East Aurora Advertiser

Events Around the Community

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9

Preschool Story Time-Preschool Story Time at the Elma Public Library will meet at 10:30 a.m. for ages 3 ½-5 ½ years. Registration is required and can be made by calling 652-2719. Attendees must observe all current mask and social distancing guidelines.

Red Cross Blood Drive-The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Faith Lutheran Church, 1230 Bowen Road, from 2 to 6 p.m. All those who donated blood by Dec. 16 will automatically be entered for the chance to win a private screening for the winner and 50 of their guests of the epic new film “The Matrix Resurrections.” Those who come to give will also get a $10 Amazon.com gift card by email, thanks to Amazon’s donation.

Lego Club-Lego lovers ages 6 and older are invited to join Thursday Afternoon Lego Club at the Aurora Town Public Library. The club meets at 4 p.m. Finished Lego creations will be displayed in the library for the rest of the month. Registration is required. Call the library at 652-4440 or stop by 550 Main St. to sign up.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10

A Christmas Carol-The West Falls Center for the Arts, 1863 Davis Road in West Falls, will present A Christmas Carol, featuring Mike Randall. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and more information are available by visiting www.westfallsartcenter.org.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11

 

Pistol Training Course-The West Falls/Colden Community Library, 1966 Davis Road, is holding a NY State Pistol Training Class, presented by Cheryl Schenne from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants must register with her directly by calling 716-222-4147. The cost for the three-hour class is $50 per person and is available for ages 17 and older.

Car Seat Check-Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announces a free car seat check will take place at the East Aurora Fire Department, 33 Center St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Read to a Dog-Come to the Aurora Town Public Library to read out loud to a certified therapy dog from the SPCA from 11 a.m. to noon. This free program is for families with children of all ages and is sponsored by the SPCA Paws for Love Program. Space is limited and registration for a personal 20-minute session is required. Choose one session to attend. Call the Library at (716) 652-4440 or stop by 550 Main St. to sign up.

Family Night with the North Pole Characters-Elf-on-the-Shelf, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph-the-Red-Nosed-Reindeer will greet children at the Young’s outdoor Christmas display located at 8590 Phillips Road, Holland, on Sat., Dec. 11, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This is their only visit this year. They will visit with children, hand out treats, accept letters to Santa, and pose with families for photos that make wonderful Christmas cards. There will be hot chocolate to keep everyone warm. This event is entirely free for all attending, but donations for the Boys & Girls Club are welcome. For this event only- folks should park their cars on the street and walk up the driveway. For the rest of the season, it’s a drive-in display. For more details, visit www.youngschristmas.com. The display runs daily from 6 to 10 p.m. through Dec. 25.

A Charlie Brown Christmas-The Ed Croft Trio plays the Vince Guaraldi soundtrack to

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” at 7 p.m. at the West Falls Center for the Arts, 1863 Davis Road in West Falls. Bring the whole family to this wonderful holiday concert. Tickets and more information are available by visiting www.westfallsartcenter.org.

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14

Snowflakes Take-Home Kit-Adults, 17 and older, are invited to create embroidered paper snowflakes with a take-home kit from Aurora Town Public Library. Included in the kit are a needle, cardstock, embroidery floss, patterns, and instructions. Also included are ideas to make gift tags, napkin rings, ornaments, or garlands. Participants will be called on Dec. 14 to pick up their kits. This free program is sponsored by The Friends of the Library. Space is limited and registration is required. Call the library at 652-4440 or stop by 550 Main St. to sign up.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15

Blue Christmas-East Aurora Christian Church, 464 Main St., invites all to a gentle, reflective service for those with pain or loss during the holiday season in an ecumenical offering for the whole community. The service will begin at 7 p.m. An electronic version will be available as well by emailing jmahle54@gmail.com. The church will also offer a Childrens’ Christmas Pageant on Sun., Dec. 19, at 10 a.m., and a Candlelight Christmas Eve service on Fri., Dec. 24, at 4:30 p.m. 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16

Create-a-Card Club Take-Home Kit-Adults, ages 17 and older are invited to register for the final Fall Create-a-Card Club event at the Aurora Town Public Library. The kit will include all of the materials (except glue sticks and pens) to create a handmade greeting card. An envelope and a list of suggested messages will be included. Card club members will be called on Dec. 16 to pick up their kit. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration is required. Call 652-4440 or stop by 550 Main St. to sign up. 

