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April 15 to 22 / 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: niagaranews@buffnews.com.

Today

OPENING RECEPTION: For an art exhibit featuring works of award-winning watercolorists Kathleen Giles and Jody Ziehm, 2 to 5 p.m., Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust St., Lockport. The show runs through May 13.

GUIDED TOUR: Docent-led tour of the Castellani Art Museum includes an overview of the current exhibitions, free, 2 p.m., Niagara University, Route 104, Lewiston. Meet at the reception desk; reservations not needed.

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Monday

HEALTH PROGRAM: Blue Cross/Blue Shield will give a presentation on the importance of maintaining a healthy weight, steps to reach weight loss goals, nutrition, and fitness guidelines for weight management, 1 p.m., North Tonawanda Senior Citizen Center, 110 Goundry St. Call 695-8582 to register.

EXHIBIT OPENING: The nationally recognized Clothesline Project featuring T-shirts that have been decorated by those affected by sexual violence, opening ceremony at noon followed by a reception, in the Dolce-Valvo Art Center at Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. The exhibit is open from noon to 5 p.m. today and Tuesday, noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, and noon to 2 p.m. Thursday. For information, call Sheila Harris at 614-6280.

STRETCHING CLASS: Stretching and Mobility Class for senior citizens ages 55 and up, 9:15 a.m., North Tonawanda Senior Citizen Center, 110 Goundry St. Cost, $2.

BAND REHEARSAL: The Bergholz German Band meets, 7:30 p.m., upstairs, Bergholz Fire Hall, Niagara Road. Prospective members, including high school seniors, are welcome. Use back door.

FACILITATED ENROLLMENT: For Medicaid, Child Health Plus and Family Health insurance programs, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Tuesday and Thursday and on the second Wednesday of the month; 1 to 4 p.m. on other Wednesdays; and 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Hamilton B. Mizer Primary Care Center, 501 10th St., Niagara Falls. Call 278-4620 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 bruschetta, lemon chicken, rice pilaf, julienne vegetables and Jell-O cake, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 542 Sixth St., Niagara Falls. Cost is $10. For reservations, phone 278-9662, Ext. 13, or email: smale@ywcaniagara.org.

HEALTH PROGRAM: Registered dietitian Glenda Reardon will give a seminar on proper nutrition for a healthy heart, 1 p.m., North Tonawanda Senior Citizen Center, 110 Goundry St. Call 695-8582 to register.

ART DISPLAY: "Haydar Hatemi: The Istanbul Painter," "The Language of Less," "Betsy Potter: Breaking Nature"; "Albert Bierstadt to John Henry Twachtman: The American Landscape," "Aperture: Photography from the Permanent Collection"; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 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., Christ Episcopal Church, 7145 Fieldcrest Drive, Lockport. Refreshments are served and new members are always welcome.

MEETING: The Write Touch Writing Group hosts a critique meeting for Artist Stroll, 5:30 p.m., Library, 25 East Ave., Lockport. For information, call Delphine at 434-3507 or Mike at 433-0259.

FREE CLINIC: An immunization clinic for infants and children is held from 9 to 11:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 5 Saxton St., Lockport. Appointments only by calling 278-1903.

ARTS & CRAFTS PROGRAM: For anyone age 55 and older, 9:30 to noon, North Tonawanda Senior Citizen Center, 110 Goundry St. Projects are available for a minimal cost. Continues through Friday.

OPEN ENROLLMENT: Area residents may now enroll in Medicaid, Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hamilton B. Mizer Primary Care 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.

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Wednesday

FREE DANCE CLASS: People and Possibilities, in collaboration with the Niagara Falls Housing Authority, offers line dancing classes with Joan Harris as instructor, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth St., Niagara Falls. Call 285-5371 to register.

MUSEUM OPEN: The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. today through Sunday; 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. For a complete list of events, activities and exhibits, visit www.carrouselmuseum.org.

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 e-mail 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.

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

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.

WEIGHT LOSS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, support group dedicated to weight loss and maintenance, weigh-in at 5:15 p.m., meeting at 7, Payne Avenue Christian Church, 1451 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda.

CRAFTS: 12:30 p.m. Wheatfield Senior Citizens, 2790 Church Road, Wheatfield. Ceramics and woodworking offered at 9 a.m.

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.

FREE CLINIC: Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Trott Access Center, 1001 11th St., Niagara Falls. Confidential and anonymous. No appointment needed. Continues each Wednesday.

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

THEATER PRODUCTION: Niagara University Theatre will present "Little Woman -- The Musical," 7 p.m. today and April 26; 7:30 p.m. April 20, 21 and 27; and 2 p.m. April 21, 22 (post-show discussion), and 29, Leary Theatre, Clet Hall.

OPEN HOUSE: Come see the classroom and meet the staff at ABC Preschool, 6:30 to 8 p.m ., at Ransomville Free Methodist Church, 3924 Ransomville Road, Ransomville. For information, call 791-3971.

FAMILY EVENT: Age-appropriate scavenger hunts that take visitors through three levels of entertaining and educational exhibits to find clues to complete the hunt and win prizes, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, at Erie Canal Discovery Center/Penney Art Gallery, 24 Church St., Lockport. An introductory price of $10 per family is offered. For information, call 439-0431.

