Christine Brooks Garden Grant Accepting Applications

 

The purpose of this monetary award is to encourage gardeners, both experienced and new, to beautify our University Heights neighborhood and participate in the Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk. The award was established in 2016 to honor the spirit of dedicated gardener Christine H. Brooks (May 20, 1938-January 14, 2015), whose lovely garden on Larchmont Road enhanced our neighborhood for many years. We would like to help our neighbors to enhance an already existing garden or to start a new bed in an area visible from the street. You may ask for funding for bags of mulch, new perennials, a shrub or something more ambitious. Christine Brooks Garden Grant with map APPLICATION – 2017

Tool Library hits 2,000 tool mark thanks to grant from StanleyBlack&Decker

The University Height Tool Library’s inventory officially hit the 2,000 tool mark this month thanks to an incredibly generous gift of over $5,000 worth of tools and equipment from StanleyBlack&Decker. The grant will allow the Tool Library to continue to grow its tool borrowing service to residents of Buffalo and the WNY community. Similar to other sharing economy businesses like AirBnB and UBER, tool libraries stress the importance of access over ownership in the new economy (e.g. tool library members need a hole in their wall, they don’t need to own a drill).

For just $20 a year, a person can buy a membership to the Tool Library which allows them to borrow up to five tools at a time for up to a week. Started in 2011, the University Heights Tool Library was a proactive response to deteriorating housing conditions and quality of life issues in Buffalo’s University District. The Tool Library provides residents, block clubs, and community groups with access to the tools they need to tackle projects in their neighborhood.

Since its inception, the Tool Library has grown to over 730 members and now provides an inventory of over 2,000 tools thanks to Stanley Black&Decker. From basin wrenches used for installing new sinks and a wet tile saw to lay down a new bathroom floor, to weed whackers used in park cleanups and wheelbarrows used to mulch community gardens, the Tool Library provides people with access to the tools they need to create the change they want.

Tools donated by StanleyBlack&Decker to the Tool Library include:

  • 10 in. Table Saw
  • 12 in.  Cordless Chainsaw 8 in
  • Electric Cordless Pole Saw
  • Heavy Duty Pavement Breaker
  • Electric Landscape Edger
  • Compound Miter Saw
  • Angle Grinder
  • Orbit Sander
  •  Belt Sander
  •  String Trimmer
  • 6 Gal. Portable Air Compressor
  • 16-Gauge Nailer, 18-Gauge Brad Nailer and Crown Stapler Combo Kit
  • and MUCH MORE!!!

The Stanley Black & Decker grant will also allow the Tool Library to grow its programming related to Bailey Fights Blight and the University Heights Community Laboratory (CoLab).

Bailey Fights Blight is a collaborative project that seeks to board up and secure blighted and vacant storefronts along Bailey Avenue, while incorporating public art as a way to beautify the neighborhood and help redevelop the commercial corridor’s identity and sense of place. Through the support of Stanley Black & Decker, the Tool Library now has new cordless drills, chop saws, and pneumatic nailers to aid in efficiently boarding and securing vacant buildings as well as prepping surfaces for public art.

Newly received electric chain saws, extendable pole saws, edgers, and string trimmers will also aid in regular cleanups sponsored by the University District Block Club Coalition at the Bailey Dartmouth Garden, a tranquil and serene public garden and green space along a busy Bailey Avenue.

By increasing the community’s capacity to transform blighted properties and lots into redevelopable assets, Stanley Black & Decker is helping create a model for neighborhood self-improvement that can be replicated in other communities around Buffalo.

The University Heights Community Laboratory or CoLab is a formerly vacant and blighted storefront located next to the Tool Library that has been transformed by volunteers into a multipurpose space that provides DIY workshops focused on neighborhood development, community empowerment, and affordable and accessible education. Through the support of Stanley Black & Decker, the Tool Library has been able to supplement its largely donation-based inventory, with tools such as table saws, radial arm chop saws, and even a jackhammer! Through hands-on, interactive workshops held at the CoLab, members of the community will receive training on how to properly use these tools to improve their homes and their neighborhood.

