FRIDAY, APRIL 25
Grape Belt Seniors Aerobics and Weights with Catherine, 9 a.m., Masonic Lodge, East Main Street, Fredonia. Coffee and conversation follows at 10 a.m. New members welcome.
Exercise with Tiffany, 9 to 10 a.m., Dunkirk Senior Center, 45 Cliffstar Court. Cost is $1 per session.
'Write Circle' Writers' Group Meeting, 9 to 10 a.m., Sinclairville Free Library. Group meets every Friday morning. For more information, contact Beth Hadley at the library at 962-5885 or email@example.com.
Fitness Classes at Fredonia Grange No. 1, 9 a.m., 58 W. Main St., Fredonia. Call Carol at 672-2209 for more information.
Barker Library Storytime, 10:15 a.m., Darwin R. Barker Library, 7 Day St. Fredonia. Tuesdays and Fridays for stories, movies, songs, and fun. All children welcome.
Pinochle: Birdie's Flock, 1 p.m., Fredonia Beaver Club. All pinochle players are welcome. With any questions, call Birdie at 679-1409.
Overeaters Anonymous Weekly Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Steger Hi-Rise Apartments library, 15 N. Main St., Dunkirk. This is a 12-step fellowship of men and women recovering from all varieties of eating disorders. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins. Call Vicki at 672-2625 or Cassandra at 410-1066 or leave message. Meetings held Fridays.
Chiavetta's Chicken Barbecue, 4-7 p.m. SUNY Fredonia Williams Center patio. $9 pre-sale, $10 at the door. Tickets on sale at the ticket office. Sponsored by the Senior Class of SUNY Fredonia. For details, call Kathy Carrus, Senior Class Advisor, 673-3381.
Bingo, 7 p.m., Dunkirk Elks Club, 428 Central Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. All new Bingo played on paper. Red, White, Blue and Progressive. Pull tabs available. Call 366-1110.
Narcotics Anonymous Meeting, 7 p.m., St. John's Church, 733 Central Ave., Dunkirk.
Divine Mercy Novena for Life, 7 p.m., Blessed Mary Angela, St. Hedwig's location. 324 Townsend St. Dunkirk.
Chautauqua County American Legion Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Ira Lou Spring Post 149 364 Fluvanna Ave., Jamestown. All Legionnaires are urged to attend.
SATURDAY, APRIL 26
Spring Migration Bird Banding Demonstration, 7-11 a.m., 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown. Tag along with ornithologists (bird scientists) to see how the capture, band, and release birds for research purposes. Donations appreciated.
Pancake Breakfast, East Town of Dunkirk Fire Dept., 4741 Willow Road, 7- 11 a.m. Cost: Adults, $6, children 4-12r $4. 3 and under, free.
Fitness Classes at Fredonia Grange No. 1, 9 a.m., 58 W. Main St., Fredonia. This one-hour class includes stretching, strengthening, toning, core training and low-impact aerobics. Call Carol at 672-2209 for more information.
Mayville Habitat construction, 9 a.m. -1 p.m. 7 Patterson St. Mayville. Seven outdoor chores, various indoor chores. Male and female workers are welcome. Anyone can learn from those who are experienced in Habitat home building. May be an hour or four hours every Saturday or once a month. Contact Mike Ricketts at 338-8864 (cell) or 753-7831.
Family History Research Seminar, 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., Clarion Hotel, Dunkirk. Sponsored by Chautauqua County Genealogical Society. Featured Speakers : Rhonda Konig, Buffalo & Erie County Public library and Norman Carlson, Fenton History Center. Learn online research and navigating databases. $25 per person, includes lunch. To register call Walter Sedlmayer at 679-7936.
Fredonia Farmers' Market, Community Luncheon, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Masonic Lodge, Rt. 20, Fredonia. $5 to select from options such as pulled pork sandwich, salad, spinach quiche, and soup.
Fredonia Winter Farmers' Market, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Masonic Lodge, Rt. 20, Fredonia. Many local farmers, vendors and artisans will have quality goods for sale. Runs November to May.
Falconer Rod and Gun Club spring vendor/craft show, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Falconer Rod and Gun Club, Buffalo Street extension. Proceeds will go towards youth programs to get children more involved in outdoor activities. Please contact Lorri Becker at 969-8773 for details.
Gowanda Fire Dept. Open House, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Main Fire Hall, Aldrich St. Hidi Hall, Beech St., Gowanda. Recruiting new members for the Volunteer Fire Department. See the equipment used to perform their purpose to "Protect the life and property in the community." Refreshments will be served. For details, call 532-3434.
