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feast day: St. Maximilian Kolbe’s Feast Day will be celebrated with an educational presentation given by Dennis Castillo, dean of education at Christ the King Seminary and professor of church history, from 6 to 7 p.m. today in the dining room of Peregrine’s Landing, 575 Cayuga Creek Road, Cheektowaga. St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz during World War II. Pope John Paul II declared him the “Patron Saint of Our Difficult Century.” Call 893-3000 to confirm attendance.

WORKSHOP: Parent Network of Western New York is offering a free workshop, “Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy – Bilingual,” from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the Belle Center, 104 Maryland St. It will help participants improve advocacy skills to effectively speak up for their child’s needs. Call 332-4167 or visit www.parentnetworkwny.org.

DOCUMENTARY sCREENING: People Advocating Against Violence will present, “Aim for Success, Not Me,” an anti-violence documentary, at 7 p.m. Thursday in Market Arcade Theatre, 639 Main St.

WORKSHOP: Parent Network of Western New York is offering a free workshop, “Benefits for Persons with Developmental Disabilities in New York State,” from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday in its offices at 1000 Main St. The workshop will focus on SSI, SSD, Medicaid, Medicare and Special Needs Trusts. To register, call 332-4170 or (866) 277-4762 or visit www.parentnetworkwny.org.