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HUMAN TRAFFICKING CONFERENCE: Human trafficking will be the subject of a conference Thursday and Friday at Hilbert College, 5200 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Sessions for "Slavery in Our Modern World: A Conference on Human Trafficking" will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday in William E. Swan auditorium. Speakers will include representatives from Shared Hope International, who will talk about how human trafficking is tolerated; Healing Action Network, which works with trafficking victims; and the International Institute of Buffalo. The free conference, co-sponsored by Hilbert and the Franciscan Federation, is open to the public.

YOGA TALK: Matthew Sanford, a paraplegic yoga instructor and best-selling author, will speak about his methods when he visits the University at Buffalo on Thursday. Sanford, who uses a wheelchair, will give a free lecture, "A Mind Body Approach to Healing and Recovery" at 10 a.m. in Diefendorf Hall on UB's South Campus. A reception will follow the talk, which is open to the public. He will lead a discussion of his book "Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence" at 1 p.m. in an invitation-only session for the Student Affairs Book Club in the Student Union on the North Campus in Amherst. Later, he will lead a weekend training session on the North Campus for registered yoga teachers and licensed health care providers. His visit will be filmed for the upcoming Universal Design Yoga training video being produced by the UB Office of Accessibility Resources.

DINNER AT ECMC: The Erie County Medical Center Corp. Board of Directors will hold its EMS Education Dinner from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. May 1 in the Sonoma Grill, 2010 Main St., Williamsville. Program topics includes the ECMC health campus initiatives, a sexual assault nurse examiner presentation and an orthopedic/spine and an emergency department case review. Reservations are required by Friday; call Jeffra Wilson, 898-4823 or email

SCHOLARSHIP: High school seniors in Erie and Niagara counties have until Tuesday to apply for the latest college scholarships being awarded by the area's Italian-American Police Association in honor of two officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. Last year, 15 high schoolers benefited from the Robert S. Insalaco and David J. Scime scholarships, which are one-time awards generally worth at least $250. Samuel F. Amato, a retired detective sergeant for the Erie County Sheriff's Office, said interested students can obtain an application at the organization's website,, or contact him by email at sfamato! or by phone at 876-7992.

ERIE CANAL TALK: The Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church St., will offer a free public program -- "Visions of Lockport: A Century in the Blink of an Eye" -- and book signing at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Local historian Craig Bacon will discuss his photo-journal of the same name, which he compiled in 2010. The book contains about 100 sepia and color photographs taken around the Lockport area from 1910 to 2010.

The book "Visions of Lockport" is $15 and available for purchase at the Discovery Center.