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Dog Ears Bookstore to Offer Puppy Tales Series

Dog Ears Bookstore to Offer Puppy Tales Series

A new six-week Puppy Tales series at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo, will kick off at 10:15 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8.

Open to children ages 2 to 4 accompanied by a parent or guardian, Puppy Tales runs on six consecutive Friday mornings and each session includes three stories, a craft and healthy snacks. The cost is just $25 per child for the entire session.

Puppy Tales is a great way to prepare students for Pre-K. To register for the next Puppy Tales series, please visit the bookstore or call 823-2665. And for more information on the nonprofit community bookstore, please visit www.dogearsbookstore.org or follow on Facebook for frequent updates.

Make Your Own Beadwork Owl at Audubon on Wednesdays, September 6 and 13

Make Your Own Beadwork Owl at Audubon on Wednesdays, September 6 and 13

Jamestown, NY – You can learn to make a beautiful beadwork owl pendant to wear or give as a gift.

Bead artist Anne Jackson will instruct the 1-3 p.m. workshop on Wednesdays, September 6 and 13 at Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC).

You can show off a bit of nature by learning beading techniques used to make a charming owl pendant. You will work with small seed beads and some medium size beads while learning to weave them into a pendant that you will want to wear every day.

It will take two sessions to create this piece of art, and you may need to work on the owl at home between sessions in order to complete it by the end of the second class.

No prior beading experience is needed to take this class.

Be sure to bring your glasses if you need them for close-up work.

Jackson is a member of the Chautauqua County Society of Artists. She has taught beading for more than two decades, both privately as well as at Audubon.

Village of Hamburg’s History is Subject of Explore Buffalo Events

Village of Hamburg’s History is Subject of Explore Buffalo Events

Learn the history of the Village of Hamburg while enjoying the historical, beautifully renovated Saints Peter and Paul RC Church, 66 Main St., Hamburg, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30. This free lecture will be given by Jack Edson, director of the Hamburg Library and former member of the Hamburg Preservation Commission. Edson, author of several books on the history of Hamburg, is also a member of the Hamburg Historical Society. 

To continue your Hamburg experience, return to the Village on Saturday, Sept. 23 for the annual Explore Buffalo Autumn Tour of Homes. Co-sponsored with Imagine:Hamburg, this tour will feature 10 homes plus an exceptional business adaptive re-use example in the Village. Several activities and special events will also be offered. Visit explorebuffalo.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

Collectors’ Expo Adds Hall of Fame Athlete, Appraiser, Authors and Other Attractions

Collectors’ Expo Adds Hall of Fame Athlete, Appraiser, Authors and Other Attractions

Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame wide receiver Andre Reed, a well-known antiques appraiser and many other special attractions will highlight the very first Collectors’ Expo to take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 in the historic Buffalo Irish Center, located at 245 Abbott Road in South Buffalo.

The event will feature dozens of vendors and artisans offering sports memorabilia, local artwork and handcrafted products, coins, music memorabilia and records, comic books, photography, political memorabilia, movie and theatre memorabilia, car and train memorabilia, jewelry, fossils and minerals, antiques and more.

Tickets Available, Sponsors Sought for Annual Buffalonia Event

Tickets Available, Sponsors Sought for Annual Buffalonia Event

Pre-sale tickets for Buffalonia, the annual fundraising event for the Matt Urban Human Services Center and a celebration of our great city, are currently available for purchase. Buffalonia will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at 500 Seneca St., Buffalo.

Tickets are priced at just $25 each or 10 for $200 and can be purchased at the Matt Urban Center, 1081 Broadway, Buffalo. Admission includes beer and a food voucher. Lloyd's Food Truck with be there, and DJ Jickster from 97 Rock will join in the festivities. Individuals purchasing a pre-sale ticket at the Matt Urban Center will receive a free Buffalonia T-shirt or a Buffalonia beer mug.

Explore Buffalo to Host Autumn Tour of Homes

Explore Buffalo to Host Autumn Tour of Homes

Save the date and join Explore Buffalo and Imagine:Hamburg from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 for a rare opportunity to see the interiors of historic homes in one of Erie County’s most charming villages! 

On this Autumn Tour of Homes, approximately 10 home interiors will be open to view and admire. Take a look at some incredible 19th century interiors that have been painstakingly maintained or restored by their owners. In addition, the Village of Hamburg business community will be participating with special offerings the day of the tour, including live music, wine tasting and even a real steam engine.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit explorebuffalo.org or phone (716) 245-3032.

From Finance to the Fine Arts, Ken Newton Returns to His First Love

From Finance to the Fine Arts, Ken Newton Returns to His First Love

During his younger years, Ken Newton loved to draw and hoped to one day become a famous cartoon artist. He pursued that dream until life eventually got in the way.

Today, the 48-year-old Cheektowaga resident lives a relatively quiet life as husband, father, grandfather and softball coach. While it wasn’t his dream, he’s had a nice 30-year career in the local finance industry. 

But, there’s still that pesky creative itch to scratch …