Portland Volunteer Fire Dept. Open House, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. 6481 West Main Rd., Portland. See demonstrations, check out the trucks, and get a little taste of what it's like. Bring the family and enjoy some refreshments.
Children's Concert Series: Guitar Quartet, 10:30 a.m., Dunkirk Free Library 536 Central Ave. Designed to introduce very young audiences from infants to 6 year olds to musical instruments. Family members are encouraged to bring blankets or carpet squares to sit on. Strollers can be parked around the edges of the seating areas. Call 673-4628 for details. Free event.
Trowel Talks: Good Bugs, Bad Bugs with Sherry Lantz, 10:30 a.m., Dunkirk Free Library, 536 Central Avenue. Gardening workshops presented by the Chautauqua County Master Gardeners through the Cornell Cooperative Extension program. Workshops are FREE and open to the public. To sign up please call the library 366-2511 or visit the Circulation Desk. Most workshops will take place in the library meeting room.
Honoring Mother Earth 5K Run/Walk, 11 a.m., Start line: Seneca Nation Early Childhood Learning Center at 12857 Route 438, Irving. certified 5K course and a timed race. Register online at www.score-this.com. The entry fees are $15 (18 and under & 60+), $20 (before April 14), and $25(April 14 and later. )Registration and early packet pickup is available Friday, April 25 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the William Seneca Building, 2nd Floor Planning Department 12837 Route 438, Irving. Late registration and packet pickup is also available on race day from 9:30a.m.-10:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Food Is Our Medicine Project, in coordination with Seneca Nation of Indians and Seneca Diabetes Foundation,
Lakeshore Humane Society Pet Adoption Day/Open House, 12 to 4 p.m., Lakeshore Humane Society Adoption Center, 431 E. Chestnut St., Dunkirk. Call 672-1991 or go to www.lakeshorehumanesociety.org for more information.
Spaghetti and Meatball Benefit for Mark E. Swanson, 1- 5 p.m. Sinclairville Fire Hall, 30 Main St., Sinclairville. Mark E. Swanson suffered a rare stroke in February that required emergency brain surgery. Organized by the Open Door Baptist Church of Cassadaga. Dinners are $7 for age 13 and older, $4 for age 12 and under, and $7.50 for takeout. To donate for the silent auction, contact Mark's employer, Cassadaga Farm Supply, at 595-3060. Monetary donations can be made to "Friends of Mark Swanson", c/o Community Bank, 8036 Route 60, Cassadaga, NY 14718.
Author Shadow Fox Book Signing Event, 1 - 2:30 p.m. The Garden Room Cafe, 215 Central Ave. Silver Creek. Brocton resident Shadow Fox will be available to sign copies of her book, "Want Not and Be Open to Receive." For details, contact (405) 458-5642 or Michelle Whitman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Iona Burkholder Benefit & Blood Drive, 2-7 p.m. Stanley Hose Company Fire Department 122 Park St., Sherman. Doors open at 1pm and an Italian Pasta Bar will be served from 2- 7pm. The Red Cross will be there to hold a Blood Drive in Iona's honor. Each donor will receive a free tee shirt and gift card to Tops. Local bands: The Bogarts, Uncle Claud's Band, and the Kingsfield Family Band. Special performance for the children by local artist Lindsey Hinger. Raffles, silent auctions, and children's activities. Iona was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). All proceeds will go to her family to help with medical and transportation costs. For details or to make a donation, contact Michelle Swabik at 753-6977.
Divine Mercy Novena for Life, 3:15 p.m., Blessed Mary Angela Church, St. Hyacinth location. 295 Lake Shore Drive East, Dunkirk.
NCCBDA Dunkirk Jazz Invitational, 3:30-7 p.m. Forestville High School, 4 Academy St., Forestville. Features performances by Forestville Middle School Jazz Ensemble, Brocton Jazz Ensemble, Clymer Jazz Ensemble, Black Knight Jazz Ensemble from Silver Creek High School, The Corner Pocket Big Band from Clymer, Panama, Sherman, and Jamestown, Cassadaga Valley High School Jazz Ensemble, Forestville High School Jazz Ensemble, and the dixieland band, the Fredtown Stompers featuring Dave Golando. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the door ($5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and non-performing students, and children under 5 are free). Concessions will be available. Open to the public. For details, visit www.nccbda.org
Polish Fest, 4-6:30 p.m. or until sold out. St. John's United Church of Christ, 733 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Tickets $10. Features: Polish sausage, homemade pierogi and golabkis, beet relish, bread and desserts. Take-out available. Tickets at the door or may be picked up at the church office 9-12 Mon. and Fri. or 1:30-3:30 Tues. and Thurs. Call 366-0710.
