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Polka Mass to Kick Off Historic Saint Adalbert Basilica's 125th Anniversary

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Saint Adalbert Basilica’s 125th year will begin with a special Polka Mass on Saturday September 11, 2010 at 4pm clebrated by Rev. Msgr, Matthew S. Kopacz, P.A.

Don’t let the word ‘Polka’ fool you about the Mass. The music will be performed by Buffalo’s three time Grammy nominees Jerry Darlak and the Touch. Traditional Polish religious hymns and other sacred selections are performed in a Polish folk style to make the event a unique celebration of the Polish heritage of Saint Adalbert Basilica.

The Mass will also include a musical tribute to 09/11. Saint Adalbert Basilica is located in the heart of Buffalo’s Historic Polonia at 212 Stanislaus Street.

For more information on this event and to learn more about Saint Adalbert Basilica, please visit http://saintadalbertbasilica.org.

WNY German American Heritage Festival This Weekend

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Culture is the spice of life! We invite you this Labor Day Weekend, September 4 & 5 to immerse yourself in German Heritage and celebrate Gemütlichkeit!  People from across the Greater Buffalo-Niagara region with cultural roots reaching back to the countries of Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland will be in attendance with many more festival goers who simply have an interest in musik, food, and culture.

“Gemütlichkeit simply means, “being in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing, with the right people.” Where else would you rather be than at Cheektowaga Town Park eating and drinking authentic German beer and cuisine, listening to four different authentic bands, participating in contests and games, and partying for a weekend with nearly 5,000 of your friends and family?!

Admission is only $3 per person each day, children 14 and under are free; $3.00 Kinder Park Day Passes are available. 1 -10 p.m. each day.

Free Back-to-School Haircuts at Matt Urban Hope Center

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Nichole Londo, a hairstylist and former cosmetology instructor at Erie 1 BOCES, is volunteering her time to provide free back-to-school haircuts for area kids on Tuesday, August 31, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Matt Urban Hope Center, 385 Paderewski Drive, near the Central Terminal.

"This is my second free cut event at the center this summer," says Londo. "I really just want to help the children have a great look for school."

She is also collecting school supplies to donate to families who attend. "My goal is to raise at least 16 bookbags full of supplies to distribute the day of the event," she says.

Donations of school supplies for the book bags can be dropped off at Fantastic Sam's, 1526 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, or at the Matt Urban Hope Center.

The Walden Avenue Fantastic Sam's is Nichole's present employer and a sponsor of the free haircut events.



Electric Tower joins effort to honor Blessed Mother Teresa

Iskalo Development’s Electric Tower in downtown Buffalo has joined the Peace Bridge in honoring Blessed Mother Teresa on the evening of August 26 to mark the 100th anniversary of her birth. The downtown landmark will be illuminated in blue and white, the colors of Blessed Mother Teresa’s order of women religious, the Missionaries of Charity.

“Iskalo Development is pleased to illuminate the Electric Tower in blue and white in honor of the 100th birthday of Blessed Mother Teresa, as requested by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo,” said Paul B. Iskalo, president and CEO, Iskalo Development Corp.

Volunteer @ the Wilson Street Urban Farm

This Saturday, like every second Saturday during the summer months, is volunteer day down on the Wilson Street Urban Farm in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood.

Mark and Janice Stevens have transformed this once vacant stretch of Wilson Street between Broadway and Sycamore into a urban agriculture success story.

In their second season of growing, the farm is starting to yield the fruits of their labor.

Every month they invite the community to come down and lend a hand.

If you are interested in volunteering, visit their website at http://wilsonstreeturbanfarm.wordpress.com/ or by joing their Facebook group.