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Dec. 11 to 18 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

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

PERFORMANCE: Starry Night Theatre Singers present "An Evening of Holiday Music and Prose," 7 p.m., Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda. Tickets, $5.

PERFORMANCE: "Music on Park Place, a Sunday Afternoon Music Series," with Joanne and Company, xylophone, 2:30 p.m., historic James G. Marshall House, 740 Park Place, Niagara Falls. This is a fund-raiser for the Music School of Niagara. Tickets, $20. Call 282-4626 for reservations.

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: 50th Anniversary Celebration of the American Business Women's Association, 5:30 p.m., Antonio's, 7708 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls. Tickets, $25. Call 297-1866 for more information.

LIGHT-A-LIFE CEREMONY: Niagara Frontier Hospice Foundation's Light-A-Life Ceremony to pay tribute to loved ones who have passed away, 2 p.m., The Summit, formerly known as Summit Park Mall, 6929 Williams Road, Wheatfield. Loved ones can be memorialized and have names displayed on a seasonal tree for $20. Call 439-4417 to donate to the cause.

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

RUN AND WALK: Christmas Four-Mile Run and Two-Mile Walk, with sign-in beginning at 9:30 a.m. and event starting at 11, Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, Niagara Reservation State Park, Niagara Falls. Advance registration: $15; on race day, $18. Proceeds will benefit Niagara Area Habitat for Humanity and the new ER1/Heart Center of Niagara. Call 297-2454 for more information.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Spotlighting traditional and contemporary holiday song and dance by the Niagara University Theatre Chorale, 2 p.m., Niagara University Theatre-at-the-Church, 415 Plain St., Lewiston. General admission, $14; senior citizens and children 18 and under, $12.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS OF NIAGARA: Enjoy a drive through Oppenheim Park looking at 50 illuminated and animated holiday themes and displays, 5 to 9 p.m., 2697 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield. Presented by United Way of Niagara.

PERFORMANCE: Riviera Christmas Concert, with American Legion Band of the Tonawandas, 7:30 p.m., with an organ performance at 7, Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Advance tickets for senior citizens, $7; all others and at the door, $8. Tickets are available in advance at Mid-City Opticians and Walker Brothers.

>Monday

TODDLER TIME: Lewiston Public Library, 10:30 a.m., 305 S. Eighth St., Lewiston.

BEDTIME STORY HOUR: Lewiston Public Library, 6:30 p.m., 305 S. Eighth St., Lewiston.

HOLIDAY GIFT WRAP BOOTH: Volunteers will wrap any size package for a donation to benefit the Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara Foundation, and floral arrangements and poinsettias will also be available to purchase, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Outlets at Niagara Falls USA, 1900 Military Road, Town of Niagara. Continues daily through Sunday.

SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOP: Niagara Falls Youth Services Division will offer a free eight-week self-defense workshop, with topics to include stranger awareness, safety tips and self-defense techniques, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., LaSalle Facility, 9501 Colvin Blvd. Call 286-4956 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to register. Continues Friday.

MUSEUM HOURS: North Tonawanda History Museum, 314 Oliver St., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. The museum is also open by appointment. Call 213-0554 or 692-2681 for more information.

ADULT FITNESS: Low-impact aerobics, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, City of Niagara Falls Department of Recreation, LaSalle Facility, 9501 Colvin Blvd. Free.

CLASS: Hatha Yoga, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport. Cost is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers. Fee payable at class. Also meets on Wednesday afternoons.

EXERCISE: PACE (People With Arthritis Can Exercise), a program of gentle exercise that combines recreation and socialization, 1 to 2:30 p.m. every Monday, DeGraff Community Center of Kaleida Health, 139 Division St., North Tonawanda. Cost is $25 for a 10-week course. Call 690-2271 to register.

EXERCISE: Fit After 50, 8:40 to 9:15 a.m., every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Niagara Falls Family YMCA, 1317 Portage Road, Niagara Falls. Gentle stretching. All are welcome.

SUPPORT GROUP: North Tonawanda depression support group meets at 6 p.m. every Monday, first-floor conference room, DeGraff Memorial Hospital, 445 Tremont St., North Tonawanda. Also on Thursdays.

SUPPORT GROUP: Recovery Inc., a self-help community mental health resource, 7 to 9 p.m., St. Teresa's School basement, McKoon and College avenues, Niagara Falls.

SPRING PROGRAM AUDITIONS: For Theatre in the Mist's spring production of Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs," 7 to 9 p.m., Stella Niagara Theater, Pletcher and River roads, Lewiston. Auditions will consist of readings from the play itself. Parts include two middle-aged women, a middle-aged man, two teenage girls and two teenage boys. Continues Tuesday and Wednesday. For more information, call Director Virginia Brannon at 228-1403.

