THE LEARNING CURVE
Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum offers a series of children's learning workshops at 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday through Aug. 12, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. This week offers a look at how raw wood is transformed into a carousel animal; next week learn how gears work; and finally learn how turn-of-the-century children played. Each week also includes a craft. Classes are 90 minutes, cost $4 and include admission to the museum and a ride on the carousel. To register, call 693-1885.
A wedding vow renewal ceremony is just one part of a two-day celebration of local heritage at the annual Pine Avenue Business Association Italian Festival, 10:30 a.m. to dusk Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Sunday, Columbus Park at 15th Street and Pine Avenue. Mangia, mangia, with cake- and spaghetti-eating contests Saturday and then run off the calories at 10 Sunday morning in the 5-kilometer run. Couples who make their own fireworks are invited to renew their vows at 5 p.m. next Sunday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
Sanborn Area Historical Society offers free admission to its new Sanborn-Lewiston Farm Museum, along with a flea market and classic car cruise, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 2660 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. The event also includes food, chowder, a petting zoo, music and tractor display. One free pop and hot dog offered to each classic car entry. Interested vendors should call 694-6305.
BACK IN TIME
Old Olcott Days, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and next Sunday, Lakeview Village Shoppes in Olcott Beach, just off Route 18 on Lake Ontario, offers a chance to look at historical displays of early 1900s Olcott and shop in the 13 quaint and unique lakeside-area gift shops. The two-day event offers Coney Island hot dogs, Skee-Ball and horse-and-buggy rides. Also included is a classic car cruise from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and narrated trolley tours and live music Sunday. The Olcott Light house is also open.