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2008-04-02 / What's Going On

What's Going On

SOS recovery group to meet regularly

Save Our Selves, a free secular recovery group dedicated to helping individuals achieve and maintain sobriety, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 8,15, 22 and 29 at the Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. Call 636-4869, ext. 409.

Audubon Library to host monthly book club

The Audubon Library Book Club will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. the first Thursday of every month through May at the Audubon Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. April 3 will be "The Summer of 1787" by David O. Stewart. Call 689-4922 or visit www. buffalolib. org.

Just Buffalo Literary Café to meet April 2

The Just Buffalo Literary Café will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 at the Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. The free evening will feature authors Karen Lewis and Susan Marie reading from their respective worksas well as up to eight open readers reading for up to 5 minutes each. Visit www.justbuffalo. org or call 636-4869, ext. 409.

Speaker to share about Africa trips

The United Methodist Women general meeting of will be held at noon Thursday, April 3 at Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Rd., Snyder. The event will feature a luncheon and Amy Kemper speaking about her visits to North Katanga in Africa. The cost is $5 or free to first-time visitors. For information or to make a reservation, call 835-9572.

American Brass Quintet to play at UB

The American Brass Quintet will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, April 4 at Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall, North Campus, University at Buffalo. A composer workshop with the quintet will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 3 in Baird Recital Hall. For more information, call 645-2921 or visit www. slee. buffalo. edu.

Red-Hatters to gather for luncheon

The annual Red Hat Society Lunch will be held at noon Thursday, April 3 at the Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. The Amherst Senior Singers will entertain.

Faux-painting classes to be offered

Two classes on faux-painting techniques will be offered from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 3 and 10 at Village Artisans, 5544 Main St., Williamsville. Classes on painting whimsical furniture will be offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. four times from March 27 to April 17. For information or to register, call 633-2384.

Amherst Book club monthly meeting set

The Amherst Book Club will hold a meeting at noon Thursday, April 3 at Fanny's Restaurant, 3500 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. The book "Where Have All the Leaders Gone?" by Lee Iacocca will be reviewed by Dick Mitchell. New members are welcome. For more information, call 839-2409.

Jewish Community Center to hold series

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo Inc. will hold a free series of conversations with local speakers from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Jewish Community Center's Benderson Building, 2640 North Forest Road, Getzville. On April 3, Cathy Camacho of Hadley Exhibits will present "Secret Shows." On April 10, a representative of Buffalo REuse will present "Secret Again." For information, call 688-4114, ext. 366.

CFI to hold "Truth Forum"

The Center for Inquiry Institute is hosting a roundtable discussion to explore the concept of truth and the disciplinary and interdisciplinary ways of knowing from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 4. The event will be held at the center, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. Call 636-4869, ext. 409.

Christine Lavin to perform

The Buffalo Friends of Folk Music will present Christine Lavin at 8 p.m. Friday, April 4 at the Village of Williamsville Meeting House, 5658 Main St., Williamsville. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $9 for students. Call 684-2362 or visit www.BFFM. org.

St. Stephens-Bethlehem to hold flea market

St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ will hold a flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at the church, 750 Wehrle Drive, Amherst. Tables for vendors are $15. Proceeds will benefit the church school. Call 632-4226.

Flower bouquets for sale at Temple Shaarey Zedek

The Sisterhood of Temple Shaarey Zedek will be selling bouquets of flowers available for pick-up on April 17 and 18 at the Temple, 621 Getzville Road, Amherst. The bouquets are $15 each and can be ordered until April 3 by calling 838-3232.

Clearfield Library to host book club

Marcia Winton will host a book club and discussion group from 4 to 5 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month through June 18 at Clearfield Library, 770 Hopkins Road, Williamsville. The April 16 selection is "A Thousand Splendid Suns." Call 688-4955.

