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Deadline is Dec. 1 for book submissions
Submissions for a second edition of “The Empty Chair: Love and Loss in the Wake of Flight 3407,” co-edited by Gunilla Theander Kester and Gary Earl Ross, are now being accepted. Anyone who wishes to include material — such as letters, poems, prayers, photos, stories, journal entries and memoirs — may send them to the editors at Gunilla@thekesters.net with “3407 Anthology” in the subject heading. Submissions are requested by Dec. 1.
Hanukkah family celebration planned
A Hanukkah family celebration will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at the Jewish Discovery Center, 757 Hopkins Road, Amherst. The program will also include a full Hanukkah dinner, Hanukkah music, Menorah lighting, games and crafts. For more information and reservations. contact the Jewish Discovery Center by calling 639-7600 or visiting www.jewishtomorrow.com.
Williamsville Art Society sale and show closes
The Williamsville Art Society’s holiday show and art sale will be on display through Wednesday, Dec. 1 at Village Center Gallery, 5500 Main St., Williamsville. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
Amherst Book Club plans meeting
The holiday meeting of the Amherst Book Club will be held at noon Thursday, Dec. 2, at The Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road. The featured reviewers are Andrew Bien-Kowski and May Akers, who will be reviewing their book, “One Life to Give.” Anyone interested in joining the Amherst Book Club is asked to call 839-2904. The next meeting is Thursday, Feb. 3.
Fibromyalgia Support Group meeting slated
The Fibromyalgia Support Group meets from noon to 1:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at the Amherst Main Library at Audubon, study group room, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. All those with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome or similar conditions are welcome, as are family and friends. For information, contact the Arthritis Foundation at 1-800-870-1771.
Eggertsville group plans meeting
The next Eggertsville Community Organization Neighborhood Watch Committee meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Amherst. Block team captains will cover plans for training and discuss concerns of residents.
Drop-n-Shop begins at Clearfield
The first “drop-n-shop” session, where children can be dropped off while parents finish holiday preparations, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Clearfield Community Center. The fee is $10 per family per session. Advance registration is required. Subsequent sessions will be held at the same time and place on Thursday, Dec. 9, and Thursday, Dec. 16. For information, call 631-7211.
Reservations due for Beth Tzedek dinner
The general meeting of the Sisterhood of Temple Beth Tzedek will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at Temple Beth Tzedek. Hanukkah will be celebrated with a dinner prepared by temple caterer Karen Vogt and latkes prepared by Sisterhood members. Musicians Marty Kerker and Sara Schulz will entertain. Dinner reservations, at a cost of $15, are due by Dec. 2. Call 838-3232.
Living Nativity slated at Randall Baptist
Randall Baptist Church will hold “Pilgrimage to Bethlehem,” a walk-through living Nativity from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, through Saturday, Dec. 4. The church is located at 6301 Main St. near Youngs Road, Amherst. The event includes a free family photo.
Moses Insurance to hold weeklong food drive
Moses Insurance, 5475 Main St., Williamsville, is holding a food drive from Friday, Dec. 3, through Thursday, Dec. 9. Nonperishable food items can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at its offices. For information, call 634-1212, ext. 225.
Nan Hoffman and Joe Tumino offer concert
Nan Hoffman and Joe Tumino will perform in “Celebrations of the Heart” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Phoenix United Church of Christ, 1280 N. French Road, Amherst. The concert is free, but donations are accepted. For information, call 713-6370 or 773-5315.
Garage Doors rocks Town Pub
The Garage Doors, a band that covers the music of The Doors, is performing at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Town Pub, 2309 Eggert Road near Sheridan, Tonawanda. The band features Williamsville resident Dan DeLano.
Zion Dominion plans holiday gift fair
Zion Dominion Legacy Bookstore will hold a holiday gift fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at its church at 895 N. Forest Road, Amherst. The event will feature live music, sleigh rides and a play area for children. Artwork, candles, crafts and other gift items will be for sale. A children’s story hour will take place at 11 a.m. Call 250-7040 for information.
Candlelight Vespers planned at First Trinity
Christmas Candlelight Vespers will be held at 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at First Trinity Lutheran Church, 1570 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda. It will feature a candlelight procession, choral and instrumental music, congregational singing and a children’s choir at the 4 p.m. service.
Dinner and movie evening slated
The movie “White Christmas”will be shown at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Village Meeting House, 5658 Main St. near Mill. The movie will be followed by a ham buffet dinner at The Irishman Pub and Eatery, 5601 Main St. Tickets for the evening cost $13.95. For reservations, call The Irishman at 626-2670.
Author Daniel Kotzin speaks at Kadimah
Daniel Kotzin will speak on his biography of activist and rabbi Judah Magnes at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at Kadimah School, 1085 Eggert Road, Amherst. Tickets are $8 for the general public and free to students. This event is part of the Jewish Book Fair. Call 688-4114, ext. 337 or visit www.jccbookfair.com.
