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Student Orchestra’s Fundraising Plans Pan Out

Student Orchestra’s Fundraising Plans Pan Out

Lancaster schools’ Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra has found success in drumming up support for an area organization that helps youth battle substance abuse.

The group that plays steel drums – also known as pans – has announced that it will be sending a check for $1,700 to Kids Escaping Drugs thanks to its recent "Jam the Pan" campaign and other fundraising efforts.

The orchestra announced the campaign during its annual Island Night fundraiser last year and placed drums out to collect money during its summer concerts.

Orchestra Director Ken Kowalski thanked those who made the endeavor possible.

“Congratulations to all for the effort put forth, the commitment and dedication and your kind hearts, which will help so many in Western New York fighting addiction problems,” he said.

Now Accepting Applications for Fair Camp At This Year's Erie County Fair

Now Accepting Applications for Fair Camp At This Year's Erie County Fair

Have you ever wondered what it is like to sleep in the barns at the Erie County Fair, or to take care of those precious animals that stay right there too?  What about riding in the parade or seeing just how cotton candy and taffy is made?  Well, now here’s your chance!

The Erie County Fair is inviting all 8, 9, and 10 year olds to fill out an application for the chance to be one of the “campers” chosen in the third (3) year of Fair Camp.  Campers (& their same sex parent or guardian) will sleep in the barns, help take care of the Ag-Sperience animals, have the opportunity to show a calf, learn more about that yummy fair food, and even ride in the parade.  Campers & their guardians will come away from the ultimate Fair Camp experience with a greater knowledge of agriculture and livestock, not to mention and inside view of the great Erie County Fair, through hands-on activities under the supervision of qualified staff (camp counselors).

National Curling Event Slated

National Curling Event Slated

OK, so it’s been a long, cold Western New York winter. But instead of complaining about it, how about we celebrate it with some great winter events? The 2011 Tim Horton’s Brier will be held March 5-13 in nearby London, Ontario, at the John Labatt Centre. This national curling event will host 12 provincial/territorial teams to compete for Canada’s top curling honor, the Brier Tankard! 

A variety of ticket package options remain available, including complete event packages, mini packages, single tickets, group rates and VIP packages. 

Tumble Towards A Cure

Tumble Towards A Cure

On February, 13 The Jacquie Hirsch For A.L.L. Foundation and Greater Buffalo Gymnastics & Fitness Center will be hosting The 3rd Annual Jacquie Hirsch Memorial Boys Buffalo Challenge.

This competitive gymnastics meet will take place at Greater Buffalo Gymnastics & Fitness Center, 1641 North French Rd. Getzville, NY 14068.  Competition begins at 10:00 am on Sunday.  Admission is $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for children.  The public is encouraged to attend.

Proceeds from the meet benefit The Jacquie Hirsch For A.L.L.

WOW: What a Great Way to Support Rotary!

WOW: What a Great Way to Support Rotary!

Since its inception in 1911, Rotary Club of Buffalo has donated more than $1 million in charitable grants through the Buffalo Rotary Foundation to address poverty, hunger, health, illiteracy and the environment in Western New York. Organizations such as Cradle Beach; Food Bank of WNY; Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo; Goodwill Industries; Rotary Rink and the Frank Lloyd Wright Rowing Boathouse – just to name a few – have benefited from such grants.

One of the main ways the Foundation raises funds is through its annual fundraising event, Wines of the World.  In 2011, the sixth annual Wines of the World event will be held in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle in Buffalo, on Friday, March 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Warm Your Winter with Wine (Jan. 21-23)

Warm Your Winter with Wine (Jan. 21-23)

Enjoy one of our region's tasty winter beverages this weekend as the Niagara Wine Trail presents their "Warm Your Winter with Wine" event. Many of the Niagara Wine Trail participating wineries are celebrating their delicious Ice Wines with special tastings and discounts on bottles of wine and more.

 For more information and maps of the wineries go to the Niagara Wine Trail website

Why not make it even easier to enjoy the celebration by having someone chauffeur you to each of the venues? Zoladz Limousine service has a January special of 20% off and they are taking reservations now for this weekends festivities.

For more information and reservation info, go to the Zoladz Limousine website.

Annunciation School to Host Open House

Annunciation School to Host Open House

Annunciation School, offering academic programs for students in Pre-K3 through Grade 8, will hold its annual open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 3, at the school, located at 7580 Clinton St. in Elma.

The public is invited to stop in for refreshments, a tour of the school, and an opportunity to meet students, alumni, teachers, the pastor and the school principal. Annunciation currently serves the Alden, Alexander, Attica, Cheektowaga, Depew, East Aurora, Iroquois, Lancaster, Orchard Park and West Seneca school districts, and busing is available within a 15-mile radius.