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Transplant Miracles Foundation's Treasure Island Picnic to Support Organ Transplant & Research

The Transplant Miracles Foundation is asking the community to come out in support of organ transplant and research at the 3rd annual Treasure Island Family Picnic – or else have to walk the plank! The yearly fundraising event is Saturday, September 18 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the West Side Rowing Club and Frank Lloyd Wright Rowing Boathouse.

Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per family and include food, drinks, raffles, games, music and fun for the whole family. Proceeds from the event support organ transplant and surgical research, the treatment and care of transplant recipients and to promote organ donation.

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Erie County Executive, Chris Collins, Supports the Buffalo Zoo's Launch of a Cell Phone App

Erie County Executive, Chris Collins, and Buffalo Zoo President and CEO, Donna M. Fernandes, Ph.D., have officially launched the Buffalo Zoo’s cell phone app to support cultural tourism in Buffalo!

As part of County Executive Chris Collins’ tourism initiative, the Buffalo Zoo and Odysseus Mobile Computing have collaborated to create a cell phone tour of the Buffalo Zoo.

Visitors with Iphones and Droid model cell phones can now download a Buffalo Zoo app, which enables users to easily access multimedia information about animal exhibits, event schedules, the history of the Buffalo Zoo, conservation tips and details about Zoo memberships and other visitor amenities. Using the built-in GPS technology, the app also guides visitors around the Zoo.

Sacred Heart Academy announces Open House

Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart will hold Open Houses on Thursday, September 30 from 5-7 pm and Sunday, October 3 from 11 am- 2 pm.  All prospective families are invited to attend, tour the School, and find out about the opportunities for girls in grades 9-12.  Sacred Heart is an all-girls, college preparatory school in the Franciscan tradition. Sacred Heart was recently ranked the #3 overall high school in Western New York by Business First as well as #1 in math and #2 in English.  To learn more, visit our website at www.sacredheartacademy.org or call the Admissions Office at 834-2101 ext. 311.

Our Lady of Black Rock School Begins Year with Parade

Instead of hitting the books, students at Our Lady of Black Rock School in Buffalo hit the streets. The students kicked off the first day of class today with a parade around the neighborhood. New principal Martha Eadie wanted the first day of school to be full of fun festivities to introduce over 20 new students and their families to current students and staff, commencing the school year with a positive and unified spirit.

“We have such a big influx of new students, we have multicultural students, students with English as a second language. I thought it would be a good way to invite the families in on the first day, have that atmosphere of a community, and in a very unconventional way, welcome in the new year,” Mrs. Eadie said.

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Picture Perfect Start to School Year

With cameras in hand, parents came to St. Andrew’s Country Day School today (Sept. 7) as the Kenmore elementary school opened its doors for another year of reading, ’riting and ’rithmatic. While the poparazzi and mamarazzi snapped photos, Principal Dennis Welka and St. Andrew’s pastor, Msgr. Richard Siepka, welcomed the new and returning students.

Parents admitted to be nervous and anxious for their kids, especially those starting kindergarten. Many are already familiar with the school from having attended pre-K there, so aside from attending a full five days a week, it’s not too big a change for the wee ones.  “I like the small atmosphere. I like the Catholic education. And he just enjoys being here. That helps it,” said Lucia Gullo, mother of 5-year-old Antonio.

Writing With Light Student Exhibition

Just Buffalo Literary Center and CEPA Gallery are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Writing With Light Student Exhibition. A celebratory reception will be held on Friday, September 10, 2010 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at CEPA Gallery in the Market Arcade building, 617 Main Street, Buffalo.

Featuring selected works from Just Buffalo & CEPA Gallery’s education programs from the past year, the exhibit will display work from Picturing Poetry, Writer Residencies, and Bookmaking projects.

Writing With Light reached more than 3,500 K-12 students across the region this year, and its emphasis on intensive one-on-one contact between teaching artists and students yields powerful creative results. 

Genevieve DeCarlo, a 3rd grade teacher at Discovery School, P.S. 67 explains, "It was amazing to see the growth of my students... All children should be able to have this awesome learning experience!"

Dog Park Safety

Dog Park Safety

Dog parks are great places for dogs to play and socialize with other dogs. Unfortunately, the fun can sometimes turn violent. Without proper knowledge, a dog and its handler are both subject to injury.

Robin Bennett, an author and trainer with All About Dogs in Woodbridge, Va., believes that in order for dog parks to be safe, dogs need to be properly supervised. This means that dog owners must know what to watch for if problems arise between the dogs.

“Early warning signs indicating that a dog is stressed include lip licking, yawning, half moon eyes, stiffening and avoidance,” Bennett said. “These signals all happen before things get too far out of hand.”