Hanukkah Super Bowl planned for Sunday
A Hanukkah Super Bowl will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Transit Lanes, 7850 Transit Road, Amherst. The afternoon will feature bowling, singing, potato latkes and lighting a bowling pin menorah. The event is sponsored by the Jewish Discovery Center, Chai Hebrew School and Kadimah Day School. Call 639-7600 or visit www. jewishtomorrow. com.
WABPS to hold Christmas party
Women’s Associates of the Buff Power Squadron will hold its annual Christmas party at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the Park Club of Buffalo, 4949 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Cocktails will be at 5:45 p.m. A Chinese auction to benefit Cornerstone Manor will conclude the evening.
Group to perform at Kenmore Mercy
Kenmore Mercy Hospital's Songs of the Season, a free concert series, begins with a performance from The Lord’s Talents from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Eggertsville at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the Kenmore Mercy Hospital Atrium, 2950 Elmwood Avenue near Sheridan in Kenmore.
Holiday bazaar, lunch set at Salvatore’s
Women Interested in Cystic Health will hold a holiday bazaar and luncheon at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew. For information, call 652-9613 or 652-0375.
Cross Country Ski Club plans workshop
Buffalo Nordic Ski Club will hold its annual open house from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the Wick Center on the Daemen College Campus, 4380 Main St., Amherst. The evening is free and will feature door prizes, waxing clinics and videos. Membership information will also be available.
Williamsville Rotary meets Monday evenings
The Rotary Club of Williamsville meets at 6:15 p.m. Mondays at Le Metro in the Tony Walker Plaza, 5110 Main St. near Interstate 290. For more information, e-mail Paul Banas at pbanas@banasmort gage.com.
Amherst Male Glee Club seeks singers
The Amherst Male Glee Club is recruiting new members. For information and details, call 875-2958.
Scooter Club forming in Northtowns
The Niagara River Scooter Club is seeking new members. The group meets at 7 p.m. Sundays at the Tim Hortons located at 2760 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. For more information, e-mail Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poinsettia sale benefits cystic fibrosis
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is holding a poinsettia sale sponsored by Lockwood Greenhouses. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The flower sizes and prices are as follows: 4 1/2 inches for $5, 6 1/2 inches for $10, 8 inches (three plants) for $20 and 10 inches (four plants) for $25. For more information, call 204-2535 or email email@example.com.
Parachute Group sets weekly meeting
The Parachute Group, for people in career transition, meets at 10 a.m. every Wednesday at the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road. For more information, call 276-1117.
Pantera Ski Club accepting students
Pantera Ski Club will have ski/snowboard Friday nights for Williamsville high school students beginning Dec. 17 at Holiday Valley Resort. The club includes transportation (coach buses), a one-hour lesson and lift pass. Buses will leave Williamsville East at 4 p.m. on Fridays. Rentals and discounted season passes are available. For information, call 639-1151 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scottish Country Dance classes available
The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society of Buffalo will offer dance classes, including a beginner’s class, from 7:15 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at the Amherst Community Church, 77 Washington Highway, Snyder. The first two classes are free. The rest are $6 per class. Call 930-0750, or visit http:// www. rscdsbuffalo. com.
Hebrew group meets every Wednesday
Hadassah’s Hebrew conversation group, Ksat Ivrit, is offered at 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Amherst Jewish Community Center, 2640 N. Forest Road. Call 688-4114 for more information.
Weinberg Campus offers educational workshops
Weinberg Campus will provide free educational workshops for community groups, faith organizations and businesses. Topics include Exploring Senior Living Options, Hospitalization and the Dementia Client, and Senior Living - Assessing the Need. For information, call 639-3311, ext. 2233.
Amherst East Rotary meets at Westwood
The Rotary Club of Amherst East meets weekly from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Thursdays at the Westwood Country Club, 772 N. Forest Road, Amherst. Call 689-8886 for information.
Amherst South Rotary meets weekly
The Rotary Club of Amherst South meets at 6:15 p.m. Wednesdays at the Sonoma Grille, 5010 Main St. near Interstate 290, Snyder. For more information, call 632-4603.
Amherst Youth Work$ does chores for seniors
The Amherst Youth Work$ program employs people 12 to 19 years of age to help with chores for seniors 55 and older. Call 631-7217 to learn about working or using the service.
Celebrate Snyder seeks new members
Celebrate Snyder is seeking members to help promote the area. For information about the group, contact Michael Vallone at 479-6101.
Lions Club loan closet needs donations
The Amherst Lions Club seeks donations for its loan closet. The club loans equipment such as wheelchairs, canes and walkers to the community. The equipment can be kept as long as needed. Contact Ken Moses at 634-1212, ext. 211.
Ideal weight-loss classes offered
Ida Shapiro, who has 44 years of experience in weight-loss programming, will hold weight-loss classes at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at St. Gregory the Great School, 250 St. Gregory Court. Classes also will be held at 6:15 p.m. every Tuesday at Zion United Church of Christ, 15 Koenig Circle, Tonawanda. Call 636-3698.