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DINNER-DANCE: Annual Anniversary Dinner Dance for the North Tonawanda Senior Citizens, doors open, 5 p.m.; dinner served, 6 p.m.; live band, 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 15, North Tonawanda Senior Citizens Center, 110 Goundry St. Tickets, $13. Tickets won't be sold after Oct. 8.

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STOCK MARKET TALK: Ed Hutton, director of Niagara University's Financial Services Laboratory in the College of Business Administration, will discuss the current stock market volatility during a talk titled, "Wall Street's Trillion Dollar Meltdown," from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday in Room 127 of Dunleavy Hall on the NU campus in Lewiston. The talk, presented by the student chapter of the Financial Management Association, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the college at 286-8050.

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TICKET AUCTION: Women Interested in Cystic Health will host a ticket auction at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Brookfield Country Club, 5120 Shimerville Road, Clarence. Lunch will be available at noon. Cost is $20. For details, call 652-9613.

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SCIENCE LECTURE: Science writer George Johnson will discuss his book, "The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments," at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Cutco Theater at Jamestown Community College's Cattaraugus County Campus. Johnson will discuss the creative and artistic aspects of science and its importance to all facets of history and everyday thinking. For more information, call 376-7586.
OPEN HOUSE: In recognition of its second annual Fire Prevention Week, the West Falls Fire Company will host an open house from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the fire hall, 1864 Davis Road, West Falls. Demonstrations and displays. For details, call 652-1353.

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EYE CARE: Anthone Eye Center, 2211 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda, will host free comprehensive vision screenings for low-income residents of Erie and Niagara counties who do not have vision care insurance, in conjunction with World Sight Day. The event, by appointment only, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. For details, call 634-6100.

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GUEST SPEAKER: Betty Hakes Chapman Hackett, who wrote the story of Florence Brown Higgins, will be the guest author at the 7:30 p.m. Thursday meeting of the Ellicottville Historical Society. A resident of the Hamlet of Mansfield since 1909, Hackett will also bring an antique quilt with a story. The program will take place at the Ellicottville Memorial Library on Maples Road.

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HISTORY OF FIREFIGHTING: The Historical Society of the Tonawandas will hold its October meeting beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Tonawanda Fire Headquarters, 44 William St. Featured is a presentation by North Tonawanda Fire Chief Joseph Krantz, Tonawanda Fire Chief Charles Stuart, Dick Dutton, and Gary Pohzehl on the history of firefighting in the Twin Cities. The public is welcome.

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EARTH SCIENCE DAY: The 11th annual Western New York Earth Science Day celebration, co-sponsored by the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center and the Buffalo Association of Professional Geologists, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Penn Dixie Site in Hamburg. Drilling and rock coring demonstrations, exhibitors, gold panning, and more. For details, visit www.penndixie.org or call 627-4560.

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