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Citibank donation aids Fillmore renewal

Citibank will present a check for $25,000 to the Office for Urban Initiatives in a ceremony in front of 1412 Fillmore Ave. on Friday morning. The donation kicks off the first phase of the Fillmore Avenue Commercial District Revitalization Project.

The grant will support economic development in the section of Fillmore between East Ferry Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The office hopes to bring the kind of vitality to Fillmore that is seen in the city's Elmwood Avenue and Hertel Avenue commercial districts.

Earlier this year, the office launched a beautification project on Fillmore from the park to Main Street, installing planters, banners and trash receptacles. Next, the group hopes to revitalize the Fillmore Avenue Businessmen's Association.

Masten Council Member Antoine Thompson said, "This commercial strip is the gateway for one of our city's cultural jewels, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Park."

"I am proud to be part of this economic renaissance on Fillmore Avenue," said County Legislator George Holt. "This community needs to see the activity similar to that seen on the Elmwood Strip."

Fund-raiser will benefit Hopevale girls

A fund-raiser featuring Avon products will benefit the girls who live at Hopevale.

The event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Family Activity Center at Hopevale, 3780 Howard Road, Hamburg. It is open to the public.

There will be many Avon products, Christmas decorations, a ticket auction, raffles and gift baskets.

Poinsettia show will begin Dec. 7

The Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens will sponsor its annual poinsettia show Dec. 7 to Jan. 4.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

A preview night will be held from 7 to 9 o'clock Dec. 6. Admission is $5 for nonmembers. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided.

Crafts and caroling in Delaware Park

The Olmsted Parks Conservancy will sponsor crafts and caroling in Delaware Park on Dec. 14.

The crafts program, for all ages, will take place in the Parkside Lodge from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The emphasis will be on using natural materials to make holiday decorations. Register by calling 838-1249, Ext. 23.

Reception set for science museum chief

A public reception will be held for John R. Grehan, the Buffalo Museum of Science's new director of science and collections. He will discuss his research and educational history, and talk about opportunities for the future growth of science at the museum.

Grehan spent the past five years as an assistant curator at the Frost Entomological Museum at Penn State University. He holds a bachelor of science degree in zoology and botany, and a doctorate degree in zoology from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

Grehan's appointment is a joint one between the museum and Buffalo State College. He will be on the college faculty and will supervise undergraduate and graduate students working in the museum.

C-SPAN will air Roosevelt symposium

The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site's "Big Stick and the Square Deal" symposium in October will air Friday and Saturday on C-SPAN 1 and C-SPAN 2.

Presidential scholar Douglas Brinkley will appear on C-SPAN 1; other speakers will appear on C-SPAN 2. The three-day event was held Oct. 17 to 20. The lineup: 8:45 a.m., John Gable, executive director of the Theodore Roosevelt Association, "The Big Stick and the Square Deal: The Presidency of Theodore Roosevelt"; 10 a.m., Kathleen Dalton, author of "Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life," speaking on "Sin, Sex and Censorship: Theodore Roosevelt and Moral Reform"; 11:05 a.m., H.W. Brand, professor at Texas A&M University, "TR: America's First Strategic Thinker"; 3:45 p.m., Douglas Brinkley, executive director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans, "Theodore Roosevelt and Conservation"; 5:45 p.m., the Gable speech will be repeated; 7 p.m., the Brands speech will be repeated; and at 4:35 a.m. Saturday, the Brinkley speech will be repeated.

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