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COMING UP

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FORUM: "Taking Domestic Violence Out of the Closet," a discussion of the problem within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Trinity Episcopal Church Chapel, 371 Delaware Ave. The free event is sponsored by the Erie County Coalition Against Family Violence, Child and Family Services' Haven House and several gay and lesbian organizations. For information, call 884-6002.

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NEWSTEAD BOOK SALE: Friends of Newstead Library will hold its annual used book sale Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the library on Main Street. On Wednesday, the sale runs from 6 to 8 p.m. as a presale only for members of the Friends group. Friday hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a books-by-the-bag sale starting at noon on that day.

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VA OPEN HOUSE: The Department of Veterans Affairs is hosting an open house for those interested in pursuing a career in nursing. The event will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday in Freedom Hall, Room 301, VA Western New York Healthcare System, 3495 Bailey Ave. For more information, call 862-8872 or visit www.buffalo.va.gov.

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KINSHIP CARE PRESENTATION: Gerard Wallace, attorney and director of the New York State Kinship Navigator Program, will present "Kinship Care: Special Challenges -- Special Services," which will address the legal issues surrounding kinship care. The event will take place at 9 a.m. Thursday on the Jamestown Community College North Campus, 10807 Bennett Road, Dunkirk. To register, call 856-4494.

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ECUMENICAL MEETING: The South Buffalo Ecumenical Association will hold its October meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in South Park United Methodist Church, 73 Ashton Place. The session will explore the United Nations' Eight Millennium Development Goals to promote gender equality and empower women. Call 824-4112.

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CANDIDATES HOUR: Southeast Works, which provides services to help people with developmental disabilities lead productive and independent lives, will host a candidates hour at 10 a.m. Friday at 181 Lincoln St., Depew. The program will give candidates a chance to present their positions on supporting those with developmental disabilities. For reservations, call 683-7100, Ext. 212.

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MDA/ALS BENEFIT: The sixth annual MDA/ALS Harvest of Hope, to benefit research for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Lou Gehrig's Disease, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Statler Towers. The evening will consist of a wine/beer tasting and silent auction. Gene Vukelic, chairman and chief officer of Try-It Distributing Co., has been named honorary chairman. Tickets are $50. For more information, call 626-0035.

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