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EDUCATION EXPERT: Jonathan Kozol, author of "Death at an Early Age," will present a lecture titled "Letters to a Young Teacher" at 4 p.m. today in Lippes Concert Hall, Slee Hall on the University at Buffalo North Campus, Amherst. For more information, call 645-2626.

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READY TO GROOVE: The Partnership for the Public Good, a progressive think tank, and the Massachusetts Avenue Project, a nonprofit group specializing in urban agriculture and youth development, will co-sponsor a Movement dance party Friday in the Langston Hughes Center, 25 High St. The event will begin with a social hour at 8 p.m., followed by dancing, with DJ's Cutler and LoPro, at 9 p.m. The cost is $5. For more information, call 645-5131.

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LANCASTER HISTORICAL PROGRAM: Lancaster History Day, featuring speakers in period dress relating to the history of Lancaster during the Civil War, will be the October program for the Lancaster Historical Society. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Bowmansville Fire Hall, 36 Main St., Bowmansville. A walking tour of Bowmansville and a slide show are also part of the program. For details, call 683-4679.

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SENIOR FAIR: Weinberg Campus, a senior care organization providing eight specialized living environments and a wide range of services, in partnership with Erie County Legislator Ed Rath, will host a senior resource fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Meadows Apartments, 2680 North Forest Road, Amherst. Representatives from several divisions of Erie County Senior Services and more than 30 community organizations will be available to provide information about their programs and services. For more information, call 639-3311, Ext. 2233.

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DOWN SYNDROME EVENT: In celebration of National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, the Down Syndrome Parent Group of Western New York will hold its first Wheels Around the Park event Saturday, featuring educational videos, entertainment, music, local celebrities and displays. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Delaware Park. The $5 registration fee will include a light lunch. To register, visit www.dspgwny.org, or call 832-9334.

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WATERCOLOR CLASSES: The Village of Lewiston Recreation Department will hold watercolor classes two days a week starting Saturday. One class will run from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 8. The second will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays from this Monday to Nov. 10. Registration fees for each participant are $80, which includes supplies. The fee for students who bring their own materials will be $60. For more information, call 754-1990.

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CHOWDER, RUMMAGE SALE: St. Michael's Lutheran Church, Wolcottsville, will host its annual Chowder Day and Rummage Sale on Saturday. The rummage sale begins at 8 a.m. Takeouts will be available (bring your own container). Beef on weck, homemade pies and produce also will be available. Sponsors are St. Michael's Church and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

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HOME IMPROVEMENT SEMINARS: Ivy Lea Construction, Scherer Electric and the John W. Danforth Company will partner together to present a free home educational event, "Get to Know Your Home," from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 300 Colvin Woods Parkway, Town of Tonawanda. It will focus on educating homeowners on the workings of their homes. The seminar will consist of several 30-minute home maintenance-based seminars. To register, call 832-1940.

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HEALTH WALK: The Erie County Medical Center Lifeline Foundation on Saturday will hold its 12th annual 5K Run and Health Walk fundraiser honoring area police officers, firefighters, physicians, nurses and other emergency lifesavers injured in the line of duty and treated in ECMC. The newly named event, "Western New York Runs for Heroes," begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. at Marcy Casino in Delaware Park. Adult entrance fee is $22; children under 12, $5. To register, call 898-5800.

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FALL HIKE: The Western New York Land Conservancy will present a tree hike from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Kenneglenn Scenic and Nature Preserve in the Town of Wales. Sharon Webber will lead the hike and share information on how to identify trees, their use in the home landscape, and tips for caring for them. For reservations, call 687-1225.

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DRIVER'S COURSE: A New York State certified six-hour point- and insurance-reduction course will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Duns Scotus Hall, Room 218, Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Snyder. To register, call 636-4151.

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