the existing problem will only be magnified by trapping it inside the home. This could create a hazardous or deadly environment.”

One potential safety concern is exposure to carbon monoxide gas, which can lead to CO poisoning or even death.

Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State Continues on January 23

Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State Continues on January 23

The new Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State, an indoor version of the popular Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, continues from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. The market takes place in Buckham Hall on the campus of SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. The 20-week winter market will run through April 30.

In addition to hosting nearly 20 quality vendors, several food trucks are also scheduled to join the market this Saturday. Rob Falgiano will provide musical entertainment from approximately 10:30 a.m. to noon., and PUSH Buffalo will occupy the market’s community table.

Buckham Hall is located on Rockwell Road near Grant Street. Free parking is available on campus during market hours, and Lot R-13 is recommended for convenience.

Mary Queen of Angels School to Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Mary Queen of Angels School to Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Students, teachers and staff at Mary Queen of Angels School in Cheektowaga will celebrate National Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 31 through Feb. 6 with a variety of fun events and activities.

On Monday, Feb. 1, students will attend a kickoff Mass at Queen of Martyrs Church at noon, and will have a tie-dye dress down day. And on Tuesday, Feb. 2, students will dress to reflect any decade and will also be allowed to invite a guest to lunch at MQA.

Wednesday, Feb. 3, is fake mustache day, and students in grades three through five will take a field trip to Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo to see the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra perform. Thursday, Feb. 4, is sunglasses day, and students in grades five through seven will also visit the Buffalo Museum of Science.