Weekly Feature

2018-01-03 / Editorial

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SAVE THE DATE — With recent snow on the ground, Town of Tonawanda residents can look forward to Winterfest.

From a wine tasting to open skating and other seasonal events, Winterfest will return from Jan. 11 to 15.

According to the Youth, Parks and Recreation Department, Lincoln Arena will be the site for ice hockey games, free recreational skating, an adult outdoor softball tournament, children’s activities, a visit by the Buffalo Zoomobile, straw maze and outdoor games.

At the arena, there will also be a Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels chili tasting, Resurgence beer tasting and a fireworks show. Live music will be provided by the Strictly Hip acoustic duo.

For a full listing of what is happening each day, be sure to read the story on the front page this week or visit www.tonawanda.ny.us. Some events require advance registration or tickets.

A colorful rock ’n’ roll show is also slated for this month. Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Tribute will be on stage at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St. in North Tonawanda. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.rivieratheatre.org.

Later this month, residents can help out by donating blood. The City of Tonawanda Fire Department is hosting a blood drive and fundraiser for Jed Woomer’s Open Heart Memorial Scholarship from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at 44 William St., Tonawanda.

There will be food, drinks, baskets and live music. All proceeds will go to the scholarship fund for a deserving senior from Tonawanda High School.

At the age of 19, Jed Woomer died from a rare cancer. Now his kindness and caring for others is being carried on by friends and family in the community.

For an appointment to donate blood, contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-red-cross, or send an email to www.redcrossblood.org.

BEL CANTO — Are you interested in singing? ABC Bel Canto Choirs is inviting students in grades three through 12 to join them in song as there are openings in each of the three choirs. Students from across Western New York are welcome to join.

An open house is planned for Thursdays, Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25, at Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Amherst.

Presto, for grades three to six, will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.; Vivace, for grades six to 12 high voices, will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; and Bravo, for grades nine to 12 mixed voices, will take place from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m.

For more information, visit www.abcbelcanto.org, email amherstbelcanto@gmail.com, or call 759-6428.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST — If you’re a breakfast person, you might want to attend a pancake breakfast this month to help out a local sports team.

The Varsity Tonawanda Boys Swim and Diving Team will be hosting a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Jan. 14, at the Sweet Home Masonic Lodge, at 641 Sweet Home Road.

The cost is $8, and the event will also feature a basket raffle.

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