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NIAGARA COMMUNITY CALENDAR

April 24 to May 1 Niagara County events

Following is Niagara Sunday's weekly listing of upcoming public events held around Niagara County.

If you would like your event included, send the information two weeks in advance to: Niagara Community Calendar, c/o The Buffalo News, 8353 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls, NY 14304, fax to 283-1691 or e-mail to niagaranews@buffnews.com.

Today

POLISH DINNER: Includes pork chops, golambek, pierogi, parsley potatoes, sauerkraut, dessert, coffee and music, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Holy Trinity Catholic Church Parish Center, 1419 Falls St., Niagara Falls. Adults, $10; children ages 5 to 12, $5.

GOLF RAFFLE: Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara Foundation's Sixth Annual Golf Raffle, offering enthusiasts a chance to win more than $20,000 in golf-related equipment and trips, 4 to 7 p.m., Frontier Volunteer Fire Company, 2176 Liberty Drive, Wheatfield. Tickets, which include admission, dinner, soft drinks and a chance to win a grand prize and one of 10 major prizes, is $40. Call 297-6400, Ext. 256, for more information or visit www.opportunitiesunlimited.org.

BASKET RAFFLE: Penny Sale and Basket Raffle, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 3921 Mapleton Road, Pendleton. Lunch will be available.

MUSEUM HOURS: 2 to 4 p.m., Sanborn Historical Society Museum, 2822 Niagara St.

DINNER: All-you-can-eat pasta dinner, noon to 5 p.m., Masonic Temple, One Cottage St., Lockport. Served by Niagara-Orleans District, Order of the Eastern Star. Cost $5.

PULLED PORK DINNER: Sponsored by St. Paul Lutheran Church and Preschool, noon to 2:30 p.m., 453 Old Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda. Adults, $7.50; children 3 to 12, $5.

SWING INTO SPRING: Members of the Greater Niagara Musicians Association will present "Swing Into Spring," featuring music of the Benny Goodman 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert, 7 p.m., Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Tickets are $6 in advance or $8 at the door. Call 877-5473 for more information.

SPECIAL EVENT: L'Ecole du Soldat, or the School of the Soldier, where visitors can see what life in the 1700s would have been like, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown. Ages. 12 and up, $8.50; senior citizens 65 and up, $7.50; children 6 to 12, $5; children under 6, free.

Monday

PERFORMANCE: Jason Mraz, noted for his hit "The Remedy," and special guest Tristan Prettyman will perform for Niagara University's Student Government Association, 8 p.m., Gallagher Center, Niagara University, Lewiston. Tickets, $15; students, $7. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone at 852-5000.

ADULT FITNESS: Walking, 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays, City of Niagara Falls Department of Recreation, LaSalle Facility, 9501 Colvin Blvd. Free.

ADULT FITNESS: Low-impact aerobics, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, City of Niagara Falls Department of Recreation, LaSalle Facility, 9501 Colvin Blvd. Free.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM: Dr. Anita Chaudhuri of the Diabetes and Endocrinology Center of Niagara will speak about the Four W's of Diabetes, 7 p.m., Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center auditorium, 621 10th St. To register, call 278-4523.

CLASS: Hatha Yoga, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport. Cost $3 members and $5 nonmembers. Fee payable at class. Also meets on Wednesday afternoons.

DINNER MEETING: The Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship International, 6:30 p.m., Old Country Buffet, 8215 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls.

EXERCISE: PACE (People With Arthritis Can Exercise), a program of gentle exercise that combines recreation and socialization, 1 to 2:30 p.m. every Monday, DeGraff Community Center of Kaleida Health, 139 Division St., North Tonawanda. Cost is $25 for a 10-week course. Call 690-2271 to register.

EXERCISE: Fit After 50, 8:40 to 9:15 a.m., every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Niagara Falls Family YMCA, 1317 Portage Road, Niagara Falls. Gentle stretching. All are welcome.

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., Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport.

FREE CLINIC: Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic, noon to 3:30 p.m., Trott Access Center, 1001 11th St., Niagara Falls. Confidential and anonymous. No appointment needed. Use the Elmwood Street entrance. Continues Thursday.

