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St. Martin of Tours Church to Host Thanksgiving Musical Event

St. Martin of Tours Church to Host Thanksgiving Musical Event

St. Martin of Tours Church in South Buffalo will host a free “Praise-A-Peel” music event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22. The event will feature the music of Father Bill Quinlivan accompanied by a few other musicians and vocalists.

“The goal of the ‘Praise-A-Peel’ musical event is to prepare people for Thanksgiving,” said Fr. Quinlivan. “The event will also include a blessing of potato peelers and likely a telling of the story of how I once ended up in the emergency room as a result of preparing a small part of Thanksgiving dinner for my family.”

Olear Team at MJ Peterson Will Support Meals on Wheels With Every Sale

Olear Team at MJ Peterson Will Support Meals on Wheels With Every Sale

The Olear Team at MJ Peterson Real Estate has announced it will make a donation to Meals on Wheels with every house they sell in Western New York. The donations will be made to Meals on Wheels for Western New York, Amherst Meals on Wheels or Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels, depending on the location of the sale. 

Meals on Wheels fulfills a critical need by providing nutritious meals and human companionship to homebound and disabled members of the community. Their vision is to ensure that every member of our community will receive a meal that meets their nutritional needs.

Pet Connection to Hold Annual Chicken Barbecue and Basket Auction

Pet Connection to Hold Annual Chicken Barbecue and Basket Auction

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a maternity and special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla, will hold a chicken barbecue and basket auction from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, in the Variety Club Banquet Hall, 6114 Broadway, Lancaster.

Dinners are take-out only and will include a half chicken from BW’s Barbecue plus a cream corn bake, mashed potatoes with gravy, homemade noodle salad, roll and dessert. The cost for the chicken dinner is just $11 per person. Vegetarian and vegan dinner options will also be available for just $7.

The basket auction will feature more than 200 items, and all proceeds will benefit the homeless shelter animals at Pet Connection Programs Inc., located at 12935 Williston Road, Marilla. Prizes are valued from $25 to $1,300, with drawings beginning at 6 p.m. You do not have to be present to win.

Rural Outreach Center Wins SOPHi Award for Community Impact

Rural Outreach Center Wins SOPHi Award for Community Impact

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) in East Aurora, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting, empowering and elevating the impoverished rural population in southern Erie County and surrounding areas, received a SOPHi Award for Community Impact on Oct. 13 from the Population Health Collaborative. The awards ceremony was held at Buffalo RiverWorks.

The Spotlight on Population Health (SOPHi) event is an annual celebration of organizations across the eight counties of Western New York that focus on population health. Through the awards ceremony, Population Health Collaborative hopes to educate the local community about the great work being done around the region and possibly create new collaborations.

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.

Annual ROCtober Event to Benefit Rural Outreach Center

Annual ROCtober Event to Benefit Rural Outreach Center

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting rural poverty, will host its fourth annual “ROCtober” event from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Elm Street Bakery, 72 Elm St., East Aurora.

The event will feature food by Elm Street Bakery, wine provided by Reed’s Wines and Liquors, beer, music by Doug Yeomans, and a custom-made cherry coffee table handcrafted by local artisan Jim Conell-Cordes and valued at $2,800. Raffle tickets for the coffee table are available for $10 each or three for $25. The drawing will take place the night of the event.

Summit to Highlight Environmental Action Efforts

Summit to Highlight Environmental Action Efforts

Positive ways to take action on environmental issues will be addressed at the 13th annual Western New York Environmental Summit taking place Sept. 30 at Daemen College.

“Get Involved: A Toolkit for Action,” which is free and open to the public, is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Daemen’s Wick Campus Center. A continental breakfast will be provided for all event attendees.

“This year’s event is designed to educate attendees on how they can make a difference and have a positive impact on environmental issues,” said Dr. Brenda Young, program director of global and local sustainability. “Understanding the tools that are available to create change will help make efforts more effective in our communities.”

The Environmental Summit will kick off with a keynote presentation, “Empowering Your Organization Brand Through Social Media, to be given by Daniel Wangelin, owner of [re]noun creative, a Buffalo-based design and marketing company.