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parkinson foundation gala: The National Parkinson Foundation of Western New York will hold its 12th annual “A Night of Hope for Parkinson’s” at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Grand Ballroom of the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Leaders of the local neurological community will be among the attendees. Wines from around the globe, craft beer from Buffalo brewer Flying Bison and a variety of food will be served. An extensive array of silent auction and gift auction donations will be up for bids.

OPEN HOUSE: P.A.T.H., a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to end human exploitation through awareness, action and aftercare, will host a community open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the P.A.T.H. Enrichment Center, 641 Masten Ave. For information, call 601-5678 or email

HEALTH FAIR: The Catholic Health OLV Family Care Center, a department of Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, will host a health fair and open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at 227 Ridge Road, Lackawanna. The free community event features free health screenings, giveaways and drawings and tours of the facility while providing a chance to meet the physicians and staff.

BOARD GAMES day: The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library will host “Gaming Unplugged,” two hours of board games, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Launch Pad, main floor of the Downtown Library, One Lafayette Square. For information, call 858-8900.

catholic academy auction: The Home School Association of Catholic Academy of West Buffalo will hold its 22nd annual auction beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at the school, 1069 Delaware Ave. The $5 admission includes 25 tickets. Beer and wine will be available. There will be more than 100 theme trays and raffle items available. Call 885-6111 for further information.

Amateur bird walk: The fourth annual amateur bird walk at the historic Oakwood Cemetery, 763 Portage Road, Niagara Falls, is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday. It is free and open to the public. Birders are asked to meet at the Oakwood House to register and pick up a free “Migrating Birds of Niagara Checklist.” They should bring binoculars and your cameras, wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes. Free parking and open restrooms will be available on site.

THRIFT STORE CELEBRATION: The Community Thrift Store and Donation Center at Historic Holy Trinity, 1419 Falls St., Niagara Falls, is celebrating its fifth anniversary from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday with complimentary refreshments, a 10 percent discount on one item and a 50/50 split raffle. The store and donation center, in the former Holy Trinity School, offers clothes, shoes, furniture, small appliances, household items and holiday decorations at nominal cost.

SWAP MEET: The 32nd annual Rods and Customs Swap Meet is planned for 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Sanborn Farm Museum, 2660 Saunders Settlement Road. Parking and vendor space is available on a first-come basis and only car-related items will be allowed. A small donation for vendors and parking goes directly to the museum. Breakfast and lunch will be available at the site. For information, call 694-0888 695-2199.