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Beast Feast: The Buffalo Zoo, 300 Parkside Ave., holiday celebration will focus on the different types of diets the zoo maintains for its animals. There will be scheduled feedings throughout the day allowing all guests to see the keepers feed the animals. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $7 for ages 15 and older, $3.50 for children, $3 for seniors.

Family fun: "Wild Days," from 12 to 3 p.m. in the center of the Broadway Market, 999 Broadway. Featured are crafts, snacks, door prizes and wild encounters with Jarod Miller, 1:30 to 2:30. For information, call 891-8083.


Cat Show: Buffalo Cat Fanciers will present an Allbreed CFA Cat Show featuring over 300 cats in competition in 8 judging rings, which will be running simultaneously; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Represented in the show will be 36 breeds. Also, the SPCA will show the Whisker Wagon on Saturday, with animals available for adoption. Buffalo Animal Shelter will be there Sunday with their adoption van, P.A.W.S. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and seniors and $12 for families of 2 adults and 2 children.


Workshop: Literacy Volunteers of Buffalo and Erie County will host a free naturalization workshop; 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Lackawanna Public Library, 560 Ridge Rd. Sponsored by Western New York Citizenship Express, a program of Journey's End Refugee Services. Eligibility interviews will follow a one-hour presentation. For information or to become a volunteer, call 864-7019.


Holiday music: "Christmas Concert 2002" with Elisabeth Von Trapp; 8 p.m. Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave. Tickets are $16. For information, call 683-3032 or 683-1776.

North Tonawanda

Holiday tea: Victorian decorations, clothes and customs for two seatings, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the YWCA, 49 Tremont St. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Call 692-5580.

Holiday Garden: Inaugural event at the Botanical Gardens and Greenhouse, Sweeney Street near Robinson, will include lighting of the greenhouse and part of the park, hayrides, holiday treats, and a visit with Santa and his elf beginning at 6 p.m. Students from the Buffalo Suzuki Strings will perform from 6:30 to 7:15. Open Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m., Fridays 6 to 9, Saturdays 5 to 9 and Sundays 5 to 8 through Dec. 22. There is no charge for viewing the Holiday Garden, but donations will be accepted for the North Tonawanda Food Pantry.

Sunday's meetings
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Tour: The Rich-Twinn Octagon House, 145 Main St., will offer a self-guided tour from 1 to 3 p.m. of a Victorian motif decorated restored 1849 house that features an 1860 pump organ that will fill the house with Christmas music. Sponsored by The Newstead Historical Society. Holiday tour fee is $3.


Dinner: Boy Scout Troop 618 of Elma will offer their annual spaghetti dinner from 12 to 6 p.m. at St. Gabriel's Parish Center, 5271 Clinton St. Adults are $5, children are $2.

Grand Island

Open House: The Grand Island Historical Society will host an open house at River Lea in Beaver Island Park from 1 to 4 p.m. Featured is musical entertainment, and many of the decorations will be for sale. Refreshments will be served. For information, call 773-9235.

North Tonawanda

Theater: Arthur Miller's classic "The Crucible" is presented by the Niagara Falls Little Theatre at 3 p.m. in the Riviera Theater, 67 Webster St. Tickets are $13 general admission and $12 for seniors and students.

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