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Where we live: Cheektowaga

Cheektowaga

A public hearing on the 2015 town budget will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

Both the tax levy and property tax rates are down in the $87.36 million budget, attributable largely to use of fund balances and increased commercial assessments.

Under the proposed budget, the total average tax bill for a house assessed at $100,000 would be $1,603.16, down $65.76 from this year.

A Town Board work session will follow.

This week:

•The Cheektowaga Symphony Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9” at 3 p.m. today at Villa Maria College, 240 Pine Ridge Road. The orchestra will perform with members of the Fredonia College Choir. A free will donation is encouraged.

• The General Pulaski Association is holding a spaghetti dinner and basket raffle from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Creekside Banquet Facility, 2669 Union Road. Admission is $8 for adults – $7 pre sale – and $4 for children younger than 12. Proceeds benefit the Pulaski Day Parade. For tickets, call Irene at 651-0717.

• Zonta Club of Cheektowaga-Lancaster is holding its third annual “Shopping and Sweets Nite” from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway. Admission fee is $5, which includes a sheet of tickets for the basket raffles, as well as refreshments. More than 25 vendors will be present.

• “Nature’s Gathering: An Evening of Art, Wine and Cheese,” a benefit to raise money for environmental education programs at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Father Justin Knights of Columbus Hall, 2735 Union Road. Tickets are $17 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, or ordered at http://reinsteinwoods.org/events/natures-gathering/.