SUPPORT GROUP: North Tonawanda depression support group meets at 6 p.m. every Monday, first-floor conference room, DeGraff Memorial Hospital, 445 Tremont St., North Tonawanda. Also on Thursdays.

SUPPORT GROUP: Recovery Inc., a self-help community mental health resource, 7 to 9 p.m., St. Teresa's School basement, McKoon and College avenues, Niagara Falls.

RECREATION PROGRAM: For developmentally disabled children 3 to 10 years old, 2 to 6 p.m., Niagara United Cerebral Palsy, 9812 Lockport Road, Town of Niagara.

FLORAL SALE: Orders for the Niagara Floral Center & Greenhouse's Mother's Day Floral Sale are due today and can be placed from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. by calling Niagara Floral Center & Greenhouse at 731-5133, Ext. 244, or by downloading a form at www.opportunitiesunlimited.org. The flowers can be picked up at Niagara Floral Center & Greenhouse, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 6 and 8 to 11 a.m. May 7 or at the agency's site at 107 Heath St., Lockport, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 6.

SUPPORT GROUP: Circle of Hope grief support group, Room 723A, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. Call Kim at 439-4417 for more information.

Tuesday

SPECIAL CLASS: Let's Celebrate Big Brother/Big Sister, 6:30 p.m., Room 249, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. Call 298-2145 to register your child.

CHORUS REHEARSAL: The Retired Men's Chorus meets at 9:15 a.m. every Tuesday, Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church, 166 59th St., Niagara Falls. Visitors and prospective members are welcome.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Anthony Zinni, retired four-star general and former commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, will speak, 12:30 p.m., Fine Arts Theatre, Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Free.

DIABETES EDUCATION: A series of three three-hour sessions, 9 a.m. to noon, Room 249, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. Call 298-2145 to register.

WORKSHOP: Health for All Seasons presents Sleep Disorders, with Dr. Norman Diorica, 6 p.m., Room 249, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. Call 298-2145 to register.

FREE CLINIC: A well baby clinic is held in the morning and an immunization clinic is held in the afternoon, Trott Access Center, 1001 11th St., Niagara Falls. Appointments by calling 278-1903. Clinics also held in North Tonawanda and in Lockport.
SUPPORT GROUP: Breast cancer support for those who have experienced breast cancer and their families, 7:30 p.m., Room 723A, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston.

AL-ANON: Help with dealing with someone else's alcohol problem, 12:30 p.m., Tuesday Afternoon 12 Steppers, 66 Mead St., North Tonawanda; 7 p.m., Seven Clan Al-Anon, Tuscarora Health Center, Mount Hope Road, Tuscarora Reservation; St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 516 Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls; and Adult Children of Alcoholics, Trinity Lutheran Church, 5 Saxton St., Lockport.

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., St. Leo's Church hall, 2748 Military Road, Town of Niagara.

SUPPORT GROUP: Weekly meeting, sponsored by the Niagara County AIDS Case Management Program and AIDS Task Force, for people with HIV/AIDS, 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Niagara Falls. Strictly confidential. Call 297-4004 for information.

BRIDGE: Wheatfield Senior Citizens, 12:45 p.m., 2790 Church Road, Wheatfield. Learn to play bridge from 10 a.m. to noon.

CLASS: Self-defense classes for adults and children over 5 offered by a second-degree black-belt instructor using tae kwon do techniques, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, YWCA of the Tonawandas, 49 Tremont St., North Tonawanda. Cost is $35 per month for members and $45 for nonmembers. Registration information at 692-5580.

CLASS: Aerobics for the physically challenged, 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport. Cost $2, payable at the door. Open to all ages and abilities.

RECREATION PROGRAM: For developmentally disabled children 3 to 10 years old, 2 to 6 p.m., Niagara United Cerebral Palsy, 9812 Lockport Road, Town of Niagara.

COOKING CLASS: Cultural De-Lites: Easy Ethnic Foods for Everyone, 10 a.m., Mary C. Dyster Community Education Room, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St. Free. Call 278-4523 to register.

