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ROC Receives Grant to Enhance ‘Especially for Kids’ Program

ROC Receives Grant to Enhance ‘Especially for Kids’ Program

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) is pleased to announced that it has been awarded a $3,500 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY, Inc. to enhance the organization’s “Especially for Kids” program. The grant will be used to purchase therapy supplies, backpacks, school supplies and winter coat gift certificates.

Located at 730 Olean Road in East Aurora, the mission of the Rural Outreach Center is to assist, empower and elevate the impoverished rural population in southern Erie County and surrounding areas. In January, the ROC will launch its ROC Resolutions campaign to shine a spotlight on rural poverty in Western New York. Several well-known members of the local business and sports communities — including co-chairs Steve and Sarah Tasker — will assist in promoting areas of concern for those living in poverty, such as nutrition, utilities, transportation and clothing. 

Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery Lists Upcoming Events

Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery Lists Upcoming Events

Unique exhibits, classes and workshops dot the pre-holiday calendar at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery, located at 1168 Orchard Park Road in West Seneca.

November’s exhibit, “The Universe Series” with artist Virginia Koeppel, introduces her mosaic glassworks. “The universe only exists in the intellect of humans,” said the artist. “It encompasses the galaxies and planets but it's energy exists in every plant, animal and human and can be as minuscule as a single cell. My Universe Series in glass includes the Earth's genesis as well as space. We can merely try to replicate its beauty.”  An opening reception will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, and the exhibit will remain on display through Nov. 26.

‘Bites Around Buffalo’ Coloring Book Highlights WNY’s Famous Cuisine

‘Bites Around Buffalo’ Coloring Book Highlights WNY’s Famous Cuisine

Mitchell Grosofsky, who earlier this year released the popular “Welcome to Buffalo” adult coloring book featuring his artistic renditions of Buffalo’s famous architectural and historical landmarks, is at it again! Grosofsky recently released “Bites Around Buffalo,” an adult coloring book highlighting Buffalo’s classic cuisine and famous food establishments. 

Additionally, Grosofsky will take part in a book-signing event from noon to 2 p.m. on Nov. 26, Small Business Saturday, at The Buffalo History Museum, One Museum Court, Buffalo. Designed for shoppers looking for personalized gifts this holiday season, the event will feature a meet-and-greet with more than 65 local authors! Museum admission is free during event hours.

Explore Buffalo Tours Continue into November

Explore Buffalo Tours Continue into November

Here’s your last chance this season to enjoy a walking tour with Explore Buffalo! There are still many inside events taking place throughout the winter though, including downtown interior tours and the speaker series. Visit Explore Buffalo’s website – explorebuffalo.org – for updates and more information.

Inside St. Mary’s School for the Deaf
6 to 8 p.m. November 2 
Meet: St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, 2253 Main St., Buffalo. Enter the driveway from Main Street to use the parking lot which is behind the buildings; the main entrance faces the parking lot and is up a flight of stairs to the right of the bridge that the driveway goes underneath.
Cost: Adults $15, Explorer Pass Holders $10, Students $5

Dog Ears Bookstore Hosts Successful ‘I Read It’ Run

Dog Ears Bookstore Hosts Successful ‘I Read It’ Run

Thanks to the efforts of sponsors, community volunteers and many enthusiastic children, Dog Ears Bookstore & Café held a successful second annual “I Read It” Run on Sunday, Sept. 25, in Cazenovia Park. Children at the event were able to run in age categories and earn prizes for crossing the finish line.

“The sponsors of the run are fantastic and help us build libraries for life as we gave away over 150 books at the event,” said Dog Ears Director Thomas McDonnell. “Our book distributor, Baker & Taylor, contacted many publishing companies on our behalf who donated all the books for the run. I would also like to extend a very special thank you to David Cully and Diane Mangan for making the necessary arrangements for the donations. They are absolutely committed to the importance of books and all that they have to offer!”

Halloween Event to Kick Off New Puppy Tales Series at Dog Ears Bookstore

Halloween Event to Kick Off New Puppy Tales Series at Dog Ears Bookstore

A Halloween costume party will kick off a new six-week Puppy Tales series at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo. The adventure kicks off at 10:15 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28.

Open to children ages 2 to 4 accompanied by a parent or guardian, Puppy Tales runs on six consecutive Friday mornings and each session includes three stories, a craft and healthy snacks. 

Puppy Tales is a great way to prepare students for Pre-K. The cost is $25 for six sessions and the program is limited to 20 children.

Explore Buffalo to Offer Speaker Series Event on October 20

Explore Buffalo to Offer Speaker Series Event on October 20

“The Afterlife” and “A Grave Discussion” are topics to be discussed at Explore Buffalo’s Fall Speaker Series event from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle, Buffalo.

The Afterlife
While visiting a cemetery, have you ever wondered what the draped urn on a headstone means or what a broken column symbolizes? The next Fall Speakers series of Explore Buffalo will provide you with some answers. Cemeteries offer a variety of monuments and headstones, which convey an impression or memory of the person who has departed. However, when we look closer, we find deeper messages to be read. In this talk we will look at a variety of symbols found on headstones and memorials and learn their meanings – some of which date back to ancient Egyptian times. As we will see, beyond the simple flowers and crosses, the details of a person’s life lurk hidden beneath the symbols.