1. Well, well.
It's the fourth annual Wellness Rally at Red House, sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Western New York. The event starts at 8 a.m. Saturday with registration and breakfast at the Bee Hunter Picnic area of Allegany State Park.
Then there is biking, in-line skating, running and walking for all ages. Adults can take a three- or six-mile walk, compete in a 10- or 23-mile bike race through the hills, join a 5K run or Rollerblade around Red House Lake.
Children can join in a Fun Run or go on a nature hike led by rangers and Olean YMCA volunteers. Also, there will be health information, fitness testing games and a petting zoo.
Registration fees are $15 adults, $3 children. Admission to the park is free before 9 a.m; $5 per car after that. Call the Olean Y at 373-2400 to register for events.
2. Destination: space!
NASA astronaut James A. Pawelczyk will launch a traveling exhibit, "Destination: Space!," at the Buffalo Museum of Science at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Elma native, who was a payload specialist aboard the space shuttle Columbia in April 1998, will talk after the opening about his experiences.
Visitors to the exhibit will be able to try the astronaut trainer, experience the technology needed for astronauts to live and work in space, and discover the facilities used in an orbiting work station.
Admission is $5.25 adults, $3.25 senior citizens and children between 3 and 18, free for children 2 and under and members.
3. A Read-In.
The Big Little Golden Books Regional Read-In, part of a nationwide literacy event to encourage reading, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Boulevard Mall in Amherst.
The first 500 children who attend the Read-In will receive a free copy of "The Poky Little Puppy," the best-selling children's book of all time. Also, characters from Golden Books will be on hand, along with activities to encourage reading and a musical show featuring Poky Puppy and Shari Lewis' Lambchop.
Mayor Masiello and his wife, Kate, along with Rep. Tom Reynolds, are scheduled to read to children during the event.
4. Running wild.
A Wildlife Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Artpark. Sponsored by the New York Power Authority and the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs, the annual event is free and features workshops, music and live animals.
On hand will be: Liberty the bald eagle, Kiko the chimp, the Buffalo Zoomobile, Dr. B. Suited for Science and the Glenn Colton concert "Snake, Rattle and Crawl." There will be retriever training demonstrations, Alaskan sled dog programs and the Buffalo Archaeological Survey, which will teach the hunting and fishing practices of prehistoric Native Americans on the Niagara Frontier.
5. Outdoor festivals everywhere.
The Harvest Happening in Clarence Town Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with storytellers, pony rides, food, music, scarecrows, a farmers market and bake shop to benefit Meals on Wheels.
The Harvest Festival & Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Amherst Museum with 75 top-quality vendors, a farmers market, bluegrass music, a demonstration of 19th century ballroom dancing and clogging. Along with a petting zoo, pony rides, hayrides and a pumpkin patch. Cost is $4, adults; free for children 12 and under.
The AppleUmpkin Festival takes place in the Village of Wyoming, Wyoming County, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There will be strolling musicians, street entertainers, 300 exhibitors, an antique show, a pancake breakfast and a chicken barbecue. For directions, call 495-6220.