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Jan. 16 to 23 / Niagara County events

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, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240, fax to: 856-5150, or e-mail to: niagaranews@buffnews.com.

>Today

SPAGHETTI DINNER: Niagara Falls Junior Football Club's championship celebration and fundraiser includes basket and 5 0/5 0 raffles, 1 to 6 p.m., American Legion Post 1142, 8643 Buffalo Ave. Tickets are $10. For information, visit NFJFC.com.

READ TO SANDY: "Read to the Dogs," today and next Sunday, 2 to 4:30 p.m., North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive. Children in grades one to six practice reading to Sandy, a certified therapy dog. Reserve a 15-minute session by phoning 693-4132, Ext. 5.

ART EXHIBIT: Featuring artisans from Western New York working in a variety of two- and three-dimensional media, Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust St., Lockport. Exhibit continues through Sept. 3. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

ART DISPLAYS: "Intimacy at a Glance," works by Clayton Rickard; "Natural & Unnatural Worlds," photography by Mary Ellen Harris, Market Street Art Center, 247 Market St., Lockport. The center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday to Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 478-0239 or visit www.marketstreetartcenter.org.

SUPPORT GROUP: Recovery Inc., 2 to 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 8210 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. Use the side door.

MEETING: Alcoholics Anonymous Niagara Intergroup, 2 p.m., Hooker Auditorium, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St.

MEETING: Alcoholics Anonymous Golden Slipper, 9:30 a.m., VFW hall, 112 Caledonia St., Lockport; Attitude Adjustment, 10 a.m., First Step Center, Allen Avenue, Niagara Falls; LaSalle Big Book, 7:30 p.m., Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church, 156 59th St., Niagara Falls; Fifth Tradition, 8 p.m., St. John Episcopal Church, 100 Chestnut St., Youngstown; and Lock City, 8 p.m., Emmanuel Methodist Church, East Avenue at Washburn Street, Lockport.

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>Monday

SPECIAL PROGRAM: For children ages 7 to 12, to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day; program will focus on contributions of local African-Americans to the history of Lockport and Niagara County, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., History Center of Niagara County, 215 Niagara St., Lockport. Cost is $10 per child. For required reservations, phone 433-7433.

LIBRARY PROGRM: PG-rated movie about a young owl, abducted by an evil owl army, who must escape with newfound friends to seek out the legendary Guardians to stop the menace, 1 p.m., North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive. For information, call 693-4132, Ext. 5.

CHICKEN BARBECUE: Niagara Metals will serve free Chiavetta's chicken dinners to the first 150 people attending, 11:30 a.m., 8729 Rochester Road (Route 31), Gasport. The company also will present a $5,000 donation to MercyFlight as part of its customer and community appreciation days.

CLASS: The American Red Cross' "Babysitters Training Course," 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport. Cost is $65. To register, phone 433-1886.

GROUP MEETING: Anger management group for those wishing to work on their emotional and behavioral well-being, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Independent Living of Niagara County, 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls. For information, call Dave Edgerton at 836-0822, Ext. 109.

STRETCHING CLASS: Stretching and Mobility Class for senior citizens ages 55 and up, 9:15 a.m., North Tonawanda Senior Citizens Center, 110 Goundry St. Cost, $2.

SUPPORT GROUP: The Mental Health Association in Niagara County's support group for those dealing with depression and anxiety, 6 to 7:30 p.m., conference dining room, DeGraff Memorial Hospital, Tremont Street, North Tonawanda. Call 433-3780, Ext. 10, for more information.

MUSEUM HOURS: The North Tonawanda History Museum, which operates in the Lumber City History Center, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Friday (except Wednesday), 54 Webster St. Call 213-0554 for more information.

BAND REHEARSAL: The Bergholz German Band meets, 8 p.m., Bergholz Fire Hall, Niagara Road. Prospective members are welcome.

