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Audubon Community Nature Center Planning 35th Annual Snowflake Sustainable Living Festival

Audubon Community Nature Center Planning 35th Annual Snowflake Sustainable Living Festival

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center is planning for its 35th Annual Snowflake Sustainable Living Festival to be the best yet.

Magic Moments horse-drawn Carriage Rides, Wild Spirit Education programs with owls and hawks, alpacas from Dun Roving Farms, Chautauqua County Humane Society, and Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue are some of the animal experiences being lined up.

The Festival’s emphasis on sustainability means visitors can learn about and experience ways to live a bit lighter on the planet. Opportunities are being planned for bird nest box and feeder building, butter making, soap making, wool spinning, knitting, leather working, wheat grinding, maple tapping and syrup making.

Also indoors will be children’s crafts, a basket raffle, door prizes, great shopping at the Blue Heron Gift Shop, and the opportunity to win a handmade 100% repurposed braided wool rug in the feature raffle.

Christ the King School in Snyder Plans Annual Open House Event

Christ the King School in Snyder Plans Annual Open House Event

Christ the King School, where quality education and faith are long-standing traditions, will host an open house event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, during Catholic Schools Week. The school is conveniently located at Main Street and Lamarck Drive in Snyder.

Christ the King, offering Pre-K3, Pre-K4, kindergarten and grades one through eight, provides students with a challenging curriculum that meets and exceeds New York State learning standards. Guests who tour the STREAM-designated school will learn about Christ the King’s art, music, computer, physical education and foreign language classes; clubs and extracurricular activities; safe and disciplined environment; educational field trips; Academic Intervention Services and much more! 

Visitors will also have an opportunity to meet Principal Samuel Zalacca, as well as the school’s teachers and staff.

Elmwood Village Winter Market Resumes on January 7, Free Exercise Classes Begin January 14

Elmwood Village Winter Market Resumes on January 7, Free Exercise Classes Begin January 14

The Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State, an indoor version of the popular Elmwood Village Farmers Market, returns to Buckham Hall on the campus of SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave., from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 7, following a two-week holiday hiatus. 

In addition to hosting nearly 20 quality vendors, entertainment is offered from approximately 10 to 11:30 a.m. Providing musical entertainment on Jan. 7 will be Fools Like Us. Hosting the market’s community table this Saturday will be Heritage Centers. One group or organization from Buffalo State also hosts a weekly informational table, and the market is equipped to accept EBT customers as well.

Explore Buffalo Announces Grain Alley Gala Event

Explore Buffalo Announces Grain Alley Gala Event

Explore Buffalo’s annual fundraising event will take place in Buffalo’s historic First Ward in 2017! Come see what the excitement is all about from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, during the Grain Alley Gala at the newly renovated Barrel Factory at 65 Vandalia St., and support the continued growth of Explore Buffalo’s educational programs.

High School Students to Compete in NFADA AutoTech Competition

High School Students to Compete in NFADA AutoTech Competition

The Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association and Erie Community College will host the 2017 NFADA Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition on Saturday, Jan. 14. The competition features teams of two high school automotive seniors who will go through a series of diagnostic, workstation and performance tests to measure their automotive technical skills and abilities. Ford Motor Company is the vehicle sponsor and will be providing six 2017 Ford Explorers for the students to compete on.

Also during the event, high school juniors will compete in a Tire Changing Rodeo. They will race against time in an Olympic-style format to dismount and mount tires using a tire-changing machine.

Rural Outreach Center to Launch ‘ROC Resolutions’ Community Challenge in January

Rural Outreach Center to Launch ‘ROC Resolutions’ Community Challenge in January

Imagine having only $6.36 a day to spend on food, living in a house that only heated up to 60 degrees, not having reliable transportation, or not owning a winter coat or boots. For more than 200,000 Western New Yorkers, this is daily life.  

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), which serves the southern communities of Western New York, is raising awareness about the challenges of living in poverty through a new community-wide campaign during the month of January 2017 called “ROC Resolutions.” During each week of the month, the spotlight will shine on a different obstacle often encountered by those living in poverty. Week one (Jan. 2-8) will focus on food, while week two (Jan. 9-15) will focus on utilities, week three (Jan. 16-22) on transportation, and week four (Jan. 23-30) on clothing.