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The Village of Williamsville will host a weeklong series of events to encourage residents to “take back Main Street” and to begin making the busy commercial strip more pedestrian-friendly.

Dubbed “Picture Main Street Live,” the festival beginning Monday will include a preview of crosswalks and other pedestrian elements under consideration by the state. The crosswalks will be temporarily painted on the street.

The event will also include:

• A “Picture Main Street Party” from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday on Spring Street to celebrate redevelopment plans for that worn-down strip. The party will include live music and food vendors.

• A “Main Street Block Party” from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday that will close down traffic on Main Street. The free festival will feature food from dozens of local restaurants and family-friendly activities, including a “biker bash” at the Irishman restaurant – with bicycles, not motorcycles.

Also this week:

• Adoption STAR, an Amherst-based child-placing agency, will hold its annual adoptive family summer picnic from 1 to 4 p.m. today in shelters 10A and 10B of Ellicott Creek Park.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend and adoptive families from all parts of the state will travel to be part of the celebration. Many families touched by adoption will share stories about themselves, their adoption experiences, and their children.

• The Village of Williamsville Board of Trustees will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Village Hall, 5565 Main St. The meeting will be preceded by a work session at 6 p.m. The board will discuss property maintenance issues in the village.

• The Williamsville Board of Education will hold its first regular meeting of the new school year at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday in the district office boardroom, 105 Casey Road.

The board is expected to issue the 2013 tax warrant in accordance with the budget approved by district voters in May. At 7 p.m., the board will convene a goal-setting work session to define its priorities for the school year.

• The Amherst Planning Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers of the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St.

• The Independent Health Family Branch, 150 Tech Drive, is now accepting registrations for its Homeschool Gym and Swim program.

The program, which begins Sept. 9, provides time in the gym and pool for homeschooled children to fulfill their state physical education requirements.

The program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and costs $185 for YMCA members and $245 for non-members. For more information, call 839-2543, visit the branch or visit ymcabuffaloniagara.org.