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2015-08-05 / Editorial

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Associate Editor

BIRTHDAY WISHES — When discussing the plans for my wife’s birthday last week, she told me that she just wanted a day to relax without worrying about preparing for a party. She also told me she didn’t want an extravagant gift. So, I respected her wishes and bought her a small gift and some flowers, and used my typewriter to create a card. On the day of her birthday, I asked several times if a low-hype day to herself was what she really wanted and each time she replied “yes.”

Then, last week’s edition of The Amherst Bee hit newsstands. I then realized that due to acknowledging her request for an easygoing birthday, I forgot to make mention of her special day in last week’s issue. As Joan Fishburn of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra mentioned when my wife and I spoke with her on Sunday, somewhere in this is a lesson to all men. Nonetheless, I am wishing a belated birthday to my lovely wife.

KEEP LEARNING — There is a phrase that my family members always repeated to me when I was a child: never stop learning.

The members of Amberleigh Retirement Community, 2330 Maple Road, Amherst, are making sure that people make that same phrase part of their mantra with a new program, the Amberleigh Learning Academy. The program includes a series of events that feature guest speakers presented by the Erie County Department of Senior Services.

Each program will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays beginning Aug. 10. The sessions will be held in the Amber Room of the facility.

The first session, on Aug. 10, features John Mika, president and founder of The Teacher’s Desk, as guest speaker. The program is titled “How Packing the Bus with School Supplies for the Needy Benefits Us All.”

The sessions continue through Monday, Aug. 31. For more information on the program or to volunteer to speak at a session, contact Colleen Schouman at 689-4195, ext. 107.

SHOW TIME — Elderwood Village at Williamsville, 5271 Main St., Williamsville, will host Cruise Night, featuring classic and collectible cars, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Food, beverages and basket raffles will be available during the event. The Black and Blues Band will provide live entertainment.

Attendees may bring a lawn chair to enjoy the music.

Guests may also cast a ballot to vote for their favorite car. The owner of the winning vehicle will receive a People’s Choice award from Elderwood. There is no cost to attend the Cruise Night.

SPECIAL EVENT — From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, the Museum of disABILITY, at 3826 Main St., Amherst, will offer a kickoff event for “Mubu the Morph,” a book written by area resident Stephen Nawotniak.

The event will include book readings, chalk drawings, refreshments and a free coloring book and free bookmark.

Nawotniak’s book provides lessons on self-image, self-confidence and character development. The book, which is available for purchase at the museum, is suitable for children who are in kindergarten through third grade.

To make a reservation for the free event, call 629-3626.

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