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Community Datebook for the week of June 13, 2013


Angola Park Concert
On Wednesday, June 19 Angola Park and Gazebo Committee kick-off their Summer Lawn Chair concert series from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Crash Cadillac will be performing, featuring vocals by Linda Giancarlo. This event is sponsored by the Lake Shore Federal Credit Union.
Refreshments and handicap parking are available. In case of rain, the concert will be relocated to The New Angola Theater on North Main Street.

41st annual Strawberry Social
The First Congregational UCC will hold its 41st annual Strawberry Social this weekend.
There will be an assortment of food including hot dogs, hamburgers, Italian sausage, strawberry salad, French fries, sundaes, milkshakes, ice cream cones, strawberry shortcake and more. There will be live entertainment each day of the event.
The event will run Thursday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Lake Shore Central School Jazz Bands will begin performing at 5:30 p.m., and Friday, June 14, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Buffalo Touch Polka Band will perform from 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, June 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be the last day of the event. Suzanne’s School of Dance will perform at noon.
The First Congregational UCC is located at 132 N. Main St., Angola. For more information, call 519-2115.


Fund-raising event for shelter animals
The Fantastic Sams Hair Salon will be holding a special Fur and FUNdraising event on Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event will benefit the Empire Animal Rescue Society, who will have cats and dogs available for adoption. There will also be drawings for gift baskets and other prizes.
E.A.R.S. is a home based shelter located in Salamanca.
Donations of dog/cat food, toys, kitty litter, gently used bedding and other pet care products are being accepted.
The Blasdell Fantastic Sam’s will donate 10 percent of kids hair cut sales to E.A.R.S. and offer discounts for anyone making a donation.
Donations can be dropped off at the Fantastic Sams Hair Salon on 620 Dick Road., Depew.

Blasdell Summer Park Concert
Nick Battistella will be performing at the Blasdell Summer Concert Series on Wednesday, June 19. The show begins at 6:30 p.m., is open to the public and free admisison.
It is located at the JFK Playground, 2 Grafton Ave.


Twilight Tour of Mansions
The Theodore Roosevelt Site and Preservation Buffalo Niagara are joining forces to present the Twilight Tours of Mansions on Friday, June 21.
Witness a rare glimpse into a tour of Buffalo’s most magnificent homes centered in the Delaware Avenue and West Ferry Street neighborhood, an area that was once home to the prestigious Albright Estate.
Advance sale tickets for the one-night-only event are $30 ($25 for members of either organization) and can be purchased through June 16. By Monday, June 17, tickets will be $35 per person.
The Twilight Tour of Mansions will begin at Canisius High School (1180 Delaware Ave.). Tour participants are also invited to visit the TR Inaugural Site at 641 Delaware Ave. where wine and cheese sampling will be offered from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
VIP tickets are available for $65. This includes a rare opportunity to tour the historic Garret Club on Cleveland Avenue where there will be an array of hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine. VIP guests will also enjoy the convenience of guaranteed off-street parking and preferred registration at the Garret Club.
To purchase either standard or VIP tickets, call 884-0095 or visit

Joan Fitzgerald book signing
The Western New York Artists Group will be hosting a book signing for Joan Fitzgerald from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 15.
Fitzgerald is the author of four young adult novels, four children’s books and two poetry books. She will be signing copies of her works “Joan Fitzgerald, Selected Works” which was published by the Buffalo Arts Publishing Company and she will also be signing “There’s a Moose in my Juice,” a children’s book written and illustrated by Fitzgerald.
The event will take place at Art Dialogue Gallery, 1 Linwood Ave., Buffalo.


