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March 27 to April 3 / 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

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.

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.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Kiwanis Club of Niagara-Wheatfield will host a pancake breakfast that includes sausage, all-you-can-eat pancakes with warm 2011 New York State maple syrup, juice, coffee and tea, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., American Legion Post, 6525 Ward Road, Town of Wheatfield. Cost is $6 for over age 12; ages 4 to 11, $4; 3 and under, free. For information and presale tickets, call Colin at 754-4548 or Danny at 731-3696.

ART DISPLAYS: Niagara Frontier Plein Art Painter's Exhibition and the DeSales Student Art Show, 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; 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

MEETING: The North Tonawanda Democratic Committee meets at 8 p.m., Dom Polski, 576 Oliver St. Public welcome.

AUDITIONS: For "Dearly Departed," 7 to 9 p.m. today and Tuesday, Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda. Candidates will be asked to give a cold reading in a group setting. The play tells the story of a dysfunctional Southern family that has to bury the meanest man in town. Show dates are May 5 to 21. No appointment necessary. For information, visit www.starrynighttheatre.com

ART EXHIBIT: "Hecho A Mano: Artists and Artisans of Guatemala and the Maya Tradition, Wood, Linocut Prints, Drawings and Photos," by Marilyn Anderson, NCCC Art Gallery, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. The exhibit will continue through April 7. Hours are Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8, and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call 614-5975.

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.

MEETING: Niagara County Patriots, 7 p.m., Wheatfield Community and Senior Center, Church and Maple roads.

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

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.

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Tuesday

FREE WORKSHOP: "Moving From Early Intervention to Preschool Services," presented by the Parent Network of WNY and Early Childhood Direction Center, 10 a.m. to noon, Independent Living of Niagara County, 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls. For information or registration, call 332-4170.

MEETING: Board of trustees of Nioga Library System, 6:30 p.m., Nioga headquarters, 6575 Wheeler Road, Lockport. Open hearing at 6:15.

CLASSES: "Think Well, Feel Well, Stay Well," 6:45 p.m., Niagara Wheatfield Senior High School, 2292 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Cost is $23. "Zumba Fitness," 6 p.m. Tuesdays (to May 6), Colonial Village Elementary School, 1456 Saunders Settlement Road, Town of Niagara. Cost $35. To register, call 215-3010 or visit www.nwcsd.k12.ny.us.

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

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.

RECREATION PROGRAM: For developmentally disabled children 3 to 10 years old, 2 to 6 p.m., Niagara United Cerebral Palsy, 9812 Lockport Road, Town of Niagara. Continues Wednesday and Thursday.

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Wednesday

JOB FAIR: Featuring more than 50 local employers seeking employees, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., G Building's main cafeteria, Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Free. For information, call 614-6290.

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. This week's program, "Beavers and Broadcloth," includes passing around items from the fur trade and making a trader's sash. Programs are at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays (through April 13), 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.

ORIENTATION: For people interested in becoming registered family child care providers, hosted by Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Niagara Community Action Program office, 1521 Main St., Niagara Falls. Call 285-8572 to register.

GENEALOGICAL PROGRAM: Celeste Crawford, head librarian and board member for the Niagara County Genealogical Society, will present "What Can Photographs Tell You?" 7 p.m., Niagara County History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport. Free.

MEETING: Niagara Falls Library board of trustees meeting, 7:30 a.m., second-floor conference room of the library, 1425 Main St. Open to the public.

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.

SUPPORT GROUP: The Dale Association's Caregivers Support Group, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Senior Citizens Center, 33 Ontario St., Lockport. Call 433-1886 for 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.

WEIGHT LOSS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, support group dedicated to weight loss and maintenance, weigh-in at 5:15 p.m., meeting at 7, Payne Avenue Christian Church, 1451 Payne Ave., 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.

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

DEADLINE: To place an order for floral items from the Easter floral sale sponsored by Opportunities Unlimited. Call 504-2617, Ext. 244, or e-mail: info@opportunitiesunlimited.org to request an order form. Pickup will be April 15 and 16.

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.

PESTICIDE CLASS: A pesticide recertification course for area farmers will be offered from 12:45 to 4:15 p.m., Cornell Cooperative Extension Service Education Center, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport. Bring core pesticide manual if you have one. Cost is $20 for enrollees of the co-op's agricultural program, $25 for non-enrollees. To register, phone Karen at 433-8839, Ext. 221, or e-mail: kmk27@cornell.edu.

