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Aug. 14 to 21 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

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

FLAPJACK FUNDRAISER: New Directions Youth and Family Services fundraiser for the student picnic at the Henrietta G. Lewis Campus School, 8 to 10 a.m., Applebee's, 5822 S. Transit Road, Lockport. Includes pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea and juice for $5.

FREE JAZZ CONCERT: Featuring the Dave Schiavone Quartet, 6 to 8 p.m., steps of the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, Portage Road and Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls.

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 www.carrouselmuseum.org.

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

ORGAN CONCERT: Lockport Theatre Organ Society presents a concert with Larry Delahooke of Rochester at the Riviera Theatre Mighty Wurlitzer 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: Lockport Community Night and Country/Tractor Night, 6 to 9, Ida Fritz Park, Lockport. The Hot Country Liners will perform.

PERFORMANCE: Steve Burnside & the Original Marquis, as part of Blue Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m., Hennepin Park Gazebo, Fourth and Center streets, Lewiston. Free.

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.

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.

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Tuesday

LUNCHEON: The vocational culinary arts class at Carolyn's House monthly luncheon featuring tortilla soup, oven baked chicken, smashed red baby potatoes, green beans with almonds and fresh fruit, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 542 6th St., Niagara Falls. Cost is $10. For reservations, phone 278-9662, Ext. 13, or email: smale@ywcaniagara.org.

LIBRARY PROGRAM: Kids entering kindergarten in the fall can listen to fun stories about going to kindergarten, singing songs, make a craft and bring something special for show and tell. Afterward, parents can stop in the meeting room, where there will be a display of back-to-school books that can be checked out. For required registration, call 693-4132, Ext 5.

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; "Betty Gold: Edge, Color Movement", 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.

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.

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.

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Wednesday

PERFORMANCE: Wednesday Night at the Gazebo, with original country and blues music by The Brotherhood, 7 to 9 p.m., Main Street (Route 78), Newfane. Free and handicapped-accessible.

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

SUPPORT GROUP: For those who suffer from panic attacks and anxiety disorders, 6 p.m., Mental Health Association, 36 Pine St., Lockport.

SUPPORT GROUP: Independent Living of Niagara County's Deaf Social Support Group, 1 to 3 p.m., 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls. Call 284-4131 or (888) 567-6454 for more information.

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Niagara Area Business Exchange is a group of business professionals who meet to exchange business leads, 8 a.m., Town and Country Club of Lockport, 717 East Ave. For information, call 772-2200.

MEETING: The Write Touch Writing Group hosts a writing workshop, 6:30 p.m., Lockport Public Library, 23 East Ave. For information, call 434-3507.

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 email newbiz@aol.com.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Thursday

FUNDRAISER: Community Missions of Niagara's inaugural Lobster Fest, 5 to 8 p.m., LaSalle Yacht Club, 73 S. 68th St., Niagara Falls. Tickets, at $50, include a whole lobster (steak alternative available), chowder, sides, dessert and two free drinks. For information or reservations, call 285-3403, Ext. 2240 or Ext. 2225. Proceeds go to the group's crisis programs and services for the homeless.

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.

PERFORMANCE: Tonemah will perform Americana and rock folk music as part of the Ransomville Business and Professional Association's free Thursday evening concerts, 7, Ransomville Library gazebo, Ransomville Road.

TEDDY BEAR PICNIC: Includes puppet show, games, build-an-animal workshop (separate fee), 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. Cost is $8 for ages 2 to 12, $2 for adults. Children must be accompanied by an adult and are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal. Reservations appreciated; call 693-1885.

LIBRARY PROGRAM: Teresa Wood will present a program on authentic period dollhouses, including a World War II-era house, an 1854 frontier cabin and a Nez Perce tepee, 2 p.m., North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive. For information, call 693-4132, Ext. 5.

FARMERS' MARKET: Town of Pendleton farmers' market, 3 p.m. to dusk, beneath the 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: "Grieving the Loss of a Pet," 6 p.m., Niagara Hospice in the Ulrich City Centre, 175 Walnut St., Suite 4, Lockport.

