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World-class Drum Corps from San Antonio Coming to WNY in July

World-class Drum Corps from San Antonio Coming to WNY in July

As a prelude to the Aug. 6 Drums Along the Waterfront - Tour of Champions competition taking place at New Era Field in Orchard Park, the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps from San Antonio, Texas will be making a promotional tour stop in Gowanda on July 6. Arriving from a competition in Boston, the Crossmen will be utilizing Gowanda Central School’s facilities for a day-long rehearsal.

With musical-athlete membership of 150 strong, the Crossmen compete in Drum Corps International’s (DCI) World Class level, which is considered marching music’s major league. The corps finished in tenth place in last year’s DCI World Championships held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Founded in 1974, the Crossmen are a 501 (c)(3) education and youth development organization assisting young people in becoming outstanding individuals through music and the performing arts.

Elmwood Village Farmers Market July 1 Highlights Include Performance by the BPO String Quartet

Elmwood Village Farmers Market July 1 Highlights Include Performance by the BPO String Quartet

The popular Elmwood Village Farmers Market, featuring nearly 40 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local produce and products, continues on Saturday, July 1, at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo’s historic Elmwood Village. Hours at the open-air market, a program of the Elmwood Village Association, are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine, through November. 

Musical entertainment on July 1 will be a special presentation by the BPO String Quartet at 10 a.m. Hosting the market’s community group tables will be West Side Community Services, The Friends of the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter and the Buffalo Wellness Center. Offering wine-tasting will be Leonard Oakes Estate Winery and Victorianbourg Wine Estate.

Bands, Food and Giveaways to be Highlighted at Annual Church of the Annunciation Picnic

Bands, Food and Giveaways to be Highlighted at Annual Church of the Annunciation Picnic

A weekend filled with live music, classic cars, numerous raffles and delicious food offerings will highlight the 80th annual summer picnic at the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. The event kicks off on Friday, Aug. 18, and concludes with a grand drawing the evening of Sunday, Aug. 20.

The fun begins at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, with a delicious fish fry, a Classic Car Cruise Night from 6 to 9 p.m. and music by Back Beat ’64 from 7 to 11 p.m.

The Ultimate Handcrafted Shopping Experience is Coming to Rochester

The Ultimate Handcrafted Shopping Experience is Coming to Rochester

Premier Promotions of WNY is pleased to announce it will bring its nationally acclaimed spring and holiday artisan markets to the Roc Dome Arena in Rochester in 2018! The Spring Artisan Market will be held April 13-15, while Christmas in the Country-Rochester will be held Nov. 9-11.

“We are very excited to be bringing our events to the Rochester area,” said Dan Kaczynski of Premier Promotions. “The Roc Dome is a world-class facility now after having undergone a complete renovation recently. It is conveniently located, parking is abundant and the facility is beautiful. We have always targeted patrons from the Rochester area with our other events, and now we get the opportunity to bring this experience directly to them.”

The events promise to be shopping experiences, designed to engage patrons of every interest on multiple levels. 

AAA WCNY, AT&T & NYS Police Team Up with WNY Officials to Host Distracted Driving Awareness Day

 AAA WCNY, AT&T & NYS Police Team Up with WNY Officials to Host Distracted Driving Awareness Day

York State Senators Chris Jacobs and Michael Ranzenhofer, AAA Western and Central New York, New York State Police and AT&T teamed up to raise awareness for AAA’s 100 Deadliest Days (the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when teen crash fatalities historically climb 15 percent compared to the rest of the year), as well as AT&T’s “It Can Wait” public education campaign and NYS distracted driving laws.

Distracted Driving Awareness Day in Western New York was hosted June 1 at AAA WCNY headquarters, where young drivers, parents and all those who visited the Amherst AAA were educated about the dangers of distracted driving.

Elmwood Village Farmers Market Continues on June 3 with Free Yoga Class

Elmwood Village Farmers Market Continues on June 3 with Free Yoga Class

The popular Elmwood Village Farmers Market, featuring nearly 40 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local produce and products, continues on Saturday, June 3, at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo’s historic Elmwood Village. Hours at the open-air market, a program of the Elmwood Village Association, are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine, through November. 

Beginning June 3, the market is teaming up with HEAL Bflo to offer free weekly yoga classes from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat and a bottle of water. Classes will be offered on the east side of Elmwood Avenue, directly across the street from the weekly market.

With Significant Electrical Rate Increase on the Horizon, More Consumers are Switching to Solar

With Significant Electrical Rate Increase on the Horizon, More Consumers are Switching to Solar

It’s not a joke, and not at all funny. National Grid is asking the Public Service Commission to raise its residential electricity delivery prices beginning April 1, 2018.

If the rate hike is approved, the average National Grid customer would see their monthly bill increase by $11.23 a month! The company says it needs the money to make infrastructure investments.

National Grid is also proposing increases in monthly electricity bills for commercial customers — as high as $10.01 per month.