SUPPORT GROUP: For parents coping with losing a child, 7 p.m., Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport.

ANNUAL AWARDS NIGHT: Spring Cocktail Party for the Lewiston Republican Committee, 6 to 8 p.m., Brick Yard Restaurant, 432 Center St., Lewiston. Honorees will include recipient of the 2005 Republican of the Year and the recipient of the Lewiston Republican Scholarship. Admission: $25 per person. Call 754-7145 for reservations.

SUPPORT GROUP: Help for Hepatitis C and Other Liver Diseases, 6:30 p.m., Room 723A, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. Call Kathy at 298-8150 for more information.

POTLUCK DINNER & MEETING: Sanborn Area Historical Society's potluck dinner and annual meeting, with a program called "Come Fly With Us, Kites and their History" by Ellen Reen, 6 p.m., Sanborn Fire Hall, Buffalo Street, Sanborn.

Wednesday

ADULT FITNESS: Low-impact aerobics, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, City of Niagara Falls Department of Recreation, LaSalle Facility, 9501 Colvin Blvd. Free.

CLASS: Hatha Yoga, 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport. Cost $3 members and $5 nonmembers. Fee payable at class. Also meets on Monday mornings.

NETWORKING CONFERENCE: Coalition of Agencies in Service to the Elderly's 16th annual Networking Conference called "Effective Tools for Aging," 8:30 a.m. to noon, Bishop Gibbons Auditorium, 1110 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. The conference will cover issues such as nutrition, arthritis, cognitive impairments and spiritual needs. Cost, which includes a continental breakfast, resource fair and networking opportunities: $10. Call 285-8224 for more information or to register.

EXERCISE: Fit After 50, 8:40 to 9:15 a.m., every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Niagara Falls Family YMCA, 1317 Portage Road, Niagara Falls. Gentle stretching. All are welcome.

MEETING: YWCA of the Tonawandas Friendship Club, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., 49 Tremont St., North Tonawanda. Projects have included making quilts, pillows and lap robes and offer the sharing of creative ideas. 692-5580.

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Niagara Area Business Exchange is a group of business professionals who meet to exchange business leads 7:45 to 9 a.m. every Wednesday, James S. Sullivan Agency, 31 W. Main St., Lockport. For information, contact Pat Barrows at 434-0777.

DIABETES EDUCATION: A series of three three-hour sessions, 9 a.m. to noon, Room 249, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. Call 298-2145 to register.

AL-ANON: Help with dealing with someone else's alcohol abuse, 10:30 a.m., Ray of Hope Al-Anon: St. Leo's Bingo Hall, front door, 2748 Military Road, Town of Niagara; 8 and 9:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 65 Main St., North Tonawanda.

WEIGHT LOSS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, support group dedicated to weight loss and maintenance, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., Sutherland Lodge, 1400 Ruie Road, North Tonawanda.

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

RECREATION PROGRAM: For developmentally disabled adolescents, 10 to 13 years old, 2 to 6 p.m., Niagara United Cerebral Palsy, 9812 Lockport Road, Town of Niagara.

CRAFTS: 12:30 p.m. Wheatfield Senior Citizens, 2790 Church Road, Wheatfield. Ceramics and woodworking offered at 9 a.m.

CLASS: Diabetes education for patients and families, 1:30 p.m., auditorium of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St. Continues every Wednesday.

CHESS CLUB: A club for youth and adults, 6:30 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday, Lockport Department of Youth and Recreation's Altro Park facility, 201 Willow St. Players from beginners to experienced are invited.

CLASS: "How-tos of Tai Chi," 12:30 to 1 p.m., YWCA of the Tonawandas, 49 Tremont St., North Tonawanda. Class meets monthly with fees of $12 for members and $22 for nonmembers.

SUPPORT GROUP: Onward, healing and compassion for people who are divorced or separated, 7 p.m., St. John the Baptist School, 160 Chestnut St., Lockport. Sponsored by Eastern Niagara County Catholic parishes. Free and open to all.

