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June 27 to July 4 / Niagara County events

Following is Niagara Sunday's weekly listing of upcoming public events held around Niagara County.

If you would like your event included, send the information two weeks in advance to: Niagara Community Calendar, c/o The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240, fax to: 856-5150, or e-mail to: niagaranews@buffnews.com.

>Today

FAMILY EVENT: "A Celebration of America's Pastime," held in conjunction with the museum's exhibition "Fields of Dreams: North American Baseball Stadiums," by photographer Jim Dow, 2 to 5 p.m., Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children under age 12, and includes a hot dog cookout, door prize, baseball cards, baseball-themed raffle, curator's talk about the exhibition, readings by local authors, Buster Bison and more. For information, call 286-8286.

OPEN MUSEUM: Das Haus, 1843 log house of the Historical Society of North German Settlements in WNY, 2549 Niagara Road, Bergholz, 2 to 4 p.m.

OPEN MUSEUM: Sanborn Area Historical Society's Schoolhouse Museum, 2 to 4 p.m., 2822 Niagara St., and the society's Farm Museum, 1 to 4 p.m., 2660 Saunders Settlement Road.

MUSEUM OPEN: The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. For a complete list of events, activities and exhibits visit: www.carrouselmuseum.org.

MEETING: Alcoholics Anonymous Golden Slipper, 9:30 a.m., UAW Hall, 524 Walnut St., Lockport; Attitude Adjustment, 10 a.m., First Step Center, Allen Street, Niagara Falls; LaSalle Big Book, 7:30 p.m., Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church, 156 59th St., Niagara Falls; Fifth Tradition, 8 p.m., St. John Episcopal Church, 100 Chestnut St., Youngstown; and Lock City, 8 p.m., Emmanuel Methodist Church, East Avenue and Washburn Street, Lockport.

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>Monday

LIBRARY PROGRAM: Jeff Musical brings his ambassadors, the Nickel City Reptiles, to kick off the summer reading program, 2:30 p.m., LaSalle Branch Library, 8728 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. Free.

CRUISE NIGHT: Regular cruise, 6 to 9 p.m., Ida Fritz Park, Lockport.

GROUP MEETING: Anger management group for those wishing to work on their emotional and behavioral well-being, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Independent Living of Niagara County, 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls. For information, call Dave Edgerton at 836-0822, Ext. 109.

MEETING: North Tonawanda Democratic Committee, 8 p.m., Dom Polski, 576 Oliver St. Public is invited.

ADULT WORKSHOP: Native American beading workshop, 6 p.m., Village of Lewiston Recreation Department, North Fourth and Onondaga streets. Participants will make a Victorian scalloped barrel purse. Continues Tuesdays through July 26. Fee is $75, all supplies included. To register, call 754-1990.

MEETING: Niagara County Patriots, 7 p.m., Wheatfield Community and Senior Center, Church and Maple roads.

FREE FITNESS CLASS: Club 99, 10:30 a.m., North Tonawanda Senior Citizens Center, 110 Goundry St. Continues Wednesday. Call 695-8582 to register.

MUSEUM HOURS: The North Tonawanda History Museum, which operates in the Lumber City History Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Saturday, 54 Webster St. Exhibit: "Journey to the North: New York's Freedom Trail," through Sept. 30. Call 213-0554 for more information.

BAND REHEARSAL: The Bergholz German Band meets at 8 p.m., Bergholz Fire Hall, Niagara Road. Prospective members are welcome.

MEETINGS: Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Step Group, 7:30 a.m., St. Peter Episcopal Church, Second Street and Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls; New Hope Group, 10:30 a.m., First Step Center, Allen Avenue, Niagara Falls; Lockview, 6:30 p.m., Plymouth Congregational Church, 98 East Ave., Lockport; Survivors Big Book Group, 6:30 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, Pershing Avenue and Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls; New Green Group International Open Discussion Meeting, 8 p.m., First Congregational Church, 822 Cleveland Ave., Niagara Falls; and Open Channel Big Book, 8 p.m., St. Peter Episcopal Church, Second Street and Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls.

