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ICE CREAM SOCIAL: WNYMuslims, a local nonprofit community organization, will host a free ice cream social from 2 to 4 p.m. today to celebrate the area’s diversity and to mark Eid Al Adha, a Muslim holiday. The event, “Celebrating Eid with Free Ice-Cream,” will be held outside the offices of WNYMuslims at 4011 Bailey Ave., Amherst. The group aims to spread awareness about the holiday and Muslims, and to encourage parents and children from all cultures and faiths to come together.

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR: The Ken-Ton YMCA, 535 Belmont Ave., will hold its annual Halloween Spooktacular from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. next Saturday. Children of all ages and their families are welcome for an afternoon of pumpkin-bobbing in the pool, pumpkin-painting, a family station, bounce house and refreshments. Registration is required by today, and the cost is $5 per person for YMCA members and $10 per person for program participants (those 18 and over are free). For more information or to register, call the Ken-Ton Family YMCA at 874- 5051.

TRIBUTE WALK: The Buffalo Sabres will host “Gold and Blue Star Military Family Tribute Walk at 10 a.m. Sunday starting at Alumni Plaza at the First Niagara Center in downtown Buffalo. The walk will honor the military families whose members have served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and benefit the Western New York Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial Project. For information, contact Brian Guy, 677-4658.

SLIDE LECTURE: B.G. Flickinger will present a lecture illustrated with colored slides on the “Flowers and Plants of the Bible, Their Meaning and Their Symbolism” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road. For more information and reservations, contact Cynthia Bell at 877-4996.

LECTURe: Architect Tamera Hilmey will present a lecture titled, “Building the American Dream,” as part of the ongoing “House and Home” exhibition at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts,” at 4 p.m. Monday. The program is free and open to the public.

SERVICE ACADEMY NIGHT: Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, will host Academy Night 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Cheektowaga Central High School, 3600 Union Road. Academy night is for high school students and their families, as well as school administrators and counselors, to learn more about the four military academies, programs and the application process. For reservations or more information, call Evelyn Williams at 852-3501 or email

Park school OPEN HOUSEs: Park School of Buffalo will hold three open houses this month. Interested students and their families are encouraged to drop in from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 27. The school is at 4625 Harlem Road in Snyder. For more information, call 839-1242, Ext. 135 or email

IMAGINE LECTURE SERIES: Pat Kavanagh, Forest Lawn historian, will give a lecture titled, “Imagine the War of 1812: Appreciating Peace on the Niagara Frontier – The War of 1812 and Forest Lawn Cemetery” at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday in the Ring of Knowledge area of the Central Library, One Lafayette Square.

LUNCHEON MEETING: The Greater Niagara Christian Women’s Connection will host a luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Como Restaurant, 2220 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. Special music will be performed by Jeff Schuster, and attorney Michael Gold will give a talk titled, “Learn the Top Ten Steps Needed to Protect Your Assets for Your Spouse and Children.” For reservations, call Betty at 297-5465 or Gladys at 284-8467. Tickets are $14.

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