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May 20 to 27 / 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

CHICKEN BARBECUE: Bergholz Ladies Auxiliary is hosting its annual Chiavetta's chicken barbecue, noon until sold out, Bergholz Fire Hall, 2470 Niagara Road. Dinner includes half chicken, potato, salad, roll and dessert. Tickets, at the door, are $9 to eat in or for takeout.

CARROUSEL CHAT: "Return to Glory: Restoring Carrousel Horses" with speaker Charles Proefrock, president of Carousel Society of the Niagara Frontier, 2 p.m., Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. Free. For information, call 693-1885.

PERFORMANCE: The Hot Country Liners dance team will give a high-energy performance, 1 p.m., Newfane Apple Blossom Festival, Historical Grounds, West Creek and Ide roads.

BENEFIT: For the family of Pat Henn, who was killed in a car accident in March, noon, Drozdzak's Double Ds, 83 Niagara St., City of Tonawanda. Tickets are $15 and include entertainment starting at 1, basket raffle, 5 0/5 0 drawing, buffet at 5, and cash bar.

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

MEETING: Town of Porter Historical Society's monthly meeting will feature John McSwan talking about "Weapons of the War of 1812," 7 p.m., Youngstown Civic Center, 240 Lockport St. All welcome.

CONCERT: Lockport Theatre Organ Society presents a concert with Kevin Scott from Rochester on the Riviera Theatre Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ, 7 p.m., Lockport Senior Citizens Center, 33 Ontario St. Admission is $6 and includes refreshments during intermission. Free parking behind the building.

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, 445 Tremont St., North Tonawanda. Call 433-3780, Ext. 10, for more information.

FREE FITNESS CLASS: Club 99, 10:30 a.m., North Tonawanda Senior Citizens Center, 110 Goundry St. Continues Wednesday. Call 695-8582 to register.

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.

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.

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 CLASS: A program of gentle exercises for senior citizens 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.

FREE CLINIC: Confidential Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Trott Access Center, 1001 11th St., Niagara Falls. No appointment needed. Use the Elmwood Street entrance. Also Wednesdays. Call 278-1900 for more information.

ARTS & CRAFTS: The North Tonawanda Senior Citizens Center offers arts and crafts classes for anyone age 55 and up, 9 a.m. to noon today through Thursday, 110 Goundry St. Each participant is responsible for the cost of the material used. Call 695-8582 for more information.

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Tuesday

HISTORY PROGRAM: Sanborn Area Historical Society meeting, "History of Fisher-Price Toys," presented by Larry Lackner, 7 p.m., Sanborn Fire Hall, 5811 Buffalo St. Free and open to the public.

ORIENTATION: For people interested in becoming registered family child care providers, hosted by Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Niagara Community Action Program office, 1521 Main St., Niagara Falls. Call 285-8572 or (800) 701-4KID to register.

DIABETES PROGRAM: Free class includes information on management of diabetes, tips for eating healthy and staying active, and terminology, 6 p.m., Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport.

MEET ME AT THE CAM: Mary Claire McKinley from the Metropolitan Museum of Art will give a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the exhibition "The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso and the Parisian Avant Garde, 10 a.m. to noon, Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University. Admission is free, but membership is required. To download membership application, visit: www.castellaniartmuseum.org. To register, call Susan Clements at 286-8201.

QUILLING CLASS: Make gift cards and a paper purse-shaped gift card holder, 6 p.m., LaSalle Branch Library, 8728 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. Free, all materials supplied. For Required registration, phone 286-4892 or email: wudy@nioga.org.

DINNER MEETING: Niagara Frontier Chapter, New York State Women, 6 p.m., Pane's Restaurant, 984 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. Gay B. Molnar, director of development, marketing and public relations for Aquarium of Niagara, will be the guest speaker. Dinner cost is $19; call Phyllis Phillips at 695-9272 for reservations. All are welcome.

ART DISPLAY: The Language of Less"; "Betsy Potter: Breaking Nature," 11 a.m. 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.

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.

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.

MEETING: Mothers of PreSchoolers of Erie/Niagara, 9 to 11:30 a.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church 453 Old Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda. The program designed to nurture mothers of children from infancy through kindergarten. On-site child care provided. For information, call Polly Haeussler at 693-2157

SUPPORT GROUP: For those who are victims of any addiction, 7:30 p.m., Wheatfield Community Church, 3571 Niagara Falls Blvd. Free; all welcome. Offered by Addiction Conquerors. For information, call 553-3794 or visit: wheatfieldcommunitychurch.org.

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.

