What's Going On
Free winter vacation guide available
The 2007-08 New York State Winter Travel Guide is available from Assemblyman Jim Hayes, R-Amherst. The guide lists more than 100 special events across the state along with information about snowmobiling safety and the best places to go. There is also information about skiing and ski centers by region. To request a copy of the free guide, contact Hayes' at 634-1895 or via e-mail at hayesj@ assembly. state. ny. us.
Volunteers needed for police auxiliary
The Amherst Police Auxiliary is seeking residents, 21 to 62 years of age, who are in good health and have a clean criminal record to join the volunteer group. Call 308-7818 or 688-0822, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Erie County Clerk seeks interns
Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul is seeking undergraduate students to serve as interns in the clerk's office. Responsibilities consist of administrative, research, clerical tasks, writing graphic design, managing mail and answering calls. The deadline for applications is Thursday, Jan. 10. Call 858-8865. Resumes and references are to be sent to Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul, County Hall, 92 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202.
Kadimah School accepting applications
Kadimah School of Buffalo, 1085 Eggert Road, Amherst, is currently accepting applications for the 2008-09 school year. Kadimah offers a curriculum for students 18 months through eighth grade. Call 836-6903 ext. 105, e-mail jillmazzola@ roadrunner.com or visit www. Kadimah. org.
Volunteers needed for companion care
The Alzheimer's Association, WNY Chapter, is seeking volunteers from Amherst and Getzville who are interested in becoming a volunteer for the Association's Companion Care Program. Volunteers are set up in teams of two, which can comprise friends, co-workers, spouses or relatives. Previous knowledge or experience with a person with dementia is desired. For more information, town residents can call the Alzheimer's Association at 626-0600 or 800-272-3900 or e-mail Julie Schoenecker at Julie.Schoenecker@alz.org.
Citizen Police Academy seeking participants
The Amherst Police Department will be offering a spring session of its Citizen Police Academy beginning Feb. 12. The 13-week program is intended to educate the general public on the workings of the police department. Class size is limited. Applicants should contact Capt. Stephen McGonagle at 689-1311, firstname.lastname@example.org or Lt. Ronald Farszmil at Farszmil@apdny.org. Applications may also be printed online at www.amherst.ny.us/police.
Northeast Family YMCA to hold free trial week
YMCA Buffalo Niagara will launch its annual January Jump Start membership campaign with a free week-long trial now through Thursday, Jan. 13. During the trial, guests can take advantage of full-privilege YMCA member benefits at the Northeast Family Branch, 4433 Main St., near Harlem Road, Amherst. The YMCA will waive the entire joining fee for those who become members during the campaign. Call 839-2543 or visit www.ymcabuffaloniagra. org.
Amherst Male Glee Club announces auditions
Any WNY man interested in singing in the Amherst Male Glee Club's annual Red Blazer Variety shows in April can audition for the group after Jan. 1. Rehearsals are held at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Amherst Central High School. For more information on the group, call director Walter Reitz at 839-1106.
WNY landscapes featured in exhibit
Artist Jeffrey Swaluk's landscapes featuring Western New York, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and New England scenes from Boston, Cape Cod and Maine will be on display now through Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Jewish Community Center's Bunis Family Gallery, 2640 N. Forest Road, Getzville. For more information, call 688-4114 ext. 337.
Nursery school to hold open house Jan. 22
Open Door Nursery School, 5681 Main St., near Oakgrove Drive, Williamsville, will hold its annual open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. The school is now accepting applications for 3- and 4-year-old and pre-K programs. For more information, call 633-1655.
Audubon Library to host monthly book club
Librarian Raya Then will lead the Audubon Library Book Club from 7 to 8 p.m. the first Thursday of every month from January to May at the Audubon Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. Jan. 3 will be "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" by Alexander McCall Smith. For more information, call 689-4922 or visit www.buffalolib.org.
Recreation department ID cards available Jan. 2
Town of Amherst 2008 ID Cards are now available for renewal and purchase for $5 at the recreation office, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive, Amherst. A driver's license must be presented at time of renewal to verify residence. Children's residency can be established with the parent driver's license accompanied by the child's 2007 Town of Amherst ID card or birth certificate. For more information, call 631-7132.
Community Singles meeting set
Community Singles introductions club for busy single people will hold its next meeting on Sunday, Jan. 6 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 6320 Main St., Williamsville. For more information, including the time of the meeting, call Maggi at 681-3480 or
Masonic lodge announces open mic
The Amherst Masonic Lodge 981, 5808 Main St., Williamsville, will hold an open mic night at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan 5 that will be hosted by Brother Samuel Balduc. Refreshments will be available.
Christmas tree recycling set by village
The Village of Williamsville will sponsor Christmas tree recycling now through the second week of January. The drop-off point is the Department of Public Works lot on South Long Street next to the Train Depot. DPW will grind trees as time permits and use them in the Village, or interested residents can take some. For more information on the tree recycling program or any questions related to the drop-off, call Mayor Mary Lowther at Village Hall at 632-4120 ext. 3006
Embroiderers' Guild to meet
The Buffalo Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at North Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Forest Road. Gina Kleinmartin will teach a sampler of six outline stitches that can be used in surface embroidery or in evenweave canvas. New members are always welcome. Call Mary Dolata at 632-0237.
