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CrossFit Event to Benefit Hope House Shelter

CrossFit Event to Benefit Hope House Shelter

CrossFit Nickel City (CFNC), 247 Virginia St., Buffalo, is hosting an in-house individual CrossFit competition at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 16, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Hope House Shelter for Women & Children.

The Matt Urban Hope Center is a community-focused agency based on the East Side of Buffalo. Its mission is to revitalize neighborhoods, serve families and change lives by offering a full array of services and support to the community. This is accomplished through job training, housing assistance, financial planning and more. Each week over 300 people are assisted through the Center and over 250 families are served through the Hope House emergency shelter. Last year the organization helped 110 street homeless individuals secure housing and provided 88 permanent supportive housing units to the chronically homeless.

Exit 2 Bar & Grille Gearing Up for a Great Summer

Exit 2 Bar & Grille Gearing Up for a Great Summer

Exit 2 Bar & Grille in Tonawanda will be the place to be during the summer months, with new menu items, a new patio and a golf tournament among the recently announced highlights.

Guests who enjoy outdoor dining will love Exit 2’s brand new patio, with interactive games such as Jenga and a bean bag toss adding to an already fun and entertaining atmosphere. Executive Chef Christopher Schork has been busy creating a new summer menu that rolls out on June 20 featuring several fresh seafood offerings, including fresh clams every Monday and Thursday night, and lighter fare. Guests who stop by for “Super Saturday” will enjoy drink and $2 jumbo hot dog specials at the bar or on the patio from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Live Entertainment, Food and Giveaways to be Highlighted at Annual Church of the Annunciation Picnic

Live Entertainment, Food and Giveaways to be Highlighted at Annual Church of the Annunciation Picnic

A weekend filled with live music, classic cars, numerous raffles and delicious food offerings will highlight the 79th annual summer picnic at the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. The event kicks off on Friday, Aug. 19, and concludes with a grand drawing the evening of Sunday, Aug. 21.

The fun begins at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, with a delicious fish fry, a Classic Car Cruise Night from 6 to 9 p.m. and music by Hit ’n Run from 7 to 11 p.m.

Activities on Saturday, Aug. 20, will kick off at 1 p.m. and will include a pork chop dinner at 4 p.m., musical entertainment by Jonny Peresan from 1 to 3 p.m., a Drive Time Polka live remote with Ron Dombrowski from 3 to 7 p.m., and an encore performance by Hit ’n Run from 7 to 11 p.m. Parish volunteers will also be serving Annunciation’s famous clam chowder throughout the day!

Ray Bentley, Tops Friendly Markets Pair Up to Offer a Great Father’s Day Gift

Ray Bentley, Tops Friendly Markets Pair Up to Offer a Great Father’s Day Gift

Current ESPN college football analyst and former Buffalo Bills linebacker and member of Super Bowl XXV and XXVI teams, Ray Bentley, is partnering with Tops Friendly Markets to promote his novel, Driftwood, as the perfect Father’s Day gift.

Ray will be on hand this Sunday, June 12, to sign autographs and promote his new novel, Driftwood. The signing is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tops Friendly Market located at 9660 Transit Road in Amherst. In addition to copies of Driftwood, Bills T-shirts, footballs and pennants will be available for purchase and autographs.

“Driftwood is the perfect Father’s Day gift for all those football dads out there. I can’t wait to come to Buffalo and visit with all the great people. It’s always a blast talking football with the NFL’s best fans!” Bentley commented. 

40th Annual Summer Festival to Feature Demonstrations by Roycroft Artisans

40th Annual Summer Festival to Feature Demonstrations by Roycroft Artisans

Approximately 80 juried artists and demonstrations by Roycroft Artisans and Master Artisans will highlight the 40th annual Roycroft Summer Festival presented by the Roycrofters-At-Large Association. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25-26 on the grounds of Parkdale Elementary School, 141 Girard Ave., East Aurora. 

Another highlight of the Summer Festival, the Roycroft Goodie Box will be raffled off on Sunday. Tickets for this unique wood bowl with copper top, handcrafted by Roycroft Artisans Brian Newton and David Tundo, will be available for purchase during the Summer Festival. The box, filled with handcrafted items generously donated by Roycroft Artisans, is valued at nearly $6,000.

The free demonstration schedule will feature the following presentations: 

Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery Lists Upcoming Creative Events

Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery Lists Upcoming Creative Events

Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery in West Seneca will host the opening reception of its members’ exhibit, “Reflections,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 10. Guests are invited to stop by and meet the participating artists and enjoy the music of Dana Eric Misenheimer. The event is free and open to the public.

A Lighthouse Keeper Dinner Basket class with Maureen Quale will be offered from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 7 and 14, with participants creating a lovely dinner basket. The techniques learned in the creation of the basket are a woven base with wooden handle, triple twining, stop start weaving, applying a rim and double lashing. The handle is a wooden swing handle style. A variety of colors will also be available to customize your basket. The cost for this two-night class is $60.

Fidelis Care Awards $403,850 Grant for Catholic Charities In-School Social Work Program

Fidelis Care Awards $403,850 Grant for Catholic Charities In-School Social Work Program

Donna, whose daughter Julia recently experienced a young negotiators program with a social worker through the Catholic Charities of Buffalo In-School Social Work Program (ISSWP), said the opportunity gave her the “chance to get to know her daughter better.” In turn, Julia said she feels like a “different person” and can “hold my ground more and I have more confidence.”
      
Catholic Charities ISSWP collaborates with 10 Catholic Diocesan elementary and middle schools in Erie and Niagara counties to provide a part- or full-time social worker to address any non-academic barriers to school success. This is the 12th consecutive year Fidelis Care has supported the program, recently awarding Catholic Charities a $403,850 grant to continue its commitment to make a difference in the lives of youth, their families and educators.