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Start a Conversation During National Suicide Prevention Week

Start a Conversation During National Suicide Prevention Week

This week, Sept. 10-16, is National Suicide Prevention Week. For some of us, it’s a time to reflect and mourn those we have lost. And for all of us, it should also be a week filled with starting conversations, taking an active role in suicide prevention, and seeking immediate help for those suffering from depression or carrying the burden of suicidal thoughts.

“Suicidal thoughts and depression can impact anyone of any age, race or gender. It does not discriminate,” said Monica A. Farrar, a licensed mental health counselor and private clinician in Williamsville. “Far too often I meet individuals and families who feel embarrassed or ashamed to openly discuss mental illness and suicide, and that needs to end. Help is available, and it may be a simple conversation that opens the door to treatment and a far better life.”

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Buffalo Bandits’ Dhane Smith Added to Collectors’ Expo Lineup

Buffalo Bandits’ Dhane Smith Added to Collectors’ Expo Lineup

Dhane Smith, star forward for the Buffalo Bandits and 2016 National Lacrosse League MVP, will  visit the Collector’s Expo from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 9, for a free autograph event. The Collectors’ Expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

Selected in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2012 NLL Entry Draft, the Kitchener, Ontario native was also a 2016 First Team All-Pro and was named to the All-Rookie Team in 2013. During his NLL career, he has recorded 185 goals and 243 assists in just 83 regular season games, plus 23 goals and 26 assists in nine playoff game appearances.

Local Mom Turned Autism Advocate Hopes to Share Her Message With the WNY Community

Local Mom Turned Autism Advocate Hopes to Share Her Message With the WNY Community

Love without words. If your family has experienced the impact of autism, you already know the pain behind that brief statement.

Clarence residents Molly and Matthew Pitman are the very fortunate parents of two beautiful children, Donovan and Charlotte. Now 14, Donovan was diagnosed with autism at 23 months old … and their lives were changed forever.

“When our daughter Charlotte was about three years old, she asked me why Donovan did not respond when she said, ‘I love you.’ While I was caught off guard, I used her bond with our family dog, Makeo, as a teachable moment,” said Molly. “Makeo plays with you. He gets excited when you come home and he even lets you cuddle with him. Makeo shows you his love without saying a word. Charlotte seemed to have a better understanding, and so did I.”

Niagara Frontier Doll Club to Host 30th Annual Doll Show & Sale

Niagara Frontier Doll Club to Host 30th Annual Doll Show & Sale

The Niagara Frontier Doll Club will mark a significant milestone when it hosts its 30th annual Doll Show & Sale from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, in the University at Buffalo Center for Tomorrow on Flint Road in Amherst.

The event will feature antique and collectible dolls and bears, handmade dolls, doll clothing, supplies, furniture and accessories, miniatures and a special historical display of Girl Scout dolls! Other highlights will include door prizes and a freebie table, and the theme of the event is “Local women empowering local women.” Admission is just $5, with children under 12 free.

Explore Buffalo Lists September Tours and Events

Explore Buffalo Lists September Tours and Events

Explore Buffalo’s popular tours are still going strong through September! Advance reservations are encouraged but not required for tours, and walk-ups are welcome! 

TURN OF THE CENTURY TREASURES
9:30 a.m. Sept. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
Meet: Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St., Buffalo, corner of Washington and Mohawk streets. Two-hour parking is available on surrounding streets, and the Mohawk Parking Ramp is on the opposite corner. The Lafayette Square Station of the Metro Rail is around the corner on Main Street.
Cost: General $15, Student $5, Explorer Pass Free

Dog Ears Bookstore Reschedules Visit by Author Daniel Bentivogli

Dog Ears Bookstore Reschedules Visit by Author Daniel Bentivogli

Due to production delays, author Daniel Bentivogli’s visit to Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, originally scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 12, has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Bentivogli is the author of The Adventures of Sticky McGooey and Friends: Vexed With an X. The nonprofit community bookstore is located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo.

Bentivogli is a retired water quality professional who has delighted children for years with science-based fanciful tales. He knows science is stranger than fiction and that fiction is very strange, and the result is this fascinating book.

In this whimsical adventure, Sticky McGooey is so tall and thin he looks like a zipper, while his best friend Beef Palumbo is so big and wide he resembles a wall. They always have each other's back and they are always ready for fun and adventure! 

Antiques, Collectibles and Artwork to be Featured at Collectors’ Expo

Antiques, Collectibles and Artwork to be Featured at Collectors’ Expo

Looking for some unique antiques or collectibles to adorn your mantle or end tables, original artwork or photography to add a splash of color to your walls or perhaps some memorabilia for your rec room or man cave? If so, you’ll want to visit the first annual Collectors’ Expo to take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 in the historic Buffalo Irish Center, located at 245 Abbott Road in South Buffalo.

The event will feature dozens of vendors and artisans offering sports memorabilia, local artwork and handcrafted products, coins, music memorabilia and records, comic books, photography, political memorabilia, movie and theatre memorabilia, car and train memorabilia, jewelry, fossils and minerals, antiques and more.