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2011-01-27 / What's Going On

What's Going On

Save on YMCA memberships in January

People who join the YMCA during the month of January may save up to $100 on memberships. In West Seneca, the closest branch is the Southtowns Family YMCA branch, 1620 Southwestern Blvd. The phone number is 674-9622. Guests can take a tour of the facility or even participate in a fitness class.

Winter Fest returns to Chestnut Ridge Park

“Winter Fest” will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, near the Casino inside Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park. Activities include sledding, snowshoe hikes, snowboarding, snow sculpturing and tobogganing. Toboggan rentals cost $25 for two hours, $35 for four hours, or $55 for the day. For more information, visit www.erie.gov/parks.

Southtowns YMCA hosts breast health program

The Southtowns Family YMCA will host a program for breast health and breast cancer awareness, in collaboration with Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Men are also welcome to attend the free program. The program will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at the Southtowns branch, 1620 Southwestern Blvd.

Boy Scouts plan open house, information night

A Boy Scouts informational session and open house will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the VFW Post No. 8113 “Chicken Coop,” located at 299 Leydecker Road, West Seneca. Boys ages 12 to 17 interested in joining Boy Scouts should attend. For more information, contact Scoutmaster Tom Coleman at 675-2037

Mary Queen of Angels slates open house

Mary Queen of Angels School will hold an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, at the school, located at 170 Rosewood Terrace (off George Urban Boulevard) in Cheektowaga. The school offers educational programs for students in prekindergarten through the eighth grade, and draws in students from the West Seneca area. Parents can tour the school and view SMART Board demonstrations. Call 895-6280 or visit www.mqangels.com for more information.

Open house offers tours at WS Christian School

West Seneca Christian School, 511 Union Road, offers educational programs for prekindergarten through 12th grade. An open house will be held from 6:45 to 9:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3. Parents can tour the school and view the expanded gymnasium. New families will have the opportunity to preregister for the fall at a discounted rate. Refreshments will be served in the cafeteria. For more information, call the school office at 674-1820 or the church office at 674-1816.

Fellowship schedules father/child dinner

Fellowship Wesleyan Church, 1645 Southwestern Blvd., will host a father/child spaghetti dinner on Friday, Feb. 4. Giggles the Clown will greet guests when doors open at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. John T. the Magician will perform from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per adult and $1 per child. Grandfathers, uncles and neighbors are also welcome. For reservations or more information, call the church at 675-9245.

LAM foundation hosts ‘An Evening of Hope’

The WNY Friends of the Lam Foundation will host its sixth annual fundraiser, “An Evening of Hope,” from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at Asbury Hall at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. Tickets cost $40 presale, or $50 at the door. Proceeds will fund research for LAM, a rare lung disease. For more information, visit the foundation online at www.wnylam.org.

Vigilant, Post 735 sponsor charity dance

The annual Charity 50s Dance, sponsored by Vigilant Fire Company and SAL Squadron 735 American Legion, will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 5, at Vigilant Fire Hall, 666 Main St. Proceeds benefit The Firemen’s Memorial. Exhibit Center, 4141 Seneca St. Tickets cost $15 each or $25 per couple and may be purchased at the center or at American Legion Post 735, 35 Legion Parkway. Admission includes beer, wine and soft drinks. Music will be performed by Crash Cadillac. Call Jim Kavanaugh at 674-5585.

St. Gabriel’s Ladies Guild hosts meat raffle

St. Gabriel’s Ladies Guild will host a meat raffle from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at the parish hall, located at 271 Clinton St., Elma. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for all ages and includes pop, snacks, and chance to win a door prize. Beer will be available for ages 21 and older. Ten dollars buys 25 meat raffle tickets. Raffles for theme baskets and money are also available. For more information, call Linda at 668-9099 or Glenda at 435-7788.

Osteoporosis Support Group to meet Feb. 8

The Southtowns Osteoporosis Support Group will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Westwood/Elderwood, 580 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. Alexandra Spencer, a registered nurse, will discuss “Reducing Stress: Decreasing Your Risk for Illness.” Call the Bone Line at 862-BONE (2663).

