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Western Fair Entertainment Centre is Buzzing With Activity

Looking for a quick escape from Western New York? Can you imagine one location that’s home to harness racing, ice hockey rinks, popular consumer shows, farmers’ markets, dining, live entertainment, slot machines and no shortage of excitement 24/7? Does such a nirvana truly exist for those who may love Buffalo but could use a few days away?

Welcome to nearby London, Ontario’s Western Fair Entertainment Centre! Over the past year, upwards of four million people — many from Western New York — have visited the complex, drawn by events such as the Western Fair Farmers Market, Family Fun Fest, London Wine & Food Show, Shriners Circus and numerous other activities. Western Fair’s annual event calendar offers something for everyone!  

Public Invited to Meeting at ECC North: Create a New Vision for Libraries and Services

Re-Imagine! - The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. -- The public is invited to share its ideas for the regional library system of the future through a series of public meetings, web surveys and focus groups; all part of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System's newly launched Re-Imagine campaign. 

"This is an exciting as well as a challenging time for the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System," said Bridget Quinn-Carey, director of the Library System.  "We are beginning a process to re-imagine the library and create a new vision that will meet the needs of the entire community; a library that will not only accommodate the types of  services that are so heavily used currently, but one that will satisfy the needs of our users for innovative services in the years ahead."  

V.S. Naipaul comes to BABEL series tonight

Just Buffalo's BABEL series begins tonight! October 19, 2010, 8:00 PM

An evening with V.S. Naipaul, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo

Tickets available at the door

Students: $10

General Admission: $35

General Admission with B&ECPL library card: $25

Or use your HSBC card for discounts!

VIP (with author reception): $100

Call 716-832-5400 with questions

Annunciation School to Host Ice Cream Social & Book Fair

Annunciation School, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, will host an Ice Cream Social & All American Book Fair from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 20, in the school. The event is open to students and families. Members of the community who are interested in learning more about the school and parish are also encouraged to attend.

Books will be available for sale, as well as delicious ice cream sundaes for only $1. There will also be a pumpkin decorating contest, and children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes. Pumpkins entered in the contest should be decorated at home. If you would like to light up your pumpkin, please use a non-flammable light source.

Clarence in the Spotlight With WNED's Our Town

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Experience life in Clarence, N.Y. through the eyes of 22 residents who captured the people, places and happenings of their hometown for the latest installment of WNED-TV’s OUR TOWN series.

In June, the volunteer filmmakers videotaped topics of interest or unique town assets, including history, architecture, schools, businesses and natural places. Their video footage was edited and compiled into the television program, OUR TOWN: Clarence. The volunteers also were interviewed about the topics they covered, and their commentary serves as the narration behind the program.

The resulting “video scrapbook” premieres on WNED-TV Sat., Sept. 25 at 6:30 pm.

Great Kid: Clarence Teen is a Master Pianist

Kevin O'Neill profiles an extraordinary musician from Clarence:

It started with the violin at age 6. Joseph Mohan has had a love affair with music and performance as long as he can remember. He took up piano at age 7, and now he's a few days away from his freshman year at the elite Juilliard School in New York City.

Besides our Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Joseph has played with orchestras in Rochester, Pittsburgh, and South Carolina.

Click on the video link to see Joseph's journey from momma's boy to maestro!

Open Mic Nights in Clarence

Every Tuesday night this summer, you can step behind the microphone and sing at the Clarence Center Coffee Company.

The coffee house is hosting an open mic night every Tuesday from 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

Stu Shapiro and Friends host every open mic night. There is also live music every Friday and Saturday night.

The Clarence Center Coffee Co. is located at 9475 Clarence Center Road.