Community blood service sets public blood drive
Upstate New York Transplant Services Community Blood Service will hold an open-to-public blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 at the East Amherst Fire Department, 9100 Transit Road, between Casey and Clarence Center roads, East Amherst. Call 853-6667 ext. 7940 or e-mail donateblood@ unyts.org.
New Beginnings sets January meeting
New Beginnings will meet at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 711 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. All are welcome. Call 683-8897 or 833-5127.
Red Cross, Masonic lodge to hold blood drive
The American Red Cross with Amherst Masonic Lodge 981 will hold a joint blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 at 5808 Main St., Williamsville. Call Rick Gattone at 830-2225.
Community blood service sets public blood drives
Upstate New York Transplant Services Community Blood Service will hold open-to-public blood drives from noon to 5 p.m. at Western Division Federal Credit Union, 6750 Main St., and from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Northeast Branch YMCA, 280 Cayuga Road, Williamsville, on Tuesday, Jan 8. Call 853-6667 ext. 7940 or e-mail email@example.com.
Parkinson's meeting set for Jan. 10
The WNY Parkinson's Association will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10 at Temple Beth Am, 4660 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville. Meetings are open to the community, and various topics on Parkinson's disease will be discussed. Call 689-1559.
Radio Association to hold meeting
The Radio Association of Western New York will hold its general meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 at the Community Room of the Church of the Nativity, 1530 Colvin Blvd., Kenmore, one block north of Sheridan Drive. Meetings are open to the public and an amateur (ham) radio-related program is planned. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call 693-3917.
Food workshop set at East Amherst spa
Healthy Happy You will present "Food Confusion," a community workshop to demystify information about food, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Tranquil Oasis, 6281 Transit Road, between Clarence Center and Casey roads, East Amherst. Cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 639-0550.
NAMI to meet Jan. 10, 23
The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Buffalo and Erie County will hold its monthly educational meeting for families with a mentally ill loved one at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St. The Family Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23. For more information, call 832-4035.
BNI Business Makers to hold meeting
BNI Business Makers will meet from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at Aberleigh, 2330 Maple Road, west of Transit Road. Bryan Castro will be the guest speaker, presenting "Put Your Oxygen Mask on First." For more information on the meeting or the orgainzation, call Deb Nye at 913-1541.
Cancer lecture set at Beth Zion
Rabbi Dough Kohn will speak on his new book, "Life," and his experiences as a member of the clergy with cancer at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 and at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at Temple Beth Zion, 700 Sweet Home Road, Eggertsville. The program is free. For more information on the program, call 836-6565.
Williamsville Art Society meeting, demo set
The Williamsville Art Society will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Harlem Road Community Center, Room 2, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst. Noted local artist Dan Meyer will give a demonstration. The public is invited for $3. For more information on the meeting or the group, call 634-7015.
The Thirds to perform
The Buffalo Friends of Folk Music will present The Thirds with Madeleine White & Jeremy Mohr opening at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Village of Williamsville Meeting House, 5658 Main St., Williamsville. Tickets are $10 general admission and $4 for students. For more information, call 684-2362 or visit www.BFFM. org.
Book sale to be held at Audubon Library
The Audubon Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, will hold a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12; from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13; and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 14 and 15. A $3 bag sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. For more information, call 689-4922 or visit www.buffalolib.org.
Wellness Center to hold afternoon of healing
The Women's Wellness Center, 835 Hopkins Road, at Klein Road, Williamsville, will hold an afternoon of lectures and demonstrations in memory of Gail Louise Kern, who lost her battle with breast cancer in July 1998, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. A Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle will also be held. For more information, call 876-4323.
Community blood service sets public blood drive
Upstate New York Transplant Services Community Blood Service will hold an open-to-public blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at Adeptive Solutions, 435 Lawrence Bell Drive, Williamsville. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 853-6667 ext. 7940 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watercolor society to hold meeting, demo
The Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at Amherst Community Church, 77 Washington Highway, Snyder. A demonstration will be given by noted artist Paul Taylor. The public is invited for $3. For more information on the meeting or the organization, call 634-7015.
Blood drive set at Trinity church
Upstate New York Transplant Services will hold a community blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 711 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. To schedule an appointment or for more information on this or other area blood drives, call 853-6667 ext. 7940 or e-mail donateblood@ unyts.org.
Feng Shui Basics set at for Jan. 19
An introduction to Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art of science and placement, and how it can work in your life by Linda Ellson of Feng Shui Your World, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at Slim & Tone, 55 Cross- Point Pkwy, at North French Road and Millersport Highway, Suite 106, Getzville. Cost for the session is $25. Call 636-5300 or e-mail email@example.com.
Houghton College Choir to play at Randall Church
The Houghton College Choir will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 at Randall Baptist Church, 6301 Main St., Williamsville. Call 634-9800 or visit www.randallchurch.org.
Blood drive set at church
Upstate New York Transplant Services will hold community blood drives from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 at Evangel Assembly of God, 1800 Maple Road, Williamsville, and at the University at Buffalo North Campus, Putnam Way. Call 853-6667 ext. 7940 or e-mail donateblood@ unyts.org.
Blood drive set at Millard Filmore
Upstate New York Transplant Services will hold a community blood drive from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Millard Filmore Suburban Hospital, 1540 Maple Road, Williamsville. Call 853-6667 ext. 7940 or e-mail donateblood@ unyts.org.