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April 29 to May 6 / 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, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240, fax to: 856-5150, or e-mail to: niagaranews@buffnews.com.

> Today

ART EXHIBIT: Featuring works of award-winning watercolorists Kathleen Giles and Jody Ziehm, Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust St., Lockport. The show runs through May 13. Hours are 2 to 5 p.m. today and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call 433-2617.

SUPPORT GROUP: Recovery Inc., 2 to 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 8210 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. Use the side door.

MEETING: Alcoholics Anonymous Golden Slipper, 9:30 a.m., VFW hall, 112 Caledonia St., Lockport; Attitude Adjustment, 10 a.m., First Step Center, Allen Avenue, Niagara Falls; LaSalle Big Book, 7:30 p.m., Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church, 156 59th St., Niagara Falls; Fifth Tradition, 8 p.m., St. John Episcopal Church, 100 Chestnut St., Youngstown; and Lock City, 8 p.m., Emmanuel Methodist Church, East Avenue at Washburn Street, Lockport.

> Monday

DIABETES PROGRAM: The presentation focuses on risk factors of diabetes and identifies goals to decrease risk, including strategies to control the disease through diet, exercise and medication, 1 p.m., North Tonawanda Senior Citizens Center, 110 Goundry St. To register, call 695-8582.

FREE FITNESS CLASS: Club 99, 10:30 a.m., North Tonawanda Senior Citizens Center, 110 Goundry St. Continues Wednesday. Call 695-8582 to register.

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.

MEETINGS: Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Step Group, 7:30 a.m., St. Peter Episcopal Church, Second Street and Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls; New Hope Group, 10:30 a.m., First Step Center, Allen Avenue, Niagara Falls; Lockview, 6:30 p.m., Plymouth Congregational Church, 98 East Ave., Lockport; Survivors Big Book Group, 6:30 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, Pershing Avenue and Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls; New Green Group International Open Discussion Meeting, 8 p.m., First Congregational Church, 822 Cleveland Ave., Niagara Falls; and Open Channel Big Book, 8 p.m., St. Peter Episcopal Church, Second Street and Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls.

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.

FITNESS PROGRAM: Independent Health Association's low-impact SilverSneakers fitness class, which focuses on improving muscular strength and much more for senior citizens, 9 a.m., Niagara Falls Family YMCA, 1317 Portage Road. Also offered Wednesdays and Fridays. Senior citizens subscribing to Independent Health's Medicare Advantage plan can receive a free fitness facility membership at the YMCA.

EXERCISE CLASS: A program of gentle exercises for senior citizens that combines recreation and socialization, 1 to 2:30 p.m. every Monday, DeGraff Community Center of Kaleida Health, 139 Division St., North Tonawanda. Cost, $2 per week. Call 690-2271 or 692-8731 to register.

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.

FREE CLINIC: Confidential Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Trott Access Center, 1001 11th St., Niagara Falls. No appointment needed. Use the Elmwood Street entrance. Also Wednesdays. Call 278-1900 for more information.

ARTS & CRAFTS: The North Tonawanda Senior Citizens Center offers arts and crafts classes for anyone age 55 and up, 9 a.m. to noon today through Thursday, 110 Goundry St. Each participant is responsible for the cost of the material used. Call 695-8582 for more information.

> Tuesday

ART DISPLAY: "Haydar Hatemi: The Istanbul Painter"; "The Language of Less"; "Betsy Potter: Breaking Nature"; "Albert Bierstadt to John Henry Twachtman: The American Landscape," 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 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.

SUPPORT GROUP: For those who are victims of any addiction, 7:30 p.m., Wheatfield Community Church, 3571 Niagara Falls Blvd. Free; all welcome. Offered by Addiction Conquerors. For information, call 553-3794 or visit: wheatfieldcommunitychurch.org.

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: Griefshare, for adults coping with the sudden traumatic loss of a loved one, 6 p.m., Niagara Falls Medical Center, 6th floor, 621 Tenth St. For information, call 433-3780.

FREE IMMUNIZATION CLINIC: An immunization clinic for infants and children is held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m., Trott Access Center, 1001 11th St., Niagara Falls. Appointments only by calling 278-1903.

MEETINGS: Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Step Group, 7:30 a.m., St. Peter Episcopal Church, Second Street and Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls; New Freedom Group, 10 a.m., 2470 Allen Ave., Niagara Falls; the Tuesday Afternoon Meeting, 12:30 p.m., Horizon Health Services, 36 East Ave., Lockport; Big Book Step Group, 6:30 p.m., St. Peter Episcopal Church, Second Street and Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls; Lew-Port Group, 8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 505 Cayuga St., Lewiston; and Big-Book Lockport, 8 p.m., St. John the Baptist School, 160 Chestnut St., Lockport.

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 date of birth, a current utility bill or other address verification and wage information. For more information, call 285-1563.

AL-ANON: Help with dealing with someone else's alcohol problem, 12:30 p.m., Tuesday Afternoon 12 Steppers, 66 Mead St., North Tonawanda; 7 p.m., Seven Clan Al-Anon, Jay's Place Diner, Walmore Road, Tuscarora Reservation.

> 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.

MEETING: The Write Touch Writing Group hosts a critique meeting, 6:30 p.m., Dale Association, Lockport Senior Center, 33 Ontario St. For information, call Delphine at 434-3507 or Mike at 433-0259.

MEET AND GREET: Singles Experience Club will meet for coffee and conversation, 7 to 8 p.m., Dunkin' Donuts, Niagara Falls Boulevard at Walmore Road. For information, call Bonnie at 439-8387 or Char at 438-0332.

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.

