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No Frills Buffalo Set to Release Two Books

No Frills Buffalo Set to Release Two Books

No Frills Buffalo, a new Buffalo-based publishing firm founded by Mark Pogodzinski, will soon be releasing two new books, “Broken and Profane” by Jeff Schober, and “Fragments of a Life,” a collection of poetry by Judith A. Rucki. 

In the past year, No Frills has published three books by local writers: “Flashes and Specks,” a novel by Pogodzinski; “Diamonds in the Rough,” a compilation of short sports-related stories by Joe Kirchmyer; and “How to Tame a Macker,” a children’s book written by Mark Privateer and illustrated by Nicole Haberer. 

Annunciation School Hosts Kid’s Dance Workshop

Annunciation School Hosts Kid’s Dance Workshop

It’s no secret that kids love to dance but did you know that dancing promotes motor skill development in children.  Dancing also encourages creativity, self-confidence and expressive movement when in a fun, nurturing environment. 

This October, Annunciation School will host a 6-week kid’s dance work shop facilitated by Buffalo Dance Center. Classes are held on Saturday mornings beginning October 22nd and run through November 26th. Classes offered include Creative Movement (Ages 3-4), Saturdays 9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. and Pre-Dance (Ages 5-6), Saturdays 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Red Jacket Awards at the Historical Society Honor Letro, Walsh

Red Jacket Awards at the Historical Society Honor Letro, Walsh

The Board of Managers of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society is pleased to announce that they have selected Cindy Abbott Letro, and John N. Walsh as recipients of its annual Red Jacket Award. The board will present the awards at a dinner and ceremony at the Historical Society’s museum on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m.

The Red Jacket Award is given annually in recognition of quiet, continued, unbroken devotion to civic progress. Created 54 years ago, in 1957, by the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, the award is based upon a medal presented in 1792 by President George Washington to the renowned Seneca orator and leader Red Jacket.

Photos from the Quaker Arts Festival

Photos from the Quaker Arts Festival

In spite of yesterday's Bills' game, there was still a great turnout at the 50th annual Quaker Arts Festival in Orchard Park.

Sponsored by the Orchard Park Jaycees, this event showcases the work of hundreds of artists and craftsmen from all over Western New York, as well as some from out of the area.

I took the liberty -- with permission from the exhibitors, of course -- of taking some photos of the artistic treasures on display yesterday. As you might have guessed from the above photo, I will start by showing you some of what the "Lucky Bamboo" tent had to offer.

Click on the headline to see more photos.

Here are the websites of some of the exhibitors, for those who are interested:

Beeswax Window Ornament

Kelsey Merkle

L&M Arts

Michael S. Smith Graphics

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Athlete, Author

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Athlete, Author

Meet Mark Kelso, a member of Buffalo’s four Super Bowl teams, and Joe Kirchmyer, author of “Diamonds in the Rough,” from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo. Active in youth sports himself, Kelso wrote the foreword for Diamonds in the Rough, a collection of sports stories covering a variety of topics, from local sports leagues to cases of pure human survival. 

Both Kelso and the local author will be on hand to sign copies of this highly entertaining book, and Kelso will also be signing football memorabilia. Proceeds from the event will benefit the tuition assistance fund at St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster as well as the not-for-profit neighborhood bookstore.  

Local Publishing Company Looking for Aspiring Writers

Local Publishing Company Looking for Aspiring Writers

Founded by Buffalo native Mark Pogodzinski, No Frills Buffalo will consider works submitted in the fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories, graphic novels, young adult and picture book categories. In the past year, No Frills has published three books by local writers: “Flashes and Specks,” a novel by Pogodzinski; “Diamonds in the Rough,” a compilation of short sports-related stories by West Seneca resident Joe Kirchmyer; and “How to Tame a Macker,” a children’s book written by Mark Privateer and illustrated by Nicole Haberer. Several more books by Western New York writers are currently in the works.

'Rock for Food' Teams Up with Wing Fest to Benefit Food Bank

 'Rock for Food' Teams Up with Wing Fest to Benefit Food Bank

9th Annual ‘Rock for Food’ Teaming Up Once Again with Wing Fest to Benefit Food Bank

Some of Western New York’s top music acts will be gathering together for an evening of live original music to help the hungry in anticipation of the holiday season.  Now in its 9th year of existence, “Rock for Food 2011” - will be held on Friday, September 2nd at The Pearl Street Grill & Brewery on 76 Pearl Street in downtown Buffalo. The event is a benefit for The Food Bank of Western New York and is once again the official kickoff party for The National Buffalo Wing Festival.