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Celebrate the Holidays with Explore Buffalo

Celebrate the Holidays with Explore Buffalo

Explore Buffalo, an organization dedicated to offering tours of the city’s most unique architecture and attractions, recently announced holiday tours to help you celebrate the season!

Home Tour
Explore Buffalo will host a special Holiday Home Tour event from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. Tour a beautifully decorated home on one of Buffalo’s most exclusive streets, Chapin Parkway. Also featured on the 2016 Twilight Tour of Homes in June, the home of the Eoannou family will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland!

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Western New York Land Conservancy to Restore the Niagara Gorge

Western New York Land Conservancy to Restore the Niagara Gorge

The Western New York Land Conservancy has just secured almost $1 million for the new “Restore the Gorge” project from the Niagara River Greenway Ecological Standing Committee to begin ecological restoration work in one of the most important natural places in the world – the Niagara Gorge. 

The Niagara Gorge is comprised of unique ecological communities and is one of the most biologically diverse places in the Great Lakes. According to Nancy Smith, executive director of the Western New York Land Conservancy, “The Niagara Gorge is home to the majority of the plant species found in the Niagara Frontier, many of them very rare. It is also part of a globally significant Important Bird Area, and the lower Niagara River rapids are important spawning grounds for freshwater fish, including the threatened Lake Sturgeon.” 

BlueCross BlueShield to Offer Free Healthcare Marketplace Sessions at the ROC

BlueCross BlueShield to Offer Free Healthcare Marketplace Sessions at the ROC

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and the Rural Outreach Center (ROC) are teaming up to offer free informational sessions on Medicaid and Child Health Plus, which are now being offered on the New York State of Health. These enrollment-assistance sessions will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, until further notice, at the ROC, 730 Olean Road, East Aurora.

“BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York is pleased to announce that we are offering Medicaid and Child Health Plus effective immediately,” said Community Relations Representative Anna Michotek. “As always, BlueCross BlueShield offers a provider network of over 90 percent of physicians, including specialists. In addition, we offer coverage for all Western New York hospitals, including Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Trained Facilitated Enrollers will be available at the ROC to assist those in need of health insurance.”

New Book Release From No Frills Buffalo Focuses On St. Bonaventure Basketball

New Book Release From No Frills Buffalo Focuses On St. Bonaventure Basketball

“SNUBBED: A Basketball Season of Triumph, Crisis and Despair at St. Bonaventure University,” written by veteran journalist Brian Toolan, is the latest release from the No Frills Buffalo publishing company.

Toolan is a veteran journalist who worked for 43 years as a reporter and a ranking editor in the newspaper industry. Positions he has held include sports editor and managing editor of the Philadelphia Daily News, business editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, editor and senior vice president of the Hartford Courant and national editor of the Associated Press. He was editor of the Courant when it won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of a murderous rampage at the headquarters of the Connecticut Lottery. Toolan also directed coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings and the Minneapolis bridge collapse while at the Associated Press. He currently resides in New Hope, Pa.

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Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery Plans Strong 2016 Finish

Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery Plans Strong 2016 Finish

A Member’s Exhibit featuring a wide variety of artwork such as watercolor, acrylics, fiber art, pottery, mixed media and more, will debut from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery, 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. The exhibit will remain on display through Dec. 30.

A second exhibit, “Anxious” by University at Buffalo student Brianna Rine, will kick off with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, and will remain on display through Dec. 23. Rine’s photography looks at and captures the emotion of anxiety.

Wine, Women & Art with artist Andrea Oswald will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. Guests will create two holiday wine glasses decorated with colored Christmas lights. All supplies, including wine and tasty goodies, are included in the $30 class fee.

ROC Receives Grant From Ronald McDonald House Charities

ROC Receives Grant From Ronald McDonald House Charities

McDonald’s franchise owner Joe Ferrino, left, recently presented a check for $3,500 on behalf of Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY to Frank Cerny, executive director of the Rural Outreach Center (ROC) in East Aurora. The funds will support the ROC’s outreach to and support of children, including the play therapy, winter readiness and back-to-school backpack programs. Part of the ROC's strategic plan is to focus on children to break the cycle of generational poverty. 

Smackdab/Adults-Only Opening Winter Lights at Audubon Friday, December 16

Smackdab/Adults-Only Opening Winter Lights at Audubon Friday, December 16

Jamestown, NY – Winter Lights at Audubon opens this year with an Adults Only night featuring the exciting regional favorite live band Smackdab.

After walking a luminary-lit trail of interactive lights, you can listen to music and enjoy snacks and a beer or glass of wine at the Audubon Community Nature Center on Friday evening, December 16, 2016. Soda, hot chocolate, and coffee will also be available for designated drivers and those not interested in beer or wine.

The 5:30-8:30 p.m. event features 14 lasers and more than 10,000 LED lights, a merger of nature with cutting edge technology where YOU get to control your experience. Interactive LED lights, including a drum that changes lights in the building, firefly lasers and animal quiz boards, create a new twist on light shows.

You can warm up at the fire at the midpoint of the half-mile walk on a paved and ice-free trail, and gasp at the finale at the Blue Heron Overlook.