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1. Dear Deer Lady: Here's an invite to the Reinstein Woods Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on Honorine Drive off Como Park Boulevard in Cheektowaga.

There will be a lily pond, a bear named Smokey and live animals -- not to mention a nature scavenger hunt. Don't forget to bring one dollar to donate at the gate.

For more information, call 683-5959 or visit:

2. Calling all beachcombers.

Your presence is requested from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at any beach on Lake Erie for a coastal cleanup. Afterward, head for Wendt County Park and eat hot dogs. Last year, 2,344 Western New Yorkers removed 26,924 pounds of trash from 101 miles of Lake Erie shoreline.

Call 549-4330 to see where your body is needed.

3. The clock is back and rocking the East Side skyline.

Now let the Preservation Coalition of Erie County take you inside the Central Terminal for a two-hour trip into its art deco past. Call it arrested deterioration, and find out how a community saved a landmark.

Tours start at 11 a.m. Sunday. Meet at the terminal on Memorial Drive off Broadway.

Cost: $12 general/$10 members/$9 children under age 10.

4. Visit "On the Road to Freedom" for a revealing look into civil and human rights issues in Western New York. The eye-opening exhibit opens Saturday at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, 25 Nottingham Court.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Admission: $6 adults and $4 students/seniors.

For more information, call 873-9644 Ext. 301 or visit


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