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TOY COLLECTION: Toys for Joy 2004, an annual collection of toys, food, clothing and cash for Buffalo's neediest families, kicks off at 11 a.m. Monday at Rural/Metro Medical Services, 481 William Gaiter Parkway. Local boxer Joe Mesi and his father, Jack, are among the scheduled guests. Sponsored by FATHERS (Fathers of Abraham Armed Together to Help Educate, Restore and Save). All contributions go directly to the community. Collection barrels will be in police and fire stations in Buffalo, the Erie County Sheriff's Department offices and businesses. Items will be distributed Dec. 18 at School 61 on Leroy Avenue.

GRADUATION CEREMONY: The Town of Tonawanda Police Department will host a ceremony for graduates of the Community Emergency Response Team program, 7 p.m. Monday at the Town of Tonawanda Police Club, 35 Roswell Ave. Residents interested in future training programs, should call 879-6685 or visit emergency services@tonawanda.NY.US.

ELMA EVENING: "Dinner at Six" and a ticket auction will be the highlights of the Elma Historical Society's fund-raising event Monday in the Elma Community Center, Elma Village Green, Bowen Road. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; dinner will be served at 6 for $10.

SPEAKER: The Canisius College Program in the African American Experience will host Shawn Lay, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Regis Room South of the Richard E. Winter '42 Student Center. Lay is an authority on the second Ku Klux Klan. His lecture will be based on his book, "Hooded Knights on the Niagara: The Ku Klux Klan in Buffalo, New York." For more information, call 888-2790.

COUNTRY FAIR: Batavia Women's Connection presents speaker Elva Cornell, "Born Before the Word Dysfunctional," along with luncheon and nursery 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, at the Batavia Party House, Route 5. Cost is $9.25. Call Judy at 762-8480 or Donna at 344-0331.

SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: Christian Central Academy, 39 Academy St., Williamsville, will hold an open house for parents and prospective students from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

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