EDUCATIONAL TELECONFERENCE: For newly elected and re-elected town officials, called "Just Elected -- What Do You Do Now?" 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., Cornell Cooperative Extension, Niagara County, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport. Cost, $15.

SUPPORT GROUP: Circle of Hope, support for those who have experienced death of a loved one, sponsored by Niagara Hospice, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. Call 439-4417 to register.

CRAFT CLASS: Holiday Crafts, for children 5 and up, 6 p.m., Lewiston Red Brick School, North Fourth and Onondaga streets. Free. Call 754-1990 to register your child.

>Tuesday

PRESCHOOL STORY HOUR: Lewiston Public Library, 10:30 a.m., 305 S. Eighth St., Lewiston.

EXTENSION WORKSHOP: Budgeting a Change in Your Farm Business, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cornell Cooperative Extension, Niagara County, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport. Call 433-8839, Ext. 241, to register. Free. Continues Thursday.

CHORUS REHEARSAL: The Retired Men's Chorus meets at 9:15 a.m. every Tuesday, Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church, 166 59th St., Niagara Falls. Visitors and prospective members are welcome.

FREE CLINIC: Immunization clinics for children and infants will be held on the second Tuesday of each month, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., DeGraff Wellness Center, adjacent to DeGraff Memorial Hospital, 45 Tremont St., North Tonawanda. Appointment only, by calling 278-1903. Clinics also offered in Lockport and Niagara Falls.

SUPPORT GROUP: Transplants Save Lives, 7 p.m., Room 723A, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston.

AL-ANON: Help with dealing with someone else's alcohol problem, 12:30 p.m., Tuesday Afternoon 12 Steppers, 66 Mead St., North Tonawanda; 7 p.m., Seven Clan Al-Anon, Tuscarora Health Center, Mount Hope Road, Tuscarora Reservation; St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 516 Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls; and Adult Children of Alcoholics, Trinity Lutheran Church, 5 Saxton St., Lockport.

NAR-ANON: Helping families cope with substance abuse by someone they love, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Clearview Outpatient Center, 66 Mead St., North Tonawanda.
OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: 7:30 p.m. St. Leo's Church hall, 2748 Military Road, Town of Niagara.

SUPPORT GROUP: Alzheimer's Support Group, 2 p.m., Our Lady of Peace Family Room, 5285 Lewiston Road, Lewiston. Call 298-3735 for more information.
SUPPORT GROUP: For parents coping with losing a child, 7 p.m., Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport.

>Wednesday

PERFORMANCE: Short Subjects, 7 p.m., F-108, Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Free. Continues Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

SUPPORT GROUP: Parent Grief Support Group for Infants, 6:30 p.m., Room 723A, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston.

MUSEUM HOURS: 1 to 5 p.m., Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. Open daily through Sunday.

MUSEUM HOURS: Lewiston Museum, 1 to 4 p.m., 469 Plain St. Admission is by goodwill donation. Continues through Sunday.

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Niagara Area Business Exchange is a group of business professionals who meet to exchange business leads, 7:45 to 9 a.m. every Wednesday, James S. Sullivan Agency, 31 W. Main St., Lockport. For information, contact Pat Barrows at 434-0777.

AL-ANON: Help with dealing with someone else's alcohol abuse, 10:30 a.m., Ray of Hope Al-Anon: St. Leo's Bingo Hall, front door, 2748 Military Road, Town of Niagara; 8 and 9:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 65 Main St., North Tonawanda.

WEIGHT LOSS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, support group dedicated to weight loss and maintenance, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., Sutherland Lodge, 1400 Ruie Road, North Tonawanda.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: 12:30 p.m., Clearview Treatment Center, 66 Mead St., North Tonawanda.

SUPPORT GROUP: Parent Grief Support for parents who have suffered miscarriages, still births or lost an infant, 6:30 p.m., Room 723A, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston.

CLASS: "How-tos of Tai Chi," 12:30 to 1 p.m., YWCA of the Tonawandas, 49 Tremont St., North Tonawanda. Class meets monthly, with fees of $12 for members and $22 for nonmembers.

SUPPORT GROUP: Onward, healing and compassion for people who are divorced or separated, 7 p.m., St. John the Baptist School, 160 Chestnut St., Lockport. Sponsored by Eastern Niagara County Catholic parishes. Free and open to all.

FREE LEGAL ADVICE: Legal Advocacy Service, sponsored by Mental Health Association in Niagara County, offers free legal advice to qualified clients, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 36 Pine St., Lockport. For information and appointments, call Betty 433-3780.

