The Buffalo Stars will hold their annual Christmas party and food drive on Saturday from 2-11 p.m., at the Holiday Twin Rinks. There is an open family skating party; a bounce house; Chinese auction; players auction; food and beverage, music and a visit from Santa Claus. Also, the Stars U-16 Midgets host the Buffalo Sabres Thunder in a Charity Game and the Stars U-18 team will play Wheatfield.

All food collected goes to the Food Bank of WNY. The Stars have set a goal of 5,000 pounds of food. There is a challenge among all Stars teams to collect the most items. Visit for more info.


Christina Franceschi of Buffalo won the Recreation Coach of the Year for Region I. She coaches U-6 and middle school-aged boys for the Buffalo Soccer Club. Her coaching helped five players make their varsity high school teams and she sees soccer as a learning experience for all players. As an active volunteer, Franceschi also works with the Special Olympics program.


BASKETBALL: The Gloria J. Parks Community Center men’s league will start Jan. 6. For more info, contact Kevin, 832-1010. extension 205.

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