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NOV. 28 TO DEC. 5
NIAGARA COUNTY EVENTS

Following is Niagara Sunday's weekly listing of upcoming public events held around Niagara County.

If you would like your event included, send the information two weeks in advance to: Niagara Community Calendar, c/o The Buffalo News, 8353 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls, NY 14304, fax to: 283-1691, or e-mail to: niagaranews@buffnews.com.

Today

PERFORMANCE: Greater Niagara Ballet Company's 27th annual production of "The Nutcracker," 2 p.m., Niagara Falls High School Performing Arts Auditorium, 4455 Porter Road. Tickets $15 for adults and $10 for children and seniors. Tickets available at the door or from selected local merchants. For information, call 284-6627 or go to www.NiagaraBallet.org.

HOLIDAY EVENT: Holiday Lights of Niagara -- a Festival Returns, a 1.5-mile drive-through of 50 illuminated and animated winter displays. Open to the public every evening through Jan. 1 in Oppenheim Park, Niagara Falls Boulevard, Wheatfield. Open 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Enjoy the displays from your car, cost $10 per car.

FREE CONCERT: Niagara Frontier Brass Quintet advent concert, 7 p.m., St. Mary's Catholic Church, Saxton and Walnut streets, Lockport.

OPEN HOUSE: Niagara Orleans Model Engineers Railroad, 1 to 5 p.m., Summit Park Mall, 6929 Williams Road, Wheatfield.

DANCE CLASS: Belly dancing classes, 12:30 p.m., an eight-week series of Sundays, Lewiston Opera House, 732 Center St. Cost $64 for entire eight weeks or $10 per class. Registration required, Lewiston Council on the Arts, P.O. Box 1, Lewiston, NY 14092.

SUPPORT GROUP: Recovery Inc., a self-help community mental health resource, 2 to 4 p.m. in First United Methodist Church, 8210 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. Use the back entrance.

DINNER: All-you-can-eat pasta dinner, noon to 5 p.m., Masonic Temple, One Cottage St., Lockport. Served by Niagara-Orleans District Order of the Eastern Star. Cost $5.

FAMILY NIGHT: 6 to 9 p.m., Niagara Falls Family YMCA, 1317 Portage Road, Niagara Falls.

ART EXHIBIT: Capturing the Ethereal by Deborah Dohne features assemblages of mechanical wonders, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University, Lewiston. Continues through Jan. 16.

ART EXHIBIT: Buffalo Society of Artists 108th Fall Catalog Show, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, Castellani Art Museum, Lewiston. Continues through Feb. 13.

MUSEUM HOURS: 2 to 4 p.m., Sanborn Historical Society Museum, 2822 Niagara St.

Wednesday

PROGRAM: Book signing with Abby Miller Fitzgerald, daughter of prominent Lockportian and former vice presidential nominee William "Bill" Miller and author of "Bill Miller: Do You Know Me? A Daughter Remembers," 7 p.m., Lockport Library community room, 23 East Ave. Refreshments served and books available.

CLASS: Angels in our Midst, adult community education course which examines the role of heavenly messengers in history and today, 6 to 8 p.m., Niagara University, Lewiston. Part II continues the discussion next Wednesday. Fee $14 per class. For registration and information, call 286-8181.

Thursday

TREE LIGHTING: City of Niagara Falls annual city hall tree lighting ceremony, 4 to 5:30 p.m., 745 Main St. Refreshments in the city hall foyer and holiday songs provided by local middle school students in Spirit of Niagara, and the Niagara Rainbow Singers.

EVENT: Niagara County Historical Society sponsors an open house from 6 to 9 p.m., Col. William Bond House, 143 Ontario St., Lockport. Decorations for the season, mulled cider and cookies, period music and tours.

Friday

FESTIVAL: Christmas Walk in Lewiston, noon to 5 p.m., Center Street. In the evening, businesses and restaurants will be open for shopping and open houses, and streets will be lighted by candlelight. Continues with live music, crafts, an art show, shopping and a petting zoo on Saturday and next Sunday.

EVENT: Gateway Cities Downtown Winter Walk 2004, 7 p.m., Santa arrives in Clinton Park, Clinton and Broad streets, City of Tonawanda. Continues noon to 5 p.m. Saturday in Tonawanda/North Tonawanda with open houses, free pony rides, petting zoo, hay rides, cookie decorating, craft shows, luncheons, chowder, carolers, art and train exhibits. Shuttle bus available.

CONCERT: 'Tis the Season Holiday Concert presented by Niagara County Community College music department, 7:30 p.m., NCCC Fine Arts auditorium, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Free to students. Tickets $3 general and $2 seniors and NCCC alumni.

