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Home buyers workshop: The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, a nonprofit community advocacy and housing assistance organization, will offer a program geared toward an affordable mortgage with no down payment, no closing costs and no application fees; 9 a.m., Central Presbyterian Church, 15 Jewett Parkway at Main Street. For information, call 834-6222 or (888) 302-NACA.

Fall flea market: Bake sale and raffle; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. Bernard's Catholic Church, 414 S. Ogden St. at Clinton Street. Tables are available for $15.

East Aurora

Art in the Barn: Recent watercolors, pastels, acrylics, prints, cards and more, by artists Barbara Castiglia, Marlene Coles, Alice Seeley, Tootie Stark and Joan Tiberi; also live music and refreshments; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1843 Sweet Road, in the barn at the rear on Underhill Road. Same hours Sunday.

Grand Island

Meeting: West River Homeowners Association membership dinner meeting, with guest speaker State Sen. Byron Brown; 6:30 p.m. hors d'oeuvres, 7:30 dinner, 8:30 meeting, River Oaks Golf Course, Whitehaven and East River roads. Cost is $15 to $20. For information, call 773-2877.


Family fun: Family farm and food tour, which will include a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. in the Grange Building on the Erie County Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway, or at the Broadway Market in Buffalo. Then the tour will visit two of seven agribusinesses or farms and end up back at the Grange Building for a "Taste of Erie County" and other interactive activities for the family, ending at 2:30 p.m. Buses will return to the Broadway Market for those who began the tour there. For information, call 649-3900, Ext. 404.


Meeting: American Muslim Council annual meeting and youth symposium; 5 to 8:30 p.m., Yemenite Benevolent Association Hall, 109 Ridge Road. Program titled "Our Youth, Our Future" will feature speakers Sana Fadel of the Muslim Students Network, Washington, D.C., and Suhail Khan of the White House Office of the Public Liaison. For information, call Khalid J. Qazi, 683-1840, or Muhammad Furqan, 885-2573.


Family fun: Oktoberfest Dance featuring music by the Frankfurters; 6 to 10 p.m., Bishop Peplowski Fellowship Center, Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway. Admission is $12 in advance, $15 at the door. For information, call 685-5766.


Walking tours: "Marble Orchard," a historic walking tour through Plain Street and Marble Orchard Cemetery, with re-enactors, Native American folk tales and highlights of the Underground Railroad; 2 p.m. Tours continue Sunday and Oct. 6 and 7. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children and are available at the Tops Market in Lewiston or the Gazebo at Fourth and Center streets. In case of rain, performances will be held in the Lewiston Historic Museum, Niagara and Plain streets.

Good Works Gala: Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center will host the second annual gala, which includes dinner, dancing, carriage rides and an art auction featuring five works by Salvador Dali, part of the Paul and Beverly Cutler collection; 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., Niagara Club, First and Buffalo avenues. Cost is $125, with proceeds used to buy new technology for the diagnostic imaging and rehabilitation services departments. For information, call the foundation office at 298-2143.


Art event: "Art on the Canal"; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lockport Locks and Canal Cruises, 210 Market St. Also 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The free event features works of local artists for show and sale. Sponsored by the Kenan Center.

Niagara Falls

Gorge festival: Sponsored by the Niagara Waterfront Revitalization Task Force; noon to 4 p.m., Whirlpool State Park. Included is live music with the Outer Circle Orchestra, nature stations, face-painting, bike decoration contest and historical re-enactments. Free parking, free admission and open to the public.

West Seneca

Computer Drop-off Day: County Executive Joel A. Giambra, in cooperation with the Department of Environment and Planning, will conduct a computer recycling drop-off day; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Southgate Plaza, Union Road and Seneca Street. Acceptable items include CPUs, CRTs or monitors, keyboards, scanners, mouses and printers. Two units per vehicle will be accepted. For information, call 675-8817.

Fall class: "Discovering the Creek for Kids" will teach children what makes up the Buffalo Creek, how to test water and what it's all about. Then walk the creek bed to the Webb Farm with nets in hand to discover what lies beneath the surface; 1 to 3 p.m., Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2001 Union Road. Coast is $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers, per class, or all four children's fall classes for $37 for members and $45 for nonmembers.

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