Portland Bicentennial Committee hosting spaghetti dinner
Join the Portland Bicen-tennial Committee Sunday for a spaghetti dinner at the Brocton Legion. Dinners will be served from noon to 4 p.m., or until sold out and takeout will be available.
Tickets are available at the door and can be purchased pre-sale from any committee member. Presale ticket prices are $7 for a large portion, $4 for a small. The dinner will also feature an auction of various prizes, as well as chances for a $100 gas card donated by the Brad Anderson Recognition Committee.
Local residents will be able to purchase their dates, as well as special-print Bicentennial Calendars that are being created specifically for the Bicentennial Celebration. Date slots can be purchased for any occasion, such as to mark a birthday, an anniversary or other important memorials.
This is the second fundraising event sponsored by the committee, which is planning a large-scale celebration to celebrate the town's first 200 years.
The celebration will kick off in April, the month that the town of Portland was first incorporated.
Fundraiser to benefit city Historical Society
The Dunkirk Historical Society will host a Pancake Breakfast Saturday at Apple-bee's in Dunkirk. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. Proceeds will help defray operating expenses of the Dunkirk Historical Museum. The cost is $5 per person. Tickets may be purchased from society members, by calling 366-3797 or at the door. A 50/50 raffle will be held.
The Dunkirk Historical Society seeks to preserve the rich history of Dunkirk by maintaining a collection of photographs, artifacts, and documents housed in the museum at 513 Washington Ave. where there is also a large railroad display. Available at the museum are souvenir memorabilia such as books, magnets, pins and note cards. The museum is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m.
Jamestown Community College and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania have formalized a transfer articulation agreement regarding Edinboro's music degree program.
JCC students who graduate with an associate in science in fine arts: music degree and pass Edinboro's music audition will be admitted to the bachelor's degree program.
The agreement also guarantees junior standing to students who transfer a minimum of 60 credit hours. JCC students who take specified courses as part of their associate's degree also have the opportunity to complete the bachelor's degree in four semesters at Edinboro. Edinboro will accept the equivalent of 78 required credit hours in transfer from JCC.
An overview of the transfer agreement is available at www.sunyjcc.edu/transfer/agreements.
Valley Historical Society to meet Nov. 6
The next meeting of the Valley Historical Society will be Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in the American Legion 1280, 228 Maple Ave., Cassadaga.
Charity art auction Nov. 10 in Irving
On Nov. 10, the Eric Johnson Art Studio will host a charity art auction from 1 to 4 p.m. All artwork has been donated by local artists. All of the proceeds will be donated to the RO Foundation, a local organization that helps medical patients with the cost of travel due to unexpected medical expenses in the way of transportation, food and lodging.
One of the goals of the Art Studio is finding ways to use art to benefit the local community, and the RO Foundation helps people who live within a 20-mile radius of Dunkirk. Artists of all ability have joined in to help with this event. Organizers have received donations from professional artists to students, a painting from a man with Down syndrome and sketches from the teenage daughter of a local artist who wanted to contribute, along with her mother. RO will accept donations up to the day of the event.
There will be prizes, a raffle, silent auction, a body-painting demo from local artist Kristin Veil, and Shirley Calkins-Smith of Lily Dale has volunteered her time to do mini readings.
The studio is located at 483 Mechanic St. in Irving. For more information, call 413-1970 or 785-8084
Salvation Army Red Kettle Kick-off to begin
The Salvation Army in Dunkirk has begun its Christmas season. The time has come for The Salvation Army Red Kettle Kick-off. This is the season when you hear those bells ringing and see those warm smiles from our community volunteers. The campaign begins Nov. 9 in front of City Hall at noon. This kickoff will be supported by Mayor A.J. Dolce, Captain Allen Loeb of the Dunkirk Fire Station and Todd Crandall, president of Kiwanis and the Fredonia High School principal, all of whom will share a few words with the community.
The Kettle effort will be run by Lts. Daniel and Laura Gonzalez. This campaign will continue until Christmas Eve. All volunteers are welcome to join in ringing the bells at kettle stands.
Also, during the holiday season, The Salvation Army supplies children in the community with toys. If anyone is willing to adopt a family and help in purchasing toys for those in need, they should contact Lts. Gonzalez at The Salvation Army at 366-3701.