A proposed major resurfacing and landscaping project for the Kensington Expressway between the Scajaquada Expressway and downtown Buffalo will be discussed during a public meeting June 27 in City Hall.
The proposal, which would require sections of the Kensington to be closed at night for construction, is not expected to begin until 2003. It has been budgeted at $8.6 million and would involved resurfacing the road, rebuilding the shoulders, and improving drainage and landscaping.
While the expressway is closed, traffic would be detoured to segments of Genesee and Best streets, and Jefferson Avenue, according to the state Department of Transportation. The project also includes safety improvements at the intersection of Goodell Street and Michigan Avenue.
State DOT representatives also expect to hear from proponents of a $40 million concept to cover the Kensington from East Ferry to Best streets and create a park. The idea is being championed by some members of the Common Council, State Sen. Byron W. Brown, D-Buffalo, and the Buffalo Museum of Science.
The meeting will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. in Room 1417 of City Hall.
AIDS awareness event set for Saturday
To increase awareness of the impact of HIV and AIDS on the African-American community, a rally, walk and celebration will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
AIDS Education, Information and Support Services is sponsoring the event, which will begin with a rally at 1490 Jefferson Ave. at 10 a.m. There will be a kickoff prayer to begin the walk, which will end at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The AIDS awareness celebration will be held from noon to 4 p.m. in the park.
The event will include activities for children, dancers, drummers, food and prizes.
For information, call Gwen Neal at 838-4343.
Exhibit will explore racial stereotypes
"Tonto and Sambo Revisited," an exhibit exploring the stereotypical portrayals of Native Americans and African-Americans in the media, will open at 6 p.m. Friday in the Langston Hughes Institute, 25 High St.
Friday's opening, which is a fund-raiser for the institute, is also sponsored by Just Buffalo Literary Center and Neto Hatinakwe Onkwehoweh, a not-for-profit Native American organization that promotes the arts. The public can view the exhibit for free beginning Saturday and continuing through Oct. 12.
The exhibit features images from print, television and motion pictures, as well as memorabilia and souvenir or kitsch objects that portray African-Americans and Native Americans in a stereotypical light. The aim of the exhibit is to expose the cultural and psychological underpinnings of the social and economic injustice suffered by blacks and Indians.
Curator Tom Huff spent more than 10 years collecting many of the items on display. Other items were acquired from the Langston Hughes Institute and private collectors.
Justice group readies annual walk
The National Conference for Community and Justice will hold its third annual Walk as One Walk-a-Thon at noon July 28. The walk will begin on Lincoln Parkway behind the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
The walk will be held in conjunction with the conference's annual Community Unity Day from noon to 4 p.m. Prospective walkers can call Finley B. Cooperwood at 853-9596 for information and team-building packets. Proceeds will benefit the conference's youth and leadership programs.
'Ecology adventure' Saturday in Wales
The Western New York Land Conservancy and Buffalo Audubon Society will sponsor an "ecology adventure" at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kenneglenn Scenic and Nature Preserve in Wales.
A geological tour will take place at 9:30 a.m. June 30 at Kenneglenn. Geologist Karen Otto will lead a walk through Hunters Creek gorge and explore the changes of time through the rocks and landscape of Western New York.
Reservations are required, and tour size is limited. Call the Western New York Land Conservancy office at 687-1225 for information.
Ride for Roswell expects over 2,000
More than 2,000 bicyclists are expected to converge on Baird Point on the University at Buffalo North Campus on Saturday morning for the sixth annual Ride for Roswell.
The ride offers five routes for riders of various skill levels, ranging from nine miles to 100 miles. The 100-mile ride will start first at 7 a.m., with check-in at 6:30. The nine-mile ride will be last, beginning at 10:30 a.m., with check-in at 9:45.
All routes will offer restrooms, snacks, beverages, support vehicles and bicycle mechanics to help the riders. A picnic and awards presentation at Baird Point will follow the ride. Proceeds will benefit cancer treatment and research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
For information about riding or volunteering, call 845-8788 or visit the Web site at www.ride4roswell.org.
Antiques group flea market is Saturday
The Hamburg Antiques Study Group will sponsor its 14th annual giant flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Boies-Lord House, 5853 South Park Ave., across from the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg.
The flea market was scheduled for last Saturday but was canceled because of rain.
The circa-1850 Greek revival Boies-Lord House will be open for guided tours during the flea market. Tours also are given by appointment. For information, call 649-9232.