FREE LEGAL ADVICE: Legal Advocacy Service, sponsored by Mental Health Association in Niagara County, offers free legal advice to qualified clients, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 36 Pine St., Lockport. For information and appointments, call Betty 433-3780.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING: Weight Loss Surgery, with topics to include risks and benefits, eligibility and post surgical follow up, 6 to 8 p.m., Mary C. Dyster Community Education Room, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St. Call 278-0873 to register.

Thursday

BUSINESS SEMINAR: Business Assistance Seminar with State Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, 7 to 9 p.m., Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Call 434-3815 to register.

MEETINGS: Profnet: Business to Business in Western New York will share business referrals at its breakfast meetings, 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. every Thursday, Jetport Restaurant, 7100 Porter Road, Town of Niagara. More information about the organization is on its Web site, www.profnet.org.

MEETING: Rotary Club of Niagara County Central breakfast meeting, 7:15 a.m. every Thursday, Olympia Restaurant, 3312 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield. Prospective members are welcome.

DIABETES EDUCATION: A series of three three-hour sessions, 9 a.m. to noon, Room 249, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. Call 298-2145 to register.

A.M. LOCKPORT TOASTMASTERS: 7 to 8:30 a.m., Friendly's Restaurant, 2 W. Main St., Lockport. Guests and visitors welcome.

CLASS: "Rhythms of Wellness" uses drumming to release stress and promote wellness, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport. Meets every Thursday. Cost $25 per month for members and $35 for nonmembers. To register, call 433-1886.

PERFORMANCE: "Flora, the Red Menace," presented by Niagara University Theatre, 8 p.m., Leary Theatre, Niagara University, Lewiston. Call 286-8622 for tickets.

CLASS: Self-defense for adults and children over 5 offered by a second-degree black-belt instructor using tae kwon do techniques, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, YWCA of the Tonawandas, 49 Tremont St., North Tonawanda. Cost is $30 per month for members and $40 for nonmembers. Registration information at 692-5580.

SUPPORT GROUP: Lockport New Beginnings, for people recovering from alcohol or drug dependency, 7 p.m., 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, Porter.

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.

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

RECREATION PROGRAM: For developmentally disabled children 3 to 10 years old, 2 to 6 p.m., Niagara United Cerebral Palsy, 9812 Lockport Road, Town of Niagara.

MONTHLY MEETING: Board of Niagara Falls Public Library, 7:30 a.m., second-floor conference room, 1425 Main St.

SUPPORT GROUP: North Tonawanda depression support group meets at 6 p.m. every Thursday, first-floor conference room, DeGraff Memorial Hospital, 445 Tremont St., North Tonawanda. Also on Mondays.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING: Learn about Enhanced External Counterpulsation, a safe, nonsurgical outpatient treatment for cardiac patients, 7 p.m., Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center auditorium, 621 10th St. Call 564-0781 to register.

Friday

GOSPEL SING 2005: Good News Jail & Prison Ministry of Niagara County's Gospel Sing 2005, 7:30 p.m., Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Tickets, $15. Call 692-2413 for more information.

PERFORMANCE: "Flora, the Red Menace," presented by Niagara University Theatre, 8 p.m., Leary Theatre, Niagara University, Lewiston. Call 286-8622 for tickets.

AL-ANON: Help with dealing with someone else's alcohol problem; 7:30 p.m., Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church, 166 59th St., Niagara Falls.

CARDS AND CRAFTS: 9 a.m., Wheatfield Senior Citizens Center, 2790 Church Road, Wheatfield.

SUPPORT GROUP: Alcoholics Anonymous, First Step Group, 8 to 9 p.m., Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center auditorium, 621 10th St.

RECREATION PROGRAM: For developmentally disabled children 3 to 10 years old, 2 to 6 p.m., Niagara United Cerebral Palsy, 9812 Lockport Road, Town of Niagara.

EXERCISE: Fit After 50, 8:40 to 9:15 a.m., every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Niagara Falls Family YMCA, 1317 Portage Road, Niagara Falls. Gentle stretching. All are welcome.