SUPPORT GROUP: "Grieving the Loss of a Pet," 11 a.m., Niagara Hospice in the Ulrich City Centre, 175 Walnut St., Lockport.

MEETING: North German Historical Society will hear Terry Lasher Winslow talk about "Germans in LaSalle" at 7 p.m. in Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church Rd., St. Johnsburg. Visitors welcome.

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

SUPPORT GROUP: Recovery International, self-help meetings using behavioral-changing coping tools for adults suffering from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorder, anger management and fears of all kinds, 7 to 9 p.m., downstairs, St. Peter's School, 140 N. Sixth St., Lewiston.

SUPPORT GROUP: For those diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers, 1 to 3 p.m., at 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: MASTS (Murder and Sudden Tragedy Survivors), 6:30 p.m., Riverside Presbyterian Church, 815 84th St., Niagara Falls.

NETWORKING GROUP: Niagara Networking Group to exchange qualified referrals in the form of business development leads, 7:30 to 8:45 a.m., Justin Tyme on the River, 7611 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls.

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.

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.

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.

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Friday

CAREGIVER EMPOWERMENT: 2 to 3 p.m., Niagara Hospice Resource Center, Ulrich City Centre, 175 Walnut St., Suite 4, Lockport. To register, call 280-0777.

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.

MEETING: Niagara Arts Guild, 7:30 p.m., the Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport. For information, call 433-0259.

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.

CARDS AND CRAFTS: 9 a.m., Wheatfield Senior Citizens Center, 2790 Church Road, Wheatfield.

PHILOSOPHY SCHOOL CAFE: Join a group getting together to discuss philosophy, 7 p.m., Les Deux Magots Cafe, 402 Center St., Lewiston.

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 e-mail 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.

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Saturday

CONCERT: Native American Benefit Concert for the 13 Grandmothers and "Healing at the Heart of Niagara," 4 to 9 p.m., Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. Event features musicians, bands, vendors and craft demonstrations, authentic Native American food and refreshments.

RUMMAGE SALE: Includes a baked good sale, and a luncheon at 11 a.m., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church St., Youngstown. A Bag Sale will conclude the day.

ARTIST STROLL: The Write Touch Writing Group's annual stroll offers local writers and artists the opportunity to present their work, 1 to 4 p.m., Market Street Art Center, 247 Market St., Lockport. For information, call 478-0239.

ART WORKSHOP: Art Express, 2 p.m., Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road. Includes tour of artwork in the galleries, a story and hands-on art activities. Cost is $2 per person for museum members, $3 for others. Call 286-8367 to reserve a space.

OPEN HOUSE: A presentation at 2 p.m. includes videos on North Tonawanda, Niagara USA, North Tonawanda's History Center Project, and North Tonawanda History Museum, which is celebrating it's 8th anniversary as a chartered museum, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St. Cake will be served.

HISTORY EVENT: Patriots Day events commemorating the beginning of the American Revolution include musket firings, storytelling, living history presentations and a recruiting demonstration involving visitors in a mock battle, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., today and Sunday at Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown. Active duty service personnel and veterans admitted free with proper identification. For information, call 745-7611 or visit: www.oldfortniagara.org.

DINNER: Middleport Community Choirs annual Spaghetti with Song dinner, 5 to 7 p.m., hosted by the Cataract Lodge 295 of the Free and Accepted Masons, 20 Main St., Middleport. Proceeds benefit the Middleport Community Choirs and their efforts to bring music to our area and help with our expenses hosting our friends from Lubbecke, Germany this summer. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 (under 5 free) and available at the door or from choir members.

ANTIQUE SHOW: Sponsored by the Sanborn Area Historical Society. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wheatfield American Legion Post 1451, 6525 Ward Road. Admission of $3 covers Saturday and Sunday, when hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 990-6909.

READ TO SANDY: "Read to the Dogs," 2 to 4:30 p.m., North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive. Children in grades one to six practice reading to Sandy, a certified therapy dog. Reserve a 15-minute session by phoning 693-4132, Ext. 5. Also on Sunday.

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.

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.

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Next Sunday

BASKET RAFFLE: For Wild Kritters of Niagara County, noon to 5 p.m., 3F Conservation Club, 903 Swann Road, Youngstown. Includes master falconer Pete Lotz, wildlife, birds of prey and a clown. For information, call Kathy at 731-9334 or Brenda at 438-2157, visit: www.wildkritters.com. for directions.

BOWL-A-THON: Second annual North Tonawanda Memorial Bowl-a-thon includes basket auction and display of the area's bowling history, 1 to 4 p.m., at Tonawanda Bowling Center, 574 Young St., City of Tonawanda. Tickets, at $15, including bowling, shoes rental, pizza and pop. Those who pre-purchase tickets are assured of lane availability for their groups. For information or to order tickets, call 213-0554.

SUPPORT GROUP: Recovery Inc., weekly self-help meetings using behavioral changing coping tools for adults suffering from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorder, anger management and fears of all kinds. 2 to 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 8210 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. Use the side door.

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.