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SQUEAKY WHEEL CHANNELS SERIES: The Central Branch of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library will explore Buffalo’s history of racial segregation with the showing of the video “This Doesn’t Happen Here” and a discussion by speakers Jax DeLuca of Squeaky Wheel and Grace Andriette of Neighborhood Legal Services at noon today in the Ring of Knowledge, main floor, 1 Lafayette Square.

LECTURE: Michael McGregor, professor of English and nonfiction writing at Portland State University, will present a lecture on poet Robert Lax entitled “Robert Lax: On the Road in Search of an Authentic Life” at 7 p.m. today in the Rigas Family Theater of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University, 3261 W. State Road, Olean.

CULINARY INSTITUTE OPEN HOUSE: The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute will hold its annual Fall Open House from 6 to 8 p.m. today at 28 Old Falls St. in Niagara Falls. Prospective students can tour the campus, which features state-of-the-art teaching kitchens, a student-run fine restaurant, a retail bakery and deli and a Barnes and Noble culinary-themed bookstore. In addition, there will be workshops on financial aid, information on student housing and the opportunity to meet with faculty and students. Parking is available in the city parking ramp at 360 Rainbow Blvd. Register online at www.nfculinary.org.

HOLIDAY BAZAAR: Women Interested in Cystic Health will hold its annual holiday bazaar from 11 to 3 p.m., with lunch at noon, today at the Westwood Country Club, 772 North Forest Road, Amherst. For information, call 677-4252.

BEAUTY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: Empire Beauty School will have an open house and food drive for the Food Bank of Western New York from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Walden Place, 2190 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. In addition to collecting food to donate, Roaming Buffalo Food Truck will be on site, and demonstrations and tours in the school will be offered. Food and drinks will also be served.

AUTHOR LECTURE: Josef Ferri will discuss his memoir, “Trying to Catch the Wind,” at noon Thursday in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Branch of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, 1 Lafayette Square. It is part of the Books Homegrown author talks series. Copies will be available afterward for sale and signing. For information, call 858-8900 or visit www.BuffaloLib.org.

PANEL DISCUSSION: St. Bonaventure University’s women’s studies program will hold a panel discussion on women’s issues in society and careers from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday in the Walsh Center Auditorium, St. Bonaventure University, 3261 W. State Road, Olean. The event is free.

WEATHERIZATION FORUM; The Glenwood Block Club will host a weatherization forum where kits supplied by National Fuel will be distributed to residents from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Frank Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave.

BENEFIT EVENT: Cupcakes and Pearls, a women’s happy hour event to benefit girls programming at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northtowns, will be held from 6 to 10 p.m., Thursday at Aqua Restaurant, 2192 Niagara St. The cost is $40. For information, contact Nicole Martin at 873-9842, Ext. 207 or email nmartin@bgent.net.

PARKSIDE ARCHITECTURE TALK: Architectural historian Martin Wachadlo, an adviser to Preservation Buffalo Niagara, will present a talk on Buffalo’s Central Park neighborhood at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Parkside Lutheran Church, Wallace at Depew avenues. The presentation will offer a history of the neighborhood, information on architectural styles and the architects who designed the homes and interesting stories about the early neighborhood’s residents. The talk is free and open to the general public. Reservations are not required. For information, contact info@p-b.org or 852-3300.

PANEL DISCUSSION: St. Bonaventure University will host a panel discussion titled “Veterans and Their Families: Identification of Needs, Support and Services,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the William F. Walsh Science Center auditorium, St. Bonaventure University, 3261 W. State Road, Olean.

POVERTY SIMULATION: Daemen College Diversity Committee and THE Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement will host a poverty simulation, coordinated by CASH, an initiative of the United Way, at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Alumni Lounge at the college, 4380 Main Street, Amherst. The event provides participants an idea of what it is like to live in poverty and the obstacles to escaping poverty. Register by email: sbenz@daemen.edu.