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Fundraiser: Where a Kid Can Help Other Kids

Fundraiser: Where a Kid Can Help Other Kids

  Lancaster residents soon will have the chance to spend a day out with the family while also helping students in the school district.

  The Lancaster Educational and Alumni Foundation – or LEAF – will hold its Chuck E. Cheese’s Lancaster Schools Winter Recess Family Fun Day from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, at the Chuck E. Cheese’s at 4408 Milestrip Road in Blasdell.

  LEAF is the newly formed, not-for-profit foundation dedicated to helping Lancaster schools and students by raising funds to support programs. During the Fun Day, Chuck E. Cheese’s will donate 15 percent of purchases generated by Lancaster family and friends back to LEAF. Those attending are asked to bring a copy of the flier, which may be downloaded by visiting LEAF’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LEAFoundation and clicking on the “Photos” link. The flier is in the “Wall Photos” album.

Bayonets Before Daybreak Recreates 1813 Capture of Fort Niagara

Bayonets Before Daybreak Recreates 1813 Capture of Fort Niagara

A special walking tour set for Sunday morning, December 19 will follow in the footsteps of British soldiers who captured Fort Niagara exactly 197 years ago. The tour will be led by a uniformed War of 1812 soldier who will walk participants through the daring night attack that delivered Fort Niagara from U.S. into British hands. The soldier will also give tour participants a first-hand look at Fort Niagara's American garrison, including uniforms and equipment of U.S. War of 1812 soldiers.

The tour begins at 7:00 am, just hours after the actual assault captured the Fort on the morning of December 19, 1813. Following the tour, participants will be served breakfast at the Fort Niagara Officers Club. Attendance is limited to the first twenty people who register. Cost is $18.13 per person and must be paid in advance by calling (716) 745-7611.

For more information, consult Old Fort Niagara's website at www.oldfortniagara.org.

Building Gingerbread Houses at St. John's School

Building Gingerbread Houses at St. John's School

Every year, Mrs. Cambria's Kindergarten class keeps tradition - building gingerbread houses for the Christmas season.  This year wasn't any different.  Most of the children's parents came in to help their child build his or her very own gingerbread house to take home.  Everyone brings in milk cartons, to serve as the house's frame, and graham crackers and various candies to decorate with.  This year the class had a special idea - turn their Thanksgiving teepee into a Christmas tree.  Father David Tourville even showed up to give the tree a special blessing after placing the Christmas angel on top.  This year's event was concluded with the singing of "Hark the Herald Angels Sing."

HockeyTowneUSA Fan Fest Coming to Downtown Buffalo

HockeyTowneUSA Fan Fest Coming to Downtown Buffalo

The world is coming to Buffalo ... and we’re throwing a party!

HockeyTowne USA Fan Fest, four days of fun for kids, moms, dads and hockey enthusiasts, is coming to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in downtown Buffalo December 26-29. Admission is just $5 per person, and children 12 and under are free with a paid adult admission.

A private VIP party featuring The Boys of Summer will be held on Sunday, December 26. HockeyTowne USA Fan Fest will then open to the public from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, December 27 and Tuesday, December 28, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

March of Dimes Partners with Statewide Health Agencies to Address Late Preterm Birth

In an effort to reduce the number of late preterm births, the March of Dimes New York Chapter announced today it will partner with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York State Chapter of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG District II) to help educate health care providers and the public on the importance of the last weeks of pregnancy and the risk of early deliveries.  A healthy, full term-pregnancy lasts 39-40 weeks, yet there has been a rise in births scheduled prior to that time through inductions and C-sections that are not medically necessary - a practice once thought to be safe.  Research shows that scheduling births, even a few weeks too early, may result in babies having feeding, breathing and learning problems.  They are also more likely to die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). 

Blessed Sacrament to Hold St. Nick Nite Raffle

TONAWANDA, N.Y. -- Please come and join us and see St. Nick. Fun for all. $25 ticket get yours whole family in.

Pet Connection Announces Holiday Season Events

Pet Connection Programs Inc. is counting on support from the generous residents of Western New York to make this a happy holiday season. Volunteers from the nonprofit maternity and special care animal shelter located in Marilla will be at several locations throughout Erie County in an effort to raise funds for the care of dozens of dogs and cats in need of loving homes.