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Orchid Society to hold annual show and sale

The Niagara Frontier Orchid Society will hold its annual orchid show and sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens.

The event will offer orchid displays, demonstrations, specialty merchandise and care products and informal question-and-answer sessions, all free with Botanical Gardens admission. The gardens gift shop will have orchid merchandise, flowers and plants for sale.

Admission will be $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and $3 for children 6 to 14. Those younger than 6 are admitted free. Call 827-1584 or visit www.buffalogardens.com.

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Buffalo Prep schedules sessions about programs

Buffalo Prep, an enrichment program that prepares minority children for private-school educations, is holding information sessions for prospective pupils in fifth, sixth and seventh grades.

Interested children and their families can learn more by calling 829-3605 or attending one of the following sessions in Acheson Annex on the University at Buffalo South Campus: 6 to 7:30 p.m. today; 11:30 to 1 p.m. Saturday; 6 to 7:30 p.m. next Thursday and March 12; 2 to 3:30 p.m. March 14; and 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 26.

Now in its 20th year, Buffalo Prep provides accelerated classes, tutoring and mentoring to help pupils secure scholarships to private and independent high schools.

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Ceremony to commemorate siege's 250th anniversary

SANBORN -- A ceremonial passing of the sword March 10 will mark the kickoff of the 250th anniversary observance of the siege of Fort Niagara, Deputy Niagara County Clerk Wendy J. Roberson said Tuesday.

The ceremony, to be accompanied by music from the costumed Old Fort Niagara fife and drum band, is set for 6:30 p.m. in the Niagara County Community College Fine Arts auditorium. It will happen right before a free 7 p.m. concert in the auditorium by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, marking the conclusion of the county's bicentennial year.

Fort Niagara, which had been held by the French, fell to the British in 1759 in one of the key battles of the French and Indian War.

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