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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.

Amherst Chamber to Host Downsizing Dialogue Tonight

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce is holding a “Downsizing Dialogue” tonight with members of the Amherst Town Board and town residents who are interested in expressing their thoughts on the issue of downsizing the Town Board. 

The discussion will take place at the Amherst Chamber’s office located at 350 Essjay Rd., Suite 200 in Williamsville from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  The event will be an opportunity to discuss the impact of downsizing on taxes and services provided not only for residents of the Town, but the business community as well.  The “Downsizing Dialogue” is free and open to all town residents and community members.

Williamsville 'Paints' the Village Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Motorists and shoppers who happen to be driving and walking along Main Street in the Village of Williamsville will find the major thoroughfare has been “painted” pink in recognition of October being national Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink ribbons and banners will line Main Street throughout October as part of a local initiative – “Paint the Village Pink! For Breast Cancer Awareness”­ – that is being sponsored and supported by Buffalo MRI, the Williamsville Business Association, Inc., the Village of Williamsville and the Amherst Chamber of Commerce.

“Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and approximately 1,300 women in Western New York will be diagnosed with the disease this year,” said Village of Williamsville Mayor Mary Lowther. “By painting the village pink, we are raising awareness among all women and showing our support for breast cancer survivors, their families and those currently battling the disease in our own community.”

Amherst Youth & Recreation to Hold Family Halloween Event

Bring the entire family to a Halloween celebration on Saturday, October 23, from 11am-2pm at the Boulevard Mall Food Court in Amherst. The event will feature ghoulish games and a "Haunted" Bounce House as well as live "creepy creatures" shows by Nickel City Reptiles at noon and 1pm. 

Decorate your very own pumpkin to take home or make a special Halloween craft! "Boo"-loon animals, facepainting and more! Wearing of costumes for little ones encouraged. Event and all activities free of charge.

For more info. call 716-631-7215.  Sponsored by Amherst Youth & Recreation and the Boulevard Mall.

Amherst Chamber to Host Educational Workshop

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce and special guest Katherine Lucas of Emedia Studios will present the informative workshop “Creating Video that Works” on Friday, October 15, 2010 at Bryant & Stratton College’s new Amherst Campus, 3650 Millersport Highway.  Registration will start at 8:15 am and the workshop will begin promptly at 8:30 am.

“Creating Video that Works” is the third presentation in the Chamber’s fall series of educational workshops.  Lucas will provide examples of the various methods of using video for efficient and effective marketing.  While most people think that an expensive campaign is the best use of video, web based video used to educate, explain and of course sell, is growing in popularity. 

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)

Auction for Farm Animals Raises Over $700!

On September 27th Merge Restaurant helped to host the first annual "Auction for Farm Animals" to benefit Farm Sanctuary. Many people came out to show their support, and over $700 was raised. Thats enough to sponsor a cow for a year at the farm, and provide him, or her, with food, shelter, and any veterinary care that may be needed. An accomplishment, that for my first ever fundraising event, I am very proud of!

*Walk for Farm Animals is being held October 2nd, registration begins at noon, the walk at 1pm. There is a 3 mile walk, and one about 2 miles as well. For more information please visit the walk site, email Veganleggs80@yahoo.com, or call Danielle Legg at 716-803-0974. *