Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, South Buffalo’s nonprofit community bookstore, will hold its 12th annual fundraising gala from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road.

This year’s gala theme will be “Putting on the Ritz,” featuring music of the Roaring Twenties by the Great Gatsby Boys. Dress the part for a chance to win the event’s annual costume contest. 

Tickets are priced at $50 each and admission includes beer, wine, pop and the Small Plate Debate featuring an array of appetizers from many of your favorite local restaurants!  

The Lucky Dog Drawing, Big Dog Raffle, Little Pup Basket Raffle, 50/50 and a Cooler of Cheer are back, too!

Tickets can be purchased at the bookstore, located at 688 Abbott Road. For more information, please call 823-2665. You can also follow Dog Ears on Facebook for frequent updates.

The third annual tattoo fundraiser for Dog Ears Bookstore & Café in South Buffalo will take place from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at Grey Havens Tattoo, 2116 Seneca St., Buffalo.

Several tattoo artists have agreed to donate their time to raise money for the community bookstore. The artists will be creating Irish-, book- and coffee-themed tattoos for $50 each. You must be 18 or older to receive a tattoo.

There will also be piercing specials at Moria Piercing and Jewelry at 2118 Seneca St., pizza courtesy of Jay’s Wise Guys Pizza and a basket raffle.

Located at 688 Abbott Road, Dog Ears is a nonprofit neighborhood bookstore and literacy center. For more information, please visit http://dogearsbookstore.org or follow Dog Ears Bookstore on Facebook for frequent updates.

Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, South Buffalo’s nonprofit community bookstore, would like to thank the following sponsors of their annual Kids “I Read It” Run held on Sept. 29 in Cazenovia Park: Imperial Pizza, Farrell Financial, Overdorf Insurance, The Browne Company (Orchard Park), Heads and Tales Salon, and South District Councilman Christopher Scanlon. 

Additionally, Dog Ears would like to thank Baker & Taylor book distributor for donating and encouraging other companies to contribute more than 500 books!

Races were held in four age categories: Under 4, 4 and 5, 6 and 7, and 8 through 10. There were prizes and surprises for all participants!

Dog Ears Bookstore & Café is located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo. For more information, please call 823-2665. You can also follow Dog Ears Bookstore on Facebook for frequent updates.

Dog Ears Bookstore & Literary Arts Center will host a free after school program for students in grades three through seven beginning Sept. 30 and running through the school year. The program will be offered from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Monday through Thursday at the bookstore, located at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo. The program is sponsored by Erie County Youth Services.

Each day will target a different set of skills. Services provided will include:

• ELA homework assistance

• Reading comprehension passages

• Vocabulary enrichment

• Test-taking strategies

• Organizational skill building

• Study skills

• Peer tutoring with Bishop Timon – St. Jude High School and Mount Mercy Academy students

From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., the focus will be on homework help and skill building, while ELA games, fun activities, group work and clubs will continue from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The program will be facilitated by New York State-certified teachers. For more information or to register, please call Dog Ears Bookstore at 823-2665.

Years in the making, a children’s book written by Tom McDonnell, executive director of Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, will be officially released during an event at the South Buffalo bookstore from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4.

“Monster in the Morning,” illustrated by Hamburg resident Robert A. Wright and published by RPSS Publishing, will be available for $16.95 (plus tax) in hardcover and just $10.95 for the softcover version.

“Monster in the Morning is about the hectic morning routine in every house in America,” said McDonnell, a West Seneca resident. “It is my childhood recollection of how mornings in our house worked before mom had her favorite drink (coffee). This wild tale is inspired by the most wonderful women in my life, and a green bathrobe where money grew and Kleenex just magically appeared. The illustrations genuinely make the story come to life!”

McDonnell will do readings of the book at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. during the May 4 event.

For more information on the nonprofit community bookstore, located at 688 Abbott Road, please visit dogearsbookstore.org.

We would like to thank Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Erie County for their ongoing support of the arts in WNY, including programs offered here at Dog Ears Bookstore. Please know that your support is greatly appreciated!

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