CHESS CLUB: For all ages and experience levels, 3 to 4:30 p.m., North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive. Parents of children ages 8 and under must remain in the library at all times.

EDUCATIONAL MEETING: Cornell University Cooperative Extension Vegetable Program presents the 2005 annual Fresh Market Vegetable Winter Educational Meeting, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Center, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport. The program will feature talks on soil health improvement strategies and more. Entrance fee for Lake Plain Vegetable Program enrollees, $35 before Wednesday or $45 at the door. For non-enrollees, the fee will be $55 before Wednesday or $65 at the door. The program includes lunch. For more information, call 433-8839.

PERFORMANCE: Gaskill Middle School's annual Winter Concert, 7 p.m., school auditorium, 910 Hyde Park Blvd., Niagara Falls. Free.

BOOK DISCUSSION: A young adult book discussion for seventh- to ninth-grade students about Ben Mikaelsen's book "Petey," 4 to 4:45 p.m., North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive. Multiple copies of the book are available at the library. Call 693-4132 to register.

>Thursday

MEETINGS: Profnet: Business to Business in Western New York will share business referrals at its breakfast meetings, 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. every Thursday, Jetport Restaurant, 7100 Porter Road, Town of Niagara. More information about the organization is on its Web site, www.profnet.org.

MEETING: American Girl Dolls Club, for girls in grades two and up who live in North Tonawanda, Pendleton or Wheatfield, 3:30 p.m., Lewiston Public Library, 305 S. Eighth St. Call 693-4132 to register.

PERFORMANCE: Short Subjects, 12:30 p.m., F-108, Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Free.

KARAOKE TIME: Central Food Court, 6:30 to 8 p.m., The Summit, 6929 Williams Road, Wheatfield.

MEETING: Rotary Club of Niagara County Central breakfast meeting, 7:15 a.m. every Thursday, Olympia Restaurant, 3312 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield. Prospective members are welcome.

A.M. LOCKPORT TOASTMASTERS: 7 to 8:30 a.m., Friendly's Restaurant, 2 W. Main St., Lockport. Guests and visitors welcome.

MEETING: Above and Beyond Toastmasters of Toastmasters International, 6 p.m., JT Wheatfield's Restaurant, 6935 Ward Road, Wheatfield. Open to both novice and experienced speakers for public speaking and leadership training.

SUPPORT GROUP: Lockport New Beginnings, for people recovering from alcohol or drug dependency, 7 p.m., Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport.

AL-ANON: Help with dealing with someone else's alcohol problem; 7 p.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 4671 Townline Road, Ransomville.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: 7 p.m., Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 75 East Ave., Lockport; Big Book Study, Clearview Treatment Center, 66 Mead St., North Tonawanda.

COOKING CLASS: "Savvy Grocery Shopping," noon, Mary C. Dyster Community Education Room, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St. Free with most insurances. Call 278-4523 to register.

SUPPORT GROUP: Widows invited to share their strength and hopes for the future, 1 to 2 p.m., YWCA of the Tonawandas, 49 Tremont St., North Tonawanda. To sign up, call 692-5580.

SUPPORT GROUP: North Tonawanda depression support group meets at 6 p.m. every Thursday, first-floor conference room, DeGraff Memorial Hospital, 445 Tremont St., North Tonawanda. Also on Mondays.

BLOOD DRIVE: American Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center auditorium, 621 10th St. Call 278-4440 to make an appointment, but walk-ins are welcome.

SUPPORT GROUP: US Too! Niagara Region Prostate Cancer Support Group, 7 p.m., Room 723A, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston.

>Friday

EVENING FUND-RAISER: Winter Nights by Candlelight, to benefit Old Fort Niagara, where participants can watch ancient buildings come to life by candlelight, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown. Tickets, $10. Continues Saturday.

PERFORMANCE: "It's a Wonderful Life," 8 p.m., Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda. Tickets, $12; senior citizens and students, $10. Continues at 8 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Call 743-1614 to reserve tickets or go online at Ghostlight@Adelphia.net.

AL-ANON: Help with dealing with someone else's alcohol problem; 7:30 p.m., Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church, 166 59th St., Niagara Falls.

CARDS AND CRAFTS: 9 a.m., Wheatfield Senior Citizens Center, 2790 Church Road, Wheatfield.

SUPPORT GROUP: Alcoholics Anonymous, First Step Group, 8 to 9 p.m., Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center auditorium, 621 10th St.

SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOP: Niagara Falls Youth Services Division will offer a free eight-week self-defense workshop, with topics to include stranger awareness, safety tips and self-defense techniques, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., LaSalle Facility, 9501 Colvin Blvd. Call 286-4956 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to register.

