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BEST BETS

1. "Come ye from the hills, come ye from the malls..."

We're being creative with Lerner and Lowe's lyrics from the classic musical "Brigadoon," because we think the last place you'll want to be is in a mall when this show takes to the Lancaster Opera House stage starting Friday night. If you and your kids have never experienced the magic of a Scottish village that wakes once every 100 years - or riotous Scottish dancing to songs like "Go Home With Bonnie Jean" - don't miss this chance!

Performances of "Brigadoon" are: Friday, Saturday and March 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday and March 11 and 18 at 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices are: Adults $13, Senior/Student $11, Children 12 and under $6.

For more information, call the box office at 683-1776.

2. Anne Shirley!

If that rings a bell, then in your house the tale of Lucy Maud Montgomery's plucky heroine - and, probably, the award-winning movie of it - is doubtlessly well-known and well-loved.

Want to see it on stage?

The UB Center for the Arts Presents the ArtsPower National Touring Theatre's production of "Anne of Green Gables," in the Mainstage Theatre on the North Campus. See Anne, Marilla, Matthew and Anne's "kindred spirit," Diana, in all their glory set against the splendor of Prince Edward Island, at 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday.

Free kids' activities for an hour before each show, yet!

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under.

They are available at all Ticketmaster locations and the Center for the Arts box office, or by calling 852-5000.

3. Go jump in the lake.

Actually, there are people in these parts who will take that directive quite literally Sunday when the Polar Bear Day and Olcott Lake-jump kick off.

At 1:30 p.m., there is a swim costume parade and the crowning of the polar bear queen; and at 2 p.m., the annual rush into the frigid waters of Lake Ontario takes place, all sponsored by the Olcott Lions Club.

All sorts of activities surround this mayhem, too. For more information, call 778-5930.

4. Sweet!

Ever seen a real sugar shanty or saw mill? Now's your chance.

The county Sugar Shack and Saw Mill, located at the Erie County Forest Preserve on Genesee Road in Sardinia, this weekend opens for tours and observation.

Families and groups are welcome to view the production of maple syrup and the making of lumber from trees, and all are encouraged to bring a can of food to help feed the needy.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free.

For more information and directions, call the Forestry Office at 496-7410.

5. Calling all budding Pollocks and Monets.

ARTSREACH's Spring session is now registering students for a variety of arts lessons, including hands-on projects un drawing, painting, clay and mixed media.

Classes by age level are for children ages 6 and 7, 8 to 12 and teens.

The series is held at the Art Center, located in the North Arch of the Niagara Falls Convention Center.

The first Saturday class will be held this weekend; the 6-7-year-old group meets from 10-11:30 a.m. and the 8-12-year-old group meets from 12-1:30 p.m.

For more information and to register, call the Niagara Council of the Arts at 284-6188.

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