By Lonnie Barlow, Organizer, PUSH Buffalo
Do you know what you need where you live? If you do, what is it? Why? How can you get what you need where you live?
You don’t have to answer these questions right now, just let them marinate for a minute.
Sometime in 2005, almost a decade ago, a rag-tag group of neighborhood residents and a couple of supposed community organizers were going around the West Side of Buffalo. These people went seemingly from door-to-door attempting to have conversations with people. The conversation starter was, “What is the biggest issue facing Buffalo?” Read more
By LaGuan Rodgers, Mentor Advocate, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County
Back in my schooldays, I really needed help with math. Looking back, there were probably other students who needed a tutor more than I, yet I found myself frustrated by my lack of confidence as I trudged through the dual assignments Mrs. Mahoney gave me.
Here I was, an 8th grader taking 8th and 9th grade math at North Park Middle Academy, accustomed to going home and sitting in my favorite chair at my grandparents’ table to do countless hours of homework. No matter how lengthy or taxing a given assignment could be, I somehow managed to get it done, in most cases at a high level. But for the first time, I was stuck.
I can’t pinpoint the exact day of the year when I met Tim O’Connor. All I really remember was that Read more
By Frits Abell and Paul Morgan
REEL: a queer film party is a new initiative for the LGBT community, and anyone who likes film and fun.
The bi-monthly event – which is meant to be an alternative to the bar scene – kicks off on Friday, February 21st, at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (341 Delaware Ave, downtown, 8pm). While the evening is centered on a film of interest to the community, other programming features Read more
As Live at O’Larkin turns two, a wise Irish saying rings true – “The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune.”
In 2013, the inaugural Live at O’Larkin welcomed over 1,500 people to Larkin Square on the Friday before Buffalo’s St. Patrick’s Day parades, the free event making its case as a new holiday tradition with live music and dance befitting Irish-American tradition along with an array of food and drink.
This year, on Friday, March 14th, from 5-8pm, the second annual Live at O’Larkin adds to the tradition as some 15 food trucks Read more
From Seamus Gallivan: Since we kicked off the 2014 Scrabble®Fest season last month in Larkin Square, dozens of private parties have been held throughout Western New York in which player enter by making a donation to Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara, and the top scorer advances to the finals in March.
No word on whether anyone at those parties has matched Read more
By Frank Gullo, Founder, Date on Purpose
Date on Purpose, the Buffalo-based startup that bridges online dating auctions with meaningful giving, is hosting a “Recruitment Social” on Friday, February 14th, at Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St, Cobblestone District, 7-9pm, $20 admission), for people to socialize and learn more about Date on Purpose. The event will also allow individuals interested in becoming a bachelor or bachelorette for our next online auction in April to apply and get their picture taken by a professional photographer. Read more
By Leslie Zemsky, Director of Fun, Larkin Square
Greetings from Larkin Square!
It may look like winter outside, but it’s almost summer to us as we are in the planning stages for another fun summer in Larkin Square. For the 2014 season we are excited to announce that we are creating a new event – a public market in Larkin Square on Thursday nights in the summer! Read more
By Rachel Wozniak, Director of Operations & Outreach, Compass House
The Buffalo Kid is an inspirational story about a seventy-one year-old homeless man, the oldest known street destitute in Buffalo, New York.
This is a story about never giving up, and about one man’s passion to give something back to the city which had all but given up on him. The Buffalo Kid, or the Kid as he is referred to in the story, was once a successful businessman, father and husband, who crashed and burned when Buffalo’s boom-days waned – and ended up on the streets, forgotten, abandoned and penniless. But one thing the Kid never lost was his hope and his empathy. Read more