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Three local corporations and three not-for-profit groups will receive Commitment to Education Awards for their work in Buffalo Public Schools at the eighth annual mayor's Partnership Awards Luncheon at noon Oct. 23 in the Buffalo Convention Center.

Mayor Anthony M. Masiello will honor General Mills for its partnerships with School 33 and South Park High; Verizon for its involvement at Schools 6, 17, 74 and Seneca Vocational High School; and Citicorp North America for its partnership with West Hertel Academy.

In the not-for-profit category, awards will be presented to the VH1-Save the Music Foundation and Adelphia Cable for a districtwide initiative; Buffalo Engineering Awareness for minorities programs; and CEPA Gallery for its efforts at School 71.

The program is sponsored by the Buffalo Alliance for Education. More than 100 partnerships exist between Buffalo schools and local business, nonprofit, civic and religious groups.

Small-business workshop scheduled

The Massachusetts Avenue Project is hosting a small-business workshop for individuals interested in starting up their own food-service enterprise.

The workshop, set from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday in the project building at 382 Massachusetts Ave., will feature speakers from Buffalo State College's Small Business Development Center.

Topics will include basic legal issues, marketing, bookkeeping and financing considerations for small business start-ups.

For reservations, call 816-0961.

Workshop on pageant judging offered

A workshop on how to judge an official Miss America preliminary pageant will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 6 in Room 204, Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College.

Leading the session will be David Montague, director of field operations for the Miss New York State Scholarship Program; Maryalice Demler, Miss New York State 1990; and Lorrie Turner-Proulx, executive director of the Miss Buffalo Scholarship Program.

Judges in Miss America preliminary pageants must attend a "judges school" at least once every five years. Current and former contestants also are invited to attend.

Registration is $10 and must be made in advance. For information and registration, call 886-5168.

University Heights gala rescheduled

The University Heights Community Development Association has rescheduled its 25th Anniversary Gala to Oct. 4 in Park Lane Restaurant.

The association runs the Gloria J. Parks Community Center at 3242 Main St. Gloria J. Parks, the association founder for whom the community center is named, will be honored for her lifetime achievement. Other honorees include Gino Grasso and Betty Jean Phillips, who have been named "Heights Heroes" for their involvement with the center.

Benefit Latin dance class offered

A three-hour Latin dance class will be offered Oct. 12 to benefit the Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network.

The "Latin Style" fund-raiser will feature instruction in meringue, salsa and bachata and offer Latin drink specials, Dominical beer and South American snacks. The event will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at La Luna in the Calumet Building on Chippewa Street.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door. For more information, call 884-6711.

The Prenatal-Perinatal Network works to improve pregnancy results, reduce infant mortality and provide access to proper preventive and primary health care.

Computer recycling day scheduled

The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning will hold a computer recycling day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday behind the Ames department store in Southgate Plaza, Union Road and Seneca Street, West Seneca.

Those bringing computers will be required to certify that they were home computers. Items that will be accepted for recycling or disposal include hard drives, monitors, keyboards and printers. For information, call 858-6370.

Sacred Heart marking 125th year

The Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic girls high school in Eggertsville, marks its 125th anniversary this year with a series of special events.

The opening celebration will be a liturgy for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi at 10 a.m. Oct. 4 at the school, 3860 Main St. Bishop Henry Mansell will officiate.

A performance of "Babes in Arms" will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 30, and a program of spiritual reflection -- called "Women Journeying/Woman Gathering" -- will take place at 2 p.m. Feb. 24. Uniforms worn over the years by students at Sacred Heart will be featured at a tea and fashion show at 2 p.m. March 9. All those events will be held at the school, and various other activities are scheduled. Additional information is available by calling the school.

Sacred Heart Academy, founded in 1877 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, was first located on Washington Street in downtown Buffalo. It was moved to its present location in 1930.

Columbus Day honor for Paladino

Carl P. Paladino, attorney and developer, will be honored during the annual Columbus Day Dinner sponsored by the Federation of Italian-American Societies on Oct. 7 in Salvatore's Italian Gardens, Town of Lancaster.

For ticket information, call Teresa Marcello at 668-9451.

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