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SCHOLAR AT THE ALBRIGHT: The University at Buffalo Humanities Institute and the Buffalo Arts Group Riverrun continues Scholars at Muse lecture series with "Death in the New World: Cross-Cultural Encounters, 1492-1800" by Erik Seeman, a UB associate professor of history, at 4 p.m. today in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's Muse Restaurant. He will discuss the cross-cultural encounters of Europeans, Africans and American Indians in the New World. Admission is free. For details, call 882-8700.

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ITALIAN FESTIVAL PARADE: The third annual Italian Heritage Parade will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Delaware and Hertel Avenue. Various marching units will participate. Restaurateur Dennis DiPaolo its grand marshal. Those interested in participating, can call 523-0360.

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COLUMBUS DAY CHILDREN'S PROGRAM: Children ages 5 to 12 can see what America was like 500 years ago when the first European explorers arrived during the Columbus Day Children's Program from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the Niagara County Historical Society, 215 Niagara St., Lockport. Fee, $5. Adults who wish to stay may take a tour of the museum grounds for $2. Call 434-7433 for a spot by Oct. 10.

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DRIVING COURSE: The five-hour motor vehicle prelicensing course required for a New York State road test will be offered at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in Room 129 at Orchard Park High School, 4040 Barker Road, Orchard Park. The cost is $25. To register, call 209-6295.

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READING SEMINAR: "Why Can't My Child Read? Understanding the Challenges and the Solutions," will be presented by Cattaraugus County Campus in partnership with Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Cutco Theater on Jamestown Community College's Olean campus. The program will focus on the challenges students face when reading, writing and spelling, and the solutions to help them succeed. For details, call 376-7506.

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COMMUNITY PROGRAM: The City of Buffalo, in partnership with Niagara University's Border Community Service Emergency Response Volunteer Initiative for Community Empowerment, will offer a free community preparedness training program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Good Shepherd Community of Faith Church, 187 Southside Parkway. For more information, call 824-4112.

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