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Best Bets

1. Yippee! Mark Groundhog's Day the way Punxsutawney Phil would, staring up and searching for Saturn.

That's right. Tonight at 6, head for Williamsville North High School, where telescopes will be trained heavenward in the hope of catching Mars in the south, Saturn close to the Beehive Cluster M44 in the east and the Winter Triangle.

Then sit tight for a pair of shows beginning at 7 p.m.: "Point of No Return: Quasars and Supermassive Black Holes" followed by "Dark Matter."

Free! Find the school at 1595 Hopkins Road.

2. "March of the Penguins"? Zzzz. Try "Parade of Storytellers" at the Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St., where on Saturdays in February, storytelling shows at 11:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. will feature the area's top yarn spinners: Saturday, Annemarie Jason; Feb. 11, Karima Amin; Feb. 18, Kenneth Glover, and Feb. 25, "The Wondermakers."

Free with aquarium admission: $7.50 adults, $5.50 children ages four and older.

3. It's special guided tour time.

At 1:30 p.m. Sunday hitch a ride "On the Road to Freedom" inside the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, 25 Nottingham Court.

Learn all about the struggle for human rights -- and founding of the Niagara Movement -- as it occurred in our neck of the woods.

Tour included with admission: $6 adults, $4 seniors/students, $2.50 children ages 7 to 12.

4. Holy songfest!

Starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday in St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., a Youth Concert of the highest order featuring singers from eight high schools. Rock the cathedral for free!


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