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Zoo to resume operating seven days per week

The Buffalo Zoo will begin operating seven days a week again as of Monday.

The zoo will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Free parking will remain in effect until March 16, after which rates will be $6 for buses and $3.25 per car. A portion of those proceeds will go to conservation projects.

On March 7, the zoo will conduct a behind-the-scenes wild workshop at which patrons will meet with zookeepers and learn the daily routine of preparing animal diets, observing their behaviors and other activities.

The workshop runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and is $20 for zoo members and $25 for nonmembers.

To participate, call 995-6128 or visit the zoo's Web site at www.buffalozoo.org.

The workshop is limited to those age 6 and older.

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Author Pederson to speak at Arts Awards luncheon

Buffalo-born humorist and author Laura Pederson will deliver the keynote speech at the 23rd Arts Awards luncheon March 20 in Adam's Mark Hotel.

Pederson wrote the recent memoir "Buffalo Gal." Her novels have won the Three Oaks fiction prize and have been chosen for the Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" and Borders "Original Voices" programs and featured by the Literary Guild.

In 1994, she was named one of 10 "Outstanding Young Americans" by President Bill Clinton. She has appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Good Morning America," "Primetime Live" and "The Late Show with David Letterman."

Presented by the Arts Council in Buffalo and Erie County, the annual luncheon honors individual artists, arts organizations and their supporters.

Marilyn Ciancio will be honorary chairwoman and Denise Maziarz is luncheon committee chairwoman.

Tickets and tables may be reserved by contacting Gerald Burgin at 856-7520 or visiting www.artsbuffalo.org.

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