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Smackdab/Adults-Only Opening Winter Lights at Audubon Friday, December 16

Smackdab/Adults-Only Opening Winter Lights at Audubon Friday, December 16

Jamestown, NY – Winter Lights at Audubon opens this year with an Adults Only night featuring the exciting regional favorite live band Smackdab.

After walking a luminary-lit trail of interactive lights, you can listen to music and enjoy snacks and a beer or glass of wine at the Audubon Community Nature Center on Friday evening, December 16, 2016. Soda, hot chocolate, and coffee will also be available for designated drivers and those not interested in beer or wine.

The 5:30-8:30 p.m. event features 14 lasers and more than 10,000 LED lights, a merger of nature with cutting edge technology where YOU get to control your experience. Interactive LED lights, including a drum that changes lights in the building, firefly lasers and animal quiz boards, create a new twist on light shows.

You can warm up at the fire at the midpoint of the half-mile walk on a paved and ice-free trail, and gasp at the finale at the Blue Heron Overlook.

NFADA Plans Annual Buffalo Auto Show Poster Contest

NFADA Plans Annual Buffalo Auto Show Poster Contest

The Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association announced that the organization will host its annual poster competition in conjunction with the 2017 Buffalo Auto Show. The Buffalo Auto Show will return Feb. 9-12, 2017, to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in downtown Buffalo.

The poster contest is open to all students enrolled in art classes in Western New York schools. Entries must be submitted by participating schools and must be original work. Complete details can be found on the NFADA’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BuffaloAutoShow.

Local Artisans Inspire Holiday Shopping at 22nd Annual Yuletide in the Country

Local Artisans Inspire Holiday Shopping at 22nd Annual Yuletide in the Country

Western New Yorkers can complete their holiday shopping and buy local on Dec. 3 and 4 as the 22nd annual Yuletide in the Country Holiday Artisan Market returns to the Event Center at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State to Return on December 3

Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State to Return on December 3

The Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State, an indoor version of the popular Elmwood Village Farmers Market, will return to Buckham Hall on the campus of SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave., on Saturday, Dec. 3. The market will run from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through mid April 2017.

In addition to hosting nearly 20 quality vendors, entertainment will be offered from approximately 10 to 11:30 a.m., and one community group will be invited to host an informational table each week. One group or organization from Buffalo State will also host a weekly informational table, and the market will be equipped to accept EBT customers as well.

Dog Ears to Host Tim Shannon for Book-signing and Irish History Presentation

Dog Ears to Host Tim Shannon for Book-signing and Irish History Presentation

Local author Tim Shannon will visit Dog Ears Bookstore & Café from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, for a presentation on Buffalo’s Irish history and book-signing event. The nonprofit bookstore is located at 688 Abbott Road in Buffalo.

Shannon’s PowerPoint presentation uses historic photos to illustrate the history behind his “Da’s Shillelagh Trilogy.” The three book in the trilogy include “Da’s Shillelagh,” “Da’s Legacy” and the newly released “Da’s American Family.”

Topics featured in the presentation include the role of the Irish in the War of 1812, the Erie Canal, Great Seiche of 1844, Canal District, Civil War, the Fenians and more.

Author Rosanne Higgins to Visit Dog Ears Bookstore in December

Author Rosanne Higgins to Visit Dog Ears Bookstore in December

Rosanne L. Higgins, author of “A Lifetime Again,” book four of her Orphans and Inmates series, will host a book-signing event from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, South Buffalo.

Higgins grew up in Buffalo. Her experiences traveling in both the United States and in Europe as a child resulted in a love of history and cultural diversity from an early age. She entered graduate school in 1990 as an anthropology student and studied the relationship between biology and poverty during the 19th century. Her main interest was the institutionalized poor. In 1998 she earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University at Buffalo.

Celebrate the Christmas Season with Special Events at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Celebrate the Christmas Season with Special Events at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

From celebrating a Victorian Christmas to dining with Santa to enjoying a holiday tea with loved ones, Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village invites you to participate in their exciting events planned for the month of December.

Enjoy a menu full of Victorian Christmas recipes at the second annual “Taste of Christmas Past” from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. The evening’s program includes:
• Music by Dan Wilke, organ grinder, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
• 45-minute guided lantern tours of the village with one of BNHV’s costumed villagers (includes grounds and exterior of building) at 6:15 and 7:15 p.m.
• Music by the Hutchinson Family Revival from 7 to 9 p.m.
• Live auction at 8 p.m.
• Tree lighting ceremony and caroling on the historic bandstand at 8:15 p.m.
• Remaining auctions and raffles after tree lighting ceremony