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1. Considering that plants don't get around much, they sure are busy. They purify the air, are used for clothing and can even be carved. Find out more at the Family Harvest Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Children can tour greenhouses to have a card punched and turn it in for a pumpkin. Also, Tiger Tom will play country bluegrass tunes at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:15 p.m.

Call by noon Saturday (827-1584) to reserve a pumpkin. Admission is free; $1 per child is requested for the program.

2. Here's a reason to be "Giving Thanks" -- a new children's book illustrated by Erwin Printup Jr. of Lewiston. "Giving Thanks" is an Iroquois Thanksgiving address based on the belief that the natural world is a rare and precious gift. Printup reminds us of that on each lovely page.

The book will be featured on the PBS children's television show "Reading Rainbow" in April. But anyone can see the original art at the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University through Nov. 24. Also, Printup, a Tuscarora artist, will be there for a book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 26. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

3. Walkabout ... Talkabout is a storytelling/concert series that begins Sunday and runs through Nov. 23.

It kicks off with an afternoon of "Eerie Ethnic Tales" told by Luann Roberts and Annemarie Jason from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. A scavenger hunt follows.

Other events include: "Furry Tales" at the Buffalo Zoo from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Oct. 26; a family art workshop at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center on Nov. 2; Canadian author Richardo Keens-Douglas will weave African tales at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on Nov. 9.

There is an admission charge to events. Call individual sites for details.

4. More than 40 artists will gather at the Burgeson Wildlife Sanctuary for the Jamestown Audubon Society's Nature Art Festival. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Highlighted will be the work of Len Rusin, this year's winner of the New York Migratory Bird Print and Stamp Program. Other artists are Linda Morgan-O'Connor of Massachusetts, Cyndy Callog of Michigan and Barbara Woods of Pennsylvania. Others will present work that feature antlers, stone, clay and wood.

The center is on a wildlife sanctuary south of Jamestown on Riverside Road, one-half mile east of Route 62. Call 569-2345. Donations of $3 for adults and $1 for children will be asked at the door.

5. Strike up the band!

It's time for the eighth annual Cavalcade, which features high school marching bands. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Orchard Park High School athletic field, which is on Freeman Road between Route 20A and Webster Road.

Participating bands include Binghamton, Falconer, Homer, Jamestown, Lancaster, LaSalle, North Tonawanda, Orchard Park, Southwestern, Wellsville and West Seneca.

Tickets are $3 pre-sale and $4 at the gate. Call 662-3759.

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