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1. Roll out the barrel

And push it right into the Falls

Roll out the barrel

And fill it with someone who's small

At 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, pay tribute to a destitute former schoolteacher - not to mention the world's first daredevil - Annie Taylor. Gather at the Rapids View entrance to the Niagara Falls State Park. Scatter flowers. Play Misty. Feel that thunder. And remember a 63-year-old woman who tested the waters, but died a pauper.

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2. The coyote in New York.

Truly a whiny mammal, and the subject of this Sunday's nature talk, geginning at 3 p.m. in the Beaver Meadow Aududon Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java.

Forty-five minutes on this North American native. The program is free, and there is no need for reservations. Rain. Snow. Or shine.

3. What does a spirit eat?

Ghoulash? Or ghost beef.

Visit the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University to find out - "Feeding the Spirit: Mexican Day of the Dead Traditions" features photography and sand paintings that explore this ancient Mexican custom.

It is based on the belief that hungry souls return each year between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2 to visit their loved ones. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The free exhibit runs through Nov. 4.

4. Eco-warriors, unite!

A Kennedy is coming. A Kennedy is coming.

Robert F. Jr., the licensed master falconer, will be at Kleinhans Music Hall at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, to protect and preserve the world for future generations. The event is sponsored by the Buffalo Museum of Science and Tifft Nature Preserve. The cost is $20. Call 885-5000 to reserve a seat.

Or experience pre-lecture dining at Henry's Restaurant on Kleinhans' lower level. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. The $140 includes dinner, an autographed copy of Kennedy's book, "The Riverkeepers," and prime seating for the talk. Call 896-5200, ext. 310 to reserve.

5. A scary Halloween water tour.

At the Wilson harborfront in Niagara County, board one of six boats for a haunted cruise. Also included: pumpkin carving, apple bobbing and music. Proceeds to benefit local charities. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. through Oct. 31; $5. Call the Wilson boat yard at 751-9202 for more information.

e-mail: jkwiatkowski@buffnews.com

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