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Annette and Colin McMahon Chair the 2010 Festival of Trees

Annette and Colin McMahon, MD, chairpersons of the Festival of Trees, are preparing for the open of the 33rd holiday season event benefiting Women & Children’s Hospital which starts November 19 and runs until December 3 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel located at 2 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo 14202. It will be open 24 hours each of these days for people to come and experience the Glittering Wonderland of elegance and charm.

Sponsored by CGF Anesthesiology, Mark IV Industries Foundation and TOPS Friendly Markets, the Festival of Trees is Western New York’s premier holiday event, featuring decorated trees, wreaths, swags and mantle pieces on display and a Boutique filled with holiday home décor and gifts. It also serves as a significant fundraising event for Women & Children’s Hospital.

Annunciation School Holds Ice Cream Social and Book Fair

Students, parents, faculty and guests gathered at Annunciation School in Elma on October 20 for the annual Ice Cream Social, Book Fair and Halloween Party in the school, located at 7580 Clinton St. 

Highlights of the fun-filled evening included a pumpkin-decorating contest, face-painting and a visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog, star of the popular children’s book series.

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

Experience Holiday Magic at the Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees presents a magical wonderland for all of Western New York to enjoy with decorated trees, wreaths, swags and mantle pieces on display and a Boutique filled with holiday home décor and gifts at the Hyatt Regency Hotel located at 2 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo 14202 from November 19- December 3. 

Sponsored by CGF Anesthesiology, Mark IV Industries Foundation and TOPS Friendly Markets, the Festival of Trees is Western New York’s premier holiday event, featuring decorated trees, wreaths, swags and mantle pieces on display and a Boutique filled with holiday home décor and gifts.

Fairgrounds Festival of Lights opens Friday at 5:30pm

The 6th annual Fairgrounds Festival of Light will feature over one million lights in a drive through that spans nearly 2 miles with the addition of eleven large displays.   The Festival will run 29 days starting November 26 – January 1, gates open 5:30 – 9:30pm and grounds open until 10:00pm. (Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Admission to the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights is just $18 per carload. 

New to the Festival of Lights this year will be a new Kids Game Show called “Everyone’s A Winner” hosted by Rob and Carol Allen, a  newly redesigned Sing-a-Long Winterific indoor animated light show, and a new North Pole Village featuring old time window displays reminisce cent of the nostalgic downtown shopping days  .  Returning with a new nightly show is The World’s Largest Elf, Kandy Kane, reindeer carriage rides on weekends, Santa’s Magical Midway featuring indoor kiddie rides, Santa and much more.

'Howl at The Ridge': Fun-Raiser to Benefit Chestnut Ridge Park

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – The Chestnut Ridge Conservancy, Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c)(3)organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, NY, is pleased to announce plans for a Halloween Fundraiser: “Howl at the Ridge” to be held on Friday October 29, 2010 at the recently renovated Chestnut Ridge Casino inside Chestnut Ridge Park.

The event is open to the public. It begins at 8:00 p.m and will run through 11:00 p.m. In addition to seasonal cuisine, beer, wine, and soft drinks, the Conservancy is sponsoring a Chinese auction with numerous prize baskets, a silent auction for selected items, and 50/50 drawings. Music for the event will be provided by CJ Sound. The Conservancy will be selling assorted logo merchandise and accepting new members into the organization.

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.