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Be a yoda

May the force read with you on Saturday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4401 Transit Road, Clarence, when Jedi knights and various Vaders convene to cross light sabers for Star Wars Reads Day.
It starts with a Star Wars Storytime at 11 a.m., followed by the children's Star Wars Costume Contest at noon. Stay for the 1 p.m. Character Meet & Greet, complete with games. Grownups can enter their own costume contest at 2 p.m.

Half-century sounds

Donald Ingram, past organist and choirmaster of St. Paul's Cathedral, played his first recital in the landmark house of worship on the first Friday in October 1962, as part of the Noonday Recital Series. This Friday at 7:30 p.m., he returns to the cathedral at 128 Pearl St., to mark the 50th anniversary of that concert, performing the same works plus two additional compositions. The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, go to

Carefree once again

The Amherst libraries are offering several health programs this fall. Starting Thursday, a program at the Audubon Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst, will teach the relaxation art of Qigong to children. Classes will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 8; there is a parent orientation this Thursday from 6:30 to 7 p.m., before the first class.
The Chinese practice of Qigong uses simple exercises that focus on correct breathing, posture, and movement to relieve stress. For children, the methods will be presented in ways that imitate animals, or other forms of play. Instructor is Robert Sachs, who has been teaching Tai Chi and Qigong for more than 20 years. The class is geared to children ages 8 through preteen; parents may join in the class as well. For more information, call the library, 689-4922.