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Best Bets

1. Discover how to make a many-horned Puerto Rican mask -- just in time for Carnival! Then find out who would wear the contraption.

From 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, witness a step-by-step demonstration of traditional Puerto Rican mask-making by artist Lillian Mendez.

The presentation will include a tour of carnival masks and costumes from the exhibit "From Aguirre to Zuniga: The Figure in Latin American Art."

Register by calling 286-8293. Cost: $5.

2. Paczki Day! Paczki Day!

Why wait until Tuesday when you can celebrate Sunday?

Come dance to a polka band, or watch dancers, or eat your heart out at the Polish Kitchen.

Don't miss the Chinese auction for a truly multicultural event.

Catch the fun from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew.

Tickets: $6 advance (at Polish Union of America, 745 Center Road, West Seneca), $8 at the door. Children under age 12 get in for $2.

3. Feeling small?

Beginning Friday and continuing through fall 2006, experience a "Table and Six Chairs," an installation from Robert Therrien that stands 10 feet tall and 25 feet long and will be at home in the majestic Sculpture Court of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave.

Walk around and under the sculpture for a seldom-seen view of this household fixture.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Admission: $10 adults. Free from 3 to 10 p.m. Fridays.

4. The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker strikes again!

Learn all about the resurgence of this natty bird at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway.

Presented by the museum, the Buffalo Audubon Society and the Buffalo Ornithological Society for free.


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