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Annual Roycroft Summer Festival to Feature Juried Artisans, Music and Demonstrations

Annual Roycroft Summer Festival to Feature Juried Artisans, Music and Demonstrations

Art and music will dazzle the senses at the 41st annual Roycroft Summer Festival taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 24 and 25 on the grounds of Parkdale Elementary School, 141 Girard Ave., East Aurora.

The show will feature dozens of juried artisans, including three newly accepted Roycroft Artisans — Leslie Green Guilbault, ceramics; Patricia McDermott, beadwork; and Kathy Cairns-Hendershott, fiber arts. Providing musical entertainment will be Creek Bend on Saturday and the Old Hippies on Sunday.

Roycroft Artisans and Master Artisans will offer free demonstrations of their crafts on both Saturday and Sunday. The demonstration schedule includes the following: 

Buffalonia Pre-sale Tickets Available to the Public Beginning May 25

Buffalonia Pre-sale Tickets Available to the Public Beginning May 25

Pre-sale tickets for Buffalonia, the annual fundraising event for the Matt Urban Human Services Center and a celebration of our great city, will go on sale on Thursday, May 25. Buffalonia will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at 500 Seneca Street, Buffalo.

Tickets are priced at just $25 each or 10 for $200 and can be purchased at the Matt Urban Center, 1081 Broadway, Buffalo. Admission includes beer and a food voucher. Lloyd's Food Truck with be there, and DJ Jickster from 97 Rock will join in the festivities. Individuals purchasing a pre-sale ticket at the Matt Urban Center will receive a free Buffalonia T-shirt or a Buffalonia beer mug.

Daemen Launching State-Approved Applied Behavior Analysis Program

Daemen Launching State-Approved Applied Behavior Analysis Program

Daemen College has received New York State Department of Education approval to offer a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis (ABA) starting in the fall, making it the only state-approved ABA graduate program in New York.

In addition to the master’s degree, approval has been granted for Daemen to launch a new advanced certificate program to provide ABA post-graduate training for professionals in related fields. “These programs will greatly augment our exceptional academic offerings and prepare highly qualified professionals with the advanced level of skills and training essential for this growing field,” said Dr. Michael Brogan, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college.

“For students, the programs are ideally suited for those looking to further their careers or would like to apply their talents and experience to pursue new opportunities as behavior analysts.”

Land Conservancy Invites Community to Birdwatching Hike in the Niagara Gorge

Land Conservancy Invites Community to Birdwatching Hike in the Niagara Gorge

Spring bird migration is in full swing in Western New York. On Saturday, May 20, the Western New York Land Conservancy is hosting a birdwatching hike in the Niagara Gorge from 8 to 10 a.m. Attendees will look for colorful songbirds as they pass through the region on their way to their breeding grounds. The Niagara River is famous for its gulls and other migrating birds and is a globally significant Important Bird Area, a designation shared with Yellowstone and the Everglades!

Local Author Keith Elkins to Visit Dog Ears Bookstore

Local Author Keith Elkins to Visit Dog Ears Bookstore

Keith Elkins, author of “The Old Guy Goes,” will read from his book and sign copies at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, at noon Saturday, June 24. 

A Buffalo resident, Elkins retired from Empire State College as a State University of New York Distinguished Service Professor in 1997. In the years since, he’s been a volunteer in several agencies supporting children, working adults and seniors. Up to four times a month for most of those years, he's facilitated three or four current events discussion groups for seniors in as many different senior residences. He's also served as founder, writer and performer with the Brainstormers, a group of mostly older actors who create, present and discuss with audiences of senior citizens playlets that dramatize issues of interest or concern to them. 

A Rainy Spring, Plus Pets, is a Bad Combination for Carpets, Floors and Furniture

A Rainy Spring, Plus Pets, is a Bad Combination for Carpets, Floors and Furniture

It’s been a very rainy spring in Western New York, which is bad news for homeowners who also own pets. Yards with poor drainage are looking a lot like swampland these days, which means Fido’s paw prints can likely be found all over your once clean floors, carpets and furniture.

“We know it’s not the dog’s fault, but these can be difficult days for all the pet owners out there, especially those who like to keep a clean house,” said Edmund Bedient, owner of Clear Choice Carpet Cleaning Services in West Seneca. “Even when the sun does come out and the yard dries up, the damage has already been done, and all the brooms, mops and vacuum cleaners in the world aren’t going to bring back the look you’re looking for. Therefore, it’s time to call in a professional cleaning service.”

Following are some tips from Clear Choice for returning your home to its former glory:

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Event with Author and Illustrator Wende Essrow

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Event with Author and Illustrator Wende Essrow

Children’s book author and illustrator Wende Essrow will visit Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, for a special event at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 27. Essrow will be sharing her latest children's book, “Where’s Your Belly, Nelly?” She will also help children in attendance make paper bag puppy puppets to go along with the story. 

“Where’s Your Belly, Nelly?” is Essrow's third children's book. She collaborated with local artist Bernice Smith on this sweet story. Essrow has also written and illustrated “The Paintbrush Dreamer” and “If You Listen to the Trees.” Her latest book is about a puppy who just could not learn anything about obedience training. Nelly, the puppy, has learned only one thing — that she loves tummy rubs! She steals the reader's hearts and is a sweet reminder of what is important in life.