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Land Conservancy Seeks Donations to Create Owens Falls Trails System

Land Conservancy Seeks Donations to Create Owens Falls Trails System

The Western New York Land Conservancy needs help from the community to complete a walking trail system at their newest preserve, The Owens Falls Sanctuary. The trail was designed by nationally-renowned firm Tahawus Trails. With two beautiful waterfalls, a deep ravine and acres of mature forest, the sanctuary is incredibly ecologically important. The Land Conservancy needs to raise at least another $25,000 by Nov. 15 to create the first section of the walking trail system so the preserve can be opened to the public as soon as possible.

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Dog Ears Bookstore Offering After School Program

Dog Ears Bookstore Offering After School Program

Dog Ears Bookstore & Literary Arts Center is offering an after school program for students in grades three through seven from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Each day targets a different set of skills. Services provided include:
• ELA homework assistance
• Reading comprehension passages
• Vocabulary enrichment
• Test-taking strategies
• Organizational skill building
• Study skills
• Peer tutoring with Bishop Timon High School and Mount Mercy Academy students
• ELA-based games, programs, clubs and projects with community members and groups

For more information, please stop by the bookstore at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, or call 823-2665.

Come to Audubon Nature Play Day Sunday, October 15

Come to Audubon Nature Play Day Sunday, October 15

Jamestown, NY – You and the young one(s) in your life are invited to come and play outside with a naturalist.

On Sunday afternoon, October 15, 2017, Audubon Community Nature Center is offering a Nature Play Day to let children explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment and learn how to continue the nature play experience at home.

Children ages two to eight and their favorite adults can drop in anytime from 1 to 4 p.m. in Audubon’s Nature Play Area.

Unstructured play outside is beneficial to a child’s physical and mental development as well as their understanding and appreciation of the natural world. However, concerns about safety, location, materials and the value of play are often barriers in creating these experiences. This program aims to inspire both kids and adults to make discoveries and feel more comfortable about the natural world through play.

Audubon October 16 Gardening Workshop Free Thanks to Cummins

Audubon October 16 Gardening Workshop Free Thanks to Cummins

Jamestown, NY – The second of three free gardening workshops at Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) will be 5-6 p.m. on Monday, October 16, 2017.

You can learn about “Extending the Season” with tips and tools.

In this climate, growing things all year long can be a challenge. You can learn about cold-hardy vegetables, tools such as cold-frames and cloches that create warmer microclimates, and simple frost protection to make the harvest last a little bit longer or come on a little bit earlier in the spring.

Audubon senior naturalist Sarah Hatfield, volunteer Reg Boutwell, and other local gardeners will show you the ways they keep their gardens producing into the fall and through winter. There will be a short program followed by a panel questions-and-answers session.

Hands-on demonstrations will be available in the ACNC kitchen garden, so come prepared to go outside, dressing for the weather with appropriate footwear.

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Autumn Fills the Air at Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery

Autumn Fills the Air at Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery

If you’re a fan of the fall season, you’ll love the upcoming classes and exhibits at Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery, located at 1168 Orchard Park Road in West Seneca.

“Creative Smalls,” an exhibit featuring postcard-size original artwork by local artists, kicks off with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, and runs through Saturday, Oct. 28. And in November, the gallery’s exhibit will showcase the artwork of the Evans Art Guild.

A Wet-Felted Clutch Purse Workshop with fiber artist Suzanne O’Brien is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 and 19. All supplies are included and the cost is $60. With simple materials and a little hard work, participants will create a wool clutch purse made from hand-dyed Merino wool roving. This purse can be used to store small craft notions or for your next night on the town!

Olear Team at MJ Peterson to Participate in Wellness Fair at Eden Heights of Eden

Olear Team at MJ Peterson to Participate in Wellness Fair at Eden Heights of Eden

Sally Ball Conover, a licensed real estate broker with the Olear Team at MJ Peterson, will participate in a Wellness Fair at Eden Heights of Eden, an assisted-living community located at 4071 Hardt Road. The Wellness Fair will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. 

The fair will feature a variety of vendors offering helpful information and services for older adults. As a Seniors Real Estate Specialist, Sally Ball Conover will be present to talk with attendees and provide insight and advice on the real estate needs of older adults. A presentation on dementia will also be given by the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY. The event will feature refreshments and a basket raffle. 

Daemen Earns National Ranking by Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

Daemen Earns National Ranking by Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

AMHERST, N.Y. – For the second consecutive year, Daemen College has been ranked nationally in the prestigious Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings, which focus on student success and learning. The second annual list includes 1,054 institutions from across the U.S.

Rankings are based on four key performance areas, including resources (30 percent), engagement (30 percent), outcomes (40 percent), and environment (10 percent).

Based on these four main pillars, Daemen was strongest in the area of engagement, making it the second time the college has ranked high for effectively engaging with students. Specific measures used to assess this are interaction with teachers and students, students feeling engaged with the college, whether students would recommend the institution to a friend, and the number of accredited programs.