The ninth annual Paddles Up Niagara will bring a flotilla of canoes and kayaks Saturday to the Niagara River, along Grand Island’s southeastern shore.
Activities kick off with a kayak poker run at 7 a.m. from East River Marsh around Strawberry Island. A Paddle Fair, with vendors and paddlesport information, begins at 8:30 a.m. A paddle sprint competition starts at 9:30. A Native American departure ceremony will be performed at 11:30.
Highlighting the event is a 4.8-mile, non-competitive fun paddle at noon from the Little Beaver Launch Site.
The program concludes with a 2:30 p.m. lunch fundraiser and a tour of the historic River Lea House, for which a $14 pre-paid donation is required. All the other activities are free. Normal state park entry fees apply.
For information and to register for the paddle events, call 773-5361 or visit www.niagaragreenway.org. Lunch reservations and payments by check should be sent to Niagara River Greenway Commission, Beaver Island State Park, 2136 W. Oakfield Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.
• The Town Board meets at 8 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road, where a public hearing will continue on a request by Russell Certo to rezone property at 1881 Bedell Road for a storage and maintenance facility for adjacent Veterans Park.
• Rockabilly Band will play bluegrass, country, and rhythm and blues at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Byblos Niagara, 100 Whitehaven Road.