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1. Discover the beads of the Haudenosaunee.

We're talking early Iroquois, of course, who placed a great value on beads made from shell, quartz and copper -- associating their colors and reflective properties with enlightenment and life-enhancing powers.

Check out some of these beaded collars on display through Oct. 9 at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University.

"Expressions of Iroquois Identity: Raised Beadwork Collars" includes 20 beaded wonders, and its free.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Call 286-8293 for more information.

2. Ah, a wildlife festival that does not take place on Chippewa Street.

This free family event occurs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the New York Power Authority's Niagara Power Vista and its surrounding grounds at 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston.

Meet a new world monkey. Learn the history of the American turkey. Dress up and act out the story of "The Lake." Then sample the chowder made by Lewiston Boy Scout Troop 855.

For more information, call 286-6661 or visit nypa.gov.

3. Where else can you witness the debut of circus diva Jennifer Fuentes, not to mention astounding aerialist Sylvia Zerbini?

More than 100 performers will bring you three rings of fun starting at 7 p.m. today when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus hits HSBC Arena.

Performances continue at 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $12 and may be purchased at tickets.com, by calling (888) 233-6000, or at the Arena box office.

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