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1. Covering the waterfront.

Waterfest 1997 takes place between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. At Erie Basin Marina, the home port, there will be games, entertainment, costume making and exhibits of exotic species, water craft and ground water.

Buffalo Zoo animals will be on hand, along with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Research Vessel. Visitors can take part in a water tasting competition. A welcoming ceremony and species parade take place at 2 p.m.

From noon to 5 p.m. there will be tours and seminars at the Buffalo Lighthouse. Buffalo Naval & Military Park offers reduced admission. Tifft Nature Preserve will provide fishing tips, games and an aquatic animal treasure hunt. At 6:30 p.m. at LaSalle Park there will be a family concert by singer, puppeteer and comedian Norman Foote, with storyteller Tiger Tom as the opening act.

Most activities are free of charge.

2. Lewiston comes alive.

It's the 31st annual Lewiston Outdoor Art Festival and Chalk Walk Competition. The Taste of Lewiston takes place from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, featuring a waiter/waitress race and the music of Wayno, musicians who play music of Peru using wind, percussion and string instruments.

Other events include a Blue Monday at the Gazebo at 7 p.m. Monday; Rhythms of the Motherland with Kakliambe, storyteller Cathy Nelson and gospel music by the Malcom Wilson Choir at 7 p.m. Tuesday. A Mad Hatter's Tea Party and Peter and the Wolf by the Niagara Civic Ballet Company on Wednesday. The Elementals, a New York City puppet comedy group with an edge, on Thursday, and the third annual Canadian/American human chess game on Friday.

For details, call the Lewiston Council on the Arts at 754-0166.

3. A Blacksmith Hammer-In will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Amherst Museum, where blacksmiths from across the state will display their crafts and show their skills.

New to the year's event is the museum's replica blacksmith shop, complete with forge and large bellows. Besides giving demonstrations, the blacksmiths will sell their wares.

Admission to the Hammer-In is included with regular museum admission, which is $1 to $2. The restored historic buildings, the Aviation & Space Museum and local history exhibits may be viewed during the event. The museum is at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road. Call 689-1440.

4. Murder comes to Mumford.

A re-enactment of Rochester's first murder trial in 1849 -- with visitors as jury members -- will be held during Genesee Country Village's "Murder and Mayhem: Law and Order in the 19th Century." The trial takes place at 1:30 and at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

It focuses on the death of Thomas Nott of Scottsville, who becomes ill after eating dinner and dies two days later. Dr. John K. Hardenbrook is the chief suspect because of his close relationship with Mrs. Nott.

Also, at 4 p.m. the Flint Hill Folk will perform at the Town Hall, singing songs of rogues, criminals and crimes.

Admission is $10 for adults; $8.50 for seniors; $6 for children 4 to 16, and free for children 3 and under. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 538-6822.

5. Koinobori, a Japanese festival celebrating children's day, begins on Sunday at Artpark. About 200 colorful flags will be strung over the Niagara River between Canada and the United States to represent a prayer for raising strong and healthy children. Traditional Japanese dancing and music will be performed. Upcoming events include Tropical Explosion with Caribbean music and African drum and dance performances.

From now through Aug. 17, Artpark will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. A ParkPass costs $5 and allows access to activities that include papermaking, rubber stamp fun and creation of an architectural structure. Visitors can also work at a pottery wheel, act out a game of chess, use a puppet stage or paint their faces with stage makeup.

For information, call 754-9001, Ext. 266.

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