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Today: In a classic Buffalo tradition, the weather gets springlike just as the winter festivals start rolling. Will this year be different? The Hilbert College Winterfest starts with registration at noon, with events running until 7:30 p.m. Ice sculpting, snowman-building contests, sports, games, dinner and bonfire. Bring a parka. Or maybe a bathing suit. Who knows?

Monday: Pianist Barry Snyder, winner of three major prizes in the 1966 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will perform for the Amherst Symphony Orchestra Women's Committee at a luncheon and concert preview at 11 a.m. in Amherst Center for Senior Services. Snyder is professor of piano at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music.

Tuesday: Does wine really taste better in a crystal wine glass? The Greater Buffalo Chapter of the Taster's Guild is holding wine tastings at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through spring in the Eagle House Restaurant in Williamsville. This week features a Riedel stemware tasting, in which different vintages will be compared in Riedel goblets. Open to nonmembers by reservation. Call 634-2456. Cheers!

Wednesday: An annual event that celebrates the life of a little boy will be held at Chestnut Ridge Park as Hunter's Day of Hope for Children is held. Families are invited to bring their skates, sleds and toboggans for outdoor fun or stay inside and listen to music and have a hot dog. The event benefits Hunter's Hope, the nonprofit foundation founded by former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly and his wife, Jill, in honor of their son, who has Krabbe's disease.

Also Wednesday: Celebrate Valentine's Day with local singer and recording artist Pat Shea in "Pat Shea: A Valentine Concert" at the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster. Tickets are $14 in advance and $17 at the door.

Thursday: The Washington Post describes Rabbi David Saperstein as "the quintessential religious lobbyist on Capitol Hill." The director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Saperstein will be the guest of honor at the Dosberg Notable Speakers Series at the Jewish Community Center, 2640 N. Forest Road, Getzville. Tickets are $8 and available at the door or by calling the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo at 886-7750, Ext. 319.

Saturday: It's a little early for St. Patrick's Day, but what better way to get ready than to spend some time with "Cherish the Ladies," a Celtic music ensemble, with Irish dancing by Rince na Tiarna, at Rockwell Hall Auditorium, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.; $25. Call 878-3005 for information.

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