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Artpark Brings the Spirit of Brazil to Its Stage

Artpark Brings the Spirit of Brazil to Its Stage

Lewiston, NY – Baila Brazil, a colorful celebration of Afro-Brazilian culture, has sold out the Sydney Opera House, London’s Royal Festival Hall and the Casino de Paris. This month, the show makes its exclusive North American premiere right here in Western New York. The Balé de Rua dance troupe will electrify Artpark’s Mainstage Theater in Lewiston from July 14 to 17 for four energetic and culturally immersive performances.

Balé de Rua was established by Fernando Narduchi and Marco Antônio Garcia in Uberlândia, Brazil. The backdrop was the ’80s in a city brimming with culture, and young people were finally feeling free to explore and honor their heritage. The two artists sought to capture and express the style, rhythm and soulfulness of the urban dance groups that were multiplying in the streets of Brazil’s biggest cities.  

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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.

Daemen Selected as National College of Distinction

Daemen Selected as National College of Distinction

For the ninth consecutive year, Daemen College has earned national recognition as a College of Distinction in honor of the institution’s excellence in undergraduate higher education and innovative application of high impact educational practices.

“We are proud to receive once again this national distinction and to be cited as one of the best colleges in the nation,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “This prestigious honor reaffirms our steadfast commitment to providing exceptional academic programs and a distinctive college experience that prepares our students for future professional success.”

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: 

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Book Event to Recognize Fallen Heroes from South Park High School

Book Event to Recognize Fallen Heroes from South Park High School

Dog Ears Bookstore & Café will host Hamburg resident Matthew Parsons, a 1970 graduate of South Park High School, for a book-signing event from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 30. Parson’s book, “Our Fallen Warriors Remembered,” shares the stories of 155 individuals from South Park High School and their service to America in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Of the individuals profiled, four lost their lives as prisoners of war and 30 remain missing in action.

Parsons served with the Buffalo Police Department for nearly 10 years before joining the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in 1981 and retiring in 2011. His wife Mamie is also a South Park graduate.

New Book Shines Spotlight on South Park Football Team and Coach; Book-signings Planned

New Book Shines Spotlight on South Park Football Team and Coach; Book-signings Planned

Two book-signing events celebrating the release of “A Spark: The Tim Delaney Story,” by author John M. Davidson, will take place later this month in South Buffalo. 

Published by No Frills Buffalo and featuring a foreword by former Buffalo Bills great Mark Kelso, “This book perfectly captures exactly what a true high school football coach is supposed to be, and how Tim Delaney embodies it,” said Buffalo radio and television personality and former high school football coach Sal Capaccio. “The fact that Tim was able to win a state title, given the circumstances and constraints he’s faced, is a great example of perseverance for the very young men he’s coached. And the fact that he did it in his native Buffalo, at his alma mater South Park High School, makes this story even more amazing and special.”

Catholic Charities 2016 Appeal Goal is Within Reach at $10.5 Million

Catholic Charities 2016 Appeal Goal is Within Reach at $10.5 Million

With about four weeks remaining before the close of the 2016 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, the annual campaign has raised $10,550,794.76 in cash and pledges, representing almost 96 percent of its $11 million goal. Appeal leaders are asking the community for their help in raising the remaining $449,205.24 still needed to reach the final goal by June 30.
       
The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, expressed his gratitude on behalf of the Appeal leadership team for all of the support the Western New York community has shown so far. He also stressed the urgency of contributing now to those who have not yet donated, or are in a position to consider an additional gift, to help ensure a successful conclusion.