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'Climate Change Cafe' to be offered by DEC

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will offer "Climate Change Cafe" at 1 p.m. Jan. 15 at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 83 Honorine Drive, Town of Cheektowaga.

Participants will receive a free copy of "Low-Carbon Diet: A 30-Day Program to Lose 5000 Pounds" as part of an action plan to put their home on an "energy diet." A list of resources available in Western New York will be provided, such as recycling and transportation options.

"Many people are concerned about climate change but feel powerless to do something about it," said Meaghan Boice-Green, the center's director. "At the Climate Change Cafe, citizens will determine what actions are within their reach and create an action plan that will truly make a difference for the environment."

To register or for more information, call 683-5959.

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Nominations being sought for Preservation Award

Preservation Buffalo Niagara is seeking nominations that exemplify historic preservation projects in Western New York by next Monday.

The preservation organization will honor the 2011 Preservation Award recipients at a May luncheon.

Projects are being sought that illustrate excellence in restoration, adaptive reuse, stewardship, landscape preservation and compatible new construction. Individuals and organizations with outstanding preservation achievements can also be nominated.

For additional information and nomination forms, go to www.p-b-n.org.

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Cervical cancer screening can earn $10 gift card

NIAGARA FALLS -- Uninsured women age 40 and older can receive a $10 gift card to Budwey's supermarkets by completing a cervical cancer screening through the Niagara County Health Department.

Breast and colon cancer screenings also are eligible for the $10 prize. Women over 40 who lack health coverage may call 278-8285 for appointments.

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Child & Family Services given grant for $14,570

Child & Family Services has received a $14,570 grant from the Children's Guild Foundation to fund art and recreation therapy activities at Conners Children's Center and the Stanley G. Falk School.

Conners Children's Center houses two residential programs serving children with severe emotional and behavioral disorders.

The Stanley G. Falk School provides educational programming for students, ages 5-21 years with special learning, social and emotional needs.

Both programs are affiliated with Child & Family Services, a private, not-for-profit community service organizations that have been helping families for over 137 years.