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1) Thawfest, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 7 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Tickets are $39 in advance here, $59 for VIP, which includes entry an hour before everyone else, plus rare beers and a selection of finger foods. Commentary: An impressive list of breweries, wineries, distilleries and cideries will be represented in sprawling RiverWorks. Rochester's Iron Smok…

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The Buffalo Museum of Science has a fine permanent resident in Stuffy. He is a figure of a bison that came to the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences in 1895 and even presided for a few years over Central Terminal. But the museum's true mascot is even more impressive. That would be the huge Alaskan grizzly bear donated by Amherst physician Dr. Joseph K. Link, who sho…

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August's solar eclipse was a rare phenomenon. It was a day we all stood together, in wonder. Folks gathered at the Buffalo Museum of Science, at Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve, at observatories, outside planetariums, and at fields out in the country. People who couldn't get away simply went out on the street. Everyone asked questions, shared viewing equipme…

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Ron Hawkins, 6 p.m. March 24, Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Pkwy.), $22.50. Leaving his backing band at home for his latest Buffalo pit-stop, Lowest of the Low frontman Ron Hawkins will set up shop in a rather unexpected venue: the Buffalo Museum of Science. The musician shared his latest solo record "Spit Sputter & Sparkle" last year, but don't be sho…

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As our thaw goes away, and temperatures once again dip, there's just one thing to do. Celebrate! From Jan. 13 to 16, The Ice at Canalside is playing host to Chillabration, a celebration of winter. The free four-day winter wonderland is family friendly and includes ice carving demonstrations and ice skating, curling, ice biking and children's activities on and off the ic…

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Yes, get messy. In fact, get the ooey, gooey, sticky kind of messy. It's Messfest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 19 at the Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Parkway). This is an annual event that celebrates all of the messy stuff in life. Well, some of it, anyway. The fun takes place all throughout the museum, with plenty of hands-on activities for all ages. [Read a…

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Curiosity is the hallmark of a happy childhood, and toddlers are curious little people with big appetites for fun. They’re no longer infants, but aren’t quite preschoolers yet. They need to continue to develop motor skills, but this is also an important time for intellectual, social and emotional growth. And, if you don't keep them moving and wear them out, they'll wear yo…

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“Great Big Steve” Collaboration Tap Parties Two breweries located on opposite ends of Lake Erie have joined forces to brew a big malty beer. Great Lakes Brewing Company from Cleveland teamed up with Buffalo’s Big Ditch Brewing Company. The resultant beer, called “Great Big Steve,” will be served at numerous are tap rooms and bars over the next week. So what prompted a …

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Get out! No, seriously get outside and enjoy this amazing wintry weather. And bring the kids, too. Let’s face it, winter in Western New York can be challenging – slick driving, shoveling, brutal cold. But, it can and should be celebrated, too. You will make incredible memories with your kids and they are tougher than you think, so go for it. Bundle up and enjoy our winter …

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It had been a while since I visited the Buffalo Museum of Science. With teenagers no longer really interested in going with me - although it certainly is not just for kids - I waited until I thought my 4-year-old was ready to check it out. She had a blast. We found quick parking in the free lot, which was a great way to begin. Then just walking into the museum's atrium wa…

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1) SantaCon Buffalo, 1:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 12 on Chippewa Street. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here or in the registration tent outside D'Arcy McGee's at 1:30 p.m. day-of. Also, if you bring a new toy for the kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Black Rock, then you get a free drink at each of the participating bars. Commentary: We hope Santa's liver is prepared for…

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The Pub by Wegmans opening 8270 Transit Road, Williamsville (636-5600) No need to “shop hungry," at least at one Wegmans location in Williamsville. Store officials are hopeful to open The Pub at Wegmans on Transit Road in Williamsville as early as the middle of next week. Wegmans has adopted the pub model in Pennsylvania and Virginia stores, but this will mark its first N…

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Two prevailing questions remain about this weekend, at least in my (fairly bizarre) mind. A) Is the weather going to be nightmarish again? B) Why are there so many Octoberfest celebrations in September? The answers to both are fairly simple: For A, the Saturday forecast has rain for much of the region, especially as the day progresses. Sunday is supposed to be cool and …

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More than a dozen Buffalo-area museums and cultural institutions will offer free admission Saturday, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced. Participating institutions include (Note: click on the links for further information): Albright-Knox Art Gallery Buffalo History Museum Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village in Amherst Buffalo Religious Arts Center Burchfield Penney Art Cen…

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It’s garden season in Buffalo, and the Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.) has teamed up with the Buffalo Museum of Science to take advantage of the botanical excitement now spreading through the region like ivy. “Burchfield Botanicals,” a show featuring paintings and sketches by Charles E. Burchfield and lifelike reproductions of wildflow…