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2010-10-21 / What's Going On

Wha t’s going on

Seminar to focus on college finances

College Financing Group will host the seminar “Make College Affordable” from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Garden Place Hotel, 6615 Transit Road, Lancaster. The event is free. To register, call 745.7286 or e-mail info@ collegefinancinggroup.com.

Annunciation sets pork chop dinner

The Annunciation Home School Guild and the Holy Name Society have scheduled the fourth annual Saturday Night Pork Chop Dinner from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 23, in Selbert Hall, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. Admission will be $9 per adult and $5 per child younger than 12. There will be no day of dinner sales, all tickets must be purchased in advance. The event also will include a basket raffle. For tickets, call the parish at 683-5254, Chet at 651-0319, Judy at 652-1798 or Rich at 655-1642.

UNYTS plans blood drive

Upstate New York Transplant Services Community Blood Service will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Park Lane Apartments, 4845 Transit Road, Lancaster. To schedule an appointment, call 512-7940 or e-mail donateblood@unyts.org.

Hull House scares up Haunted Barn

The Hull Family Home and Farmstead, 5976 Genesee St., Lancaster, will hold the Haunted Barn from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 23 and 30; and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 24 and 31. Admission is by donation to benefit the Hull Family Home and Farmstead restoration. There also will be special tours for the young and faint of heart.

ACTS to present ‘The Curious Savage’

Alden Christian Theatre Society, 1470 Church St., Village of Alden, will hold its Off-Broadway Musical Review from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, with a $5 admission. ACTS also will hold A Scary Tale Tea for children in fifth to eighth grades from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. Attendees may arrive in costume, and admission will be $10. Also, auditions for ACTS’ upcoming production of “A Christmas Carol” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, and Thursday, Oct. 28. Interested actors should bring a prepared (memorized) monologue of about a minute in length, and crew members also are needed. For more information, call 937-7770.

Hay rides, haunted house to help charity

The Bowmansville Fire Association will offer haunted hay rides and a haunted house from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, and Saturday, Oct. 23, on the grounds of Station 1 at 36 Main St. Admission will be $3 and include cider and doughnuts. Costumes are welcome, and child identification and fingerprinting will be available through New York Life. Proceeds will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. For more information, visit the site www.bvfa.com.

Our Lady of Pompeii cooks up meat raffle

The Home School Association of Our Lady of Pompeii, 129 Laverack Ave., Lancaster, will hold a meat raffle Saturday, Oct. 23, in the school hall. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and the first raffle will be held at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 in advance or $6 at the door. A basket auction, 50/50 split and other prizes also will be featured. For more information, call Tim at 686-9559.

DECA students plan rummage sale

Depew High School DECA, an association of marketing students, will hold Depew’s Greatest Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the school, 5201 Transit Road. Registration for those taking part in the sale must be received by Wednesday, Oct. 20. Tables are $20 each, or participants may bring their own tables for $10 (up to 10 feet). Donations of new or gently used items will be accepted. To register call DECA Advisor Jessica Leary at 686-5065, ext. 4244, or e-mail jleary@depew.wnyric.org.

Seeing Wishes Come True set for Oct. 27

Sytesee.com will be hosting Seeing Wishes Come True, a charity event for the Make a Wish Foundation of WNY, from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27 at SoHo, 64 W. Chippewa St., Buffalo. Tickets are $25 and include entertainment and food. Purchase tickets at www.sytesee.eventbrite.com.

Benefit planned for cancer patient

A benefit to support Marla (Freitas) Kracker, who has been diagnosed with urethra cancer and leukemia, will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 4569 Broadway, Depew. Admission will be $20 and include beverages, pizza and snacks. A split club, basket raffle and other side raffles will be available. For tickets and more information, call Ken McCracken at 870-2469, Star Donaldson at 838-6434 or Kristi (Freitas) Sajdak at 445-5525.

Auction organized at Polish Falcons Club

The Western New York Branch of the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation will hold a Chinese auction from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, at the Polish Falcons Club, 445 Columbia Ave., Depew. Admission will be $10, which includes 25 auction tickets, a piece of pizza, dessert and beverage. For more information, call Judy Giddy-King at 628-4966.

Fleetwood Mix to take stage

Fleetwood Mix, a recreation of Fleetwood Mac, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 683-1776.

Haunted Garage set for Halloween weekend

The Haunted Garage will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, and from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 31, at 496 Pleasant View Drive, Lancaster. Donations will be accepted for the SPCA. For more information visit www. lancasterhauntedgarage.com.

Upscale Singles plan October dance

Upscale Singles will hold a dance at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at the Polish Falcons Hall, 445 Columbia Ave., Depew, featuring live music by Rare Blend. Admission will be $8 and include snacks and prizes. Call 341-9882 for more information.

