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Videos Allow WNY Travelers to Discover the Spirit of London Before Crossing the Border

Shops, restaurants, theater, cultural institutions, wineries, museums, markets, comfortable hotels, sports and recreation, slot machines, special events ... sounds like a fun and accurate description of Western New York, right?

Actually, the exciting and equally inviting city of London, Ontario, boasts many similarities to the Buffalo region. Maybe that’s why more and more Buffalonians are traveling to London for a quick getaway.

WNY Author To Read at Kenan Center Family Holiday Event

WNY Author To Read at Kenan Center Family Holiday Event

Maria T. DiVencenzo, a Western New York author who has just released the children's book, THE STAR OF CHRISTMAS, will visit the Kenan Center in Lockport on Sunday, December 12, as part of the Center's special free family event, "A Storybook Christmas Party." DiVencenzo will read at 2:30, 3:00, and 3:30 p.m., taking time to show children how she created her picturebook, THE SCARIEST DREAM EVER. The author will sign copies of her book throughout the afternoon.

Children will also have plenty of other activities to enjoy including a scavenger hunt through the Center's festively decorated 150-year-old house, cookie decorating, craft making, and picture taking with Santa. The event runs from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The Kenan Center is located at 433 Locust Street, Lockport. For directions or more information, visit www.kenancenter.org or call 433-2617.

‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ Ready to Delight Theatre Patrons

A Western New York favorite — Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat — is ready to take the stage at the glorious and historic Grand Theatre in nearby London, Ontario, from November 24 through January 2. It’s a perfect opportunity to get away and relax a bit during the busy holiday season!

Featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, this production of Joseph is directed by Susan Ferley. 

Local Kids Quiz Harry Potter Stars

OLCOTT, N.Y. (AP) -- A pair of "Harry Potter" fans from western New York got to spring a pop quiz on the star pupils at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Ally Martin and Mackenzie Fitch are 11-year-olds from Olcott, on Lake Ontario in Niagara County. The girls brainstormed questions for The Associated Press to ask during interviews with Daniel Radcliffe and other stars of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1."

Ally and Mackenzie's questions were relayed to the stars in London. Among the questions: Are the actors like the characters they play in the films?

Radcliffe says he and Harry have the same sense of humor and both put a lot of value in their friends.

Emma Watson says she doesn't wish she was her character -- Hermione -- because she's "pretty content" as Emma.

And Rupert Grint says he's grown quite fond of his Ron Weasley character, but adds that a few more heroic moments would be "quite cool."

NCCC Theatre Performing "The Book of Jo B. Jobey"

The Niagara County Community College Theater Department is currently performing "The Book of Jo B. Jobey," a piece written and directed by NCCC theater instructor Richard Wesp.

The show is performed on campus in the Black Box Theatre and is in its final week of performances: Wednesday November 17 through Saturday November 20 at 8 p.m., with an extra performance on Thursday afternoon at 12:30 p.m.

General admission to all productions is $8, $5 for alumni and seniors, $3 under twelve, and free for all NCCC students and employees.

Tickets can be purchased online at the NCCC website and also on Facebook (click on the Buy Tickets Now button).

30th Annual Holiday Gift Show Takes Place at Kenan Center November 19-21

It's a holiday tradition! The Kenan Arts Council's Holiday Gift Show celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, filling the historic Kenan House and carriage buildings with hand-crafted wares by local artisans and designers, enticing scents, and tantalizing food treats! The event starts at 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 19 and runs through 5:00 p.m. Sunday, November 21. Admission is $3.00 and benefits Kenan Center programs as well as scholarships.

Festival of Trees Will Provide Funds to Purchase New Electronic Fetal

Proceeds from the 2010 Festival of Trees will fund new Electronic Fetal Monitors for Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.   This gift, made possible in part by event sponsors like CGF Anesthesiology Associates, PC, Mark IV Industries Foundation, Tops Friendly Markets, Fisher-Price and the physician members of University at Buffalo Pediatric Associates, Inc., will enable the Hospital to replace all the monitors with the latest and most state-of-the–art equipment.  Constant monitoring and examination during the labor process will allow doctors to monitor progress and ensure the safest possible delivery with minimal complication for both baby and mother.