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Best bets

1. Take flight for Artpark, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to celebrate the ancient craft of kite flying.

Arrive early and see a sky-filling display from Great Lakes Kite Society. Workshops include: Kite Krazy, kite-making and "Wind Warriors." Free!

2. Some call it the hot-air open, but it really is all about 45 balloons.

The Wellsville Hot Air Balloon Rally hits Island Park in Allegany County this weekend with four launches: 6 p.m. Friday, 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday.

Free! Visit for more information.

3. Remember animator Helen Hill at 9 p.m. Saturday when Squeaky Wheels screens her work, including "Madame Winger Makes a Film."

Presented free in Days Park as part of Outdoor Animation Festival.

4. Go Colombian from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday during Explore & More's toast to one hot property in South America.

Learn all about emeralds and coffee and flowers, and save some time to speak Spanish.

All this for $4 in the museum at 300 Gleed Ave. in East Aurora.


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