Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Gosh, it’s still September and signs of Christmas are beginning to creep in, but we do have to plan ahead, and at least we know there are wonderful things to look forward to this season.
• Do you have computer questions? How about Nook or Kindle questions? Stop by the Newfane Library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and bring your Nook, Kindle, Ipad, Laptop, etc. Computer instructor Sara Taylor will be there to help you.
Sign up has begun for the library’s Fall Pre-School Story Hour, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday mornings, starting this week through Nov. 16. Sign up either in person at the library or by calling 778-9344.
Get stocked up on winter reads! The library will be having a bag sale for used books on the last Saturday of every month. Stop by the library this Saturday and stock up by filling a plastic grocery bag for $2 or paper/cloth bag for $5.
• The Lakeview Village Shoppes are open from 11 a.m. to dusk weekends only, through September and October. 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.
• Puppy Socials will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 6 at Shoppe On Main, 2714 Main St, Newfane. These are for dogs up to 18 months of age. Dog trainer Karen Drumm teaches the class. Puppies need to have had their first shots before coming to class. This is a great way for your puppy to learn manners outside of the home, particularly when meeting other dogs. Call Karen at 638-1211 to reserve your spot.
• Looking for something new to do? Shoppe on Main offers lots of classes and events. Crochet classes are held every Thursday. Student classes start at 3:30 p.m.; adults at 4:30 p.m. Beginners and advanced learners are welcome, and the cost is $5 per class. For more information, call Lisa at 751-6723. Every Tuesday, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, one of Shoppe On Main's knitting artists will be teaching knitting for beginners through intermediate level. Classes are $5 each For more information call 778-5273. Walk-ins are welcome.
• Newfane’s Apple Harvest Festival is coming up on Sunday. Look for the country fair at the farm village museum, barbershop, schoolhouse, blacksmith, printer, country store and more. Enjoy food, music, dancers, crafters and a Civil War encampment. Admission and parking are free. The Town of Newfane Historical Society sponsors this fun, family event at West Creek and Ide roads.
• It’s auction time! The great Chinese auction, sponsored by the Eastern Niagara Hospital Newfane Site Auxiliary, is celebrating its 25th year of raising money to support hospital projects. The event will be held Oct. 2 at the Olcott Fire Hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. and drawings start at 7. Winners must be present to claim prizes and seating is limited. Admission, juice, coffee and cookies are free, as well as a chance on a door prize. Auction tickets are $5 for 25. Food and beverages will be available for sale, as well as a 50/50 draw. To make a donation to the auction, call Bonnie Eifert at 778-9257. Support our local jewel of a hospital!
• “Haunted Candlelight Tours” of the Van Horn Mansion, 2165 Lockport Olcott Road, Burt, will be starting soon. The ghost of “Malinda” and other hosts offer candlelit tours and eerie stories of the previous and current residents of this 1800s Victorian mansion. Tours take place from 7 to 11 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, on Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27. There is an admission fee; parking is free. Call 778-7197 now for large group reservations.
• October is Breast Cancer Month. Because the owner of the Winery at Marjim Manor is a breast cancer survivor, that will be the theme of an upcoming Victorian Tea. Margo Sue Bittner will share her story, and those of others at this inspiring event. The Tea begins at 1 p.m. Oct. 7 and includes a four-course meal. Various teas will be served throughout the event. The cost is $30 per person, presale only. Tickets are available at www.MarjimManor.com or by calling 778-7001. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Roswell Park Cancer Institute. In addition, various pink ribbon merchandise will be available. Proceeds from those purchases will also be donated.
• The annual Oktoberfest at Olcott Fire Hall is back this year, with music by the “The Frankfurters” and lots of amazing German food by Joanne Stanton and crew. Join the fun from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 20. The History Center will have a basket raffle to add to the fun, and they will be drawing for the Amish quilt. The dinner includes sauerbraten, bratwurst, roast pork, sauerkraut, sweet and sour cabbage, German potato salad, chef salad, applesauce, rolls, coffee or tea and dessert. A cash bar will be provided. Ticket price is $25 and it will sell out quickly. You can get information or make reservations by calling 434-7433.
• "You Can Knit Socks!” a three- part class given by a local knitting expert, will be held from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 13, 20, and 27, at Shoppe On Main. This class is designed for those who know the basics of knitting. Cost is $20. Materials can be purchased at the store, or if you prefer to bring your own supplies, call 778-4310 for what you will need.
• Organizers have planned the 10th annual Joe’s 5k Run and Walk for Nov. 3 at the Newfane Elementary School, and they are looking for sponsors and volunteers. The event is held in memory of Joe Schuler, who passed away in 2002 while preparing for the Cross Country season. The majority of the proceeds will again this year go to the Newfane Food Pantry and the Outreach Center at St. John’s Church. It is being sponsored by the Newfane Sports Boosters. Costs are Fun Run with no T-shirt $5, Fun Run with T-shirt $20, the 5K Run is $20 if pre registered by Oct. 25, or $25 after Oct 25. The Fun Run will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the 5K will begin at 10 a.m. The school pool will be open at 11a.m. for the family swim. There will be an awards and food, including soup, chili, fruit, donuts and drinks immediately following the run. Registration forms are available at the Newfane schools, and businesses around town. For registration information, forms, or to be a race sponsor listed on the T-shirts, call Kurt Schuler at 778-4603.
• You only have until Oct. 22 to apply for a spot in the Annual Candy Cane Lane Craft show at the Newfane United Methodist Church, which will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Applications can be obtained by calling Pat at 778-7705. Spaces are limited, so register early. The Newfane Holiday Light Up takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. that evening, including a parade with Santa being brought in on a horse-drawn wagon, free cookies and hot chocolate, shops open until 8 p.m. and more.
Have a warm and wonderful week and enjoy the magnificent fall foliage and produce that is such a blessing here in Western New York.
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