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Salmonella scare targets Marie Callender's entree

Area food retailers announced Friday that ConAgra Foods has issued a voluntary recall of Marie Callender's Cheesy Chicken and Rice single-serve frozen entrees.

The recall is in response to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's investigation of links between the product and 29 laboratory-confirmed cases of salmonella. Of 29 confirmed cases, eight have specifically reported eating the entree in April or May, just before they became ill.

The product identification is: Marie Callender's Cheesy Chicken & Rice White Meat Chicken and Broccoli over Rice Topped with Rich Cheddar Sauce, 13 ounces -- 2113150469. Each package is labeled with establishment number

"P-45" inside the USDA mark of inspection. Call the ConAgra Food hotline at 866-484-9610.

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Alden Farmers' Market to host art show, contest

"The Buffalo Chips," the University at Buffalo's all-male a cappella group, will headline the Alden Farmers' Market's annual Art Show and chalk art contest today.

Artists from the Alden Art Club and the Lancaster/Depew Twin Village Art Society are holding their annual joint summer show at the market. Several crafters also will be on hand for an informal Father's Day crafts show, and anyone can participate in the chalk art contest, which will be judged at noon.

The Farmers' Market, in Alden Village Plaza, 13119 Broadway, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 2. A full schedule of events is available at www.aldenny.org.

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Muhammad School of Music hosting variety of musicians

The Muhammad School of Music will host its 11th annual youth concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Mason O. Damon Auditorium of the Central Library,

The concert will feature a variety of musicians, including a student band performing the work of Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys and Prince. Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. Also on the bill are the Arts Academy Resonance Vocal Ensemble, Muhammad School of Music Chamber Players, various student groups and the Muhammad School of "ROCK."

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Families sought to host French high school students

Host families are needed for about half of a group of 25 high school students from France who are coming to the Buffalo area for a three-week immersion program in July.

Nacel Open Door, a nonprofit organization, is sponsoring the exchange program. Students ages 15 to 17 will live with local families and share in their activities for three weeks. No special outside activities are planned.

The students have their own spending money and insurance. They do not need their own rooms. They can share a bedroom, but not a bed. For information, call Open Door state coordinator Pat Clark, 627-7081, or e-mail pclark515776464@aol.com.

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