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1. It's a Buffalo first.

A Family Humor Fair, with music, clowns, magic shows, games, videos and presentations on humor, will be held in the Social Hall, second floor of Buffalo State College's Student Union, between 10 a.m and 4 p.m. Saturday.

Sponsored by the Humor Group of Western New York, the fair will promote techniques for adding humor to work, family and personal lives. Presenters include Mike Randall, Tena Garas, Bruce Baum, Pat Bax, Sister Josette, Frank Lombardo and Sharon Charleson.

Admission is $3 (shave $1 off by wearing something funny). Children 10 and under are admitted free.

2. It's not a chance to run away with the circus. But you can get into the ring to bungee, to walk the low wire, to swing on a trapeze and to spin plates as part the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus Adventure (which starts one hour before each performance). Then see how the professionals do it. There will be tigers, zebras and camels, along with daredevils on motorcycles and trapeze artists. Also, the Chicago Kidz will do flips and cartwheels across the backs of elephants.

There are six performances; they started Wednesday, continue at 7:30 tonight and end at 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at Tops Markets and Marine Midland Arena, where the circus will be held. Charge tickets by calling 888-4000.

3. "Tribes of the Buffalo: A Swiss Artist on the American Frontier" offers a rare chance for an authentic look at the life of Native Americans through 80 watercolors of Karl Bodmer, who traveled to the interior of North America to produce this definitive portrayal in the early 1800s.

The exhibit at the Buffalo Museum of Science also includes 123 objects, such as clothing, necklaces and weapons. It will remain on display through Jan. 20.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, Sandra Olsen, director of the Castellani Art Museum, will discuss the artistic and historic significance of these important works by Bodmer, a landscape artist.

Admission is $5.25 for adults, $3.25 for children, seniors and students. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

4. Children can glue to their hearts' content while attaching seeds and bark and pods to wreath forms and small picture frames in a new series being offered by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.

The workshop will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. On Dec. 14, another will focus on small decorations. Pat Jacobi, a former special education teacher, will teach the classes. The cost for each is $5 for members, $7 for non-members.

Call 827-1584 to register. Space is limited.

5. If you like Christmas and you like crowds, check out Christmas in the Country at the Hamburg Fairgrounds.

For adults, there are fine arts, jewelry, florals, weaving, wood items. Along with craft and cooking demonstrations and a Chinese auction.

For children, there is storytelling, a game tournament and an area with slides and teeter-totters, as well as a visit from Santa Claus on Saturday and Sunday.

The event runs from noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5; children under 12 get in for free.

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