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1. Buffalo's Brer Rabbit.

Dorling Kindersley of London has just published Karima Amin's "The Adventures of Brer Rabbit and Friends." This former Buffalo schoolteacher and storyteller retells 10 classic Brer Rabbit tales -- based on the trickster character who was created by enslaved Africans -- using stories she heard as a child.

Amin will sign books from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Kensington Place, 377 Kensington Ave., during a reception where there will be refreshments and music by Angela's Jazz. She will also host a short talk and book signing for Teachers Appreciation Day from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 11 at Borders Books and Music, 2015 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga.

2. Hello to autumn.

It's the 13th annual Salute to Autumn at Sprague Brook Park, which is across the road from Kissing Bridge Ski Resort in Glenwood, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For early birds, the walks and runs begin at 10 a.m.

After that, there will be an old-fashioned farmers' market with products from Southern Tier family farms; works of art and crafts from 200 vendors; an "All Car Get Together" of antique and classic cars, live music, a barnyard petting zoo and hay wagon rides for children. Free shuttle bus service will be provided by the Bureau of Forestry, and tours will be given of a sawmill in operation.

Directions: Take Route 219 to the Armor-Duells Road exit and follow signs for Route 240 South. Sprague Brook is about three miles past the Town of Colden. Look for the 16-foot-high hay bale man.

3. Curiosities and spectacles.

Khan, the world's tallest man. Vesuvius, the human volcano. Marina, the lady in the cube. All will be featured at the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus starting tonight and playing, at several times, through Sunday at Marine Midland Arena.

Besides the Captivating Cavalcade of Curiosities and Spectacles, there will be the usual tigers and elephants and clowns along with the Ayalas Sisters, who hang from their hair; the Quiros, high-walking wonders, and the Kambarov riders and their swift horses.

One hour before the beginning of each show, ticket holders can step into the Three Ring Adventure to meet the animals and performers.

Tickets, which range in price from $9.75 to $13.75, can be ordered at 888-4000.

4. Back to the future.

There will be a party to light the tower and get the clocks running at the Central Terminal, the art deco masterpiece that is on the National Register of Historic Places. The last passenger train arrived at the terminal in October 1979; 20 years later the clocks have been repaired by volunteers and will be lighted nightly as a reminder of our architectural heritage.

Join the party, where there will be tulip planting starting at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by marching-band music and a lighting of the clocks at 7. Snacks and cider will be available. The event is sponsored by the Central Terminal Restoration Corp., which has been overseeing the restoration since 1997.

5. Mark Twain Live!

At least in the person of Mike Randall, who has been playing the great humorist and storyteller for 28 years. Randall, actor and weatherman, will present tall tales that are favorites of Twain lovers: "Ghost Story," "Old Ram" and "How I Stole a Watermelon."

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Riviera Theater, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Sponsored by the Kiwanis of the Tonawandas, it benefits more than two dozen local charities. Tickets are $15. Call 692-2113.

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