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The Home School Association of St. John Vianney School will hold its annual Fallfest and craft show Nov. 10-11 in the school facilities at 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m each day.

Featured items will include a wide variety of crafts, ceramics, wreaths and candles. Special raffles for a large variety of theme baskets also will be held throughout the weekend.

Face-painting will be offered as part of a kids corner for young children. A guest appearance by Chuckles the Clown will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 11.

Food will be available throughout the weekend. There is a $1 admission fee for adults, which includes a free beverage. Children are admitted free. Parking is available on school grounds.

Some garbage pickup days changed

Some Orchard Park residents will see their garbage pickup days change to Wednesdays, effective the week of Nov. 4.

NEI Waste Services changed the garbage pickup days for residents who live on the following: Behm, Benning, Cole, Gartman, Greenmeadow, Scherff and Ward roads (between Chestnut Ridge and Cole roads); Bruce Drive, Edswood and Majestic View courts; Wildwood Lane; and Grandview and Woodstream trails.

Garbage should be at the curbside by 7 a.m. Wednesdays.

Garbage pickup schedules for all other streets in Orchard Park will remain the same.

Orchard Park pupils to hear author

Award-winning children's author Cynthia DeFelice will visit Orchard Park's Windom Elementary School from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday just in time for Halloween.

The author of "The Dancing Skeleton," which is about a woman's husband who wouldn't stay dead, has won numerous awards and received literary recognition for her writing.

A former school librarian, DeFelice and music teacher Mary DeMarsh created "The Wild Washerwomen," a storytelling team that performed in schools across upstate New York. The stories were so popular that DeFelice wrote them down.

Since then, she has written a wide variety of books ranging from silly picture books to adaptations of folk tales, historical fiction and even ghost stories. Her hobbies include dulcimer playing, hiking, bird-watching and, of course, reading.

Holiday in the Park gearing up

Orchard Park village officials already are gearing up for the community's annual Holiday in the Park festivities and tree-trimming that are scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Orchard Park Railroad Depot.

The family event encourages the adoption of a tree to decorate in the park. School classes, families, neighborhoods, community organizations and businesses are welcome to adopt holiday trees for $30 to decorate them as they wish.

The village will provide electrical power at each tree for its lights. All tree decorations must be environmentally friendly, meaning edible or recyclable. No plastic or glass ornaments.

Sponsors may be sought to help defray the cost of trees and decorations. Those interested in ordering trees should contact village offices at 662-9327 by Dec. 1. Tree supply is limited.

Activities during the event include crafts, hayrides, holiday songs and the arrival of Santa Claus. Hot cocoa, soup, chili and other refreshments will be available.

A holiday giving tree also will be placed in the depot for donations of mittens, socks, hats and canned goods for the less fortunate.

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