CLASS: "Reading Blueprints," 6 p.m., Niagara Wheatfield Senior High School construction trailer behind bus garage, 2292 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Cost is $5. To register, call 215-3010 or visit: www.nwcsd.k12.ny.us.

MEETING: Board of directors of Niagara Tobacco Asset Securitization Corp., noon, Shamus Restaurant, 98 West Ave., Lockport.

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.

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.

NAACP MEETING: The Niagara Falls chapter, 6 p.m., St. John AME Church, 917 Garden Ave. For more information, call 283-0536 evenings, or 282-7971 days.

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

THEATER PRODUCTION: Lockport High School's musical performance of "Once on This Island," 7 p.m., Starpoint High School. Also Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 presale, $10 at the door. For tickets, call 478-4452.

FUNDRAISER: "Desserts in the Stacks," 6 to 8 p.m., Youngstown Free Library, 220 Lockport St. Tickets for sweets and wine are $8 for 10 tickets in advance or $10 at the door.

THEATER PRODUCTION: All-student production of "How I Learned to Drive," 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, and 2 p.m. April 3, Leary Theatre, Clet Hall, Niagara University. Tickets are $6. For information, call 286-8685.

THEATER PRODUCTION: Western Door Playhouse presents "The Job Musical," a biblical musical drama that chronicles a segment in the life of Job and asks "Why do the good suffer?" Woodbox Theater at the NACC, 1201 Pine St., Niagara Falls. Performances are at 8 p.m. today and Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m. April 3. Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for students and seniors 55 and over. Call 297-5910 for tickets or information.

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.

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

MUSEUM REOPENING: The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda, celebrates the end of winter with special spring crafts, games and a ride on the carousel. Kids will enjoy making their own tulips and butterflies and playing games in the Children's Gallery. For adults, there are fascinating exhibits. Kenson the Juggler performs at 2 p.m. today and Sunday. All activities are included with regular admission: $5 for adults; $4 for seniors; $2.50 for children ages 2 to 12. Spring operating hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. Admission fee includes one ride token good for either the 1916 Allan Herschell full-size carousel or the 1940s kiddie carousel in the Children's Gallery. Additional ride tokens can be purchased for 50 cents.

QUILT AUCTION: The Twin City Quilters Guild's presentation of quilts, a boutique and quilt raffle, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Wheatfield Community Center, 2800 Church Road. Auction at 2 p.m. Sunday. Those attending Saturday will be given a free pass to return for the auction. Donate nonperishable food to enter a special raffle.

DAR MEETING: District Director Barbara Diebold will give an insider's view of the state DAR organization and projects at a luncheon meeting of Niagara Falls Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, noon, Del Fuego Steakhouse, 2990 Lockport-Olcott Road, Newfane. For information, call 772-2087.

CHICKEN BARBECUE: Includes annual kids tournament and kick-a-thon, basket auction, Chiavetta's chicken dinner and a bake sale, 1 to 5 p.m., Niagara Catholic High School, 520 66th St., Niagara Falls. Cost is $8 presale, $9 at the door. For information, call 283-8771.

FOOD FEST: Wine, chocolate and cheese festival and a farmers' market, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pekin Fire Company Hall, 3024 Upper Mountain Road, Sanborn.

ANTIQUES SHOW: Sanborn Area Historical Society's antiques show and sale, and basket auction, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (appraisals from 1 to 3 p.m.), Wheatfield American Legion Post 1451, 6525 Ward Road (Route 429). Admission is $3 and is good for both days. For information, call 990-6909 or 731-9623.

DEADLINE: To register for "The War of 1812: The Forgotten Conflict," the annual Congress of the Niagara County Federation of Historical Societies, to be held at the Niagara County Historical Society, 215 Niagara St., Lockport. The cost, $20, includes lunch. Call 434-7433 to register.

HAM RAFFLE: Starts at 7 p.m., Shawnee Volunteer Fire Company, 3747 Lockport Road, Sanborn.

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 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

POPS CONCERT: The program includes famous marches performed by the American Legion Band of the Tonawandas, 7:30 p.m., Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Tickets are $12 at the door; $10 in advance; $8 under age 12. For information, call 692-2413.

FOLK ART WORKSHOP: "Palm Weaving," with the Rev. Czeslaw Michal Krysa, 2 to 4 p.m., Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University. Cost is $5 (members free), all materials included. Call 286-8200 to register.

READ TO SANDY: "Read to the Dogs," 2 to 4:30 p.m., North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive. Children in grades one to six practice reading to Sandy, a certified therapy dog. Reserve a 15-minute session by phoning 693-4132, Ext. 5; dates available are April 3, 16, 17 and 23.

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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