Acclaimed sculptor continues show

Award-winning artist and sculptor Tony Paterson's exhibit continues at the Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. Paterson presents "Sex, Bronze, and the Human Form," a diverse exhibit of 35 years of sculpture. Call 636-4869, ext. 409.

Sweet Home High School hosts 'Dollars for Scholars'

The annual Sweet Home "Dollars for Scholars" Craft Fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at Sweet Home High School, 1901 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. More than 125 area crafters will be on hand and the Sweet Home PTA Council will host a silent auction. The $2 admission fee will benefit the Sweet Home Dollars for Scholars Chapter, which contributes scholarships to graduating Sweet Home seniors.

Flea market set for April 5

St. Stephen's Bethlehem Church, 750 Wehrle Drive, Amherst, will hold a flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5.

Women's Seder will celebrate Passover

The triumphs and tribulations of Biblical women will be related at a Women's Seder. Co-sponsored by the Sisterhoods of Temple Beth Zion and Temple Beth Am at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6 at Temple Beth Zion's Broder Center, 700 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. Chaired by Williamsville resident Elaine Klein,the celebration will include song, dance and the traditional feast. Reservations are necessary and there is a fee. For more information, call Temple Beth Zion at 836-6565.

Adoption S.T.A.R. to hold orientation session

Adoption S.T.A.R. Inc. a New York State authorized adoption agency, will hold an free orientation session for those interested in learning more about adoption, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6 at Adoption S.T.A.R., 47 Plaza Drive, Williamsville. The agency's focus is to educate and prepare adoptive families and birth parents. For more information or to register, call 639-3900 or e-mail info@ adoptionstar. com.

Designer clothing sale set for April 6

The Sisterhood of Temple Shaarey Zedek will be holding a one day half price designer room clothing sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 6, at the Temple, 621 Getzville Road, Amherst. For more information, call 838-3232.

Seminar on Funeral pre-planning to be held

Funeral director Jed Dietrich will present a free seminar on "The Advantages of Funeral Pre-Planning" at 11:30 a.m. following the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, April 6 at Amherst Community Church, 77 Washington Highway, Snyder.

Presentation to discuss energy conservation

The Eggertsville Community Organization Inc. will hold a general membership meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Parish Hall, 4007 Main Street, Amherst. James Simon from the University at Buffalo Green Office will give a presentation regarding the recently released UB Green Climate Action Report, which discusses what UB is doing to curb its energy usage and what citizens can do to reduce their energy consumption. For more information on ECO, visit www.eg gertsvillecommunity. org.

Cystic health to be focus of women's luncheon

A luncheon will be held for women interested in cystic health at noon Wednesday, April 9 at Marinaccio's Restaurant, 5877 Main St., Williamsville. Sue Zinter will discuss massage therapy and Bonnie Sciuk will discuss good health. For more information or reservations, call 652-9613 or 652-0375.

NAWBO panel to discuss financial issues

The Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners will hold a meeting to discuss critical financial issues at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 at Fairdale Inn, 672 Wehrle Drive, Amherst. Reservations must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, April 4 and can be made online at www.nawbowny.org or by contacting Jamie Jordan at 580-1135 or Jamie420@roadrun ner.com. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for guests.

Volunteers sought for library book fair

The Audubon Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst, is looking for volunteers to staff a Scholastic Book Fair from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, April 7 to Thursday, April 10. For more information, call 689-4922, ext. 17.

Daemen College to hold senior art exhibit

The Daemen College Senior Exhibit will be held from April 4 to 12 in the Goldman/Greenfield Art Gallery, Duns Scotus Hall, Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 839-8214.

Sisterhood of Temple Shaarey Zedek to meet

The Sisterhood of Temple Shaarey Zedek will meet at noon Tuesday, April 8 at the Temple's Lippa Auditorium, 621 Getzville Road, Amherst, for lunch and a presentation by Ted Pietrzak, director of the Burchfield-Penney Art Center. His slide talk will give an introduction to the Art Center opening in the summer, and show some of the highlights of the collection. Call 838-3232.

