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speaker series: The Museum of disABILITY History will welcome artist and photographer, Char Szabo-Perricelli as part of its “Dialogues on disABILITY” series from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the museum at 3826 Main St. The artist will host a candid question-and-answer session as well as a presentation that will focus on architecture and the ability of photography to preserve and uphold the integrity of historic structures. The event is $5 for adults and $2.50 for seniors, students and human service employees. The event fee includes admission to the museum. For more information or to register, call 629-3626.

POETRY GATHERING: Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe will host its next Fourth Friday Poetry Series gathering at 7 p.m. today at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo. Perry S. Nicholas, an assistant English professor at Erie Community College North and author of five books of poetry, will be the featured guest. Maria Sebastian and John Brady will be featured as special musical guests. Refreshments will be served. A $3 donation will support future events at the bookstore.

OPEN HOUSE: The Veterans Administration Western New York Healthcare System will host the annual Commander’s Day and Open House at 9 a.m. today in Freedom Hall in the medical center at 3495 Bailey Ave. The event is open to the public and includes facility updates and tours. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and interact with VA program officials. For more information, contact Evangeline Conley, 862-8753.

METRO BUS RECRUITING OPEN HOUSE: The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that its Metro Bus Division is sponsoring an open house to recruit new employees to fill open positions from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Cold Spring bus maintenance office, 1581 Michigan Ave. Metro currently has openings for qualified mechanics and technicians.

cancer walk: The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Gamma Phi Omega and Gamma Iota Chapters, Lincoln Memorial and Metropolitan United Methodist Churches will hold a Cancer Walk from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Martin Luther King Park. Registration will take place from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The walk will begin at 10 a.m. Donations will be accepted. For further information and registration, call 856-1545 or 636-3014.

5K RUN: The Parkside Community Association will hold the first annual Oktoberfest 5K Run at 5 p.m. Saturday around Ring Road in Delaware Park. There will be a children’s dash at 4:50 p.m. This is a sanctioned event. Race day registration is $25 and will be conducted from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Parkway. Children’s dash is free for kids under 12. Register online at www.parksidebuffalo.org/5krun.

GUIDED WALK: Erie County Department of Health and the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo are sponsoring a “Be Active Walk” beginning with registration at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Akron Cummings Lodge, 44 Parkview Drive, Akron. The guided walk for all ages begins at 9:45 a.m. Free health screenings, Senior Services program information, health education materials and smoking-cessation products also will be available. For information, visit: www.CreatingHealthyCommunities.com.

play day: Niagara University students are inviting children in grades three through six to take part in a day full of fun and games from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday on the playing fields outside of the Kiernan Recreation Center. Events and activities will include kickball, soccer, street hockey, arts and crafts and more. Some activities also will be offered for preschool children. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration forms will be at the event. For information, contact Dr. Rachel Madsen at 286-8268 or rmadsen@niagara.edu.

run/walk: The Lee Gross Anthone Child Advocacy Center will hold the first annual Step Up For Kids Run/Walk at 10 a.m. Saturday for the 5K route and 10:30 a.m. for the fun walk at Niawanda Park, Niagara Street in the City of Tonawanda. To register, visit www.nyschildrensalliance.org or register at the event at 9 a.m. in the Niawanda Park Pavilion. For information, contact Judith Olin at 886-5437 or jolin@catswny.org.

MEAT RAFFLE: Saint Francis of Assisi parish will host a meat raffle at 6 p.m. Saturday in the school hall at 70 Adam St., City of Tonawanda. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. For information, call Dottie at 694-0026.

5K RUN: Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village invites runners to participate in the second annual 5K Run in the Country at 10 a.m. Saturday. The race begins and ends at Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road in Amherst. A one-mile kids fun run will begin at 9:30 a.m. For more information or a race application, visit www.bnhv.org.

BIKE-A-THON AND WALK: The fourth annual Break the Cycle Bike-a-Thon and Walk to raise awareness of domestic violence will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday at Isle View Park in the Town of Tonawanda. For registration information, visit //tributegardenwny.org. Riders and walkers also can register the day of the event. Registration is $15 for adults; $8 for children under 12 and family registration (for four people) is $30.