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Buffalo Youth Advantage Basketball Coaches to Receive SUNY Training

Russ Kingsbury, director of the Buffalo Youth Advantage Basketball program, has scheduled a coaching certification course with the SUNY Youth Sports Institute for Thursday, September 16th.  The class will be held at the Expressway Assembly of God Church located at 260 Eggert Road in Buffalo.  The presentation is set to begin at 6:00pm and is expected to last 2.5 hours.  Tim Donovan, Director and Founder of the SUNY Youth Sports Institute, will be the Instructor teaching Thursday evening’s course.

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists Weekend Attractions

Coming Saturday, September 18, to the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market: A beer brewing demonstration with Community Beer Works, and wine-tasting courtesy of Schultze Vineyards & Winery and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery! Feed Your Soul will also be touring the Market with Chef Steven Gedra of Bistro Europa. Sounds like the makings of a memorable day!

Erie County Executive, Chris Collins, Supports the Buffalo Zoo's Launch of a Cell Phone App

Erie County Executive, Chris Collins, and Buffalo Zoo President and CEO, Donna M. Fernandes, Ph.D., have officially launched the Buffalo Zoo’s cell phone app to support cultural tourism in Buffalo!

As part of County Executive Chris Collins’ tourism initiative, the Buffalo Zoo and Odysseus Mobile Computing have collaborated to create a cell phone tour of the Buffalo Zoo.

Visitors with Iphones and Droid model cell phones can now download a Buffalo Zoo app, which enables users to easily access multimedia information about animal exhibits, event schedules, the history of the Buffalo Zoo, conservation tips and details about Zoo memberships and other visitor amenities. Using the built-in GPS technology, the app also guides visitors around the Zoo.

The Matt Urban Center's Urban Farm Is Up & Running

The Matt Urban Center's Anna Walentynowicz Apartments Tenants Association, at 185 Rother in East Buffalo, has been busy working on their urban agriculture farm project. This project is helping provide our East Buffalo residents with access to healthy foods. Our tenants are growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. These items are being grown on raised beds in back of our building (lots are on Sycamore). The goal is to show our tenants how to grow their own healthy, safe and affordable food.

Writing With Light Student Exhibition

Just Buffalo Literary Center and CEPA Gallery are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Writing With Light Student Exhibition. A celebratory reception will be held on Friday, September 10, 2010 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at CEPA Gallery in the Market Arcade building, 617 Main Street, Buffalo.

Featuring selected works from Just Buffalo & CEPA Gallery’s education programs from the past year, the exhibit will display work from Picturing Poetry, Writer Residencies, and Bookmaking projects.

Writing With Light reached more than 3,500 K-12 students across the region this year, and its emphasis on intensive one-on-one contact between teaching artists and students yields powerful creative results. 

Genevieve DeCarlo, a 3rd grade teacher at Discovery School, P.S. 67 explains, "It was amazing to see the growth of my students... All children should be able to have this awesome learning experience!"

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.