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Mary Queen of Angels School Prepares for Catholic Schools Week, Open House Events

Mary Queen of Angels School Prepares for Catholic Schools Week, Open House Events

Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga is busy preparing for Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 30 through Feb. 3. The week will feature daily educational themes and tours for families considering MQA and Catholic education.

“Instead of hosting a traditional open house event, MQA will be open throughout Catholic Schools Week to families who would like to see our school, teachers and students in action,” said Principal Kristen Hada. “Tours will be offered from 8:15 a.m. until 2 p.m. Jan. 30 through Feb. 3, and you do not need to make an appointment. If you cannot make it in during school hours, please call the school office at 895-6280 to schedule a private tour.”

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Batavia Downs to Host Sports Collectors Expo in February

Batavia Downs to Host Sports Collectors Expo in February

A huge lineup of professional athletes — including several Hall of Famers and members of the Buffalo Bills, Braves and Sabres — are scheduled to appear at the Sports Collectors Expo Feb. 18 and 19 in Batavia. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Batavia Downs Gaming Center, 8315 Park Road, Batavia.

Explore Buffalo Announces 2017 Architectural Course

Explore Buffalo Announces 2017 Architectural Course

Buffalo is recognized as having one of the best collections of architecture among American cities, with outstanding examples of a wide variety of architectural styles. Join Explore Buffalo for a four-week course on architectural styles to see how the entire city of Buffalo is a true architectural museum. This course will be led by Chuck LaChiusa, Explore Buffalo Board President and creator of BuffaloAH.com.

Each session will be 90 minutes in length, from 7 pm to 8:30 p.m., including a brief break. This course can only be purchased as a whole; individual sessions cannot be purchased separately. Sessions will include the following:

Funds for Home Improvement Projects are Currently at Their Peak

Funds for Home Improvement Projects are Currently at Their Peak

Tax season is right around the corner, and many homeowners are waiting to receive their annual refund check before beginning long-awaited home improvement projects such as the installation of new heating and cooling units, energy saving improvements, insulation, air sealing, new windows and more.

Rather than waiting and hoping for a sizable return, consumers could be taking advantage of multiple home improvement grant programs that are currently available to both homeowners and tenants. 

“Several grant and funding programs that allow homeowners and tenants to maximize home improvement projects are currently available to all households across Western New York,” said Jim Stroehlein, co-owner of Prime Time Energy Services, 67 Sheldon Ave., Depew. “Everyone qualifies for some amount of assistance, so there’s really no reason to delay a project.”

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Explore Buffalo Lists January Tours and Events

Explore Buffalo Lists January Tours and Events

Explore Buffalo, the popular nonprofit organization providing tours and other opportunities where guests can discover Buffalo’s great architecture, history and neighborhoods, has announced its January tours and events.

Winter Speaker Series Session 2
January 26, 7 to 9 p.m.
Meet: First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle, Buffalo
Cost: $10, Explorer Pass Holders Free

Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery Lists Exhibits, Classes and Workshops

Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery Lists Exhibits, Classes and Workshops

A wide variety of classes and events are planned at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery, located at 1168 Orchard Park Road in West Seneca.

Acrylic painting with Bernice Smith will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays during January and into February beginning Jan. 17. This class is for beginners to intermediate students looking for something new or a new way to look at acrylic painting. Classes will continue on Jan. 24, 31 and Feb. 14 and the cost is $80. A supply list can be found on the gallery’s website.

Dog Ears to Host Book-signing Event with Tommy Blake

Dog Ears to Host Book-signing Event with Tommy Blake

Local poet Tommy Blake will visit Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, South Buffalo, for a book-signing event from 5 to 7 p.m Saturday, Jan. 14. Blake’s book of poetry, “I Bang Down a Silver Bell,” was recently released by Buffalo-based No Frills Buffalo publishing.

Blake, who grew up in Buffalo, was born deaf and with cerebral palsy. The poems contained in the book were written over the past several years, a period of time that coincided with Blake regaining his hearing through cochlear implants, resulting in a wonderfully lyrical outburst that already has delighted readers around Western New York. Tommy Blake is the brother of journalist/author Rich Blake, who wrote the foreword to Tommy’s book.