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1. The third annual Fleet Waterfest will be held Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the downtown waterfront near Erie Basin Marina.

Combining family entertainment, educational programs and hands-on activities, Fleet Waterfest celebrates the past, present and future of Buffalo's international Lake Erie waterfront.

Highlights include tours of the racing yacht Schooner America docked at the marina, the Buffalo lighthouse and the Naval & Military Park and the Buffalo Yacht Club's "Mayor's Cup Queen City Regatta." There will be all-day entertainment, featuring "Gateway to our Global Community" ethnic dancers and "Respect our Water," hands-on educational programs, live music and food.

The event is free. For more information, call 884-6144.

2. Taking up where the blockbuster film "Titanic" left off, the Western New York debut of Jeffery Hatcher's play "Scotland Road" runs through Sept. 27 at Artpark in Lewiston.

In the last decade of the 20th century, a young woman is found floating on an iceberg in the middle of the North Atlantic. She is rescued and interrogated about the sunken cruise ship by an investigator determined to crack the mystery of her identity.

"Scotland Road" has been described as a shocking psychological thriller about death, survival and identity.

There are matinee and evening performances on Wednesdays through Sundays, with tickets priced from $16.50-$19.50. Children under 10 will be admitted for $10. As a special promotion, Artpark will be accepting Canadian currency for Friday's performances at a significant increase over the posted exchange rate.

To find out more, call 847-1410.

3. If you're looking for down-home country music packed into a contemporary style with heartfelt emotion, don't miss the Dixie Chicks at the LaSalle Park Waterfront Pavilion on Tuesday.

The Dixie Chicks, currently sky-high in the country charts, have opened for such superstars as Garth Brooks, Loretta Lynn, Alan Jackson and Emmylou Harris. Though the members of the all-female band are still in their 20s, they've been entertainers for more than eight years and have received rave reviews.

Western New York favorite Russ Keyser will open the show, performing top country hits from the past decade.

The free concert is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

4. The Past and Present Retail Store and Museum will be holding Dinosaur Days on Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Activities include dinosaur bone preparation and fossil casting, exhibits of recently collected dinosaur bones and teeth, and a book signing by Donald S. Miller, author of "Discovering Fossils," on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

There will also be hands-on activities for children, including fossil molding and a coloring contest to win gift certificates to the shop. Hot dogs and soft drinks will be available.

Past and Present is located at 3767 South Park Ave., Blasdell. Call 825-2361 for details.

5. The 12th annual Kingdom Bound Christian Festival is at Darien Lake through Saturday.

Combining faith, fellowship and fun, the event features more than 60 Christian musical groups and inspirational speakers, motivational sports clinics led by former professional athletes, and activities for children and youth.

Tickets are $30 per day for adults and $24 for children ages 3 to 11. Darien Lake is open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information, call 633-1117.

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