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NIAGARA COMMUNITY CALENDAR
TODAY

Today

BPO CONCERT: The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performs a patriotic birthday program in honor of Presidents Day at 2:30 p.m. in the Medina High School auditorium, 11235 Maple Ridge Road. Paul Ferington conducts, and soprano/narrator Karen Williams will be featured. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students and will be available at the door.

SPORTS AWARD DINNER: The Niagara Police Athletic League holds its annual sports award dinner to honor athletes and sports person of the year at 6 p.m. in Como Restaurant, 2220 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. Tickets are $20 per person and will be available at the door.

GOSPELFEST: A celebration of African-American history in song at 5 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Niagara Falls High School, 4455 Porter Road. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and will be available at the door. Proceeds benefit the Niagara Fall High School VCP House Scholarship Fund.

Monday

YOUTH PROGRAM: Opportunity for young people to learn about prevention of drug and alcohol abuse and about recovery and dependency, 7 to 8:30 p.m., the Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport.

FREE CLINIC: Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic, 1:30 to 5 p.m., Trott Access Center, 1001 11th St., Niagara Falls. Use the Elmwood Street entrance. Continues Thursday.

SUPPORT GROUP: North Tonawanda depression support group meets at 6 p.m. every Monday in the first-floor conference room across from the cafeteria in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, 445 Tremont St., North Tonawanda.

ART EXHIBIT: "Studio 2001" features fine art created by emerging and established artists working in Partners in Art Studio. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at 83 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Show continues through Saturday.

ART EXHIBIT: "Sizzling January Illustrators' Show," from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in Niagara County Community College Art Gallery, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Free. Show continues through Friday. Call 614-5975 for more information.

CARD PARTY: Altar and Rosary Society of St. Anthony's Catholic Church holds a card party at 7 p.m. in the church hall, 9 Bristol Ave., Lockport. Tickets are $3. Homemade desserts, raffles and door prizes.

MEETING: Town of Porter Historical Society holds a membership meeting at 8 p.m. in the Civic Guild room at the Youngstown Civic Center, 240 Lockport St. Ken Sprenger will speak on the Neutral Indian tribe, which occupied Grand Island and the surrounding area until its decimation by the Seneca Nation. Refreshments served. Public is welcome. Call 745-3744 for more information.

SAFE SITTER CLASS: Nationally certified course for baby sitters ages 11 through 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the auditorium of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St. Fee of $10 includes cost of student manual. Registration required by calling 278-4041.

Tuesday

CHORUS REHEARSAL: The Retired Men's Chorus meets for rehearsals every Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church, 166 59th St., Niagara Falls. Visitors and new members are welcome.

AL-ANON: Help with dealing with someone else's alcohol problem, 7 p.m., Seven Clan Al-Anon, Tuscarora Health Center, Mount Hope Road, Tuscarora Reservation, and Adult Children of Alcoholics, Trinity Lutheran Church, 5 Saxton St., Lockport; 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 506 Cayuga St., Lewiston.

NAR-ANON: Helping families cope with substance abuse by someone they love, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Clearview Outpatient Center, 66 Mead St., North Tonawanda.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: 7:30 p.m. Niagara Presbyterian Church, Military and Lockport roads, Town of Niagara.

FREE IMMUNIZATIONS: Well Baby Clinics, conducted by the Niagara County Health Department, held in Niagara Falls, Lockport and North Tonawanda. Call the Clinic Line at 694-5454 for appointments and more information.

SUPPORT GROUP: Weekly meeting, sponsored by the Niagara County AIDS Case Management Program and AIDS Task Force, for people with HIV/AIDS, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Niagara Falls. Strictly confidential. Call 285-5781 for information.

BRIDGE: Wheatfield Senior Citizens, 12:45 p.m., 2800 Church Road, Wheatfield.

SENIOR SAFETY WORKSHOP: "How to Avoid Credit Card Scams and Charity Donation Scams" is offered from 9 to 11 a.m. in John A. Duke Senior Center, 1201 Hyde Park Blvd., Niagara Falls. Free and open to the public. Reservations required by calling 285-8224 or 297-9324.

