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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.

Gym-free Fitness Ideas Anyone Can Do

Gym-free Fitness Ideas Anyone Can Do

(ProActive Sports Rehab offers a weekly column promoting health, fitness and physical therapy. Please be sure to check back each week for a new topic!)

Visiting a gym to lift weights or take a class is great for your health. However, busy schedules, tight budgets and simply not feeling like the gym environment is for you are reasons that frequently cause people to stop going. Fortunately, being fit doesn't require the gym!

Tavis Piattoly, a sports dietitian, expert nutritionist and co-founder of My Sports Dietitian, offers some no-fuss ideas for staying healthy without the gym.

Rural Outreach Center, Veterans One-stop Center Offering Services for Veterans

Rural Outreach Center, Veterans One-stop Center Offering Services for Veterans

A wide variety of helpful services for U.S. military veterans and their spouses are now being offered by the Rural Outreach Center (ROC), located at 730 Olean Road, East Aurora. The outreach program is administered by the Veterans One-stop Center of Western New York.

“The Veterans One-stop professionals are exceptional at navigating a complex system and assisting our veterans and their families,” said Frank Cerny, board chairman of the ROC. “We are pleased to extend their outreach into the rural areas of Western New York through the ROC.”

Dog Ears Bookstore to Offer Summer Reading and Writing Camps for Kids and Teens

Dog Ears Bookstore to Offer Summer Reading and Writing Camps for Kids and Teens

Summer reading and writing camps for kids and teens will be offered this summer by Dog Ears Bookstore & The Enlightenment Literacy Arts Center, located at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

A free Summer Reading & Writing Camp for Kids begins on June 27. Sponsored by South District Councilman Chris Scanlon, this camp will feature reading and writing activities, games and more, with all activities aligned with Common Core and New York State Standards in Education. Participants must reside in Councilman Scanlon’s district.

Held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, this camp will be offered from June 27 through July 1 for 7 and 8 year olds, July 11-15 for students ages 9 to 11, and July 18-22 for students ages 12 and 13.

Pathways Church Moving to Main Street in East Aurora

Pathways Church Moving to Main Street in East Aurora

Pathways Christian Fellowship is moving from the South Wales Community Center to the East Aurora Christian Church at 464 Main St. Pathways, led by Pastor Dr. Frank Cerny, MDiv, PhD, will be renting space to hold their Sunday service at 10:15 a.m.

The Fellowship is celebrating 10 years of worship and service to the community this summer. The more than a century old South Wales facility, built as a community center and worship space, has been rented by the church for those 10 years. As part of its mission work, the church improved the community center by painting and updating the old building. The church also facilitated acquiring a grant to make the center accessible on the second floor with a lift. 

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!

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: