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>State grant will fund school music program

The Buffalo Alliance for Education has received a $65,000 state grant for an introductory music program in Buffalo Public Schools, alliance officials announced.

The grant, from the New York State Music Fund, will provide for Adventures in Music, a program that introduces prekindergarten and kindergarten pupils to music through song and instruments.

The fund was created as a result of the state attorney general's investigations of illegal "pay for play" activities by major record companies. The settlement stipulates that funds paid by music businesses would support music education and appreciation benefiting state residents.


>Presentation planned on Internet safety

Parents, grandparents, guardians and educators are invited to attend an Internet safety presentation at 7 p.m. next Wednesday in the auditorium of Lancaster High School, 1 Forton Drive.

Holly L. Hubert, supervisory special agent for the FBI's Buffalo Cyber Squad, will talk about how predators use instant messaging programs and popular Web sites such as to victimize children. She will describe signs to look for in a child who may be at risk and talk about how to protect children from online predators.

The program is designed for adults and high school-age children. The content is not appropriate for young children. Free child care will be available. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Lancaster Family Support Center, Lancaster District PTO Council, Depew School District and St. Mary's High School.


>Polish folk ensemble to hold open house

An open house to recruit new members to the Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday in St. John Gualbert Catholic Church, Gualbert Avenue and Doat Street, Cheektowaga.

Members of the organization meet once a week to learn traditional folk dances from the various regions of Poland, as well as the polka. The group also explores folklore, holiday traditions, regional customs, history and music.

Members of Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble, dressed in traditional folk clothing, participate in public performances throughout the year.

For more information, call Manya Pawlak-Metzler, 875-2030.

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