Lancaster club invites members to meeting

The Lancaster Women’s Civic Club is preparing the favors to be used at the 113th annual Western New York Federation of Women’s Clubs President’s Round Table, which will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Columns Banquets at Alton’s Restaurant, 2221 Transit Road, Elma. This meeting traditionally presents a means for the WNYFWC members to network and to explain their programs, fundraisers, community service, etc. For reservations, call Treasurer Beverly King at 881-5390.

Fire auxiliary scares up Halloween Parade

The annual Lancaster Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary Halloween Parade will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. The event will organize in the parking lot on Pleasant Avenue West across from Lancaster Towers, Village of Lancaster. The parade will proceed up Pleasant Avenue West to Central Avenue, south on Central Avenue and conclude at the fire department headquarters at Broadway and Central Avenue. The Department will serve apple cider and doughnuts at the end of the parade.

St. John’s to host ‘Trunk- n- Treat’

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 67 Litchfield Ave., Depew, will hold a “Trunk-n-Treat” event for neighb children from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Congregation members will decorate the trunks of their cars and give treats to children as they go through the parking lot. Food and games will also be offered for all who attend.

Spaghetti dinner spices up election day

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 55 Pleasant Ave., will hold its annual Election Day Spaghetti Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2. Dinner will be $8 per adult and $4 per child younger than 12. Takeout will be available.

Elks Lodge invites veterans to dinner

Lancaster Elks Lodge 1478, 33 Legion Parkway, will sponsor a spaghetti dinner to honor all veterans from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11. Each veteran and a guest from the Lancaster and Depew area are invited. Reservations are requested by Monday, Nov. 8, by calling 685-1478.

Town Hall to be site of passport program

The Town of Lancaster will host Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul’s Passports on the Move program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, at Lancaster Town Hall, 21 Central Ave. Attendees must bring an original or certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate or previous U.S. passport, primary identification and either two identical 2-by-2-inch color passport photos, or cash, check or money order for $10 made out to Erie County Clerk. To make an appointment, call 683-9028. Walk-ins will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Facilities team up to collect food for needy

VFW Post 7275, 3741 Walden Ave., Lancaster; the Polish Falcons Club, 445 Columbia Ave., Depew; Trinity Episcopal Church, 5448 Broadway, Lancaster; and Como Lake Girl Scouts are holding a food drive through Saturday, Nov. 20. Each facility will be a collection site for nonperishable goods, closed boxes, bottles, paper products and more. Monetary donations also will be accepted to defray the cost of purchased meat products. For more information, call 681-8387.

Food pantry organizes auction

The Tri-Community Food Pantry will hold its fifth annual Chinese auction from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at the Lancaster Elks Club, 33 Legion Parkway. Tickets will be $10, which includes entertainment by “Nick Battistella - Sinatra & More,” pizza, snacks, soft drinks, one door prize ticket and one sheet of Chinese auction tickets. A cash bar and 50/50 split also will be available. Drawings begin at 7:30 p.m., and winners must be present.

Polka Gospel Crusade slated for Nov. 5, 6

The first Polka Gospel Crusade will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, and from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, in the old Dom Polski building, 570 Gould Ave., Depew. Polka band Frankie Z and the Polish Praise will be featured. For more information, call 810-2855.

Lancaster teenager plans piano concert

Victoria Cabri Ruggiero, 15, a pianist and sophomore at Lancaster High School, will offer her first concert to benefit the Response to Love Center charity at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at Blessed John XXIII Church, 1 Arcade St., West Seneca. A reception will follow. Several additional musicians and vocalists will join Ruggiero in the event, including Cori Jaskier, a sophomore at Lancaster High School. Tickets for the concert may be purchased at the door for $8 per adult and $5 per student.

Elma Fire Auxiliary cooks up breakfast

The Elma Fire Auxiliary will hold a fall French toast breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, at the Elma Fire Social Hall, 2945 Bowen Road, Elma. Admission is $9 per adult and $5 per child older than 5. Takeout will be available.

Rock it to Stock It for Food Bank of WNY

The “Rock it to Stock It” Holiday Food Drive, organized by the local band Hot Daddy Rocks to benefit the Food Bank of WNY, will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at Page’s Paradise Island, 4701 Transit Road, Lancaster. A Chinese auction will be featured, and 10 food items or $10 buys attendees a sheet of 25 auction tickets. Bands will perform during the event, and Hot Daddy Rocks will take the stage at 10 p.m. For more information or to donate a basket, call Tom Bender at 472-5904.

Get in the game with towel bingo

The Cathedral Ladies Guild of Holy Mother of the Rosary Parish Center, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster, will sponsor towel bingo at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 7. Admission is $5 per person and include a towel bingo board, a chance to win a door prize, coffee and dessert. Food also will be available for purchase. Extra boards will be available for $1 each or three for $2. For more information, call 685-5766.

Veterans, public offered steak dinner

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7275, 3741 Walden Ave., will sponsor a Veterans Day steak dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7. The cost will be $10 per person, and takeout will be available. For more information, call 681-8387.

Greenfield Manor plans home party event

Greenfield Manor, 5953 Broadway, Lancaster, will hold its Holiday Bazaar and Afternoon of Home Parties from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. Admission will be free. For more information, call 684-8400.

