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CHRISTMAS CONTEST: Applications will be accepted through Friday for North Tonawanda's Christmas Lighting Contest. Judging will take place on the evening of Dec. 9.

Entry forms are available in the mayor's office in City Hall, 216 Payne Ave., or at the Department of Youth, Recreation and Parks Office in the Colonel Payne Community Center, 460 Wheatfield St.

Prizes will be awarded to winners and runners-up in five categories: overall holiday; decorated window or door; most original; decorated business; and decorated lawn. Recognition will be given to the street or area demonstrating the most holiday spirit.

For more information, please contact 695-8520, Ext. 508.

BABY REUNION: Mount St. Mary's Hospital will host its 11th Annual Baby Reunion from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence, Mount St. Mary's Hospital campus off Lewiston Road, Lewiston.

Parents are invited to bring babies born at the hospital in 2003 and their families. The event will include refreshments, entertainment and crafts for older siblings, all topped by a visit from Santa Claus.

Anyone who received an invitation and would like to attend should respond by Monday. Anyone who did not receive an invitation in the mail may call 298-2332 to register.

SCANDINAVIAN HOLIDAY: The Scandinavian Studies Program at Jamestown Community College will sponsor a Julmarknad, Scandinavian Christmas Market, Saturday at six locations in the Jamestown area.

Shoppers can sample Scandinavian holiday foods, enjoy music, purchase supplies, attend educational workshops, and make Scandinavian handicrafts.

JCC, one of the market sites, will host Culture Day in the Hamilton Collegiate Center. The program is free and open to the public but donations are accepted to maintain the program.

The other five locations participating in the event include the Coffee Cup, at 902 E. Second St., Jamestown; Ecklof Bakery, 832 Foote Ave., Jamestown; Jones Tasty Baking, 209 Pine St., Jamestown; Peterson Farm, Route 430, Fluvanna; and the Viking Trader, Route 430, Bemus Point.

BENEFIT: A benefit for Alan Izzio of Hamburg, who is battling lymphoma and is in need of a bone marrow transplant, will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday in Oakwood Manor, 2985 Lakeview Road, Hamburg. Ticket information is available from Joe Izzio at 296-8935 or JonnyAnn Izzio at 549-6113. Checks payable to Alan Izzio can be mailed to or left at any branch of Evans National Bank.

CRAFT SHOW: The Home School Guild of Annunciation Church, Clinton Street and Schwartz Road in Elma, will hold their annual St. Nick Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Featured will be home-baked goods, fresh balsam wreaths, fresh cut trees for Christmas, theme basket raffle and crafts by area crafters and much more.

VISIT NIGHT: Villa Maria College hosts an open house for adult and transfer students from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at 240 Pine Ridge Road, Cheektowaga.

Visitors will be able to speak to faculty, admissions and financial-aid representatives of the private, two-year institution. Prospective students can take a tour. For more information call 896-0700.

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