Holiday Crafts To Go- The East Aurora Library is offering these kits for children ages 4-12. Choose between a Candy Cane Mouse craft kit or a Graham Cracker House kit.

Kits are available to pick up on Dec. 16. Funding provided by Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. Space is limited. Registration required. Call 652-4440 or stop by 550 Main Street to register.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17

WFCA Jazz Concert-The West Falls Center for the Arts, 1863 Davis Road in West Falls will host a Jazz concert featuring the Bobby Militello Quartet at 7 p.m. Tickets and more information are available by visiting www.westfallsartcenter.org.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19

WFCA Jingle Bell Jazz Concert-The West Falls Center for the Arts, 1863 Davis Road in West Falls will host a Jazz concert featuring The Buffalo Dolls with the Ladies First Band at 2 p.m. Tickets and more information are available by visiting www.westfallsartcenter.org

MONDAY, DECEMBER 20

Teen Christmas Creations!-The Elma Public Library, 1860 Bowen Road, will host Teen Christmas Creations at 6:30 p.m., for children ages 11 to 17. Build something neat for the holidays. The best design wins a prize! All attendees must observe current mask and social distancing guidelines. Call 652-2719 to register.

SHORT TERM

Blood Shortage Ongoing-Despite ongoing appeals to donors and the public, the American Red Cross emergency blood and platelet shortage continues. Additional donors are needed as we head into the busy holiday season. Donors of all blood types – especially type O – and platelet donors are urged to visit www.redcrossblood.org/ to make an appointment. See this week’s calendar for local donation sites.

Preschool Story Hour-West Falls Colden Community Library hosts a Preschool Story Hour for children ages 3 to 5 each Thursday under the direction of Mrs. Karen from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 2 includes making a Christmas ornament, Dec. 9 is Snow Fun themed, and Dec. 16 is Holiday Fun themed. Bring your children, grandchildren, or kids you babysit for age-relevant stories, an activity, and a snack. No Charge Call the library at 652-5544 to register.

The College Application Process-Ready to Apply to Colleges? Attend a no-cost information session-The College Application Process, hosted by Dr. Betsy M. DelleBovi, Ph.D., and Dr. E. Roger Stephenson, Ph.D., two Canisius College professors, and East Aurora residents. For more information on upcoming sessions email betsyroger@dseducationservices.com or phone us at 716-480-7628. For more information visit www.dseducationservices.com.

ONGOING

Editor’s Note: many of the community’s ongoing events have been affected by the COVID-19 virus health restrictions. Please reach out to the community groups directly to learn more about their updated schedules and events. Groups posted in this section are encouraged to review the group post and contact Jane at CopyAdvertiser@gmail.com to make changes.

The Abigails-The Abigails meet at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 345 Main Street on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Christmas decorations for the Millard Fillmore House Christmas Sale are always accepted. Contact Sue at 652-1621 for information.

Aurora Adult Day Services-Aurora Adult Day Services (AADS) mission is to improve the quality of life for functionally impaired adults who are unable to be left alone and to offer respite to their caregivers. Open Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 101 King St., Suite B. A free visit can be arranged by calling 652-4269. Transportation is available. 

Dementia Caregiver Support Group- Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. in Elma United Methodist Church at 2991 Bowen Road in Elma, all dementia caregivers welcomed. First-time visitors should call 1-800-272-3900 for more information.

East Aurora Garden Club-The East Aurora Garden Club meets at noon, the 2nd Monday of each month, except January. The club’s objective is to stimulate, create interest and promote education on horticulture, the art of gardening, flower arranging, and environmental conservation; and to promote the beautification of surrounding areas. Call 716-547-5737 for more information and membership.

East Aurora Kiwanis Club-The East Aurora Kiwanis Club meets one Thursday each month at noon for lunch at Wallenwein’s. Those interested in membership should contact Carla Marshall by emailing camarshall15@gmail.com or Sean Cunningham by calling 716-474-1610.

East Aurora Moose Lodge #370-The East Aurora Moose Lodge #370 meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 8 p.m. Men and women interested in membership or more information about the Moose should contact the Lodge by calling 716-655-5831 or emailing Lodge370@mooseunits.org.

Elma Kiwanis Club- The Elma Kiwanis Club meets at Elma Towne Grille at Clinton Street and Bowen Road every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. New members welcome.

