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River Fest

River Fest

Thank you Buffalo Rising and Newell Nussbaumer for writing this great article on Buffalo River Fest.

by queenseyes

Buffalo’s original celebration of the Buffalo River is set to take place from Friday, June 17 to Sunday, June 19, 2016. In recent years, the festival has organically grown in attendance, as the river has become a sort of rallying cry for the rebirth of the city. There was a time when the Buffalo River was considered ‘dead’ back in 1967. Today the river is being rejuvenated, and thousands of people are discovering the beauty of the natural resource for the first time.

One of the celebrated offshoots of the revitalization of the river is River Fest Park. The park was established along the banks of the river, so that visitors could interact with the waters, while having a welcoming place to picnic, listen to music, and enjoy the sights of the water and the majestic grain silos. Today River Fest Park has a dock for boating, a bandshell, gardens, and a restaurant and community lodge (opening for the festival). The park is also connected by bike path to myriad other waterfront destinations.

Live entertainment will be taking place all weekend! Entertainment includes

Buffalo River Fest is a celebration of the Buffalo River, and all that it has to offer. The three day festival features numerous activities, including the Rigidized Metals River Fest Regatta, a waterfront photo and memorabilia display, “I Got It” Bingo, food and refreshments, a kids area, vendors, historic walking tours, live entertainment, and a Father’s Day fishing contest.

The festival is super family friendly, and is one of the most anticipated waterfront events of the summer.

The Valley Community Association’s 16th Annual Buffalo River Fest

6pm to Midnight on Friday, from 11am to Midnight on Saturday, and 11am to 5pm on Sunday at Buffalo River Fest Park, located at 249 Ohio Street, Buffalo, NY, near Michigan Avenue.

Proceeds from the Buffalo River Fest will benefit Buffalo River Fest Park including capital maintenance, utilities, insurance, dock maintenance, and grounds maintenance. For more information on the 16th Annual Buffalo River Fest visit our social media, “like” Buffalo River Fest Park and the Valley Community Center on Facebook, follow on Twitter @VCAssociation or @BfloRFPark, see us on Instagram at buffaloriverfestpark


call 716-823-4707 ext. 2

Science in Bloom

Science in Bloom

The VCA’s “Science in Bloom” program comes to close this year with a special ceremony.

President of the Medaille College Kenneth M. Macur, Ph.D. spoke to mentors, students and their families.

About Science in Bloom

The “Science In Bloom” program is based upon Bloom’s Taxonomy of learning. The program also seeks to foster a life-long interest in science by exposing students to scientific practices throughout their elementary school years in a fun, hands on, project based way. The program allows students to develop a contextual understanding of science using a continuum of learning experiences that engage students in scientific inquiry. Nurturing critical thinking and problem solving skills fosters a deeper content knowledge of the nature of science and scientific practices. Students develop habits of mind that emulate disciplinary practices and thinking that will translate to higher education and the workforce.

In past years, VCA “Science in Bloom” participants took part in a week-long summer “Strategies for Success Camp” on the Medaille Campus, with instruction in study skills such as time management, effective reading strategies, and note-taking. Incorporating these skills in content-related activities helped prepare these students for the demands of school. Trips to the Buffalo Zoo, Museum of Science, Botanical Gardens, etc. were be used to build note-taking skills, scientific vocabulary, and presentation skills.

Program Sponsors and Funding

Since its inception in 2010, over 100 Valley Community Association youth have participated in the program.

The “Science In Bloom” program has been jointly funded by the Valley Community Association and Medaille College. Both the VCA and Medaille have worked collaboratively to research and write grants to continue the program.

Science in Bloom Lab

Valley Child Care’s Summer Day Camp

2016 Valley Day Camp Poster
The Valley Community Association will be holding a Summer Day Camp from Tuesday, July 5th through Thursday, August 26th for kids ages 5 to 12 years old (5 year olds must have completed Kindergarten). The camp will be held at the Valley Child Care Center, located at 93 Leddy Street, Buffalo, New York from 9am to 5pm daily. Extra hours – both before and after the starting and ending times – are available if needed.

Day Camp operates under the license of the New York State Office of Child and Family Services and provides kids with a safe, secure environment during the summer vacation. Kids will be broken down by age and there will be two separate camp groups – one for kids ages 5-8 years old and the other for kids ages 9-12 years old.

Lots of fun activities are planned for the summer! Field trips are scheduled once or twice a week to local attractions and destinations. On site activities will include computer instruction, nature hikes, physical education, guest speakers, reading groups, arts & crafts, and more! Breakfast, lunch, and a late afternoon snack are provided as well.

The fee is $32 per child per day (with a minimum of 2 days per week required) or $150 for a full week. Discounts are available for families. Assistance is also available through the Erie County Department of Social Services for those who are eligible.

For more information contact Sarah at +1 (716) 823-4707 ext. 106