SUPPORT GROUP: Widows invited to share their strength and hopes for the future, 1:30 to 3 p.m., YWCA of the Tonawandas, 49 Tremont St., North Tonawanda. Free. To sign up, call Susie Sheron at 692-5580.

LECTURE SERIES: On divorce and separation, 7 p.m., St. John the Baptist Outreach Center Dining Room, 160 Chestnut St., Lockport.

SUPPORT GROUP: Breast cancer support, 7 p.m. DeGraff Community Center, 139 Division St., North Tonawanda.

SUPPORT GROUP: Independent Living of Niagara County's Deaf Social Support Group, 1 to 3 p.m., 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls. Call 284-4131 or (888) 567-6454 for more information.

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.

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.

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 the 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.

> Thursday

THEATER PRODUCTION: The wedding reception comedy "Regrets Only," 7 p.m., Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenk St., North Tonawanda. Also on May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m., and May 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14 for general admission and $12 for seniors, veterans and students. To make reservations, call 743-1614, or online: www.starrynighttheatre.com.

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, 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.

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

SUPPORT GROUP: Grief support will be offered at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month, Pendleton Center United Methodist Church, 6864 Campbell Blvd. All are welcome.

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.

SUPPORT GROUP: For those diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers, 1 to 3 p.m., 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.

MEETINGS: Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Step Group, 7:30 a.m., St. Peter Episcopal Church, 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 date of birth, a current utility bill or other address verification and wage information. For more information, call 285-1563.

AL-ANON: Help with dealing with someone else's alcohol problem; 7 p.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 4671 Townline Road, Ransomville.

> Friday

SMELT FESTIVAL: The Niagara River Anglers fry 350 pounds of smelt to be given to visitors to the Lewiston Smelt Festival beginning at 6 p.m. at the foot of Center Street along the Niagara River waterfront. Additional food and drink will be available for purchase. Lakeside Blues Band will perform at the festival, which is geared toward an adult audience. Lewiston restaurants will prepare their own versions of smelt dishes during the weekend. For information, call 754-9500.

THEATER PRODUCTION: Niagara Regional Theatre Guild presents "The Good Doctor," 7:30 p.m. today, Saturday, May 11 and 12, Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda. Also Sunday and May 6 and 13 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $14 general, $13 students/seniors, $10 presale. For ticket reservations or information, call 284-6358.

USED BOOK SALE: Friends of Lockport Library's sale includes good used books, VHS tapes, DVDs, CDs and magazines at bargain prices, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, community meeting room of Lockport Public Library, 23 East Ave. A presale for members of the Friends will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday. All are welcome to join the Friends and shop during the presale.

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

FUNDRAISER WALK: Community Missions' 10th annual Feet or Famine Walk, registration begins at 10:30 a.m., walk at 11, near the pavilion at Whirlpool State Park, Niagara Falls. Event includes a classic car show, basket auction, light lunch after the walk. For information, call Katie Trombley at 285-3403, Ext. 2225. To preregister online, visit: www.communitymissions.org/feetorfamine.

BLOCK PARTY: Outdoor Cinco de Mayo Party, 6 to 9 p.m., middle block of Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls. The event includes an appearance by nationally recognized professional competitive eaters, a sanctioned chicken tamale eating contest, Mexican food and beverages, and live music from 2 to 9 p.m. at neighboring Legends Bar.

BOOK SIGNING: Jan Nichols, a local author who contributed to "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories." will sell and sign the book, 1 to 3 p.m., Shoppe on Main, 2714 Main St., Route 78, Newfane. Proceeds go to Lockport Zonta Club. Call 778-5273 for information.

RUMMAGE SALE: Includes baked goods sale, and $2 bag sale at noon., doors open at 9 a.m., Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church, 166 59th St., Niagara Falls. For information, call 283-5744.

BASKET AUCTION: Annual theme basket auction, viewing from noon to 2 p.m., when drawings will be held, Wilson Conservation Club, 2934 Wilson-Cambria Road. Tickets are $6 for a card of 25.

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.

CHESSNUTS: Kids and their families are welcome to learn to play chess or come to compete at a meeting of the ChessNUTS, 1 p.m., Lewiston Public Library, 305 S. Eighth St. Call 754-4720 to join or visit www.LewistonPublicLibrary.org for more information.

CHOWDER & BAKE SALE: 10:45 a.m., St. Johnsburg Fire Hall, 7165 Ward Road, Wheatfield.

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.

EVENT: "Just Say No" program for students in third, fourth and fifth grades is offered from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month, Lockport Family YMCA, 21 East Ave. Registration begins at 6:15 and is limited to the first 150 children. Admission is $1, and participants should bring swimsuit and towel.

> Next Sunday

NATURE PROGRAM: "Bluebirds and Their Homes," 1 to 3 p.m., Bond Lake Park, Lower Mountain Road, Ransomville. See bluebirds on bluebird trails, find out what kind of habitat attracts them and why they keep coming back to the park. Video explaining bluebird behavior and why they need our help to thrive will be shown at 1:15. Free.

ART CLASS: "Paul Klee Abstract Faces," taught by Nancy Koch, 10 a.m. to noon, Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St., North Tonawanda. Fee is $24, or $16 for members; discount for siblings or multiple classes. To register, call 694-4400.

VICTORIAN TEA: "Language of Flowers" tea includes cucumber salad, caprese salad, dilly egg salad, turkey, lemon coolers and cream cake, 1 p.m., Winery at Marjim Manor, 7171 E. Lake Road, Appleton. With each course, learn about the meaning of flowers and how to use them to convey messages. Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased ahead of time. For information or to order tickets, call 778-7001 or visit www.MarjimManor.com.

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.