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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.

Muslim Public Affairs Council to Hold Inter-Faith 'Solidarity Walk' This Week

AMHERST, N.Y. -- The Muslim Public Affairs Council Western New York Chapter (MPAC-WNY) in partnership with the Islamic Society of the Niagara Frontier, North Presbyterian Church, Temple Beth Am and Westminster Presbyterian Church is sponsoring a one-mile, four-mile and a five-mile "solidarity walk" in conjunction with its fifth-annual Tent of Abraham event, this Thursday, August 26 at 6:30 p.m.

The Abraham’s Walk program was stimulated by the Abraham Path Initiative developed by the Global Negotiation Initiative at Harvard University. “Abraham Walks” are taking place in various U.S. and European cities. The Western New York five-mile walk will start at North Presbyterian Church located at 300 North Forest Road in Williamsville, include a stop at Temple Beth Am (where the four-mile walk begins) and Heim School (where the one-mile walk begins), and finishes at the Islamic Center (745 Heim Road, Amherst) where walkers will join the “Tent of Abraham” event with dinner.

Williamsville Comedy Benefit for Trees Leaves Locals Laughing

The 2nd Annual Leaves & Laughs comedy festival saw four seasoned comics bolt through a raucous rant of one liners to the delight of a nearly sold out Rob's Comedy Playhouse in Williamsville on Saturday.

Opening was club co-owner Rob Lederman who took shots at TV garden show host Sally Cunningham seated just a sapling's length away, "you make the auto advice guy sound interesting", ripped Lederman, citing her Sunday morning tube appearances.

Such was the mood of the evening with the microphone relay from Lederman to Dan Pordum to the eventual headliner Marc Sinodinos gathering steam and goading the well-lubricated gallery with quips on their occupations and orientations.