IMMUNIZATION CLINIC: Adult immunization and family travel clinics for adults are held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Trott Access Center, 1001 11th St., Niagara Falls. Fees vary. Appointments only by calling 278-1903.

SUPPORT GROUP: Breast cancer support for those who have experienced breast cancer and their families, 7:30 p.m., Room 723A, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston.

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; 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.

CLASSES: Knitting lessons for beginners through intermediate, 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday, Shoppe on Main, 2714 Main St., Newfane. Call 778-5273 for information.

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.

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.

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

QIGONG: LIBRARY PROGRAM: Marlene Marciniak, certified QiGong instructor, will teach the gentle techniques that can be practiced from standing and seated positions, 11 a.m., North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive. Free; no registration required. For information, call 693-4132.

HEALTH SCREENINGS: Includes free glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and hearing screenings, review of your medications, tips on taking medications and answer to any questions you may have, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport. Appointment are needed for glucose and cholesterol screening; call 433-1886 to schedule.

FREE DANCE CLASS: People and Possibilities, in collaboration with the Niagara Falls Housing Authority, offers line dancing classes with Joan Harris as instructor, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth St., Niagara Falls. Call 285-5371 to register.

MUSEUM OPEN: The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. today through Sunday, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. For a complete list of events, activities and exhibits, visit www.carrouselmuseum.org.

SUPPORT GROUP: Depression Bipolar Support Alliance Niagara Falls, a peer-run support group for those suffering from depression and/or mood disorders and their families, 6 p.m., conference room at Community Missions, 1570 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. For information, call Kathie Terry at 524-0149 or Doug Wilkins at 284-1076, or e-mail at nfdbsgroup@aol.com.

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, 445 Tremont St., North Tonawanda. Call 433-3780, Ext. 10, for information.

SUPPORT GROUP: For adults coping with the sudden, traumatic loss of a loved one, 6 p.m., Mental Health Association, 36 Pine St., Lockport. For information, call 433-3780.

SUPPORT GROUP: For those who suffer from panic attacks and anxiety disorders, 6 p.m., St. John's Outreach Center, 160 Chestnut St., Lockport.

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.

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

HISTORY PROGRAM: Bruce Austin, a professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, will present "The Arts and Crafts Movement in WNY," which focuses on furniture, ceramics, metal craft and lighting of the era, 2 p.m., History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport. Free; all welcome. Those attending are invited to bring objects or pictures of objects for identification and discussion.

FAMILY EVENT: Age-appropriate scavenger hunts that take visitors through three levels of entertaining and educational exhibits to find clues to complete the hunt and win prizes, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, Erie Canal Discovery Center/Penney Art Gallery, 24 Church St., Lockport. The price is $10 per family. For information, call 439-0431.

NAR-ANON SUPPORT GROUP: Learn the steps of taking care of yourself while coping with a loved one who is suffering from substance abuse, 6:45 to 8 p.m., Horizon Health Services, 36 East Ave. (upper), Lockport. For information, call Sam at 949-0037.

SUPPORT GROUP: For those who suffer from panic attacks and anxiety disorders, 6 p.m., Mental Health Association, 36 Pine St., Lockport.

SUPPORT GROUP: Recovery International, self-help meetings using behavioral-changing coping tools for adults suffering from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorder, anger management and fears of all kinds, 7 to 9 p.m., downstairs, St. Peter's School, 140 N. Sixth St. (off Center Street), Lewiston.

MEETING: The Independent Order of Odd Fellows of the Sacariss Bell Rose Lodge 307, an international benevolent society, will meet at 7:30 p.m. in Lewiston Opera House's Lodge Hall, 732 Center St. New members welcome. Call 754-0166 for information.

SUPPORT GROUP: For new and expectant moms, 6 p.m., Mental Health Association, 36 Pine St., Lockport. For information, call 433-3780, Ext. 312.

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.

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

MUSIC: Nori Bucci and Bruce Brucato will perform a guitar duo, 6 to 8 p.m., Shoppe on Main, 2714 Main St., Route 78, Newfane. Call 778-5273 for information.

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 email 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

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.

MUSEUM HOURS: 2 to 4 p.m., Ransomville Historical Museum, Old Post Office on Ransomville Library grounds, 3733 Ransomville Road. For special tours, call 791-4494.

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Next Sunday

SUPPORT GROUP: Recovery International, weekly self-help meetings using behavioral-changing coping tools for adults suffering from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorder, anger management and fears of all kinds. 2 to 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 8210 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. Use the back door.

MUSEUM HOURS: 2 to 4 p.m., Das Haus, museum of the Historical Society of North German Settlements in Western New York, 2549 Niagara Road, Bergholz.