FACILITATED ENROLLMENT: For Medicaid, Child Health Plus and Family Health insurance programs, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Tuesday and Thursday and on the second Wednesday of the month; 1 to 4 p.m. on other Wednesdays; and 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Hamilton B. Mizer Primary Care Center, 501 10th St., Niagara Falls. Call 278-4620 for more information.

MEETINGS: Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Step Group, 7:30 a.m., St. Peter Episcopal Church, Second Street and Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls; New Hope Group, 10:30 a.m., First Step Center, Allen Avenue, Niagara Falls; Lockview, 6:30 p.m., Plymouth Congregational Church, 98 East Ave., Lockport; Survivors Big Book Group, 6:30 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, Pershing Avenue and Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls; New Green Group International Open Discussion Meeting, 8 p.m., First Congregational Church, 822 Cleveland Ave., Niagara Falls; and Open Channel Big Book, 8 p.m., St. Peter Episcopal Church, Second Street and Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls.

GLEE CLUB REHEARSALS: Lock City Glee Club, 7 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, Rochester Road at Fieldcrest Drive, Lockport. New members are invited to join.

FITNESS PROGRAM: Independent Health Association's low-impact SilverSneakers fitness class, which focuses on improving muscular strength and much more for senior citizens, 9 a.m., Niagara Falls Family YMCA, 1317 Portage Road. Also offered Wednesdays and Fridays. Senior citizens subscribing to Independent Health's Medicare Advantage plan can receive a free fitness facility membership at the YMCA.

EXERCISE: An exercise class for senior citizens, 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, $2 per week. Call 690-2271 or 692-8731 to register.

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.

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>Tuesday

MEETINGS: The Niagara River Greenway Commission's executive committee will meet at 2 p.m., Beaver Island State Park Office, Grand Island. A general meeting will be held at 3 p.m. in the park's clubhouse. To review the approved greenway plan, or for a schedule of project submission dates, visit www.niagaragreenway.org.

CLASS: For children ages 2 to 4 years, "Knee High Naturalist," 1 p.m., Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport. Child must be accompanied by an adult. Each class has a main topic, story time, crafts, a hike and refreshments. Runs for four Tuesdays. Cost is $20 per session. To register, phone 433-1886.

FREE WORKSHOP: "Overview of Special Education," presented by Parent Network of WNY and Early Childhood Direction Center, 10 a.m. to noon, Independent Living of Niagara County, 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls. For information or registration, call 332-4170.

ART DISPLAY: "Fly Me to the Moon: A Celebration of Celestial Bodies From the Permanent Collection"; "Freedom Crossing: The Underground Railroad in Greater Niagara," 11 to 5 p.m., Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University, Route 104, Lewiston. Continues 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

ART EXHIBITION: "Cloud Corrosion," a three-person exhibit that captures the essence of a postindustrial city through the first fully digital generation; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Saturday by appointment, East Gallery Project Space, Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St., North Tonawanda.

GALLERY HOURS: School of the Arts Gallery, where the owner also invites artists, poets, crafters and designers to present their works, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Saturday, 402 Center St., Lewiston.

SUPPORT GROUP: For families and friends of prisoners, formerly incarcerated people and family members, as well as community members, 6 p.m., Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St. Free and confidential. For information, call Claudia Racine at 236-0257.

CLASS: Senior Yoga 55 , 10:30 a.m., Lunchtime Yoga, noon, Beginner Yoga, 4:30 p.m., Integrative Yoga Therapy Class, 6 p.m., Anjali Yoga & Wellness, 908 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda. For information, call 748-5503.

CHORUS REHEARSAL: The Lockport Chorale, 7 p.m., Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 75 East Ave. New members welcome.

NAR-ANON MEETINGS: Helping families cope with substance abuse by someone they love, 6:45 p.m., St. Edmund's Outreach, St. Christopher Church, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda.

