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Town of Tonawanda

The fifth annual Brian Dugan Memorial Scholarship Road Race will take place Thursday at the Lincoln Arena, 1200 Parker Blvd.

The race honors the life and legacy of Dugan, a beloved Kenmore West High School English teacher, and consists of a 5k and one-mile walk beginning at 6:30 p.m. and a children’s 100-meter fun run at 5:45 p.m.

Admission into the race is $10 for elementary, middle and high school students, $30 for adults up to Wednesday and $35 for adults on the day of the race. The children’s 100-meter fun run is free for children in the immediate family of an adult who is signed up for the race. Designer long-sleeve T-shirts will be given to the first 500 participants to register.

The children’s 100-meter fun run will include children’s tattoos, face painting, crafts and more. The post-race party will feature the awards ceremony, pizza, snacks, soft drinks and entertainment by the Knight Crew. Trophies will be awarded overall and in individual age categories.

Dugan died in 2010, the victim of an automobile accident while he was jogging. Dugan had been teaching at Kenmore West since September 1995. He was known for his sense of humor and his unique approach to teaching that motivated his students to want to come to his class.

All proceeds from the race will stay in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda community, funding scholarships for Kenmore West High School students.

Pre-race pickup will be at Lincoln Arena on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. and race day registration will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Checks can be made payable to the Brian Dugan Scholarship Fund, PO Box 403, Kenmore, NY 14223. For more information contact race directors Karen Monaco and Matt Gourlay at To register and for more information, visit

This week:

• The Red Blazer Men’s Chorus will sing “Music from Musicals” at 3 p.m. today in the Church of the Nativity UCC, 1530 Colvin Blvd. Admission is free, with donations benefitting the Ken-Ton Closet. The clothing donation site will also benefit from a fundraiser from 4 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at Chipotle, 1759 Sheridan Drive. The community organization will receive 50 percent of any sale mentioning the Closet during those hours, which will help fund its new in-school toiletry program.

• The Town Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave. A work session begins at 4:30 in the second-floor conference room.

• Joseph Pendolino of the Niagara Frontier Corvair Club will present the history of the Chevrolet Corvair, a car made 1960-1969 with engines manufactured in Tonawanda, at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at the free monthly meeting of the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society. Several restored Corvairs will be on display, weather permitting.

• A work session of the Kenmore Village Board begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the mayor’s office at the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave. A regular meeting follows at 8 in Council Chambers.

• Kenmore United Methodist Church is one of five churches in Erie County participating in the upcoming New York Landmarks Conservancy 6th Annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend. The public is invited from noon until 3 p.m. on Saturday and May 22 to visit the church built in 1928 at 32 Landers Road. Docents will provide tours of the church and explain the architecture of the sanctuary and speak about its stained glass windows. Much of the art collection will also be on display, while other hands-on art projects will be taking place in the Family Life Center. Refreshments will be served.