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June 19 to 25 / 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:

> Today

MUSEUM OPEN: The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum celebrates Father's Day with crafts made for dad, activities and performance by bagpiper Edward Wadin at 1 and 3 p.m. All dads get in free. The museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. For a list of events, activities and exhibits, visit

OPEN MUSEUM: Das Haus, 1843 log house of the Historical Society of North German Settlements in WNY, 2549 Niagara Road, Bergholz, 2 to 4 p.m.

MUSEUM HOURS: Sanborn Area Historical Society's Schoolhouse Museum, 2 to 4 p.m., 2822 Niagara St., and the society's Farm Museum, 2660 Saunders Settlement Road, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, 2660 Saunders Settlement Road.

MUSEUM HOURS: Benjamin Long Homestead, at 24 E. Niagara St., City of Tonawanda, which displays vintage ladies clothing from the 1860s to 1910 and a Spanish-American War uniform and military caps, will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays through Labor Day. Admission is $4, free for those 12 years old and younger.

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.

> Monday

ORGAN CONCERT: Lockport Theatre Organ Society presents a concert with Joe Donohue at the Mighty Wurlitzer Riviera Theatre pipe organ, 7 p.m., Lockport Senior Citizens Center, 33 Ontario St. Admission is $6, including refreshments during intermission. Free parking behind the building.

CRUISE NIGHT: Children's Night, 6 to 9 p.m., Ida Fritz Park, Lockport.

AUDITIONS: For the October production of "Fiddler on the Roof," today and Tuesday, Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, City of Tonawanda. Candidates should prepare a song; accompanist will be provided. Ages 10 to 15, will begin at 6 p.m., ages 16 and older at 7. For information, call 284-6358 or visit

AWARDS DINNER: The Wilson Lions Club will install officers at its eighth annual dinner, 7 p.m., Wilson Boat House Restaurant. Doors open at 6. Tickets, at $25 each, can be purchased from Diane at 751-9213 or James at 628-8052.

SPEAKER SERIES: Town of Porter Historical Society presents "War of 1812: Causes and Consequences," by Thomas Chambers, associate professor and chairman of Niagara University's history department, 7 p.m., Youngstown Presbyterian Church, 100 Church St. Dinner begins at 6; for reservations, call 745-1271. Open to the public.

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.

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.

> Tuesday

TUESDAY IN THE PARK: Creedence Clearwater Revisited, 6:30 p.m., free hands-on art activities begin at 5:30, Artpark, Lewiston. Outdoor amphitheater opens at 4. On-site parking fee is $10 for lower lot, $8 upper lot.

ART DISPLAY: Jason D'Aquino's "Old Possum and the Fantasticals"; "Through Polish-American Eyes: The Art of Alice Wadowski Bak"; "Scott Bye: Method to My Madness"; "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.

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.

SUPPORT GROUP: Griefshare, for adults coping with the sudden traumatic loss of a loved one, 6 p.m., Niagara Falls Medical Center, sixth floor, 621 Tenth St. For information, call 433-3780.

SUPPORT GROUP: For families and friends of prisoners, formerly incarcerated people and family members, and community members, 6 p.m., Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St. Free and confidential. For information, call Claudia Racine at 236-0257.

SUPPORT GROUP: Diabetes support, 6:30 p.m., Room 723A, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston.

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.

> Wednesday

TOUR: Mason Winfield leads "Ghosts of 1812," a tour based on the War of 1812, the burning of Lewiston and supernatural folklore, 7 to 9 p.m., Barton Hill Hotel & Spa, 100 Center St., Lewiston. For information, visit:

ART EXHIBITION: "Fairy Tales and Myths," works of Salvatore Scrivo that show his contemporary vision of classical mythologies, noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St., North Tonawanda. Continues through July 7.

MEETING: Administrative board of the Niagara County Sewer District 1, 3:30 p.m., Water Pollution Control Center, 7346 Liberty Drive., Wheatfield.

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., conference room at Community Missions, 1570 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. For information, call Kathie Terry at 524-0149 or Doug Wilkins at 284-1076, or e-mail at

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.

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

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 Centre, 33 Ontario St., Lockport. Call 433-1886 for information.

STORY HOUR: Preschool story hour, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon, Ransomville Library, 3733 Ransomville Road.

MUSEUM HOURS: Lewiston Museum, 1 to 4 p.m., 469 Plain St. Admission is by goodwill donation. Continues through Sunday.

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.

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.

