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Sakura Walk for Japan Relief

Sakura Walk for Japan Relief

The Buffalo State College Japan Relief group, along the Japanese Group of Buffalo and the Japanese Student Association at SUNY Buffalo, are hosting Sakura Walk, Sunday, May 1, at 2 p.m., in Delaware Park, with all proceeds to benefit the American Red Cross. Registration is $10.

The walk, which has purposes of raising money for the Japanese tsunami victims, increasing awareness of the disaster and promoting the health of the community, will start at the Japanese Garden along the ring road of Delaware Park, near Colvin Avenue and Amherst Street.  The short walk consists of one round and the long walk is two times around the ring.

The walk is named “sakura,” meaning cherry blossom in Japanese, which is the national flower of Japan.

Iara Lee: Cultures of Resistance Film Premiere

Iara Lee: Cultures of Resistance Film Premiere

 Iara Lee: Cultures of Resistance Film Premiere 

Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be weapons of peace? In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction. After several years, travelling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promoting change. This is their story. CULTURES OF RESISTANCE explores how art and creativity can be ammunition in the battle for peace and justice.

Iara Lee, a Brazilian of Korean descent, is an activist, filmmaker, and founder of the Caipirinha Foundation, which supports projects to secure peace with justice.

Buffalo Churches Provide Help, Hope Near and Far

Buffalo Churches Provide Help, Hope Near and Far

A chance encounter in New Orleans in the summer of 2009 with an enthusiastic group of youth missioners from the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York, prompted Jim Melchiorre, senior video producer for Trinity Wall Street, to bring his video crew from New York City to Buffalo last fall. The crew's assignment: to tell about outreach efforts sponsored by Episcopal churches here.


The resulting video, "Refuge and Rebirth: The Church in Western New York," pays homage to Buffalo's impressive history, while it meets our region's current difficulties head on. Yet it is the ministries of hope and goodwill found in Episcopal churches in Western New York today that emerge as the real stars. You can watch the video at http://www.episcopalwny.org

Saying "THANK YOU!" During National Volunteer Week

Saying "THANK YOU!" During National Volunteer Week

The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County today gathered more than 100 volunteers who have helped with the organization’s Campaign, community investments, and other activities for one simple purpose: to say thank you.  The breakfast at Templeton Landing was held to acknowledge the dedication of volunteers during National Volunteer Week, an annual commemorative week that recognizes the importance of volunteer service in communities across the country.

Michael Weiner, United Way president, welcomed the assembled volunteers and noted that their efforts, which are individually significant, are even more impressive when taken as a whole.  “Whether you are one of our 30 Board members, or one of the 800 Campaign Coordinators whose efforts contributed to the success of our campaign, you make a difference,” he said.  “Whether you gave one of the more than 200 presentations that inspired others to make their contribution, or reviewed one of the nearly

Seven Students Receive GEDs from Tomorrow's Youth Today Program

Seven Students Receive GEDs from Tomorrow's Youth Today Program

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 12, 2011 – To celebrate the recent achievements of seven students who received their High School Equivalency diploma, or General Education Development, through Catholic Charities Tomorrow’s Youth Today (TYT) Program, a recognition ceremony was held March 25 at the TYT Buffalo site, located at 237 Main St.

The year-round program, which aids students who live in Erie County between the ages of 16 and 21, not only provides High School Equivalency diploma preparation, but further development of reading, writing and math skills as well as paid work experience and college placement assistance. 

“The fact that they have achieved this is considered the first step in the education process,” said Darrell Slisz, education director for Catholic Charities of Buffalo, who explained that the students can now either enter part-time or full-time jobs to learn employment skills, enter a training program, such as nursing, go on to college or enter the military

Returning to Neighborhood Schools

Returning to Neighborhood Schools

Common Council of the City of Buffalo

Returning to Neighborhood Schools

By: James N. Jackson

Despite some of the highest spending per pupil in the region, the City of Buffalo’s schools suffer from low achievement and are consistently among the lowest producing schools in New York State. The overall graduation rate in the City is around 60 percent, and amongst boys, only 25-33 percent of black males and only 55 percent of white males finish school.  Students who drop out of school are more likely than their peers who graduate to be unemployed, live in poverty, receive public assistance, be incarcerated in prison, have health problems, divorce, and be single parents with children who drop out of high school themselves.

Just Buffalo's Babel Series Concludes with Nigerian Author Chris Abani

Just Buffalo's Babel Series Concludes with Nigerian Author Chris Abani

Buffalo, NY—Just Buffalo Literary Center is pleased to announce several BABEL events in the month of April, including the lecture which concludes the 2010-2011 season, international award-winning author Chris Abani (Nigeria) on Friday, April 15th at 8:00 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo. The 2011-2012 Babel line-up will be announced at this event. Subscriptions will go on sale after the lecture and Just Buffalo will be offering a substantial discount on all subscription levels to those who purchase 2011-2012 subscriptions that night.

Tickets are still available:  $35 general admission, $100 VIP (includes pre-event reception with the author and preferred seating), and only $10 for students. Discounts are available for those using HSBC and/or Buffalo & Erie County Library cards—please visit www.justbuffalo.org to place your order, or call (716) 832-5400 to make your purchase.