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>People Inc. expanding into Sheridan Drive site

People Inc., Western New York's largest human service agency, has leased additional office space at 3131 Sheridan Drive in Amherst.

The 15,000-square-foot office is in the Northtown Business Center at the former Century Mall between North Bailey Avenue and Niagara Falls Boulevard.

People Inc. moved its Service Coordination and Behavioral Support departments from the agency's offices at 280 Spindrift Drive. About 85 staff from the Quality Assurance, Nursing and Residential Services departments will remain at the Spindrift Drive location.

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>Four-week series focuses on understanding Islam

The fifth annual Understanding Islam series, presented by Westminster Presbyterian Church in cooperation with the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Western New York, will run for four consecutive Sundays beginning this weekend in the Case Library of the church, 724 Delaware Ave.

The sessions begin at 9:15 a.m.

On Sunday, three University at Buffalo students from Malaysia -- Siti Z. Mohamad Zobir, Nur A. Zulkifli and Ili A. Sulaiman -- will discuss Islamic faith and practice in their native country.

The other sessions are as follows: Feb. 12, "Islamic Faith and Practice in Bosnia," featuring Imam Bayram Mulic, president of the Islamic Association of Bosniaks in North America; Feb. 19, a discussion of chapters one and two of Richard W. Bulliet's "The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization," featuring UB faculty members Claude Welch and Jeannette Ludwig; and Feb. 26, a discussion of chapters three and four of "The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization," featuring Bayram Arman and April Arman.

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>Landmark Society hosts lunchtime lecture series

The Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier will continue its Tuesday lectures in the Market Arcade Building. All talks are from 12:15 to 1 p.m. and are free.

Speakers and their topics include:

* Feb. 7, Charles Hunter, curator and instructor of herb and vegetable gardens at the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture, Niagara Falls, Ont., "History and Workings of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens."

* Feb. 14, Kathy Maloney, executive director of the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, "Gardens in the City."

* Feb. 21, Donna Fernandes executive director of the Buffalo Zoo, "The Past and the Future of the Zoo."

* Feb. 28, Joan Bozer, director of the WNY Sustainable Energy Association, "Building On Our Heritage -- A Vision for the Waterfront of Tomorrow."

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