Amherst Museum to host student art show

Art work by students of the Williamsville Central School District will be on exhibit at the Amherst Museum, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, corner of New Road, Amherst through April 8. The student work reflects a wide variety of media and techniques. The show will be open during regular museum hours: 9:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Admission is $4 for adults, $1 for children, free for museum members. Visit www. amherstmuseum. org.

Program to explore immigration issues

The Nativity of the Blessed Mary Church will host an adult education program exploring the issue of immigration in the United States and the Catholic response at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 at the Monsignor Paa Social Center at the church, located at the intersection of Main Street and Harris Hill Road, Clarence. Monsignor Frederick Leising, pastor at Nativity, and parishioner Robert Poczik will speak, and small group discussions will be held. For more information, visit www. nativityharrishill. org.

Potluck dinner set for April 9

The Center for Inquiry's Friends of the Center will meet for their regular potluck dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 at the Center, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. The free dinners are opportunities for inquisitive individuals to introduce themselves to the local community and discuss current issues in a casual environment. Bring a dish to pass and a beverage. Call 636-4869, ext. 409.

'Planning ahead' seminar to be held

A free Planning Ahead seminar presented by the Dengler & Roberts Funeral Home and the Perna-Pellegrino Funeral Home will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 at Perna-Pellegrino Funeral Home, 1671 Maple Road, Williamsville. For more information or to RSVP, call 632-8200.

Village Book Club to be held on April 9

The Village Book Club will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 at The Meeting House, 5658 Main St., Williamsville. The Meeting House Events Committee is hosting the club that meets on the second Wednesday of each month. The book selection is "Call Me Shady" by Carole Couthwood, a Niagara Falls resident. For more information, e-mail vil lagebookclub@aol.com or call Debbie at 861-1105.

Brompton Heights to host seminar

Dr. Robert S. Stall, geriatrician, will be the guest speaker at a free seminar and health fair titled "Stay in Control of Your Health" from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10 at Brompton Heights Assisted Living Community, 275 Brompton Road, Williamsville. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The health fair will include free health assessments, information from local health care providers and tours of Brompton Heights. To register, call 634-5734.

NAMI to host support meetings

The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Buffalo and Erie County is holding a monthly education meeting for families with mentally ill loved ones at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10 at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Amherst. The NAMI Family Support Group meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23. Call 832-4035.

Amherst public libraries offer free tax help

Free tax help for those 60 and older by IRS-certified volunteers is offered at Amherst public libraries through April 10. People are requested to bring their 2007 tax packets, returns from last year and all other applicable documents. The tax help will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at Main Library at Audubon, 350 Audubon Parkway; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays at Clearfield Branch, 770 Hopkins Road; 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at Eggertsville/ Snyder Branch, 4622 Main St.; and 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays at Williamsville Branch, 5571 Main St.

Acrylic demonstration planned for April 11

The Williamsville Art Society will hold an acrylic demonstration by noted artist Judith Hartke at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11 at the Harlem Community Center, Harlem Road, Room 2, Amherst. Call 634-7015.

Address on education scheduled

Arthur E. Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation, will be the keynote speaker at a research symposium held by the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 10 in the Buffalo/Niagara Marriott, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst. The free lecture will be titled "Strengthening Education: Connecting Students, Policy and Educators." Levine has been the president of several colleges and received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the UB Alumni Association in 1997.

Distinguished speaker series continues at CFI

Nica Lalli, author of "Nothing: Something to Believe In," will be the distinguished guest speaker at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11 at the Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. FContact Corey Neil at cneil@centerforinquiry. net or 636-4869, ext. 409.

Village Artisans to hold Pat-a-Cake Prints

Clay impressions of children's hands or pets' paws for ceramic keepsakes will be offered from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at Village Artisans, 5544 Main St., Williamsville. Appointments are recommended for the Pat-a-Cake Prints. Call 633-2384.

