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    PCA News - June 2, 2017 Print

    PCA Sponsored Events!

    20th Annual Garden & Architecture Tour

    Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 10AM-4PM
    Hillside Children's Center | 70 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14214

    Tour the local gardens nestled between the beautiful homes of the Parkside neighborhood, the suburb designed by Olmsted in 1870, during the 20th Annual Parkside Garden and Architecture Tour on Sunday, June 25th from 10 AM to 4 PM. The self-guided tour begins in the heart of the Parkside community, at Hillside Children's Center, 70 Jewett Parkway, at the corner of Crescent Avenue. A full color map and garden directory for this self-guided tour will be available for $5 on the day of the tour. The maps will direct you to the highlighted gardens.

    An Explore Buffalo, guided architectural tour is also available for $15/person. Tours depart at 9:30AM and 10:30AM from Hillside Children's Center, 70 Jewett Parkway.

    For more information please see our event page on the website.


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    News from the PCA

    Register Your Parkside Garden!

    20th Annual Parkside Garden and Architecture Tour
    Sunday, June 25th | 10AM - 4PM

    Parkside gardeners have been thinking beyond the beautiful for decades. Many of these gardens are also benefiting the bees! Did you know all the following plants are a part of the healthy honey bee habitat and help with the pollination of fruits, seeds and vegetables? Consider planting more crocus, hyacinth, borage, calendula, and wild lilac to provide enticing spring blooms. Bee balm, cosmos, echinacea, snapdragons foxglove, and hosta would help in the summer. For fall, zinnias, sedum, asters, witch hazel and goldenrod are late bloomers that will tempt foragers. For more information about bee gardens check out this article.

    Come "bee" a part of our 20th Annual tour of local gardens nestled between the beautiful homes in the Parkside neighborhood, the suburb designed by Olmsted in 1870. Gardens are all different shapes and sizes and can be found on porches in containers, as raised vegetable beds, shady plots under mature trees, lining a fence, ornamental, and so much more. Help make our 20th Annual the best ever!

    Register your Parkside Garden HERE! Registration closes Friday June 16.

    Get your 2017 tickets HERE!

     Volunteer with the PCA Garden Tour

    The PCA Garden Committee is looking for a few more hands to help with the 20th Annual Garden and Architecture Tour. If you have time to give on the day of the event (June 25), or to help prepare materials in advance, please check out our Sign Up page or reach out to us at PCAdirector@gmail.com.


    Dash's Tape Saver Program

    Your nearest Dash's Market | 1770 Hertel Ave. Buffalo, NY 14216

    1. Every time you shop at Dash's Market, please save your receipt.

    2. Turn original receipts into the PCA office, 2318 Main Street (near the corner of W. Oakwood), anytime (drop in our mail slot!) and we will submit them to Dash's office for a cash back.

    There are no increased premiums, no sign up forms, no fees, no new key tags. Simply drop off your receipts. We will take care of the rest. 


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    Information from the Community

    Hazardous Waste Drop Off Event

    Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 9AM-2PM
    ECC South Campus | 4041 Southwestern Blvd, Orchard Park, NY 14127

    Hazardous household materials are common products used around the home almost every day. A substance is considered hazardous if it ignites easily, reacts or explodes when mixed with other substances, is corrosive or toxic. Check for labels that bear the words "poison", "toxic", "warning", "danger", "combustible", "flammable", "corrosive", or "caution."

    Hazardous household materials could pose an unnecessary health and safety risk. Unwanted materials should be disposed of in an environmentally sound manner. In order to provide residents with the opportunity to dispose of unused hazardous household materials, Erie County provides multiple Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days each year. 

    Acceptable Materials for drop-off include:

    • Up to 10 gallons of waste automotive fluids such as motor oils, gasoline, antifreeze, brake & transmission fluids;
    • Up to 10 gallons of oil-based paints, paint strippers and thinners, spray paints, kerosene & other solvents;
    • Rechargeable Batteries: nickel cadmium, nickel metal-hydride, lead-acid (auto/truck/boat/motorcycle/tractor), lithium, lithium-ion, and button (watch/calculator) batteries. For year-round battery disposal information, visit Call2Recycle.org;
    • Up to 2 gallons or 20 pounds of pesticides, fertilizers and pool chemicals;
    • Mercury and any Mercury containing devices such as thermometers or thermostats.
    For information about the next event, and items that are no accepted, please call (716) 858-6800 or visit their website.

