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A Zumbathon will be held today to support Vanessa Haynie, a 17-year-old Grand Island Senior High School student diagnosed with Lupus.

Vanessa is on dialysis 10 hours a day because of a near-fatal blood infection. Funds raised at the benefit will help defray her medical costs, as well as the 30 medications she must take each day.

Zumba, a group aerobic workout with dance steps set to music, will be offered, but participation is not mandatory. There will also be refreshments as well as 50/50 and basket raffles. The event will be held at Payne Avenue Christian Church, 1451 Payne Avenue in North Tonawanda from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

For more information, call 946-1929 or e-mail ZumbaQueen515@hotmail.com.

Also this week:

The Town Board will meet with the school board Monday at 6:30 p.m. for a joint workshop meeting at 1100 Ransom Road.

The Grand Island Historical Society will meet Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park. The program, “Erie Canal: Fact or Fancy,” is free and open to the public.