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WNY Children’s Book Expo Returns in November to Encourage Kids to Explore

WNY Children’s Book Expo Returns in November to Encourage Kids to Explore

The popular and growing WNY Children’s Book Expo (WNYCBE), the area’s premier literary event for children, returns in November and will culminate with a special event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

The six-day event kicks off with KidsLit Week from Nov. 6-10, during which nearly 40 internationally acclaimed authors will visit area schools, libraries, museums and cultural venues to inspire a love of books in students from pre-k through middle school. Expo Saturday, on Nov. 11, is a day-long showcase of new and beloved books written for kids. Here, local, national and international authors will interact directly with children (and parents, teachers and school officials) through readings, book-signings, presentations and demonstrations.

Carve a Pumpkin for Audubon’s Enchanted Forest

Carve a Pumpkin for Audubon’s Enchanted Forest

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center is looking for families and folks who would like to carve pumpkins to light the Enchanted Forest trail.

Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, are the magical evenings when you will find talking animals along a lighted trail – and adults as fascinated as the children they accompany.

You can add to the magic by designing and carving a pumpkin to decorate the trail on Monday, October 2, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Nature Center.

There will be some pumpkins and carving tools provided but feel free to bring your own. This is great family volunteer opportunity but open to all. Children must be accompanied and assisted by an adult.

Carving will be inside or outside, depending on the weather. 

Participants at the weekend’s Enchanted Forest will vote for their favorite pumpkin design, with the winners receiving a one-year Audubon Family Membership.

Annunciation to Host German Pot Luck Dinner

Annunciation to Host German Pot Luck Dinner

The Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, will host a German Pot Luck Dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in the school gym.

Guests are asked to bring a dish to pass and their favorite beverages. Music will be provided by the Genesee Valley Band.

Tickets are $10 for adults, while children will be admitted free. For more information on the Church of the Annunciation, please call 683-5254 or visit www.annunciation.cc.

 

Annunciation Holy Name Society to Host Pork Chop Dinner, Basket Auction

Annunciation Holy Name Society to Host Pork Chop Dinner, Basket Auction

The Holy Name Society at the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, will hold a Pork Chop Dinner and Theme Basket Auction beginning at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. The event will take place in Selbert Hall.

Ticket will be available for purchase at the door, and dinners will be available until sold out. The cost for the dinner is $11 for adults and $6 for children under 12.

For more information on the Church of the Annunciation, please visit www.annunciation.cc.

 

History Walk Planned at Stella Niagara Preserve

History Walk Planned at Stella Niagara Preserve

The Western New York Land Conservancy will be hosting a special history walk at the Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston on Thursday, Sept. 21. The hike will take place at 5:30 p.m. and will be led by Karen Noonan, a member of the Town of Porter Historical Society and the Youngstown Heritage Tours and Tourism Committee. Noonan is also the co-author of “From the Mouth of the Lower Niagara River: Stories of Four Historic Communities.” Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at eventbrite.com (search keywords “Stella Niagara Preserve”). All proceeds will support the work of the Western New York Land Conservancy.

Start a Conversation During National Suicide Prevention Week

Start a Conversation During National Suicide Prevention Week

This week, Sept. 10-16, is National Suicide Prevention Week. For some of us, it’s a time to reflect and mourn those we have lost. And for all of us, it should also be a week filled with starting conversations, taking an active role in suicide prevention, and seeking immediate help for those suffering from depression or carrying the burden of suicidal thoughts.

“Suicidal thoughts and depression can impact anyone of any age, race or gender. It does not discriminate,” said Monica A. Farrar, a licensed mental health counselor and private clinician in Williamsville. “Far too often I meet individuals and families who feel embarrassed or ashamed to openly discuss mental illness and suicide, and that needs to end. Help is available, and it may be a simple conversation that opens the door to treatment and a far better life.”

Hitting close to home

Annunciation to Offer Free Opioid Awareness and Narcan Training Class

Annunciation to Offer Free Opioid Awareness and Narcan Training Class

A free opioid awareness and Narcan training workshop will be offered at noon Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma.

The workshop is approximately two hours long and will focus on the opioid epidemic in Erie County today, signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, the Good Samaritan Law, the use of Narcan (naloxone) to reverse an overdose and more. It is open to all, and those over 16 are eligible to receive a Narcan kit dependent on NYSDOH supply availability. All participants will also receive instructions on how to get Narcan at a pharmacy.

Water and coffee will be provided, and participants are invited to bring a brown bag lunch.