What’s Going On
Amherst Garden Club to feature workshop
The Amherst Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at St. John Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St. Sylvia Fredericks will hold a workshop on floral designs. Call 836-5397.
NAMI Support Group meeting scheduled
The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Buffalo and Erie County will hold its family support group meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St. Call 832-4035.
Amherst East Rotary to host Kevin Gaughan
The Rotary Club of Amherst East will host government reform advocate Kevin Gaughan at a lunch meeting at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center, 2402 North Forest Road, Amherst. The meeting is open to nonmembers, and the cost is $13. Call 689-8886 for reservations.
School boards present legislative forum
The Williamsville, Amherst, Sweet Home and Clarence school boards will host a legislative forum from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in the Williamsville District boardroom, 105 Casey Road. Several state legislators will be present to discuss issues affecting local schools.
Rotary Club to hold benefit for Haiti
The Rotary Club of Amherst South is holding a fundraiser for victims of the Haiti earthquake from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Sonoma Grille, 5010 Main St., Snyder. The event will feature silent auctions, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Donation is $10. Call 639-1654 for more information.
“The Wiz” opens at ECC North
The musical “The Wiz,” presented by O’Connell and Company, will open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at ECC North Campus, Gleasner Hall, 6205 Main St., Williamsville. Performances will continue at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays until Feb. 14. Call 848-0800 for tickets.
Free hockey trial, blood drive scheduled
On Saturday, Jan. 30, the Amherst Ice Center, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive, will host a UNYTS blood drive and a free hockey trial as part of Hockey Weekend Across America. The free hockey trial will run from 10:50 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. at Rink NHL No. 2. The blood drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
H1N1 clinic offered for veterans
Veterans enrolled in VA Health Care may obtain the H1N1 vaccine at no charge from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at VA Western New York Healthcare System, 3495 Bailey Ave., Buffalo. For information on VA healthcare eligibility, call 1-888-823-9656.
Ballet School holds auditions
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, the official school of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, will hold auditions for its Intensive Summer Program at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at the American Academy of Ballet, 491 West Klein Road, Williamsville. A fee of $25 is due at the time of the audition. The program takes place from June 21 to July 24 at the PBT studios. For more information, call (412) 281-6727 or visit www.pbt.org.
Coaches vs. Cops hockey game planned
A Cops vs. Coaches hockey game will take place from 11:20 a.m to 12:50 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at the feature rink of the Amherst Ice Center, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive as part of Hockey Weekend Across America.
Men’s Caregiver Group meeting slated
The Men’s Caregiver Group, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at Elder- Wood Village at Glenwood, 5271 Main St., Williamsville. The group meets the first Tuesday of every month. Contact 937-7522.
Candlelight service planned at church
The congregations of Amherst and Williamsville North Presbyterian churches will participate in a candlelight service at Clarence First Presbyterian Church at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31. Call 759-8396.
Beechwood Service Guild sets program
The Beechwood Service Guild will meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Beechwood Residence, 2235 Millersport Highway, Getzville. A musical program is planned, and refreshments will be available.
Amherst Book Club meets at new location
The Amherst Book Club will meet at noon Thursday, Feb. 4, at The Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Williamsville. Mick Cochrane will review his book “The Girl Who Threw Butterflies.” New members may join by calling 839-2904.
Fibromyalgia Support Group to meet
The Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Amherst Main Library at Audubon, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. All those with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome or similar concerns are welcome. For information, call 1-800-870-1771.
Disability Awareness Training offered
A seminar on understanding disabilities will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst. The program is sponsored by the Amherst Youth Board. Call 631-7215 to register.
ScrabbleFest benefit party planned
The Savvy Gourmet will host a ScrabbleFest Party at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at 4610 Main St., Snyder. The cost is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The party will include a wine tasting. Proceeds go to Literacy Volunteers of Buffalo and Erie County. The winner will move on to the finals on March 1 at the Buffalo Central Library.
Glen Park Winterfest slated
The Williamsville Village “Wi n - terfest” will take place from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, February 7 in Glen Park. The event includes sledding, snowshoeing and a snow sculpture contest. The event will also feature a hay ride through the village, pony rides, and a petting zoo. There will be hot chocolate and cookies available.
