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Annunciation Church to Host Fun-filled Summer Picnic

Annunciation Church to Host Fun-filled Summer Picnic

The annual Annunciation Church Picnic, a fun-filled family event featuring great food, kids’ activities, raffles, music, specialty booths and much more, will take place August 17-19 on the parish grounds at 7580 Clinton St. in Elma. 

The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday, August 17, with a delicious fish fry, a Classic Car Cruise Night and music by Hit ’n Run from 7 to 11 p.m.

Activities on Saturday, August 18, will kick off at 1 p.m. and will include a pork chop dinner at 4 p.m. and musical entertainment by the Boys of Summer from 7 to 11 p.m. Volunteers will also be serving Annunciation’s famous clam chowder throughout the day!

Dog Ears Bookstore to Offer Parent & Child Play Group

Dog Ears Bookstore to Offer Parent & Child Play Group

A new Parent & Child Play Group designed for children 18 to 30 months will be offered at the nonprofit Dog Ears Bookstore from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on five Wednesday mornings beginning July 11. 

Facilitated by Maureen McDonnell, a New York State licensed speech language pathologist, the play group will encourage and foster social play and interaction, language learning through books and songs, and communication skills. The program will also feature exposure to early literacy skills, small group play, circle time and a snack.

Ruben's River Rumble, June 24

The Ruben Brown Foundation will be hosting Ruben's River Rumble this Sunday, June 24.

Sons Honor Father with Make-A-Wish Fundraiser

Sons Honor Father with Make-A-Wish Fundraiser

A father’s love of helping the Make-A-Wish Foundation continues to shine through his children as they again organize a benefit that helps others and keeps their dad’s memory alive.

The fourth Dave Mutton Memorial Race will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at MXK Raceway, 800 Bullis Road, Elma.

Dylan Mutton, 13, and his brother, Max, 11, are planning the event to honor Mutton, who passed away in 2002. The race combines two of their father’s passions – Make-A-Wish and go-kart racing. The boys hope to raise about $7,500, which is the average cost of granting a wish to a child with a life-threatening medical condition. The race in 2011 assisted a boy who dreamed of “decking out” his go-kart trailer. Proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York Chapter.

Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery Lists Classes, Adds New Programs

Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery Lists Classes, Adds New Programs

A wide variety of classes and events for experienced artists or individuals just looking for an outlet for their creativity are on tap at Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery, 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca.

June’s art exhibit opening, “Photography of Dan Benevento,” will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 8. Free and open to the public, please stop in and meet the artist!

Maternity and Early Childhood Foundation Awards Grant for Catholic Charities Parenting Program

BUFFALO, N.Y., May 24, 2012 – Catholic Charities of Buffalo has received a $25,000 grant renewal from the Maternity and Early Childhood Foundation (MECF), an organization dedicated to ensuring healthy babies and services for parents across New York State, to support its Young Parents Program (YPP), which provides parent education and home visitation services to Erie County residents.

The grant reflects a portion of the funds made available to serve young, low-income, expectant and new parents throughout the state in high-need areas where services are often limited. The MECF has been providing financial support to Catholic Charities YPP since 1984.

The YPP provides education and support to pregnant and/or parenting individuals ages 12-25. Services include two Catholic Charities’ parenting programs, as well as prenatal and parenting educational classes offered through the Ken-Ton Family Health Center and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo OB-GYN Health Center.

Legislator Lorigo Thanks Community for Supporting Explore and More Fundraiser

Legislator Lorigo Thanks Community for Supporting Explore and More Fundraiser

Erie County Legislator Joseph C. Lorigo’s Hot Dog Roast Fundraiser, held during Explore and More Children’s Museum’s Touch-A-Truck event, raised more than $1,000.

“Thank you to everyone who stopped by the hot dog roast and supported Explore and More. It was a tremendous event and the money raised will benefit the museum’s continued efforts to provide quality programming for children and their families,” said Legislator Lorigo.

The annual Touch-A-Truck event was held Sunday, May 20 at the museum, located in East Aurora.

Legislator Lorigo can be reached at 858-8922 or email joseph.lorigo@erie.gov.