GLEE CLUB REHEARSALS: Lock City Glee Club, 7 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, Rochester Road and Fieldcrest Drive, Lockport. New members are invited to join.

FITNESS PROGRAM: Independent Health Association's low-impact SilverSneakers fitness class, which focuses on improving muscular strength and much more for senior citizens, 9 a.m., Niagara Falls Family YMCA, 1317 Portage Road. Also offered Wednesdays and Fridays. Senior citizens subscribing to Independent Health's Medicare Advantage plan can receive a free fitness facility membership at the YMCA.

ARTS & CRAFTS: The North Tonawanda Senior Citizens Center offers arts and crafts classes for anyone age 55 and up, 9 a.m. to noon today through Thursday, 110 Goundry St. Each participant is responsible for the cost of the material used. Call 695-8582 for more information.

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Tuesday

TUESDAY IN THE PARK: Folk-rock band America -- with opening act Stacy Clark, formerly of Grand Island -- 6:30 p.m. Outdoor amphitheater opens at 4, free hands-on art activities begin at 5:30, Artpark, Lewiston. The concert kicks off with a Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station special ceremony that will include a fly-over of the base's C-130 aircraft at 6:15. On-site parking fee is $10.

LIBRARY PROGRAM: Jeff Musical brings the Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics, 1 to 1:45 p.m., North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive. Free. Depending on weather, may be held outdoors.

MEETING: Board of trustees of Nioga Library System, 6:30 p.m., Nioga headquarters, 6575 Wheeler Road, Lockport. Open hearing at 6:15.

ART DISPLAY: "Reflecting on Folk Arts"; "Freedom Crossing: The Underground Railroad in Greater Niagara"; 11 to 5 p.m., Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University, Route 104, Lewiston. Continues 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

NAR-ANON MEETINGS: Helping families cope with substance abuse by someone they love, 6:45 p.m., St. Edmund's Outreach, St. Christopher Church, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda.

MEETINGS: Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Step Group, 7:30 a.m., St. Peter Episcopal Church, Second Street and Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls; New Freedom Group, 10 a.m., 2470 Allen Ave., Niagara Falls; Tuesday Afternoon Meeting, 12:30 p.m., Horizon Health Services, 36 East Ave., Lockport; Big Book Step Group, 6:30 p.m., St. Peter Episcopal Church, Second Street and Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls; Early Beginning Group, 7 p.m., St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 616 Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls; Lew-Port Group, 8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 505 Cayuga St., Lewiston; and Big Book Lockport, 8 p.m., St. John's Baptist School, Chestnut and McCallum, Lockport.

AL-ANON: Help with dealing with someone else's alcohol problem, 12:30 p.m., Tuesday Afternoon 12 Steppers, 66 Mead St., North Tonawanda; 7 p.m., Seven Clan Al-Anon, Jay's Place Diner, Walmore Road, Tuscarora Reservation; and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 616 Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls.

SUPPORT GROUP: Weekly meeting, sponsored by the Niagara County AIDS Case Management Program and AIDS Task Force, for people with HIV/AIDS, 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Niagara Falls. Strictly confidential. Call 297-4004 for information.

SUPPORT GROUP: Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., St. Leo Catholic Church, Military Road, Niagara Falls.

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>Wednesday

PLATTDEUTSCH CONVERSATION: For people interested in speaking Plattdeutsch, 11:30 a.m., Wheatfield Community Center, Church and Maple roads. If you want to order lunch that is prepared by the Niagara County Office for the Aging, call June Stenzel at 297-5384 before noon Tuesday. One need not be a member to join in the conversation, just be interested in the language spoken in the flat part of Germany.

LIBRARY PROGRAM: "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" program with trivia, games and activities for ages 8 to 12, 2:30 p.m., Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St. Call 286-4902 to register. Free.

ORIENTATION: Junior Volunteer orientation, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Auditoriums B and C, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St. For information about the program, call 278-4440.

