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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.

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!"

Congressman Higgins Announces Application Period for SAFER Federal Fire Grants

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the application window for grants provided through the Department of Homeland Security Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Services (SAFER) program is now open.   SAFER grants are aimed at increasing the number of firefighters and enhancing a department’s ability to comply with federal standards that ensure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire related hazards.  This year Congress appropriated approximately $420 million for the SAFER program. 

“I encourage local companies to apply for funding through this federal grant to help support outreach and recruitment of the next generation of first responders,” said Higgins. 

Universal Pre-K Program Now Offered at The Belle Center

The Belle Center now has a Universal Pre-K Program. Universal Pre-K starts September 8th, 2010 and operates from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Monday – Friday.

It is FREE to any Buffalo resident child who is 4 years of age by 12/31/10. There are 10 Slots Available. For More Information contact the Day Care Director: Laurie Beck at 716-352-0685 or email: lbeck@thebellecenter.org.

5th Annual Kids Day Fest: Unity In The Buffalo Community

5th Annual Kids Day Fest: Unity In The Buffalo Community

Buffalo, New York – August 27, 2010 – The Belle Center Summer Camp program will culminate with its major Kids Day Fest that unites families in Buffalo for a day of fun and activities.

This event will take place 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 27th, at 104 Maryland Street Buffalo, NY 14201.

Hundreds of families from all around Buffalo will join us in celebration of the culmination of a successful summer camp and unity in the community. Summer Camp at The Belle Center not only allows our children to experience the joys of the summer season, but it provides fertile ground for learning and cultural activities inside and outside of the city.

There will be food and beverages - hot dogs, snow cones, popcorn; entertainment and activities – obstacle course, face painting, games, a live DJ and more.

Local Chefs to Visit the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market this Saturday

Are you ready to make a commitment to eating better? Just looking for something different to do on a relaxing Saturday morning? Then make plans to explore the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Coming to the market on Saturday, August 14: A guest chef demo with Chef William Metzgar and wine-tasting courtesy of Niagara Landing Wine Cellar and Freedom Run. Also, Feed Your Soul will tour the market with Chef Kate Elliott and guests. 

The market features more than 30 vendors offering fruits, vegetables, baked goods, organics, fresh meat, cut flowers, wine, eggs, dairy, honey and much more in an open-air setting.