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LECTURE: Journalist and photographer Diane Raines-Ward on "Praying for Rain: The Global Water Crisis"; 7 p.m. today, Dresser Auditorium of the John J. Murphy Professional Building at St. Bonaventure University. The talk is based on Raines-Ward's book, "Water Wars: Drought, Flood, Folly and the Politics of Thirst," which explores the costs of droughts and floods, the scarcity of clean water and the sentiment that the world is on a path toward a water crisis.

ROOSEVELT SITE LECTURE: Rachel Leon, executive director of Common Cause/NY, will discuss campaign finance reform; 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, 641 Delaware Ave. The talk is part of the centennial anniversary of Roosevelt's election as president. Leon, whose organization promotes citizen participation in the revitalization of politics and government, will present a "then and now" perspective on campaign finance reform.

METRO RAIL RALLY: The Citizens Regional Transit Corp. will hold a rally at noon Thursday at the corner Main and Church streets to call for an extension of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's Metro Rail system to Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The group also will present signed petitions to the NFTA in support of expansion.

TREE LIGHTING: "Wrap Your Arms Around Children" Tree Lighting; 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Women and Children's Hospital. A 20-foot tree will be illuminated with more than 3,000 lights to help kick off the holiday season. The Grand Island High School Madrigal Choir will perform holiday songs. A cookie and hot chocolate reception will be held for patients and their families.

COMBINED MEETING: The Coldspring Fire Company will host the meeting of the Cattaraugus County Volunteer Firemen's Association and the Cattaraugus County Chiefs Association at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the fire company.

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