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Old Fort Niagara's Castle by Candlelight

For two nights in December, visitors to Old Fort Niagara will experience the holidays as they were celebrated in early America. Historical characters will bring Christmas past alive with 18th and 19th century holiday recipes and portrayals of colonial-era people. The highpoint of the evening will be a traditional Feu de Joie (firing of joy), a nighttime musket and cannon salute.

Programs will take place from 7:00 pm through 8:30 pm on Saturday, December 11th and Saturday, December 18th. The historic French Castle (built in 1726) will be illuminated entirely by candles, as will the Fort's parade ground. The Fort's log trading post will serve as a colonial tavern complete with hot beverages and period music.

Pet Connection Announces Holiday Season Events

Pet Connection Programs Inc. is counting on support from the generous residents of Western New York to make this a happy holiday season. Volunteers from the nonprofit maternity and special care animal shelter located in Marilla will be at several locations throughout Erie County in an effort to raise funds for the care of dozens of dogs and cats in need of loving homes.

Activities kick off on Black Friday as volunteers from the shelter will be selling their ever-popular pet totes filled with food, treats and toys at the Eastern Hills Mall, near Dave & Buster’s. The volunteers will return to the mall on three Saturday: November 27, December 11 and December 18. Pups from the shelter will also be there to greet you!

Turkeys Leave Country, Will Spend Holiday Overseas!

    There are 68 more days until Thanksgiving, and you can do your worrying about that turkey during the last 41. The first 27 days, or until October 15th, you can spend being thankful that the turkey you might not get will go to our boys overseas. This about sizes up the situation. Some time ago the government slapped a two-way freeze order on the national turkey crop.  It froze the sale of the birds until it can buy up 15,000,000 to 20,000,000 pounds needed by the armed forces, and it is now freezing the birds for shipment overseas. 

Turkeys remaining after Uncle Sam has his share will be allocated to civilian use.

Annual Craft Fair Slated at Annunciation School in Elma

The annual St. Nick Craft Fair, Bake Sale and Basket Raffle will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, December 5, at Annunciation School, 7580 Clinton St., Elma.

 The event, sponsored by the Annunciation Home School Guild, will also feature decorated fresh wreaths for purchase, a “Taste of Annunciation” appetizer booth, refreshments and much more. Admission is free.

Residents Encouraged to Attend Community Resource Fair

Residents seeking information about or assistance with family and household issues and necessities are invited to a free event that offers guidance on more than a dozen services, all in one location.

The Community Resource Fair will be held from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, at Cayuga Heights Elementary School, 1780 Como Park Blvd., Depew.

The Depew Union-Free School District and the Mobile Safety-Net Team are co-sponsoring the fair, which will feature representatives from the areas of family support and counseling, nutrition and school food, veterans, housing and legal services; as well as information on low-cost utilities, diabetes, food stamps, the Home Energy Assistance Program and more.

Help ‘Stick it to Cancer’

On Dec. 3, 2004, Lisa Johnson, a 20-year Town of Tonawanda resident, underwent successful surgery in her battle against cancer. To celebrate six years of being cancer-free, she's throwing herself a party, but the community will be the benefactor.       

The second annual Stick it to Cancer Blood Drive and Basket Raffle will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at VFW Post 7275, 3741 Walden Ave., Lancaster. Proceeds will be donated to the Town of Tonawanda Paramedics and the American Cancer Society through the 2011 Lancaster Relay for Life. The American Red Cross also will be available with its mobile unit to collect blood donations.

Opening Doors: Managing Holiday Stress for Families

Opening Doors: Managing Holiday Stress for Families

Date: December 18, 2010

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Location: Walden Galleria Mall - Community Room