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IT'S CATCHING: DECEMBER PASTIMES

Our Legacy

"The best gifts for the discerning family come from Western New York Wares publishing house. Titles such as 'Erie Canal Legacy,' 'Classic Buffalo' and 'Buffalo Architectural Watercolors' focus on the history and architecture of Western New York."

-- Bruce Brim,

University Bookstore, University at Buffalo

Sports Frenzy

"Micro-soccer Academy, where 3-year-olds battle it out on the soccer field, is the hot family event this season. But we have athletes from age 3 to 83 playing in here from 7 a.m. to noon."

-- Jim May,

Sportsplex, North Tonawanda

Touchy Feely

"Miles separate so many families, leaving us feeling depressed during the holidays. I encourage clients to help others less fortunate. I also use the Reiki technique and the human touch in my practice; people love the human touch."

-- Patricia DePrima, spiritual advisor

Au Naturel

"People want more natural, candid pictures, especially around the holidays. They want their kids photographed in jeans and sweaters, not suits and dresses. Families do a lot more hugging and laughing during these shoots, too."

-- Sharon Campagna,

Masterpiece Photography

Happy Birthday, Teddy

"It's the teddy bear's 100th birthday! See our house 'Celebrate a Merry Bear-y Christmas' with a gift shop overflowing with teddy bears for kids of all ages. Visit December 8th, when admission is only a dollar."

-- Janice Kuzan,

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

Art Matters

"Our art classes are popular with families. Papermaking, creative crafts and clay crafts top the class list, and new classes start all the time. Kids can attend Art Camp from December 26 to 28."

-- Marita Ronald,

Hyatt's All Things Creative

-- Kris Kurzawa