7 Wednesday Come meet former Sabres captain Pat LaFontaine and discuss the real meaning of heroism. LaFontaine will be at Barnes & Noble's, 1565 Niagara Falls Blvd., to sign copies of "Companions in Courage," a collection of stories he co-authored on triumphant tales of heroic athletes. 7 p.m. near the store's coffee bar. 837-7209.
9 Friday It was a huge hit last year. So the matchmakers at 97 Rock will have another Mass Valentine's Day Wedding. Ninety-seven couples meet at the Radisson Hotel's Grand Ballroom and take their vows live on FM radio. Last year there was a mix of real marriages and vow renewal. This time, the station is trying for all new marriages. "It's a screaming deal," says Tina Chaudhry, unofficial wedding coordinator for 97 Rock. "It makes a great story to tell your grandchildren. We supply all the bells and whistles like cake, flowers, music, breakfast and a bunch of honeymoon giveaways. The couples just show up to get married. It's something to be seen." Interested couples should call Tina at 888-9770 to hear what you need (marriage licenses, 6 a.m. start, sense of humor). Most book a room the previous night. Call soon to reserve a spot (Tina says finding 97 couples to get married will be no problem). Everyone else can listen to the "romantic" madness on the radio.
-- Buffalo's own critically acclaimed Neglia Ballet Artists present "An Intimate Evening of Dance" 8 p.m. at the Flickinger Performing Arts Center at Nichols School, 1250 Amherst St. The show includes a variety of works, all exploring different aspects of love. There's another performance Feb. 10. 447-0401.
-- Looking for an evening of ridicule and lampooning of famous people by those who do it best? Try "Forbidden Broadway Cleans Up Its Act!," 8 p.m. today and Feb. 10 at Buffalo State College's Rockwell Hall. The show pokes fun at some of Broadway's biggest shows, with fast-paced music and zany comedy. 878-3032. -- "Annie," the crowd-pleasing musical with a story to melt any heart, plays Shea's Performing Arts Center 2 and 8 p.m. today and Feb. 10 with a 2 p.m. matinee Feb. 11. 847-0850 for information. It's a hard-knock life sometimes, and sometimes it's pure joy.
10 Saturday Become familiar with the Theatre of Youth and its newly newly renovated home, the Allendale Theatre. TOY's latest production, "Charlotte's Web," continues Saturday and Sunday to Feb. 18. It's a great way to get children 4 and up hooked on theater, and TOY is a heartwarming story of what can be accomplished with faith and hard work. All performances are in the afternoon. Call 884-4400 for times.
-- Premier Gourmet begins its series of free in-store beer tastings 1 to 3 p.m. in the store at 3465 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Today's featured brewery is Spaten of Munich, Germany. And future tastings will be announced at the event. 877-3574. It's hard to imagine a more genial and knowledgeable beermeister and master coffee roaster than host Peter Fremming.
-- The city and county's traveling Winterfests move closer to home. This weekend it's Chestnut Ridge's turn. Hayrides, outdoor inflatable bouncy kids' rides, arts and crafts, sledding and skating, snowmobile rides and more, noon to 6 p.m. with 6 p.m. fireworks. The winter joie de vivre continues noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 11. 851-5806 for details. Why stay away?
-- There's a big train and toy show presented by the local Railway Historical Society 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hamburg Agri-Center at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Huge selection of toy trains, railroad collectibles, layouts and vendor displays. Same time Feb. 11. 655-1717.
15 Thursday The roving Winterfests finally arrive home. Five days of innovative, spirited winter-weather nose-thumbing kicks off with the senior citizen luncheon and dance noon at the Connecticut Street Armory (last year 700 people came). The cool cold-weather activities continue throughout the Presidents Day holiday weekend at Delaware Park. Try the outdoor fish fry and chicken finger dinner in the heated tent on Hoyt Lake bridge 5 p.m. Feb. 16 (hundreds of dinners were served last year in a snowstorm). The next few days include fireworks, the mayor/county executive outdoor volleyball grudge match, a chili cook-off among six restaurants, jazz in the park, soup-tasting at Marcy Casino, sporting events (the activities keep coming at us, we can't keep up), casino gambling, jazz concerts, more kids' activities, more fireworks over Hoyt Lake. ... Where will it end? With children's activities noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 19, actually,
19 Monday KidsCraft holds another children workshop for the day off from school. This one is called "The Story of Me" in which kids start with a body outline and use it to create their own biographies. The session is 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 525 West Ferry St. A $25 fee includes lunch, snacks, art supplies and expert instruction from those who know children and theater. Ages 5 to 10 years old. Sibling discounts available. 852-2600.
17 Saturday Those who have never seen the opera "Carmen" really haven't lived. At least those who can somehow stand to watch unbridled passion set to unforgettable, immortal music amidst dramatic stage sets. See the London Opera Company's version of the classic story of that fiery vixen of love. It's a great way to win over any misguided opera skeptics or loosen up a date. One passionate performance only, 8 p.m. at Shea's. Presented by Opera Niagara. 847-0850 for information, 852-5000 for tickets.
2 Friday The Analytical Society of Western New York is at it again. Here's how the Jungians describe today's seminar titled the Attentive Dialogue: "Every day we are exposed to an enormous number of media images: They are loud, fast, intense, repetitive and tell us exactly what to do. Our inner images are, on the contrary, silent, slow, difficult to concentrate upon. They don't tell us what to do, but want us to relate to them. Do they have any chance to reach us?" Jungian analyst Eva Pattis talks about how the imagination can increase active consciousness and penetrate the onslaught of commercial images. 8 p.m. at 408 Franklin St. Call 854-7457 for more events, including a journal workshop starting Feb. 6. Never underestimate the wisdom of the Jungians.
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