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Town of Tonawanda

The arrival of a popular late-summer event in the Sheridan Parkside neighborhood means it’s time to gear up for a new school year.

The 7th annual Celebration Fest will take place in the rear parking lot of the Sheridan Parkside Community Center on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6.

At the free event sponsored by New Covenant Tabernacle Church and Come Alive World ministry, kids can receive a bookbag filled with school supplies and enjoy bounce houses, face painting and live music.

“Each year as the time gets closer everyone in the community starts asking: ‘When is the day? When is the day?’” said New Covenant Pastor Dave Rojas.

Other activities include a tug-of-war, pie eating contest and hair cuts. A dinner will be served with a gospel presentation preceding the meal, said Rojas.

“I enjoy it,” he said. “I’m probably the biggest kid there.”

Volunteers anticipate giving out between 300 and 400 bookbags donated by OneMain Financial, said Rojas. Anyone willing to volunteer to cook, cut hair or help supervise may sign up at the event.

Also this week:

• The Kenmore Village Improvement Society holds its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the Kenmore Community Center, 135 Wilber Ave.

• A regular meeting of the Ken-Ton School Board is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the community room of the Philip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Ave.

• The Children’s Concert Series wraps up Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. on the Kenmore Middle School front lawn with a free performance of Americana, rockabilly and honky-tonk music by the Skiffle Minstrels. Meanwhile, the Brighton Arena stage will host big band Sugar & Jazz on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and the Mount Saint Mary’s Academy High School Band on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

• Tickets are on sale for an Aug. 25 event to benefit Town of Tonawanda police officer Tim Day who is in need of a heart transplant. The benefit will take place at Ellwood Fire Hall, 1000 Englewood Avenue, from 1 p.m. until 7. Tickets for $20 are available by calling Vinnie Christiano at 874-4339, Jill O’Malley at 553-4267, Colleen Donovan at 447-1751 or Kevin Day at 875-8807. Tickets will also be available for $25 at the door. There will be live music by Strictly Hip, a basket auction, 50/50 split drawing, food, beverages and more. Visit facebook.com/DonorsforDay for more information.