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Local Author Keith Elkins to Visit Dog Ears Bookstore

Local Author Keith Elkins to Visit Dog Ears Bookstore

Keith Elkins, author of “The Old Guy Goes,” will read from his book and sign copies at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, at noon Saturday, June 24. 

A Buffalo resident, Elkins retired from Empire State College as a State University of New York Distinguished Service Professor in 1997. In the years since, he’s been a volunteer in several agencies supporting children, working adults and seniors. Up to four times a month for most of those years, he's facilitated three or four current events discussion groups for seniors in as many different senior residences. He's also served as founder, writer and performer with the Brainstormers, a group of mostly older actors who create, present and discuss with audiences of senior citizens playlets that dramatize issues of interest or concern to them. 

Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery Lists Fun-filled Classes and Events

Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery Lists Fun-filled Classes and Events

The opening reception for Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery’s June exhibit, “Collage, Digital and Mixed Media Mania,” will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 2. The gallery is located at 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. The event is free and open to the public.

The gallery is also putting out a Call for Artists for two upcoming events. “Collage, Digital and Mixed Media Mania” is open to emerging and professional artists who can submit up to three pieces of artwork for the June exhibit. The gallery is also looking for garden-related art for its popular Garden Art Saturday event on Saturday, June 17. A prospectus for both events can be found on the gallery’s website at http://etjgallery.com.

Explore Buffalo Announces May Tours and Events

Explore Buffalo Announces May Tours and Events

Explore Buffalo’s walking tours are back, including all of your favorites plus new tours to be added this summer. There are 100 tour dates available in May!

Advance reservations are encouraged but not required for tours and speaker series. Walk-ups are welcome! For security reasons, all credit card payments must be made in advance.  Advance reservations with a credit card can be made online until the tour starting time. Cash or checks are accepted at the start of the tour. If you make an advance reservation, please print your confirmation email or be prepared to show it on your phone.

Vendors Sought for Collectors’ Expo; Event to Benefit Three Local Organizations

Vendors Sought for Collectors’ Expo; Event to Benefit Three Local Organizations

Vendors are currently being sought for the first annual Collectors’ Expo, a unique event to take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, in the historic Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, South Buffalo.

“We envision the event to be something like ‘American Pickers’ under one roof, featuring sports memorabilia, coins, stamps, antiques, original art, trains, toys, bottles, comic books, music and theatre memorabilia, and more,” said Joe Kirchmyer of West Seneca, organizer of the event. “Everyone collects something … and there will definitely be something there for everyone.”

Elmwood Village Farmers Market adds two dates with the Buffalo Philharmonic String Quartet

Elmwood Village Farmers Market adds two dates with the Buffalo Philharmonic String Quartet

Local entertainment — including two special appearances by the Buffalo Philharmonic String Quartet — will be among the highlights of the 2017 Elmwood Village Farmers Market, which will take place every Saturday from May 13 through Nov. 25 at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo’s historic Elmwood Village.

The market will feature entertainment from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each week, unless otherwise noted. Following is the 2017 lineup, subject to change and weather conditions.

May 13: No Illusions, Acousticopia

May 20: Tina Marie Williams, David Adamczyk

May 27: Chris Jones, Porcelain Train

June 3: Nickel City String Band, Rockabilly Steve and BR3

Explore Buffalo Plans African-American Heritage Tour

Explore Buffalo Plans African-American Heritage Tour

Explore Buffalo is honored to be partnering with the Colored Musicians Club and the Michigan Street Baptist Church for the Michigan Street African-American Heritage Tour. 

African-American history in Buffalo is centered in the neighborhood surrounding the Michigan Street Baptist Church. Join Explore Buffalo for a tour of important locations in this neighborhood and to learn about the major milestones in African-American history in Buffalo, as well as how this affected national history. Buffalo has played a major role in African-American history, from the days of the Underground Railroad to the formation of the Niagara Movement, a precursor to the NAACP. 

This unique tour includes an interior tour of the Michigan Street Baptist Church, Nash House Museum and the Colored Musicians Club Museum, three important landmarks in this neighborhood.

No Frills Buffalo Publishes New Novel, Book of Poetry

No Frills Buffalo Publishes New Novel, Book of Poetry

No Frills Buffalo publishing company has released two new books by local authors David Coleman and Sinead Tyrone.

Coleman’s novel, “Hard Times in The Hollow,” tells the story of the Avery’s, a farming family in Cattaraugus County, and the struggles they endure through war, prohibition and the Great Depression. As their difficulties mount, family matriarch Iris pushes the family to extremes in her quest to keep them together and their farm afloat. Her grandson, Adam, is at first an observer and then an unwilling participant. How far would one family go to ensure their survival?