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2008-01-23 / What's Going On

What's Going On

Amherst Teen Idol first round set at mall

A preliminary round of the Amherst Teen Idol Search will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Boulevard Mall Food Court on Alberta Drive in Amherst. Fifteen finalists will be chosen to compete in the final competition. Contestants will be asked to sing a song of their choice up to two minutes in length. For an application, visit Guest Services in the mall or call the Amherst Youth Board at 631-7215.

Singing valentine service offered

The Buffalo Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society will offer quartets for singing valentines from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. Cost is $40 and includes two love songs, a rose for the recipient and a keepsake photograph. The quartets will sing anywhere including, homes, offices, nursing homes, hospitals and businesses. Cash, money order, checks and credit cards will be accepted. For more information or to schedule, call 825-3910.

Financial awareness fair set at First Niagara Bank

A free information forum for anyone with questions regarding financial matters will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at First Niagara Bank, 5190 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville. Topics will include estate planning, funeral pre-arrangement, tax planning, real estate, mortgage, life insurance, retirement planning, investing, educational preparation and risk management. For more information, contact Jaime Swygert at 633-3857 or jaime.swygert@fnfg. com.

Friends of Harmony offer valentines

On Feb. 13 and 14, the Friends of Harmony will send out quartets to personally deliver singing valentines to people all over WNY. The quartets will drive to homes and places of business to sing love songs, and to present a rose and a personalized Valentine along with a photo with the quartet commemorating the event at a cost $45. Proceeds will go to costs for the non-profit organizations activities. Call 984-2923.

Spine lecture set at senior center

"Your Spine, Health & Disease" will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Amherst Center for Senior Services, 370 John James Audubon Parkway. The lecture will include practical tips for good spinal hygiene by Dr. Tom Lyons, chiropractor. Admission is free. For more information or reservations, call 636-3059.

YMCA to offer nutrition lecture series

The Northeast Family YMCA Branch, 4433 Main St., Amherst, will offer a 12-session nutrition lecture series at 7 p.m. Mondays. Lora Williams will present the series where she will cover such topics as long term weight loss, food and mood and nutritional concerns for winter. Classes are free to members and $5 per class for non-members. Call 839-2543.

College planning seminars set

Moldenhauer & Associates will partner with 123 College.com Inc to provide a workshop seminar for understanding and preparing for the financial aid system and developing methods and strategies to receive benefits to help cover today's college expenses Tuesday, Feb. 13 at Amherst High School, 4301 Main St., Amherst. Other seminars will be scheduled throughout WNY. Call 662-4361.

Christian Women's Connection luncheon set

Northtown Christian Women's Connection will hold a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Fanny's Restaurant, 3500 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. The featured guest will be Susan Gawronski from Calico Corners Designer Fabrics and the speaker will be Mary Jane Battista whose topic will speak on "Ready or Not" and her life as a rebellious teen. For more information, call 626-0815. Childcare is available upon request.

Kiddie Character Carnival set at mall

The Amherst Youth Board with the Amherst Youth Foundation will present the "Kiddie Character Carnival" from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Boulvard Mall Food Court. The event will feature children's characters including Elmo, The Princesses and Spiderman. Tickets are $6 per child and can be purchased at the Amherst Youth Board Office in the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road. Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, call 631-7215.

ALS support group meeting set

The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis support group meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 at the Eggertsville/ Snyder Library, 4622 Main St. For more information on the group or the meeting, call 1-866-499-7257 or e-mail info@ alsaupstateny. org.

SOS meets regularly at CFI

The Amherst Secular Organizations for Sobriety support group meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. The group, SOS, or Save Our Selves, meets weekly to support and maintain sobriety for recovering alcoholics and addicts who are uncomfortable with the spiritual nature of traditional 12-step programs. There is no charge for participation, and free parking is available. For more information, call Eric Chinchón at 636-4869, ext. 318.

CRPS support group meeting set

The Cronic Regional Pain Syndrome/ RSD Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville. For more information, call Lynda at 896-0771.

Cat Venom sets improv comedy show

The Cat Venom comedy group will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road. The troupe presents a collection of improvised skits focusing on social and political issues. This month's theme will be "Commercialism." General admission is $7.15 - minimum wage.

Adventure Club sets snowshoe trek

The Friends of the Center Outdoor Adventure Club with snowshoeing experts from Eastern Mountain Sports will give a guided winter trek through the trails of Sprague Brook Park. The trip will carpool to the park at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, from the Center for Inquiry, 1300 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. Snowshoes are included, no experience is necessary, and children, adults and seniors are welcome. Cost is $5. Call 636-4869, ext. 409 to register by Jan. 28.

Fish fry dinner set at Amherst church

A fish fry dinner will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 711 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. The cost is $9 for adults, $5 for children. Call 835-7711.

College seminar set at library

A seminar entitle "How to Choose the Best College for Your Student and Your Pocketbook" will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the Williamsville Library, 5571 Main St., between Village and Town halls. The seminar focuses on high school sophomores and juniors but all grade levels are welcome. Reservations are suggested. For more information, call 632-6176.

Belly dancing classes set at yoga studio

Rising Sun Yoga Studio, 13 Lincoln Road, Snyder, will hold a six week belly dancing class from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesdays now through Feb. 12. Cost for the class, which is taught by Cathy Skora, is $70 for all six weeks or $16 per class. The class is appropriate for all levels, genders and ages. Attire is loose fitting clothing. For more information, call 632-5802.

