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REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY: St. Mary’s School for the Deaf students, alumni, staff and the deaf community will gather to honor and remember the sacrifices made on Sept. 11, 2001, at 9:45 a.m. today at 2253 Main St. The Maritime Charter School Color Guard will lead the school in a procession. Students will place flags at the memorial site and American Legion members will be on hand to honor the victims and heroes of the day. The national anthem and Pledge of Allegiance will be performed by students.

COMPUTER TRAINING: The Kenilworth Library, 318 Montrose Ave., will host a computer training class for adults from 1 to 3:30 p.m. today. Participants will learn practical, hands-on introduction to downloading eBooks from the library’s website for use on electronic devices. Must bring a valid library card from any Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, an e-device, with USB cord if applicable, and any user names and passwords associated with it, as well as mouse and Internet skills; class limited to 12 students. Call 834-7657.

ADOPTION SEMINAR: Adoption STAR, a nonprofit, state-authorized child placement agency based in Western New York, will host a free seminar titled “Become an Advocate for Your Child’s Education” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at its main office, 131 John Muir Drive, Amherst. This event is open to any interested community members, especially adoptive parents or prospective adoptive parents. To register, call 639-3900 or email

SATELLITE OFFICE HOURS: A staff member from the office of Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, will hold satellite office hours from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today at the Orchard Park Public Library, 4570 South Buffalo St., Orchard Park, to answer questions and address concerns that his constituents may have about all federal matters, including Social Security benefits and Medicare, as well as interacting with federal agencies including the Veterans Affairs and Small Business administrations.

WORKSHOP: Parent Network of Western New York is offering a free workshop, “Effective Communication: Bilingual,” from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the Belle Center, 104 Maryland St. Participants will learn how to improve communication skills to effectively work with professionals who work with children who have a learning challenge or a disability. For more information or to register, call 332-4167 or visit:

WALKING TOUR: Working for Downtown will hold its final 2013 Buffalo Walks Tour at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Silo City Tour, 105 Childs St. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m. Members of the group are free; nonmembers pay $10. Please wear comfortable shoes. Reservations are required by emailing to or visiting For information, call 854-2314.

LANTERN RELEASE CELEBRATION: Quaker’s Landing Memory Care Community will host a lantern release celebration in an effort to support the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at 101 Sterling Drive, Orchard Park. Each lantern costs $5 with all proceeds to be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association. Call 675-1022 for information and registration.

DOCUMENTARY: St. Bonaventure University will host filmmaker Kristin Canty and a showing of her first film, “Farmageddon,” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Regina A. Quick Center on the campus in St. Bonaventure. A question-and-answer session follows the screening. “Farmageddon: The Unseen War on American Family Farms” documents Canty’s quest to find healthy food for her four children.

AUTHOR TALKS: Gerry Halligan, author of “Knox Farm State Park” is the speaker at this week’s “Books Homegrown” series at noon Thursday at the Central Branch of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library on Lafayette Square. The talk, in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor at 1 Lafayette Square, is the second lecture in a series featuring books published about Western New York. Copies will be available afterward for sale and signing. For information, call 858-8900 or visit

SUPPORT GROUP: The Stroke Support Group, sponsored by the department of rehabilitation medicine at Kaleida Health for stroke survivors, caregivers, family members and friends, will meet from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday at St. Jude’s Center, 760 Ellicott St. The program is designed to provide a place for fun, support, education and to share ideas and resources in an open environment. It will feature informational presentations by hospital staff and community experts. For more information, contact Linda at 859-5280 or Deborah at 859-7110.

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