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LECTURE: Kieran Murphy, principal historic researcher for Taliesin Preservation, will give a lecture on “Taliesin’s Loggia Terrace: Experimentation and Preservation” at 7 p.m. today in Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave. It is the final lecture in the Graycliff Conservancy’s lecture series titled Opening the Envelope: Porches, Porticos and Terraces.

NIAGARA RESCUE meeting: The Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue will host a volunteer meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Messiah Lutheran Church, 915 Oneida St., Lewiston. There will be a panel discussion, training questions and animal updates. To become a volunteer, call Linda van Harssel at 622-1213; email heartofniagara@hotmail.org or visit www.heartofniagara.org.

COCKTAIL SOIREE: The Boutique Bridal Party will present a cocktail party for Buffalo brides-to-be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Court at Elmwood Avenue. Food will be provided by Oliver’s, music by the Hot Club of Buffalo, plus boutique shopping. Tickets are $20 presale and $25 at the event.

AUCTION: Women Interested in Cystic Health will hold its annual auction and luncheon at 11 a.m. today at Brookfield Country Club, 5120 Shimerville Road, Clarence. For information, call 634-5455.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING: William P. Robertson will speak on the “Bucktail Regiment” of the Civil War when the Ellicottville Historical Society holds its October meeting at 7:30 p.m. today in Ellicottville Memorial Library on Maples Road. Robertson is the author of more than 25 books. For more information, call Cathy Lacy at 945-5080.

CREMATION SEMINAR: Mount Calvary Cemetery and the Catholic Cemeteries will present a seminar titled “Straight Answers to Cremation Questions” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at the Pine Lawn Chapel, 2951 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga. The seminar will cover questions concerning cremation from the process itself to the legalities involved, the Catholic views on cremation, the cost and the burial options following cremation. There will be an optional tour of the crematory following the program. For reservations, call 892-6600.

veterans town hall: A town hall meeting offering veterans a chance to learn about their benefits will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave. For more information, call 862-3114 or visit www.buffalo.va.gov.

TAPESTRY OPEN HOUSE: Tapestry Charter High School will hold an open house from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at 65 Great Arrow Ave. All families are welcome to meet with faculty and staff and tour the facility. More information is available at www.tapestryschool.org.