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CANADIAN ELECTIONS: How are elections regulated and financed in Canada, as opposed to the United States? A discussion will be held at 7 p.m. today in Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. The speaker will be Munroe Eagles, director of Canadian studies in the political science department at the University at Buffalo.


FLU SHOTS: Schofield Adult Wellness Center, in the Schofield Residence Nursing Facility, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda, will host a public flu shot clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. Appointments can also be made by calling 995-3851. The immunization is covered by most insurance carriers. Without insurance, the cost is $29.99.


BLESSING THE ANIMALS: All God's creatures, along with their human owners, are invited at 4:30 p.m. Saturday to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 61 Payne Ave. at Tremont Street, North Tonawanda, for a Blessing of the Animals. The blessing, being held in conjunction with the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, will include a treat from Steve's Pets for participating animals. Call 692-3735.


FOR VETERANS: Veterans in Niagara County can learn more about VA health care and other veterans' benefits at upcoming events at clinics in Lockport and Niagara Falls. The first event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lockport VA Outpatient Clinic, 5883 Snyder Drive; a similar event will be held at the same time Oct. 15 at the Niagara Falls VA Outpatient Clinic, 2201 Pine Ave. Photos will be taken for VA identification cards and flu vaccines will be available at the Niagara Falls event at no cost for veterans enrolled in VA health care. Flu vaccines are also available at no cost at the Lockport VA clinic, Monday to Friday afternoons, for veterans enrolled there.

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