BOOK FAIR: The Niagara Falls Medical Center Auxiliary's book sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Auditorium A, Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St.

GENEALOGY PROGRAM: Niagara County Genealogical Society will present, "Our Local Latter-Day Saints Library: Resources Every Genealogist Should Know About," by Angelo Coniglio, 7 p.m., Niagara County Historical Society, 215 Niagara St., Lockport. Free.

SUPPORT GROUP: The Dale Association's Caregivers Support Group, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Senior Center, 33 Ontario St., Lockport. Call 433-1886 for information.

MEETINGS: Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Step Group, 7:30 a.m., St. Peter Episcopal Church, Second Street and Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls; 10 a.m., Horizon Health Services, 36 East Ave., upper suite, Lockport; Primary Purpose Group, 10:30 a.m., 822 Cleveland Ave., Niagara Falls; LaSalle Group, 7 p.m., Salvation Army, 7018 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls; Independence Group, 8 p.m., St. John de LaSalle, 8477 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls; and United We Stand, 8 p.m., 412 39th St., Niagara Falls.

MUSEUM HOURS: Lewiston Museum, 1 to 4 p.m., 469 Plain St. Admission is by goodwill donation. Continues through Sunday.

AL-ANON: Help with dealing with someone else's alcohol abuse, 10:30 a.m., Ray of Hope Al-Anon: St. Leo Catholic Church, front door, 2748 Military Road, Town of Niagara; 8 and 9:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 65 Main St., North Tonawanda.

WEIGHT LOSS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, support group dedicated to weight loss and maintenance, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., Sutherland Lodge, 1400 Ruie Road, North Tonawanda.

CRAFTS: 12:30 p.m. Wheatfield Senior Citizens Center, 2790 Church Road. Ceramics and woodworking offered at 9 a.m.

SUPPORT GROUP: Onward, healing and compassion for people who are divorced or separated, 7 p.m., St. John the Baptist School, 160 Chestnut St., Lockport. Sponsored by Eastern Niagara County Catholic parishes. Free and open to all.

SUPPORT GROUP: Lockport New Beginnings, for people recovering from alcohol or drug dependency, 7 p.m., Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport.

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Thursday

FREE CONCERT: Classic blues and rock music by the Lakeside Blue Band, 7 p.m., the gazebo at William J. McLaughlin Free Library, 3733 Ransomville Road, Ransomville. For information, call 754-9500.

DEADLINE: To submit an application for "Snapdragon Sunday," the Town of Niagara Historical Society's Beautiful Garden contest that will be held July 11. Only front yards will be judged; winner announced at 3:30 p.m. July 11 at the 1878 Schoolhouse, Lockport and Tuscarora roads. Application forms and rules available at Niagara Town Hall and the Schoolhouse from 2 to 4 p.m.

STORYTIME: Under the Sea for kids prekindergarten to age 9, 2:30 p.m., Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St. Free. Call 286-4902 to register. Repeated Friday at LaSalle branch; call 283-8309 to register.

MEETINGS: Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Step Group, 7:30 a.m., St. Peter Episcopal Church, Second Street and Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls; Sober Winners, 9:30 a.m., VFW Post 2535, 112 Caledonia St., Lockport; Beginners Group, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 8210 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls; Whirlpool 12 & 12 Group, 8 p.m., St. Peter Episcopal Church, Second Street and Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls; and 7 Clan Group, 8 p.m., Suzy Lane and Upper Mountain Road, Lewiston.

MEETING: Rotary Club of Niagara County Central breakfast meeting, 7:15 a.m. every Thursday, Olympia Restaurant, 3312 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield. Prospective members are welcome.

SUPPORT GROUP: Grief support will be offered at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month, Pendleton Center United Methodist Church, 6864 Campbell Blvd. All are welcome.

AL-ANON: Help with dealing with someone else's alcohol problem; 7 p.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 4671 Townline Road, Ransomville.

CROCHET CLASS: For children, 3:30 p.m., and for adults, 5 p.m., Shoppe on Main, 2714 Main St., Newfane. Cost, $5. Call 751-6723 for more information.