SUPPORT GROUP: For adults coping with the sudden, traumatic loss of a loved one, 6 p.m., Niagara Falls Medical Center, sixth floor, 621 10th St. For information, call 433-3780.

SUPPORT GROUP: Diabetes support, 6:30 p.m., Room 723A, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston.

FREE CLINIC: An immunization clinic for infants and children is held from 9 to 11:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 5 Saxton St., Lockport. Appointments only by calling 278-1903.

MEETINGS: Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Step Group, 7:30 a.m., St. Peter Episcopal Church, Second Street and Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls; New Freedom Group, 10 a.m., 2470 Allen Ave., Niagara Falls; the Tuesday Afternoon Meeting, 12:30 p.m., Horizon Health Services, 36 East Ave., Lockport; Big Book Step Group, 6:30 p.m., St. Peter Episcopal Church, Second Street and Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls; Early Beginning Group, 7 p.m., St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 616 Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls; Lew-Port Group, 8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 505 Cayuga St., Lewiston; and Big-Book Lockport, 8 p.m., St. John the Baptist School, 160 Chestnut St., Lockport.

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM: For children ages 2 1/2 to 5, with books, games, crafts, holiday parties, birthday celebrations and special guests, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. to noon, Youngstown Public Library, 240 Lockport St.

OPEN ENROLLMENT: Area residents may now enroll in Medicaid, Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hamilton B. Mizer Primary Care Center, 501 10th St., Niagara Falls. Enrollees should bring identification showing their date of birth, a current utility bill or other address verification and wage information. For more information, call 285-1563.

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, Jay's Place Diner, Walmore Road, Tuscarora Reservation; and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 616 Cayuga Drive, 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 Wednesday and Thursday.

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.Wednesday

MEETING: The American Business Women's Association, 6 p.m., Crowne Plaza, Niagara Falls. Kelsey Harvey will present "Power Your Memory: An Introduction to Memory Wellness." Cost is $30 for members, $40 for guests. Preregistration is required at 286-8181 or visit: www.niagara.edu/ce by Jan. 17 at noon.

FREE WORKSHOP: Knitting and crocheting for teens and adults, 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 23, Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St. Beginners should bring size 7 knitting needles or size G crochet hook; others should bring project to work on. Call 286-4892 to register.

FREE DANCE CLASS: People and Possibilities, in collaboration with the Niagara Falls Housing Authority, offers line dancing classes with Joan Harris as instructor, 5 to 7 p.m., Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth St., Niagara Falls. Call 285-6961 to register.

MEETING: Panic Anxiety Depression Support Group, 6:30 p.m. Mental Health Association, 36 Pine St., Lockport.

SUPPORT GROUP: Independent Living of Niagara County's Deaf Social Support Group, 1 to 3 p.m., 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls. Call 284-4131 or (888) 567-6454 for more information.

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Niagara Area Business Exchange is a group of business professionals who meet to exchange business leads, 8 a.m., Town and Country Club of Lockport, 717 East Ave. For information, call 772-2200.

MEETING: Lewiston/Niagara-on-the-Lake Rotary Club dinner meeting, 6:30 p.m., Water Street Landing restaurant, 115 S. Water St., Lewiston. Prospective members welcome. For reservations, call 870-1307 or e-mail newbiz@aol.com.

CROCHET AND KNITTING CLUB: Share ideas, skills and enthusiasm with those who are creative with yarn, 4 to 5 p.m., North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive. Call 693-3009 for more information.

MEETINGS: Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Step Group, 7:30 a.m., St. Peter Episcopal Church, Second Street and Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls; 10 a.m., Horizon Health Services, 36 East Ave., upper suite, Lockport; Primary Purpose Group, 10:30 a.m., 822 Cleveland Ave., Niagara Falls; LaSalle Group, 7 p.m., Salvation Army, 7018 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls; Independence Group, 8 p.m., St. John de LaSalle, 8477 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls; and United We Stand, 8 p.m., 412 39th St., Niagara Falls.