Flower Communion
A Flower Communion will be held Sunday, June 23 at 10:30 a.m. by Rev. Frances Manly at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hamburg.
He will use flowers to symbolize the unique gifts each church member brings to the congregation when she presents her sermon “Our Religious Community is a Bouquet.”
Manly is retiring after serving the church for seven years. A special celebratory potluck luncheon will follow the service.
The Unitarian Universalist Church is located on the corner of Union and Center Streets. Religious education and child care are provided. All are welcome.
St. Mary lawn fete to be held June 21-23
St. Mary of the Lake, 4737 Lakeshore Road, Hamburg, is holding a lawn fete on June 21 through June 23.
Admission is free and pre-sale wristbands for rides are available for $15.
Bands will play on all three days, as well as gambling, a beer tent and a Chiavetta’s barbecue on Sunday, June 23 at noon until sold out.
For more information, visit

'Bowling Rocks' for Kid's at Braymiller's
Children ages 7 to 13 who want to polish their bowling skills or learn more about the sport may want to consider a program offered this summer by the Town of Hamburg Department of Youth, Recreation and Senior Services.
“Bowling Rocks” is a program of the U.S. Bowling Congress and will be held on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon at Braymiller’s Lanes, 39 Buffalo St., Hamburg, from July 2 to Aug. 6.
This instructional bowling camp is designed to introduce boys and girls to the sport of bowling. The cost of bowling shoes and balls is included in the registration fee of $40 for residents and $45 for neighbors. Registration can be done in person at the Recreation Office, 2982 Lakeview Road (Nike Base), Hamburg or online at
For more information, call the recreation office at 646-5145.

GemStreet USA brings jewelry show
GemStreet USA Show & Sale is coming to the Fairgrounds at Hamburg from June 14-16.
Local artists and worldwide exhibitors will showcase the latest in fine gems, jewelry, beads, minerals and fossils. Jewelry makers can find a great selection of supplies, tools and educational materials. Fossils and minerals will appeal to novice and serious collectors with items ranging from a rare black amethyst mineral specimen to petrified wood to sharks teeth.
Featured exhibitors include Gemologist Bill Vance and his wife Elke. Also Zenda Conerly will be featuring century-old Swarovski beads amongst other unique items.
The show will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15. It will go from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 16.
General admission tickets are $6 and free for children under 12. One ticket is good for the entire weekend and parking is free.
The Fairgrounds at Hamburg is located at 5600 McKinley Parkway in Hamburg.

The Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries are holding a series of “Hug Your Library ... so it’s here tomorrow” events at area libraries.
The “Hug Your Library” is an opportunity for members of the community to stand up and support the library by participating on a specific day at a specific time, in a large “group hug” around the library building.
Everyone will gather at the library and hear remarks about the importance of libraries and the potentially disastrous impact of potential budget cuts. At a designated time, attendees will hold hands to create a human chain (hug) around the building.
The schedule of events includes:
• Thursday, June 20 at 6 p.m. at the Hamburg Public Library, 102 Buffalo St., Hamburg.
• Friday, June 21 at 4 p.m. at the Boston Free Library, 9475 Boston State Road, Boston.
• Tuesday, June 25 at 4:30 p.m. at the Angola Public Library, 34 North Main St., Angola.
• Wednesday, June 26 at 3 p.m. at the Eden Library, 2901 East Church St., Eden
• Wednesday, June 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the North Collins Public Library, 2095 School St., North Collins.

Flea market
A flea market will be held Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Boies-Lord Home Museum ground. It will be open for tours the day of the flea market.
The market was originally scheduled for Saturday, June 8 but was rained out and rescheduled.
The flea market is sponsored by The Hamburg Antiques Study Group. All proceeds will benefit the museum.
The Boies-Lord Museum is located at 5853 South park Avenue (across from the Fairgrounds/Casino entrance).

Orchard Park

Hazardous Waste Drop-off June 15
Erie County Legislator John J. Mills reminds residents that the county is hosting a Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day at Erie Community College South Campus from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 15.
Please note that there are limits to each material. Items that will not be accepted include tires, latex paint, fluorescent light bulbs, computers, appliances, and commercial/industrial waste. Participants may need to verify that wastes are generated by households.
Enter from Big Tree Road - Route 20A via Abbott Road.
Please call Legislator Mills at 858-8850 for further information.

South Buffalo

Youth Group hosts Chiavetta’s Dinner
The Grace Lutheran Youth Organization will host a Chiavetta’s chicken dinner from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, June 15. The dinner is both eat in and take out.
Pre-sale tickets are $9; $9.50 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Youth activities at Grace Lutheran.
Grace Lutheran Church is located at 174 Cazenovia St., South Buffalo
For tickets and information call the church at 822-0553.


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