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WNY Children’s Book Expo Returns in November to Encourage Kids to Explore

WNY Children’s Book Expo Returns in November to Encourage Kids to Explore

The popular and growing WNY Children’s Book Expo (WNYCBE), the area’s premier literary event for children, returns in November and will culminate with a special event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

The six-day event kicks off with KidsLit Week from Nov. 6-10, during which nearly 40 internationally acclaimed authors will visit area schools, libraries, museums and cultural venues to inspire a love of books in students from pre-k through middle school. Expo Saturday, on Nov. 11, is a day-long showcase of new and beloved books written for kids. Here, local, national and international authors will interact directly with children (and parents, teachers and school officials) through readings, book-signings, presentations and demonstrations.

You Can Be Part of Audubon/BOS Bird Count on Saturday, October 14

You Can Be Part of Audubon/BOS Bird Count on Saturday, October 14

Jamestown, N.Y. – If you will be anywhere in western New York on Saturday, October 14, 2017, you can join bird-lovers from four counties to report species seen that day.

The Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) was established in 1929 to promote the study of the birds of the Niagara Frontier Region, which includes western New York and southeastern Ontario, Canada. This region is rich in bird life, with over 380 species and 25 recognizable subspecies of birds recorded.

Every second Saturday in October since 1939, the BOS has sponsored a one-day census of all birds in the BOS territory. The date was chosen to coincide with the end of the fall migration.

Audubon Community Nature Center supports this effort that both provides a fun day of birding and generates data which make a real contribution to the understanding of local bird populations. 

The Chicago Authority to Perform Fundraiser at Gowanda’s Historic Theater

The Chicago Authority to Perform Fundraiser at Gowanda’s Historic Theater

The Chicago Authority will be in concert at Gowanda’s Historic Hollywood Theater, 39 W. Main St., at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. The event is a fundraiser for the theater’s restoration and the Drums Along the Waterfront Scholarship Fund.

Buffalo Fan Fest to Feature Kelly, Reed, Smith, Thomas and More

Buffalo Fan Fest to Feature Kelly, Reed, Smith, Thomas and More

Come see the most former Buffalo Bills and Hall of Fame players in one place that anyone has seen in decades! Buffalo Fan Fest, an exclusive fan tailgate experience, will feature Hall of Fame players Jim Kelly, Andre Reed, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas and coach Marv Levy. In addition, former Bills’ stars including Fred Jackson, Eric Moulds, Lee Evans, Darryl Talley, Scott Norwood, Booker Edgerson, Jeff Nixon, Pete Metzelaars, Roscoe Parrish and more will participate.

View Elk in Pennsylvania with Audubon

View Elk in Pennsylvania with Audubon

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center is offering a rare opportunity: a day-long fieldtrip to learn about and view herds of elk.

Elk once roamed much of North America but began to disappear from the East in the 1800s due to overhunting and habitat destruction. Reintroduction programs beginning in the early twentieth century brought wild stock from western populations back east. One strong population can be found in Benezette, Pennsylvania, about 80 miles southeast of the Nature Center.

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 4, the Audubon van will depart for Benezette to visit the beautiful Elk Country Visitor Center. After lunch in St. Marys, the afternoon will be spent learning about these majestic animals through displays and diorama, interactive touch screen exhibits, the touch and feel Discovery Room and, for an additional fee, the 4D story theater.

Carve a Pumpkin for Audubon’s Enchanted Forest

Carve a Pumpkin for Audubon’s Enchanted Forest

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center is looking for families and folks who would like to carve pumpkins to light the Enchanted Forest trail.

Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, are the magical evenings when you will find talking animals along a lighted trail – and adults as fascinated as the children they accompany.

You can add to the magic by designing and carving a pumpkin to decorate the trail on Monday, October 2, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Nature Center.

There will be some pumpkins and carving tools provided but feel free to bring your own. This is great family volunteer opportunity but open to all. Children must be accompanied and assisted by an adult.

Carving will be inside or outside, depending on the weather. 

Participants at the weekend’s Enchanted Forest will vote for their favorite pumpkin design, with the winners receiving a one-year Audubon Family Membership.

Summit to Highlight Environmental Action Efforts

Summit to Highlight Environmental Action Efforts

Positive ways to take action on environmental issues will be addressed at the 13th annual Western New York Environmental Summit taking place Sept. 30 at Daemen College.

“Get Involved: A Toolkit for Action,” which is free and open to the public, is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Daemen’s Wick Campus Center. A continental breakfast will be provided for all event attendees.

“This year’s event is designed to educate attendees on how they can make a difference and have a positive impact on environmental issues,” said Dr. Brenda Young, program director of global and local sustainability. “Understanding the tools that are available to create change will help make efforts more effective in our communities.”

The Environmental Summit will kick off with a keynote presentation, “Empowering Your Organization Brand Through Social Media, to be given by Daniel Wangelin, owner of [re]noun creative, a Buffalo-based design and marketing company.