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City offers information on tournament parking

Parking could be a challenge as thousands of people converge on downtown beginning Friday for the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Friday, all city-owned ramps are at capacity due to regular parkers during the day. However, the HSBC and Adam ramps will be able to accommodate about 150 parkers for the noon games at a $5 rate.

Friday evening rates will be $5 at the HSBC, Augspurger and Adam ramps. All other city-owned locations will charge the regular $2 night rate.

Sunday, parking will be free at the following ramps: Turner, Main Place, Fernbach, Mohawk and Augspurger. Parking also will be free at the city-owned surface lot at Court and Franklin streets, and at the lot at Ellicott and Oak streets.

Sunday parking at the HSBC and Adam ramps will be $5, consistent with the regular rate that is charged for special events.

Fans attending the games who plan to park for free can either walk from the sites or ride the free aboveground Metro Rail to HSBC Arena.


UB grad to discuss work aiding women in Mexico

Buffalo native Christine Eber will discuss her work helping women in Chiapas -- Mexico's poorest state -- organize into a cooperative to sell their weavings in the United States when she speaks at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday in Daemen College's Wickes Center, 4380 Main St., Snyder.

Eber, an anthropology professor at New Mexico State University, earned her doctorate at the University at Buffalo.

Her talk will be preceded by a reception at 6:30 as part of the 29th annual Latin America Event sponsored by the Western New York Peace Center. Admission is $15, with proceeds going to two local dental clinics and other humanitarian causes supported by the center.


Church group to present annual music festival

The Lake Shore Association of Christian Churches will present its annual music festival Saturday evening at Lake Shore Middle School in Angola. It will feature Brad Salzman and Family.

The talented saxophonist, pianist and vocal musician will perform at 7 p.m. in the school at 8850 Erie Road to benefit Operation Good Neighbor. Advance tickets are $5 and are available through local churches or by calling Operation Good Neighbor on Friday at 627-5194. Tickets will be $10 at the door.


Village St. Pat's parade scheduled for Saturday

The Village of Lancaster's traditional -- and short -- St. Patrick's Day parade will start on Broadway near Legion Parkway at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and end about a half-hour later with a party at the Elks Lodge.

The parade will feature floats, the Fire Department and drum corps. Afterwards at the Elks Lodge on Legion Parkway, there will be performances by the Rince Na Tiarna Irish dancers and the Stone Row Celtic band. Corned beef and cabbage sandwiches and dinners, from about $5 to $7, will also be served. For information, call 583-4078.

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