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CENTER OFFERS 'SNOWFLAKE FESTIVAL' BEFORE SUPER BOWL

Southern Tier residents looking for something to do before Sunday evening's Super Bowl may want to take in the Audubon Society's annual Snowflake Festival.

The event Sunday will be held at the Audubon Nature Center on Riverside Road between Jamestown and Frewsburg from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The society's new director, Ruth Sundin, said several indoor and outdoor activities will focus on nature.

"You can bring sleds, ice skates, and cross-country skis, or snowshoes," she said. "If you don't have those, we will have some snowshoes here that people can use, and cross-country skis -- if people have their own boots.

"We'll even have sleigh rides outside, (and) a winter camping demonstration."

With the National Weather Service predicting a high temperatures in the low 30s, some participants may opt for the indoors, and Sundin said the Snowflake Festival has planned for that, too.

"If people need to warm up, or just want to stay indoors, we'll have demonstrations of crafts, quilting and spinning, and carving."

Sundin added several speakers will be available to discuss birds, including Bob Sundell, who "is locally a very well-known birder and is writing a book on the birds of Chautauqua County," and Lenny DeFrancisco, who runs the Ripley Hawk Watch each spring.

Admission to the Snowflake Festival is $2 per person, with children under 12 admitted free. Proceeds benefit the nature center.

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