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: email@example.com.
NIAGARA EXPO '06: A showcase of the Town of Niagara Business and Professional Association's businesses at the Niagara Expo '06, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Outlets at Niagara Falls USA, Military Road, Town of Niagara. The event includes performances by Sugar & Jazz, Step in Time, FACES Bell Choir and Niagara Clown Alley Performers.
SPECIAL DAY: Breast Cancer Awareness Day, as part of the "Time Out for Women's Health Series" presented by Independent Health, with a free awareness, prevention and breast cancer care seminar presented by Karen Fischer of the American Cancer Society's Western New York Chapter, 12:30 p.m., lower level of the Gallagher Center, Niagara University, Route 104, Lewiston. Bring a bag lunch, and the university will provide beverages and a dessert. No reservations are necessary. Attendees are invited to the 2 p.m. Niagara women's basketball game as guests of the university.
BABY RACES: Lockport Junior Service League's Indoor Baby Races, held as part of the 12th annual Winter Fun Fest, 12:30 p.m., Kenan Arena, 433 Locust St., Lockport. With three age divisions: Crawlers -- 6 to 12 months; Wobblers -- 12 to 18 months; and Toddlers -- 18 to 24 months. Prizes are donated by Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Niagara County. Call Kelsey at 439-4819 for more information. The day also continues with a nature display from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., carnival games, face painting, a craft corner for the kids and a chili cookoff.
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.
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.
PERFORMANCE: "The Princess and the Pea," by Niagara University Theatre, 2 p.m., Niagara University Theatre-at-the-Church, 415 Plain St., Lewiston. General admission, $14; senior citizens and children 18 and under, $12. Call 286-8622 for tickets.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Sponsored by Somerset Lodge 639, Free & Accepted Masons, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Barker Fire Hall, Quaker Road, Barker. Adults, $6; children 6 to 12, $2.50; 5 and under, free; family of two adults and up to four children, $15. Includes a basket auction.
MUSEUM HOURS: 2 to 4 p.m., Sanborn Historical Society Museum, 2822 Niagara St.
WINTER READING CLUB: Children from preschool through grade nine can keep warm this winter while reading books from the children's department of North Tonawanda Public Library and win free Reading Is Fundamental books and other prizes. Children may come into the library to register and then read up to five books, one from the seasonal collection and the rest of their own library choices. No registration for the free program. Come to the library or call 693-4132 for more information. The library is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Program ends Feb. 28.
EASTER FLORAL SALE: Niagara Floral Center & Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara will sell flowers to benefit the agency's horticulture therapy program, with prices ranging from $9.99 to $25. All orders are due by March 30. Call 504-2617, Ext. 244, or download a form at www.opportunitiesunlimited.org.
BIBLE STUDY COURSE: "Apocalyptic Books and Apocryphal Books," the last of a seven-week Bible study course for adults, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church St., Youngstown. Call 745-7067 to register.
ADULT FITNESS: Walking, 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays, City of Niagara Falls Department of Recreation, LaSalle Facility, 9501 Colvin Blvd. Free.
COMPUTER TUTORING: One-on-one computer classes with Technical Services Librarian Sarah J. Watson, 3 to 3:45 p.m. and 4 to 4:45 p.m., Lewiston Public Library, 305 S. Eighth St. Those attending are asked to bring a floppy disk, notepaper and a pen. Registration is limited. Call 754-4720 to sign up.
PRINCESS CONTESTANTS SOUGHT: For the Miss Niagara County Little Princess Pageant, 1 p.m. Feb. 25 at Niagara Falls High School. Organizers are looking for girls from 1 to 12 years of age. No talent is required, and contestants will model a dressy outfit in their age divisions. Optional categories are sportswear and beach attire. Applications may be picked up at Tops Markets, 7200 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls; Center Street, Lewiston; Meadow Drive, North Tonawanda; and 5827 S. Transit Road, Lockport. You may also send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to 6704 Elbert Drive, North Tonawanda, NY 14120 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PARENTING PROGRAM: Health for All Seasons and EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) presents "Parenting of Young Children," a six-week series, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Room 249, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. Call 298-2145 to register.
MUSEUM HOURS: North Tonawanda History Museum, 314 Oliver St., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays. The museum is also open by appointment. Call 213-0554 or 692-2681 for more information.
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, 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.
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, 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. Continues Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
FREE TAX ASSISTANCE: Accounting students from Niagara University will provide free assistance in preparing and electronic filing of federal and state tax returns for elderly and low-income taxpayers, 4 to 6 p.m., Gallagher Center, Niagara University, Route 104, Lewiston. No appointment is needed. Continues Wednesday.
DISCOVERY DAY: As part of National Catholic College Week, Niagara University will host Discovery Day, when prospective students can attend presentations on admissions policy, academics and financial aid, get tours and eat lunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Niagara University, Route 104, Lewiston. Call 286-8721 for more information.
