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Pet Connection Needs Your Immediate Support!

This puppy and countless others like him have been saved thanks to the work done every day at Pet Connection Programs Inc., a nonprofit maternity and urgent care animal shelter in Marilla. Every year, hundreds of dogs, cats, kittens, puppies and other animals are nursed to health and adopted to a loving home thanks to this shelter.

How can you help? Please show your holiday spirit by purchasing tickets to the shelter’s Holiday Dinner Dance & Auction from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, December 4 at the Hearthstone Manor in Depew. In addition to plenty of food and a huge auction featuring more than 100 prizes, guests will be entertained by Jack Civiletto & The Pyramid Band. One lucky guest will also win a door prize featuring four one-day Disney hopper passes valued at $544!

Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles Hockey Players Collect Food for Community Missions of Niagara

Celebrating the season of Thanksgiving, the Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles Travel Hockey League will be collecting cash donations and non-perishable food items during the Annual Thanksgiving Travel Hockey Tournament at Niagara University's Dwyer Arena.  All donations will benefit the Community Missions of Niagara Frontier. The Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles Thanksgiving Tournament is held November 24th - Nov. 28th and hosts over 40 hockey teams from Western & Central New York, Southern Ontario, Ohio and Pennsylvania. 

The NJPE organization takes a civic minded role in the Niagara Falls region and encourages many of the hockey teams to volunteer at the Community Missions of Niagara Frontier.  In addition to the food collection, this year the NJPE Travel Board will make a $1,000 donation from the proceeds of the tournament to Community Mission of Niagara Frontier.

Pet Connection Announces Holiday Season Events

Pet Connection Programs Inc. is counting on support from the generous residents of Western New York to make this a happy holiday season. Volunteers from the nonprofit maternity and special care animal shelter located in Marilla will be at several locations throughout Erie County in an effort to raise funds for the care of dozens of dogs and cats in need of loving homes.

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.

Old Fort Niagara's Castle by Candlelight

For two nights in December, visitors to Old Fort Niagara will experience the holidays as they were celebrated in early America. Historical characters will bring Christmas past alive with 18th and 19th century holiday recipes and portrayals of colonial-era people. The highpoint of the evening will be a traditional Feu de Joie (firing of joy), a nighttime musket and cannon salute.

Programs will take place from 7:00 pm through 8:30 pm on Saturday, December 11th and Saturday, December 18th. The historic French Castle (built in 1726) will be illuminated entirely by candles, as will the Fort's parade ground. The Fort's log trading post will serve as a colonial tavern complete with hot beverages and period music.

‘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. 

Please Support Pet Connection’s Holiday Dinner Dance

Tickets are still available for Pet Connection’s Holiday Concert and Dinner Dance taking place from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, December 4, at the Hearthstone Manor in Depew. The event includes dinner, entertainment by Jack Civiletto and The Pyramid Band, a huge basket auction and much more.

One lucky door prize winner will take home four one-day Disney Hopper Passes valued at $544!