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'Climate Change Cafe' to be offered by DEC

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will offer "Climate Change Cafe" at 1 p.m. Jan. 15 at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 83 Honorine Drive, Town of Cheektowaga.

Participants will receive a free copy of "Low-Carbon Diet: A 30-Day Program to Lose 5000 Pounds" as part of an action plan to put their home on an "energy diet." A list of resources available in Western New York will be provided, such as recycling and transportation options.

To register or for more information, call 683-5959.

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Nominations being sought for Preservation Award

Preservation Buffalo Niagara is seeking nominations that exemplify historic preservation projects in Western New York by next Monday.

The preservation organization will honor the 2011 Preservation Award recipients at a May luncheon.

Projects are being sought that illustrate excellence in restoration, adaptive reuse, stewardship, landscape preservation and compatible new construction. Individuals and organizations with outstanding preservation achievements can also be nominated.

For additional information and nomination forms, go to www.p-b-n.org.

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Registration being held for ice skating lessons

Registration for ice skating lessons at Lincoln Arena in the Town of Tonawanda will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Lessons will be offered Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 29. The fee is $48 for six 30-minute lessons. Skaters of all ages are welcome. For more information, go to www.ttypr.com.

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Community Association to hold annual meeting

The Parkside Community Association will hold its annual Community Meeting Jan. 18 in the St. Mark School cafeteria, 399 Woodward Ave.

The evening will begin at 6 with a community potluck supper, followed by the "New Pastors of Parkside."

Guest speakers will be the Rev. Joe Rogliano, new pastor at St. Mark's, and the Rev. Cathy Dempesy, new rector at Church of the Good Shepherd.

A general business meeting and election of the 2011 board of directors will follow. For more information, contact Ben Johnson at 838-1240 or visit www.parksidebuffalo.org.

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Auditions scheduled for parts in 'Our Town'

Auditions for parts in "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today and Tuesday in the Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda.

Ten men, eight women, two boys and one girl are needed. Candidates will be asked to give a cold reading in a group setting. No appointment is necessary. Performances are Feb. 10-27.

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