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Annunciation Students Receive Class Rings

Annunciation Students Receive Class Rings

Eighth-grade students from Annunciation School in Elma received their class rings on Thursday, Dec.22, during a special Christmas Mass celebrated with family, teachers and classmates at Annunciation Church. Pictured from left are: Kayla Halsey, Anna DiDomenico, Mikala McCartney, Hannah Strek, Olivia Biernat, Maegan Strek, Grace Coughlin, Veronika Tibold and Ela Sowa.

To schedule a tour of Annuncaition School, located at 7580 Clinton St., please call 681-1327. Additional information can be found at www.annunciationschoolelma.com, and daily updates can also be found on the school’s Facebook page.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Buffalo

The recently popular musical group, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, is coming to Buffalo on December 27, 2011. Their rock twist on classical Christmas songs have made them famous, being played on the radio and used in commercials. One of their most recognizable songs is "Carol of the Bells," as seen in the video.

Continue reading on Examiner.com  Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Buffalo High School Theater | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/high-school-theater-in-buffalo/trans-siberian-orchestra

Renew Your Marriage with 10 Great Dates

Renew Your Marriage with 10 Great Dates

BUFFALO, N.Y., Dec. 6, 2011 – Remember when you first fell in love with your partner – the exhilaration and eagerness you felt? Through a fun, romantic and marriage-enriching program offered by Catholic Charities of Buffalo beginning Jan. 5, you can re-ignite that same spark, connection and creativity in your relationship.

“10 Great Dates” is an award-winning marriage education program that helps couples recharge the fun and conversation in their marriage. First, couples meet together as a group.

Aurora Park Lights Up The Holidays

East Aurora, NY – Absolut Care will kick-off the holiday season in style as they illuminate the village of East Aurora with a ceremonial tree lighting by Mayor Allan Kasperzak on the front lawn of Aurora Park. 

Join us on Saturday, November 26th at 7pm to celebrate the season with festivities that include:

  • Hot cocoa and cookies
  • Face painting
  • Crafts for kids
  • Holiday characters
  • Horse drawn carriage rides
  • Carolers from Parkdale Elementary School
  • Santa’s arrival courtesy of the East Aurora Fire Department
  • Photos with Santa by Terry's Photo Studio

 Please call Absolut Care of Aurora Park at 652-1560 for more information or visit our website www.absolutcare.com.

Thanksgiving Reads for Families

Thanksgiving Reads for Families

Hopefully, it is obvious to you that this turkey has a book in its hand. Come to think of it, hopefully it's obvious that this is, in fact, a turkey.

My amateur drawing skills aside, I want to take this opportunity to draw people's attention to some entertaining reads for children and families this Thanksgiving season. 

I know, I know, we only have a week left--but in recommending Thanksgiving reads, I am not talking about "The Turkey" by Dostoevsky (thankfully, there is no such thing) or "The Yams of Wrath" by Steinbeck (again, no such thing...although I'm told there's something similar). These are just some quick, kid-friendly, fireside reads that are sure to delight families as they prepare to celebrate this season of thanks together.

Note: For photos of each book in the order reviewed, see below.

"Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving," by Laurie Halse Anderson

Annunciation Parish to Host Several Holiday Events

Annunciation Parish to Host Several Holiday Events

Annunciation Church and School, located at 7580 Clinton St., Elma, will host several free holiday events that are open to the public.

An Advent Evening of Reflection titled “Keep It Simply Simple” (amidst the frenzy of the holidays), will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 30, in Selbert Hall. Sr. Louise Alff, OSF, will serve as presenter.

The Home School Guild's annual St. Nick Craft Fair takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, December 4, in Annunciation School. The event will feature Christmas gifts, refreshments, a basket raffle, wreath sale and Christmas tree sale.

Canisius College Chorale to Perform at Annunciation Church

Canisius College Chorale to Perform at Annunciation Church

The Canisius College Chorale, under the direction of Frank Scinta, will continue its 2011 Sacred Spaces concert series with a program at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 4, in Annunciation Church, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. The concert will feature works by Handel, Lotti, Hogan, Dawson and others, and admission is free.

Sacred Spaces stems from an idea the choir proposed seven years ago to feature its music in some of Western New York’s most beautiful and acoustically resonant environments — namely, the sanctuaries of our area’s churches. As a result, the choir has visited nearly 40 houses of worship with its repertoire of sacred and secular music spanning five centuries.