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CARING FOR THE SICK: The Rev. Michael Place, past president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of America, will speak at 7:30 p.m. today in Canisius College's Montante Cultural Center, 2001 Main St. His topic is "Our Individual and Collective Responsibility to Care for the Sick." The talk is part of the college's Corporal Works of Mercy series, sponsored by former Rep. John J. LaFalce.

LIBRARY: The fall series of "Books Sandwiched In" begins at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday in Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia. Robert Smith will present a review of "1776" by David McCullough. Bring your lunch; coffee, tea and cookies are provided. All welcome. Call the library for more information, (585) 343-9550.

CARD PARTY: Annual Dessert Card Party will be hosted by Angelus Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, 7 p.m. Wednesday in Masonic Hall, One Cottage St., Lockport. Table and door prizes. Tickets available at the door. For more information, call 434-8168.

RECOVERY MONTH: In observance of the 16th annual National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, writer/actor Bill McNiff will perform "Scapedream," a one-man play that relives the last days of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Dr. Bob. A dessert reception will be held at 7:30 p.m., followed by the performance at 8, Wednesday , Millennium Airport Hotel Buffalo (formerly the Four Points Sheraton), 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Tickets $20; tables of 8, $150. For registration information, call 831-2298.

MARYVALE COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAM: 50th Anniversary Celebration Open House, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Maryvale High School, 1050 Maryvale Drive. Participants will be able to sample Community Education classes and learn more about courses and programs for all ages. Brief presentations by teachers throughout the evening. Refreshments and prizes. Event is free to Western New York residents. For more information, call 635-4666.

SENIOR SERVICES: Healthy Aging Conference, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday , Amherst Center for Senior Services, 370 John James Audubon Parkway. This special event is for seniors, family members, caregivers, case managers, students and professionals in the field of aging. Topics to be discussed include living wills, trusts and advanced directives, geriatric medicine, prescription use with special emphasis on Alzheimer's/Dementia. This program is free to the public. For reservations, call 636-3059.

DINNER: Sikora Post 1322, American Legion, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda, will sponsor a polish sausage dinner, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the post. Cost is $6.

COMEDY NIGHT FUND-RAISER: 8 p.m. Thursday, with hors d'oeuvres from 6:30 to 7:30 in WitzEnd Comedy Club, 117 W. Chippewa St. Jimmie "JJ" Walker will be the main event, with proceeds benefiting Goodwill Industries. Tickets are $30 single, $50 per couple. For more information, call 854-3494.

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