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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo are accepting registrations for after-school programs at their 10 locations.

The after-school program provides a safe, supervised setting with a wide range of sports and activities for children. Parents may call 822-0034 or the nearest club for information.

SABAH to celebrate 25th anniversary

The Skating Association for the Blind and Handicapped, which provides therapeutic skating programs for people with mental, physical and emotional disabilities, will mark its 25th anniversary season by offering programs at six rinks starting early next month.

"We are looking for skaters and volunteers to participate in this year's program and to share in the joy of being part of the SABAH family," said Elizabeth O'Donnell, the association's founder.

Programs will be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at the Pepsi Center in Amherst; from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays at the Hamburg town rink; from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. Sundays at the Hockey Outlet in the Town of Wheatfield; from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Niagara University; and from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays at the North Buffalo Community Rink on Tacoma Avenue.

Also, a school-day program will be held Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings at the Buffalo State College and North Buffalo rinks.

For more information call 675-7222.

AIDS Family Services receives grant

AIDS Family Services has received a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo to provide counseling.

Funding for the grant came from the Peter J. Ferraro Memorial Fund, which was established in 1995 for the health needs of the area. It will help pay for psychotherapy for financially disadvantaged AIDS patients and their families.

Call 759-2260 for further information.

Event to promote awareness of SIDS

Assemblywoman Sandra Lee Wirth, R-West Seneca, in conjunction with EduKids Early Childhood Centers, is sponsoring a sudden infant death syndrome awareness event for families with newborns and infants.

The free event will take place at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in EduKids' West Seneca center, 3585 Seneca St.

"SIDS is a deadly condition that typically strikes without warning and is terrifying for parents with newborns or infants," Wirth said in a statement announcing the event.

For information, or to make a reservation for the event, call Wirth's district office, at 675-7170.

Video features Cheektowaga woman

Heather Theurer of Cheektowaga will appear under the lights on Broadway in New York City Sunday as part of the National Down Syndrome Society's national awareness campaign.

Heather's photo, selected from more than a thousand entries, is part of a video production that will appear on the huge NBC Astrovision screen in the heart of Times Square.

The production explores the need for acceptance and inclusion for people with Down Syndrome and kicks off National Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

Veterinary lecture series set at UB

"Making the Most From Those Nine Lives" is the first in a series of lectures offered during the third annual mini-veterinary school at the University at Buffalo.

The five-week series begins Oct. 4, and will run on consecutive Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m., through Nov. 1.

The UB program, in cooperation with the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society and UB's School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, features courses covered in veterinary school. Lectures will be held on the South Campus in Farber Hall's Butler Auditorium.

Graduates of the program will receive a certificate.

Advance registration is required. For information, call 829-2196.

Pumpkin season weighing in at farm

The World Pumpkin Confederation Weigh-off will launch a monthlong celebration at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence.

The farm, located on Main Street, opens Friday. The weigh-off is scheduled for Saturday. Prizes will be awarded to the three largest pumpkins. The grand-prize pumpkin winner will be flown to the world's largest pumpkin exhibition in Ludwigsburg, Germany, said Lynn Dylewski of the Great Pumpkin Farm.

The monthlong celebration at the farm will feature pumpkin displays, rides and food. Hayrides, the Pumpkin Palace, the Hay Maze, the Giant Tepee and acres of pumpkins also help create the Halloween spirit, Dylewski added.

Saturday and Sunday, there will be a $3 admission charge. Children 3 and under are admitted free. There is no charge for admission during the remainder of the month. A portion of the proceeds at the Great Pumpkin Farm event has been designated for the Variety Club Telethon.

For details and directions to the Great Pumpkin Farm, call 759-2260.

Lung Center gets $3,000 gift

A check for $3,000 was presented last week to Children's Hospital Lung Center from the seventh annual 5K Run and Walk, sponsored by Loughran's Bar and Restaurant in Snyder.

The run is held in memory of Kenneth Kaiser, a lung center patient who died of cystic fibrosis.

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