FISH of East Aurora, Inc.-FISH of East Aurora, Inc.,960 East Main St., is a charitable organization providing free services to low-income families in the Southtowns. Open on Tues. and Thurs. 9 a.m.- noon for donations. The Food Pantry and Clothing ministry are open from 1- 3 p.m. Food distribution is from 10 a.m. to noon on the first Sat. of each month. Visit www.fishofea.org, call 652-7272, or email fishofea@gmail.com for more information.

Free Respite Care-The Holland United Methodist Church, 11699 Partridge Road, offers a Free Respite Program for caregivers of loved ones with dementia on the 1st Thursday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration is required. Call 716-388-3150.

Healing Families-Come join a peer family support group to help rebuild lives after the devastation of substance use in the family home. The support group meets every other Friday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Rural Outreach Center, 730 Olean Road in East Aurora. The program begins on Fri., Oct. 22. 

Holland Clothing Closet-The Holland Clothing Closet offers free, clean, quality clothing for the entire family. Located at Hunters Creek Bible Baptist Church, 7184 Hunters Creek Road. Open before and after Sunday and Thursday services. Call 537-9511 or 537-2425 for an appointment.

Holland Historical Society-The Holland Historical Society will be open for visitors and research on the second and fourth Saturday of the month from noon to 3 p.m. The Society is located at 7 South Main St. Call 716-861-3938 for more information or to make an appointment. 

Knox State Farm Garden Club-The Knox Farm Garden Club is looking for volunteers to “adopt a garden.” Gardens vary in size, but the average attention required is less than one hour per week. Tend your adopted bed when it is convenient for you; however, there is no Saturday gardening due to scheduled events. Join us Thursday mornings, 9 to 11 a.m., to maintain unadopted beds. For more information, contact Lisa Schifferle by phone at 716-512-9330, by email at dlschiff@roadrunner.com, or in person on Thursday mornings at the Main House. No gardening experience is necessary.

Lions Club-The East Aurora Lions Club meets on the third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The meetings temporarily take place by telephone and online video conference. The group has served the greater East Aurora community for vision needs and much more since 1946. For more information, visit our website (e-clubhouse.org/sites/eastaurorany), see our Facebook page, or call us at 716-655-4733.

Memory Cafe-The West Falls Center for the Arts will host a free Memory Café on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a gathering place for friends with Alzheimer’s or dementia along with their caregivers, to relax and enjoy socialization, refreshments, discussion, and entertainment. Walk-ins are welcome.

NAMI-The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), a grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for those affected by mental illness, offers a monthly Family Support Group at the Rural Outreach Center, 730 Olean Road. Meetings take place on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

New Paths Redistribution Center-Large furniture and appliances are available for people in need with many ways to pay. The ROC is open Saturdays from 9-10 a.m. and by appointment and is located at 730 Olean Road on Route 16, across from Masterson’s Nursery. 716-240-2220, email newpathsRC@gmail.com,or visit the website at www.theroc.co.

Parkinson’s Caregiver Support Meeting-The Southtowns Parkinson’s Disease Caregiver Support Group meets on the first Thursday of each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the boardroom of the Elma Town Hall, 1600 Bowen Road in Elma. For more info call Marcia at 716-714-5492.

Portrait Group-Do you like to draw and paint? Come to our East Aurora Portrait Group, at the Senior Center on King Street, Fridays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. We have models sitting for us, with coffee breaks in between, and the members chip in a small fee to pay for modeling. Call Kurt at 949-8513 if you have a question.

Rotary Club of East Aurora-The Rotary Club of East Aurora meets weekly on Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. at The Roycroft Inn, 40 S. Grove St., East Aurora. Meetings include guest speakers. Contact Rotary President Pat Shea at 716-655-3928 for more information.

Rural Transit Service-Rural Transit Service provides free transportation to seniors, disabled, and low/moderate-income families. Donations are greatly appreciated but not required. Volunteers are needed to drive the RTS van or dispatch at one of the sites. Call 716-662-8378 for information.

St. Matthias Pet Food Pantry-The St. Matthias Pet Food Pantry, a 501 c (3) organization located in the church at 374 Main St., distributes dog and cat food to needy pets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. Please bring your benefits card and a photo ID.

Town of Aurora Democratic Committee-Regular committee meetings are generally held on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Town of Aurora Senior Center, 101 King St., East Aurora. If you are interested in running for office, helping a campaign, or just understanding what’s happening politically in the community, you can learn more by attending our open monthly meetings. All are welcomed. For more information, visit our website at www.eadems.org, find us on Facebook, or email info@eadems.org.

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