> Thursday

CARROUSEL CHATS: "Western New York Amusement Parks," with local author Rose Ann Hirsch, who also will discuss and sign her book of the same name, 7 p.m., Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. For information, call 693-1885.

FARMERS' MARKET: Pendleton Farmers' Market, 3 p.m. to dusk, beneath the Campbell Boulevard water tower, 6570 Campbell Blvd., next to Town Hall. Through October. For information, visit:

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., Lewiston. New members welcome. Call 754-0166 for information.

DINOSAUR CLUB: The Dinosaur Club offers dinosaur-themed activities for both boys and girls, ages 4 and up, the second Thursday of every month, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Lewiston Public Library, 305 S. Eighth St. To register, call 754-4720.

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: Friends and Family support group for those who care for or about someone with a mental illness, 6 to 8 p.m., Mental Health Association, 36 Pine St., Lockport. For information, call 433-3780.

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.

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.

> Friday

FREE CONCERT: Friday at the Falls, featuring Brother to Brother, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls. Sponsored by the City of Niagara Falls.

OPENING RECEPTION: For "Beyond the Barrel" art exhibition, 6 to 9 p.m., Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. Includes open studios and a solo exhibit in the Garden Gallery by local artist Richard Stamps. For information, call 282-7530. Exhibit runs until Aug. 28.

FREE CONCERT: Steel drum, reggae and calypso music by Caribbean Extravaganza, 7 to 9 p.m., Falkner Park, Second Street, off Route 93, Village of Youngstown. For information, call 754-7721.

DRUMMING FOR PEACE: Bring your instruments for a rhythm-based open jam, dance or just watch, 6 p.m., Lewiston Peace Garden, 476 Center St. Free.

OPEN HOUSE: More than 200 works of local and regional artists , 5:30 p.m., Opera Hall Gallery, 732 Center St., Lewiston. Refreshments served. Free. For information, call 754-0166.

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.

> Saturday

GARDENFEST: Includes Open Garden Walk of 15 gardens, 45 garden-related vendors, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday, Center Street, Village of Lewiston. The community tent, next to Frontier House, will feature garden experts at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. both days, and maps of the event locations will be distributed at the hospitality booth.

FESTIVAL: The Main Street Business and Professional Association's Street Music and Art Festival will feature more than 30 performances, local artisans, classic car show, culinary samplings, wine tasting and more, noon to 11 p.m. Continues noon to 8 Sunday on Historic Main Street, from Michigan to Niagara avenues, Niagara Falls.

FISHING TOURNAMENT: Tonawanda Getaway Harbor, Webster and Sweeney streets, North Tonawanda, will host the "Hooked On the Tonawandas Tagged Fishing Tournament," from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, and from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Catch a tagged fish and win cash prizes from $25 to $1000. Fishing is limited from the Niagara River to Exolon Street in the City of Tonawanda and from Service Drive to the Webster Street Bridge. Also games and prizes for those ages 15 and younger. No state fishing license required for the weekend. Entry fee is $20. Registration in tournament tent during tournament hours or for list of other registration sites, visit For information, call 692-5120.

OPENING RECEPTION: For "WaterWorks," a water media exhibition; also, "The Photographer's Eye," works by Frank Russo, 5 to 8 p.m., Market Street Art Center, 247 Market St., Lockport. For information, call 478-0239 or visit

FISHING: No New York State fishing license is required this weekend, 8 to 11 a.m. Buckhorn Island State Park. State Parks personnel will be on hand to teach catch and release fishing techniques, fish identification and aquatic ecology. For information or registration, call 549-1050.

ANNUAL MEETING DAY: North Tonawanda History Museum will hold its annual meeting for members, supporters and the public, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 54 Webster St. From 2 to 4 p.m., the museum will present a video, "The American Civil War," a battle-by-battle account from Manassas to Appomattox. Free. For information, call 213-0554.

TALK: The 1812 Legacy Council will host a talk, "1812 and Niagara," by author Alan Taylor, 4 p.m., Castellani Museum, Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road.

REUNION: An all-years alumni reunion for students of Niagara Falls High School, noon to 6 p.m., Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave. Events include garden gallery reception, classic car cruise, former teachers and local artists, music and a documentary on school memories. For information or registration, call 282-7530 or visit:

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.

WELLNESS: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Health Association of Niagara County Inc., 1302 Main St., Niagara Falls. Fitness program for adults over 60.

MUSEUM HOURS: 2 to 4 p.m., Ransomville Historical Museum, Old Post Office on Ransomville Library grounds, 3733 Ransomville Road. For special tours, call 791-4494.

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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