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Opening ceremony Sunday for Dyngus Day Festival

The opening ceremony of the Dyngus Day Festival will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Post 6251, 2450 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga.

Two 12-year-olds, Victoria Prusaczyk and Dominic Kucharski, students of the Polish Saturday School at St. John Gualbert Parish, will act as Grand Marshals.

Dyngus Day 2012 will be celebrated Monday at a number of locations, and feature the Dyngus Day Buffalo Parade that begins at 5 p.m. at Corpus Christi Church and continues to the Central Terminal. For more information, go to dyngusdaybuffalo.com.

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Movie studio seeks extras for sci-fi horror film

DefTone Pictures studio is seeking extras Saturday for a scene in its sci-fi horror movie "Ombis" -- about an alien slime virus infecting Earth.

The producers need to fill Cheektowaga Town Hall, 3301 Broadway, with men and women ages 18 and over.

In the scene, the residents of fictional Metzburgh have gathered in town hall to demand answers about strange occurrences in the area.

During the meeting, a space creature covered in green slime appears intent on spreading its slime through the land, according to executive producer Mike Sciabarrasi.

Filmmakers need extras, who will not be paid, at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Participants are welcome to attend both sessions.

No one will actually be covered in slime, Sciabarrasi said.

"All sliming will be digital," he noted.

However, participants are asked not to wear any clothes with logos on them.

For more information go to www.deftonepicturesstudios.com.

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50th anniversary gala to celebrate sister city tie

A gala dinner and a theatrical performance this month will mark the 50th anniversary of Buffalo's Sister City relationship with Kanazawa, Japan.

A Peace Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on April 15 in the Saturn Club, 977 Delaware Ave., will celebrate 50 years of friendship between the two cities and honor those who have championed the Buffalo-Kanazawa relationship. Tickets are $60. For information, call 636-5545.

On April 17, there will be a performance of Noh Japanese Classical Mask Theater and Shakuhachi, a bamboo flute duo, with musicians for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at 7 p.m. in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts on the North Campus in Amherst.

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YMCA will be offering vacation fun club

The Lancaster Family Branch of the YMCA Buffalo Niagara is offering a vacation fun club next week for children ages 5 to 12 at locations in Lancaster and Alden.

The program includes science experiments, cooking, sports and outdoor activities.

The club runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through April 13 at the William Street School and the Alden Primary School.

There is no deadline to register and financial assistance is available for those who qualify. Call 684-2395 to sign up.