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March 20 to 27 / 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

RAPTOR REHABILITATION PROGRAM: Hosted by Wendi Pencille, of Bless the Beasts Foundation, noon to 3 p.m., Nature Center at Bond Lake Park, behind the Warming House, Lower Mountain Road, Ransomville. A slide presentation will focus on the rehabilitation of birds of prey. Live hawks and owls, as well as mounted specimens in the nature center, will be on display. Free. Sponsored by the Bond Lake Environmental and Beautification Committee. For more information, visit nyswrc.org/blessthebeasts.

BASKET AUCTION: For OnStage Cruise Dancers, 2 to 4:30 p.m., Holiday Inn Lockport, 515 S. Transit Road. Admission is $8 and includes 10 raffle tickets and refreshments. A portion of proceeds benefits Ovarian Cancer Research. Call 335-6701.

CHICKEN BARBECUE: Includes half Chiavetta's chicken, potato salad, chef salad, roll, dessert and beverage, 11:30 a.m. until sold out, Sanborn Fire Hall, 5811 Buffalo St. Cost is $9. Basket raffle drawing at 1:30 p.m. Takeout available.

ART EXHIBIT: Featuring artisans from Western New York 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 2 to 5 p.m. today, noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

ART DISPLAYS: "Observations," photography by local artists; "Extended Realism," by Andy Russell, Market Street Art Center, 247 Market St., Lockport. The center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday to Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 478-0239 or visit www.marketstreetartcenter.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., VFW hall, 112 Caledonia St., Lockport; Attitude Adjustment, 10 a.m., First Step Center, Allen Avenue, Niagara Falls; Niagara Intergroup, 2 p.m., Hooker Auditorium, Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital, 621 10th St.; 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

TOAST & JAM: Open-mic entertainment open to singers, musicians, poets, actors, dancers, comics and performance artists, 7 to 10 p.m., Brickyard Pub, 432 Center St., Lewiston. For information, call 754-0166 or Dale at 602-2430.

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.

SUPPORT GROUP: The Mental Health Association in Niagara County's support group for those dealing with depression and anxiety, 6 to 7:30 p.m., conference dining room, DeGraff Memorial Hospital, Tremont Street, North Tonawanda. Call 433-3780, Ext. 10, for more information.

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

FACILITATED ENROLLMENT: For Medicaid, Child Health Plus and Family Health insurance programs, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Tuesday and Thursday and on the second Wednesday of the month; 1 to 4 p.m. on other Wednesdays; and 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Hamilton B. Mizer Primary Care Center, 501 10th St., Niagara Falls. Call 278-4620 for more information.

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 at 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.

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, DeGraff Community Center of Kaleida Health, 139 Division St., North Tonawanda. Cost, $2 per week. Call 690-2271 or 692-8731 to register.

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

DINNER MEETING: Niagara Frontier Chapter, New York State Women, meets at 6 p.m., Pane's Restaurant, 984 Ave., North Tonawanda. Program is "Abby Kelley, the Forgotten Abolitionist," by guest speaker Ann Marie Linnaberry. Dinner is $19. Guests welcome. Call 213-0554 for information.

PROGRAM: Sanborn Area Historical Society meeting, "Antique Kitchen Gadgets," presented by Elynn "Cookie" Strzelec, 7 p.m., Sanborn Fire Hall, 5811 Buffalo St. Free and open to the public.

CLASS: "Putting Facebook to Work," 6 p.m. today and March 29, Niagara Wheatfield High School, 2292 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Cost is $26. To register, call 215-3010 or visit www.nwcsd.k12.ny.us.

ART DISPLAY: "Scott Bye: Method to My Madness"; "Black Artists From the Permanent Collection: Exploring Personal Expression"; "The Play Illustrated: The Credeaux Canvas"; "Public/Private: Pairings With the Gerald Mead Collection"; "Interpreting Traditional Genres"; "Betty Gold: Edge, Color Movement"; and "Field of Dreams: North American Baseball Stadiums," by photographer Jim Dow; 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.

ART EXHIBITION: "Cloud Corrosion," a three-person exhibit that captures the essence of a postindustrial city through the first fully digital generation; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Friday, Saturday by appointment, East Gallery Project Space, Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St., North Tonawanda.

