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SHREDDING EVENT: The City of Buffalo is sponsoring a free community shredding event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St. Bring only household and personal confidential documents, which include account or Social Security numbers, bank or medical statements, tax documents. Please do not bring any nonconfidential papers, junk mail, envelopes and magazines. Limit is five boxes per vehicle.

BOOK SIGNING: A free lecture, book signing and demonstration on health and nutrition by Kathleen Downey, author of “Healthy Is Delicious, More Than a Cookbook,” will take place from noon to 3 p.m. today at Williams Sonoma at the Walden Galleria. Downey, a Niagara Falls native and former Miss New York, has been a counselor and nutritionist for more than 20 years. The 236-page cookbook includes more than 100 gluten-free, dairy-free, soy and sugar-free raw and cooked recipes.

SPCA FUNDRAISING WALK: The Niagara County SPCA is hosting its second annual Hyde Park Hound Hike from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Hyde Park near Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls. The event raises donations and awareness for the prevention of cruelty to animals and will include food, vendor merchandise, prizes, dog tricks, and dog/owner look alike contest.

FARMERS MARKET: The South Buffalo Farmers Market opens Sunday at Cazenovia Park Casino. The market will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday, June through September. Featured will be produce, fresh eggs, fresh meat, honey, cider, wine, coffee, baked goods, flowers, jewelry, photography and other specialty items. In addition to regularly scheduled vendors, the market will feature visits from local food trucks and a variety of local musical acts throughout the summer. For further information, call Peggy Shea at 851-5169 or email mshea@city-buffalo.com

CUPCAKES AND CHECKMATE: Archangel 8 Chess Academy is hosting Cupcakes and Checkmate for mothers and their daughters in second through fifth grades from 1 to 3:45 p.m. Sunday at Burchfield Nature and Arts Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca. Please report by 12:45 p.m. Advance registration is required at Knightsof64@yahoo.com.

POTLUCK PICNIC: The Lancaster Historical Society will hold its summer potluck picnic at 2 p.m. Sunday at the society’s museum, 40 Clark St. Hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages will be provided. Bring a favorite dish to pass.

CHARITY EVENT: American Legion Post 567 will present a craft and vendor show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 3740 N. Buffalo Road, Orchard Park. There will also be a plant sale and auction. Refreshments will be available. Proceeds will benefit local veterans, active servicemen and women and their families.

ART SHOW: Locust Street Art will celebrate its annual art show from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at 138 Locust St. Music by Muhammad School of Music will be featured along with kids’ activities and a cookout. Admission is free. An encore presentation will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

FRUIT BELT COALITION: The Fruit Belt Coalition will hold its recognition banquet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Moot Center, 292 High St. The topic of this month’s meeting is “Block Club Prescription Benefits – Mobile Pharmacy Solutions.”

PROGRAM: “The Dangers of Medical Mistakes” will be explored at 7 p.m. Monday at Lifetree Cafe, 1570 Niagara Falls Blvd., at Glenalby Road, Town of Tonawanda. Movie, snacks and beverages will be available. Call 689-4806 or email adoster@verizon.net for more information.

BOAT SAFETY: Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon, in partnership with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, will hold a two-day free boater safety course from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at The Lodge at Woodlawn Beach, S-3580 Lakeshore Road, Blasdell. Registrants must attend both sessions to be eligible for a state Boating Safety Card. Individuals who were born on or after May 1, 1996, who are at least 10 years of age, must successfully complete a boating course to be able to operate a powered boat.

PARTY ON THE PATIO: Genesee Community College is hosting a free party on the patio celebration from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at its Lima Campus Center, 7285 Gale Road, Lima (one mile north of Lima on Route 15A). Visitors of all ages can enjoy free refreshments, including hot dogs, watermelon, dessert, chips and lemonade. Ghost Riders, a country music band, will perform. Also, scheduled at 4 p.m. is a free college information session designed for home school families interested in the state’s high school equivalency diploma. For more information, call (585) 582-1226.