Planning ahead seminar set for Jan. 23

Dengler & Roberts Funeral Home and Perna-Pellegrino Funeral Home will hold a "Planning Ahead Seminar" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Perna Pellegrino, 1671 Maple Road, Williamsville. Topics covered will include three easy steps to planning ahead, why many people do this type of planning, suggestion as to the right and wrong way to plan, funding options and exempt asset for Medicaid planning process. For more information, call 632-8200.

Free course in Barbershop Harmony set

The Buffalo Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society will offer a free, four evening course in singing in a barbershop quartet at 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11 and 25 at the Maryvale Community Center, 777 Maryvale Drive, Cheektowaga. Participants will be provided with music and learning tapes and CDs. For more information on the group or the classes or to reserve a space in the classes, call Dick Nowicki at 684-6623.

Buffalo After Five to meet Jan. 28

Christian Women's Club's Buffalo After Five will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 for dinner at the Holiday Inn, 1881 Niagara Falls Blvd. The theme will be "Healthy New York" featuring Pat Byrn's presentation "Tango with Zango" and special speaker Mary Jane Battista whose topic will be "Ready or Not." Cost for dinner is $17. The group is open to all women and reservations can be made by calling Joan at 873-1189 or Kathy at 876-8643.

UB to host Beethoven Marathon Weekend

Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall on the University at Buffalo's North Campus will hold a Beethoven Marathon Weekend, at Lippes Concert Hall, featuring the Tokyo String Quartet playing the Beethoven String Quartet Cycle, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1 and 2. Concert one will be at 8 p.m, Friday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. Concert two will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 and Concert three will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. Call 645-2921 or visit the Web site www.slee.buffalo.edu.

Boy Scout pancake breakfast set

Boy Scout Troop 457 will hold a pancake breakfast to benefit St. John's Lutheran Church from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3 at the church, 6540 Main St., Williamsville. For more information, call 570-3434.

Kaplan to provide free SAT practice tests

Kaplan Test Prep will offer free SAT practice tests at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 and Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Buffalo Center, 520 Lee Road, University at Buffalo Commons, Suite 201, Amherst. The essay portion of the SAT will be given at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23. Pre-registration is recommended. For more information on the tests, visit www.kaptest.com/enroll or call 1- 800- KAP- TEST.

Community blood service sets public blood drive

Upstate New York Transplant Services Community Blood Service will hold open-to-public blood drives from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Columbus McKinnon Group, 140 John James Audubon Parkway, and at the University at Buffalo North Campus Student Union, Amherst. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 853-6667 ext. 7940 or e-mail donateblood@unyts.org.

CFIhosts January Eupraxsophy Café

The Center for Inquiry will host its regular Eupraxsophy Café at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Center, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. Eupraxsophy is a term that means "good conduct and wisdom in living." The evening features discussions exploring art, literature, current events and topics in ethics from a humanist perspective. The Café is a casual affair and everyone is welcome. Entry and parking are free. Call 636-4869, ext. 409.

Amherst Garden Club to meet

The Amherst Garden Club will hold a meeting at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at St. John Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St., east of Hampton Hill Drive, Williamsville. The nomination committee will present the slate of new officers and an education program will be held on floral design. The program at 11:15 a.m. will be announced. Call 634-5749.

SOS Friends and Family meets at CFI

The Secular Organizations for Sobriety Friends and Family support group will convene at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. The group's mission is to provide learning and sharing opportunities for family and friends of alcoholics and addicts in a group meeting. There is no charge for participation, and free parking is available. Call Eric Chinchón at 636-4869, ext. 318.

Memory wellness presentation set

Clare Bridge Williamsville, 6076 Main St., will hold an "Introduction to Memory Wellness" presentation by Michael Dollard from the Alzheimer's Association at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23. Topics will include learning how factors such as exercise and diet affect risk for memory loss and cognitive problems and how memory works throughout the normal aging process. The event is free but seating is limited. FCall Diane at 632-7123.

'Victor Borge' performance set

Friendship Lutheran and Friedens UCC Churches will present Rev. Robert Doxey doing his impression of pianist Victor Borge, at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25. Refreshments will be served following the performance. Door prizes will be awarded. Seating is limited so reservations are recommended. Cost is $5 per ticket. Call Annette at 689-3744.

Former bishop to address WARM

The Rev. Paull Spring, Chair of Lutheran COalition for REform and former Bishop of the Northwest Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will address the winter meeting of the WordAlone Regional Mission from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 2, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., east of Eggert Road, Eggertsville. The topic will be "Lutheran to the CORE." The program is free. Call 835-0407.

India Association to celebrate Republic Day

The India Association of Buffalo is celebrating India's 58th Republic Day from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at Transit Middle School, 8790 Transit Road, East Amherst. The event, which is open to the public, will include music and dance performances by youth and children of the local WNY Indian community. Snacks and beverages will be available for sale during the social hour between 6 and 7 p.m. The show begins at 7 p.m. The guest of honor will be Congressman Brian Higgins. Call 741-9453 689-2835.

Classic rock group set at Pizza Plant

Classic rock band Still Kickin will play from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 Pizza Plant, 8020 Transit Road, Williamsville. Call 632-0800.

Chiavetta's dinner set at Zion Lutheran

Zion Lutheran Church will hold a take-out only Chiavetta,s Dinner from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at the church, 9535 Clarence Center Road, east of Goodrich Road. Proceeds from the dinner will be used to defray costs of a Mission Trip to Slidell, La. in February four 14 high school students from all three Williamsville High Schools who will be spending their February break from school on a Hurricane Katrina rebuilding mission. Advanced tickets are recommended. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased now through Sunday, Jan. 27 at the church. Call 741-2656.

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