CHORUS REHEARSAL: The Lockport Chorale, 7 p.m., Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 75 East Ave., Lockport. New members welcome.

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.

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., Room 723A, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston.

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; 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 Church, Second Street and Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls; Early Beginning Group, 7 p.m., St. Stephen 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 the Baptist School, 160 Chestnut St., Lockport.

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, 616 Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls.

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

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Wednesday

HISTORY SERIES: For children ages 8 to 12 (and families) who are interested in the history of the region, the series will bring to life characters from "The Gold-Laced Coat" by Helen Fuller Orton, a 1934 novel for children that tells the story of young people at Fort Niagara during the French and Indian War. Each program includes an activity and craft related to the featured character. Programs are Wednesdays (today to April 13) at 6:30 p.m., Red Brick Gym, 240 Lockport St., Youngstown. A one-time $5 donation is requested to cover the cost of supplies and the book that will be given to each child. To register, call the Youngstown Library at 745-3555.

OPEN HOUSE: The nursery school offers a two-day-a-week component for 3-year-olds and three-day-a-week component for 4-year-olds. Both are half-day sessions, 5 to 7 p.m., Kenan Center Nursery School, 433 Locust St., Lockport. For information, call 433-2617 or visit www.kenancenter.org.

CRAFT CLASS: The Village of Lewiston Recreation Department is sponsoring a free workshop for ages 5 and up to paint ceramic eggs, 4 p.m., Red Brick School House, North Fourth and Onondaga streets. Call 754-1990 to register.

SUPPORT GROUP: Depression Bipolar Support Alliance Niagara Falls, a peer-run support group for those suffering from depression and/or mood disorders and their families, 6 p.m., Ivanhoe Lobby at Community Missions, 1590 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. For information, call Kathie Terry at 491-3233 or Doug Wilkins at 284-1076, or e-mail at nfdbsgroup@aol.com.

MEETING: Niagara Exchange Club, 6:30 p.m., Yellow and Blue Cafeteria, Niagara Falls High School, 4455 Porter Road.

SUPPORT GROUP: For adults coping with the sudden traumatic loss of a loved one, 6 p.m., Mental Health Association, 36 Pine St., Lockport. For information, call 433-3780.

SUPPORT GROUP: For those who suffer from panic attacks and anxiety disorders, 6 p.m., St. John's Outreach Center, 160 Chestnut St., Lockport.

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Niagara Area Business Exchange is a group of business professionals who meet to exchange business leads, 8 a.m., Town and Country Club of Lockport, 717 East Ave. For information, call 772-2200.

MEETING: Lewiston/Niagara-On-the-Lake Rotary Club dinner meeting, 6:30 p.m., Water Street Landing restaurant, 115 S. Water St., Lewiston. Prospective members welcome. For reservations, call 870-1307 or e-mail newbiz@aol.com.

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.

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.

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.

FREE LEGAL ADVICE: Legal Advocacy Service, sponsored by Mental Health Association in Niagara County, offers free legal advice to qualified clients, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 36 Pine St., Lockport. For information and appointments, call Betty, 433-3780.

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

STUDENT CHEF DINNERS: Includes two appetizers, entree, dessert and beverage prepared by hospitality students in Niagara University's College of Hospitality and Tourism Management program, 6:30 p.m., university's Statler Dining Room, St. Vincent's Hall. Cost is $18. For reservations, phone 286-8181. Also offered on March 31.

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION: "Benefits of Aquatic Therapy," with Elizabeth Stom, director of rehabilitation services for Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 11:30 a.m., Crestwood Commons Patio Homes & Apartments Community Center, 2600 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield. Free. Call 278-4604 to register.

COCKTAIL RECEPTION: A cocktail hour to meet internationally renowned artist Betty Gold, who will give a gallery talk introducing the new exhibition, "Betty Gold: Edge, Color, Movement." Cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road.

CARROUSEL CHATS: "Preserving Your Family Photos," by Patrick Ravines, associate professor and director of art conservation for Buffalo State College, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Carrousel Factory Museum, North Tonawanda. Admission is free. For information, call 693-1885.

