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Aug. 7 to 14 / 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 email to: niagaranews@buffnews.com.

> Today

FREE JAZZ CONCERT: Featuring the River Dogs, 6 to 8 p.m., steps of the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, Portage Road and Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls. If it rains, concert will move inside.

FISHING DERBY: Independent Living of Niagara County's sixth annual bass fishing derby, 7 a.m., Lower Niagara River. Barbecue at 2 p.m., Fin, Feather & Fur (3F) Conservation Club, 904 Swan Road, Lewiston. Entry fee is $150 and includes boat, fishing gear, snack and barbecue, or $25 per person or family pack of five for $100 for barbecue and entertainment by local band Paleface. Also carnival games and theme basket auction. For information, call 284-4131, Ext. 200.

FUNDRAISER: A charity motorcycle run in honor of Army veteran Jonathan Cote, who was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Iraq, begins at 12:30 p.m. at Williamsville North High School and ends at Wilson Boat House Restaurant, where there will be live music, food, refreshments, auctions and raffles. Proceeds go to a scholarship for a Williamsville North student and to FreedomIsNotFree.com, which raises money for military families.

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.

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.

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.

> Monday

CRUISE NIGHT: British Car Night, 6 to 9 p.m., Ida Fritz Park, Lockport.

PERFORMANCE: Heavenly Chillbillies, as part of Blue Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m., Hennepin Park Gazebo, Fourth and Center streets, Lewiston. Free.

CHILDREN'S STORIES: Niagara University's repertory troupe will perform a rotation of children's stories on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:30 and 3 p.m. in the band shell at Academy Park in Lewiston. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the shows will be presented in the university's Leary Theatre. Appropriate for children ages 3 to 12 who should be accompanied by an adult. Continues through Aug. 26. For information, call 286-8685.

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.

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.

YOUTH PROGRAM: Opportunity for young people to learn about prevention of drug and alcohol abuse and about recovery and dependency, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport.

> Tuesday

TUESDAY IN THE PARK: Edgar Winter, 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 for upper lot.

OPEN HOUSE: Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is holding an introductory open house for enthusiastic individuals who would like to become a museum volunteer; positions available include tour guides, admissions, gift shop, operating the carousels, construction and building maintenance, children's gallery and more, 3 to 5 p.m., 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda.

CHESS CLUB: The Lockport Chess Club meets at 7 p.m., Lockport Public Library meeting room, 23 East Ave.; everyone who enjoys playing chess or learning how to play is welcome. There is no charge. For more information, call 434-4084. Some chess sets will be provided, but those who attend are encouraged to bring one.

SUPPORT GROUP: Growing Through Grief, a peer support group for adults grieving the loss of a loved one, 6 p.m., Niagara Hospice Resource Center in the Ulrich City Centre, 175 Walnut St., Suite 4, Lockport. To register, call 280-0777.

MEETING: Alzheimer's Association of Western New York, 7 p.m., St. Andrew Church, West Creek Road, Burt.

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

> Wednesday

VILLAGE WALK: Town of Porter Historical Society offers an 1812 village walk where you can listen to the historic stories about the burning of Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) and the capture of Fort Niagara, the burning of Youngstown and more, 6 p.m., begins at the Salt Battery, Constitution Park, Main Street, Youngstown. Free. To register, call 745-1271.

FREE ADMISSION: To Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, noon to 4 p.m., 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. Token purchase required for rides. For information, call 693-1885.

PERFORMANCE: Wednesday Night at the Gazebo, Red House Music Studio Guitar Recital, 6 to 9 p.m., Main Street, Route 78, Newfane. Free and handicapped accessible.

FARMERS' MARKET: Wheatfield Farmers' Market, with more than a dozen local vendors, 3 p.m. to dusk, outside the Community Center, 6812 Nash Road.

ART DISCUSSION: A panel discussion about building and caring for a private art collection, with question period to follow, 7 to 9 p.m., Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road. For information or reservations, call 286-8286. Free, light refreshments served.

SUPPORT GROUP: Parent Grief Support for parents who have suffered miscarriages, stillbirths or lost an infant, 6:30 p.m., Room 723A, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston.

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 email at nfdbsgroup@aol.com.

WORKSHOP: Niagara Hospice support group for the newly bereaved, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Niagara Hospice, Ulrich City Centre, 175 Walnut St., Suite 4, Lockport. Also from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Palliative Home Care of Niagara, 2186 Liberty Drive, Niagara Falls. Registration required, call 280-0777.

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.

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

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.

SUPPORT GROUP: Lockport New Beginnings, for people recovering from alcohol or drug dependency, 7 p.m., Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport.

> Thursday

PERFORMANCE: Country band East of Eden will perform as part of the Ransomville Business and Professional Association's free Thursday evening concerts, 7 p.m., Ransomville Library gazebo, Ransomville Road.

CARROUSEL CHAT: "North Tonawanda 101" with speaker Peter Trinkwalder, North Tonawanda city historian, 7 p.m., Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. For information, call 693-1885.

