What's Going On
Reconnecting with faith program planned
St. Mary’s Church, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville, will begin the “Reconnecting with Your Catholic Faith” program from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the parish center on Stahley Road at the intersection of Transit Road. The program is for anyone thinking about returning to a more active participation in the Catholic faith. All are invited. For more information, contact Tom at 689-7448 or Carol at 741-8490.
Fishing Derby slated for April 14
The Town of Clarence Annual Fishing Derby will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 14, at Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main St. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The event is for children 15 and younger. It will be catch-and-release only, and prizes will be awarded for the largest, smallest and most caught.
Babysitter safety course to be offered
A free babysitter safety education course for 12- to 16-year-olds will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Harris Hill Fire Hall, 8630 Main St., Clarence. The course, limited to the first 100 registrants, will feature fire safety, fire extinguisher training, basic first aid training and carbon monoxide awareness, plus a presentation from the State Police and a free lunch. Proceeds from the Clarence Area Volunteer Firefighters Golf Course support the course. RSVP to Clarencebabysitting@hotmail.com. For information, visit www.hhvfc.com.
Event to assist veterans scheduled for April 15
The Erie County American Legion Family Project, “Veterans Helping Veterans,” will host a Chinese auction from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the Milton J. Brounshidle American Legion Post 205, 3354 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Admission is $10 per person and includes snacks, pop, beer and music by Just Mo Music. Proceeds benefit programs that assist homeless male and female veterans. Themed gift baskets or gift cards to be raffled as prizes are also sought. For more information, call Karen at 903-4252 or Kathy at 822-6121 or 598-8672.
Presentation to be held on preserving assets
“Fourteen Ways to Preserve Your Assets with the Medicaid Laws” will be presented at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road. Speakers are attorney Robert Friedman of Friedman & Ranzenhofer P.C and Jeffrey Vastola of the M&T Insurance Group. Learn how to preserve assets and plan for incapacity with such things as powers of attorney, health care proxies and living wills. To register for the free seminar, call 542-5444 by April 16.
Nativity students sets can, bottle drive
The Nativity of Mary School’s eighth-grade class will hold a can and bottle drive as a fundraiser for a class trip to Boston. The event is planned for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in the school parking lot, 8550 Main St., at Harris Hill Road, in Clarence.
St. Paul’s sets forum on substance abuse
St. Paul’s Church, 4275 Harris Hill Road, will hold a free “Community Cares” forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 19, featuring Clarence Town Justice Michael Powers, who oversees the Clarence Drug Court, and members of the Horizon Family Recovery Center, discussing teenage drug and alcohol abuse and recovery. Attendees are asked to use the center courtyard entrance. More information is available at www.stpaulsharrishill.org.
Home & Tool Raffle planned for April 21
Our Lady of Peace Church is having its annual Home & Tool Raffle from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at 10950 Main St., Clarence. The $25 advance purchase tickets include admission and all you can eat and drink as well as eligibility to win prizes. Dozens of theme baskets will also be auctioned. Call 759-8554 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays for details or to buy tickets.
Resident’s art featured in exhibit at library
Metaphors & Memories, an exhibit featuring selected works by Carol Ann Rice Rafferty, a resident of Clarence, is open at the Hilbert College McGrath Library, 5200 South Park Ave., Hamburg. The hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A Meet the Artist reception will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26. For additional information about the exhibit, contact Carol at 465-7912 or cari firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ladies Auxiliary hosting breakfast
The Harris Hill Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary pancake breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at the fire hall, 8630 Main St. Clarence. Presale tickets are available for adults for $5.50, and the price at the door will be $6. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call Debbie at 632-8636.
Farmers market to meet with vendors, volunteers
The Clarence Hollow Farmers’ Market will host its annual preseason market vendor meeting on Tuesday, April 10, at the Clarence Town Park Club House, 10405 Main St. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the meeting starting at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Anyone interested in becoming a market vendor or volunteer is invited to come or to email market manager Cheryl Anthony at email@example.com. RSVP by April 9. For more information, visit www.clarencefarmersmarket.com.
Chamber meeting to focus on China trip
The Clarence Chamber of Commerce and the Western New York Chamber Alliance, who will be partnering with CITSLINC International, are holding an informational meeting on their upcoming China trip at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the Clarence Library, 3 Town Place, Clarence. RSVP by April 9 by contacting the Chamber office at 631-3888 or www.clarence.org.
Program to be held at St. Paul’s Church
St. Paul’s Church, 4275 Harris Hill Road, Clarence, will hold a free “Community Cares” program from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the community room. The event features radio host Kevin Arndt, founder of the Social Security Planning Group, discussing ways to get everything a person is entitled to out of Social Security, and Stephen Brooks of the Bernhardi & Lukasik Law Offices. Attendees are asked to use the center courtyard entrance. Refreshments will be served. More information is available at www.stpaulsharrishill.org.
Friends of the Library holding fundraiser
The Friends of the Clarence Library is initiating a campaign to sell bricks and pavers for the library walkway, which can be purchased to pay tribute to a loved one or in recognition of a special occasion, organization or business. To participate, fill out the form on page 23 of this week’s Clarence Bee and mail it in with your check to Friends of the Clarence Public Library Inc., 3 Town Place, Clarence, NY 14031, by June 15 for installation this summer. For more information about this initiative, call 633-4539.