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1. Catch one of the cinema's finest ghouls this Friday the 13th as Lon Chaney hits the Elmwood strip with his portrayal of "Phantom of the Opera."

Join in the fun at sundown on the lawn between M&T Bank and the Unitarian-Universalist Church, on Elmwood Avenue north of Ferry Street.

2. Today at 5:30 p.m., treat your kids to some brain salad at Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St. Buffalo native and author Wendy Lichtman will debut her children's novel "Do the Math: Secrets, Lies and Algebra."

3. Catch some Cajun from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at UB on the Green, a family musical series that unfolds on the vast lawn in front of Hayes Hall on the University at Buffalo's South Campus. Kicking off the four-week Tuesday-night festival are two bands that promise to turn up the heat: Mumbo Gumbo and Lee Ron Zydeco.

4. Save next Wednesday for some puppet fun.

From 1 to 4 p.m., Explore & More children's museum will celebrate the world of puppetry as presented by Kids on the Block Puppet Troupe. Find the fun at 300 Gleed Ave. in East Aurora.

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