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HILBERT STUDENT FAST: A group of Hilbert College students involved in an upcoming international service learning trip to Kenya will participate in a 24-hour fast today to help raise awareness about food scarcity in the African country. The one-day effort by Hilbert's Kenya Krew also will raise funds for the three-week excursion through pledges. While in Kenya, the students will take part in various community projects, including putting in a concrete floor at a rural village school and assisting at a home for girls who have lost their parents to AIDS. Participating students are Amber Baily of New Berlin, Alexis Clune of Tonawanda, Melinda Manzella of Lake View, Katie Newton of Batavia, Jamie Omerhodzic of Hamburg, Marjorie Sanders of Blasdell, Samantha Sieg of Buffalo and Kayla Silver of Pittsburgh.

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FREE SEMINAR: Financial Fitness: Preparing for Your Future Care" will be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Schofield Adult Wellness Center at the Schofield Residence Nursing Facility, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Reservations required, call 995-3851 or online at www.schofieldcare.org.

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HOUSING FAIR: The Matt Urban Center is holding a housing fair from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday,at Autumnwood Center, 1800 Clinton St. Participants include: Matt Urban Center Housing, Weatherization, Senior and Crime Victims Departments and the Hope Center, along with representatives from State Sen. Timothy Kennedy's office, Erie County Health Department, M&T Bank and Zenner and Ritter.

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FIFE AND DRUM CORPS: Civil War era fife and drum music will be heard coming from the Sardinia Meeting House at 7 p.m. Thursday as the Union Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps presents an educational demonstration of musical commands, signals and songs used by the Union Army during the Civil War. This event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be available. The Sardinia Historical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting before the demonstration at 6. Call 572-2966.

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DRUM CIRCLE: The World Beat Drum Circle, led by George Clees, will meet at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, May 17 and May 31 in Church of the Living Spirit, Cleveland Avenue, Lily Dale. No experience is necessary. Call 467-2531.

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HISTORY DINNER: The Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier's 35th annual Family History Dinner/Annual Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday n Emerson School of Hospitality, 86 W. Chippewa St. The family history presenter will be Linda Duke, who can trace her family back to 1794. Awards for support of preservation of African American History will be presented to Crystal Barton, Dr. John Craig, Hugh Macy Favor, Chris Reynolds and Linda Wheeler. Tickets for the event are $25. Send payment made payable to AAHANF to AAHANF, P.O. Box 63, Buffalo, NY 14207. Advance reservations required; no ticket sales at the door.

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INAUGURATION: The inauguration of James M. Sunser as the fourth president of Genesee Community College will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Genesee Center for the Arts on the campus in Batavia. A reception will follow. Contact Cathy Costello at (585) 345-6812 or email cecostello@genesee.edu.