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Holiday Dinner Dance Featuring Jack Civiletto & The Pyramid Band to Benefit Pet Connection

Tickets are now available for a Holiday Concert/Dinner Dance featuring Jack Civiletto & The Pyramid Band that will take place from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, December 4, at the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Proceeds from the event will benefit Pet Connection Programs Inc., a special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla.

Tickets are just $25 per person and include dinner, entertainment, a basket auction and raffles. A special door prize of four Disney one-day park hopper passes valued at $544 will be given away. Tickets for the event are presale only and can be ordered by calling the shelter at 652-0192.

Coming Soon: 'Pumpkin Run' 5K Run and Family Fun Walk

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. -- Lace up your running sneakers and sign up, today!  Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Pumpkin Run 5K Run and Family Fun Walk.  Enter the race on line.

The run will take place on Saturday, October 16, 2010.  The USATF-certified race kicks off on Spindrift Drive in Williamsville, New York, at 10:30 a.m., with a fall family-friendly post race festival to take place at Gateway-Longview's Campus (6350 Main Street in Williamsville) from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The fall festival will feature awards, a live band, food, free post-race massages, the Buffalo Zoomobile, children's activities & crafts, bounce houses, costume parade, fire safety tips for families and much more.

Runners, walkers and participants of all ages are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes!

Restaurant Week 2010

October 4th through October 10th is Local Restaurant Week here in WNY.   

(There is a direct link below to some of the menus of participating restaurants)

The locally, owned independent operator is the backbone of our community, and provides an essential element to the quality of life here. When we talk about what makes Western New York a great place to live, food and restaurants are often mentioned at the forefront. Before Art, Architecture, Music, our local Food culture is deeply embedded in our psyche. Many of the legacy food service operations in our area have family roots that continue today.

Money spent with an independent operators stays in our community. It is a reinvestment in what sustains our identity and we are grateful for you patronage.

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