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The Niagara History Center’s Col. William Bond-Jesse Hawley House, built circa 1823, will be open for two event weekends in advance of its 2014 season.The fully furnished home will be open during a “History in Your Backyard,” program, 1 to 4 p.m., May 8-10, and during the “Path Through History” weekend, 1 to 4 p.m., June 7-8.The 12-room home is listed on the Nati…

The Buffalo Audubon Society hosts walks at Knox Farm State Park, located at 437 Buffalo Road (Route 16) in East Aurora, at 9 a.m. the first and third Saturday each month. The May events will focus on current fauna and past stories.On May 3, walk participants will learn about springtime plants that bloom and grow before their peers in “First Flowers of the Year. …

The Buffalo Audubon Society hosts walks at Knox Farm State Park, located at 437 Buffalo Road (Route 16) in East Aurora, at 9 a.m. the first and third Saturday each month. The May events will focus on current fauna and past stories.On May 3, walk participants will learn about springtime plants that bloom and grow before their peers in “First Flowers of the Year.” On May…

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Actress Melissa Anderson, who played Mary Ingalls on the NBC television series “Little House on the Prairie,” will help Genesee Country Village & Museum celebrate “Laura Ingalls Wilder Days” on Aug. 2-3.Anderson will give a presentation each day at noon at the museum’s Village Square, followed by a question-and-answer period. From 2 t…

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Actress Melissa Anderson, who played Mary Ingalls on the NBC television series “Little House on the Prairie,” will help Genesee Country Village & Museum celebrate “Laura Ingalls Wilder Days” on Aug. 2-3.Anderson will give a presentation each day at noon at the museum’s Village Square, followed by a question-and-answer period. From 2 to 4 p.m., she will be availab…

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The North Tonawanda History Museum will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a free Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26.Visitors are invited to tour the 10,000-square-feet of exhibits. The day also will feature a 2 p.m. program on the War of 1812 by Town of Tonawanda historian John W. Percy.Museum volunteers Marg Bauza, Bill Bauza, Penny Buterbaugh-Naimi and Benton H…

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The North Tonawanda History Museum will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a free Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26.Visitors are invited to tour the 10,000-square-feet of exhibits. The day also will feature a 2 p.m. program on the War of 1812 by Town of Tonawanda historian John W. Percy.Museum volunteers Marg Bauza, Bill Bauza, Penny Buterbaugh-Naimi and Benton H…

NIAGARA FALLS – This “Eggstravaganza” is sure to appeal to all ages from 1 to 3 p.m. April 19 at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave.The “Family Fun Day” will include a wide variety of offerings, from crafts to a basket raffle and don’t forget a picture with the Easter Bunny (for a $5 fee).Craft/activity stations wi…

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Having a rough week with the kids? I know a mother grizzly bear that would be happy to trade places.“Bears” features a grizzly named Sky, who travels from snow-covered mountains to salmon spawning grounds, protecting two cubs that we’re told each have a 50 percent chance of dying before adulthood. Food is hard to find, and papa bear is nowhere to be found – presuma…

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Having a rough week with the kids? I know a mother grizzly bear that would be happy to trade places.“Bears” features a grizzly named Sky, who travels from snow-covered mountains to salmon spawning grounds, protecting two cubs that we’re told each have a 50 percent chance of dying before adulthood. Food is hard to find, and papa bear is nowhere to be fo…

• Sample a cracker laden with horseradish – the traditional Polish condiment, in ample supply at the market.• Next Saturday: Load up a basket with Easter feast ingredients – perhaps a butter lamb, rye bread and sausage – then venture nearby get the holiday goodies blessed, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 199 Clark St., or St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 123 To…

• Sample a cracker laden with horseradish – the traditional Polish condiment, in ample supply at the market.• Next Saturday: Load up a basket with Easter feast ingredients – perhaps a butter lamb, rye bread and sausage – then venture nearby get the holiday goodies blessed, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 199 Clark St., or St. Stanislau…

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With Easter just a week away, people filled the aisles of he Broadway Market on Saturday, eating pierogi, buying butter lambs and taking in the spectacle of Polish dancers, polka music and everyone else.“I love to see it come alive like this,” said Lisa Florczak, who came to the market when she was girl. “I wish it could be like this all of the time.”Florczak, a te…

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With Easter just a week away, people filled the aisles of he Broadway Market on Saturday, eating pierogi, buying butter lambs and taking in the spectacle of Polish dancers, polka music and everyone else.“I love to see it come alive like this,” said Lisa Florczak, who came to the market when she was girl. “I wish it could be like this all of the time.&#…

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MAYVILLE – If there was ever a winter to build an ice castle, this is it.The ice-cold temperatures have been ideal for the 12-foot-high, 90-foot-wide fortress that since last Friday has been rising from the banks along Chautauqua Lake. “The biggest challenge is the weather, and this year, it’s cooperated,” said David Douglas, a village resident and the castle’s …