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Social/Civic Capital

Social Capital is the networks of relationships and social supports we have based on norms of trust and reciprocity. Positive Social Capital is associated with positive health!

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Our economy influences our health and quality of life through (un)employment, stress, mental health, and access to healthy foods and safety!

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Human ‘Capital’ is best measured by human health! This health is multidimensional: it includes physical, mental, social, and emotional health to support healthy and happy communities!

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  • 10th Annual Buffalo Day

    12:00 pm-8:00 pm
    July 2, 2019

    Tenth Annual Buffalo Day @ Chautauqua

    Tuesday, July 2, 2019 – Tenth Annual Buffalo Day @ Chautauqua – Noon-8pm

    Theme: “Imagine Communities Working Toward the Common Good: IMAGINE Greater Buffalo”**
    Noon – 8pm   FREE afternoon admission for residents of the Greater Buffalo region
    Sponsored by The Buffalo News, Visit Buffalo Niagara, WNED, Chautauqua Institution & C-SAAHN

    12:15pm-12:30pm – Hall of Philosophy
    Dennis Galucki, Founder, Annual Buffalo Day @ Chautauqua, “The Buffalo-Chautauqua Idea”

    12:30pm-1:30pm – Hall of Philosophy
    Panel presentations and discussions led by Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, President/CEO Community Foundation for Grea-ter Buffalo with representatives from partner organizations addressing four themes: Education, Environment, Racial Equi-ty,  Arts & Culture. Panelists include Rabbi Jonathan Freirich, Rev. Jonathan Staples and David Rust.

    Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo – Since 1919, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo has been committed to helping individuals, families and organizations make their charitable goals a reality. Today, we work with more than 400 active clients and are carrying on the legacies of an additional 500 clients. In total, we have over $485 million in charitable assets. Its mission is to connect people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York.

    2:00pm – 3:15pm Smith Memorial Library – John Jablonski, Executive Director Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy & Betsy Constantine, Executive Vice President, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, “Buffalo & American Legacy”

    3:30pm – 4:45pm Hall of Christ – Chautauqua Archives Heritage Lecture Series 
    – “Teleporting into History with TR VR: Taking Community Perspectives & Understandings into Another Dimension” Stanton H. Hudson Jr., Executive Di-rector, Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site & Peter Schiffmacher, Founder, iTours 369VR / Co-Founder, Reality Capture Ex-perts

    Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site – Immigration, the role of the U.S. in global affairs, race relations, big business, the use of our natural resources…these issues dominate today’s headlines, just as they did more than a century ago, when Theodore Roosevelt became the 26th President of the United States on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.

    ** 2019 Chautauqua Theme for Week Two: Uncommon Ground: Communities Working Toward Solutions

  • Grand Island Farmers Market

    4:00 pm-7:00 pm
    July 11, 2019

    “The 2019 Market season has finally begun! We are collaborating with TasteNY at the Western NY Welcome Center at 1999 Alvin Road (exit 19 off the 190) on Grand Island. We will open on July 11 with delicious, fresh. local produce, unique flatbread pizzas by Herb’n Garden, live music and more. We are growing our market and would love to have new and varied vendors, so please email us if you are interested in joining us!”   #comegrowwithus

    Visit their website here!

  • Crossroads of Creativity

    12:00 pm-4:00 pm
    July 13, 2019

    Crossroads of Creativity is a one day pop-up event that transforms the Crossroads of the North Buffalo Rail Trail and Linear Park into an interactive art, education, and play space for all ages. The event promotes wellness and active living, brings neighbors together, and harnesses the creativity, talents, sweat equity of community members to transform the Crossroads into a truly world class public space.

  • East Side Garden Walk

    10:00 am-3:00 pm
    July 20, 2019

    July 20, 2019 10AM–3PM

    Join us for our second annual garden tour! Tour is Free and self-guided.

    Now in its second year, the East Side Garden Walk embraces a wide range of gardens – from urban farms to simple lots cared for by neighbors, and even a jazz-inspired garden. Take time to talk to the gardeners who make these gardens special.

    East side gardening shows a strong sense of community. Even when the gardens are private, if there are vegetables or plants to be shared, the gardeners readily do so. Sometimes it’s why the garden was planted in the first place. The area also boasts a number of urban farms, one as large as two acres. If you are looking for flowers, you will find them too!



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