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NEW World Renowned Parent-Child Home Program Kicks-Off at Belle Center

NEW World Renowned Parent-Child Home Program Kicks-Off at Belle Center

Buffalo, New York – February 7, 2011 – The Belle Center is pressing forward to equip the diverse, low-socioeconomic children and their families on the Lower West Side of Buffalo with the tools needed for success in school and beyond through its NEW Parent-Child Home Program. Statistics show that students enrolled in Parent-Child Home Programs worldwide are more than 30 percent likely to graduate from high school than their peers who have not been in the program.

The New Parent-Child Home Program kicks-off February 7, 2011. The program is for children ages 1 and ½ to 4 years old. To enroll contact: PCHP Program Coordinator Nina Kean 716-845-0485 ext. 21.

Valentine’s Day-Themed Activities at the Buffalo Zoo

Valentine’s Day-Themed Activities at the Buffalo Zoo

Family Valentine’s Day AND Sea Lion Kiss Encounters!

Buffalo, NY – Have some fun with your loved ones at the Buffalo Zoo with Buffalo Zoo’s Family Valentine’s Day event on Sunday, February 13, 2011!

The event will be held from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Enjoy animal enrichment activities and making cards for your family and friends (or even your favorite animal at the Zoo!). Activities are FREE with Zoo admission.

For more information, please call (716) 995-6133, or visit the Zoo’s website at www.buffalozoo.org.

The event schedule is as follows:

12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Valentine’s Day card-making crafts (Activity will take place inside the education department’s Children’s Resource Center.)

The following animals are receiving a special Valentine’s Day enrichment at their exhibit:

BUFFALO ZOO PRESENTATION: Climate Change and its Effect on Polar Bears

BUFFALO ZOO PRESENTATION: Climate Change and its Effect on Polar Bears

ZOO’S CURATOR OF EDUCATION PRESENTS FREE PROGRAM

AT THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY IN TOWN OF TONAWANDA.

Buffalo, N.Y. – The public is invited to a special presentation by Buffalo Zoo Curator of Education Tiffany Vanderwerf on climate change and its effect on polar bears. The free lecture is Sunday February 20th at noon at The Church of the Nativity, on Colvin Boulevard at Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda. The presentation is part of the Buffalo Zoo’s “Be Cool for Polar Bears” speaking tour.

EPIC Hosts: "Jump Start Your Baby Smarts" Workshops at The Belle Center

EPIC Hosts: "Jump Start Your Baby Smarts" Workshops at The Belle Center

Buffalo, New York – January 27, 2011 – EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) will hold FREE parenting education workshops for parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers (pregnancy- age 3).

There will be 8 consecutive workshops: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. February 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 2011 at The Belle Center-104 Maryland St. Buffalo, NY 14201. Topics will include but are not limited to: What is your Baby Trying to Say; The Secret Lives of Babies: Eat & Sleep; A Doctor Talk; Read, Baby, Read and more!  A FREE Fisher Price Toy will be given upon successful completion of 4 consecutive workshops. For registration information call 716-332-4153. (This is Free and open to the community)!    

Fifth-Annual CASH In Saturday to be Held This Weekend to Kick Off Tax Season!

Fifth-Annual CASH In Saturday to be Held This Weekend to Kick Off Tax Season!

WHAT:     Creating Assets, Savings and Hope (CASH), an initiative of United Way, will once again kick off the income tax season with a day of free tax preparation and filing, as well as access to a wide range of other services to those earning less than $50,000 per year as part of Cash In Saturday.

WHO:        Individuals and families earning less than $50,000 per year are eligible for free tax preparation from trained preparers, as well as services from many local  banks, educational institutions, health and human service agencies, and government agencies

WHEN:   SATURDAY, January 29, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

WHERE:   Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers (BFNC) Hope Center at the Tri-Main Building, 2495 Main Street, Buffalo

Buffalo State College Volunteers to Offer Free Tax Preparation Services

Buffalo State College Volunteers to Offer Free Tax Preparation Services

Volunteers at Buffalo State College will offer free tax preparation services this tax season to individuals and families of Western New York with gross incomes of less than $50,000 per year. Buffalo State is one of eight sites partnering with the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County’s Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope (CASH) coalition to offer free tax services in 2011.

Help is available from fully-trained volunteer preparers starting January 31 through April 13 on the Buffalo State campus in Bacon Hall 106A. Walk-in preparation will be offered on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., while appointment-only service will be available Mondays and Tuesdays from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Appointments can be requested by calling (716) 878-5907.

Residents and families are asked to bring photo identification, social security cards, wage and earning statements, and a copy of last year’s Federal and State returns if available.

Number the Stars Opens at TOY February 4, 2011

Number the Stars Opens at TOY February 4, 2011

Theatre of Youth Company (TOY) is pleased to present Number the Stars, adapted from the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry.  Performances will begin Friday, February 4th, 2011 at 7pm and public performances continue on Saturdays & Sundays at 2 pm through February 13th, 2011.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 716.884.4400 x 304 or online at www.theatreofyouth.org.