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.

SUPPORT GROUP: For those diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers, 1 to 3 p.m., Mental Health Association, 36 Pine St., Lockport. For information, call 433-3780.

MEETING: Above and Beyond Toastmasters of Toastmasters International, 6 p.m., JT Wheatfield's Restaurant, 6935 Ward Road, Wheatfield. Open to both novice and experienced speakers for public speaking and leadership training.

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: MASTS (Murder and Sudden Tragedy Survivors), 6:30 p.m., Riverside Presbyterian Church, 815 84th St., Niagara Falls.

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.

AL-ANON: Help with dealing with someone else's alcohol problem; 7 p.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 4671 Townline Road, Ransomville.

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Friday

SINGLES DANCE: Singles Experience Dance will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight, Elks Club, 1805 Factory Outlet Blvd., Niagara Falls. Music by Uptown Entertainment, admission is $8 for nonmembers and $5 for members. A picnic lunch will be served, so dress as casual as you like. For information, call Donna at 298-5557 or Char at 438-0332.

FREE CONCERT: Friday at the Falls, featuring Studio 54, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls. Sponsored by the City of Niagara Falls.

FREE CONCERT: Sophisticated jazz and swing music by Custode & Parisi, 7 to 9 p.m., Falkner Park, Second Street, off Route 93, Village of Youngstown. For information, call 754-7721.

BIKE CRUISE: Featuring rock 'n' roll music by The Weight, food and drink, 6 to 10 p.m., Main Street (Route 78), Newfane. Free.

THEATER PERFORMANCE: The musical "Oklahoma!," 7 p.m., Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda. Continues at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $17 general admission and $15 for senior citizens and students. To reserve tickets, call 743-1614 or visit www.starrynighttheatre.com.

BREAKFAST: For recently bereaved women or men to socialize with others experiencing similar loss, 10:30 a.m., Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport. Call 280-0777 to register.

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.

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Saturday

TOWN CELEBRATION: Includes family entertainment, activities, kids' area, ice cream eating contest, craft and food vendors, farmers' market and opening parade, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Main Street (Route 78), Newfane. For information, visit: www.NewfaneTownCelebration.com

BOOK-SIGNINGS: David Brown, of Sanborn, will sign copies of his Christian mystery novel, "The Elusive Chauffeur," and Brockport native Ron Mazzarella will sign his children's book, "There's a Whale in the Canal," noon to 2 p.m., Shoppe on Main, 2714 Main St., Route 78, Newfane. Call 778-5273 for information.

DEDICATION: The fourth U.S. 1812 Bicentennial Art of Peace Garden will be dedicated during the Youngstown Community Picnic Day, 2 p.m., Falkner Park, between North Second and Main streets. Prior to the ceremony, an Old Fort Niagara Fife and Drum Ensemble will play 1812 music. A meet and greet community reception will follow.

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.

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Next Sunday

FESTIVAL: "Bugfest," noon to 3 p.m., Bond Lake Nature Center, 2353 Lower Mountain Road, Lewiston. Displays of insects and insect life help visitors understand the benefits of having insects in our world. Examine pinned insects with lenses and a microscope, and touch some of them. During a bug walk at 2 p.m. (weather permitting), live insects will be observed up close, collected, identified and studied. Bring your own bug jar, if you wish. All collected insects will be released back into the park. Free. For information, visit www.freewebs.com/bondlake or call 694-5193.

APPRECIATION DAY: Olcott Beach Carousel Park celebrates its 83rd birthday and Community Appreciation Day, noon to 6 p.m., Olcott Beach, Main Street. Includes free carousel rides, vintage car display, fire truck rides, a puppet show and more.

DELISH NUTRISH: New wellness series features cooking demonstrations and tastings, recipes and grocery shopping lists, nutritional benefits and lifestyle tips, noon to 1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown, 100 Church St. The introductory session is free, with free child care. A five-week series ($12 per class or $50 for all classes) follows in September. Sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown Health and Wellness Committee. Preregistration is required by calling Ami Patrick at 523-9965 or by email at ami@embodyhealthandwellness.com.