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Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Author and Illustrator Wende Essrow


Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Author and Illustrator Wende Essrow


Wende Essrow, author and illustrator of the books “The Paintbrush Dreamer” and “If You Listen to the Trees,” will visit Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 20.

Essrow will present a reading of “If You Listen to the Trees,” followed by a charcoal art drawing workshop. All materials will be included, and participants can take their art home.

Two Fun Events to Benefit Pet Connection Programs Inc.

Two Fun Events to Benefit Pet Connection Programs Inc.

Two upcoming fundraisers — a Chicken BBQ and Chinese Auction event and a large indoor yard sale — will both benefit the shelter animals at Pet Connection Programs Inc., a nonprofit maternity animal shelter located in Marilla.

Held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 2, the Chicken BBQ and Chinese Auction will take place at the Variety Club Banquet Hall located at 6114 Broadway in Lancaster. Dinner tickets are just $10 and include a half chicken by BW’s Smokin’ Barrels Barbecue, Pet Connection’s famous cream corn bake, mashed potatoes, noodle salad, roll and choice of dessert. The auction will feature more than 150 items plus fantastic door prizes! 

Strong Start Pre-K Program at Annunciation to Host Open House Events

Strong Start Pre-K Program at Annunciation to Host Open House Events

The Strong Start Early Learning Academy at the Church of the Annunciation will host two open house events in February to showcase its Pre-K program. The open house events will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 20, and 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24. The Pre-K program is located at 7580 Clinton St. in Elma.

For the 2016-17 school year, Annunciation will offer a two-day Pre-K3 program from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and a three-day program Tuesday through Thursday. The Pre-K4/5 program will continue to be offered from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Annunciation also offers a “Mommy & Me” program for children 18 months to 3 years from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays.

Athlete Signing Times Announced for Huge Sports Collectors Expo in Batavia

Athlete Signing Times Announced for Huge Sports Collectors Expo in Batavia

Nearly 30 former football, baseball, basketball and hockey players and coaches — including members of the Buffalo Bills, Braves and Sabres — are scheduled to appear at the Sports Collectors Expo Feb. 20 and 21 in Batavia. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Batavia Downs Gaming Center, 8315 Park Road, Batavia.

Athlete signing times have recently been announced. Scheduled to appear on Saturday, Feb. 20, are:
11 a.m. to noon: Claude Humphrey, Joe Altobelli, Gilles Villemure, Don Luce
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Ray Bentley
12 to 1 p.m.: Sammy Stewart, Dave Ford, Tim Stoddard, Al Bumbry, Bill Swaggerty
1 to 2 p.m.: Adrian Dantley, Jim McMillian, Ernie DiGregorio, Jack Marin, Gar Heard
2 to 3 p.m.: Walt Patulski, Scott Norwood, Jim Lorentz, Ruben Brown, Gabe Northern

Student Art Exhibit Kicks Off a Busy Schedule at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery

Student Art Exhibit Kicks Off a Busy Schedule at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery

A wide variety of classes, exhibits and workshops will take place at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery, 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, in the upcoming weeks and months!

“Creative Courage,” an exhibit featuring the work of students from the West Seneca Visual Arts Academy at West Seneca East Senior High School, will be on display from Feb. 3-27. An opening reception, open to the public, is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5. Guests are invited to meet the student artists, view their creativity and discuss their artwork with them!

Free Health and Safety Evaluation Provides Peace of Mind for Homeowners

Free Health and Safety Evaluation Provides Peace of Mind for Homeowners

Is your house healthy? If you’re not 100 percent sure, there’s a cost-free way to find out.

A New York State program now offers a free home health and safety evaluation — the NYSERDA Free Energy Audit — for homeowners. All homes are eligible for this service every two years, free of charge. 

“A home should be declared safe before starting any major home improvement project such as adding insulation or installing new windows,” said Jim Stroehlein, co-owner of Prime Time Energy Services. “If a home has an existing health or safety concern and you tighten up the building's shell, the existing problem will only be magnified by trapping it inside the home. This could create a hazardous or deadly environment.”

One potential safety concern is exposure to carbon monoxide gas, which can lead to CO poisoning or even death.

Tyrpak Accounting Services Offers Helpful Tips for Tax Season

Tyrpak Accounting Services Offers Helpful Tips for Tax Season

Another tax season is upon us, and as is customary, individuals and businesses will likely have plenty of questions while preparing their tax returns. With that in mind, Tyrpak Accounting Services of West Seneca offers several tips to help guide you through this often difficult and complicated annual process.