Valentine’s Day program slated
The Amherst Recreation Department will offer a “Valentine Variety” craft program from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6 at Clearfield Community Center, 730 Hopkins Rd., Williamsville.
ProjecTruth contest announced
ProjecTruth of Catholic Charities seeks entries from young artists, writers and musicians for its seventh annual Abstinence Until Marriage Creativity Contest. Students in grades 7-12 are eligible. The deadline for the contest is Feb. 17. For contest rules, call ProjecTruth at 332-3910 or visit www.ProjecTruth.com.
Scottish Country Dancing classes offered
The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society of Buffalo will offer dance classes, including a beginner’s class, from 7:15 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at the Amherst Community Church, 77 Washington Highway, Snyder. The first two classes are free. The remainder are $6 per class. Call 930-0750.
YMCA offers membership special
From Jan. 11 to 31, YMCA Buffalo Niagara Branches are offering a free trial period and membership special. Join before Jan. 31 to save up to $50 off membership. Visit the Amherst branch at 4433 Main St., Amherst, or go to www.ymcabuffalo.org for more information.
Photographs from Maple East sought
Those who attended or worked at Maple East prior to 1980 are asked to submit pictures to be used in a slide show commemorating the 50th anniversary of the school. Photos can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also be mailed to 1500 Maple Road, Williamsville, NY 14221.
Group promoting Snyder seeks members
An organization is under way for a community group in Snyder to preserve Snyder’s history and enhance its future through community involvement. Anyone with ideas or a willingness to help promote the Snyder neighborhood is asked to contact Michael Vallone at 479-6101.
Ideal weight-loss class available
Ida Shapiro will hold weight-loss classes at 7 p.m. every Thursday at St. Gregory the Great School, 250 St. Gregory Court. Classes will also be held every Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. at Zion United Church, 15 Koenig Circle, Tonawanda. Call 636-3698.
Williamsville Lions Club seeks loan equipment
The Williamsville Lions Club seeks donations for its loan closet. The club loans equipment such as wheelchairs, canes and walkers to the community. The equipment can be kept as long as needed. Contact Ken Moses at 634-1212, ext. 211, to donate equipment.
Village photography contest begins
The Glen Park Joint Board is sponsoring a contest for the best photos of Glen Park and its immediate environs, including the Williamsville Water Mill. First prize is worth $60; second place, $30; and third, $15. Mail to Glen Park Joint Board, Photo Contest, 5140 Main St., Suite 303-388. The deadline is April 30.
Beyond Ghosts dinner, lecture planned
The Eagle House, at 5578 Main St., Williamsville, will host the first in a series of dinners/lectures featuring Beyond Ghosts Interactive Paranormal at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. Tickets are now available and can be purchased by calling 447-0398 or visiting www.beyondghosts.com.
AMC Movie Theatre to host worship
The AMC Movie Theatre welcomes the North Gate Christian Community every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for community, worship, teaching and prayer. The theatre is located at 4276 Maple Road. Visit www.northgatebuffalo.com.
Amherst Youth Work$ does chores for seniors
The Amherst Youth Work$ program has young people 12-19 years of age help with outdoor and indoor chores for seniors 55 and older. Call Millie at 631-7217.
Educational workshops provided at Weinberg
Weinberg Campus will provide free educational workshops for community groups, faith organizations and businesses. Some topics include Exploring Senior Living Options, Hospitalization and the Dementia Client and Realities of an Aging Parent. To arrange a presentation, call 639-3311, ext. 2233.
Free spinal screenings available at Feel Rite
Dr. Tony Buscaglia of King’s Acupuncture and Wellness Center, will offer free spinal screenings at Feel Rite, 5425 Transit Road in East Amherst. Walk-ins are available. Call 636-1000 to register.
Weinberg Campus in need of volunteers
Weinberg Campus is seeking volunteers. including assistance in its day programs, shuttle, and activity instructors. Call 639-3311, ext. 2125.