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St. Martin of Tours Church to Host Thanksgiving Musical Event

St. Martin of Tours Church to Host Thanksgiving Musical Event

St. Martin of Tours Church in South Buffalo will host a free “Praise-A-Peel” music event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22. The event will feature the music of Father Bill Quinlivan accompanied by a few other musicians and vocalists.

“The goal of the ‘Praise-A-Peel’ musical event is to prepare people for Thanksgiving,” said Fr. Quinlivan. “The event will also include a blessing of potato peelers and likely a telling of the story of how I once ended up in the emergency room as a result of preparing a small part of Thanksgiving dinner for my family.”

WNY Children’s Book Expo to Host Authors From Around the Globe

WNY Children’s Book Expo to Host Authors From Around the Globe

The WNY Children’s Book Expo, presented by Monkey See Monkey Do … Children’s Bookstore in Clarence, has released an extensive list of authors and presenters scheduled to take part in the Expo on Saturday, Nov. 11. This free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in downtown Buffalo.

Featured authors at the BlueCross BlueShield of WNY Main Stage, Room 106B, will include: 

• 10:10 – 10:35 a.m., Barney Saltzberg, Explore your World: Find Art Everywhere 

• 10:45 – 11:10 a.m., Nick Bruel, Explore the World of Storytelling with Bad Kitty! 

• 11:20 – 11:45 a.m., Jennifer Hanson Rolli, Explore Moths and Butterflies … Alike but Different! 

Elmwood Village Farmers Market Plans Eight-week Indoor Holiday Market

Elmwood Village Farmers Market Plans Eight-week Indoor Holiday Market

The Elmwood Village Farmers Market, Western New York most popular outdoor farmers’ market, will extend its season by eight weeks with an indoor Holiday Market on Bidwell. The Holiday Market will take place inside St. John’s Grace Episcopal Church, 51 Colonial Circle, Buffalo, just steps away from the outdoor market’s location at Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway.

Sports Collectors Expo Coming to Batavia in November

Sports Collectors Expo Coming to Batavia in November

Batavia Downs Gaming Center, 8315 Park Road, Batavia, will host an impressive lineup of professional athletes at the Sports Collectors Expo the weekend of Nov. 18-19.

Scheduled to appear on Saturday, Nov. 18, are:
NBA/Syracuse University: John Wallace, Billy Owens, Lawrence Moten, Roosevelt Bouie, Dale Shackleford and Rafael Addison.
NHL: Jacques Cloutier, Gary Bromley, Mike Palmateer, Doug Favell and Hall of Fame member Marcel Dionne,
MLB: Frank Viola, Bill Lee, Floyd Rayford, Glenn Gulliver, Ross Grimsley and Sammy Stewart.
NFL: Hall of Fame member Leroy Kelly.

Scheduled to appear on Sunday, Nov. 19, are NFL stars Eric Moulds, Greg Bell, Billy Shaw, Butch Byrd, Jerry Butler, Darryl Talley, Cornelius Bennett, Russell Copeland, Ron McDole, Paul Guidry and Mike Stratton. Also scheduled to appear is Notre Dame football legend Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger.

Explore Buffalo Says ‘Come On In’ for a November Adventure

Explore Buffalo Says ‘Come On In’ for a November Adventure

The Buffalo tour season is far from over! While many walking tours will still take place in November, Explore Buffalo will also take you inside downtown buildings, Blessed Trinity Church, Goldome Bank, Larkin Center, St. Mary’s School for the Deaf and even the subway system! 

Two City of Light Bus tours are also offered in November along with the Fall Speaker Series. Advance reservations are encouraged but not required for all tours. All credit card payments must be made in advance. Advance reservations with a credit card can be made online until the tour starting time. Cash or checks are accepted at the start of the tour. If you make an advance reservation, please print your confirmation email or be prepared to show it on your phone. Most tours are between 90 minutes and two hours in length. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather!

Coping with Grief During the Holiday Season

Coping with Grief During the Holiday Season

We all cope with grief in different ways, but with the holiday season quickly approaching, it can set off emotions that can be extremely difficult to deal with alone.

“For many individuals, intense grieving is often centered around those times of year — birthdays, anniversaries, holidays — when we miss our loved ones even more,” said Monica Farrar, a licensed mental health counselor and private clinician in Williamsville. “When you lose someone close to you, it’s not uncommon to lose interest in celebrating holidays and special occasions because these events magnify your loss.

“While these times may be sad, it is OK to smile and have moments of peace and even laughter. It is OK to remember and honor your love and loss, accept the reality of the situation and allow yourself to feel all emotions, including both joy and sadness.”

Vendors Sought for Collectors & Artisans Expo; Event to Benefit Local Organizations

Vendors Sought for Collectors & Artisans Expo; Event to Benefit Local Organizations

Fresh off a successful first Collectors’ Expo in September, a second Collectors & Artisans Expo has been scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, in the historic Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, South Buffalo.

“We’re very excited to be bringing the Expo back to Buffalo’s Irish Heritage District just one week before the city celebrates St. Patrick’s Day,” said Joe Kirchmyer of West Seneca, organizer of the event. “We are currently accepting new vendors who can bring interesting items to the Expo such as sports memorabilia, coins, stamps, antiques, original artwork, handcrafted goods, trains, toys, bottles, comic books, music and theatre memorabilia, and more.”