COLLEGE FINANCIAL PROGRAM: "Saving for Your Children's Education" is the first of a five-part series of programs on a variety of financial issues at 6:30 p.m. in North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive. Question-and-answer period will follow presentation. Free. No registration required. Call 693-3009 for more information.

ART SALE: From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobby of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St. Sponsored by Medical Center Auxiliary. Sale continues from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday. Call 278-4470 for more information.

Wednesday

AL-ANON: Help with dealing with someone else's alcohol abuse, 10:30 a.m., Ray of Hope Al-Anon: St. Leo's Catholic Church, 2748 Military Road, Town of Niagara; 7:30 p.m., St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 516 Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls; 8 p.m., Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston; 8 and 9:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 65 Main Ave., North Tonawanda.

WEIGHT LOSS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, support group dedicated to weight loss and maintenance, from 6 to 7 p.m., Payne Avenue Christian Church, 350 Wheatfield Street, North Tonawanda.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: 12:30 p.m., Clearview Treatment Center, 66 Mead St., North Tonawanda.

RECREATION PROGRAM: For developmentally disabled children 3 to 10 years old and their siblings, from 2 to 6 p.m., Niagara United Cerebral Palsy, 9812 Lockport Road, Town of Niagara; also, from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

CRAFTS: Including ceramics, 9 a.m., Wheatfield Senior Citizens, 2800 Church Road, Wheatfield.

SUPPORT GROUP: Circle of Hope general bereavement group for any Niagara County resident grieving a loss of any nature, 5 p.m., Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport. Walk-ins welcome.

CHESS CLUB: From 6 to 9 p.m. at the Lockport Youth and Recreation Department, 201 Willow St., Lockport. All ages and skill levels welcome. Call 434-1972 for more information.

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING: From 10 a.m. to noon in Tuscarora Baptist Church, 288 Mount Hope Road, Lewiston. Call 285-6938 for more information.

DINNER MEETING: The American Business Women's Association of Niagara Falls holds its monthly dinner meeting at 6 p.m. in Alps Chalet, 1555 Military Road, Niagara Falls. Tickets are $15 for members and $17 for nonmembers and may be obtained by calling 754-2207.

CHAMBER MIXER: Niagara Falls Area Chamber of Commerce holds an "After 5 Mixer" from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Frontier Lanes, 845 Cayuga St., Village of Lewiston. Hors d'oeuvres, cash bar and free bowling. No admission. Call 285-9141, Ext. 209, for more information.

LECTURE: John Elmore, co-counsel in Western New York's first death-penalty case in 40 years, will speak at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Free. Public is welcome. Call 614-6222 for more information.

Thursday

A.M. LOCKPORT TOASTMASTERS: 7 a.m., Best Western Lockport Inn, 515 S. Transit Road, Lockport.

SUPPORT GROUP: Lockport New Beginnings, for people recovering from alcohol or drug dependency, 7 p.m., the Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport.

AL-ANON: Help with dealing with someone else's alcohol problem; 7 p.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 4671 Townline Road, Ransomville.

FREE CLINIC: Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic, from 1:30 to 5 p.m., Trott Access Center, 1001 11th St., Niagara Falls. Use the Elmwood Street entrance.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: 7 p.m., Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 75 East Ave., Lockport, and Big Book Study, Clearview Treatment Center, 66 Mead St., North Tonawanda.

TAKE-OUT PIEROGIES: Potato, cheese and sauerkraut pierogies available from 2 to 4 p.m. in Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 3920 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. Take-out only. Pierogies also available from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday. Sale continues through April 12.

ALL-BREED DOG SHOW: From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Niagara Falls Convention and Civic Center, 305 Fourth St., Niagara Falls. Cost is $5 for adults, $2 for children and free for children under 6. Show continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and next Sunday.

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING: From noon to 2 p.m. at the American Red Cross, 719 Ashland Ave., Niagara Falls. Call 285-6938 for more information.

