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CrossFit Event to Benefit Hope House Shelter

CrossFit Event to Benefit Hope House Shelter

CrossFit Nickel City (CFNC), 247 Virginia St., Buffalo, is hosting an in-house individual CrossFit competition at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 16, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Hope House Shelter for Women & Children.

The Matt Urban Hope Center is a community-focused agency based on the East Side of Buffalo. Its mission is to revitalize neighborhoods, serve families and change lives by offering a full array of services and support to the community. This is accomplished through job training, housing assistance, financial planning and more. Each week over 300 people are assisted through the Center and over 250 families are served through the Hope House emergency shelter. Last year the organization helped 110 street homeless individuals secure housing and provided 88 permanent supportive housing units to the chronically homeless.

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NYS Senator Cathy Young Visits Audubon Nature Center

NYS Senator Cathy Young Visits Audubon Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center recently welcomed New York State Senator Cathy Young so they could show her how her support is helping them tackle the invasive water chestnut.

Water chestnut is a fast-growing annual herb that floats on the water with a single root to the bottom. Forming large mats that shade out native aquatic vegetation, it reduces oxygen levels for fish. Left alone, it can cover an entire water body so densely that nothing can easily navigate through it, reducing light to the bottom and significantly impacting other plants and animals. Native to southern Europe and Asia, it is not the same species used in Asian cooking.

Audubon began a serious fight against water chestnut in 2012, but the extensive volunteer efforts over the next three summers were not enough to eradicate the invasion.

“I really don’t know where we’d be without the help Senator Young has given us,” said Audubon President Ruth Lundin.

Gym-free Fitness Ideas Anyone Can Do

Gym-free Fitness Ideas Anyone Can Do

(ProActive Sports Rehab offers a weekly column promoting health, fitness and physical therapy. Please be sure to check back each week for a new topic!)

Visiting a gym to lift weights or take a class is great for your health. However, busy schedules, tight budgets and simply not feeling like the gym environment is for you are reasons that frequently cause people to stop going. Fortunately, being fit doesn't require the gym!

Tavis Piattoly, a sports dietitian, expert nutritionist and co-founder of My Sports Dietitian, offers some no-fuss ideas for staying healthy without the gym.

Volunteers Needed for Audubon Nature Center Wild 5K Run/Walk July 30

Volunteers Needed for Audubon Nature Center Wild 5K Run/Walk July 30

Jamestown, NY – With hundreds of runners and walkers converging on Saturday, July 30, the Audubon Nature Center needs dozens of volunteers for their annual Wild 5K Run/Walk.

By teaming up with Trackqua to speed up the registration process and provide chip-timed results, planners are expecting even greater participation this year.

The 8-8:45 a.m. registration and 9 a.m. start time mean volunteers will be required as early as 7:30 a.m. to help with parking through to after-race clean-up in the early afternoon.

Folks will be needed to staff the water station and serve as trail cheerleaders/direction pointers from before the start to the end of the race. Other assignments include staffing the registration, refreshment and award tables, and helping at the finish line.

The Wild 5K is open to runners and walkers of all ages and will raise money to support the on-going efforts to protect the Nature Center’s more than 600 acres of unique habitat.

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First Annual “Top of the Tier Musical Showdown” to Benefit Infinity

First Annual “Top of the Tier Musical Showdown” to Benefit Infinity

First Annual “Top of the Tier Musical Showdown” to Benefit Infinity

Jamestown, N.Y. (June 21, 2016) – Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc. and Southern Tier Brewing Company are inviting local bands and musicians to register for the first annual Top of the Tier Musical Showdown.

Top of the Tier will raise funds to support music and arts instruction at the Infinity Center while providing a fun, friendly, and energetic competition between local musicians. The fundraiser, which is held at Southern Tier Brewing Company, will take place on Sunday, August 14 from 12:00pm-5:00pm. Event attendees will have a chance to vote for acts and choose the Top of the Tier champion!

No Frills Buffalo Publishing Company Launches New Website

No Frills Buffalo Publishing Company Launches New Website

No Frills Buffalo publishing company has launched a new website — www.nfbpublishing.com — after its previous website was lost due to a technical failure experienced by the website’s former host.

“Due to a massive failure of the No Frills Buffalo website hosting company, nofrillsbuffalo.com is now nfbpublishing.com,” said the Buffalo-based publishing company’s owner, Mark Pogodzinski. “All literary submissions and contact should now be conducted through the new website. Emails can also be sent to mark@nfbpublishing.com.

THIRD ANNUAL BUFFALO BREWERS FESTIVAL SET FOR JUNE 18TH AT BUFFALO’S OUTER HARBOR

THIRD ANNUAL BUFFALO BREWERS FESTIVAL SET FOR JUNE 18TH AT BUFFALO’S OUTER HARBOR

Back and bigger than ever, the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association (BNBA) will host its third annual Buffalo Brewers Festival on Saturday, June 18, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. The BNBA’s Brewers Festival is the only event of its kind in Western New York hosted by and for local craft brewers and will feature approximately 40 breweries from Western New York and across New York State and Ontario.  Also participating are local food-to-table vendors.

In order to create more space for the event as well as add new features, the Festival has moved from Canalside to the Outer Harbor. Some of the new features include a “Meet the Brewers” session, an interactive taste experience with five local brews which will be paired with exquisite cheeses from Vermont Farmstead. Buffalo Cheese Traders also will conduct a collaborative cheese and beer pairing with the brewers.

Participating breweries of this year’s festival include: