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5K Race/Walk to Benefit Laura Friend

CLARENCE, N.Y. -- Laura Friend, a Clarence resident, is battling recurrent cancer and is facing large expenses for treatments without the benefit of insurance coverage.

This race is being set up solely to help with those expenses.

Date: October 30, 2010

Time: 10 AM—Noon

Starting point: 5375 Old Goodrich Road; Parking at the Church of Christ (next to Library).

The Route: Scenic loop through Clarence and Clarence Center

Prizes awarded for the best race time, and best Halloween costume!

- Children (0-12)

- Teen (13-17)

- Young Adult (18-25)

- Adult (25-55)

- Senior (55+)

For more information about volunteering or registering, call Cliff Miller at (716) 741-9001 or send an email

Western New Yorkers Invited to Give the Gift of Warmth during PJ Round-Up

Girl Scouts across Western New York are collecting new, warm clothing items to give the gift of warmth to those in need this season.  The Girl Scouts of Western New York and The Summit Federal Credit Union and teaming up onceagain to present the PJ Round-Up.  This community service initiative for Girl Scout troops in Buffalo, Batavia, Lockport and Niagara Falls provides new warm pajamas, slippers and robes for women and children living in area shelters. 

Donations will be collected through November 30 at Western New York Summit branches, Girl Scout Service Centers in Depew, Lockport, Niagara Falls and Batavia, Eastern Hills Mall and the East Amherst Enterprise location.

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.

Holiday Dinner Dance Featuring Jack Civiletto & The Pyramid Band to Benefit Pet Connection

Tickets are now available for a Holiday Concert/Dinner Dance featuring Jack Civiletto & The Pyramid Band that will take place from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, December 4, at the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Proceeds from the event will benefit Pet Connection Programs Inc., a special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla.

Tickets are just $25 per person and include dinner, entertainment, a basket auction and raffles. A special door prize of four Disney one-day park hopper passes valued at $544 will be given away. Tickets for the event are presale only and can be ordered by calling the shelter at 652-0192.

Pet Connection Announces Additional Events During October

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla, has added some new special events to its October calendar.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 2 and 3, Pet Connection volunteers will be participating in the Cradle Beach Harvest Festival in Angola, selling mini and large totes filled with pet surprises. Come out and see the puppies!

And, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. October 2, volunteers will be grilling up hot dogs and hamburgers at the Tractor Supply Co., 4484 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. The store is having a huge pet food sale, so please stop by and check it out.

Pet Connection Announces October Events

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla, will be participating in several special events during the month of October.

Pet totes and other goodies will be available for sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. October 2 and 16 in the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga, on the first floor near Sears. Volunteers will also be at the Eastern Hills Mall in Clarence from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. October 30.

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.