Daily Archives: Apr 8, 2019

Photo by Phil Mosier Lynnwood Park and Recreation Center cleanup. In conjunction with volunteers from the neighborhood association, and Oglethorpe University. Pictured; the Gilbert family who live near the park. Mother Angela Gilbert with daughter Mikaela (10months), and Father Sean Gilbert with his son Aiden (3yr).


Applications accepted through April 12

ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry is preparing for warmer weather and is now accepting applications for seasonal employment in 2019. Available positions include cashiers and starters at both Elma Meadows and Grover Cleveland golf courses, park maintenance workers for various locations throughout the Parks’ system, and lifeguards at the beach.

“Seasonal workers play a vital role in our operations each year, and this opportunity gives them great experience and a chance to be a part of our team,” said Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Forestry Daniel J. Rizzo. “Our parks are active all year long and will be more so as the weather warms up so we want to have our workforce in place when that happens.”

Applications are available online at the Parks’ website and must be submitted by April 12, 2019. Completed applications can be submitted in person or mailed to:

Erie County Parks Department

95 Franklin St., Room 1260

Buffalo NY 14202

For more information:

On the Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, visithttp://www2.erie.gov/parks/

Raíces To Produce Musical Version of Desde El Puente Play Festival, Opening April 19th

BUFFALO, NY  — Raíces Theatre Company, Western New York’s premier Latinx theater production company, will stage the latest version of its Desde El Puente one-act play festival opening Friday, April 19th. This is the fourth edition of Raíces’ flagship play festival and the first one to include original music compositions developed by members of the Raíces ensemble. “This musical version seemed like a natural progression in our development of Desde El Puente and with our ensemble,” said Victoria Pérez, Artistic Director of Raíces. “Musicals are my favorite way to tell a story. The Latino culture is, in part, driven by our music. Therefore it seems like the perfect way to continue to tell our stories.”

As with previous versions of Desde El Puente, each 10-minute one-act play is written, directed and performed by members of the Raíces ensemble. “We are theatre makers, we are storytellers, and we are artists,” said Pérez. “It’s something that brings us great pride.” The one-act plays in this edition of Desde El Puente will feature various Latino musical styles including salsa, merengue, plena, buleria, bolero, hip hop, tango and bachata, to name a few. The lineup of plays includes:

– Llega la Hora, by Maria Pérez-Gómez and Victoria Pérez. A dating show where the contestants vie for the bachelorette’s love via the language of the heart… la música.

– Plena Cautiva, by Dewel Pérez. The feeling of ten minutes of freedom.

– El Closet Magico, by Maria Pérez-Gómez, music by Adrian Güadalupe and Maria Pérez-Gómez. A closet where the magical sounds of Puerto Rico come to life with music and adventure.

– Sin Palabras, by Victoria Pérez, music by Lilliangina Quiñones, lyrics by Victoria Pérez and Lilliangina Quiñones. Once the “it” couple, Angi and Eddie are now in a volatile relationship heightened by a significant loss. Can they make it work?

– Good Night Puto, by Alexia Guzmán, music by Carolyn Miranda. A woman thinks she needs a man but learns that, with a little tough love, all she really needs is herself.

– Padrinos de Boda, by Anthony Alcocer. A marriage celebration of two people truly embracing a harmonious life together filled with a singular love, proud traditions, and the endless joy of Latinidad.

– Es mi Voz, by Lissette DeJesús, music by Sara Rodríguez. One woman finds that when she lets her voice be heard in a world that tells her to be silent, she becomes the hero that we ought to see in ourselves

– Don Pedro y Yo, by Rolando Martín Gómez. The story of Puerto Rican freedom fighter Pedro Albizu Campos and the struggle for social justice set to salsa poetry.

– Just in Time, by Alejandro Gómez, music by Daniel Williams. Two friends are drifting apart but they try to restore their friendship before it’s too late.