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>Friday

FREE CONCERT: Mackenzie Highlanders play Celtic bagpipes, 7 to 9 p.m., Faulkner Park, Second Street, off Route 93, Youngstown. For information, call 754-221.

TODDLER TIME: Story time for ages 1 and 2, with fingerplays, rhymes, songs and movement, 10 a.m., Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St. Call 286-4902 to register.

MEETINGS: Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Step Group, 7:30 a.m., St. Peter Episcopal Church, Second Street and Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls; Youngstown Group, 10 a.m., St. Bernard Catholic Church, 218 Hinman St.; Sisters and Brothers in Sobriety, 6:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, Fourth and Main streets, Niagara Falls; First Step Group, 8 p.m., Hooker Auditorium, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St.; and Speaker Meeting, 8 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, Genesee at Cottage streets, Lockport.

CARDS AND CRAFTS: 9 a.m., Wheatfield Senior Citizens Center, 2790 Church Road.

SENIOR CITIZENS CLASS: Computer classes for senior citizens, an entry-level computer course where senior citizens can learn about the Internet, sign up for an e-mail address and learn many of the Microsoft computer programs, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Niagara Falls Housing Authority's ATTAIN Lab, Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth St. Call 285-5374 to schedule a time.

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Saturday

WAR ENCAMPMENT: Re-enactments of the 1759 siege of Fort Niagara, including artillery bombardments, living history camps, recruiting demonstrations, Native American dance, military music, children's games, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Monday, Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown. Admission is $13, under age 6 are free. For information, call 745-7611 or visit oldfortniagara.org.

FESTIVAL: Optimists Club's 35th annual outdoor arts and crafts festival featuring more than 200 craft and food vendors, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday, Main Street off Route 78, downtown Lockport. For information, call 940-0554.

DEDICATION: Of the Lewiston Peace Garden, 1 p.m., located behind the historic Little Yellow House, 476 Center St. A trail of peace gardens on both sides of the border, in locations impacted by the War of 1812, is designed to reflect the peace that has existed between Canada and the United States for the past 200 years.

MEETINGS: Alcoholics Anonymous Boulevard Helping Hands, 10 a.m., 2800 Church Road, Wheatfield; Lower River Group, 1 p.m., St. John's Episcopal Church, 110 Chestnut St., Youngstown; New International Group, 6:30 p.m., Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center auditorium, 621 10th St.

WEIGHT LOSS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Odd Fellows & Rebekah Nursing Home, Old Niagara Road, Lockport. Call 433-1693 for more information.

WELLNESS: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Health Association of Niagara County Inc., 1302 Main St., Niagara Falls. Fitness and wellness program for adults over 60.

FREE DANCE CLASS: People and Possibilities, in collaboration with the Niagara Falls Housing Authority, is offering line dancing classes with Joan Harris as instructor, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth St., Niagara Falls. Call 285-6961 to register.

CHESSNUTS: Kids and their families are welcome to learn to play chess or come to compete at a meeting of the ChessNUTS, 1 p.m., Lewiston Public Library, 305 S. Eighth St. Call 754-4720 to join or visit www.LewistonPublicLibrary.org for more information.

MUSEUM HOURS: 2 to 4 p.m., Ransomville Historical Museum, Old Post Office on Ransomville Library grounds, 3733 Ransomville Road, or for special tours by calling 791-4494.

SUPPORT GROUP: Recovery Inc., 2 to 4 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 639 Main St., Niagara Falls. Use the side door.

CHOWDER & BAKE SALE: 10:45 a.m., St. Johnsburg Fire Hall, 7165 Ward Road, Wheatfield.

LIBRARY HOURS: Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St., and the LaSalle branch, 8728 Buffalo Ave., will be closed today through Monday.

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>Next Sunday

FIREWORKS: Fourth of July fireworks will be shot off from Tonawanda Island at dusk, following a performance at 7 p.m. by Sugar n' Spice in the bandshell at Niawanda Park, North Tonawanda.

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