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Dec. 26 to Jan. 2 / 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, PO Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240, fax to: 856-5150, or e-mail to: niagaranews@buffnews.com.

>Today

ART EXHIBIT: Featuring regional artisans from working in a variety of two- and three-dimensional media, Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust St., Lockport. Exhibit continues through Sept. 3. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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

SUPPORT GROUP: Recovery Inc., 2 to 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 8210 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. Use the side door.

MEETING: Alcoholics Anonymous Golden Slipper, 9:30 a.m., UAW Hall, 524 Walnut St., Lockport; Attitude Adjustment, 10 a.m., First Step Center, Allen Avenue, 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 at Washburn Street, Lockport.

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>Monday

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.

STRETCHING CLASS: Stretching and Mobility Class for senior citizens age 55 and up, 9:15 a.m., North Tonawanda Senior Citizen Center, 110 Goundry St. Cost, $2.

PINOCHLE: Senior citizens age 55 and up can play pinochle at 6 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday and at 1:15 p.m. Friday, North Tonawanda Senior Citizens Center, 110 Goundry St. Call 695-8582 for more information.

MUSEUM HOURS: The North Tonawanda History Museum, which operates in the Lumber City History Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Thursday, 54 Webster St. Call 213-0554 for more information.

MEETINGS: Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Step Group, 7:30 a.m., St. Peter Episcopal, 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.

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.

EXERCISE: An exercise class for senior citizens, a program of gentle exercise that combines recreation and socialization, 1 to 2:30 p.m. every Monday in DeGraff Community Center of Kaleida Health, 139 Division St., North Tonawanda. Cost, $2 per week. Call 690-2271 or 692-8731.

FREE CLINIC: Confidential Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Trott Access Center, 1001 11th St., Niagara Falls. No appointment needed. Use the Elmwood Street entrance. Also Wednesdays. Call 278-1900 for more information.

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>Tuesday

CLASS: Senior Yoga 55 , 10:30 a.m., Lunchtime Yoga, noon, Beginner Yoga, 4:30 p.m., Integrative Yoga Therapy Class, 6 p.m., at Anjali Yoga & Wellness, 908 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda. For information, call 748-5503.

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.

FREE IMMUNIZATION CLINIC: An immunization clinic for infants and children is held from 9 to 11:30 a.m., Trott Access Center, 1001 11th St., Niagara Falls. Appointments only by calling 278-1903. /

IMMUNIZATION CLINIC: Adult immunization and family travel clinics for adults are held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Trott Access Center, 1001 11th St., Niagara Falls. Fees vary. Appointments only by calling 278-1903.

SUPPORT GROUP: Breast cancer support for those who have experienced breast cancer and their families, 7:30 p.m., Mount St. Mary's Hospital, room 723A, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston.

MEETINGS: Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Step Group, 7:30 a.m., St. Peter Episcopal, Second Street and Rainbow Blvd., Niagara Falls; New Freedom Group, 10 a.m., 2470 Allen Ave., Niagara Falls; the 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, Second Street and Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls; Early Beginning Group, 7 p.m., St. Stephen Church, 610 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 Baptist School, Chestnut and McCallum, Lockport.

ARTS & CRAFTS PROGRAM: For anyone age 55 and older, 9:30 to noon, North Tonawanda Senior Citizen Center, 110 Goundry St. Projects are available for a minimal cost. Continues through Friday.

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM: For children ages 2 1/2 to 5, with books, games, crafts, holiday parties, birthday celebrations and special guests, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. to noon, Youngstown Public Library, 240 Lockport St.

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 Episcopal Church, 516 Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls.

BRIDGE: Wheatfield Senior Citizens, 12:45 p.m., 2790 Church Road, Wheatfield. Learn to play bridge from 10 a.m. to noon.

RECREATION PROGRAM: For developmentally disabled children 3 to 10 years old, 2 to 6 p.m., Niagara United Cerebral Palsy, 9812 Lockport Road, Town of Niagara. Continues Wednesday and Thursday.

