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Infinity Joins #GivingTuesday Initiative!

Infinity Joins #GivingTuesday Initiative!

Infinity has once again joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Infinity’s INSTILL (Infinity Network of Students Training for Independent Leadership Level) Program encourages students to learn marketable skills while using their creative voices and talents. Young people work with a variety of mentors through hands-on learning experiences within the arts, based on a learning track of their choice.

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Collectors & Artisans Expo to Benefit Two Local High Schools

Collectors & Artisans Expo to Benefit Two Local High Schools

Two high schools located in Buffalo’s Irish Heritage District will benefit from the second Collectors & Artisans Expo taking place just one week before St. Patrick’s Day in the historic Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, South Buffalo.

The Saturday, March 10 event will feature dozens of local vendors and artisans selling a wide variety of merchandise, from antiques, collectibles and memorabilia to unique handcrafted items.

A portion of the proceeds collected at the event — including 100 percent of the $2 admission price — will be donated to Mount Mercy Academy and Bishop Timon - St. Jude High School. The Buffalo Irish Center will also receive a portion of the proceeds.

Eight-week Holiday Market on Bidwell to Open November 25

Eight-week Holiday Market on Bidwell to Open November 25

The eight-week Holiday Market on Bidwell, presented by the Elmwood Village Farmers Market, opens from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, inside St. John’s Grace Episcopal Church, 51 Colonial Circle, Buffalo, just steps away from the outdoor market’s location at Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway. The market will continue every Saturday through Jan. 13.

The Holiday Market will feature approximately 20 vendors, including local farmers, food producers and artisans offering a wide variety of products. Vendors scheduled to participate include Alpine Made, Barrel & Brine, Biscotti for Everybotti, BreadHive Worker Coop, Butter Block, Carla’s Crumby Creations, Darling Bee, Fetch Dog Treats, Kindred Kreek, Lilly Belle Meads, Native Offerings Farm, Niagara Mushrooms, Plato Dale Farm, Rooted Locally, Victorianbourg Wine Estate and Whimsy Confections.

Learn About Timber Rattlesnakes at Audubon’s December 1 First Friday

Learn About Timber Rattlesnakes at Audubon’s December 1 First Friday

Jamestown, N.Y. – You can enjoy an informative and entertaining talk about Pennsylvania Timber Rattlesnakes at Audubon Community Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on December 1, 2017, at 11 a.m.

Presenter Rick Rupprecht spent his career as a math teacher at Jamestown Community College, but he has spent his entire life enjoying the outdoors in many ways.

Rupprecht has been curious about timber rattlesnakes since his early 20s when he had a personal experience with one. This past July he accompanied his brother and nephew on a Pennsylvania Rattlesnake Hunt when most of the pictures and all of the videos for his presentation were taken.

The well-researched talk will cover many aspects of the rattlesnake including reproduction, denning habits, the difference between venomous and poisonous, how to determine the sex of a snake, and more.

A BYO brown bag lunch and conversation follows the program, with coffee and tea provided.

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Visit Audubon’s Giving Tree and Choose Your Gift to Give

Visit Audubon’s Giving Tree and Choose Your Gift to Give

Jamestown, N.Y. – The next time you visit Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) you will be greeted by a beautifully welcoming Giving Tree in the lobby.

The Giving Tree provides you the opportunity to give a gift to Audubon.

Whether it is the Day Camp program, the animals in the Discovery Room, the wildlife outdoors, or the staff and volunteers who run it all, a little bit goes a long way. You can take a tag from the tree to select a gift you can give.

A list of gift possibilities will also be at Giving Tree on the Programs page at auduboncnc.org

You are welcome to drop off wrapped gifts anytime, but if you do so prior to Wednesday, December 27, children will open the gifts that day at Christmas with the Critters.

Your Giving Tree gift also gives you an admission to the 10-11:30 a.m. Christmas with the Critters program. Call (716) 569-2345 during business hours if you would like more details

Local artisans will inspire holiday shopping at 23rd annual Yuletide in the Country Holiday Market

Local artisans will inspire holiday shopping at 23rd annual Yuletide in the Country Holiday Market

Western New Yorkers can grow their holiday spirit while buying local on Dec. 2 and 3 as the 23rd annual Yuletide in the Country Holiday Artisan Market returns to the Event Center at the Hamburg Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. This year’s event will feature more than 150 predominately local artists!  

Support Audubon’s Nature Play Fund on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28

Support Audubon’s Nature Play Fund on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28

Jamestown, N.Y. – If you are one of those folks who looks for a worthy cause to support during the holidays, Audubon Community Nature Center knows how you can help kids in a big way.

A growing body of research finds that free, unstructured play benefits kids socially, physically, emotionally and academically.

With a contribution to the Nature Play Fund on Giving Tuesday, November 28, you will join with Audubon to invest in kids and their wellbeing. You will be supporting Little Explorers, Nature Play Days, and the Nature Play Area at the Nature Center

Donations on this international day of giving will go directly to enriching children’s activities. A total of $2,400 will provide affordable programming for a year. More will help sprinkle the Nature Play Area with materials that spark curiosity and imagination.

Each donor will receive a voucher good for one child admission to Little Explorers or a Nature Play Day.