Saturday, February 28, 2015

New gardens encourage community spirit


          West Side Community Services is planning to develop a community garden in its own backyard this summer.
Located at 161 Vermont St., the organization is looking for volunteers to help work in the gardens in order to begin growing.
          Executive Director Sandra M. Sheppard said the idea of the gardens was brought up by former board members.
          “The goal of the gardens is to create interest in planting, provide kids with the opportunity to learn about healthy foods and to learn how to grow and eat food,”  Sheppard said.
          This garden will consist of various small gardens and a three sisters garden. Three sisters gardening is a method that uses an intercropping system to grow corn, beans and squash crops simultaneously in the same growing area.The corn grows first, followed by the beans, which grow up the corn. The squash grows last, serving as the foundation to the garden. By Amber Rinard and Dallas Taylor

Power Buffalo Yoga takes it to the air

Yoga athlete Stephanie Zylinski of Power Buffalo Yoga takes practice off the ground and into the air using silk bindings at Buffalo Aerial Dance Studio. Every month yoga athletes from Power Buffalo Yoga,  758 Elmwood Ave., experiment with unique ways to perform. In the summer they can be seen  practicing on wakeboards in the water or posing in the snow during the winter. Power Buffalo Yoga is in the midst of  40 Days to Personal Revolution where participants  focus on meditation and tranquility. According to Zylinski, yoga is a way to focus on balancing physical and mental health. By Jessica Miranda and Ashley Stobnicki

Friday, February 27, 2015

West Side Bazaar prepares for Women’s Day


Vendor Nadeen Yousef hopes to contribute to the West Side Bazaar’s International Women’s Day celebration from 1-4 p.m. on March 7 by informing participants about macramé, an Arabic weaving technique used to make art and goods.  During the celebration, attendees will be able to participate in workshops that focus on business, innovation and the arts at the bazaar, 25 Grant St. By Odion Ejemai and Katherine Middleton

Worker Center aims to put refugees in jobs



Liz Smith and her colleagues at the Western New York Worker Center hope that their program is the first of many programs to come. The Worker Center sponsored the first leadership and workers rights training session Feb. 19 and Feb. 21 for refugees at Our Lady of Hope Church on Lafayette Avenue. Graduates of the program are part of a growing immigrant population that is reshaping the economic and cultural landscape of the West Side. By Ryan Esguerra and Nicholas Malahosky

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Santa Con set for Dec. 13 in Chip Strip


        Buffalo is about to join over 200 cities in 29 countries to hold a holiday celebration known as Santa Con.
From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Dec 13, Santa suit-clad revelers will gather for the North Pole Stroll from the night club 67 West at Franklin and Chippewa streets to other participating establishments.

To participate the key word is originality, organizers say. Buy, rent, find or make a costume. Santa, elves, Mrs. Santa, whatever you think up. In the past, some have indulged in theme costumes such as James Bond, Star Trek and Super hero Santa. Last year there were more than 400 participants.

There is a $10 registration fee, which provides a wristband that enables each participant to take part in specials at participating sites. Labatt Blue and Southern Comfort that provide contests and prizes sponsor the event.

A toy donation supports Buffalo charities and more than 1,000 toys have been collected for the children since Santa Con began in 2011.

For more information and registration: www.santaconbuffalo.com. By Olive Porter

North Pole mail collected at Sweetness_7

           Sweet_ness 7 Cafe, 212 Grant St., is bringing holiday joy to people of all ages on the West Side.
            The café once again has the North Pole mailbox, a green mailbox for kids to send letters to Santa Claus outside its doors.  If the kids include their address on the envelope with their letter to Santa Claus, he will respond to them.
            “I created this mailbox the first holiday season I was in business six years ago,” Prish Moran, café owner, said “I did it because I had three children and there was nothing like this for them. I'm a big fan of dreaming - and letters to Santa is an innocent exercise in wishing and hoping for children.”
            Sweet_ness 7 also keeps holiday stationery in the cafe for families not familiar with the mailbox so that they can participate.
            “It's all about old and simple pleasures from my own childhood,” Moran said. “I love tradition.” By Andrea Chevalier and Lucy Lopez

IT Garden offers service, space to West Side

IT Garden LLC, 212 Grant St., opened on June 8, 2013, and has been servicing the West Side community with computer services, electronic equipment services and even offering their back space for community use. The sales and service business was started with help from the Westminster Economic Development Initiative, (WEDI). IT Garden is co-owned by Aung-Kaung Myat and Mustafa Abdo, who serve the West Side community by selling mobile phones and products, fixing broken devices, and even offering their back room for community organizations to hold their meetings in, as long as the business owners are also present. By Sarah Minkewicz and Colleen Young