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Jan. 30 to Feb. 6 / 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

OPENING RECEPTION: For "Scott Bye: Method to My Madness," 2 to 4 p.m., Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University, Route 104, Lewiston. Exhibit continues through May 22.

LOBBY SERIES: "The Art and Social Engagement," presented by Niagara County Community College's Division of Arts and Media. Major components include a residency by members of New Alt Performance Group, remounting "Continents Under Pressure," performance art at 8 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Arts & Media Theater, master classes, workshop and student performance at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 10. Both performances are free. Runs through Feb. 11 on the Sanborn campus, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road. For information, call 614-5961 or visit www.niagaracc.suny.edu.

WORKSHOPS AND DEMONSTRATIONS: Drew Cameron's "Combat Paper Project," about making handmade paper using uniforms that were worn by soldiers serving in the U.S. military, through Friday. An exhibit, "Fabric of War," will run through Feb. 26. An opening reception, including a lecture and demonstration by printmakers, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. For information, call 614-5961 or visit www.niagaracc.suny.edu.

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, and "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 visitwww.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 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

WORKSHOPS/DEMONSTRATIONS: "Papermaking With Combat Paper Artists," 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, NCCC Arts and Media Building lobby, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. On Tuesday, the artists will talk at 7 p.m. in the art gallery. For information, call 614-5975.

EMPLOYMENT COURSE: "Here's My Resume -- Where's My Job?" will offer suggestions for becoming more self-directed in a job search, 2 to 4 p.m., Lockport Public Library, 23 East Ave. The class will be repeated from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 23. To register, call 433-5935, Ext. 3.

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.

MUSEUM HOURS: The North Tonawanda History Museum, which operates in the Lumber City History Center, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Saturday (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

FREE WORKSHOP: "Development of a Meaningful Individualized Education Program," 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.

CLASS: "Parental Homework Strategies and Review," begins at 6:30 p.m. today for eighth-grade review; 6 p.m. Thursday for seventh grade; 6 p.m. Feb. 8 for sixth grade; and 6 p.m. March 3 for ninth grade, Niagara Falls Senior High School, 4455 Porter Road. Cost for the four-session classes are $28. To register, call 215-3010 or visit www.nwcsd.k12.ny.us.

ART DISPLAY: For "Scott Bye: Method to My Madness"; "Black Artists From the Permanent Collection: Exploring Personal Expression"; "Fly Me to the Moon: A Celebration of Celestial Bodies From the Permanent Collection"; "Beyond/In WNY," 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.

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 Tenth St. For information, call 433-3780.

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 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.

ARTS & CRAFTS PROGRAM: For anyone age 55 and older, 9:30 to noon, North Tonawanda Senior Citizens Center, 110 Goundry St. Projects are available for a minimal cost. Continues through Friday.

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 Episcopal Church, 616 Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls.

BRIDGE: Wheatfield Senior Citizens Center, 12:45 p.m., 2790 Church Road. Learn to play bridge from 10 a.m. to noon.

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Wednesday

FINANCIAL PROGRAM: "Financial Fitness: Why Funeral Pre-Planning Makes Sense," 6:30 p.m., a funeral home representative and an elder law attorney will speak and answer questions, Schofield Residence Nursing Facility, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. To register, call 995-3851.

MEET AND GREET: Singles Experience Club will meet for coffee and conversation, 7 to 8 p.m., Dunkin' Donuts, Niagara Falls Boulevard at Walmore Road. For information, call Bonnie at 439-8387 or Char at 438-0332.

LECTURE SERIES: On divorce and separation, 7 p.m., St. John the Baptist Outreach Center Dining Room, 160 Chestnut St., Lockport.

SUPPORT GROUP: Breast cancer support, 7 p.m., DeGraff Community Center, 139 Division St., North Tonawanda.

SUPPORT GROUP: For those who suffer from panic attacks and anxiety disorders, 6 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.

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 Center, 2790 Church Road. 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

CLASS: "Introduction to Reiki," the Japanese healing art, 7 p.m., Niagara Falls High School, 4455 Porter Road. Cost is $24. To register, call 215-3010 or visit: www.nwcsd.k12.ny.us.

