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SANBORN -- Niagara County and Niagara County Community College are inviting interested people from the county's municipalities, schools and small businesses to a technology forum from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 22 in Building G on the NCCC campus.

The event will include seminars on technical topics and use of the latest software packages.

Exhibitors include the largest companies in the computer field: Microsoft, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, Novell, Dell, Gateway, Intel and Cisco Systems, among others.

Larry L. Helwig, the county's central data processing director, said the college is collecting the money and taking care of the expenses.

Helwig said the vendors were charged $200 for a booth, although some local businesses were given a $100 discount.

Attendees at the forum will be charged $8 for advance tickets or $10 at the door. Registration forms are available by calling 614-6470. Details are also available on the county Web site,

Legal aspect of mental health is focus

LOCKPORT -- The Mental Health Association in Niagara County will offer its next session of free legal services from 9 a.m. to noon July 2 in its offices at 36 Pine St.

The Client Advocacy Service is available to mental health clients who are seeking public benefits and services, or who have problems protecting their legal rights.

Appointments are available by calling 433-3780.

Concert series will begin July 5

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Pine Avenue Business Association will begin its 2001 Summer Concert Series on July 5 in Columbus Square Park -- Heritage Walk on Pine Avenue at 15th Street. Concerts will begin at 7 p.m. and continue Thursdays through Aug. 16.

Jerry D'Amico Brimstone will lead off the series with Top 40 tunes from the past 40 years.

July 12 will feature the Bourbon Street Brass with jazz, Dixieland, ragtime and swing; July 19, Gary Quatraini and Trio with jazz and classic standards; July 26, Colt 45 with country-western music; Aug. 2, Penelope, Top 40 songs with vocalist Bobby Serianni; Aug. 9, Richie and Debbie Derwald return with a "Tribute to the Superstars" show; and Aug. 16 will feature Rich Blend.

Grant to fund aesthetics program

NIAGARA FALLS -- The John R. Oishei Foundation has awarded a $180,000 grant to the Arts in Education Institute of Western New York to finance the development of an aesthetic education program in the Niagara Falls School District.

Over the next three years, Harry F. Abate Elementary and Niagara Falls Elementary schools will aim to place the arts at the center of learning by working with the institute to become "Focus Schools."

Developed by the Lincoln Center Institute in New York City, the Focus School program involves all staff and students in an intensive aesthetic education experience. For example, students and teachers will examine the Latino culture via Ballet Hispanico, a world-renowned dance company. Institute-trained teaching artists will also work with instructors on a variety of arts-related initiatives. Other components will include community performances and workshops.

The John R. Oishei Foundation is committed to enhancing the quality of life for local residents by supporting medical research, health care, education, cultural initiatives and other needs. It was established in 1940 by John R. Oishei, founder of Trico Products.

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