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2011-02-10 / What's Going On

What's Going On

Women’s group sets meeting at Covenant UMC

The United Methodist Women of Covenant United Methodist Church will meet at noon Thursday, Feb. 10, for “brown bag lunches.” The church is located at 539 Main St. The group’s business meeting will follow at 12:30 p.m. Guest speaker Jim Tamol, director of Family Promise of WNY, will discuss the nonprofit organization. Call the church office at 674-6869 before 11 a.m.

Open house offers tours at WS Christian School

West Seneca Christian School, 511 Union Road, will host an open house from 6:45 to 9:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10. Parents can view the expanded gymnasium and tour the school, which offers educational programs for prekindergarten through 12th grade. New families can preregister for the fall at a discounted rate. Refreshments will be served in the cafeteria. Call the school office at 674-1820 or the church office at 674-1816.

Winchester’s flea market benefits Variety Kids

Winchester Elementary second graders will sponsor a flea market to benefit the Variety Kids Telethon from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, in their school gym, 650 Harlem Road, West Seneca. Hot dogs, soft drinks and chips will also be sold throughout the evening, with all proceeds going to Variety Kids. Admission is free. For more information on this service learning project, contact second grade teacher Dawn Voelker by e-mailing dvoelker@wscschools.org.

St. Gabriel’s Ladies Guild to hold 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, 271 Clinton St., Elma. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for all ages and includes pop, snacks and the 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.

Valentine’s Day dance hosted at Shrine Center

The Shriners of Western New York will host a Valentine’s Day dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. Music will be provided by the Kipler Brothers, who appeared on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” in the 1960s. Tickets cost $10 each. A cash bar will be available, as well as food for purchase. Call 674-8666.

BPO to perform Broadway valentine, love songs

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will present a night of “Broadway Valentine Love Songs” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo. The performance will be led by Matthew Kraemer, associate conductor. Pieces include “All I Ask of You” from “Phantom of the Opera,” and “If I Can’t Love Her” from “Beauty and the Beast.” Ticket prices start at $25 and can be purchased by calling the BPO box office at 885-5000 or online at www.bpo.org.

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. Visit online at the “West Seneca West Musical Alumni” Facebook page.

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

St. Teresa’s Church, 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. Call Sisters Ann Helena or Simon at 892-6444.

FAFSA program, info session for students

As part of SUNY’s statewide Financial Aid Days, several programs have been designed for prospective college students and their parents to answer questions and provide assistance regarding the financial aid application, types of aid available and the award process. The program held at the location nearest to West Seneca will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. Visit www.StartHereGet- There.org for information.

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.

Covenant UMC to host ham dinner

Covenant United Methodist Church, 539 Main St., will host a ham dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. The menu includes baked ham, scalloped potatoes, mixed vegetables, salad, rolls, beverage and dessert. Dinners cost $8.50 for adults and $5 for children younger than 10. A “Country Kitchen” will sell homemade treats. Call the church office at 674-6869 before 11 a.m.

Galleria to host ‘Western New York’s Got Talent’

Western New York’s Got Talent, created and sponsored by Jeannette Jay of West Seneca, will be held on Sunday, Feb. 13, at the Walden Galleria Mall in Cheektowaga. Applications for the all-ages show will be accepted until the day of the event. Categories include singing, cheerleading, magic, instruments (no piano — keyboard only), dancing and martial arts. Contact Jay at 830-7800 for more information.

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.

Preschool Discovery Camp offered at BNAC

The Friends of the Burchfield Nature & Art Center is offering “Preschool Discovery Camp” with Marcia McGowan for youth ages 2 to 5, in accompaniment of a caregiver. The camp will be held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 15 through March 15, at the BNAC, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca. The cost is $15 for all five sessions, or $5 per individual session. Register at www.burchfieldnac.org.

Deposits for weekend retreat due Feb. 15

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.

Sgroi Financial sponsors ‘Tax Planning with IRAs’

“Tax Planning with IRAs,” sponsored by Sgroi Financial, LLC, will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the West Seneca Public Library, 1300 Union Road. A certified financial planner will be available to discuss traditional and Roth IRAs and how each can help save on taxes. The program is free, though registration is required. For information or to register, call the library at 674-2928.

Student photography show on now at BNAC

The Student Photography Show is currently on display at the Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2001 Union Road. The work will hang in the gallery through Feb. 17. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 3 p.m. Sundays. Contact bms0916@aol.com for more information.

RSVP for Chamber’s awards dinner by Feb. 17

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.

Traveling exhibition stops at Queen of Heaven

A traveling history exhibition, “Freedom: A History of US,” is being hosted now 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. 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 now 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.