FUNDRAISER DINNER: Lyndonville High School's entrepreneurship class will raise funds to participate in the VE International Trade Fair in New York City by hosting a beef on weck dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium foyer. Dinner is $5 and includes sandwich, tossed salad, pickles, chips and homemade dessert. For tickets, e-mail: chogan@lyndonville.wnyric.org.

STUDENT CHEF DINNERS: Includes two appetizers, entree, dessert and beverage prepared by hospitality students in Niagara University's College of Hospitality and Tourism Management program, 6:30 p.m., university's Statler Dining Room, St. Vincent's Hall. Cost is $18. For reservations, phone 286-8181. Also offered on Feb. 17, March 10, 24 and 31.

SUPPORT GROUP: Grief support will be offered at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month in Pendleton Center United Methodist Church, 6864 Campbell Blvd. All are 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.

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.

CLASSES: Crochet lessons, 3:30 and 5 p.m. every Thursday, Shoppe on Main, 2714 Main St., Newfane. For information, call Lisa at 751-6723.

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

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.

PHILOSOPHY SCHOOL CAFE: Join a group getting together to discuss philosophy, 7 p.m., Les Deux Magots Cafe, 402 Center St., Lewiston.

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

FUNDRAISER: Niagara Catholic High School's annual Mardi Gras Dinner and Auction, doors open at 5 p.m. for viewing and bidding, dinner at 7:30, Antonio's Restaurant and Banquet Center, 7708 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls. For reservations, phone 283-8771, Ext. 242. A basket auction, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is open to the public with free admission.

COMPUTER CLASSES: "Introduction to Computer Basics," 10 a.m. to noon, Lockport Public Library, 23 East Ave. Continues Feb. 12, 19 and 26. To register, call 433-5935, Ext. 3.

THEATER PERFORMANCE: Niagara Regional Theatre Guild will present "An Evening of Comedy and Magic," with magicians Rob and Carol Allen and juggler/comedian Nels Ross, 7:30 p.m., Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 560 Ellicott Creek Road, Town of Tonawanda. Also at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 presale, $15 at the door. To order, call 284-6358 or visit: www.niagaratheatre.com.

USED BOOK SALE: Purchase and fill a bag for $5, or purchase books individually at 50 cents each or three for $1 for paperbacks, and $1 each or three for $2 for hardcovers, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St.

OPENING RECEPTION: For "Observations," a photography exhibit by local artists, and "Extended Realism," works by Andy Russell, 5 to 8 p.m., Market Street Art Center, 247 Market St., Lockport.

THEATER CLASSES: Starry Night Theatre School is offering an 11-week acting course for ages 9 to 18, starting at 9 a.m. today in Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda. Cost is $150. Download an application from www.starynighttheatre.com or call 743-1614.

DAR MEETING: Deputy Niagara County Historian Ron Cary will explain oldtime tavern songs, and members will elect delegates to the DAR Continental Congress at a luncheon meeting of Niagara Falls Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, noon, Lockport Holiday Inn, 5215 S. Transit Road. For information, call 772-2087.

CRAFT PROJECT: The Village of Lewiston Recreation Department is looking for knitters to make 12-inch squares of four-ply acrylic. Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at Red Brick School to assemble them into quilts for teens at Community Missions. Lunch will be provided. Call 754-1990 to let them know if you have squares or will attend.

SOUP AND STORY: Featuring a savory variety of soups and crusty bread for lunch and a story of survival told by area author Michael Mc- Carthy, who wrote "From Cork to the New World," noon to 2 p.m., Niagara County History Center, 215 Niagara Street, Lockport. A free-will offering will be collected at the door. Attendance is limited to the first 60 people to make reservations by calling 434-7433.

ART WORKSHOP: Art Express, 2 p.m., Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road. Learn about artwork in the galleries, listen to a story and make art. Cost is $2 per person for museum members, $3 for others. Art Express family workshops require adult supervision. Also on Feb. 12, 19 and 26; call 286-8200 to reserve a space.

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.

CHESSNUTS: Kids and their families are welcome to learn to play chess or come to compete at a meeting of the ChessNUTS, 1 p.m., Lewiston Public Library, 305 S. Eighth St. Call 754-4720 to join or visit www.LewistonPublicLibrary.org for more information.

CHOWDER & BAKE SALE: 10:45 a.m., St. Johnsburg Fire Hall, 7165 Ward Road, Wheatfield.

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

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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