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The reservation deadline is Sunday for the Amherst Garden Club's holiday luncheon Dec. 5 at Brookfield Country Club. The event benefits the club's scholarship fund, civic, conservation and other projects. Tickets are $25 payable to Amherst Garden Club. Call Nan Davis at 688-2784 for further details.

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Smallwood Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Forest Elementary School cafeteria, 250 N. Forest Road, Amherst. Kathy Guest Shadrack, author of "The Book of Little Hostas," will present "Shady Characters," lesser-known plants that thrive in shady garden spots. Guests welcome.

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The African Violet & Gesneriad Society of WNY will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Lancaster Village Ambulance Corps building, 40 Embry Place, Lancaster. Members will discuss the new education boards to be used at the AVGS Show in May. Bring plants for assessment. A leaf exchange, blossom display board and 5 0/5 0 split drawing will be available. All welcome. For information, call Judy Niemira at 636-0934.

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