Wilson Farms ‘Checks Out Hunger’

Wilson Farms Inc. will be among the local retailers to support the Food Banks of Western and Central New York in the annual “Check Out Hunger” campaign. All 188 Wilson Farms, Sugarcreek and Wilson Farms Xpress locations across New York State will accept $2, $3 and $5 donations now through Feb. 19. The nearest West Seneca locations include 4075 Seneca St., 537 Potter Road, and 1100 Southwestern Blvd.

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, 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.

BNAC will host ‘Winter Wonders Camp’

The Friends of the Burchfield Nature & Art Center is offering Winter Wonders Camp for children in kindergarten through the third grade. The program will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, through Friday, Feb. 25, at the Burchfield center, 2001 Union Road. Cost is $10 per session or $45 for five sessions, per child. For each additional child in a given family, the cost is $7.50 per session or $33 for all five sessions. Register online at www.burchfieldnac.org.

BPO to audition male, female performers

The Buffalo Philharmonic is looking to audition both male and female cast positions for “Funny Girl,” which will be performed by the orchestra on Saturday, April 9. Auditions will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 22, and Wednesday, Feb. 23. Auditioners need to prepare two contrasting works and have a CD or an accompanist. Send resumes and head shots to Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Funny Girl Auditions, 499 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202, or e-mail to bpobd393@gmail.com.

Donations needed for wine tasting benefit

The second annual Amanda Hansen Foundation Wine Tasting Benefit will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at Seneca Hose Fire Hall, 2801 Seneca St. The benefit will also feature a theme basket raffle, for which the Hansen family is seeking donations. Anyone willing to donate should call 380-1468 or e-mail khansen10@msn.com. Proceeds from the event will go toward the purchase of carbon monoxide detectors.

Queen of Angels hosts ‘Taste of Italy’ dinner

The Holy Name Society is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat “Taste of Italy” spaghetti dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, at Queen of Angels Church, 144 Warsaw St., Lackawanna. The cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. A homemade dessert and beverage are included. Tickets are presale only and will be available before and after weekend Masses or by calling Gene at 646-0513, Jim at 432-8162, Mike at 648-2097 or the rectory at 826-0880.

CERT course, training to begin in March

The first class for the West Seneca Community Emergency Response Team will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at Vigilant Fire Hall, 666 Main St. The CERT program is a six-week course that trains local citizens to be prepared and how to respond to emergency situations that may occur in their communities. Sessions are held from 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday beginning March 1. For more information, call 558-3238 or visit online at www.wscert.net.

Library to host insurance workshop

The West Seneca Public Library, 1300 Union Road, will host a free program on “Long-Term Care Insurance,” sponsored by Sgroi Financial, LLC. This will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1. A CFP will discuss how to protect assets and life savings from the high cost of nursing homes. The program is free, though registration is required. To register, call the library at 674-2928.

Donate used clothing to firemen’s center

A used clothing drop-off shed is now on the premises of The Firemen’s Memorial Exhibit Center, 4141 Seneca St. Residents are asked to donate used clothing in a clean and dry plastic bag. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment. For more information, call 712-0413 or 674-5585. Also, visit www.firemensexhibitcenter.com.

Post 735 offers annual scholarships

The West Seneca American Legion Post 735 is offering its annual scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to attend college. Scholarships include three one-year awards worth $1,500 each. Applications are available at the guidance departments of both West Seneca East and West senior high schools and may also be obtained by calling Harry H. Johnson, scholarship chairman, at 675-5688. All applications must be received by April 1.

West Elementary PTA sets ‘Shopping Night’

The West Elementary PTA is seeking vendors or crafters interested in hosting a table during its “Shopping Night” event. This has been scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 8, at the school, 1397 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. For more information, contact Lucy Murray by e-mailing LEMURRAY4@msn.com.

St. John’s Church slates chicken, fish dinner

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St., has scheduled a takeout-only fish fry or chicken finger dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 4. The cost of the dinners is $9 and $7, respectively. Presale tickets are available through Feb. 25 and may be obtained at the church’s weekend services. Drive-through service will also be available. All proceeds will support the St. John’s Building Fund. For additional information, call Sandy at 668-3584.

Clam chowder luncheon hosted at St. David’s

St. David’s Episcopal Church, 3951 Seneca St., will host its annual clam chowder sales and luncheon from 11 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8. Lunch costs $6 and includes chowder and one refill, bread, dessert and a beverage. Orders must be placed by Monday, Feb. 28, and can be made by calling 655-2292.

Bove announces HEAP session for 9th District

Erie County Legislator Christina W. Bove, D-West Seneca, has announced that an additional Heating Energy Assistance Program outreach session has been scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at Winchester Fire Company, 514 Harlem Road, West Seneca. The first 80 clients to sign in are guaranteed service. For more information, contact the HEAP hotline at 858-7870, visit www.erie.gov, or call legislative assistant James Manley at 675-8817.

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