STORY HOUR: Preschool story hour, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon, Ransomville Library, 3733 Ransomville Road.

MUSEUM HOURS: Lewiston Museum, 1 to 4 p.m., 469 Plain St. Admission is by goodwill donation. Continues through Sunday.

AL-ANON: Help with dealing with someone else's alcohol abuse, 10:30 a.m., Ray of Hope Al-Anon: St. Leo Catholic Church, 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, weigh-in at 5:15 p.m., meeting at 7, Payne Avenue Christian Church, 1451 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda.

CRAFTS: 12:30 p.m. Wheatfield Senior Citizens, 2790 Church Road, Wheatfield. Ceramics and woodworking offered at 9 a.m.

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.

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 p.m., 36 Pine St., Lockport. For information and appointments, call Betty, 433-3780.

FREE CLINIC: Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Trott Access Center, 1001 11th St., Niagara Falls. Confidential and anonymous. No appointment needed. Continues each Wednesday.

SUPPORT GROUP: Lockport New Beginnings, for people recovering from alcohol or drug dependency, 7 p.m., Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport.

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>Thursday

SHAKESPEARE: "A Midsummer Night's Dream" will be performed live onstage, 7:30 p.m., Historic Palace Theatre, 2 East Ave. The comedy portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens and the Queen of the Amazons. Continues at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. next Sunday. For ticket information, visit lockportpalacetheatre.org. Cost is $15, or $10 for students with ID and literary group members.

MEETING: The Historical Society of North German Settlements in WNY presents "What About Winter?" 2 p.m., Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church Road. The public is welcome.

SUPPORT GROUP: For people caring for and about someone who suffers from a mental illness, 6 p.m., Mental Health Association, 36 Pine St., Lockport. For information, call 433-3780.

MEETING: Above and Beyond Toastmasters of Toastmasters International, 6 p.m., JT Wheatfield's Restaurant, 6935 Ward Road, Wheatfield. Open to both novice and experienced speakers for public speaking and leadership training.

SUPPORT GROUP: MASTS (Murder and Sudden Tragedy Survivors), 6:30 p.m., Riverside Presbyterian Church, 815 84th St., Niagara Falls.

NETWORKING GROUP: Niagara Networking Group to exchange qualified referrals in the form of business development leads, 7:30 to 8:45 a.m., Justin Tyme on the River, 7611 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls.

MEETINGS: Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Step Group, 7:30 a.m., St. Peter Episcopal Church, Second Street and Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls; Sober Winners, 9:30 a.m., VFW Post 2535, 112 Caledonia St., Lockport; Beginners Group, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 8210 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls; Whirlpool 12 & 12 Group, 8 p.m., St. Peter Episcopal Church, Second Street and Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls; and 7 Clan Group, 8 p.m., Suzy Lane and Upper Mountain Road, Lewiston.

ADAPTED SWIM PROGRAM: The Niagara Falls Family YMCA is offering an adapted swim program for those facing developmental or physical challenges, 6 to 7 p.m., 1317 Portage Road. Fee, $2 per participant, with caregivers free. Call 285-8491 for more information.

OPEN ENROLLMENT: Area residents may now enroll in Medicaid, Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mizer Center, 501 10th St., Niagara Falls. Enrollees should bring identification showing their date of birth, a current utility bill or other address verification and wage information. For more information, call 285-1563.

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.

AL-ANON: Help with dealing with someone else's alcohol problem; 7 p.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 4671 Townline Road, Ransomville.

CROCHET CLASS: For children, 3:30 p.m., and for adults, 5 p.m., Shoppe on Main, 2714 Main St., Newfane. Cost, $5. Call 751-6723 for more information.

