HALLOWEEN BREWS: Halloween Brews & Blues, featuring beer from local brewers and food from local restaurants, will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday in Shea's Performing Arts Center. Music will be provided by Doug Yeomans, the John Brady Trio and Robin and the Rubes. For tickets and information, call 847-1410, Ext. 116.
CANCER GALA: The men's basketball head coaches at the local Big 4 colleges are co-chairmen of the American Cancer Society Coach vs. Cancer basketball gala from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday in Adam's Mark Hotel, 120 Church St. Tickets are $150 per person or $250 per couple. To reserve tickets, call 689-6982, Ext. 113.
CRIMINAL-JUSTICE FORUM: A community discussion on crime, punishment and rehabilitation will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Delavan-Grider Community Buffet lunch provided. Call 892-3462.
COMMUNITY MEETING: Sheriff Patrick Gallivan, Debra Ross, assistant professor from Grand Valley State University, and members of the local steering committee will discuss the results of the Citizens Survey on Police Integrity at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway. Following the presentation, attendees will receive a free child admission to the Museum of Science and gun safety locks. Lunch is provided.
HALLOWEEN PARADE: The Village of Williamsville holds its Halloween parade and costume contest starting at 6 p.m. Saturday in front of Hampton Inn, 5455 Main St. It proceeds to Island Park for cider, doughnuts, music and a costume contest.
CHILDREN'S PARTY: A Halloween party featuring pumpkin-painting, a costume contest, bobbing for apples and face-painting will be offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Hilbert College Campus Center and Hafner Recreation Center. Hayrides on campus grounds will run from 1 to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For information, call 649-7900, Ext. 355.
CANDY SCREENING: Munroe Chiropractic will offer free X-ray screening for all Halloween treats; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday; and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 6035 Main St., Amherst. Call 632-4476.
ASTRONOMY PROGRAM: The Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center will hold an evening astronomy program from 6:30 to 10 Saturday at the Hamburg site. Penn Dixie telescopes will be focused on several constellations; visitors are encouraged to bring their own telescopes. Cost to nonmembers is $2. Call 627-4560 or visit www.penndixie.org.