Desde El Puente opens Friday, April 19th and performances run for three weekends through Sunday, May 5th. The one-act play festival will be performed at the Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor, 14207. Performances are Friday at 8:00 PM, Saturday at 3:00 PM, Sundays at 6:00 PM and two Thursday Pay-What-You-Can performances at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $25 for general admission or $20 for students/seniors and can be reserved by calling 716-381-9333 or by visiting raicestheatrecompany.com. Desde El Puente is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; administered by Arts Services Initiative of Western New York. This project is also supported by NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program).

About Raíces Theatre Company

Raíces Theatre Company is based in Buffalo, NY, and operates as Western New York’s premier Latinx bilingual theater company. Raíces – which means “roots” in Spanish – was chosen as the company’s name as it perfectly reflects the belief that, in order to truly understand who we are as Latinx people, we must celebrate the present while always looking at who we have been in the past in order to have a clear vision for the future. Its mission is to provide original theatrical entertainment for the WNY region which is specifically geared towards nearly 30,000 Hispanic people living in Buffalo and 10,000 more living across Erie County. The company is dedicated to develop, nourish, and produce modern and original works dealing with the Latinx experience in order to preserve our “raíces.” Raíces has also earned great recognition from the Buffalo theater community, having won one Artie Award and receiving five Artie Award nominations during its existence. It has also partnered successfully with many local theater companies including MusicalFare, Subversive Theatre Collective and Road Less Traveled Productions.

Central Library Presents Active & Healthy Fair On Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Free, Family Friendly Fair with a Focus on Minority Health

The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library’s Active & Healthy Fair will take place at the downtown Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo on Wednesday, April 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  It is free and open to the public.

The Reverend George Nicholas, leader of the African American Health Disparities Task Force, will kick off this free family event featuring activities, demonstrations, free health screenings and information from more than 50 area health-related organizations. The Library is observing National Minority Health Month, which seeks to shine a light on the social and environmental barriers to wellness faced by minority communities.

Families with children on spring break are encouraged to visit the library for an event that is as fun as it is informative.  Join “Hustle for Health” and line dance to R&B favorites, challenge yourself to master the art of the hula hoop and discover new ways for your family to be healthy and stay well.

“Health and wellness are cornerstones of a thriving community, but they are challenging for many people to maintain.  Our goal is to help close that gap by providing information, connecting patrons with services and showing how wellness activities can be fun and beneficial,” said Library System Director Mary Jean Jakubowski.

The Central Library is conveniently located near the Lafayette Square Station of the NFTA Metro Rail and many bus routes in the heart of downtown Buffalo.  All Library entrances and meeting spaces are accessible.

For more information or to request accommodations, call 716-858-8900 Monday through Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System website at www.BuffaloLib.org has details about free library cards and resources, library hours and year-round programs and events.

Participating Organizations:

American Diabetes Association
BestSelf Behavioral Health

BlueCross BlueShield of WNY

Buffalo Public Schools Farm to School Program
Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network
Buffalo Psychiatric Center
Catholic Charities – WIC
Eat Smart Western New York
Erie County Department of Health
 Cancer Services of Erie County
 Community Wellness
 Early Intervention/Preschool Services
 Emergency Preparedness
 Healthy Neighborhoods
Immunization Action Plan –
ECMC Stroke/Sepsis
Evergreen Health Harm Reduction Center
Family Justice Center
Fidelis  Care
Foodbank of WNY
Literacy NY
Massachusetts Avenue Project
Mercy Comprehensive Care Center
Narcotics Anonymous
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
National Kidney Foundation
Native American Community Services
New York State of Health
NY Connects/Erie County Senior Services
Oishei Healthy Kids
Reddy Bike Share
Restoration Society
Roswell Park
UB School of Pharmacy
UB Smile Team
Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo
William-Emslie YMCA
WNY Mammography
Western New York Independent Living
WNYLRC Committee for Health Information Access
Special Thanks to
Rev. George Nicholas, Pastor, Lincoln Memorial UMC:

African American Health Disparity Task Force

Benjamin Berry: Hoop Dance Instructor
Catholic Health: Bone Density Testing
Community Access Services: HIV/HepC Screening
Hustle for Health: Line Dance Exercise
Taoist Tai Chi Society: Tai Chi Demonstration
UB Student Academy of Audiology: Hearing Screening



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