HORSE EVENT: Local program showing an educational approach to horses to benefit the Niagara County Mounted Sheriff Patrol, with treats from Butterwood Desserts, pizza, door prizes, samples and coupons, 6:30 p.m., Shawnee Fire Hall, 3747 Lockport Road, Sanborn. Fee, $2. Call 592-1861 to reserve a spot. Walk-ins are also welcome.
LIBRARIES CLOSED: Earl W. Brydges Public Library, 1425 Main St.; LaSalle Branch Library, 8728 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls; and Lewiston Public Library, 305 S. Eighth St., Lewiston, will be closed today to observe Washington's Birthday.
CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELING: Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Buffalo has partnered with Niagara University to offer financial counseling for Niagara Falls-area residents, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1824 Main St., Niagara Falls. Call 712-2063 for an appointment.
CHECK IT OUT: Adults who borrow books from North Tonawanda Public Library in February will have a chance to win one of four prize baskets. A raffle ticket will be given out each time a patron borrows any books. Winners will be selected Tuesday evenings. For more information, call the reference department at 693-3009.
FREE CLINIC: An immunization clinic for children is held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of every month in Trinity Lutheran Church, 67 Saxton St., Lockport. Appointments only by calling 278-1903. Clinics also held in North Tonawanda and in Niagara Falls.
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.
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.
SUPPORT GROUP: Diabetes support, 6:30 p.m., Room 723A, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston.
TAX HELP: 1 to 3:30 p.m., Lewiston Public Library, 305 S. Eighth St. Continues Wednesday.
SPECIAL PROGRAM: "Make a Million on eBay." Find out why eBay has become one of the most popular online Web sites to sell things, 9 a.m. to noon, Niagara University, Route 104, Lewiston. Fee, $19. Call 286-8181 to register.
COOKING CLASS: "Ready, Set, Start Counting: Dietary Strategies to Help Manage Diabetes," 10 a.m., Mary C. Dyster Community Education Room, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St. Free with most insurances. Call 278-4523 to register.
FREE TAX ASSISTANCE: Accounting students from Niagara University will provide free assistance in preparing and electronic filing of federal and state tax returns for elderly and low income taxpayers, 4 to 6 p.m., Gallagher Center, Niagara University, Route 104, Lewiston. No appointment is needed.
TAX HELP: 1 to 3:30 p.m., Lewiston Public Library, 305 S. Eighth St.
MUSEUM HOURS: 1 to 5 p.m., Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. Open daily through Sunday.
MUSEUM HOURS: Lewiston Museum, 1 to 4 p.m., 469 Plain St. Admission is by goodwill donation. Continues through Sunday.
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.
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.
CRAFTS: 12:30 p.m., Wheatfield Senior Citizens, 2790 Church Road, Wheatfield. Ceramics and woodworking offered at 9 a.m.
LEARN TO PLAY CARDS: Pitch bid tournament, 1 p.m., Lockport Senior Centre, 33 Ontario St. Tournament fees for members, $18; nonmembers, $27. For more information, call 433-1886 or stop in at the information desk.
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.
REPORTING PROGRAM: New York State Child Abuse Identification and Reporting program, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., E-142, Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Call 614-6773 for more information.
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.
COLLEGE INFORMATION NIGHT: For college-bound juniors and their parents, hosted by Niagara-Wheatfield Counseling and Career Centers, 6:30 p.m., Niagara-Wheatfield High School auditorium, Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Representatives from the University at Buffalo, Brockport State College, Niagara University and Niagara County Community College will be present to discuss criteria used in college admissions.
SPECIAL PROGRAM: "Let's Celebrate Big Brothers/Big Sisters," 6:30 p.m., Room 249, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. Call 298-2145 to register your child.
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.
SPECIAL LECTURE: "Developing a Historic Preservation State of Mind," 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport. Call 433-2617 for more information.
SUPPORT GROUP: Lockport Memorial Hospital's Diabetic Support Group, with a program titled "What You Need to Know About Body Mass Index," 7 to 8 p.m., Lockport Library Community Room, 23 East Ave. Call 514-5800, Ext. 5688, to reserve a spot.
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.
INFORMATION SESSION: Learn about Vascuflo's Enhanced External Counterpulsation, a safe, nonsurgical outpatient treatment for cardiac patients, 6:30 p.m., Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center auditorium, 621 10th St. Call 278-4523 to register.
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.
A.M. LOCKPORT TOASTMASTERS: 7 to 8:30 a.m., Friendly's Restaurant, 2 W. Main St., Lockport. Guests and visitors welcome.
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, Ransomville.
MEET ELIZA MOSSELL: Alisa Byrd will portray Eliza Mossell, the matriarch from the famous Mossell family in Lockport, as part of the Niagara County Historical Society's second program of the year, 2 p.m., the History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport. Fee, $1.
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.
AL-ANON: Help with dealing with someone else's alcohol problem; 7:30 p.m., Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church, 166 59th St., Niagara Falls.
SPECIAL SPEAKER: Cheech Marin, actor and art collector, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Auditorium, Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Students, $5; all others, $15. Tickets are available in the college's bookstore.
