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FOCUS ON MEDIA: Michael Niman, assistant professor of journalism and media studies at Buffalo State College, will talk about inadequately covered news stories during Niagara University's third annual Media Awareness Day from noon to 2 p.m. today in St. Vincent's Hall, Room 405. The public is invited.

OPEN HOUSE: St. Joseph Hospital will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to unveil its new 17,000-square-foot emergency department, behind the hospital at 2605 Harlem Road in Cheektowaga. The open house will feature free health screenings, prizes donated by area merchants and light refreshments.

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY: A School Bus Safety Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Eastern Hills Mall, Clarence, in front of Bon-Ton. The event is sponsored by the Western New York chapter of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation and the Erie County Sheriff's department. For information, call Bob Mowry at 686-3290.

SKYDIVING SAFETY: Frontier Skydivers of Wilson and the United States Parachute Association will conduct a Parachuting Safety Day starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at 3316 Beebe Road, Wilson. The public is invited, and admission is free. For reservations, call (585) 457-9680.

CHILDHOOD OBESITY: "Food for Thought, a one-day family nutrition and fitness conference that will offer information on the problem of child obesity, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Michael's Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd, Hamburg. Cost is $25 for parents, $50 for health care professionals and $20 for high school or college students. For information or registration, call 646-5569.

CHICKEN DINNER: The Wales Kiwanis Club will sponsor a chicken and biscuit dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday in Wales Center Fire Hall on Route 20A.

RED CROSS COURSES: The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd will offer two courses by the Greater Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross. The baby-sitting course is for youths 11 to 15 years old. The second course, basic first aid, includes first-aid training; CPR for adults, infants and children; and use of the automated external defibrillator. The cost is $75, or $65 for Independent Health members, and free for BlueCross BlueShield and Community Blue members. Both courses will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and April 23 at the church, 96 Jewett Parkway. To register, call 833-1151.

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