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Reggie McKenzie to Visit Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo on September 18

Reggie McKenzie to Visit Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo on September 18

The next WNY Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo, the area’s largest biannual sports card and memorabilia show featuring over 100 tables of merchandise, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Grapevine Banquet Hall, 333 Dick Road, Depew.

Former Buffalo Bills star guard Reggie McKenzie will be on hand to sign autographs at the event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. McKenzie was a key member of the “Electric Company,” leading the way for O.J. Simpson to become the NFL’s first 2,000-yard rusher during the 1973 season. The cost is $20 per autograph. 

Vendor tables will feature new and vintage sports cards, non-sports cards, packs, autographs, game programs, yearbooks, pennants, videos, vintage photos and much more. The event will feature local and out-of-state vendors, as well as dealers who are new to this show. 

Dog Ears Bookstore to Present Annual Kids ‘I Read It’ Run

Dog Ears Bookstore to Present Annual Kids ‘I Read It’ Run

Dog Ears Bookstore & Café will host the annual Kids “I Read It” Run for children ages 4 to 10 on Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Cazenovia Park Casino. 

There will be three age categories, with children ages 4 and 5 beginning at 10 a.m., ages 6 and 7 at 10:30 a.m., and ages 8 to 10 at 11 a.m. There will also be plenty of prizes and surprises for participants.

The pre-registration cost is $10, with registrations due by Sept. 21. Please contact the bookstore for details. The cost is $12 on the day of the race.

A nonprofit neighborhood bookstore, Dog Ears Bookstore & Café is located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo. For more information, please call 823-2665 or stop by the bookstore. You can also follow Dog Ears Bookstore on Facebook for frequent updates.

Hall of Famer Bill Polian to Sign Autographs at Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles

Hall of Famer Bill Polian to Sign Autographs at Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles

Bill Polian, the former general manager of the Buffalo Bills known as the architect of the city’s Super Bowl era teams, will visit Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles in Cheektowaga for an autograph-signing event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 17. Bases Loaded is located at 794 French Road, between Union and Transit roads.

A Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame inductee in 2012 and a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee in 2015, Polian is also known for his work with the Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts. He currently serves as an NFL analyst for ESPN.

Justin Bailey to Sign Autographs at Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles

Justin Bailey to Sign Autographs at Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles

Buffalo Sabres right wing and Williamsville native Justin Bailey will visit Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, for an autograph-signing event. Bases Loaded is located at 794 French Road in Cheektowaga.

Bailey was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the second round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Last year he played in eight games with the Sabres and 70 games with the Rochester Americans, where he produced 20 goals and 25 assists.

Autographs will be free with the purchase of a photo, puck or other hockey item from Bases Loaded. 

Audubon Nature Center’s July 30 Wild 5K Run/Walk Adds Awards Group

Audubon Nature Center’s July 30 Wild 5K Run/Walk Adds Awards Group

Jamestown, NY – Whatever your age, whether you like to run or if walking is more your speed, there’s a spot for you at the Audubon Nature Center’s Wild 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, July 30.

Thanks to requests from participants, a new age group has been added to this year’s competition.  Now with a 70+ category for both walkers and runners, those 70 and older will no longer have to compete against 60-year-olds.

Prizes will be awarded to the first three overall male and female walker and runner finishers. Age group awards will be given to the top three finishers in each for runners and top finisher in each for walkers. Age groups are 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. The awards ceremony will begin at 10:30 for those who have finished.

While Trackqua speeds up the registration process and provides chip-timed results, you can enjoy exceptional natural beauty and help restore and preserve an incredible woodland habitat.

Annual No Frills Buffalo Golf Tournament to Benefit Hospice Foundation

Annual No Frills Buffalo Golf Tournament to Benefit Hospice Foundation

No Frills Buffalo publishing company’s eighth annual golf outing to benefit the Hospice Foundation will take place on Friday, July 8, at Chestnut Hill Country Club, 1330 Broadway, Darien Center.

Individual golfers, foursomes and sponsors are still being sought for the annual “Come Get Some” golf tournament. Registration and lunch begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start.

Registration for the event is just $80 per golfer and includes lunch, a steak dinner, beverages and 18 holes of scramble-format golf. Tickets for dinner only are available for $40. Golfers of all skill levels are welcomed to participate in the event, which has now raised approximately $19,000 for Hospice since 2009.

War Memorial Stadium, Remembering the Ol' Rockpile

War Memorial Stadium, Remembering the Ol' Rockpile

War Memorial Stadium, Remembering the Ol' Rockpile, 1937-1987 Jefferson, Best & Dodge Streets, Buffalo NY

With the Bisons 2016 home season opener this week at C.C. Field, it seems appropriate to bring back the memories of where we came from as local baseball fans.