Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

July 19, 2012

NEWFANE STROLL: Plenty going on at Olcott Beach

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — While you’re all out having fun in the sun this week, remember to be careful of those rays and use your sunscreen and shades. Children and pets need special attention in the heat and we all need to stay hydrated, so drink plenty of water. Remember that every sunburn increasing your chances for skin cancer later in life and play safe out there.

You should see Bark For Life signs popping up around town, a reminder to get registered for the first annual WNY Bark For Life on Aug. 5. There will be a special prize draw from among those who pre-register. It takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at Day Road Park in Lockport and it’s a chance for you to bring out your favorite pooch for a walk to fight cancer. 

Have a cat instead? Enter our Kute Kitty Kontest by sending me a photo of your favorite feline and a $5 donation to the American Cancer Society. Get information at www.relayforlife.org/barkwesternny. There’ll be music, vendors, canine demos, a Chinese auction and more so everyone is invited to come down for a fun morning.

• The Olcott Carousel Park is fun all summer long. The park will be open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. and noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday. See the new 1940s Erie Digger Machine in the arcade. Also new to the park and located in the Skee Ball pavilion is a Pick Up a Duck game sponsored by the Lockport Optimists Club. Rides are still 25 cents. Listen to the organ music and get more info at www.olcottbeachcarouselpark.org 778-7066.

• The Lakeview Village Shoppes are currently open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to dusk Thursday through Saturday. You can also hook into free WIFI on the boardwalk. It is a great place to shop, have something to eat and enjoy the Lake Ontario view.

• Saturday Night Car Cruises continue on Main Street in Olcott. Stroll down from 6 to 9 p.m. and enjoy some of Olcott’s fine eateries and businesses while you’re there. No cruise entry fee and free admission for spectators.

• Karen Drumm, dog trainer and Westminster handler, will hold puppy socialization classes at Shoppe On Main from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. These classes are $5 per puppy. For more information, call Karen at 638-1211. Shoppe on Main is located at 27270 Main Street in Newfane (Rte. 78).

• The Newfane Central School Class of 1967 will hold its fifth annual reunion picnic at 1 p.m. this Saturday at the north side of Krull Park, Olcott. Look for the blue balloons for the exact location. All past members of this class and their families are invited to attend and are asked to bring their own chairs and a dish to pass. A donation can be made in lieu of a dish. Bottled water and table service will be provided. If possible, classmates are asked to bring a picture of themselves (toddler or grade school) for a Guess Who game. For more information you may call 795-3581 or contact any reunion committee member.

• Sunday’s concert in the Olcott gazebo features “Pocket Change” from 2 to 4 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy some great music. The gazebo is located on Main St. next to the Olcott Carousel Park.

• The whole family can enjoy summer fun at the Equi*Star Open House coming up on Sunday. The event takes place from noon to 5 p.m. and features a pulled pork dinner, live music, pony rides, a pie-judging contest, 50/50 split drawing and 25-cent games for the kids. New this year is a trick rider and cattle penning demonstration. Admission is free and everybody is welcome to visit the ranch. 

For a person with disabilities, therapeutic horseback riding is much more than just riding around the ring. It is a way to discover a whole new world of adventure, freedom and responsibility, dignity and achievement. It provides an overwhelming sense of accomplishment for everyone involved, the riders, volunteers, parents and instructors. Support this jewel in our community by attending the open house with your family. The ranch is located at 2199 Fuller Road. For information call 778-8249 or www.equistartheranch.com.

• Wednesday night Concerts at the Gazebo at 27270 Main Street in Newfane continue with Matthew Knott and Thor Platter, sharing their “Country Folksy Rock” with fans on July 25. Bring a chair, picnic and enjoy an evening with friends and great music. Free to the public, handicap accessible. Sponsored by The Newfane Business Association, Newfane Tourism and Wilson’s Pizza Shop.

• Old Olcott Days are coming up on July 28 and 29, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Olcott Carousel Park. The annual event features free, narrated historic trolley tours memorabilia, photos and postcards on display. There will be live entertainment, a Skee ball challenge and Coney Island Hot Dogs. There will also be a showing of the movie “I Remember Olcott.” Free admission and parking.

• Murphy Orchards presents an outdoor afternoon concert by the Barker Community Band, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on August 5. This event is free, outdoors and family friendly. Farms are still fun even when there is no fruit to pick. Come enjoy a free outdoor afternoon concert by the Barker Community Band. Good music, community support, refreshments, and a beautiful setting. This is a recognized site on the National Parks Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. The farm is located at 2402 McClew Rd. in Burt. For more information, call 778-7926.

• Don’t miss the Jazz Sea Sunset Benefit for Olcott Beach Carousel Park, which will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on August 14 at the Olcott Yacht Club. Admission is $20 and open to the public. It includes hors d’oeuvres, choice of sandwich, dancing on the patio to Sophisticated Swing and Kevin Clark on the piano in the dining room. Park at the Harbor Resort on Rt. 18 in Olcott and take the trolley shuttle to the Olcott Yacht Club. There is a cash bar. Tickets are available at the ticket booth at Olcott Beach Carousel Park or by calling Rosemary at 778-7066. This is the party of the year!

• If any group, organization, or business would like to participate in the Newfane Town celebration parade on August 18, contact Laura Rutland 807-1104.

• Vendors who want to participate in the Newfane Town Craft and Sidewalk Sale on August 18 must pick up their applications at Wilson’s Pizza Shop at 2730 Main Street Newfane. No applications will be mailed out this year. When picking up your application you will be assigned a spot to set up the day of the event. This event is sponsored by the Newfane Business Association and First Niagara Bank and Insurance.

• Please note: The First Baptist Church daily lunches are only available for the recreation children at this time. The public lunches at the church have been cancelled due to the heat. Any child going to Newfane recreation is eligible to have a free lunch. All they need to do is fill out a form that is available when you sign their child in for the program. The church offers other outreach programs to the Newfane community, including a clothes closet and a Migrant Food Pantry (1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays). They collect and redistribute books and magazines to promote literacy and will accept donations of school supplies for distribution in August. If you would like to donate or volunteer please call 940-8286 and arrangements can be made. The church is located at 6047 East Ave. in Newfane.

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