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June 26 to July 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:


PRESENTATION: The WNY Herpetological Society will present "Reptiles in WNY," 1 to 3 p.m., Nature Center, rear of Bond Lake Park Warming House, Lower Mountain Road, Lewiston. For information, call Carol at 694-3488. Rain or shine; free.

GARDENFEST: Includes Open Garden Walk of 13 gardens, 45 garden-related vendors, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 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., and maps of the event locations will be distributed at the hospitality booth.

FREE JAZZ CONCERT: Featuring It's Kenny's Fault, 6 to 8 p.m., steps of Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. If it rains, concert will move inside.

ART EXHIBITION: "Beyond the Barrel" art exhibition, Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. Also a solo exhibit in the Garden Gallery by local artist Richard Stamps. For information, call 282-7530. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. today and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

MUSEUM HOURS: The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. today 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

ART DISPLAYS: "WaterWorks," a water media exhibition; also, "The Photographer's Eye," works by Frank Russo, 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

MUSEUM HOURS: Benjamin Long Homestead, 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, 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays through Labor Day. Admission is $4, free for those 12 years old and younger.

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. Wedn

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.



CRUISE NIGHT: Bikes and Blues, 6 to 9 p.m., Ida Fritz Park, Lockport.

READING CLUB: Registration begins today for North Tonawanda Public Library's Reading Club, which kicks off Wednesday with the Bubble Man and his juggling, bubbling and mime show at 1 p.m., 505 Meadow Drive. Kids can earn prizes, treats and books. For information, call 693-4132, Ext. 5, or visit

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

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

MUSEUM HOURS: The North Tonawanda History Museum, which operates in the Lumber City History Center, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Thursday, 54 Webster St. Call 213-0554 for more information.

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.

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.



TUESDAY IN THE PARK: An Evening With Peter Frampton, who will start at 6:30, with no opening act. 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.

DINNER MEETING: Niagara Frontier Chapter, New York State Women, 6 p.m., Pane's Restaurant, 984 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. Local writer Christina M. Abt will be the guest speaker, and scholarships will be presented. Guests welcome. Dinner cost is $19; call Jean Harmon at 694-8229 for reservations. Membership is open to all women from the Niagara Frontier.

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

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"; "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.

CLASSES: Knitting lessons for beginner and intermediate knitters, 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday, Shoppe on Main, 2714 Main St., Newfane. Call 778-5273 for information.

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

NAR-ANON MEETING: 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.

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, 516 Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls.

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.



FREE CONCERT: Umphrey's McGee, 6:30 p.m., free hands-on art activities begin at 5:30, Artpark Outdoor Amphitheater, Lewiston. For information, call 754-4375. On-site parking fee is $10 for lower lot, $8 upper lot.

FARMERS' MARKET: Stu Buisch, a keyboardist who sings Broadway songs, will perform at 5 p.m. at the Wheatfield Town Market, which runs from 3 to 7 outside the Wheatfield Community Center, 2800 Church Road.

PLATTDEUTSCH CONVERSATION: For people interested in speaking Plattdeutsch, 11:30 a.m., Wheatfield Community Center, 2800 Church Road. If you want to order lunch that is prepared by the Niagara County Office for the Aging, call June Stenzel at 297-5384 before noon Tuesday.

CELEBRATION: The Historical Association of Lewiston will hold its annual celebration, 6 p.m., Niagara Falls Country Club, Lewiston. Jeanne Klein, a volunteer at the museum, will receive the Josiah Tryon Award.

GENEALOGICAL PROGRAM: The Niagara County Genealogical Society will present "Your Genealogical Stories," 7 p.m., Niagara County History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport. Free, and the public is welcome.

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

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

MUSEUM OPEN: The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. today through Sunday, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. For a complete list of events, activities and exhibits, visit

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.

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

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.



PERFORMANCE: Brass Monkeez, an award-winning high school rock band, will perform as part of the Ransomville Business and Professional Association's free Thursday evening concerts, 7, Ransomville Library gazebo, Ransomville Road.

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

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.

NAACP MEETING: 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.



FREE CONCERT: Veterans bagpipe tribute by Mackenzie Highlanders, 7 to 9 p.m., Falkner Park, Second Street, off Route 93, Youngstown. For information, call 754-7721.

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

REUNION DEADLINE: For a multi-class reunion picnic July 17 at the Gratwick Hose Pavilion to be hosted by the North Tonawanda High School Class of 1956. Postcards have been sent to the classes of 1955 and 1957, and to all who attended last year. All classes who have celebrated their 50th year reunion are invited and encouraged to inform their class members. The picnic will start at noon and end at 6 p.m.; Cost is $20 per person prepaid, and $25 at the door. For required reservations or for more information, call Terry Burke Labushesky at 695-2175 or Dorothy Stawicki Muniak at 694-4514.

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.

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.



FLEA MARKET: Independent Living of Niagara County's annual flea market, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., parking lot of its office, 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls. To rent a table, call 284-4131, Ext. 200.

FREE CONCERT: Our Lady Peace, Old Falls Street adjacent to Hard Rock Cafe, Niagara Falls. For information, visit: Fireworks by Seneca Niagara Casino.

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.


Next Sunday

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

MUSEUM HOURS: 2 to 4 p.m., Das Haus, museum of the Historical Society of North German Settlements in Western New York, 2549 Niagara Road, Bergholz.