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Celebrate the Holidays with Explore Buffalo

Celebrate the Holidays with Explore Buffalo

Explore Buffalo, an organization dedicated to offering tours of the city’s most unique architecture and attractions, recently announced holiday tours to help you celebrate the season!

Home Tour
Explore Buffalo will host a special Holiday Home Tour event from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. Tour a beautifully decorated home on one of Buffalo’s most exclusive streets, Chapin Parkway. Also featured on the 2016 Twilight Tour of Homes in June, the home of the Eoannou family will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland!

BlueCross BlueShield to Offer Free Healthcare Marketplace Sessions at the ROC

BlueCross BlueShield to Offer Free Healthcare Marketplace Sessions at the ROC

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and the Rural Outreach Center (ROC) are teaming up to offer free informational sessions on Medicaid and Child Health Plus, which are now being offered on the New York State of Health. These enrollment-assistance sessions will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, until further notice, at the ROC, 730 Olean Road, East Aurora.

“BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York is pleased to announce that we are offering Medicaid and Child Health Plus effective immediately,” said Community Relations Representative Anna Michotek. “As always, BlueCross BlueShield offers a provider network of over 90 percent of physicians, including specialists. In addition, we offer coverage for all Western New York hospitals, including Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Trained Facilitated Enrollers will be available at the ROC to assist those in need of health insurance.”

Local Artisans Inspire Holiday Shopping at 22nd Annual Yuletide in the Country

Local Artisans Inspire Holiday Shopping at 22nd Annual Yuletide in the Country

Western New Yorkers can complete their holiday shopping and buy local on Dec. 3 and 4 as the 22nd annual Yuletide in the Country Holiday Artisan Market returns to the Event Center at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State to Return on December 3

Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State to Return on December 3

The Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State, an indoor version of the popular Elmwood Village Farmers Market, will return to Buckham Hall on the campus of SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave., on Saturday, Dec. 3. The market will run from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through mid April 2017.

In addition to hosting nearly 20 quality vendors, entertainment will be offered from approximately 10 to 11:30 a.m., and one community group will be invited to host an informational table each week. One group or organization from Buffalo State will also host a weekly informational table, and the market will be equipped to accept EBT customers as well.

Dog Ears to Host Tim Shannon for Book-signing and Irish History Presentation

Dog Ears to Host Tim Shannon for Book-signing and Irish History Presentation

Local author Tim Shannon will visit Dog Ears Bookstore & Café from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, for a presentation on Buffalo’s Irish history and book-signing event. The nonprofit bookstore is located at 688 Abbott Road in Buffalo.

Shannon’s PowerPoint presentation uses historic photos to illustrate the history behind his “Da’s Shillelagh Trilogy.” The three book in the trilogy include “Da’s Shillelagh,” “Da’s Legacy” and the newly released “Da’s American Family.”

Topics featured in the presentation include the role of the Irish in the War of 1812, the Erie Canal, Great Seiche of 1844, Canal District, Civil War, the Fenians and more.

Enjoy Handcrafted Holiday Shopping with Meaning at Christmas in the Country Erie

Enjoy Handcrafted Holiday Shopping with Meaning at Christmas in the Country Erie

Erie, Pennsylvania’s most popular artisan market, Christmas in the Country Erie, returns to the Bayfront Convention Center (1 Sassafras Pier, Erie) Nov. 19 and 20. The holiday market welcomes 150 artisans and artists from the Erie area and across the country. The event features unique handcrafted creations including home décor, gourmet foods, trendsetting jewelry, hand-poured candles, children’s clothing, stylish pottery, original wall art, gifts for pets and holiday gift items galore.  

Author Rosanne Higgins to Visit Dog Ears Bookstore in December

Author Rosanne Higgins to Visit Dog Ears Bookstore in December

Rosanne L. Higgins, author of “A Lifetime Again,” book four of her Orphans and Inmates series, will host a book-signing event from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, South Buffalo.

Higgins grew up in Buffalo. Her experiences traveling in both the United States and in Europe as a child resulted in a love of history and cultural diversity from an early age. She entered graduate school in 1990 as an anthropology student and studied the relationship between biology and poverty during the 19th century. Her main interest was the institutionalized poor. In 1998 she earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University at Buffalo.