    Delaware District Bulk Trash Week

    Sunday, June 4, 2017

     A property is entitled to place out for collection up to 3 feet high, 3 feet wide & 12 feet long of bulk trash during the dates designated for your councilman district (Delaware District: June 4 & September 24 | Masten District: August 27). 

    It is impossible to determine exactly when a garbage truck will be on your street during bulk trash pickup in your district, therefore you must set out your bulk trash only on the SUNDAY designated on your bulk trash schedule for your district. 

    The property owner is subject to a $52.50 fine for bulk trash that is set out prior to, or after, the Sunday designated on your bulk trash schedule and a $350 fine for trash in excess of 3 feet high, 3 feet wide & 12 feet long.

    You don't have to wait to put out over sized items. Properties within the City of Buffalo are allowed to place out two (2) pieces of bulk trash for collection on their *regular collection day.* Bulk trash consists of those items that cannot be placed in the refuse container, and yard debris placed in clear bags. Examples of bulk trash include furniture, appliances, box of miscellaneous items, large toys, bundles of wood and brush (properly bundled), mattresses, box springs, etc. (For example: One couch and one 4 feet bundle of tree branches is considered two pieces of bulk trash). Please note that the doors must be removed from refrigerators to avoid injury to neighborhood children. 

    Residents are NOT permitted to place tube televisions, electronics, tires, paint cans, or other hazardous materials at the curb. Call 311 for information on how to dispose of these items responsibly.

     FLW 150: Martin House Lecture Series

    Martin House Complex | 125 Jewett Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14214

    June 5Barry Bergdoll  | Columbia University
    Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive

    July 7Ken Tadashi Oshima  |  University of Washington
    In Between Space: Frank Lloyd Wright's Interchange with Japan

    August 4Michael Desmond  |  Louisiana State University
    Shifting Perceptions of Form: Frank Lloyd Wright's Circular Houses

    September 8Mabel O. Wilson  |  Columbia University
    Frank Lloyd Wright + the Design for a Rosenwald School

    October 6Jennifer Gray  |  MoMA
    Therese O'Malley  |  National Gallery of Art
    Frank Lloyd Wright: Nature, Landscape, and Architecture

    To register visit their website.

     Open Buffalo Emerging Leaders Application

    Open Buffalo is now accepting applications for the 2017 Emerging Leaders cohort. The Emerging Leaders program is a distinctive social justice curriculum aimed at building a stronger Buffalo by preparing new grassroots leaders in our city. If you are accepted into the program, you will participate in training sessions, learn new skills, and build a network of movers and shakers.

    The Emerging Leaders program is highly competitive. Not everyone who applies will be accepted. Applications will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis through June 30, 2017. If you make it to the next round, you will receive a follow-up email from the Open Buffalo leadership development committee and will be asked to an in person interview. We will be calling in candidates to be interviewed on a monthly basis.

    If you think you or someone you know would be a good candidate for the Emerging Leaders program, submit an application by following the link below:

    Emerging Leaders 2017 Application

    MAP Mobile Market - A Farmers Market on Wheels!

    Thursdays, 4-6PM | Elim Christian Fellowship - 70 Chalmers Avenue
    Fridays, 11AM-1PM | Moot Community Center - 292 High Street

    The Mobile Market is stocked with a variety of seasonal fruits, vegetables, and eggs sourced from our farm on the West Side and other local farmers. Naturally grown or certified organic produce is sold whenever possible, and prices are generally lower than local grocery stores. They accept SNAP, both WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) checks, cash, and credit. The Double Up Food Bucks and Fresh Connect programs allow SNAP recipients to maximize their purchases even further. MAP partners with Eat Smart New York to provide recipes, food samples, and nutrition information to Mobile Market customers.