Workshop offers advice for ‘homework hassles’

“Homework: A Parent’s Survival Guide,” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave. The workshop will offer practical advice to parents to ensure their children have the right environment and skills for completing assignments to the best of their abilities. It is sponsored by Huntington Learning Center of Western New York, located at 3071 Union Road, on the border of West Seneca and Orchard Park. For more information, visit www.huntingtonlearning.com.

Traveling exhibition stops at Queen of Heaven

A traveling history exhibition, “Freedom: A History of US,” is being hosted from Monday, Jan. 24, through Friday, Feb. 18, at Queen of Heaven School, 839 Mill Road. The exhibit will document and illustrate critical figures and events while tracing the evolving concept of freedom from the founding era until 1968. Entry to the exhibit at Queen of Heaven is free; no passes are required. Visit www.gilderlehrman.org, or call the school at 674-5206.

Shining Stars sponsor ‘Have a Heart’ fundraiser

Northwood Elementary Shining Stars is sponsoring the annual “Have a Heart” fundraiser from Jan. 31 through Feb. 18. Families and students are asked to donate items for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, such as Purina One cat and dog food, dog biscuits, leashes and collars. Items are to be placed in the “Barrel of Love” at the main entrance of the school, 250 Northwood Ave. Call the school at 677-3560 for more information.

Event benefits South Buffalo Catholic schools

The Holy Name Societies of South Buffalo are hosting a “Night of Armchair Races” at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Knights of Columbus, 261 South Legion Drive. Name a horse for $10 and be eligible to win prizes in the amount of $75, $150 or $300. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Athletic Department at each of the South Buffalo Catholic schools. For more information, contact Mark at 868-8882.

Musical Alumni Night planned at West Senior

Alumni of West Seneca West Senior High School are invited to attend “Musical Alumni Night,” held in conjunction with the school’s final performance of the musical “Once on This Island” on Saturday, Feb. 12. A cast and crew reunion will be held prior to the performance, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or by reservation by calling 677-3372. Additional information may be found online at the “West Seneca West Musical Alumni” Facebook page.

Ironworkers Local 6 to host benefit

A benefit will be held at the Ironworkers Local 6 banquet hall from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. The hall is located at 196 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. Proceeds will defray medical costs for Karma Wylie, 38, who was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer. Proceeds will also go toward college funds for Wylie’s two daughters, ages 7 and 14. Monetary donations, as well as food and theme baskets, are being accepted for the event. Call Lisa Terkula at 380-3620.

NARFE seeks new members

The local chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association invites all federal employees and retirees in Buffalo and surrounding areas to join. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month. For more information, call 684-5466.

‘Taste of Chocolate’ night at St. Theresa’s

St. Teresa’s Church, located at 1974 Seneca St., will hold a “Taste of Chocolate” night from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, in the parish center cafeteria (enter from the rear of Hayden Street). Tickets will be sold starting at 25 cents each to purchase a chocolate treat, as well as chicken nuggets or a hot dog (plain or chili-cheese) served with pickles, chips and a drink. For more information, call Sisters Ann Helena or Simon at 892-6444.

Reservations available for weekend retreat

Caren M. Kolerski, founder of Heart Wings Healing in West Seneca, will host an overnight retreat from 6 p.m. Friday, March 18, to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the Marienthal Country Inn, 5107 Langford Road, Eden. The cost is $144 per person and includes two meals, a drumming circle and yoga. A nonrefundable $50 deposit is due by Feb. 15. Rates for a one-night stay are between $45 and $65. Visit www.MarienthalCountryInn.com and call Louise at 337–0160 to book a room. Call Kolerski at 983-7714 for more information.

Chamber hosts 64th Community Awards Dinner

The West Seneca Chamber of Commerce will host its 64th annual Community Awards Dinner on Thursday, March 3, at Kotecki’s Grandview Grove, 4685 Seneca St. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards presentation at 6 p.m. A cash bar will be available. RSVP must be made by Thursday, Feb. 17. Visit www.westseneca.org or call 674-4900.

Seneca-Babcock center hosts spaghetti dinner

The Seneca-Babcock Community Association will host a spaghetti dinner and sweetheart raffle Saturday, Feb. 19, at the center, located at 1168 Seneca St., Buffalo. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. followed by music. Tickets cost $20 and include two dinners, a beverage, and chance to win cash prizes. Only 200 tickets will be sold. For more information, call the center at 822-5094.

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