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This Week in Buffalo: Worthy causes to support

By June 24, 2019 No Comments

BUFFALO IS BLESSED WITH A MARVELOUS LINEUP OF CHEAP, WEEKLY EVENTS, USUALLY CENTERED AROUND LOCAL MUSICIANS AND/OR FOOD TRUCKS.

But scattered throughout the city’s summer event calendar are worthy fundraisers, sometimes one-offs, that support landscape-changing projects.

This week, for example, lends an opportunity to scope out the Massachusetts Avenue Project farmhouse, a project that helps on several fronts: the availability of cheap produce, the practice of sustainable agricultural and even employment of low-income youths on the West Side.

Or, there’s a happy hour for Olmsted Parks, dedicated to maintaining and beautifying the wide-reaching park system relished by thousands each summer. What would Buffalo’s summers be like without these treasured green spaces?

Farmhouse to Brewhouse, 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 at the Massachusetts Avenue Project (387 Massachusetts Ave.). Tickets are $25 in advance.

The Mass Ave Project’s farmhouse, a $2 million project that spanned several years, debuted in January, a month that’s cold and snowy. Now that tolerable weather is upon us, there’s a more inviting chance to check out the new digs on Wednesday, with tours of the grounds slated for 5 and 5:30 p.m., then a happy hour at Community Beer Works (520 7th St., less than two miles from MAP), at which a drink and snacks are included in event admission.

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Also, Community Beer Works will serve as this summer’s host site for MAP’s mobile farm stand, a food justice initiative started by Danielle Rovillo that employs teens to learn and execute a produce program on the West Side. The season debut runs concurrently with Farmhouse to Brewhouse.

Olmsted Parks Happy Hour, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27 at Resurgence Brewing Co. (1250 Niagara St.). Free to attend.

How many of the six major Olmsted Parks can you name without looking? There’s one that always trips me up. The Parks Conservancy’s website has a handy map/guide that touches on some of the smaller entities, too.

Get involved with the Olmsted Parks with a networking happy hour on Thursday at Resurgence, where leaders of the not-for-profit membership organization will discuss programming and the brewery hosts – who still boast one of the best outdoor settings in the area – will give $1 from each purchase of a Resurgence IPA to Olmsted Parks, and the loganberry wit will be renamed the FLOmingo Wit for the party only.

[Related: Smiles at Olmsted Parks’ record-setting Flamingo venture]

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