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Aug. 21 to 28 / 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, PO Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240, fax to: 856-5150, or e-mail to:

> Today

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 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.

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

> Monday

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

PERFORMANCE: Caitlin and the Jamie Moses Band will perform at the season's last of Blue Mondays concert, 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 bandshell at Academy Park in Lewiston. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the shows will be presented in the university's Leary Theatre. Appropriate for children ages three to 12 who should be accompanied by an adult. Continues through Friday. For information, call 286-8685.

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

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.

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: George Thorogood, 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.

GALLERY HOURS: School of the Arts Gallery, where the owner also invites artists, poets, crafters and designers to present their works, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Saturday, 402 Center St., Lewiston.

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: Breast cancer support for those who have experienced breast cancer and their families, 7:30 p.m., Mount St. Mary's Hospital, room 723A, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston.

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

> Wednesday

CELEBRITY BARTENDING NIGHT: Janet Snyder and Nicholas Picholas from Kiss 98.5, Adam Benigni from WGRZ-TV and former Buffalo Sabre Andrew Peters will be celebrity bartenders along with many other well-known community leaders, 5 to 9 p.m., Brickyard Pub & BBQ, 432 Center St., Lewiston. Admission is $10 and includes live auctions of Buffalo Sabres Media Game Day Experience and two Ryan Miller autographed hockey sticks, a high-end basket auction, finger foods, split club drawing and door prizes, live music by Lakeside Blues Duo on the patio. Proceeds and tips benefit the Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara Foundation. For information, call 297-6400, Ext. 382, or visit:

FREE CONCERT: 6:30 p.m., Artpark Outdoor Amphitheater, Lewiston. For information, call 754-4375. On-site parking fee is $10.

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 CLASS: Katie Foley, artist and registered art therapist, will teach "Wind Chimes" to children ages 8 to 15, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Shoppe on Main, 2714 Main St., Route 78, Newfane. Cost is $15. Call 791-3204 for information.

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

SUPPORT GROUP: For those who suffer from panic attacks and anxiety disorders, 6 p.m., St. John's Outreach Center, Chestnut St., Lockport.

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: 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

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.

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

> Thursday

FIELD DAYS: Wilson Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 will open its field days with Family/Kids Night (pay-one-price rides for $13) from 6 to 10 p.m. Field Days continues from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and from noon to midnight Saturday. Food, live music, Monte Carlo games, beer tent, rides, Country Line Dancers, a basket auction, wild animal rehabilitation and education program are part of the fun. Parade is at 5 p.m. Saturday. Presale discount ride tickets available at Wilson Lakeside Market and T & R Corner Store.

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

PERFORMANCE: CRS Band will perform music of the '60s and '70s as part of the Ransomville Business and Professional Association's free Thursday evening concerts, 7 p.m., at Ransomville Library gazebo, Ransomville Road.

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

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:

DEADLINE: For the third annaul Nike Hospice Dash that will be held Sept. 24. Choose either a 5K walk through Four Mile State Park or a half-marathon beginning at Artpark. Pre- and post-race parties will include food and family entertainment and Strictly Hip will play at the finish line. For information, call 439-4417 or visit:

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., at Horizon Health Services, 36 East Ave. (upper), Lockport. For information, call Sam at 949-0037.

SUPPORT GROUP: Widows invited to share their strength and hopes for the future, 1 to 3 p.m. in 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., at Mental Health Association, 36 Pine St., Lockport. For information, call 433-3780.

SUPPORT GROUP: For new and expectant moms, 6 p.m., at Mental Health Association, 36 Pine St., Lockport. For information, call 433-3780, Ext. 312.

MEETINGS: Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Step Group, 7:30 a.m., St. Peter Episcopal, 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 dates 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.

NAACP MEETING: The Niagara Falls chapter, 6 p.m., St. John AME Church, 917 Garden Ave., Niagara Falls. 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.

> Friday

LEWISTON JAZZ FESTIVAL: Featuring a wide variety of free jazz performances throughout the village, food, wine, jewelry vendors, classic car show (Saturday), 5 to 10 p.m. today, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, at indoor and outdoor sites along Center Street. Headliners, at 8 p.m. on the main stage, will be Hilario Duran's Latin Jazz Band with Jane Bunnett (today), and vocalist Kurt Elling (Saturday). For complete schedule of performances and activities, visit

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

FREE CONCERT: Stone Row will perform Celtic and world music with a contemporary edge, 7 to 9 p.m., Falkner Park, Second Street, off Route 93, Village of Youngstown. For information, call 754-7721.

OPENING RECEPTION: For "Picturing the Civil War: Works from the Collection of Jim McGrath," 7 to 9 p.m., in Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust St., Lockport. The exhibit will run though Oct. 2. Gallery admission is free. The gallery will be closed Aug. 27 and Sept. 3-5. For information, call 433-2617.

MEETINGS: Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Step Group, 7:30 a.m., St. Peter Episcopal, Second Street and Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls; Youngstown Group, 10 a.m., St. Bernard Church, 218 Hinman; 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., Niagara Falls; 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 email 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

FARMERS' MARKET: The Friends of Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse will have its third annual farmers' market that includes local wineries and merchants with vegetables, herbs, homemade soaps and more, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the parking lot near the lighthouse in Golden Hill State Park, Barker. Tours of the lighthouse will be available. A $6 vehicle admission fee to the park is charged. For information, call 795-3885.

GHOST HUNT: The Museum of the Paranormal and Haunted Hamilton Events presents a paranormal experience with a team of investigators, ghost photographers and psychics, 8 p.m. to midnight, Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown. The event includes a tour, use of ghost hunting tools and seminars. To reserve and pay for tickets, visit: www.haunted or visit the museum, 118 Queen St., Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.

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.

SUPPORT GROUP: Recovery Inc., 2 to 4 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 639 Main St., Niagara Falls. Use the side door.

> Next Sunday

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.