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The rock band Hootie & the Blowfish and singers Meat Loaf, Bruce Hornsby and Lou Gramm of Foreigner will perform at Hunter's Hope Candlelight Ball 2000 on Dec. 1 in the Connecticut Street Armory.

Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino will be among the celebrity guests at the black-tie fund-raising event to kick off the annual candle campaign of the Hunter's Hope Foundation. The organization was founded in 1997 by former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly and his wife, Jill, to fund research on Krabbe disease, a fatal genetic disorder that afflicts their son, Hunter.

The Rochester band Nik and the Nice Guys will open the musical portion of the evening, which also will include foods from more than 25 area restaurants, and a silent and live auction of items including trips, designer clothing, toys, and sports and music memorabilia.

Tickets are $150 and may be reserved by calling 667-1200.

Hoyt backs training center for principals

The landmark H.H. Richardson Complex with its historic twin towers could be used as a national center to train school principals, said Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, D-Buffalo.

Hoyt suggested the site recently after hearing U.S. Education Secretary Richard Riley call for creation of what he called a "West Point for principals" -- new training centers to deal with an expected national shortage of school administrators.

In a letter to Riley this week, Hoyt said Buffalo is ideally situated to serve as the location for one of the training centers. The Romanesque Richardson complex, much of it vacant, is at Buffalo Psychiatric Center, adjacent to Buffalo State College, a major center for teacher training, he noted.

Plans also call for reusing some of the site for a new Olmsted School serving kindergarten through grade 12, Hoyt said. "Buffalo possesses all of the right ingredients to qualify as an ideal location for these centers," he told Riley.

Free concert to be held at senior center

A free jazz concert sponsored by the Community Music School will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Housing Centers' Moot Senior Center, 292 High St.

The Community Music School Neighborhood Concerts are made possible in part by grants from the City of Buffalo and the Arts Council in Buffalo and Erie County. Other funding comes from the New York State Council on the Arts' Decentralization Program and M&T Bank.

Educators' forum focuses on technology

Technology in higher education will be the focus Friday and Saturday as close to 300 United University Professions members from across the state attend a Fall 2000 Delegate Assembly in Adam's Mark Hotel.

David F. Noble, a professor of history at York University in Toronto and an expert on the history of technology, will be keynote speaker at a 6 p.m. dinner Friday in the hotel, 120 Church St. His topic will be "The Demise of the Open University."

Noble is the author of "Digital Diploma Mills," a treatise on the automation of higher education, which he will also discuss in a public forum at 4 p.m. Friday in the hotel.

United University Professions, the country's largest higher-education union, represents more than 23,000 academic and professional faculty on 29 State University of New York campuses.

Its fall delegate assembly will continue at the Adam's Mark through Saturday.

Grants target rehab of 22 Lovejoy houses

Lovejoy District Neighborhood Revitalization Services has received grants totaling $300,000 to rehabilitate 22 houses in a four-block area.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at 183 Brinkman Ave.

Initially, 12 houses will be rehabilitated under the project, which is funded by the state Affordable Housing Corp. and the city.

Native American agency marks anniversary

Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties will mark its 25th anniversary Oct. 20 to 27 with several events scheduled for its center at 1005 Grant St.

There will be open house for visitors during the week, along with Native American exhibits, films, teaching and dancing. A banquet will be held Oct. 20 at the Grand Island Holiday Inn, and a traditional Iroquois social is scheduled for Oct. 27.

For information, call 874-4460.

Hispanic group sets scholarship deadline

The Hispanic Women's League has set Tuesday as the deadline for applications from college students seeking its annual scholarships. Forms may be obtained at Hispanics United of Buffalo, 254 Virginia St., said Hileen Salas, head of the group's scholarship committee. The scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate a commitment to the Hispanic community.

March aims to spotlight domestic violence

The Erie County Coalition Against Family Violence is holding its eighth annual March Against Violence on Sept. 29.

The event starts at 11:30 a.m. in Lafayette Square. Community leaders and members will march throughout the downtown area to bring awareness of family violence.

The march will end at the steps of City Hall, where a rally will begin at noon. Local officials and survivors of domestic violence will be present and speaking out against this issue.

For information, call Jessica Benigni at 834-3131.

Health center to sponsor child safety fair

The Chiropractic Health Center, 4974 Transit Road, Cheektowaga, will sponsor a health, safety and environmental awareness program from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday as part of "Kids Day America."

Clinic doctors will be offering information on health and disease prevention, child safety and environmental awareness as well as scoliosis spinal screening at no charge.

There will also be special appearances by McGruff the Crime Dog, Buster Bison, Victor E. Bull of the UB Bulls football team and a clown. Free balloons, snacks, giveaways and prize drawings will occur every half-hour.

Child ID fingerprinting kits will be provided by the Cheektowaga Police Department. State police will provide information on bicycle safety. The Southline Fire Department is bringing a fire truck and will provide safety information for children.

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