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Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery Highlights Upcoming Classes and Events

Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery Highlights Upcoming Classes and Events

Eden artist John Merlino’s solo exhibit, “Universal Meditations,” will open at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery in West Seneca from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 6. This exhibit taps into the artist’s creative, expressive, abstract, collage and mixed media expressions. His artwork is bold, makes statements and creates dialogue!  

A Pottery Workshop with artist Sara Goldhawk of Goldhawk Pottery, using the Sgraffito technique, will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 11. Sgraffito is defined as “a form of decoration made by scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting color.” Similar to working on scratch board, you’ll make a black-and-white piece as you will be scratching black slip from white clay. More details can be found on the gallery’s website, and the cost is $45.

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West Seneca’s Outdoor Farmers’ Market Returns on May 12

West Seneca’s Outdoor Farmers’ Market Returns on May 12

Main Street Marketplace, West Seneca’s popular open-air farmers’ and food producers’ marketplace sponsored by the Western New York Federal Credit Union, will return for its third season on Thursday, May 12. The weekly event will take place on Thursday evenings through Sept. 1 on the grassy hill at the corner of Union Road and Main Street, next to West Seneca Town Hall.

The outdoor venue will feature approximately 25 vendors selling a wide variety of products. For updates on participating vendors, please visit Main Street Marketplace, West Seneca on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Main-Street-Marketplace-West-Seneca-557653200974306).

Young Audiences WNY Bringing Three Fun-filled Events to Dog Ears Bookstore

Young Audiences WNY Bringing Three Fun-filled Events to Dog Ears Bookstore

Dog Ears Bookstore & Café and Young Audiences Western New York are teaming up to offer three exciting educational events at the bookstore during May. Dog Ears Bookstore is located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo.

Kicking off the events will be “In Jest with Nels Ross” from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday, May 14. Ross’ gravity-defying arts-in-education programs promote character education, wellness, math, science, reading and fun!

A kite-making workshop with Meg Robinson-Albers will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 21. Robinson-Albers is a self-professed “kite-maven,” bringing the joy of kite making and the science of flying to students in all grade levels.

Book-signing Event to Feature Author, Poet and Photographer Jennifer Sinatra Mac Neil

Book-signing Event to Feature Author, Poet and Photographer Jennifer Sinatra Mac Neil

Jennifer Sinatra Mac Neil, author of “My Visions, My Truths: Poems and Inspirations,” will host a book-signing event from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Hamburg American Legion Post #527, 2 Memorial Drive, Hamburg. The book was recently released by No Frills Buffalo publishing company.

Sinatra Mac Neil is a native of Western New York. She is a graduate from D'Youville College and Lafayette High School and has obtained a dual bachelor's degree in math/computer science and philosophy. “My Visions, My Truths: Poems and Inspirations” is her first volume of inspirational poetry. The book was written to help others cope with life-changing trials as she herself has faced in her own life. This book is a collection of verse and photographs taken around Western New York.

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Land Conservancy Speaker Series Presents Doug Tallamy in ‘Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home’

Land Conservancy Speaker Series Presents Doug Tallamy in ‘Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home’

As a follow up to Earth Day, the Western New York Land Conservancy is bringing award-winning author Doug Tallamy to the UB Center for the Arts for a presentation on the critical importance of native plants for the ecology and vibrancy of our region.

Tallamy’s research and his book, “Bringing Nature Home,” have sparked a national conversation about the importance of using native plants in our gardens and landscapes to reverse the loss of wildlife and to make our communities healthier. After decades of intense urban sprawl, our natural places are shrinking and becoming more fragmented. The use of native plants in our yards and gardens will make a difference, no matter the size. 

Why Does My Automatic Transmission Act Funny?

Why Does My Automatic Transmission Act Funny?

By Tom Torbjornsen

This is a great question which we will discuss, but first let’s talk about the different ways an automatic transmission acts “funny.”

Slipping: When an automatic trans slips between gears — that is, to describe it as the engine revving up but the vehicle goes much slower than the engine seems to be racing, and then grabbing hold and back into gear, sometimes harshly.

Shuddering: This condition is when in gear while driving, it feels like you’re driving over rumble or alert strips at high speeds on a smooth highway. The whole vehicle shudders and shakes, as if having a convulsion.

Get Moving! Six Ways to Add Steps to Your Day

Get Moving! Six Ways to Add Steps to Your Day

(ProActive Sports Rehab offers a weekly column promoting health, fitness and physical therapy. Please be sure to check back each week for a new topic!)

If you spend a large portion of your day sitting, you're not alone. Inactivity is one of the key factors contributing to the nation's high rate of obesity and its related health effects. Research shows 50 to 70 percent of people spend six or more hours a day sitting, and 20 to 35 percent spend four or more hours a day watching TV.