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>Daemen College to hold workshop on Darfur

Over the past three years, the government of Sudan has waged a war on local tribes in Darfur, killing more than 300,000, raping thousands and generating more than 2 million refugees .

A workshop aimed at helping local seventh- through 12th-grade English and social studies teachers bring this issue to the classroom is planned for Feb. 3 at Daemen College in Snyder. The workshop, sponsored by the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be held in Schenck Hall behind the Wick Center.

The event is free, but reservations are required by Friday. For information, call 634-9535.


>Opera House to hold sale of formal wear

The Lancaster Opera House is planning a bridal sale to raise funds for the arts agency.

Donors have given the opera house -- 21 Central Ave. -- hundreds of wedding gowns and other formal wear to sell when it holds the event from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $2.

The opera house will hold an advance sale from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The $10 admission price will include refreshments.


>Studio Arena playwright to hold book signings

Pamela Gien, author of "The Syringa Tree" and playwright of the Studio Arena Theatre production of the same name, will make a local appearance Wednesday for two book signings.

Gien will be signing copies of her book from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Barnes & Noble store, 1565 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Studio Arena Theatre, 710 Main St.


>Merged agencies receive $180,000 in donations

Private foundations have donated $180,000 since the merger of Planned Parenthood of Niagara County and Planned Parenthood of Buffalo & Erie County, agency officials have announced.

"The financial support of our merger sounds a call to other not-for-profits to merge," said Laura Meyers, chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Western New York. "We are better equipped to handle the changes in health care, changes in regulation and the challenges of greater competition for private fundraising support."

The agency has an operating budget of approximately $6 million, half of which comes from government sources. It operates six health centers, a mobile outreach unit and a teen drop-in center.

Organizations that contributed to the merger and the amounts are: Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York, $50,000; Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, $5,000; Grigg-Lewis Foundation, $10,000; and James H. Cummings Foundation, $15,000.

Also, The John R. Oishei Foundation, $50,000; Josephine Goodyear Foundation, $5,000; Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, $30,000; and Western New York Foundation, $15,000.

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