EVENT: St. Francis Guild of Mount St. Mary's Hospital annual holiday bazaar, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., hospital main lobby, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. A variety of crafts, vendors, raffles, baked goods and refreshments.

EVENT: First Friday Celebration, 5 to 8 p.m., Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, Lewiston. Live music by Caribbean Extravaganza, dancing, refreshments, art, games and crafts for children. Admission free for members and $5 for nonmembers.

EVENT: Pendleton Historical Society model train display, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and next Sunday and also Dec. 10, 11 and 12, 6570 Campbell Blvd. Santa visits from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission $2 adults, $1 children, free for children under 5.

PERFORMANCE: "Over the River and Through the Woods," a family comedy, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 12, presented by Theatre in the Mist in Stella Niagara Theater, Pletcher and Lower River roads, Lewiston. Tickets $8 general and $6 for students and seniors.

Saturday

FESTIVAL: Christmas Walk in Lewiston, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Center Street. Santa arrives by helicopter in Academy Park at 4:30, followed by a parade down Center Street. In the evening, businesses and restaurants will be open for shopping and open houses, and streets will be lighted by candlelight. Also live music, crafts, an art show, shopping and a petting zoo. Continues Sunday.

ART SHOW: Lewiston Council on Arts fine arts sale and open house, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 475 Center Center St. Also offered is the opening of the new Thomas Paul Asklar Gallery, featuring the world-renowned landscape art of Asklar. The sale includes a variety of paintings, prints, sculpture and jewelry as well as a chance to win a chain saw sculpture.

ART EXHIBIT: Gift for the Holidays, featuring original paintings, prints and gifts by area artists, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Partners in Art Gallery, 83 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Continues 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays until Dec. 24.

EVENT: Christkindl, a traditional German Christmas market, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Holy Ghost Lutheran Church and School, 6630 Luther St., Bergholz. Includes a variety of handmade crafts, candy, baked goods, book fair, and silent auction. Lunch also available.

OPEN HOUSE: North Tonawanda History Museum, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 314 Oliver St., North Tonawanda.

CRAFTS FOR CHILDREN: Learn origami at Niagara Falls Public Library, 1 to 2 p.m., 1425 Main St. Free. Registration required, call 286-4910.

CONCERT: Swing music with Easy Street Big Band, 2 p.m., Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Tickets $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.

PERFORMANCE: Five Comics Standing featuring Gary Gulman, Dave Mordal, Jay London and Rich Vos with Cory Kahaney as host, 8 p.m., Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Tickets $33.50 at ticketmaster locations.

BOOK SALE: Sponsored by Friends of Youngstown Free Library, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 240 Lockport St.

ART EXPRESS: Family fun with hands-on art activities, 2 to 4 p.m., every Saturday, Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, Lewiston. Cost $3 for nonmembers and $2 for members. This week the book is "The Cat Who Lost His Purr;" also Cantaloupe and Strawberries, art by Janet Fish; and art activity, tissue paper still lifes.

CLASS: Safe driving for senior citizens, for drivers 50 and older sponsored by AARP, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center auditorium, 621 10th St. Fee $10, includes materials. To register, call 625-8292.

MEETING: Niagara Falls Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution luncheon and Irish music for the holiday season, noon, Shawnee Country Club, 6020 Townline Road, Sanborn. Members are asked to bring a donation for wounded and homeless veterans.

EVENT: "Just Say No" program for students in third, fourth and fifth grades is offered from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month in the Lockport Family YMCA, 21 East Ave. Registration begins at 6:15 and is limited to the first 150 children. Admission is $1 and participants should bring their own swimsuit and towel. Sponsored by the Barge Canal Optimists.

Next Sunday

FESTIVAL: Christmas Walk in Lewiston, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Center Street. Santa arrives by helicopter in Academy Park at 4:30, followed by a parade down Center Street. In the evening, businesses and restaurants will be open for shopping and open houses and streets will be lit by candlelight. Also live music, crafts, an art show, shopping and a petting zoo.

OPEN HOUSE: Old Fort Niagara offers free admission, refreshments and entertainment at its annual open house and holiday social, 1:30 to 4 p.m., in the fort's French Castle, Youngstown. Decorations by the Youngstown Garden Club and a chance to participate in an 18th century-style auction.

ART SHOW: Lewiston Council on Arts fine arts sale and open house, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 475 Center Center St. Also offered is the opening of the new Thomas Paul Asklar Gallery, featuring the world-renowned landscape art of Asklar. The sale includes a variety of paintings, prints, sculpture and jewelry as well as a chance to win a chain saw sculpture.

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