By Jennifer Ryan, Starlight Studio and Art Gallery
The Friendship Circle, a nonprofit organization that provides programs and support individuals with disabilities and their families, recognized Starlight Studio and Art Gallery on their internationally followed blog in their latest write-up, “17 Amazing Art Studios for People with Special Needs.” Starlight is part of a growing worldwide community of art programs created for people with disabilities; it was the first studio of its kind in Western New York and is currently home to 42 artists. Read more
By Kerry Alsheimer, Community Relations Coordinator, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County (BBBSEC) is excited to announce a brand new event, Women Who Move the City, to recognize and celebrate women in the Buffalo area who positively impact the lives of others by volunteering their time – not only as Big Sister mentors in our organization, but for various other charitable endeavors throughout the community as well. Read more
By Lonnie Barlow, Organizer, PUSH Buffalo
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today” - Malcolm X
The Grant St Neighborhood Center (GSNC), a neighborhood drop-in center supported by PUSH Buffalo, has come a long way. Read more
By Seamus Gallivan
In a 2012 promotional video for Woodstock and Ulster County, the late Americana music patriarch Levon Helm lauded his local scene by placing it alongside a few hotbeds that came to mind, saying, “I would think Woodstock is right in there with Austin, Texas; Nashville; Memphis; Buffalo, New York – real musical towns like that.” Read more
Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara, Inc. will kick off its annual Scrabble®Fest season on Wednesday January 15, 2014, from 5pm to 7pm, at The Filling Station at Larkin Square, 745 Seneca Street, Buffalo.
The two-month campaign is an effort to raise funds to support programs which aim to combat illiteracy in Western New York. Read more
As part of a primary focus on presenting local original music, The Good Neighborhood is adding a new branch to its Tributaries series supporting Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper by offering with each tribute concert a follow-up event featuring the same headlining bands at the same venue, only this time performing their own original music.
This new branch of the Tributaries series brings back to Nietzsche’s on Saturday, January 18th (9pm, $5 cover, 21 & up), three acts which in December performed there as part of the 3rd annual Neil Young Tribute – Buffalo bands Bearhunter and Ten Cent Howl along with Astrid Young, Neil’s younger sister hailing from Picton, Ontario. Also on the bill is inaugural Young Tribute act The Albrights, which will perform acoustic intermission sets in the front room of the Allentown music club. Read more
By Bryana DiFonzo, Volunteer Manager, Journey’s End Refugee Services
At Journey’s End we greet people taking their first steps into a new life. We help make that beginning strong enough for them to write their own success, but often we don’t get to see the next chapters of their story. I only find out about the next chapters of people’s lives when they come back to Journey’s End not as clients, but as volunteers. Read more
Although The Good Neighborhood does not endorse any single religion, we appreciate any message dedicated to the greater good as well as the lifetime of contributions to community and writing of Monsignor David M. Gallivan, Pastor of Holy Cross Church on Buffalo’s Lower West Side (345 Seventh St), who offers us a weekly Sunday Sermon.
By Msgr. David M. Gallivan, Pastor, Holy Cross Church
This is the season when we consider Jesus’ family. For this, Pope Francis’ wildly popular “exhortation” is helpful. He writes that: The family is experiencing a profound cultural crisis, as are all communities and social bonds. In the case of the family, the weakening of these bonds is particularly serious because the family is the fundamental cell of society, where we learn to live with others despite our differences and to belong to one another; it is also the place where parents pass on the faith to their children. Read more