SUNDAY, APRIL 27
Sunday Family Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Forest Lodge #166 F & A.M. 321 East Main St. (Rte 20), Fredonia. Eggs made to order, pancakes or French toast, sausages, fruit cocktail, toast, juice, milk, coffee, and tea. Adults and teenagers 13 and up $6.50, Children 6-12 $3, Kids 5 and under are free. Public is welcome to attend, as is anyone with interests in, or has questions about Free Masonry.
Northern Chautauqua Club Association monthly meeting, 10:30 a.m., J. Carter Knapp Post 953, Forestville.
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 459 Meeting, 11 a.m., John T. Murray Post #1017, 113 Deer St., Dunkirk. With questions, call Danny McGill at 366-2287.
Valley Historical Society bake sale, 11 a.m., Sinclairville Fire Hall, 30 Main St., Sinclairville. Variety of baked goods for sale. All proceeds go to supporting the needs of the museum and to this year's Sinclairville History Fair.
Chicken Barbecue, 11:30 a.m. until sold out. Gowanda Fire Hall, 230 Aldrich Street. Menu includes chicken, baked beans, potato salad, dessert and beverage. $8.50 for the dinner or $5.50 for 1/2 chicken only. Sponsored by Rescue Co. #3 and Auxiliary Co. #6.
Dayton Volunteer Fire Co. Chicken Barbecue, 11:30 a.m. until sold out at the Fire Hall, 9512 Rt. 62, Dayton. Dinners are $9 for adults and $5.50 for children under 12. Half chicken, salt potatoes, macaroni salad, coleslaw, roll with butter, desserts and drinks. Take-outs available. Call 532-9098 before Sunday. On Sunday, call 532-2627. All proceeds go to the new fire hall fund.
Divine Mercy Sunday Mass and reception, 2 p.m., Blessed Mary Angela Church, St. Hyacinth location. 295 Lake Shore Drive East, Dunkirk. Following Mass and the chaplet, a reception will follow in the Lyceum. All are invited to attend.
Southern Tier Bills Booster Club general meeting, 2 p.m., Kosciuszko Club, 252 Nevins St., Dunkirk.
Fredonia Opera House comedy show, Bible Bingo, 3 p.m., The 1891 Fredonia Opera House, Village Hall, Fredonia. Mrs. O'Brien's bingo incorporates religious themes, humor and the funniest quiz about the Holy Family you've ever heard! During the show, audience members actually play several games of bingo and compete for wacky prizes. Reserved seating tickets to Bible Bingo are $27 ($25 Opera House members) and may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 716-679-1891, Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. They also may be purchased online any time at www.fredopera.org.
Chautauqua County Rural Ministry "Creative Spring Cooking" workshop, 3:00-4:30 p.m. at 131 Central Ave, The Friendly Kitchen in Dunkirk. Nancy Holbrook will be demonstrating original ways of fixing up those Easter leftovers and cooking healthy food fast. Open to the public at no cost. CCRM provides recipes, fresh produce, and nutritional help to all attendees. Call 366-1787 to make your reservation.
Christian Women of America Prayer/Action meeting, 4 p.m., Lake Shore Community Chapel, 4252 West Main Rd. Fredonia. First meeting of this group. Will pray and discuss how members can take action and make a difference. Childcare provided. Husbands also welcome to attend. Call Marietta at 673-1294 for details.
Fredonia Opera House "A FanTableous Fete" reception and auction, 5:30 p.m., The White Inn, 52 East Main St. Fredonia. 14 uniquely designed maple corner tables that will be auctioned off. Bids on the tables will be accepted in advance of the Apr. 27 reception/auction as well as at the event. To place an advance bid, bidders should email their name, phone number, name of the table they are bidding on and the bid amount to email@example.com. The bids are updated daily. If bidders cannot attend the FanTableous Fete auction, the Opera House will make arrangements for them to attend and bid via telephone or for a proxy bidder. Tickets are available online at www.fredopera.org or by calling the Opera House Box Office, T-F, 1-5 p.m., at 679-1891.
Bingo, 6:45 p.m., Blessed Mary Angela Social Center, 324 Townsend St., Dunkirk. 25 games all on paper, including 4 specials: Red, White, Blue, Pot of Gold. Early Bird and Casino. Wheelchair accessible. For more information, call Sunday afternoon 366-4480.