Girl Scout Troop 640 plans breakfast

Girl Scout Troop 640 will hold a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8 to 10 am. Sunday, Nov. 14, at Applebee’s, 1785 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. The price is $6 per person. A basket raffle also will be available. For more information, call 685-9136.

Dinner, raffle scheduled at Polish Falcons Club

The Polish Falcons Ladies Auxiliary will host a chicken barbecue and Chinese auction at noon Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Polish Falcons Club, 445 Columbia Ave., Depew. Tickets for the dinner are $8 presale and $8.50 at the door, and advanced sales must be picked up by 3 p.m.

Community asked to help Stick it to Cancer

The second annual Stick it to Cancer Blood Drive and Basket Raffle, which benefits the Lancaster Relay for Life, Town of Tonawanda Paramedics and Red Cross, will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at VFW Post 7275, 3741 Walden Ave., Lancaster. Admission will be $10 per person and free for children 10 and younger and presenting blood donors. Raffle drawings will begin at 6 p.m. There is no need to give blood to attend, and winners need not be present. For more information, e-mail lisaann_johnson@yahoo.com.

Holiday dinner dance to benefit Pet Connection

Tickets are available for a holiday concert/dinner dance featuring Jack Civiletto & The Pyramid Band that will take place from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Proceeds from the event will benefit Pet Connection Programs Inc. in Marilla. Tickets are $25 per person and include dinner, entertainment, a basket auction and raffles. A special door prize of four Disney one-day park hopper passes valued at $544 will be given away. Tickets for the event are presale only and can be ordered by calling the shelter at 652-0192.

Lancaster/Depew Carolers seek members

The Lancaster/Depew Carolers are seeking new participants. Members must be 18 years or older, but they don’t have to live in Lancaster or Depew. The group sings at schools, nursing homes and other organizations throughout the holidays. It meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the meeting room of the Lancaster Library, 5466 Broadway. For more information, call June or Joyce at 651-9344 or visit www.freewebs.com/ lancasterdepewcarolers.

Dinner-for-two certificates available

The Lancaster Redskins Booster Club is selling dinner-for-two certificates for Salvatore’s Italian Gardens for $45 and Russell’s Steaks, Chops and More for $50 as its major fundraiser. Certificates are available by calling Booster President Pat Farruggio at 681-4784.

SOS recovery group meets Wednesdays

The Lancaster chapter of Secular Organizations for Sobriety meets from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Buffalo General Hospital/Kaleida satellite clinic, 11 W. Main St., Lancaster. Save Our Selves is a nonprofit network of groups dedicated to helping individuals achieve and maintain sobriety. It is an alternative recovery method for those alcoholics or drug addicts uncomfortable with the spiritual content of 12-step programs. Call 636-7571, ext. 226.

Parkinson’s Disease caregivers to meet

The University at Buffalo Comprehensive Movement Disorders Center and the Parkinson Association of Western New York will offer a free Parkinson’s Disease Caregiver Support Group. Evalyn Katz, licensed clinical social worker, will be the facilitator. The group will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month in the first floor education room at the new University at Buffalo Neurosurgery Building behind the Dent Tower, Amherst. For registration, call 859-3342.

Pilates classes held for $5 at area church

Pilates classes will be held at 9:30 a.m. every Monday to Friday at the Harris Hill United Methodist Church at the corner of Main Street and Harris Hill Road. The cost is $5 per class. For more information, visit www.carlas pilates.com or call 741-8641.

Lancaster Junior Redskins seek participants

The Lancaster Junior Redskins are seeking junior football players and cheerleaders ages 7 to 15. Newly elected President Chuck Vallone invites those interested to be a part of the organization, which has a few open board positions and is in the process of accepting coaching applications for the upcoming season. Information can be found at www. jrredskins. com.

Teens invited to join Vine student ministries

Teens in grades seven to 12 who are looking for something to do Wednesday nights are invited to join the Vine Wesleyan Church student ministries every Wednesday night at 5335 William St. “Hang time” begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes video games, air hockey, foosball and food. The program with games, a message and small group discussion runs from 7 to 8:15 p.m. For more information, call 683-0570.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to hold events

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation — a non-profit, donor-supported organization whose mission is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease — invites new guests to join events. For a list of events, visit www. cff. org/ chapters/ wny.

Mothers of Preschoolers invite new members

Mothers of Preschoolers is a place where mothers of preschoolers (birth through kindergarten) can experience teachings, food, conversation and help — all to help you be a better. Meetings are held from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. the first and third Monday of the month at Fellowship Wesleyan Church, 1645 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. For more information, call Rhonda at (585) 457-7003.

Baby’s Sweet Beginnings plans Mommy&Me

Baby’s Sweet Beginnings, a lactation and wellness center at 231 Aurora St., Lancaster, holds free Mommy&Me sessions the second and fourth Monday of each month. For more information, call 681-8100.

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