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Gallery in old opera hall features work of 30 artists

LEWISTON -- The art gallery operated by the Lewiston Council on the Arts will host a free open house at 5:30 p.m. today.

The OH! Gallery stands for Opera Hall, and that's where the gallery is located, in the former Lewiston Opera Hall, 732 Center St. More than 200 pieces of art are on display, representing the work of 30 artisans.

A wide range of styles are on view, including glass, painting, wood, ceramics and mixed media.

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13th adult reading program gets under way Monday

The North Tonawanda Library will launch its 13th annual adult summer reading program Monday.

This year's theme is "Novel Destinations." The free program, which is open to residents of North Tonawanda, Pendleton and Wheatfield, offers prizes for registering and reading books borrowed from the library. In addition, local merchants -- including the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, Floral Accents, Franco's Pizza, Hock's Flower Shop, Matt's Music, Mid-City Opticians and Pane's -- have provided gift certificates for raffle baskets.

The Friends of the Library organization has donated merchandise and giveaways for the program, which lasts through Aug. 13. The library is at 505 Meadow Drive

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Niagara Square area gets ready for Gus Macker tourney

Niagara Square and surrounding streets in downtown Buffalo will be closed at 1 p.m. today so crews can start setting up for the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Charity Basketball Tournament this weekend. They will remain closed until 11 p.m. Sunday.

Street closings include Delaware Avenue between Cary Street and West Eagle Street; West Huron Street and West Mohawk Street between South Elmwood Avenue and Franklin Street; Niagara Street between South Elmwood and Franklin; West Genesee Street between Franklin and Niagara Square; and Jerge Drive and Perkins Drive between South Elmwood and Niagara Square.

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Event pushes HIV tests for WNY African-Americans

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Niagara County AIDS Task Force is collaborating with the Community Health Center of Niagara, Niagara University School of Nursing, Niagara Ministerial Council and Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church to promote HIV testing in the African-American community, which is disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. Nearly 1,200 of 2,800 Western New Yorkers living with HIV or AIDS are African-American.

The kickoff, with a theme "Lead by Example," will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, when the Rev. Timothy J. Brown Sr. will be tested for HIV in the sanctuary of Mount Zion Church, 1334 Calumet Ave. Afterward, members of the congregation will be invited to the community room to take the "rapid HIV test." From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday -- National HIV Testing Day -- there will be free rapid testing at the Community Health Center of Niagara, 501 10th St.

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