SMALL-BUSINESS SEMINAR: "Developing a Marketing Plan" is a seminar sponsored by the Niagara County Community College Small Business Development Center from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Free. Call 614-6480 for registration and information. FRAGRANCE PROGRAM: Niagara County Historical Society presents a program featuring Meg Pfohl, a fragrance enthusiast, who will discuss scents and their use throughout history, at 7:30 p.m. at the Historical Society, 215 Niagara St., Lockport. Program is free and open to the public.

Friday

FAMILY NIGHT: 6 to 9 p.m., Niagara Falls Family YMCA, 1317 Portage Road, Niagara Falls.

AL-ANON: Help with dealing with someone else's alcohol problem, 7:30 p.m., St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Rainbow Boulevard and Second Street, Niagara Falls.

CARDS AND CRAFTS: 9 a.m., Wheatfield Senior Citizens Center, 2800 Church Road, Wheatfield.

GOLF AND TRAVEL SHOW: Golf travel and vacation resorts, clinics, seminars, demos, indoor range, used club swap and sale and "long drive" and putting contests from 3 to 9 p.m. in the Skylon Tower, Niagara Falls, Ont. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for juniors from 8 to 15. Show continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call (800) 889-1262 for more information.

POOL CHAMPIONSHIPS: In conjunction with the Niagara Golf and Travel Show, Canadian pool league teams will compete in the Canadian National Championships from 10 a.m. to midnight in Skylon Tower, Niagara Falls, Ont. Free with admission to golf and travel show. Competition continues from 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call (877) 919-7665 for more information.

Saturday

CHESS CLUB: For all ages, from 10 a.m. to noon in North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Call 693-4132 for more information.

FORT ACTIVITIES: Old Fort Niagara presents a "Cabin Fever" lecture on the history and material culture of the "Castle" and a winter encampment by the War of 1812-period 6th Regiment of Foot at 2 p.m. Lecture will be held in the Officers Club building in Fort Niagara State Park, Youngstown. An Old Fort Niagara admission ticket is required and may be purchased at the door. Tickets are $6.75 for adults, $5.50 for seniors (65 and up), $4.50 for children ages 6 through 12 and free for children under 6. Call 745-7611 for more information. AUCTION: Niagara Catholic Junior/Senior High School hosts Variety Auction 2001 at 5 p.m. in Days Inn Riverview, 401 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. Event features dinner, open bar, raffles, live, silent and Chinese auctions. Tickets are $50. Call 283-8771, Ext. 238, for more information.

CELTIC MUSIC: The "Glengarry Boys," from Ontario, perform high-energy foot-stomping Celtic music at 8 p.m. in Palace Theatre, 2 East Ave., Lockport. Cost is $14 general admission and $12 with an Ancient Order of Hibernians card. Tickets can be purchased at Lerch & Daly, Mills Jewelers, Jayne & Co., Lockport Dental, Kurbs Chiropractic Center, Headlines Hair Salon and Micrographics or call 438-1130.

MEETING: Greater Niagara Chapter 203, Mended Hearts, meets at 1 p.m. in the second-floor conference room in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. Diane Glowacki will speak on "Coronary Artery Disease: Past, Present and Future Implications." Refreshments served. Call 754-4931 for more information.

Next Sunday

ART EXHIBIT: Georgia Trimper Collage Images and Stephen Merritt Clay Vessels, from 2 to 5 p.m. daily in Kenan Center's Art Gallery, 433 Locust St., Lockport. Call 433-2617 for more information. Show continues through March 25.

BRIDAL FAIR: The Lockport Mall hosts Bridal Fair 2001, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the former CVS space at the mall, 5737 S. Transit Road, Lockport. Brides may pre-register from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the mall office or at the door the day of the show. Call 434-6371 for more information.

PASTA DINNER: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Men's Club sponsors a pasta dinner from noon to 4 p.m. in the church hall, 2499 Independence Ave., Niagara Falls. Tickets are $5.50 for adults, $3 for children 5 through 12 and free for children under 4 and may be purchased at the church rectory.

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