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Fall Indoor Concert & Dance

Clearfield Community Center, 730 Hopkins Rd., Amherst, will be hosting a fall indoor concert and dance with the Sentimental Journey Band on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 from 7-9p.m.  Please bring your own chairs and join us as we take a tour down memory lane. 

Old Fort Niagara's Haunted Fortress

As the leaves change their colors and the temperatures begin to drop, the spirits return to Old Fort Niagara for the annual Haunted Fortress. For two nights only experience the dark side of Fort Niagara as ghosts and ghouls from the past walk among the historic buildings on Saturday, October 16 and Saturday, October 23.

Tickets are $12 per person and available by pre-sale only with credit card. Reservations can be made daily between 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. by calling 716-745-7611. Bring a flashlight, dress for the weather and wear sensible footwear. The Haunted Fortress is not recommended for children under 8 years old.

For more information, visit www.oldfortniagara.org or call 716-745-7611.

Join Farm Sanctuary in the Celebration FOR the Turkeys in Watkins Glen

Every single year thousands gather their families for Thanksgiving, for the large meal, and later, the food induced coma. Sadly, every year thousands of animals needlessly die for the above mentioned tradition.

Last year was my first Thanksgiving without a turkey on the table, and I will tell you, it was the most amazing, filling, delicious meal I have ever eaten, and yes, I still wanted to nap shortly after eating. I admit, I can't wait for this years Thanksgiving to come! This year I am thankful for many things, I am thankful that I chose to consume a more compassionate diet over a year ago. I completely changed my lifestyle, and have reaped the health benefits of doing so. I have met only amazing people on my journey, and I am proud to call them my friends. Most importantly, this year I will be one of many attending the Celebration For the Turkeys in Watkins Glen, and for that I am grateful!

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.

Fall Family Fest

The Amherst Youth & Recreation Department Family Room Program will be hosting its 18th Annual "Fall Family Fest" featuring a show by "Mama Earth & the Kitchen Band" along with special guests “Buzz & Woody” on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at the Harlem Road Community Center Auditorium, 4255 Harlem Road in Amherst.  Advance general admission tickets are available and include choice of showtime, 10:30am or 11:30am.  Doors open at 10:00am.

The event includes appearances by the Super Heroes and Princesses. It features a raffle, silent auction and theme basket auction along with a pizza and bake sale.  Ticket price also includes face painting, crafts and gym activities for the children.  All proceeds benefit Amherst Youth & Recreation Department’s Family Room and Parent Resource Center.

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.