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Come to Audubon Nature Play Day Sunday, October 15

Come to Audubon Nature Play Day Sunday, October 15

Jamestown, NY – You and the young one(s) in your life are invited to come and play outside with a naturalist.

On Sunday afternoon, October 15, 2017, Audubon Community Nature Center is offering a Nature Play Day to let children explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment and learn how to continue the nature play experience at home.

Children ages two to eight and their favorite adults can drop in anytime from 1 to 4 p.m. in Audubon’s Nature Play Area.

Unstructured play outside is beneficial to a child’s physical and mental development as well as their understanding and appreciation of the natural world. However, concerns about safety, location, materials and the value of play are often barriers in creating these experiences. This program aims to inspire both kids and adults to make discoveries and feel more comfortable about the natural world through play.

Audubon October 16 Gardening Workshop Free Thanks to Cummins

Audubon October 16 Gardening Workshop Free Thanks to Cummins

Jamestown, NY – The second of three free gardening workshops at Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) will be 5-6 p.m. on Monday, October 16, 2017.

You can learn about “Extending the Season” with tips and tools.

In this climate, growing things all year long can be a challenge. You can learn about cold-hardy vegetables, tools such as cold-frames and cloches that create warmer microclimates, and simple frost protection to make the harvest last a little bit longer or come on a little bit earlier in the spring.

Audubon senior naturalist Sarah Hatfield, volunteer Reg Boutwell, and other local gardeners will show you the ways they keep their gardens producing into the fall and through winter. There will be a short program followed by a panel questions-and-answers session.

Hands-on demonstrations will be available in the ACNC kitchen garden, so come prepared to go outside, dressing for the weather with appropriate footwear.

BBB’s Secure Your ID Day coming soon; free paper shredding and identity theft prevention advice and

BBB’s Secure Your ID Day coming soon; free paper shredding and identity theft prevention advice and

Identity theft is still a major problem in the United States. Over 15 million U.S. consumers lost $16 billion in 2016, compared with $15.3 billion and 13.1 million victims a year earlier. In the past six years, ID thieves have stolen over $107 billion.

To help combat ID theft and educate the public on best practices to secure personal information, Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York, in partnership with Tops Friendly Markets, Shred-It, AT&T, Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce, Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce, and West Seneca Chamber of Commerce will host Secure Your ID Day on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – noon across Upstate New York (Western New York, Rochester, and Central New York). 

The free community shredding events in Western New York will be held at Tops Friendly Markets at 355 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca and 3865 Union Road (corner of George Urban Blvd.), Cheektowaga in the parking lots.

Local Educator Hopes to Share His Love for the Great Outdoors with a New, Younger Audience

Local Educator Hopes to Share His Love for the Great Outdoors with a New, Younger Audience

Dave Bauer made a career out of teaching environmental science to teenagers, and now that he’s retired, he wants to cut back a little bit. No, not on teaching students about his love for the environment and the great outdoors. That will never change.

What he would like to do is cut back on the age of the students a wee bit, and bring his message to the kindergarten through grade three population … and their parents, teachers, librarians, principals and school administrators.

‘Plant Lady’ Sally Cunningham to Host Native Plant Gardening Talk in Niagara Falls

‘Plant Lady’ Sally Cunningham to Host Native Plant Gardening Talk in Niagara Falls

The Western New York Land Conservancy will host a special talk at the Niagara Falls Public Library with featured speaker Sally Cunningham at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4. Sally is the author of the nationally popular gardening book “Great Garden Companions” and is well known in Western New York from her regular segments on Channel 4 News and articles in The Buffalo News. 

Sally will describe the critical importance of native plants and she will share ways that all Western New Yorkers can use natives in their own yards and gardens, just as the Land Conservancy is doing in the Niagara Gorge. 

Buffalo Solar Solutions Expands With Opening of Southern Tier Office

Buffalo Solar Solutions Expands With Opening of Southern Tier Office

Buffalo Solar Solutions Inc., the successful solar energy startup that opened in South Buffalo in 2015, is expanding into the Southern Tier with the opening of a second location. The new office will be located at 13 West Main St. in Cuba, N.Y.

“Solar energy just makes good sense down there,” said Tyler Uebelhoer, who owns and operates Buffalo Solar Solutions along with his wife, Alicia. “We chose Cuba because we know we can help a lot of people. If you look at any electric bill from that area, you will notice that residents are being charged almost 30 percent more per kilowatt hour.”

Buffalo Solar Solutions specializes in rooftop and pole-mounted solar systems, and recently introduced solar pergolas to their growing product portfolio.

Carve a Pumpkin for Audubon’s Enchanted Forest

Carve a Pumpkin for Audubon’s Enchanted Forest

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center is looking for families and folks who would like to carve pumpkins to light the Enchanted Forest trail.

Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, are the magical evenings when you will find talking animals along a lighted trail – and adults as fascinated as the children they accompany.

You can add to the magic by designing and carving a pumpkin to decorate the trail on Monday, October 2, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Nature Center.

There will be some pumpkins and carving tools provided but feel free to bring your own. This is great family volunteer opportunity but open to all. Children must be accompanied and assisted by an adult.

Carving will be inside or outside, depending on the weather. 

Participants at the weekend’s Enchanted Forest will vote for their favorite pumpkin design, with the winners receiving a one-year Audubon Family Membership.