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PROMOTING STEM: The WNY STEM Hub kicks off a month of activities to raise awareness of the importance of STEM and STEAM – science, technology, engineering and math plus the arts – with Boom Days from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Silo City at Ohio and Ganson streets. It includes silo tours, boom ball races, live music, kids’ activities, the SS Columbia and fireworks.

HAZARDOUS HOUSEHOLD WASTE DROPOFF: The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning will hold a household hazardous waste dropoff from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Erie Community College North Campus, 6205 Main St., Amherst. Participants should enter the campus from the Wehrle Drive entrance. Items that will not be accepted include: latex paint, automobile tires, computers and other electronics, appliances, pharmaceuticals, fluorescent bulbs and commercial/industrial wastes. The event also is sponsored by the Northwest and Northeast Southtowns Solid Waste Management Boards, ECC and the Town of Amherst For a full list of items that will be accepted, call the Erie County Household Hazardous Waste 24-hour hotline at 858-6800 or visit

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING: John Hall will address the transformation of farming from horses to tractors at the next meeting of the Royalton and Lockport Historical Society at 1 p.m. Saturday at Royalton Town Hall, 5316 Royalton Center Road. Winners of the bicentennial logo contest will be honored at the meeting. It is open to the public. For more information, call society president Jennifer Bieber at 735-7335.

PASSPORT EVENTS: The U.S. Postal Service will host passport events at the following locations from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday: the Amherst Branch, 5500 N. Bailey Ave.; Batavia Post Office, 2 W. Main St.; Central Park Station, 170 Manhattan St.; and the East Aurora Post Office, 408 Quaker Road. To apply for a passport, travelers need to complete Passport Application Form DS-11 (unsigned), provide proof of U.S. citizenship and proof of identity, submit two identical passport photos and pay the appropriate passport fees. Passport photo services are available for $15.

MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST: The annual Mother’s Day Breakfast Celebration will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Niagara Falls Housing Authority Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth St. There will be food, fun and raffles. The event is free and open to the public.

DAR MEETING: The May meeting of the Niagara Falls Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be held at noon Saturday at the Wilson Historical Society, Route 425, Lake St., Wilson. A catered lunch will be served and a tour of the historical society will be led by Wanda and Don Burrows. Any woman with an ancestor who served in the American Revolution and who is interested in joining the DAR is invited to contact Suzanne Grafinger at 773-3019.

GOSPEL JAZZ CONCERT: A Mother’s Day Gospel Jazz Concert, “Gone But Not Forgotten,” will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Renovation Church, 567 Hertel Ave. Mothers who have lost a child to homicide will be honored. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at P.E.A.C.E., Renovation Church and Doris Records. For more information, call 842-8700.

STEAK ROAST: West Seneca VFW Post 8113 will sponsor a steak roast from 4 to 7 p.m.,Saturday at 299 Leydecker Road, West Seneca. Tickets, which are $15, will be available at the door.

THEME BASKET AUCTION: The Wilson Conservation Club Auxiliary will host its annual theme basket auctions from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at 2934 Wilson-Cambria Road, Wilson. A card of 25 tickets is $7. Proceeds benefit the auxiliary.

ENTRANCE EXAM: Seventh-grade boys are invited to take the practice entrance exam at 9 a.m. Saturday at Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School, 601 McKinley Parkway. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the main lobby. There is no cost for the exam. Contact the Admissions Office at 826-3610, Ext. 237 or email to register.

CRAFT SHOW: The Pet Pantry of Chautauqua County will host a craft show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds, 1089 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Sixty crafters are expected. Refreshments will be available. Admission is a $1 donation to Pet Pantry for adults; children 12 and under are free. Parking is free.

CUMMINS RUN FOR LITERACY: The tenth annual Cummins Run for Literacy to benefit the James Prendergast Library begins at 9 a.m. Saturday for runners with walkers following five minutes later. The event begins and ends at the library at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. Registration and packet pickup will be held between 8 and 8:45 a.m. in the Johnson Community Room with entrance on the Fifth Street side of the library. Registration is $20. Registration forms are available at the library or online. For information, contact Bobbie Caswell at 484-7135, Ext. 236.