The benefits of providing a community with the right tools and resources is that they can begin to positively change the world around them. If homeowners with limited income can hold on to some of their money and improve their properties by putting on a new roof or weatherizing their houses, that improves home values for the entire neighborhood. The accretion of such small investments can significantly stabilize struggling neighborhoods and help homeowners build modest wealth while maintaining an inventory of safe, decent, and affordable housing. In addition to just providing the tools, however, by offering free and affordable education and skill building opportunities, anyone can become an agent of community change.

DIY Valentine Workshoppe and Curators Talk

DIY VALENTINE AND CURATORS TALK
HOSTED BY THE KISSING MUSEUM

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Make unique and personal valentines for your special someone. Caesandra will provide an assortment of: fancy papers, stamps, ink, glitter, tools, stencils, GLITTER, punch-outs and embellishments.

When: Friday, February 10th @ 5:30pm to 8pm

Where: University Heights Community Laboratory [9 West Northrup Place Buffalo, NY 14214]

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Several pop-up options and templates will be available. $2 will cover the materials for each card. You can also purchase vintage valentines and decor, order chocolates and other items. 

In addition…at 6:30pm museum curator, Caesandra, will share her talk The Art & Science of Smooching. Finger Foods & Cocoa provided. A film may follow… stay tuned!
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Upcoming Community Meetings

      
Please mark your calendars for two upcoming community meetings in University Distrct:
  • February 25, 2017 9:00AM – Noon: Community Stakeholder Breakfast  at St. Lawrence Church 1520 E. Delavan Ave
  • March 2nd and March 6th 5:30PM – 7:00PM: Councilmember Wyatt and Councilmember Fontana,  Food Store License Renewal Meetings,  995 Kensington Ave.
 Please share with you neighbors and anyone who may be interested.   As noted on the community breakfast flyer, RSVP is needed as food will be served. 

Get Handy: A Homeownership Workshop [March 4th @ 10am]

GET HANDY is a free DIY homeownership workshop presented by West Side & Black Rock-Riverside NHS that provides the experienced and first-time homeowner a chance to expand their education to promote DIY repairs featuring some of Buffalo’s grassroots-organization such as:

Grassroots Gardens: Worms & Soil Testing
PUSH Green: Green Energy Efficiency Options
Kevin Gould (City Inspector): Code Compliance Advisement
Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER: The “How’s & Whys” of Rainbarrels
West Side NHS: Budgeting with Technology
University Heights Tool Library: An Invaluable Resource for All Homeowners

When: Saturday, March 4 @ 10am to 12pm

Where: University Heights Community Laboratory [9 West Northrup Place]

** Please RSVP to Micah at 716- 877-3910 as space is limited or through the Eventbrite website here! **

This event is graciously sponsored by Citizens Bank

UHAA Poster Art Contest

 

NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!  The competition will close January 31, 2017


The 2017 Beauty in Our Backyard Gardening Art Competition offers artists several incentives for submitting their best garden-themed art. The competition,” produced by the University Heights Arts Association (UHAA) will offer three cash prizes plus an exhibition of the top 25 finalists’ work.THE FIRST PLACE WINNER’S ART WILL BE USED TO CREATE THE OFFICIAL POSTER OF THE SAMUEL P. CAPEN GARDEN WALK. Participants will also be eligible to include their work in the “Soil, Seeds & Secrets” inaugural garden art publication as well as other garden art publications produced by the UHAA.

The prospectus may be downloaded at: http://www.uhartsgroup.com/beauty.pdf. For each submission, please email up to five high quality (large) .jpg images of the artwork to: information@uhartsgroup.com. Do not email more than 15 mb. of images at a time. Submissions must also include the information below in the body of the email. Place “Garden Art Submission” in the subject line of your email.

Submissions will be accepted through January 31, 2017.

The 2017 Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk will be held on Saturday, July 15th, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. as well as 8:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. for the Capen at Night evening walk.

For more information about the competition, telephone (716)833-6260 or email: information@uhartsgroup.com

Poster Sample: The 2016 Capen Garden Walk Poster featuring the art of 1st Place Winner Susan Latona; designed by the University Heights Arts Association.