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LECTURE SERIES: The Canisius College Lecture Series on the Governmental Role in Effectuating the Corporal Works of Mercy will welcome the Rev. Michael D. Place, past president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Montante Cultural Center, Main St. and Eastwood Place. Place will address individual and collective responsibilities to care for the sick. The lecture is free and open to the public. Call 888-2162.

BASIC COMPUTER CLASSES: Beginning at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Portville Free Library, 2 N. Main St., Portville. The two five week sessions cover Microsoft Word and the Internet. Space is limited. For more information or to register, call 933-8441.

CYBER CRIMES: Information about cyber crimes and what can be done to prevent them will be presented at a seminar from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Erie County Emergency Operations Center, 3359 Broadway, Cheektowaga. The seminar will be sponsored by the Western New York chapter of Infragard, an FBI-led network of business people who share information about viruses, hackers and Internet crimes. Register by contacting Brian Herrick at 856-7800.

WALKATHON: St. Mary's Student Senate will hold a nine-mile walkathon in the Lancaster-Depew community Sept. 27. A portion of the proceeds will go for a new scholarship, the St. Mary's Student Senate Scholarship, to be awarded to an incoming freshman starting with the Class of 2010. The remaining money will go to the Student Senate and classes for clubs, field trips, awards and other activities. Donation sheets are due no later than Wednesday. Call 683-4824.

ONE-MAN SHOW: "Scapedream: Dr. Bob . . . Pure & Simple," 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Millennium Airport Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. The show is presented by the Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse and the Recovery Alliance. Tickets are $20, and $150 for a table of eight. Reservations are required. Call 831-2298.

LECTURE: 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Robert R. Jones Board of Trustees Room, Doyle Hall, St. Bonaventure University, Olean. The lecture, featuring retired naval officer Eric Massa, is the second in a three-part series, "Perspectives on the War in Iraq."

AUTHOR: Learn about the attractions and activities in the region, 7 p.m. Wednesday and 3:30 p.m. Friday, Audubon Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. Guest will be Christine A. Smyczynski, author of "Western New York, an Explorer's Guide: From Niagara Falls and Southern Ontario to the Western Edge of the Finger Lakes."

DISCUSSION: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hyatt Regency Buffalo. "Buffalo Talks: A Series of Discussions About Current Issues Facing Buffalo and Erie County," with speaker Richard Geiger, president and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau. The discussion will focus on the economic impact of the travel industry.

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