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BY: Kimberly Snickles, Cheektowaga Source | November 19, 2012

Cheektowaga Youth and Recreational Services is offering a wide variety of holiday activities for anyone who would like to participate.

“These events are inexpensive and family oriented so you don’t have to add to the families pocket book,” said Executive Director of Cheektowaga Youth and Recreational Services, Ellen Fischer. “They can participate at little to no cost and it’s a way to promote our community and the things we have to offer in it.”

The department will begin festivities with the Old Fashioned Family Christmas, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 at the Alexander Community Center. The event will have crafts, stories, sleigh rides, carols, and snacks. Santa Claus will even be in attendance and children will have the opportunity to meet him. The event is limited to 125 people and you must pre-register beforehand by calling the recreation center at 897-7207.

After that event, there is a public skate from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Town Park Recreation Center ice rink. Skaters can skate for free if they make a donation of a hat, scarf, or gloves to the Gift of Warmth.

The department will hold their annual Breakfast with Santa, 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Alexander Community Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to have a delicious breakfast of eggs, and pancakes. Kids can also make crafts and hang out with Santa. Pre-registration is required.

A “Santa’s Workshop,” will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, Dartwood Community Center, 222 Autumnwood Drive for children five thru 12-years-old. Attendees will have the opportunity to create holiday arts and crafts and enjoy a snack. Pre-registration is required. The event is $8 per person, or $7 with a resident discount card.

From 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Stiglmeier Park, Glen Colton will be performing music. Fireworks will begin at 7:15 p.m. and the event is free to the public. There will also be crafts and refreshments for the kids.

The following day, Sunday, Dec. 9, Town Park Ice Rink, the town is holding their annual Recreation Celebration. From 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., Erie Community College will play Canisius College at the rink. This is also a free event.

The department will also be holding a cookie bakeoff and a chili bakeoff, 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9; the event will also include a petting zoo, painting, crafts, and games for kids. The first place winner of the event will be given $100 and four other prizes will be awarded. For more information email jgorman@tocny.org

For the final night of festivities the town will be throwing a New Year’s Eve Bash, 3 to 6 p.m. Monday Dec. 31 at the Cheektowaga Ice Rink. Families can skate and watch the ball drop at midnight.

“I know the holidays are a busy time of year but people are also looking to do more things,” said Fischer. “It’s all feel good events that help ring in the holidays.”

For more information on these holiday activities call 897-7207.

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