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APPRECIATION DINNER: The Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, director of the Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will speak at the 32nd annual appreciation dinner of the Network of Religious Communities at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Seventy-five community leaders, nominated by their congregations or religious organizations, will receive "Religious and Community Services Awards."

ARTIST'S TALK: The Western New York Book Arts Center is hosting an artist's talk with master printer Ed Ott from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at 468 Washington St. Ott will focus on the creation of "A Journey of the Spirit," a serigraphic on display at center through June 9. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call 348-1430.

FILM FORUM: A collection of student-produced short films will be shown during the fifth annual Buffalo State College Television and Film Arts Film Forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Burchfield Penney Arts Center Auditorium, 1300 Elmwood Ave. Sixteen students in the program entered films to be considered for the forum. The free program includes a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers. Donations are encouraged. For information, call 878-6403 or visit

ROAD TEST COURSE: The five-hour prelicensing course required before taking a road test for a state driver's license will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Room B411, Bretschger Tech Center, Erie Community College North, 6205 Main St., Amherst. Cost is $36. Call 851-1820 or visit: and click on "workforce development."