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Today: The weather promises to cooperate for Winterfest activities in and around Delaware Park today and Monday. Today's festivities include singer Peggy Farrell with the Al Tinney Trio in the Larkin House at 11 a.m., a soup sampling from noon to 4 p.m. in the casino, followed by a "Nite Out" with the Party Squad until shortly after 9 p.m.

Across Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo State College's Rockwell Hall Auditorium, a new Miss Buffalo will be crowned. Competition in the Miss America Pageant preliminary begins at 3 p.m.

Tuesday: Amherst gathers ideas from the public for a new master plan in the first of three "visioning" sessions at 6:30 p.m. in Hutchinson Hose Fire Hall, 5005 Sheridan Drive. The others are at 1 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, same place. For a look at the community profile that planners have compiled, tap into the town Web site at

This is the first day to circulate nominating petitions for the May 1 Buffalo School Board election. Candidates have until the end of March to round up 500 valid signatures. Election packets are available in Board of Education offices, Room 801, City Hall.

Wednesday: "Big Bird's Sunny Day Camp Out" brings Sesame Street characters out on a musical camping trip in Shea's Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. The fun continues for seven more performances through next Sunday.

Bassist Sara Lee first came into the spotlight with the Gang of Four in the 1980s and toured with Buffalo's Ani DiFranco in the mid-1990s. Now she's stepping out as a solo artist with her first solo album on DiFranco's record label. She plays Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St., at 9 p.m.

Thursday: Hot on the heels of the Westminister Kennel Club Dog Show comes the annual Rainbow Classic Dog Show, which will bring many of the same dogs to the Niagara Falls Convention and Civic Center. Beginning today, more than 2,000 animals of 142 breeds and varieties will be on parade. Show times are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through next Sunday.

Friday: The Lizzard Ball, which began as a casual-dress alternative to the black-tie celebration of Buffalo's biggest snowstorm, sets up in the Tralfamadore Cafe in Theater Place for the first time in its 23-year history. Providing music are One World Tribe, Mexican Cession, the Waz and 1 2/8 Path Band. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Saturday: Skating star Scott Hamilton, who founded Stars on Ice in 1986, comes to HSBC Arena at 7:30 p.m. in his last tour with the show. Joining him are 11 other figure skating sensations, including Tara Lipinski, Kristi Yamaguchi and Kurt Browning.

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