MEETING: The Independent Order of Odd Fellows of the Sacariss Bell Rose Lodge 307, an international benevolent society, will meet at 7:30 p.m., Lewiston Opera House's Lodge Hall, 732 Center St. New members welcome. Call 754-0166 for information.

SUPPORT GROUP: Widows invited to share their strength and hopes for the future, 1 to 3 p.m., YWCA of the Tonawandas, 49 Tremont St., North Tonawanda. To sign up, call 692-5580.

SUPPORT GROUP: For new and expectant moms, 6 p.m., Mental Health Association, 36 Pine St., Lockport. For information, call 433-3780, Ext. 312.

NETWORKING GROUP: Niagara Networking Group to exchange qualified referrals in the form of business development leads, 7:30 to 8:45 a.m., Justin Tyme on the River, 7611 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls.

CLASSES: Crochet lessons, 3:30 and 5 p.m. every Thursday, Shoppe on Main, 2714 Main St., Newfane. Call 778-5273 for information. For information, call Lisa at 751-6723.

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.

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 date of birth, a current utility bill or other address verification and wage information. For more information, call 285-1563.

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.

A.M. LOCKPORT TOASTMASTERS: 7 to 8:30 a.m., Friendly's Restaurant, 2 W. Main St., Lockport. Guests and visitors 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

CLASS: "Introduction to Ballroom Dancing II, Cha Cha, Tango and Salsa," Fridays (this week to April 29), 6 p.m., Colonial Village Elementary School, 1456 Saunders Settlement Road, Town of Niagara. Cost $49. To register, call 215-3010 or visit www.nwcsd.k12.ny.us.

LIVE MUSIC: The fourth annual High School Band Showcase, which includes the area's top young musicians, 8 to 11 p.m., Under the Taps Club, Gallagher Center, Niagara University. $5 admission includes pizza; refreshments available.

BINGO: For ages 4 to 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Red Brick School House, North Fourth and Onondaga streets, Lewiston.

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

OPEN HOUSE: For prospective students and families to learn about the university's accredited master's degree programs in business administration, criminal justice, teacher education, counseling, educational leadership and interdisciplinary studies as well as the new Ph.D. program in leadership and policy, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Glynn Family Atrium, Bisgrove Hall, Niagara University. Free. For information, call 286-8700 or visit www.niagara.educ/march.

OPENING RECEPTION: For the Niagara Frontier Plein Art Painter's Exhibition and the DeSales Student Art Show, 5 to 8 p.m., Market Street Art Center, 247 Market St., Lockport.

HISTORY PROGRAM: "The War of 1812 -- The Battle of New Orleans," a History Channel video, 1 to 4 p.m., North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St., North Tonawanda.

BASKET RAFFLE: North Tonawanda Varsity Hockey will hold a theme tray basket raffle, Gratwick Fire Hall, 110 Ward Road, North Tonawanda. Hours are from 2 to 5 p.m., with drawings at 4. Includes refreshments, 5 0/5 0 split, free parking and admission. For information, call 695-0439.

PARANORMAL PROGRAM: Featuring a lecture on the history of the building, screening of a video recorded at the opera hall when members of the Western Door Paranormal spent the night with cameras and microphones documenting after-hours inhabitants, and a ghost hunt, 7 p.m., Lewiston Opera Hall, 732 Center St. Call 417-7511.

ART WORKSHOP: Art Express, 2 p.m., Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road. Learn about artwork in the galleries, listen to a story and make art. Cost is $2 per person for museum members, $3 for others. Art Express family workshops require adult supervision. Also on April 2, 9, 16 and 30; call 286-8200 to reserve a space.

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.

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.

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

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Next Sunday

OPENING RECEPTION: "Through Polish-American Eyes: the Art of Alice Wadowski Bak," 2 to 4 p.m., Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University, Route 104, Lewiston. Free admission.

BOWLATHON: Tonawanda Memorial Bowlathon, 1 p.m., Tonawanda Bowling Center, 574 Young St., City of Tonawanda. Tickets, at $15 each, include three games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza and soft drink. Advance registration recommended; call 213-0554.

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

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