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Noted civil rights attorney and children's advocate Marian Wright Edelman will be the featured speaker at a community forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Stanley Makowski Early Childhood Center, 1095 Jefferson Ave. at Best Street.

Edelman is founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund.

The forum, which will address the need to find solutions to the problem of youth violence, will be hosted by Deputy Assembly Speaker Arthur O. Eve, D-Buffalo.

Online quiz on urban sprawl offered

How much do Western New Yorkers know about sprawl? Not enough, according to the League of Women Voters of Buffalo/Niagara.

The League has unveiled an online quiz -- called "How much do you know about sprawl in Western New York?" -- to test residents' knowledge of suburban sprawl and provide information on the topic. The quiz is accessible on the League's Web site,, by clicking on the "Sprawl Campaign" keyword.

There is an extra bonus for those who complete the quiz, League members said. Just e-mail your results to the League -- at -- and receive a free "Sprawl Affects Us All" window decal in return.

The sprawl quiz is part of an ongoing educational campaign launched by the League last summer to raise awareness in Erie and Niagara counties about the issue of sprawl.

'Summer Fun Days Happy Hour'

The Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers will be host to "Summer Fun Days Happy Hour" from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in La Luna Club, 54 W. Chippewa St.

Admission is $60 and includes hors d'oeuvres, drinks and music. Entertainment will be provided by the Jim Beishline Trio. All proceeds from the event will benefit programs for at-risk children.

For tickets, please call 852-5065 or visit

Summer program sign-up this evening

Registration for Shoshone Enrichment Program's 25 arts and recreation offerings will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today in Shoshone Park.

The program, which runs from July 9 to Aug. 18, is designed for children from preschool to high school. It will culminate with a Summerfest performance at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16 in Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Ave. For more information, call 834-5777.

Spirit of Summer series kicks off

Simon's Angels, a contemporary Christian musical group, today kicked off this year's Spirit of Summer on Cathedral Green lunch-time series n the lawn of St. Joseph's Cathedral, 50 Franklin St.

Other programs in the series, offered every Tuesday through Aug. 28, will be:

July 3 -- Broadway to Buffalo, with Tom Glee, Bonnie Kane Lockwood, David Granville, Kirsten Anderson and the Rev. Benjamin Fiore.

July 10 -- Crossroads Worship Group and the Cathedral Bake Sale.

July 17 -- Kindred, Irish and American Folk Music, by David and Felica Meyer, and the St. Lawrence Parish Bake Sale.

July 24 -- Fourteen Holy Helpers Music Ministry, directed by Frank Cantafio, and Fourteen Holy Helpers Bake Sale.

July 31 -- The Rev. Ted Jost's Parable Players and the Cathedral Bake Sale.

Aug. 7 -- The Rince Na Tiarna Irish Dancers and the St. James Parish Bake Sale.

Aug. 14 -- Christian Folk Collect, with the Glen Miller Band, and St. Lawrence Bake Sale.

Aug. 21 -- St. Thomas Choir, directed by Ivan Docenko, and St. Thomas Bake Sale.

Aug. 28 -- Harold Harden's Contemporary Ensemble and St. Teresa's Bake Sale.

Cruise will benefit MS Society

The Honky Tonk Cruise, a benefit for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, will set sail in Lake Erie on July 25.

Featuring local roots-rock artists the Steam Donkeys and the Outlyers, the cruise will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $35 and include beer, wine, soda and pizza.

Tickets are available at New World Record, Quill's Apothecary, Don Apparel and all Le Metro restaurant locations. For more information, call the society at 634-2261 or Jim Whitford at 885-5445.

Students earn Statler Scholarships

Five area college students are among 17 who have been chosen for the annual Statler Foundation Scholarships of Excellence this year.

They are Loredana Caruso of Clarence, who will attend Canisius College; Jennifer A. Panaro of Orchard Park, Johnson and Wales University; Vincent A. Gagliardo of Niagara Falls and Kristen Borowski of Cheektowaga, Niagara University; and Christopher A. Lane of Buffalo, Paul Smith's College.

Each student is eligible to receive a maximum of $20,000 for the coming academic year, depending on their college costs.

The scholarship, a legacy of the legendary hotelier Ellsworth B. Statler, is based on academic excellence, achievement and commitment to the hotel and hospitality industry.

Church will sponsor music camp

Ascension Lutheran Church, 4640 Main St., Snyder, will sponsor a music camp for children from age 5 through the fourth grade from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 9-13.

The Rev. Nancy A. Milleville, the pastor, said the youngsters will learn about music in the Bible, create musical instruments, play music games, see a stomp band in action and go on a field trip. Parents are invited to participate.

To register, call the church at 839-1314.

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