PERFORMANCE: Canada's Green Thumb Theatre for Young People features "SeeSaw," a puppet show dealing with sensitive issues such as bullying, self-image and friendships, 7 p.m., Kenan Center Taylor Theater, 433 Locust St., Lockport. Adults, $10; senior citizens and members, $9; children, $7. Call 433-2617 for tickets. Continues Saturday.
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.
JEWELRY & HANDBAG SALE: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center auditorium, 621 10th St. Proceeds to benefit the hospital.
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.
THE ROCK: Youths and young adults ages 13 to 24 can check out the Rock for an evening of fun, contemporary music and ministry, 7 p.m., Wheatfield Community Church, The Summit, 6929 Williams Road, Wheatfield.
FREE TAX HELP: If you made $35,000 or less last year, you can have your taxes filed free, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., ATTAIN Lab inside the Niagara Falls Housing Authority's Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth St., Niagara Falls. Be sure to bring the appropriate paper work and identification. Continues Saturday. For more information, call Kara Olidge at 285-5374.
PERFORMANCE: Oscar Wilde's comic masterpiece "The Importance of Being Earnest," 8 p.m., Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda. General admission, $12; senior citizens and students, $10. Call 743-1614 for reservations. Continues at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
PAYMENT DUE: Today is the deadline to make reservations for United Way of Niagara's 82nd Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon, noon March 3, Antonio's Banquet & Conference Center, 7708 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls. Tickets, $17. Make checks payable to United Way of Niagara and send them to 345 Third St., Suite 570, Niagara Falls, NY 14303.
A NITE AT THE RACES: Pekin Fire Company's annual event, which includes free beer, pop and popcorn, and entry includes beef on weck, salad and other treats, 7 p.m., Pekin Fire Hall, 3024 Upper Mountain Road, Sanborn. Entry fee, $5.
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.
AUDITIONS HELD: For "The Full Monty," held by Artpark & Co., noon to 5 p.m., Artpark, Lewiston. The company is looking for singers, dancers and actors ages 18 and up. Please bring your own sheet music. Call 754-9000, Ext. 242, Wednesday and Thursday between 1 and 4 p.m. for an appointment.
OPENING RECEPTION: "Black and White," 6 to 9 p.m., Market Street Art Center, 247 Market St., Lockport.
ANTIQUE SHOW: Cabin Fever Antique Show and Sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Post 26, AMVETS, 600 Ward Road, North Tonawanda. Admission, $3. Food available. Continues Sunday.
SPECIAL PROGRAM: Old Fort Niagara Executive Director Robert Emerson will present the second program in the "Cabin Fever" winter lecture series titled, "The Taking of Horatio Jones," 2 p.m., Fort Niagara's Officers' Club, Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown. Admission, $8.50; senior citizens, $7.50.
PSYCHIC AND HOLISTIC FAIRE: Suggestive Learning Center presents an assortment of professional psychics and mediums, tarot and angel readers, holistic and reiki practitioners, vendors and crafters, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Hyde Park Ice Pavilion, Robbins Drive, Niagara Falls. Entrance fee, $5, with a portion of it to go to the SPCA. Continues Sunday.
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.
STORYTELLING SATURDAY: The Wondermakers will perform as part of Storytelling Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m., Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls. Adults, $7.50; children, $5.50; children 3 and under, free.
ROMANTIC PERFORMANCE: "Love Letters," a story of the lifelong correspondence of the lawyer and the artist and a bittersweet relationship that gradually unfolds from what is written and what is left unsaid in their letters, 7:30 p.m., Lockport Palace Theatre, 2 East Ave. Adults, $15; senior citizens and children under 10, $13. Call 438-1130 to reserve seats.
FISH FRY: 4 to 7 p.m., Pendleton Center United Methodist Church, 6864 Campbell Blvd., Pendleton. For takeouts, call 625-8306.
MASK MAKING: Artist Lillian Mendez will demonstrate how to make Puerto Rican carnival masks, or vegigante, 2 to 4 p.m., Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University, Route 104, Lewiston. Museum members, $3; nonmembers, $5. Call 286-8293 to register.
BEAUTY PAGEANT: Miss Rainbow Niagara Pageant, 6:30 p.m., Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth St., Niagara Falls. Tickets, $5. Call 285-5374 for more information.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: YMCA Camp Kenan Pancake Breakfast, 10 a.m., Olcott Fire Hall, Lockport-Olcott Road, Olcott. Advance tickets, $5; at the door, $6; children under 12, $3. Call 434-8887 for more information.
POLAR BEAR RUN: 10th annual Polar Bear Run, 11 a.m., Olcott Fire Hall, Lockport-Olcott Road, Olcott. Register at the Lockport YMCA or online at www.active.com. A Cub Run, a race for children, will begin at 10:30 a.m. Call 434-8887 for more information or find details at www.score-this.com.
ANTIQUE SHOW: Cabin Fever Antique Show and Sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Post 26, AMVETS, 600 Ward Road, North Tonawanda. Admission, $3. Food available.