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The High Hurdles Therapeutic Riding Program will be host to the Area 23 Special Olympics equine competition Sunday.

Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at the Colden Equestrian Center on Center Road in Colden, and spectators are welcome. The riding program is a division of Suburban Adult Services.

The Special Olympians will compete in three categories: horsemanship, trail and games. All riders registered in the area must participate in this event to be eligible for the 2001 New York State Special Olympics Equine Tournament.

High Hurdles also provides therapeutic riding for children -- beginning at age 3 -- and adults with physical, cognitive or emotional disabilities. Openings are available for the High Hurdles fall session, which begins Oct. 11. For information on registration or to volunteer, call Judy Feine at 496-5551.

Single parents offered support group

The Parent-Child Connection is presenting a support group for single parents from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in Conference Room B of Franciscan Hall at Hilbert College, 5200 South Park Ave., Hamburg.

Sessions will be conducted Oct. 10, 17 and 24 and Nov. 7 and 14. For registration, call 646-6045.

The Parent-Child Connection is a parent committee of the Family Support Center of Hamburg, offering enrichment opportunities for parents.

North Collins festival is Oct. 7

Erie County residents are invited to take a drive, enjoy the fall foliage and help out North Collins Public Library -- all at the same time.

The annual "Celebrate North Collins" event will take place Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Main Street in the town, with proceeds going to benefit the North Collins library.

The event will include a pumpkin sale, Chinese auction, raffles, crafters and food. For children, there will be a "Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt" and a look-alike contest.

The library is at 2095 School St. in the town.

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