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Some recommended events for the week of Feb. 15-21


Snowy scene

What: Mayville I.C.E. Festival

Why: Because winter makes you laugh.

What else: Ice castle contest, food and craft vendors, and children's activities, including a contest to build your own snowman or snow animal on the shore of Chautauqua Lake.

Info: Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Lakeside Park, Mayville. Snowman contest judged in three age categories; register in kids' tent after 11 a.m. for 2:30 p.m. judging.


The love train

What: The Valentine Express

Why: Because if you screwed up your plans to make that special someone feel the love on Valentine's Day, you can book this as a backup.

What else: It's all aboard these period railroad cars at the New York & Lake Erie Railroad's Gowanda station. Buffet dinner near the station, then dessert, live music, a cash bar and a gift for your sweetheart on board.

Info: Train departs at 1 p.m. from 50 Commercial St., Gowanda. Price is $99.95 a couple. See or call 532-5716 to make a reservation.



Tasty benefit

What: Polar Bites

Why: Because proceeds benefit the Buffalo Zoo. Besides, all those animals can't fix up their own homes, you know.

What else: Sample beer, wine and food for a good cause, along with a basket auction, silent auction and a visit from some zoo all-stars.

Info: 6 to 9 p.m. in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St. Tickets are $30 presale, $40 at the door. Call 995-6131 for tickets and reservations.



Beer? Brilliant!

What: Guinness Toast Fest

Why: Like Guinness drinkers really need a reason -- but let's just say it's for the Buffalo Irish Center Renovation Fund

What else: Six bands to jig to, Irish food, door prizes, auctions and whatnot.

Info: 7 p.m., Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road. Tickets $10 advance, $12 door.


Hog wild

What: The Bacon Brothers

Why: So you can reduce your degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon to one.

What else: Since 1995, actor Kevin Bacon has been performing music with his older brother Michael, who happens to be an actual Emmy-award winning singer-songwriter.

Info: 8 p.m. in the Bear's Den, Seneca Niagara Casino Resort, Niagara Falls. Tickets start at $45. Call 852-5000.



Celluloid celebration

What: Seventh Annual WNY Black Film Festival

Why: "Kings of the Evening," an award-winning Depression-era tale of hope and survival, will screen. Director and writer Andrew P. Jones and actor Willard E. Pugh ("The Color Purple") will take questions after the film.

What else: The festival continues Sunday with "The Real Great Debaters" at 3 p.m.

Info: Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre, 639 Main St. Tickets are $5. Call 851-5145 for more information.

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