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Where we live: Cheektowaga

Cheektowaga

Teachers who’d like to extend the learning environment from their classrooms to the school yard have until July 9 to register for the two-day Schoolyard Habitat Institute to be held at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center.

The institute, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 29 and 30, is designed for educators of students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. Teachers will learn how to use their schoolyard as an outdoor classroom, including activities that align with Common Core and state learning standards for curricula in math, English language arts and science, among others.

In-service or continuing education credit may be available for the two-day program.

Call Reinstein Woods at 683-5959 or visit www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html for more information.

This week:

• St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church is hosting its annual Summer Extravaganza from noon to 6 p.m. today at the church, 157 Cleveland Drive. The event features chicken and ribs barbecue dinners, theme basket auctions and raffles, baked goods and garage sales, and an “Arts and Crafts Lane.” The Road Swines Car Club is having a car show and will present awards in several categories.

• Black & Blues Band is the featured performer at tonight’s edition of the Creekside Concert Series in the Casimir Pulaski Cultural Center in Town Park on Harlem Road. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and will move to the adjacent Lions Pavilion in case of rain.

• Free, hour-long Zumba classes are offered at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in Town Park on Harlem Road. The classes, presented by Independent Health and YMCA Buffalo Niagara, meet in the shelters near Reinstein Library.

• A Town Board work session begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Office Conference Room in Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

• The Cheektowaga Central School Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the board room at the high school, 3600 Union Road.

• The Cleveland Hill School Board will host a reorganization meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the community room at Cleveland Hill High School, 105 Mapleview Road.

• Independence Day celebrations in the town begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, when Hit n Run takes the stage at Lions Pavilion. On Friday, a parade kicks off at noon at Thruway Plaza, then will proceed up Harlem Road to the north gate of Town Park, where Special Delivery and The Strangers will perform during the day, leading up to a fireworks display at dusk.