1. An afternoon of treats.
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra starts its Fisher-Price Discovery series at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Kleinhans Music Hall with music of the spooky season. Included on the program is "The Symphony of Sleepy Hollow," a new look at a classic story; along with "Witch's Ride" from "Hansel and Gretel"; "Hobgoblin" from Symphonic Sketches, and excerpts from "Masquerade Suite."
David Bondrow of North Tonawanda Senior High School will sing "Music of the Night," and the Tanzen Dance Company of Niagara County Community College will perform original choreography to "Macabre Op. 40."
Children are invited to wear costumes and come to the Kid's Club reception ($1 each). Tickets ($10.50) may be purchased by calling 885-5000.
2. Storyteller Annmarie Jason is telling Halloween tales tonight.
Ms. Jason will be telling the stories "Ghost Hunt," "Shake Dem Bones" and "Beast With 1,000 Teeth," along with performing songs, poems and chants to lift your ghostly spirits.
The program, at the Brighton Branch Library, 999 Brighton Road, Tonawanda, at 6:30 p.m., is designed for children over age 4, and their families. There is no charge; reservations are not needed.
3. To celebrate its 85 years, the Rochester Museum & Science Center is bringing out some of its treasures. Among them are an 11,600-year-old mastodon bone; a 1936 Ford-Cunningham car; one of the first Xerox machines; a quilt made by Susan B. Anthony, and a telegram written by Frederick Douglass' son upon his father's death.
Called "Unwrapped," the exhibit also features groups that will give demonstrations of their particular interests. Among them are the Rochester Genealogical Society, the Genesee Valley Woodcarvers and the Adirondack Mountain Club.
The museum is at 657 East Ave., Rochester. Hours are between noon and 5 p.m. Sundays and between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for senior citizens and college students; $3 for students from kindergarten to 12th grade. Call 271-4320, Ext. 236, for directions and information.
4. Sometimes we forget the old favorites, so here's a reminder.
Tifft Nature Preserve holds a guided nature walk each Sunday at 2 p.m. Even if you've been to Tifft before, nature is always changing and providing new sights. It may be possible to see migrating waterfowl, including ducks, and learn how animals get ready for winter. And the friendly chickadees will probably be there to greet you.
The walk is geared to adults and families. A donation of $1 per person is suggested.
To get to Tifft from downtown Buffalo, take Route 5 west, exit at Tifft Street and take the first left. Call 825-6397.
5. Special effects and wizardry are called into play for "The Sorcerer" at the Lancaster Opera House
True to Gilbert and Sullivan style, the operetta has a comically involved plot and great music. It's set in a country village where an officer of the Grenadier Guards helps the villagers experience the joys of love by hiring a sorcerer. A lot of mischief ensues when the villagers drink love potions and fall in love with the wrong people.
Produced by KSL Productions, performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets (call 683-1776) are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and students; $6 for children.