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Challenge Gift Brings Jackson Falls Preserve One Step Closer to Reality

Challenge Gift Brings Jackson Falls Preserve One Step Closer to Reality

Last week, the Western New York Land Conservancy and Friends of Jackson Falls received notice of a $20,000 grant from the Gallogly Family Foundation to help save Jackson Falls in Aurora, N.Y., and turn it into a nature preserve. This grant is a challenge gift, which means the community must step up to match it, dollar for dollar, in order to for it be used towards creating the Jackson Falls Preserve. 

But there’s a twist: a single donor must match the entire $20,000 challenge gift. That donor will have one of five benches to be placed at the preserve named in their honor. As a special bonus, those five benches will be hand-crafted by Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisan Thomas Pafk, who is also a neighbor to the Jackson Falls property. Only two of those five benches are still available to donors of $20,000, so time is of the essence. 

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West Seneca’s Outdoor Farmers’ Market Continues on July 14

West Seneca’s Outdoor Farmers’ Market Continues on July 14

Main Street Marketplace, West Seneca’s popular open-air farmers’ and food producers’ marketplace sponsored by the Western New York Federal Credit Union, continues on Thursday, July 14. The weekly event takes place from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday evenings through Sept. 1 on the grassy hill at the corner of Union Road and Main Street, next to West Seneca Town Hall.

The outdoor venue features approximately 25 vendors selling a wide variety of products. Drums Along the Waterfront will host the market’s community group table on July 14, while Porcelain Train will provide musical entertainment from approximately 5:30 to 7 p.m. The market’s Family Fun Zone features several games for the enjoyment of kids of all ages. 

Enjoy the Journey Lists Upcoming Events and Classes

Enjoy the Journey Lists Upcoming Events and Classes

Get ready to explore the wide variety of events and classes this summer offered at Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery, located at 1168 Orchard Park Road in West Seneca.

The opening reception for the “Mapping It Out” exhibit will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 8. All artwork in this unique exhibit will feature a map within the art, which will remain on display through July 30.  

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Writing Workshops for College-bound Students

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Writing Workshops for College-bound Students

Writing workshops with Emily Saeli will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday evenings, July 18 through Aug. 15, at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo. The workshop is designed to get incoming high school juniors and seniors familiar with the techniques of writing expected of them in college. This course will cover structure, voice, argument and persuasion, and polishing — all while workshopping an essay meant for college applications!

Saeli is a recent graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a BA in writing and rhetoric. She has been teaching the foundations of writing to college students for three years and is excited to share her experience and insight. 

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West Seneca’s Outdoor Farmers’ Market Continues on July 7

West Seneca’s Outdoor Farmers’ Market Continues on July 7

Main Street Marketplace, West Seneca’s popular open-air farmers’ and food producers’ marketplace sponsored by the Western New York Federal Credit Union, continues on Thursday, July 7. The weekly event takes place from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday evenings through Sept. 1 on the grassy hill at the corner of Union Road and Main Street, next to West Seneca Town Hall.

The outdoor venue features approximately 25 vendors selling a wide variety of products. Gray Matters Foundation will host the market’s community group table on July 7, while East Strings will provide musical entertainment from approximately 5:30 to 7 p.m. The market’s Family Fun Zone features several games for the enjoyment of kids of all ages. 

Explore Buffalo Lists July Adventures

Explore Buffalo Lists July Adventures

Explore Buffalo, a nonprofit organization providing tours and other opportunities where guests can discover Buffalo’s great architecture, history and neighborhoods, has announced an extensive lineup of July events. 

Masters of American Architecture
10 a.m. July 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30
Meet: Visit Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center, Washington & Clinton streets, Buffalo
General Admission $15, Student Admission $5, Explorer Pass Holders Free

Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce Plans 47th Annual Street Festival & Sidewalk Sale

Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce Plans 47th Annual Street Festival & Sidewalk Sale

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 47th annual Street Festival & Sidewalk Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 30, along Main Street in the heart of the Village of East Aurora. The event will feature more than 100 vendors, activities for kids and families, food and entertainment, Chalk Walk Murals, Operation Kids and much more!

East Aurora native Mary Burt will sing the National Anthem at 9:45 a.m. with the American Legion Post #362 Color Guard. Other highlights include the popular Chalk Walk Murals, sponsored by the Town of Aurora Recreation Department, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; a performance by the Rince Na Tiarna Irish Dancers at 10:30 a.m.; and a Unyts Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.