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New Book Features the Best of Newspaper Columnist Phil Ranallo; Two Signings Planned

New Book Features the Best of Newspaper Columnist Phil Ranallo; Two Signings Planned

Paul Ranallo, son of the late newspaper columnist Phil Ranallo, will hold two book-signing events Dec. 4 and 5 during the annual Hertel Holidays. Ranallo’s very first signing will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at The Pasta Peddler/Blackbird Sweets, 1547 Hertel Ave., Buffalo. The second signing is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at North Park Theatre, 1428 Hertel Ave.

Ranallo’s book, “What’s New, Harry? The Best of Buffalo Courier-Express Columnist Phil Ranallo,” features more than 100 of Phil Ranallo’s greatest columns originally written during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The columns cover a variety of public figures — from Ralph Wilson, Tim Horton and Jack Kemp to Muhammad Ali, Jesse Owens and Martin Luther King — in addition to historic moments in American history. Each story, according to the author, is like opening a long-lost time capsule.

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Daemen Launches New Certificate in Executive Leadership

Daemen Launches New Certificate in Executive Leadership

AMHERST, N.Y. – Daemen College will launch in January a new advanced certificate program in executive leadership and change (ELC), which is designed to prepare working professionals for leadership positions in business, health professions, higher education, and nonprofit organizations.

“This new advanced certificate program will offer students a great opportunity to develop essential leadership skills and build competencies in areas that will be beneficial to career advancement,” said Dr. John S. Frederick, executive director of the Daemen Center for Executive Leadership and Change. “With this advanced training, students will be better positioned to take on leadership roles and be more marketable in the workplace.”

Friends of Harmony Concert to Benefit Food Bank of WNY

Friends of Harmony Concert to Benefit Food Bank of WNY

For the 6th consecutive year, the Friends of Harmony barbershop chorus and quartets will be performing a holiday concert to benefit the Food Bank of Western New York.   The concert begins at 7:00 at the St Martin of Tours church on 1140 Abbott Road in Buffalo.  Help feed the hungry in your community and enjoy holiday music performed in beautiful 4 part harmony.  For more information, contact (716) 573-5911, visit us on our website at www.friendsofharmony.com or on Facebook by searching for Friends of Harmony.

Make Holiday Shopping Meaningful at 6th Annual Christmas in the Country Erie

Make Holiday Shopping Meaningful at 6th Annual Christmas in the Country Erie

One the nation’s most popular artisan markets, Christmas in the Country, returns to the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pa., Nov. 14-15. The holiday market welcomes 150 artisans and artists from the Erie area and across the country.  

The event features unique and only-handcrafted creations including home décor, gourmet foods, trendsetting jewelry, hand-poured candles, children’s toys and clothing, stylish pottery, original wall art, gifts for pets and holiday gift items galore. This year, the event was again ranked within the Top 100 Contemporary and Classic Art Festivals in the nation by Sunshine Artist magazine, a leading trade publication.  

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Rural Outreach Center Offers Veterans’ Services Through Veterans One-stop Center

Rural Outreach Center Offers Veterans’ Services Through Veterans One-stop Center

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), located at 730 Olean Road, East Aurora, is now offering a variety of services for veterans of all branches of the U.S. military and their spouses. The Veterans One-stop Center of Western New York (VOC of WNY) will administer the program.

“The VOC of WNY offers everything from benefits counseling, case management, and educational and employment services to financial counseling, housing and emergency services, legal services and much more,” said Frank Cerny, board chairman of the ROC. “They are very good at navigating a complex system and assisting our veterans and their families, and we are very pleased to extend their outreach into the rural areas of Western New York through the ROC.”

Dog Ears to Host Class for Aspiring Screenwriters

Dog Ears to Host Class for Aspiring Screenwriters

John Szablewski, a screenwriter and filmmaker from Buffalo, will hold a screenwriting workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Nov. 15, at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo. The goal of this class is to help aspiring screenwriters write a full-length screenplay or television pilot. The cost of the class is $15.

In 2014, Szablewski’s short screenplay, The Quota, won honorable mention in the NYC Midnight Screenwriting Challenge. In 2012, the Buffalo State College graduate’s  screenplay, The Horrors of Public Transportation, was nominated to compete for $10,000 in the Michael Collyer Award in Screenwriting from the Writers Guild of America, East. He is currently working on creating a television dramedy pilot called The Deathsons and is creator of the hit web series The Adventures of Hero and Sidekick and Week Night Poker Night.

Mike Randall to Star in ‘Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol’

Mike Randall to Star in ‘Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol’

Dog Ears Bookstore & the Enlightenment Literary Center is excited to announce “Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol” will be performed at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at Bishop Timon St. Jude High School, 601 McKinley Parkway, Buffalo. The show, a solo performance starring Mike Randall, consists of two acts each approximately 45 minutes in length and one intermission. Wine tasting and other fun activities will also be included.

Randall’s production of “Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol” has been a huge success since it’s premiere in 2007. A lover of Buffalo history and presenter of one-person shows, when Randall discovered that Charles Dickens performed in Buffalo in 1868 he decided to re-create Mr. Dickens’ presentation of his most well know story, "A Christmas Carol.”