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HERO AWARDS: Eight local volunteers and two organizations will be honored at the third annual Community Hero Awards, to be held at 9 a.m. today in the Buffalo Convention Center. The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County promotes volunteerism through a system that links organizations in need with people willing to help. Call 887-2611.

COMMUNITY EVENT: The Alcoholism Council in Niagara County will sponsor an event, "Recover the Day," to help mark Alcohol Awareness Month, promoting awareness of problems associated with alcohol use, prevention and treatment resources; 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Niagara Art and Cultural Center, Niagara Falls. Speakers, food, karaoke, activities for children and health information will be featured. Call 282-1228.

CHARITY: Through the month of June, East Amherst Dental, 6161 Transit Road, Suite 1, will offer professional teeth whitening services at a reduced cost, with 100 percent of the fee donated to children's charities. A donation of $250 will be given to the Smiles for Life Foundation; half will go to Kelly for Kids Foundation and the other half to Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation. From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jim Kelly and more than 20 volunteers will be hand. Call 689-6300.

BREAKFAST: The Boy Scouts' Southtowns Community Breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant. Town and village clerks will be honored. Call 891-4073.