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“The Gathering of the Drums: Indigenous Drum Festival,” a free event, is planned for 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 29 at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. Performers include Frankie McNaughton, Carl Jamieson, the African American Cultural Center, Monte Jones, Strong Water Women, SlyBoots’ Mohamed Diaby and his ensemble, Manding Foli…

Louis Armstrong and Count Basie once played Olcott Beach’s crowded hotels and dance halls; jazz lovers will relive those halcyon days while starting a new tradition with the birth of the Olcott Beach Jazz Trail on July 23. The daylong progressive jazz event features award-winning names in jazz performance and will be free from noon to 10 p.m. at five venues throughout…

MIDDLEPORT -- Royalton Town Supervisor Jennifer Bieber resigned her post at Monday’s Town Board meeting, announcing she will start work as administrative director of the Niagara County Water District July 31. Bieber will succeed Herbert A. Downs, who is retiring after 12 years in the post and 25 years with the water district. Bieber has served as town supervisor si…

EAST AMHERST – The 7th annual Meghan Redenbach Memorial “Man Up” Car and Bike Show is slated for Saturday, July 15 at the East Amherst Fire Hall, with registration from 9 a.m. to noon and awards at 4 p.m. The fire hall is at 9100 Transit Road. The event is held in memory of the Royalton-Hartland High School student who lost her 2-year battle with cancer in 2010. H…

Set against the backdrop of the stunning Niagara Gorge, the Village of Lewiston is a historic community of one square mile on the Niagara River that prides itself on its walkability. Center Street is the hub of the picturesque village and a great place to spend the entire day or just a few hours before or after an event. During the popular Lewiston Art and Jazz festival…

The paint has been rolled and sprayed on the parking lot at Artpark State Park in Lewiston, and recreation of the 1979 painted parking lot there is expected to be finished Wednesday or Thursday, according to Tanis Winslow, Artpark’s director of visual arts and family programming. Thirty-eight years ago, Gene Davis created “Niagara 1979” by painting 60 2-foot-wide …

LEWISTON -- “A Taste of Jazz,” a fundraiser to help keep the annual jazz festival in Lewiston a free event, is scheduled 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 2 at Water Street Landing, 115 S. Water St. The Jacob Jay Quintet, Carina and the Six String Preacher, and My Cousin Tone’ will perform at the fundraiser. Admission includes entertainment and an array of food donated by…

YOUNGSTOWN – A new pool bathhouse and boat docks are part of a $2.7 million project currently underway at Fort Niagara State Park, according to state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation officials. The bathhouse will reflect the architecture of the adjacent Old Fort Niagara historic site, including brick and stone masonry. It will be fully compliant w…

NIAGARA FALLS – Tom McLaughlin is interim executive director of Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission, having been involved in the business of helping some of society’s most disadvantaged since 1987. He will tell you he didn’t set out to do the Lord’s work. This father of six was successfully climbing the corporate ladder when a series of events led him down an entirely…

NORTH TONAWANDA — How do you celebrate 90 years? By treasuring mementos of the past and looking ahead to the next 90 years, if you are associated with the historic Riviera Theatre and Performing Arts Center. The nonprofit club that owns the 1,138-seat theater and its unique Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ will soon unveil detailed plans for a $6.1 million expansion and d…

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission’s motto is: “Help, Hope, Healing” and it just received a sizable financial boost to help it further realize its potential. The mission recently announced that it will receive a $1,763,222 capital improvement grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, with the assistance of M&T Bank, to renovate the former …

Whether you’d rather search for migrating birds, take a guided stroll, or strap on snowshoes for a wintry trek, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation probably has a program scheduled for you this winter - and it’s free. “People enjoy getting outside, even if it’s winter, because it’s healthy, both mentally and physically,” …

NEWFANE -- Merty and Esther, two 750-pound pigs rescued from deplorable conditions on a Middleport farm in November, found a new home this week at Asha Sanctuary in Newfane. But Asha founder and president Tracy Murphy said the porcine pair will think they found more than a new home, adding, “they’ll be in paradise here.” “The pigs are huge, so sweet and so cu…

LOCKPORT -- The Kenan Center kicks off its 50th Anniversary celebration with an exhibit of the works of five area women artists on Jan. 8 to pay tribute to Alice Pomroy Kenan. The exhibit, titled, “Celebrating Alice Pomroy Kenan: Women Artists of Western New York,” will feature the works of Barbara Fox, Kathleen Giles, Kathleen McDonnell, Coni Minneci and Jody Ziehm…