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Raise the Spirits at the Explore BOO!ffalo Halloween Bash

Raise the Spirits at the Explore BOO!ffalo Halloween Bash

Come raise the spirits with Explore Buffalo from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 28! Join in the Halloween fun at the Barrel Factory in the Old First Ward for a spooky good time with supernatural entertainment, revolting refreshments and unique cocktails from Lakeward Spirits. Take a walk through our Founding Buffalonians Cemetery and wear your best BOO!ffalo themed costume for a chance to win a creepy prize. 

Prizes will be awarded for Best Buffalo-themed, Best Couples and Best Overall costumes. Don’t forget to check out the Mummy Wine Wall and Casket Raffle (additional costs) for a chance to bring some spirits home with you!

Admission includes one drink ticket, a digital souvenir photo, finger foods, entrance in the costume contest and music by DJ Sike. Admission is 21 and over.

Children’s Book Expo Receives Garman Family Foundation Grant to Bring Authors to WNY

Children’s Book Expo Receives Garman Family Foundation Grant to Bring Authors to WNY

The third annual WNY Children’s Book Expo (WNYCBE), the area’s premier literary event for children, recently received a $9,900 grant from the Garman Family Foundation administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. The funds will be used to bring six well-known authors to Buffalo, where they will visit three Buffalo Public Schools including PS 89 Dr. Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence, PS 94 West Hertel Academy and PS 95 Waterfront Elementary School.

Come to Audubon Nature Play Day Sunday, October 15

Come to Audubon Nature Play Day Sunday, October 15

Jamestown, NY – You and the young one(s) in your life are invited to come and play outside with a naturalist.

On Sunday afternoon, October 15, 2017, Audubon Community Nature Center is offering a Nature Play Day to let children explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment and learn how to continue the nature play experience at home.

Children ages two to eight and their favorite adults can drop in anytime from 1 to 4 p.m. in Audubon’s Nature Play Area.

Unstructured play outside is beneficial to a child’s physical and mental development as well as their understanding and appreciation of the natural world. However, concerns about safety, location, materials and the value of play are often barriers in creating these experiences. This program aims to inspire both kids and adults to make discoveries and feel more comfortable about the natural world through play.

Audubon October 16 Gardening Workshop Free Thanks to Cummins

Audubon October 16 Gardening Workshop Free Thanks to Cummins

Jamestown, NY – The second of three free gardening workshops at Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) will be 5-6 p.m. on Monday, October 16, 2017.

You can learn about “Extending the Season” with tips and tools.

In this climate, growing things all year long can be a challenge. You can learn about cold-hardy vegetables, tools such as cold-frames and cloches that create warmer microclimates, and simple frost protection to make the harvest last a little bit longer or come on a little bit earlier in the spring.

Audubon senior naturalist Sarah Hatfield, volunteer Reg Boutwell, and other local gardeners will show you the ways they keep their gardens producing into the fall and through winter. There will be a short program followed by a panel questions-and-answers session.

Hands-on demonstrations will be available in the ACNC kitchen garden, so come prepared to go outside, dressing for the weather with appropriate footwear.

BBB’s Secure Your ID Day coming soon; free paper shredding and identity theft prevention advice and

BBB’s Secure Your ID Day coming soon; free paper shredding and identity theft prevention advice and

Identity theft is still a major problem in the United States. Over 15 million U.S. consumers lost $16 billion in 2016, compared with $15.3 billion and 13.1 million victims a year earlier. In the past six years, ID thieves have stolen over $107 billion.

To help combat ID theft and educate the public on best practices to secure personal information, Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York, in partnership with Tops Friendly Markets, Shred-It, AT&T, Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce, Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce, and West Seneca Chamber of Commerce will host Secure Your ID Day on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – noon across Upstate New York (Western New York, Rochester, and Central New York). 

The free community shredding events in Western New York will be held at Tops Friendly Markets at 355 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca and 3865 Union Road (corner of George Urban Blvd.), Cheektowaga in the parking lots.

‘Plant Lady’ Sally Cunningham to Host Native Plant Gardening Talk in Niagara Falls

‘Plant Lady’ Sally Cunningham to Host Native Plant Gardening Talk in Niagara Falls

The Western New York Land Conservancy will host a special talk at the Niagara Falls Public Library with featured speaker Sally Cunningham at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4. Sally is the author of the nationally popular gardening book “Great Garden Companions” and is well known in Western New York from her regular segments on Channel 4 News and articles in The Buffalo News. 

Sally will describe the critical importance of native plants and she will share ways that all Western New Yorkers can use natives in their own yards and gardens, just as the Land Conservancy is doing in the Niagara Gorge. 

Explore Buffalo Announces Special Architectural and Adventure Events

Explore Buffalo Announces Special Architectural and Adventure Events

Explore Buffalo is excited to offer another year of the Buffalo Architecture Course and Adventures in Buffalo History Fall Speaker Series!  

FALL 2017 ARCHITECTURE COURSE: BUFFALO INTERIORS 101
7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24
Meet: Explore Buffalo’s headquarters in First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo (across from Kleinhans Music Hall). Parking is available in the church lot, which can be accessed from Pennsylvania Street, or on any surrounding side streets.
Cost: General $40, Student $35, Explorer Pass $35