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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.

Celebrate the Christmas Season with Special Events at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Celebrate the Christmas Season with Special Events at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

From celebrating a Victorian Christmas to dining with Santa to enjoying a holiday tea with loved ones, Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village invites you to participate in their exciting events planned for the month of December.

Enjoy a menu full of Victorian Christmas recipes at the second annual “Taste of Christmas Past” from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. The evening’s program includes:
• Music by Dan Wilke, organ grinder, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
• 45-minute guided lantern tours of the village with one of BNHV’s costumed villagers (includes grounds and exterior of building) at 6:15 and 7:15 p.m.
• Music by the Hutchinson Family Revival from 7 to 9 p.m.
• Live auction at 8 p.m.
• Tree lighting ceremony and caroling on the historic bandstand at 8:15 p.m.
• Remaining auctions and raffles after tree lighting ceremony

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Sponsors to Adopt Needy Families This Holiday Season

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Sponsors to Adopt Needy Families This Holiday Season

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) in East Aurora hopes to spread some holiday spirit this Christmas season by asking local individuals, families, businesses and organizations to “adopt” a deserving family and help make their holidays a little brighter. 

“This Christmas season we anticipate assisting 12 to 15 families who are actively pursuing their goals toward self-sufficiency,” said ROC Executive Director Frank Cerny. “Those receiving gifts this holiday season will be asked to make a contribution of some sort back to their community as part of the empowerment process. Virtually all participants in the program readily agree to do this as they too want to help others in some way. We call it the ‘pay-it-forward’ portion of the program.”

Explore Buffalo and Palace Theatre to Offer Lockport Tour of Homes

Explore Buffalo and Palace Theatre to Offer Lockport Tour of Homes

The Historic Palace Theatre in Lockport and Explore Buffalo are teaming up again to offer a great tour of homes to kick off the holiday season! Participants will enjoy touring 10 historic locations in the City of Lockport from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

Starting at the Kenan Center Arena, guests will pick up their tour book containing histories of the buildings and a map with the locations of the homes. Carolers from the Palace Theatre’s production of Scrooge will be at the homes, adding to the holiday atmosphere. 

This tour is self-guided from home to home, with docents in each home. You can visit the homes at your own pace and in whatever order you choose. A map of home locations will be provided at the tour’s starting location inside the Kenan Center Arena (behind the Kenan Arts Center), 433 Locust St.

ROC Receives Grant to Enhance ‘Especially for Kids’ Program

ROC Receives Grant to Enhance ‘Especially for Kids’ Program

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) is pleased to announced that it has been awarded a $3,500 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY, Inc. to enhance the organization’s “Especially for Kids” program. The grant will be used to purchase therapy supplies, backpacks, school supplies and winter coat gift certificates.

Located at 730 Olean Road in East Aurora, the mission of the Rural Outreach Center is to assist, empower and elevate the impoverished rural population in southern Erie County and surrounding areas. In January, the ROC will launch its ROC Resolutions campaign to shine a spotlight on rural poverty in Western New York. Several well-known members of the local business and sports communities — including co-chairs Steve and Sarah Tasker — will assist in promoting areas of concern for those living in poverty, such as nutrition, utilities, transportation and clothing.