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Amherst

The Village of Williamsville is sponsoring a forum Wednesday on using villages as a model for growing the suburbs the smart way.

“Smart Growth in Village Centers” will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday at Williamsvillle South High School, 5950 Main St.

The presenters are John Norquist, the former mayor of Milwaukee and president of the Congress for New Urbanism; Paul Beyer, director of Smart Growth Planning at the state Department of State; and Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa, an urban planner and president of the Association of Erie County Governments.

The forum is free and open to the public.

Also this week:

• The Amherst Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Council Chambers of the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville.

• The Sweet Home Central Board of Education will hold its regular voting meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Norman C. Vergils Community Center of Sweet Home High School.

• The Amherst Youth & Recreation Department is sponsoring Winterfest 2014 from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Harlem Road Community Center. The event includes free indoor and outdoor activities, including live entertainment at 3 p.m.

• The Amherst Youth Foundation is sponsoring “Walk For Melissa!” a fundraiser on Sunday in the Boulevard Mall at Niagara Falls Boulevard and Maple Road. Check-in begins at 5 p.m. at the food court. When the mall closes at 6 p.m., walkers will set off to make a circuit inside the mall. The walk concludes at 7 p.m. Cost is a minimum $15 donation to walk.

The 5th annual walk is in honor of Melissa Reed Chudy, who was involved with the Amherst Youth Foundation for many years before she died of breast cancer in 2006 at the age of 46.

Proceeds benefit Melissa’s Coffee House, 5005 Sheridan Drive in Willliamsville, operated by the Amherst Youth Foundation as a place for area students to socialize. A donation also will be made to support breast cancer research.

Call 633-6773 for registration information.