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VCA Receives Nearly $1.5 Million in Grant Awards

VCA Receives Nearly $1.5 Million in Grant Awards

The Valley Community Association (VCA) has announced the receipt of roughly $1.5 million in local foundation, non-profit, and state government grants to support ongoing senior and youth services, waterfront revitalization, and “Striving for Excellence” Program initiatives.

These awards include a $5,000 allotment from the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, a $5,000 contribution from the Buffalo Bills Foundation, a $10,000 award from CSX, a $22,000 commitment from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, a $160,000 (for two years) provision from the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, a $250,000 grant secured by NYS Senator Tim Kennedy, and a $300,000 (for three years) allocation from the NYS Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program.

NFBC & You and Who Unveil Commemorative 75th Anniversary T-Shirts

NFBC & You and Who Unveil Commemorative 75th Anniversary T-Shirts

LEWISTON, NY/QUEENSTON, ON – The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission (NFBC) and social good t-shirt company You and Who have unveiled the NFBC 75th Anniversary and Lewiston-Queenston Bridge 50th Anniversary commemorative shirt, which is now available for purchase via nfbc75.com.  For each shirt sold, a meal will be donated to Project Share in Niagara Falls, Ontario, or to Heart, Love, Soul in Niagara Falls, New York.

Friends of Harmony to Perform Free Concert on 9/10 at Buffalo River Fest Park

Friends of Harmony to Perform Free Concert on 9/10 at Buffalo River Fest Park

The Friends of Harmony, WNY's premier male a cappella group, will perform a free concert at Buffalo's River Fest Park on Tuesday evening at 7:00 on September 10th.  Enjoy the songs from your favorite Hollywood movie in 4-part barbershop style harmony.  The show will culminate with a musical salute to the US Armed Forces for the brave work they do protecting us both at home and abroad.  For more information about this and other upcoming Friends of Harmony performances, contact Don Ehrenreich at (716) 573-5911.

Lynyrd Skynyrd + Artpark Audience = A Good Time for All

Lynyrd Skynyrd + Artpark Audience = A Good Time for All

Do you remember reading those "Choose Your Own Adventure" books as a child?

Your actions determined the outcome. If you made the right choice, the book offered a stellar ending. If you made the wrong choice, well, the outcome wasn't as great.

A Lynyrd Skynyrd concert is sort of like a "Choose Your Own Adventure."

"We love getting the crowd into it," singer Johnny Van Zant said in a phone interview. "I want the crowd to go home hoarse, too. We feed off the crowd. That's what this band's all about is feeding off the crowd."

So, when the 10,000-plus who bought tickets to watch Lynyrd Skynyrd at "Tuesday in the Park" at Artpark arrive tonight, the fate of the show will rest in their hands.

Van Zant is confident the crowd will be loud (and the band will be happy).

VCA Golf Tournament on 8/26/13

VCA Golf Tournament on 8/26/13

The Valley Community Association is pleased to announce that on August 26, 2013, the center will be hosting its 3rd Annual Golf Tournament at Lancaster Country Club. Lunch and registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and includes soda, grilled chicken, Italian sausage, hot dogs, hamburgers, salad and desserts. 

The 4 person scramble format will begin with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. sharp. Beer and refreshments on the course. The tournament dinner will be catered by BW’s Barbecue and take place at Buffalo River Fest Park, 249 Ohio Street, Buffalo, NY, 14203, beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will be great prizes for the various contests.

The cost per golfer is $100. Limited transportation in mini-buses will be available.

Riverside Farmers' Market Kicks Off Sunday, July 14

Riverside Farmers' Market Kicks Off Sunday, July 14

The new Riverside Farmers’ Market will kick off this Sunday, July 14, featuring fresh produce, homemade jams, jellies and sauces, goat milk products (from cheeses to soap!), and much more. Sponsored by Black Rock-Riverside Neighborhood Housing Services and Councilmember Joseph Golombek’s office, the market will run every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon until September 29.

Riverside Park is one of Buffalo’s Frederick Law Olmsted-designed parks, and in the summer is one of the city’s most vibrant outdoor areas. The Riverside Farmers’ Market’s sponsors are committed to helping it become a sustainable source of healthy, local food that will contribute to the vitality of the northwestern neighborhoods of Buffalo.

'Slamming' Chicago Ready to Rock Artpark

'Slamming' Chicago Ready to Rock Artpark

Music has become a game of numbers for legendary Illinois-bred band Chicago.

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A recent Gallup poll suggested most U.S. citizens retire after roughly 40-45 years of work (age 61).

The same can't be said for the band members in Chicago.

Forty-six is the number of consecutive years Chicago has toured. While other acts might look to slow things down after 40-plus years, these band members are far from road-weary and eagerly anticipate each gig.

"Perhaps people are thinking, 'Well, how many more years are they going to want to do this? Maybe we should catch this show, because we don't know,' " said James Pankow, one of the founding members of Chicago. "You know, Elvis is gone. Frank Sinatra's gone. I never saw either one of them, and I regret it. And maybe people are kinda starting to think that way about Chicago. I mean, this is 46 years."

However, the renowned trombonist said Chicago "is absolutely slamming."