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Buffalo Bandits’ Dhane Smith Added to Collectors’ Expo Lineup

Buffalo Bandits’ Dhane Smith Added to Collectors’ Expo Lineup

Dhane Smith, star forward for the Buffalo Bandits and 2016 National Lacrosse League MVP, will  visit the Collector’s Expo from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 9, for a free autograph event. The Collectors’ Expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

Selected in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2012 NLL Entry Draft, the Kitchener, Ontario native was also a 2016 First Team All-Pro and was named to the All-Rookie Team in 2013. During his NLL career, he has recorded 185 goals and 243 assists in just 83 regular season games, plus 23 goals and 26 assists in nine playoff game appearances.

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Fall Art Activities Planned at Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery

Fall Art Activities Planned at Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery

A wide variety of interesting classes and exhibits are upcoming during the fall season at Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery, 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca.

“One Trip and Three Rooms” is an exhibit of collages created using painted papers by artists Paulette Krakowski and Suzanne Borowicz. This exhibit takes collage artwork to another level; it was a year in the making after the artists took a summer workshop last year from internationally known artisan Elizabeth St. Hilaire. The opening reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, and the exhibit will remain on display through Sept. 30.

Creative Motherhood Wellness Group Opens in East Aurora

Creative Motherhood Wellness Group Opens in East Aurora

Four Western New York businesswomen have recently joined forces to open a unique wellness group that provides holistic and comprehensive services — and physical and emotional wellness — for women and their families through pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Located at 726 Main St. in East Aurora, Creative Motherhood at Creative Wellness Center East Aurora offers services such as prenatal and postpartum yoga, support groups, doula services, massage, childbirth education, essential oils and breastfeeding support. Creative Motherhood’s goal is to assist and serve women (and families) in order to prepare for a positive and healthy start for the transition to motherhood.

Produce a Limited-edition Andre Reed Print on a Vintage Printing Press at the Collectors' Expo

Produce a Limited-edition Andre Reed Print on a Vintage Printing Press at the Collectors' Expo

Teamwork and talent helped former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed get into four straight Super Bowls and eventually the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And thanks to the teamwork and talent of a local artist and an artisan print shop, limited-edition Andre Reed prints will be available at the first ever Collectors’ Expo taking place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Buffalo Irish Center. The Irish Center is located at 245 Abbott Road in Buffalo.

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Dedication Planned for Daemen Center Named in Honor of Historic Gift

Dedication Planned for Daemen Center Named in Honor of Historic Gift

Daemen College will celebrate the grand opening of its newly named Paul A. Saffrin Center for Sustainability and Civic Engagement at a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 3 p.m. Sept. 7 in Duns Scotus Room 226.

The ceremony, which is a part of Daemen’s inaugural Founders Celebration, will include the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the naming in honor of an historic $1 million gift from the Paul A. Saffrin Foundation. Remarks will be given by Daemen President Gary A. Olson, Paul A. Saffrin, and Dr. Maureen Millane, associate vice president for community engagement. A reception will immediately follow the dedication ceremony, which is free and open to the public.

First Ever Collectors’ Expo Coming Saturday to the Buffalo Irish Center

First Ever Collectors’ Expo Coming Saturday to the Buffalo Irish Center

Mark your calendars for Western New York’s very first Collectors’ Expo! Featuring more than 30 vendors and 50 tables of unique merchandise, the event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 in the historic Buffalo Irish Center, located at 245 Abbott Road in South Buffalo.

Vendor and artisan offerings will include sports memorabilia, locally made artwork and handcrafted products, collectible coins, music memorabilia and records, comic books, photography, political memorabilia, movie and theatre memorabilia, car and train memorabilia, jewelry, fossils and minerals, antiques and much more.

Local Mom Turned Autism Advocate Hopes to Share Her Message With the WNY Community

Local Mom Turned Autism Advocate Hopes to Share Her Message With the WNY Community

Love without words. If your family has experienced the impact of autism, you already know the pain behind that brief statement.

Clarence residents Molly and Matthew Pitman are the very fortunate parents of two beautiful children, Donovan and Charlotte. Now 14, Donovan was diagnosed with autism at 23 months old … and their lives were changed forever.

“When our daughter Charlotte was about three years old, she asked me why Donovan did not respond when she said, ‘I love you.’ While I was caught off guard, I used her bond with our family dog, Makeo, as a teachable moment,” said Molly. “Makeo plays with you. He gets excited when you come home and he even lets you cuddle with him. Makeo shows you his love without saying a word. Charlotte seemed to have a better understanding, and so did I.”