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Weekend Highlights!

A friendly, Friday post to let you know what's going on around Amherst & Williamsville this weekend.

The Buffalo International Film Festival (BIFF) starts today, and runs through October 10th, you can catch some of these movies right here in Amherst at HD Video Cafe, and The Screening Room.

Saturday:-

-2:15 PM The Screening Room, 2:15 PM Action!!!  (Comedy Mockumentary) 

-3 PM HD Video Café Barack Obama: People's President

-4:30 PM The Screening Room Birds of Prey (Drama) India, 55 Minutes

-7 PM The Screening Room God's Land (USA) Comedy-Drama (World Premiere)

-7 PM HD Video Café, Hard Four (USA) plus Short Film (UK)

Miles for Megan Benefits New Mother with Leukemia

When Megan Smith began going into labor, her mind was on little else than delivering her child. But a routine blood test revealed an abnormality that altered things. “When it was about time for the epidural, the doctors did a CBC and found some abnormalities in the white blood count,” said her husband Ryan. “Instead of a normal 5-10k, it was around 40k.”

Megan was able to hold her baby, named Rylee Hannah, for a few minutes before they rushed her to Roswell Park Cancer Instititute in an ambulance. She was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and has been undergoing treatment ever since. In a matter of 2 months, she has undergone 2 rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.

Veterans: Write Your Story

Veterans: Write Your Story

Our writers group is open to veterans of all conflicts. We listen, talk and write about our experiences because no one else can tell our story. Convert your thoughts and experiences into a memoir or short story. 

We meet on Mondays from 1:30 to 3:30 PM in room 422-B at the VA Western NY located at 3495 Bailey Av., Buffalo, NY 14215.

Scheduled meetings are: Oct 18; Oct 25; Nov 1; Nov 12 (Special Friday meeting with ClaudeAnShin Thomas as guest speaker); Nov 15; Dec 6 and Dec 20th.

To see a WGRZ video about our group, click here.

Buddhist Monk Visits Area

Claude AnShin Thomas practices "engaged Buddhism." Today he is in Medellin, Columbia visiting communa 13, one of the hottest spots for drug-related gang violence. He is working with two groups, one engaged with people on the fence or on the edge of becoming involved in gang activities and another making efforts to draw people out of these gangs.

What is Buffalo's connection to drugs, gangs and violence?

Ask him yourself when you hear Claude AnShin Thomas speak about Mindfulness at 7 PM, Wednesday, November 10th at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst, 6320 Main Street, Williamsville, NY. A $5 fee to reduce travel expenses will be requested. You can register for a Day of Mindfulness Practice on Saturday, November 13th from 9am to 5PM. His website is : Zaltho.org 

See a short leader to a documentary on AnShin's work here

 

3rd Annual Conquer Chiari Walk Across America

This past weekend was the first ever Conquer Chiari Walk in WNY. Amherst resident Agnes Starr joined forces with the Conquer Chiari Organization to help raise Awareness and funding for Chiari & Syringomyelia Awareness. This was the 3rd Annual Conquer Chiari Walk Across America but the first of its kind in our area. It took place Saturday Sept. 18th at Ellicott Creek Park in Tonawanda and raised over $20,000 towards research!

Chiari affects over 300,000 people in the US. Chiari is a serious neurological disorder in which the brain herniates out of the skull and puts pressure on the nerves and spinal cord causing debilitating pain and life-threatening symptoms.

The walk is a series of walks in different cities taking place on the same day to bring awareness and raise money for research.

Williamsville East Football Honors Wounded Warriors

Williamsville East High School Partners with Wounded Warrior Project
“American Hero” Themed Homecoming Events to Benefit Charity  

Williamsville East High School today announced its partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a not-for-profit organization that provides programs and services for injured service members and their families. The two have joined forces to recognize the sacrifices made by those who have served and those that continue to serve in our nation's Armed Forces.

Evening in the Village to be Held Saturday in Williamsville

Evening in the Village to be held
 Saturday in Williamsville

Williamsville’s Evening in the Village will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. This year’s event, which celebrates “Main Street America,” will honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with a moment of silence at 6 p.m.

Attendees can enjoy complimentary wine tastings from state wineries and food from various street vendors. Many of the shops and restaurants will offer specials and sales.

Three live bands will perform throughout the evening, and Hawk Creek Wildlife Center will have a station set up. Erie County Legislator Edward A. Rath III will meet with residents at the Williamsville Water Mill from 4 to 8 p.m.

In conjunction with the event, the Williamsville Fire Department will hold its annual open house with firehouse tours and demonstrations. There will also be a free trolley up and down Main Street.