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Cultural center to offer holiday concert today

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Heritage of Hope and Service, a nonprofit performance hall and cultural center that occupies the former Holy Trinity Catholic Church at 1419 Falls St., will present a holiday concert titled "It's a Special Place" at 7 p.m. today in the church.

The Voices of Mercy, a group of nine male and female singers who present inspirational and spiritual concerts around the country and beyond, will be featured. Light refreshments will be served after the concert.

Doors will open one hour before the concert, and admission is $10.

Holy Trinity was closed as an active parish in a merger in 2008, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Two outreach sessions set for HEAP applicants

Two more outreach sessions have been set for applicants seeking help under the Home Energy Assistance Program. They are at 9 a.m. Jan. 26 in the Winchester Fire Hall, 514 Harlem Road, West Seneca, and at 9 a.m. Feb. 8 in the South Line Fire Hall, 1049 French Road, Cheektowaga.

Interviews will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. The first 80 applicants to sign in are guaranteed service. General HEAP applicants should bring proof of income, proof of the number of residents in a household, proof of address and a current gas bill. First-time applicants do not need a final disconnection notice.

Income guidelines are available at the erie.gov website by clicking on the senior services department.

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Artist residency program scheduled on NCCC campus

SANBORN -- A two-week artist residency program titled "Fibers and Content: Papermaking and Printmaking as Social Engagement" will be held from Jan. 31 through Feb. 11 in the lobby of the Arts and Media Building on the Sanborn campus of Niagara County Community College. The National Endowment for the Arts has approved a grant of $10,000 for the program.

The college will host the Combat Paper Project, a collaborative arts organization that uses traditional hand papermaking techniques to work with populations that have survived trauma caused by conflict. Combat Paper will support a weeklong workshop using military uniforms that were once worn in service and transforming them into handmade paper.

The second week of residency will involve the printmaking process, using the paper made during the previous week. Local artists Hyeyoung Shin and Anne Muntges will use print processes to create broadsides that use texts and visual responses from the Combat Paper workshop, which then will be printed on the handmade paper.

Community members will be invited to learn about the process of traditional relief printmaking as a medium for expression.

Project coordinator Barbara Rowe of the NCCC faculty said, "This will surely be an exciting collaboration with artists, veterans and community members using art to help heal, reveal and inform about veteran experiences."

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