West Seneca

Main Street Marketplace debuts Thursday afternoon in the town, featuring approximately 30 farmers and food producers, plus local entertainment, on a weekly basis through Sept. 4.

A ribbon-cutting event is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. Thursday and, weather permitting, will include an appearance by members of the award-winning West Seneca West High School Marching Band.

The market will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays on the grassy hill at the corner of Union Road and Main Street, adjacent to Town Hall. In case of extremely wet conditions, the market will move into the parking lot in front of the town ice rink.

Kirchmyer Media will operate the market, which is sponsored by the Western New York Federal Credit Union.

A local community group will host a table at the market each week. This week it’ll be Yelp Buffalo, whose members will hand out free reusable grocery bags - while supplies last.

Also this week:

• A Plein Air (open air) Photography Clinic will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. today at Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2001 Union Road. Presented by professional photographer Kenn Morgan, participants will learn how to shoot flowers and plants in the park. The cost is $5 per person; bring your own camera and meet in the center’s conference room at 1 p.m.

• The Town Board will hold a work session at 3 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 1250 Union Road. A regular board meeting begins at 7.

• A public hearing on the West Seneca School District’s budget for 2014-15 will be featured at Monday’s meeting of the School Board, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in Room 200 at West Elementary School, 1397 Orchard Park Road.

• Candidates for West Seneca School Board will introduce themselves to the community and answer questions at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 200 at West Elementary School. Five people are running for three seats on the board.

• A small business summit – sponsored by state Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, R-Elma, the West Seneca Chamber of Commerce and leaders in business development - is scheduled for 8 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at Certo Brothers Distributing Co., 2500 N. America Drive. The event if free and open to the public; for more information, call 656-8544 or visit

• The Molly Rae Walk of Hope will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the West Seneca Soccer Complex, 3747 Seneca St. The 5k fun walk is to raise awareness of histiocytosis, a blood disorder that can lead to organ damage and formation of tumors. Registration, which begins at 9 a.m., is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted by The Molly Rae of Hope Fund, a charity that raises money for research and to raise awareness about the rare deadly disease, which took the life of 15-year-old Molly Rae Berger of West Seneca in 2011.

• “Taste of St. John’s” is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St., which is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Admission is $5 for adults and includes six food tickets; the cost is $2 for children age 10 and younger, and includes two free tickets. Additional tickets are 50 cents each and complimentary beverages will be available.