    For more information reach out to MAP: mobilemarket@mass-ave.org
    (716) 882-5327, ext. 4

    Lead Poisoning Town Hall

    Thursday, June 8, 2017 | 6PM
    Merriweather Library Auditorium | 1324 Jefferson Ave. Buffalo, NY

    Learn about the latest science on lead poising and the current prevention work by Erie County and the City of Buffalo as well as promising strategies to increase prevention, based on best practices from Rochester and other cities.

    Make your voice heard! 

    Speakers include:
    • Cara Matelliano, Vice-President, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
    • Gale Burstein, Commissioner, Erie County Department of Health
    • Louis Petrucci, Assistant Director, City of Buffalo Permits and Inspections
    • Katarzyna Kordas, Associate Professor, Public Health, University at Buffalo

    Find more information here.

    Corporate Challenge

    Thursday, June 15, 2017 | 6:45PM

    The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Buffalo will be taking place in Delaware Park. The Start is located at the corner of Amherst St. and Nottingham Terrace.

    For more details about the course, please visit the course map here.

    The PCA has attached "Do No Stand" signs to this newsletter email. We suggests adhering them to your waste bins and placing at the end of your drive way to encourage visitors not to block access.

    111th Annual Strawberry Festival

    Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 3-6PM
    Church of the Good Shepherd | 96 Jewett Parkway Buffalo, NY 14214

    Save the Date for a Parkside Tradition!

    For the 111th time since 1890, the Church of the Good Shepherd will host a Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 24 from 3-6 p.m. Enjoy fresh (never frozen!) berries, ice cream, hot dogs, hamburgers, a banjo band, basket raffle, and lawn games (in Jewett Hall if raining). 

     Let's Do This! - Everyone Wins When We Recycle

    Everyone wins when you recycle and, in Buffalo, city block Clubs have the opportunity to win prizes for their neighborhood simply by taking part in Let’s Do This! Let’s Do This! is a fun and friendly recycling competition between block clubs Citywide. To encourage recycling, Mayor Byron W. Brown and the City of Buffalo are asking each registered City of Buffalo Block Club to grow their recycling participation over a four week period. 



    • Any block club registered in the City of Buffalo is eligible to compete in the contest.
    • Fill out an application and “Wish List” to register your City of Buffalo Block Club
    • Applications must be received by June 17, 2017 • Register Today & Win: www.city-buffalo.com
    • Only Green Totes that contain recyclables will be counted

    For assistance please call Susan Attridge, Director of Recycling at 716-851-5014 and find more information and prize details here.



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    Upcoming events in Parkside that may delay your travel time

    Sat. 6/3: Independent Health Foundation's Kids Run, 9 a.m., Ring Road near Jewett parking lot

    Fri. 6/9: Superhero Race and Wellness Walk, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Ring Road (St. George's)

    Fri. 6/9: Buffalo Zoo Catillion, 5:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

    Thurs. 6/15: Corporate Challenge, 6:45 p.m Ring Road


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    Neighborhood photo of the week!

    Help us showcase our beautiful Parkside community by submitting a photo of the neighborhood for inclusion below. 

    If you've got a great shot you would like to share, please send it to PCADirector@gmail.com!

    Corner of Willowlawn and Crescent is in bloom.

     This week's photos was provided by PCA staff.

    Tag your public Instagram photos with #parksidebuffalo or @parksidebuffalo and maybe we will feature you!


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    Fun Facts!

    Colorful blooms aren't the chief reason butterflies love your garden – it's more about the fragrance and nectar. According to the Smithsonian Institute, new cultivars of popular flowers have been bred for enhanced color and size, but have often lost their fragrance in the process. So everyday weeds, like dandelions and clovers, might actually be the most appealing things in your yard to butterflies (they hate pesticides, too). 


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    Sign Up to Volunteer!

    Would you like to Volunteer with the PCA's events? Take a look at which events the PCA needs assistance with by clicking below! Thank you! 

    Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

    Annual Appeal

    Please consider donating to Parkside Community Association Annual Appeal!

    All money raised helps support continuing non-profit programs of the Parkside Community Association—among them are the Summer Arts Camp for kids, Aging in Place, Crime Prevention, Housing Advocacy, Arts and Crafts Show, Traffic Safety, the renowned Parkside Tour of Homes and Garden & Architecture Tour, and the popular free summer “Movies in the Meadow” series.