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Saint Benedict School to Celebrate the Drummer Boy Mass

St. Benedict School is having their annual Drummer Boy Mass on Thursday, December 16, 2010 in the church at 10am.  St. Benedict School is located at 3980 Main Street, Amherst, NY 14226.  The whole student body and faculty process into the church bringing wrapped Christmas Gifts to be given to La Casa – a local refugee house in Buffalo. 

The music from ‘The Drummer Boy’ is played and a special 2nd grade boy is chosen as the Drummer Boy to lead the procession. This special annual tradition at St. Benedict School will surely grip your heart and will remind you of the true meaning of Christmas. 

Resource Fair: How Do I Get There?

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -- The resource fair is for students and individuals with disabilities who are transitioning to adulthood. Agencies partcipating will include those who provide services and support in the areas of employment, education, health, housing, self-advocacy, and social/recreational. Contact us by phone at (716) 332-4170 or toll-free at (866) 277-4762. You can register online.

Date: January 8, 2011

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Videos Allow WNY Travelers to Discover the Spirit of London Before Crossing the Border

Shops, restaurants, theater, cultural institutions, wineries, museums, markets, comfortable hotels, sports and recreation, slot machines, special events ... sounds like a fun and accurate description of Western New York, right?

Actually, the exciting and equally inviting city of London, Ontario, boasts many similarities to the Buffalo region. Maybe that’s why more and more Buffalonians are traveling to London for a quick getaway.

Old Fort Niagara's Castle by Candlelight

For two nights in December, visitors to Old Fort Niagara will experience the holidays as they were celebrated in early America. Historical characters will bring Christmas past alive with 18th and 19th century holiday recipes and portrayals of colonial-era people. The highpoint of the evening will be a traditional Feu de Joie (firing of joy), a nighttime musket and cannon salute.

Programs will take place from 7:00 pm through 8:30 pm on Saturday, December 11th and Saturday, December 18th. The historic French Castle (built in 1726) will be illuminated entirely by candles, as will the Fort's parade ground. The Fort's log trading post will serve as a colonial tavern complete with hot beverages and period music.

Pet Connection Announces Holiday Season Events

Pet Connection Programs Inc. is counting on support from the generous residents of Western New York to make this a happy holiday season. Volunteers from the nonprofit maternity and special care animal shelter located in Marilla will be at several locations throughout Erie County in an effort to raise funds for the care of dozens of dogs and cats in need of loving homes.

Activities kick off on Black Friday as volunteers from the shelter will be selling their ever-popular pet totes filled with food, treats and toys at the Eastern Hills Mall, near Dave & Buster’s. The volunteers will return to the mall on three Saturday: November 27, December 11 and December 18. Pups from the shelter will also be there to greet you!

Help ‘Stick it to Cancer’

On Dec. 3, 2004, Lisa Johnson, a 20-year Town of Tonawanda resident, underwent successful surgery in her battle against cancer. To celebrate six years of being cancer-free, she's throwing herself a party, but the community will be the benefactor.       

The second annual Stick it to Cancer Blood Drive and Basket Raffle will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at VFW Post 7275, 3741 Walden Ave., Lancaster. Proceeds will be donated to the Town of Tonawanda Paramedics and the American Cancer Society through the 2011 Lancaster Relay for Life. The American Red Cross also will be available with its mobile unit to collect blood donations.

Please Support Pet Connection’s Holiday Dinner Dance

Tickets are still available for Pet Connection’s Holiday Concert and Dinner Dance taking place from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, December 4, at the Hearthstone Manor in Depew. The event includes dinner, entertainment by Jack Civiletto and The Pyramid Band, a huge basket auction and much more.

One lucky door prize winner will take home four one-day Disney Hopper Passes valued at $544!

Tickets for the event are just $25 and are presale only. They can be obtained by calling the shelter at 652-0192.