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> KENMORE

Fundraiser to focus on quality of life

The second annual Keep Kenmore Bash, a fundraiser to increase community awareness of efforts to enhance the quality of life in the village, is scheduled for Saturday night.

Sponsored by the Kenmore Village Improvement Society, the event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. in Knights of Columbus, 1530 Kenmore Ave. It includes live music, food, raffles and an auction.

This year's party has a Hawaiian theme, and those dressed in Hawaiian attire will receive a free gift.

Tickets are $20 per person and $35 per couple, and are available at the door. Though the event is open to all ages, those under age 21 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call 877-0477 or write to mail@villageofkenmore.com.

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> LEWISTON

Four life guard exams planned at Niagara U

Four exams for anyone who wants to work as a lifeguard in a state park for the 2012 season have been scheduled by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation during the next few months.

Exams will take place at 8:30 a.m. at Niagara University in Lewiston on March 17, April 21, May 19 and June 9. To register, call 531-0497. For information, visit www.nysparks.com and click on the Inside Our Agency button.

Applicants must be at least 16 years old and furnish proof they have completed CPR for the professional and American Red Cross lifeguard training with first aid, with a certificate for the Waterfront Module or equivalent courses. A physician's certification also is required.

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> HAMBURG

Character Carnival will be held March 10

The fourth annual Character Carnival will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 10 at the HUB, 4999 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg.

The carnival is an event for elementary school children and their families, and includes games, crafts and activities designed to teach about a specific character virtue. It challenges children in a fun event to learn about good character, make wise decisions and discern healthy choices.

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> NORTH TONAWANDA

Colorectal screening will be offered Monday

NORTH TONAWANDA -- A free colorectal cancer assessment will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday in the lobby of DeGraff Memorial Hospital, 445 Tremont St.

The Niagara County Health Department's Cancer Services Program will enter all those completing an assessment that day into a drawing to win a Tim Hortons gift card.

No appointments are necessary. Screeners will make referrals based on risk factors found in the reviews.

The Health Department offers free colon cancer screenings to those ages 50 to 64, as well as free breast and cervical cancer screening for uninsured women ages 40 to 64. Information is available by calling 278-8254.

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> HAMBURG

Horse Council chapter will hold second Equifest

The Western Chapter of the New York State Horse Council will hold its second annual Equifest from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 18 in the Showplex at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Admission is free.

There will be equine demonstrations all day long, a variety of clinics and more than 80 vendors, as well as a Meet the Breed parade of horses. For information, visit www.wcnyshe.org.

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> LOCKPORT

History Center taking bus tour reservations

LOCKPORT -- The History Center of Niagara is taking reservations for a May 12 bus tour of Buffalo's historic landmarks.

The trip, which costs $60 for History Center members and $70 for nonmembers, will use a guide provided by Preservation Buffalo Niagara and its sightseeing company, Buffalo Tours.

Stops will include architectural highlights, including Millionaire's Row, the Old First Ward and the Larkin District; a walking tour of the waterfront; lunch at Pearl Street Grill; and an afternoon guided tour of the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site.

Reservations can be made by calling the History Center at 434-7433.