FIREMAN'S BALL: Lockport Professional Firefighter's Fireman's Ball, 6 p.m. to midnight, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport. With a full buffet, open bar, ticket auction and entertainment by Universal Grille Band. Tickets: $30 per person. Tickets are available at Lockport Fire Department 1, Locks Plaza. Call 439-6724 for more information.

Saturday

ART EXPRESS: Family fun with hands-on art activities, 2 to 4 p.m., every Saturday, Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, Lewiston. Cost, $3 for nonmembers and $2 for members.

DANCE CLASS: Butterfly Dance Company for all children with developmental disabilities, 2:30 p.m., Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence, community room, 5285 Military Road, Lewiston. For information and registration, call Michelle, 636-0439, or e-mail at ucandance1@aol.com.

ART SHOW: With a ticket auction, cash bar and live music to benefit Make-A-Wish of Western New York, hosted by Outdoor Reflections artist Beth Brawn, doors open at noon with an unveiling reception from 6 to 9 p.m., Holiday Inn, 515 S. Transit Road, Lockport. Many ticket auctions run both today and Sunday, and ticket purchasers do not need to be present to win.

MUSEUM HOURS: 2 to 4 p.m., Ransomville Historical Museum, Old Post Office on Ransomville Library grounds, 3733 Ransomville Road, or for special tours by calling 791-4494.

SUPPORT GROUP: Recovery Inc., a self-help community mental health resource, noon to 2 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 639 Main St., Niagara Falls. Use side door.

SUPPORT GROUP: Overeaters Anonymous, 10 a.m., Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center auditorium, 621 10th St. Continues every Saturday.

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER: To benefit Lockport Library Books for Babies, 6 p.m., Marjim Manor Winery, 7171 E. Lake Road, Appleton. Tickets, $40. Call Melissa Bedford at 778-0741 for information or tickets.

PERFORMANCE: "Flora, the Red Menace," presented by Niagara University Theatre, 8 p.m., Leary Theatre, Niagara University, Lewiston. Call 286-8622 for tickets. This evening's performance is part of the Friends of Niagara University's 20th Annual Gala.

VIDEO FESTIVAL: Seventh Annual Niagara County Community College Video and Digital Media Festival, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL: And auction, 6 p.m., Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church, 166 59th St., Niagara Falls. Adults, $4.50; children under 5 are free.

DISASTER SERVICES CLASS: For anyone who would like to learn more about how to assist the community in times of disaster or emergency, 9 a.m. to noon, Niagara Falls Chapter, American Red Cross, 2079 Sawyer Drive, Wheatfield. Call 731-4030 for more information or to register.

Next Sunday

SUPPORT GROUP: Recovery Inc., a self-help community mental health resource, 2 to 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 8210 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. Use the back entrance.

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

ART SHOW: With a ticket auction, cash bar and live music to benefit Make-A-Wish of Western New York, hosted by Outdoor Reflections artist Beth Brawn, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Holiday Inn, 515 S. Transit Road, Lockport. Many ticket auctions run both Saturday and today, and ticket purchasers do not need to be present to win.

PERFORMANCE: "Flora, the Red Menace," presented by Niagara University Theatre, 1 p.m., Leary Theatre, Niagara University, Lewiston. Call 286-8622 for tickets.

ONE-MILE RACE: Lewiston Kiwanis One-Mile Race for Youth, 12:30 p.m., Lewiston Red Brick School, 145 N. Fourth St. The one-mile race is for children 14 years and under. Registration forms need a parent's signature. The first 100 registering that day will receive a shirt. Call 754-1990 for more information. Registration begins at 11:45 a.m.

FEATURED SPEAKER: Frank Layden, former Niagara University and Utah Jazz head coach, will be the featured speaker at the 40th annual Hewitt Sports Awards Dinner, 6 p.m., Niagara County Community College Dining Hall, Room 253, Building G, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Tickets, $20 for adults; $15 for students. Call 298-2146 for more information.

ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sanborn Post 969, American Legion, Pearl Street, Sanborn. Adults, $5; ages 5 to 11, $1.50; under 5, free.

PERFORMANCE: Niagara Interfaith Chorale presents Requiem, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and a group of favorite African-American spirituals, 3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 505 Cayuga St., Lewiston.