FALLS FARMERS' MARKET: Featuring local food, drinks, produce, baked goods, candy, wines, farm products, honey, syrup, meats, seafood, dairy products, plants, flowers, herbs, spices, jams and jellies, and arts and crafts, 3 to 7 p.m., municipal parking lot behind the buildings on Main Street between Cleveland and Niagara avenues and Whirlpool Street.

STAGE PERFORMANCE: The Niagara Fine Arts Program will present "Hairspray," 7 p.m. today through Saturday, and Aug. 18-20, Performing Arts Center of Niagara Falls High School, 4455 Porter Road, Niagara Falls. Tickets are $10 to $15. To order, call 579-5121 or email: niagarafinearts@roadrunner.com.

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: www.pendletonny.us.

PERFORMANCE: The Lewiston Jazz Project features Ron Corsaro and the New UpState Express Jazz ensemble, 7 to 9 p.m., Hennepin Park gazebo, Fourth and Center streets, Lewiston. Free.

SUPPORT GROUP: Learn the steps of taking care of yourself while coping with a loved one who is suffering from substance abuse, 6:45 to 8 p.m., Horizon Health Services, 36 East Ave. (upper), Lockport. For information, call Sam at 949-0037.

COMMUNITY LUNCHEON: The Outreach Team will serve a lunch that includes entree, side dishes, dessert and beverage, noon, dining hall, First Presbyterian Church, 311 First St., Niagara Falls. Cost is $6. Call 285-355 for information or requested reservations. Guests are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the food pantry.

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: A journaling workshop 6 p.m., Niagara Hospice, Ulrich City Centre, 175 Walnut St., Suite 4, Lockport. Registration required. Call 280-0777.

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.

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

BARBECUE FESTIVAL: The fourth annual Smokin' Eagles International BBQ Festival will take place from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Gateway Harbor, North Tonawanda. Teams will compete for a shot at the Grand Champion title, which qualifies the winning team for the Best of the Best Invitational barbecue contest in Waycross, Ga. The event will include food, live music, pie contests, children's activities and more. For more information, call 695-3755 or visit www.sebbq.com.

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.

FREE CONCERT: Friday at the Falls, featuring rhythm and soul diva Tifani, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls. Sponsored by the City of Niagara Falls.

FREE CONCERT: Big band sound by Parkside Brass, 7 to 9 p.m., Falkner Park, Second Street, off Route 93, Village of Youngstown. For information, call 754-7721.

5K RUN: The third annual Jason Raby Memorial 5K Run and 1-mile walk includes food, prizes and entertainment, 7 p.m., Lewiston-Porter High School. Registration is $22 for runners, $12 for walkers, $10 for students, groups of five or more, $20 each. For applications, visit: www.lew-port.com).

BEREAVEMENT COFFEE HOUR: For recently bereaved women or men to socialize with others experiencing similar loss, 10:30 a.m., Palliative Home Care of Niagara, 2186 Liberty Drive, Niagara Falls. Call 280-0777 to register.

GOLF OUTING: Leadership Niagara's "Shotgun at Sunrise," 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Club, 4560 Creek Road, Lewiston. The cost, $150 per person, includes greens fees, cart, continental breakfast, lunch, door prizes, auction and more. Nongolfers may participate in lunch and a lesson for $50 or lunch and auction for $25. To register, call 998-0351.

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.

> Saturday

LEWISTON ART FESTIVAL: Features works by more than 170 artists and crafters, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, along Center Street, which will be closed to cars between Fourth and Eighth streets.

LIBRARY PROGRAM: Mike Randall and his puppet friends in a show that will include magic, music and ventriloquism, noon, North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive. For information, call 693-4132, Ext. 5. Kiwanis Club of the Tonawandas' hot dog roast and a concert by Equilibrium, a classic and pop rock band, will follow.

FREE CONCERT: Blood, Sweat & Tears, 6 p.m., Old Falls Street adjacent to Hard Rock Cafe, Niagara Falls. For information, visit: www.hardrock.com/niagarafalls.

DRIVER'S COURSE: Driver's Insurance- and Point-Reduction Course, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. John de LaSalle Center, 8469 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. Call 636-4151 or (800) 232-0235 to register.

HISTORIC DEMONSTRATION: "Soldiers of the Revolution," 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Old Fort Niagara. The program, which offers a glimpse of what military life was like in the 1770s when Old Fort Niagara was under British domain, includes formation/colors ceremony, musket demonstration, reveille race, military music and recruiting demonstration along with a presentation (Saturday only) by Paul Lockhart, author of "The Whites of Their Eyes." Continues next Sunday, when re-enactors will re-create the dramatic court-martial of a British soldier. For information, call 745-7611.

MEETINGS: Alcoholics Anonymous Boulevard Helping Hands, 10 a.m., 2800 Church Road, Wheatfield; 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.

CHOWDER & BAKE SALE: 11 a.m., Bergholz Fire Hall, 2470 Niagara Road, Bergholz.

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.

> Next Sunday

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