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BATTLING BIG-BOX RETAILERS: Tim Tielman of the Campaign for Greater Buffalo will speak on "Keeping the Big Box Dead and Bringing Buffalo's Canal District Home Alive" at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, Elmwood Avenue at West Ferry Street. The event is co-sponsored by the Niagara Group of the Sierra Club. For more information, call 854-3749.

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LECTURE: Philip Berke, noted specialist in planning for earthquakes and author of major books on urban planning and natural hazard mitigation, will present the University at Buffalo's 2011 Clarkson Chair in Planning Lecture at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdayin Room 301 of Crosby Hall on the University at Buffalo South Campus.

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CONGRESS ON YOUR CORNER: The office of Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, will host satellite hours at two locations Friday: from 9 a.m. to noon in Forestville Fire Hall, 18 Chestnut St., and from 11:30 a.m. to noon in Sinclairville Fire Hall, 30 Naub St. Constituents will be able to discuss Social Security, veterans affairs, citizenship, immigration or any other matters. For details, call 484-1049.

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ART EXHIBIT RECEPTION: Members of the Chautauqua County Art Teachers will hold an opening reception for their art exhibit from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Fireplace Room of the James Prendergast Library Art Gallery, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit continues through April 29. For more information, call 484-7135.

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PASSPORT TO WELLNESS: The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and Western New York is sponsoring its Winter 2011 "Passport to Wellness" program for adults 50 and older at 9:15 a.m. Friday in Walden Galleria (lower level, Sears wing) in Cheektowaga. The program includes an indoor mall walk plus health/fitness screenings, presentations, health education materials, healthful refreshments and incentive prize drawings. Registration begins at 8:30. The cost is $3 per walk. For more information, call 851-4052 or e-mail: beactive@city-buffalo.org.

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FOOD DISTRIBUTION: The Food Express Truck will begin making deliveries at 2 p.m. Friday outside Holy Cross Catholic Church, 345 Seventh St., Buffalo. Residents must live in the 14201 area code and provide picture identification. They are encouraged to bring bags and/or boxes to carry their food. The service is provided by Holy Cross Church, the Food Bank of Western New York, the Belle Center and Buffalo AmeriCorps.

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