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Kindred, the husband-and-wife team of David and Felicia Meyer, will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Harvest House, 1782 Seneca St.

They combine voice, cello, guitar and percussion and feature Irish, Scottish, Atlantic Canada and Appalachian folk songs.

Financial Aid Fair at Makowski Center

The Community Action Organization Education Task Force will hold its 15th annual Financial Aid Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Stanley Makowski Early Childhood Center, 1095 Jefferson St.

The fair, which also is sponsored by Deputy Assembly Speaker Arthur O. Eve, is designed to provide prospective college students and their parents or guardians financial aid information.

Financial aid officers from several Western New York colleges and universities will be at the fair to help with completing the financial forms and answer questions. Students are encouraged to bring the necessary income information for 2000.

For information, call Kathy Washington at 881-5150.

Mayor honored by after-school backers

ALBANY -- Buffalo Mayor Anthony M. Masiello was presented a leadership award Tuesday from the Coalition for After-School Funding, a statewide coalition seeking to expand after-school programs.

Masiello also took part in a news conference at which the group called for the state to budget $55.2 million for after-school programs this year. Gov. George E. Pataki has proposed spending $30 million.

12 to compete for Miss Buffalo title

Twelve Erie County women will compete in the Miss Buffalo Scholarship Pageant at 3 p.m. Sunday in Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State College.

The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship and compete in the Miss New York State Pageant in Watertown in June. Scholarships totaling $1,400 will be distributed to four runners-up. Tickets will be $10 at the door.

E. Aurora band to march at Preakness

The award-winning East Aurora Middle School marching band will perform May 12 in the Preakness parade in Baltimore.

The parade is the largest in Baltimore and marks the running of the second jewel in the Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing. The Preakness follows the Kentucky Derby and precedes the running of the Belmont Stakes.

Since 1998, the marching band has been invited to march in the Cherry Blossom Festival parade in Washington, D.C., and twice in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City.

Baker sainthood effort is topic

The Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America will sponsor a program exploring the public relations effort to gain sainthood for Father Nelson Baker at noon Feb. 22 in Curly's Bar and Grill, 647 Ridge Road, Lackawanna.

The speakers will be Beth Donovan, director of public relations, and Thomas R. Lucia, public relations coordinator, both at Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity and Baker Victory Services, Lackawanna.

The registration fee, which includes lunch, is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Reservations should be made by calling Brenda Schwamborn at 879-0942.

800 teens are expected at conference

More than 800 teenagers are expected to attend the "Pure for God 2001" youth conference at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Buffalo-Niagara Marriott, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst.

Sponsored by the Repossession Company Youth Ministry, the event is designed to encourage teens to lead pure lives for God in all areas of their lives.

To register, call the Repossession Company Youth Ministry at 639-0339.

Temple men to learn sushi preparation

The Men's Group of Temple Beth Am will sponsor a sushi workshop and silent auction fund-raiser at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in the temple's social hall, 4660 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.

The workshop, conducted by four professional sushi chefs, will deal with planning and preparing a sushi dinner and will include a dinner. Tickets are $30 per person.

Reservations are required by calling the temple at 633-8877.

MusicalFare Theatre gets financial aid

Three Erie County legislators have secured $20,000 for MusicalFare Theatre.

The not-for-profit, professional musical theater company is based at Daemen College in Snyder. The theater presents Broadway, off-Broadway and original shows.

Legislators Lynn Marinelli, D-Town of Tonawanda; William A. Pauly, R-Amherst; and Charles M. Swanick, D-Kenmore, obtained the money.

Maryvale will require more courses

The Maryvale School Board this week voted to increase the number of study units required for high school graduation.

Superintendent Gary L. Brader said the required units will be increased from 25 to 26, starting with the ninth-grade class entering high school in September. The additional unit is in mathematics.

The board also decided to create a new science teaching position in the high school. Candidates will be interviewed next week, with an appointment expected at the board's meeting Feb. 26, Brader said.

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