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>Wednesday

FREE DANCE CLASS: People and Possibilities, in collaboration with the Niagara Falls Housing Authority, offers line dancing classes with Joan Harris as instructor, 5 to 7 p.m., Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth St., Niagara Falls. Call 285-6961 to register.

CROCHET AND KNITTING CLUB: Share ideas, skills and enthusiasm with those who are creative with yarn, 4 to 5 p.m., North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive. Call 693-3009 for more information.

SUPPORT GROUP: The Dale Association's Caregivers Support Group, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Senior Centre, 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.

STORY HOUR: Preschool story hour, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon, Ransomville Library, 3733 Ransomville Road.

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 p.m., Payne Avenue Christian Church, 1451 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda.

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

FREE CLINIC: Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Trott Access Center, 1001 11th St., Niagara Falls. Confidential and anonymous. No appointment needed. Continues each Wednesday.

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

CLASSES: Drawing classes by artist Nori Bucci, 7 p.m. every Thursday, Shoppe on Main, 2714 Main St., Newfane. For information, call 778-5273. Also crochet lessons, 3:30 and 5 p.m. every Thursday. For information, call Lisa at 751-6723.

MEETINGS: Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Step Group, 7:30 a.m., St. Peter Episcopal, 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.

ADAPTED SWIM PROGRAM: The Niagara Falls Family YMCA is offering an adapted swim program for those facing developmental or physical challenges, 6 to 7 p.m., 1317 Portage Road. Fee, $2 per participant, with caregivers free. Call 285-8491 for more information.

OPEN ENROLLMENT: Area residents may now enroll in Medicaid, Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mizer Center, 501 10th St., Niagara Falls. Enrollees should bring identification showing their dates of birth; a current utility bill or other address verification, and wage information. For more information, call 285-1563.

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

BALL DROP: Rock in the New Year at Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls. The United Way of Niagara sponsors family activities from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in heated tents. Food and beverage concessions also available. Music, including national recording act Smash Mouth, starts at 8 p.m.; reserved interior seating and outdoor VIP tickets are available by calling 282-0007 or visiting ticketweb.com. Fans will be able to count down to 2011 as a 10-foot Gibson guitar, painted by local artist Rob Lynch and illuminated by Ken-Ton Electronics, is lowered 120 feet onto Old Falls Street at midnight. Fireworks follow the guitar drop. Free and open to the public.

CANALSIDE BASH: "New Year's on the Canal, Gateway Harbor," features a 5-foot lighted ball drop at midnight at Webster and Sweeney streets, followed by a fireworks display over the canal. The Eric Spahr Band will perform in a heated tent from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Sweeney Street. Alcohol-free children's events will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi in Tonawanda and Rainbow Roller Rink in North Tonawanda. Tickets for the Kids Fun Zones are $5 in advance or $6 the day of the event.

OUTDOOR CONCERT: Free outdoor party in Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Falls, Ont., will include two fireworks displays over the falls and live music by Great Big Sea and Barenaked Ladies. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m. and midnight.

DINNER DANCE: American Legion Wheatfield Post 1451, 6525 Ward Road, Sanborn, hosts a New Year's Eve Prime Rib Dinner and Dance at the post. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner is at 7 p.m.; music from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. featuring Symetrikal. Cash bar. Tickets are available for $15 per person in the Post lounge; open to the public. Advance ticket sales only. No tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, call 731-4712.

MEETINGS: Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Step Group, 7:30 a.m., St. Peter Episcopal, Second Street and Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls; Youngstown Group, 10 a.m., St. Bernard Church, 218 Hinman; 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., Niagara Falls; 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, Wheatfield.

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Saturday

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

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Next Sunday

BEREAVEMENT COFFEE HOUR: For those who have lost a loved one in the last three months, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport. For required registration, call 280-0777.

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