SOS Friends and Family April meetings set

Save Our Selves Friends and Family will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at the Center For Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. SOS Friends and Family provides learning and sharing opportunities for family and friends of alcoholics and addicts in an encouraging, confidential, and supportive free group meeting. Call 636-4869, ext. 409.

ElderWood at Heathwood to host book sale

Hardcover and paperback books, CDs, VHS and DVD movies will be offered for sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m Friday, April 11 at ElderWood Health Care at Heathwood, 815 Hopkins Road, Williamsville, across from the Clearfield Library. All items will be $1 or less. Proceeds benefit the Resident Council.

Tables available for indoor garage sale

The Geo F. Lamm Post #622 Sons of the American Legion will hold an indoor garage sale to raise funds for the post's building fund and Mercy Flight from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the post, 962 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville. Tables are available to rent for members ($10), businesses or the general public ($20). The post is also seeking donations for raffles during the event. For more information, call 837-3582.

Church to hold rummage sale on April 12

The Unitarian-Universalist Church of Amherst will hold its annual rummage sale on Saturday, April 12 at the church, 6320 Main St., Williamsville, east of Youngs Road. The items will be $2 from 9 to 10 a.m., $1 from 10 a.m. to noon and $1 for a paper bag full of items from 1 p.m. to closing.

Cancer workshop set at Beth Zion

Therapist, author and cancer survivor Susan Halpern will lead a workshop entitled "What Do I Say? What Should I Do? A Workshop for People who are Ill and Those Who Care for Them," 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at Temple Beth Zion, 700 Sweet Home Road, Eggertsville. She will be teaching the "etiquette" of illness through stories and small group exercises. The program is free. For more information, call 836-6565.

CFI to hold Secular Sunday

R. Joseph Hoffman, vice president for academic affairs at the Center for Inquiry, will be the speaker at the Secular Sunday at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 13. Platforms are held every other Sunday at the Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. For more information, call 636-4869, ext. 409.

Interfaith Remembrance Service to be held

The Spiritual Advisory Committee of the Alzheimer's Association, Western New York Chapter, will be holding an Interfaith Remembrance Service to celebrate the lives of people with dementia and their caregivers from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 13 at Temple Beth Am, 4460 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville.The namesofloved ones, either living or deceased, can be submitted for remembrance and prayer at the service. For more information, call 626-0600 or 800-272-3900 to reserve a place.

Spring Open Gym set at Clearfield

The Amherst Recreation Department will present a Spring Open Gym from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 14-18 at the Clearfield Community Center, 730 Hopkins Road, Williamsville. An adult must accompany a child under the age of 6. An evening open gym will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, April 15 and 18. All participants must have a valid Town of Amherst Recreation Department ID. For more information, call 631-7132.

Alzheimer's Support Group meeting set

ElderWood Health Care at Wedgewood will host its Alzheimer's Support Group at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 15 at 4459 Bailey Ave., Eggertsville. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month. For more information, call 835-2543.

Interior Design Seminar to be held

Adult Services at the JCC Benderson Family Building announces an Interior Design Seminar with Robin Reback Janiak. She will design three spaces from the new spring collections from Bassett Furniture from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 15 at the JCC Benderson Family Building, 2640 North Forest Road, Getzville. Register at 830-0483 or rebackinteriors@ yahoo.com by April 5.

Program on Jamestown set for April 15

The Williams Mills Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15 in the conference room of the Beechwood Residence, 2235 Millersport Highway, Getzville. Following the meeting, Sally Heim will present the program "Jamestown, Four Hundred Years Ago." For more information about the meeting or the Daughters of the American Revolution, call Elizabeth Baran at 691- 8057

American Cancer Society to host trip to Africa

The American Cancer Society will host an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15 for anyone interested in learning how to fight cancer with a climb to the top of Mount. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. The meeting will take place at Le Metro Bistro, 5110 Main St., Williamsville. For information, contact JoAnn Harig at the American Cancer Society at 689-6982, ext. 119 or JoAnn.Harig@cancer.org.