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>Friday

SHORT-PLAY FESTIVAL: Three cycles of 10-minute plays by student director, 7:30 p.m., Leary Theatre, Clet Hall, Niagara University. Continues Jan. 22, 28, 29 and 30. Tickets are $7 to $10. For tickets, hours and information, call 286-8685 or visit:theatre.niagara.edu/boxoffice.

SINGLES DANCE: Singles Experience Dance will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight, Elks Club, 1805 Factory Outlet Blvd., Niagara Falls. Music by East Side Sounds; admission, including pizza, is $8 for nonmembers and $5 for members. For information, call Donna at 298-5557 or Char at 438-0332.

THEATER PRODUCTION: Broadway in Concert 11 -- A Place to Call Home," today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda. Also on Jan. 28 and 29. Tickets are $10 presale, $15 at the door. For information or to purchase tickets, call 284-6358 or visit www.niagaratheatre.com.

WORKSHOP: Free writing workshop offered by Terri Mudd, 10 a.m. to noon Fridays through March 11, Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St. Call 286-4892 to register.

BINGO: Sponsored by Village of Lewiston Recreation Department for those 16 years old and up, 6:30 p.m., Lewiston Red Brick Gym, North Fourth and Onondaga streets, Lewiston. $10 admission includes cards, door prizes, desserts and beverages. No cash prizes. For information, call 754-1990.

BREAKFAST: For recently bereaved women or men to socialize with others experiencing similar loss, 10:30 a.m., Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport. Call 280-0777 to register.

MEETING: Niagara Arts Guild, 7:30 p.m., the Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport. For information, call 433-0259.

MEETINGS: Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Step Group, 7:30 a.m., St. Peter Episcopal Church, Second Street and Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls; Youngstown Group, 10 a.m., St. Bernard Catholic Church, 218 Hinman St.; Sisters and Brothers in Sobriety, 6:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, Fourth and Main streets, Niagara Falls; First Step Group, 8 p.m., Hooker Auditorium, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St.; and speaker meeting, 8 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, Genesee at Cottage streets, Lockport.

CARDS AND CRAFTS: 9 a.m., Wheatfield Senior Citizens Center, 2790 Church Road.

SENIOR CITIZENS CLASS: Computer classes for senior citizens, an entry-level computer course where senior citizens can learn about the Internet, sign up for an e-mail address and learn many of the Microsoft computer programs, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Niagara Falls Housing Authority's ATTAIN Lab, Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth St. Call 285-5374 to schedule a time.

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>Saturday

GENEALOGY PROGRAM: Niagara County Genealogical Society will present "Getting Started: Researching Your Family History," 1 p.m., meeting room, Lockport Public Library, East Avenue. Board members will offer assistance in filling out genealogical forms. Free.

CLASSES: The Association for Wild Animal Rehabilitation and Education is offering a course designed to prepare students for beginning rehabilitation of wild mammals, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Feb. 12, Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. For information or registration, visit www.niagaracc.suny.edu/.

MEETINGS: Alcoholics Anonymous Boulevard Helping Hands, 10 a.m., 2800 Church Road, Wheatfield; Lower River Group, 1 p.m., St. John Episcopal Church, 110 Chestnut St., Youngstown; New International Group, 6:30 p.m., Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center auditorium, 621 10th St.

WEIGHT LOSS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Odd Fellows & Rebekah Nursing Home, Old Niagara Road, Lockport. Call 433-1693 for more information.

WELLNESS: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Health Association of Niagara County Inc., 1302 Main St., Niagara Falls. Fitness and wellness program for adults over 60.

SUPPORT GROUP: Recovery Inc., 2 to 4 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 639 Main St., Niagara Falls. Use the side door.

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>Next Sunday

READ TO SANDY: "Read to the Dogs," 2 to 4:30 p.m., North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive. Children in grades one to six practice reading to Sandy, a certified therapy dog. Reserve a 15-minute session by phoning 693-4132, Ext. 5.

SUPPORT GROUP: Recovery Inc., 2 to 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 8210 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. Use the side door.

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