• LOCK YOUR DOORS — In the past several weeks while compiling entries for the weekly police blotter, I have noticed that there have been reports of people having items stolen from their vehicles.
Most people have told officers that the doors of their vehicles were left unlocked at the time of the incident. I urge everyone in the community to make sure their vehicle doors and front doors are locked. Even if it is late at night and you can’t remember locking the doors, check it just in case. You might just prevent a crime from occurring.
• START WALKING — A Walk for Melissa fundraiser to benefit Melissa’s Coffee House and Gilda’s Club of Western New York will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, in the food court at the Boulevard Mall, 730 Alberta Drive.
Check-in for the walk will begin at 5 p.m., with the event ending at 7 p.m. There is a $15 minimum donation to walk in the event. Participants will receive a T-shirt. For more information, call 633-6773 or visit www.AmherstYouthFoundation.org.
• UPCOMING CONCERT — The Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Gerard Floriano, will perform the second concert of its 2011-12 season at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.
The orchestra comprises many students who attend high school in Amherst. The upcoming concert will featuring
Tschaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, Beethoven’s Overture No. 3 for Leonore Opera and Franck’s Symphony in D minor.
Tickets will be available at the door. The cost for adults is only $10 and for seniors and students, $5.
The remainder of the 2011-12 season will feature the annual Side-by-Side concert with the BPO at Kleinhans Music Hall in March. The last regular concert of the season will be in May at the Montante Cultural Center at Canisius College.
This year, the orchestra is made up of approximately 81 middle and high school students from 24 Western New York communities.
Auditions for the 2012-13 season will be held the first week of June with applications for audition due May 4. The GBYO was established in 1958 as a joining of four orchestral workshops held within Western New York.
For more information about the GBYO, visit its website at www.gbyo.net.
by KATE MOCKLER
• LEAP DAY — Like the presidential elections and the Summer Olympics, Leap Day comes around every four years. It is due to make its quadrennial appearance in 2012, and The Amherst Bee is looking for people and organizations planning something special on that day.
Perhaps you’re planning a second birthday party for your 8-year-old child, or celebrating your fifth anniversary after 20 years of marriage.
Maybe the day will mark a culmination of a goal, or perhaps it’s just a great excuse for a party. Whatever you have going, we’d like to hear about it.
If you have big Leap Day plans you’d like to share with the community, contact lifestyles reporter Kate Mockler at 204-4914 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The article will be published on Leap Day itself.