Caregiver group for men to meet April 15

The Men's Caregiver Group, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association of Western New York will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 15 in the private dining room at ElderWood Village at Glenwood, 5271 Main St., Williamsville. The group provides support for men with loved ones suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Contact facilitator Don Sabo at 937-7522 or the WNY Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association at 626-0600.

Estudio Art to hold classes, camp

Art classes for teens, children and adults for September through June are open for registration at Estudio Art School, 16 Evans St., Williamsville. All classes are taught by New York State licensed art instructors. Art camp registration for boys and girls is also open. Camps are from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 7 to 11, July 21 to 25 and August 18 to 22. Call 634-5634.

Volunteers needed for hospital

The Women's Board of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital is seeking volunteers to work a few hours in the hospital's gift shop or coffee shop. For more information, call 689-9451 or 688-8511.

Hepatitis C Support Group to meet monthly

A Hepatitis C Support Group, held by the American Liver Foundation, meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the board room of the School of Dental Hygiene at Erie Community College's North Campus, 6205 Main Street, Williamsville. Enter off Wehrle Drive to Element Drive. Call 585-271-2859.

Volunteers needed at Weinberg Campus

A variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups are available at Weinberg Campus, 2700 North Forest Road, Getzville. Opportunities include activity and day program assistants, centerpiece designers, deli servers, friendly visitors, gift shop attendants and office assistants. Call 639-3311, ext. 2125.

Prostate cancer support group meets monthly

A prostate cancer support group meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at Veterans Hospital, 3495 Bailey Ave., Room 1109C, Buffalo. You do not have to be a veteran to attend. Call 834-9200, ext. 5169 or 743-7595 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.

Outworks$ Program ready to help residents

The Amherst Outworks$ Program is looking for residents who need help at their home. Area youth ages 12-18 are available to perform tasks, including, shoveling, raking, mowingand housework. The Outworks$ Program is also looking for youth ages 12 through 19 in certain Amherst areas to join the program. Call Millie Ganglion at 631-7217.

Pottery, art classes offered at Artyard

Art Explorers, Drawing and Pottery Kids along with new adult pottery classes are being formed at Artyard Studio, 5701 Main St., Williamsville. For more information or to register, call 634-0989 or visit www.artyardstudio.com.

Toastmasters group meets regularly

Northpointe Toastmasters, a chapter of Toastmasters International, meets from noon to 1 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at 25 Northpointe Parkway, Suite A, Amherst. For more information, call 689-8139.

The Arthritis Foundation to hold class

The Arthritis Foundation plans a tai chi class adapted for people with arthritis. It is gentle on joints, with rhythmic movements and breathing to help manage pain and bring stress relief. Classes will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, at Slim and Tone. For more information, call 636-5300.

Mixed media art class set at JCC

A class on acrylic, pencil, watercolor, pastels, pen and ink on a variety of surfaces with an emphasis on original subject matter, taught by Russell Ram, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, April 6, 13 and 20 at the Jewish Community Center's Benderson Family Building, 2640 North Forest Road, Getzville. Cost is $125, $100 for JCC members. To register or for more information, contact Amy Stromberg at 688-4114, ext. 366 or stromberg@jccbuffa lo.org.

Participants sought for Ideal Weight course

A nine week Ideal Weight course on weight control held from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. will begin Tuesday, April 29 at Amherst Center for Senior Services, 370 John James Audubon Parkway.The classes will be taught by weight-loss specialist Ida Shapiro. Call 636-3055, ext. 109.

Garden Club seeks new members

The Federated Williamsville Garden Club is seeking new members. The club meets at 10 a.m. on the first Thursday of the month to stimulate knowledge and love of gardening and to provide outreach service to the community. Call 688-6296 or 741-4461.

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