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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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City announces '11 schedule for bulk garbage pickup

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The city has set next year's garbage schedule for pickup of large items.

Pickup will take place the weeks of Jan. 2, Feb. 6, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4, Oct. 2 and Dec. 4.

Items included in this type of pickup are large household furnishings, like chairs, sofas, tables, beds, carpets, and other bulky or heavy items.

Residents are limited to a maximum of four cubic yards per property. Construction and demolition debris are not to be placed at the curb.

In addition to the regular city-issued garbage and recycling receptacles, residents also may place up to two clear plastic bags of yard waste, major appliances and other bulky metal items and tree parts at the curb on a weekly basis.

For more information, call the Department of Public Works at 695-8585.

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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.

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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