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Dec. 24 to 31 / 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

LIGHT SHOW: Holiday Lights of Niagara, presented by United Way of Niagara, a drive-through chance to view wonderland displays, 5 to 9 p.m., Oppenheim Park, Niagara Falls Boulevard, Wheatfield. Cost per vehicle, $8. Continues from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

FORT OPEN: Old Fort Niagara is open, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Youngstown. Continues daily, but the fort is closed Monday.

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>Tuesday

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.

DUCK BLIND DRAWINGS: Niagara Frontier State Park will hold annual duck blind drawings for Fort Niagara, Joseph Davis, Wilson Tuscarora and Golden Hill state parks, 6 to 7 p.m., Fort Niagara State Park Maintenance Building, Lewiston. Continues Friday. Call 745-7273 with any questions.

MUSEUM HOURS: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University, Lewiston.

CHORUS REHEARSAL: The Lockport Chorale rehearses at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Lockport United Church of Christ, 98 East Ave. New members are welcomed.

OPEN ENROLLMENT: Area residents may now enroll in Medicaid, Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hamilton B. Mizer Primary Care Center, 501 10th St., Niagara Falls. Enrollees should bring identification showing their date of birth, a current utility bill or other address verification and wage information. For more information, call 285-1563.

SUPPORT GROUP: GriefShare Support Group, for adults coping with the pain of the sudden, traumatic death of a loved one, 6 p.m., S-6 Meeting Room, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St.

FREE CLINIC: A well-baby clinic is held in the morning, and an immunization clinic is held in the afternoon, Trott Access Center, 1001 11th St., Niagara Falls. Appointments by calling 278-1903. Clinics also held in North Tonawanda and in Lockport.

SUPPORT GROUP: Breast cancer support for those who have experienced breast cancer and their families, 7:30 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.

SUPPORT GROUP: Weekly meeting, sponsored by the Niagara County AIDS Case Management Program and AIDS Task Force, for people with HIV/AIDS, 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Niagara Falls. Strictly confidential. Call 297-4004 for information.
BRIDGE: Wheatfield Senior Citizens, 12:45 p.m., 2790 Church Road. Learn to play bridge from 10 a.m. to noon.

CLASS: Self-defense classes for adults and children over 5 offered by a second-degree black-belt instructor using tae kwon do techniques, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, YWCA of the Tonawandas, 49 Tremont St., North Tonawanda. Cost is $35 per month for members and $45 for nonmembers. Registration information at 692-5580.

CLASS: Aerobics for the physically challenged, 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport. Cost $2, payable at the door. Open to all ages and abilities.

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. Continues Wednesday and Thursday.

FUN CLUB: Holiday Fun Club, Christmas vacation activities for children ages 5 to 13, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Lockport Family YMCA, 19 East Ave. Bring a bag lunch. Call 434-8887 for more information. Held through Friday.

SUPPORT GROUP: For parents coping with losing a child, 7 p.m., Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport.

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>Wednesday

YOUTH CAMP: Medical Academy of Science and Health (MASH) Camp, two-day introduction to health care careers. Co-sponsored by the Erie-Niagara Area Health Education Center. Students will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. A $10 fee will be due with registration. Call 278-4523 to register.

BINGO GAMES: Families are invited to play bingo and board games, 2 to 4 p.m., Lewiston Public Library, 305 S. Eighth St. Call 754-4720 to register. Continues Thursday.

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, 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport. Cost, $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers. Fee payable at class.

MUSEUM HOURS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. Open daily through Sunday.

FREE DANCE CLASS: Dance instructor Joan Harris teaches participants popular line dances, including the electric slide, the Jersey strut, Louisiana strut, steppin', My Way and the Jackie Gleason, 5 to 7 p.m., Doris Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth St., Niagara Falls. Call 285-5374 to register.

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

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

MEETING: YWCA of the Tonawandas Friendship Club, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., 49 Tremont St., North Tonawanda. Projects have included making quilts, pillows and lap robes and offer the sharing of creative ideas. Call 692-5580.

AL-ANON: Help with dealing with someone else's alcohol abuse, 10:30 a.m., Ray of Hope Al-Anon: St. Leo Catholic Church, 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.

RECREATION PROGRAM: For developmentally disabled adolescents, 10 to 13 years old, 2 to 6 p.m., Niagara United Cerebral Palsy, 9812 Lockport Road, Town of Niagara. Continues Thursday.

CRAFTS: 12:30 p.m. Wheatfield Senior Citizens, 2790 Church Road. Ceramics and woodworking offered at 9 a.m.

CLASS: "How-to's 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.

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Niagara Area Business Exchange is a group of business professionals who meet to exchange business leads, 8 a.m. every Wednesday, Holiday Inn, 515 S. Transit Road, Lockport. For information, call 433-1984.

FREE LEGAL ADVICE: Legal Advocacy Service, sponsored by the 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.

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>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.

SOCIAL DUPLICATE BRIDGE: Join the Dale Association and learn from each other, for beginning through experienced players, 1 to 4 p.m., 33 Ontario St., Lockport. Members, $2; nonmembers, $4.

TRAINING COURSE: Niagara Falls Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a Baby Sitter's Training Course, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 2079 Sawyer Drive, Wheatfield. Targeted to children 11 to 15. Fee, $50. Call 731-4030 to register.

SUPPORT GROUP: Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., ACNC Center, 66 Mead St., North Tonawanda.

BINGO GAMES: Families are invited to play bingo and board games, 2 to 4 p.m., Lewiston Public Library, 305 S. Eighth St. Call 754-4720 to register.

OPEN ENROLLMENT: Area residents may now enroll in Medicaid, Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Outreach for Wellness in Niagara, 1901 Main St., Niagara Falls. Enrollees should bring identification showing their date of birth, a current utility bill or other address verification and wage information. For more information, call 285-1563.

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.

CLASS: Self-defense for adults and children over 5 offered by a second-degree black-belt instructor using tae kwon do techniques, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, YWCA of the Tonawandas, 49 Tremont St., North Tonawanda. Cost is $30 per month for members and $40 for nonmembers. Registration information at 692-5580.

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.

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.

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>Friday

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.

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

DUCK BLIND DRAWINGS: Niagara Frontier State Park will hold annual duck blind drawings for Fort Niagara, Joseph Davis, Wilson Tuscarora and Golden Hill state parks, 6 to 7 p.m., Fort Niagara State Park Maintenance Building, Lewiston. Continues Friday. Call 745-7273 with any questions.

PHILOSOPHY SCHOOL CAFE: Join a group getting together to discuss philosophy, 7 p.m., Les Deux Magots Cafe, 402 Center St., Lewiston.

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

SENIOR CITIZENS CLASS: Computer classes for senior citizens, an entry-level computer course where senior citizens can learn about the Internet, sign up for an e-mail address and learn many of the Microsoft computer programs, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Niagara Falls Housing Authority's ATTAIN Lab, Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth St. Call 285-5374 to schedule a time.

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>Saturday

CAMP REUNION: YWCA Camper Reunion, with a bus leaving the YMCA at 9 a.m. and leaving Camp Kenan in Barker by noon Sunday. The camp is for children ages 6 to 12, and you don't have to be a repeat camper to come along. Meet at the Lockport YMCA, 21 East Ave. Cost, $35. Call 434-8887 to register.

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, send an e-mail to ucandance1@aol.com.

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.

DATING WORKSHOP: Dating for Teens, "Standing Strong in Every Situation," a workshop on building healthy relationships called "Junior Divas," 1 to 3 p.m., 1522 Main St., Niagara Falls.

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