RECREATION PROGRAM: For developmentally disabled children 3 to 10 years old, 2 to 6 p.m., Niagara United Cerebral Palsy, 9812 Lockport Road, Town of Niagara.

SPECIAL MEETING: The Niagara Arts Guild's annual potluck holiday dinner meeting, 6:30 p.m., the Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport. Following the dinner, members will share artist tips and tricks and ideas for preventing and solving artwork problems.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS OF NIAGARA: Enjoy a drive through Oppenheim Park looking at 50 illuminated and animated holiday themes and displays, 5 to 10 p.m., 2697 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield. Presented by United Way of Niagara. Continues from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday; and from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

FREIGHT SEMINAR: Niagara Center for Supply Chain Excellence will offer a seminar on "Are You Managing Your Freight Costs?" 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Niagara University, Route 104, Lewiston. Cost, $99. Call 286-8170 to register or visit the center's Web site at www.niagara.edu/supplychain.

>Saturday

ITALIAN CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: "The Legend of LaBefana," a musical production by Emelise Aleandri, hosted by the North Tonawanda History Museum, 1 p.m., DeGraff Community Center, 139 Division St., North Tonawanda.

PERFORMANCE: "A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail," presented by Coop's Spotlight Productions, 2 p.m., Niagara University-at-the-Church, Plain Street, Lewiston. Adults, $10; students and senior citizens, $8; children 6 and under, $5. Bring a nonperishable food item and receive $1 off a ticket. Call 310-0008 or 228-8326 to reserve tickets. Continues Sunday.

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.

DANCE CLASS: Butterfly Dance Company for all children with developmental disabilities, 2:30 p.m., Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence community room, 5285 Military Road, Lewiston. For information and registration, call Michelle, 636-0439, or e-mail at ucandance1@aol.com.

CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PARTY: Showcasing an after-school program for talented young people, noon to 9 p.m., Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. Santa Claus will appear for pictures, treats will be provided, and Christmas movies will run from 3 to 9 p.m. A basket auction will also be held for adults.

MUSEUM HOURS: 2 to 4 p.m., Ransomville Historical Museum, Old Post Office on Ransomville Library grounds, 3733 Ransomville Road, or for special tours by calling 791-4494.

SUPPORT GROUP: Recovery Inc., a self-help community mental health resource, noon to 2 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 639 Main St., Niagara Falls. Use side door.

SUPPORT GROUP: Overeaters Anonymous, 10 a.m., Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center auditorium, 621 10th St.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING: "Weight Loss Surgery," with topics to include risks and benefits, eligibility and post-surgical follow-up, 2 to 4 p.m., Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center auditorium, 621 10th St. Call 278-0873 to register.

HOLIDAY RAFFLE: The Niagara Club is conducting a Holiday Raffle to benefit three local children and handicap agencies, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., near Bon-Ton, The Summit, 6929 Williams Road, Wheatfield. Tickets, one for $1 or six for $5. Tickets are also available by calling Niagara Exchange members or at the eb site www.niagaraexchange.com.

SANTA APPEARS: Santa Claus will appear for breakfast and lunch, 8:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m., North Tonawanda Senior Center, 110 Goundry St. Adults, $3; children 4 to 12, $2; children 3 and under, free. For North Tonawanda residents only. Call 695-8520, Ext. 508, for more information.

CELEBRATION WITH SANTA: Ages 12 and under are invited to a Christmas Celebration with Santa, 10 a.m. to noon, Smokin' Joe's Family Fun Center, Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls. Admission, $3.

>Next Sunday

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

PERFORMANCE: "It's a Wonderful Life," 2 p.m., Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda. Tickets, $12; senior citizens and students, $10. Call 743-1614 to reserve tickets or go online at Ghostlight@Adelphia.net.

PERFORMANCE: "Sacred Voices of Niagara," a community chorus in Niagara County, presents an evening of Lessons and Carols, 7 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 100 Genesee St., Lockport. A free-will offering will be taken.

A CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Presented by students at St. John Lutheran School, 4 p.m., Ward Road and Niagara Falls Boulevard, Wheatfield. Refreshments will be served after the performance.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Braccetto's Restaurant, 6612 Lincoln Ave., Lockport. Adults, $7; children 5 to 13, $4; children under 5, free. Each child will receive a Christmas gift from Santa.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS OF NIAGARA: Enjoy a drive through Oppenheim Park looking at 50 illuminated and animated holiday themes and displays, 5 to 9 p.m., 2697 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield. Presented by United Way of Niagara.

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