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Best bets Tips for family fun

1. The Civil War was anything but.

Visit the Hull Family Home and Farmstead from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for an intimate look at history when the re-enactors take over. Talk with soldiers and civilians about their lives during this very important war. Exhibits and tours will be available. Adults. $3, ages 12-18, $1. Candlelight tours for $10 begin at 7 p.m. Call 741-7032 to reserve your spot. The house is located at 5976 Genesee St., Lancaster.

2. Nothing to do Friday?

Delaware Avenue's downtown landscape is being dramatically altered by a building boom that includes new office towers, condos and adaptive reuse. Get a firsthand view while learning about our rich historical past from 6 to 8 p.m. Meet at Delaware Avenue and Mohawk Street and bring $10. Tour is presented by Buffalo Tours.

3. Robo-deer to nature's rescue!

Learn how remote-controlled decoys help catch poachers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday during Reinstein Woods Fall Festival, where a slew of fun activities will take place. Meet some Buffalo Zoo animals, try "snow-shoeing" and discover all you need to know about black bears. Nature crafts and grub, too. Find the fun at 93 Honorine Drive in Cheektowaga.

4. Grab your broom for a Beach Sweep.

The Great Lakes sweep -- from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday -- takes place at Woodlawn Beach and Fort Niagara state parks, and Four Mile Creek. Last year, 168,856 pounds of trash were removed from beaches across the state. Bring gloves! For more details on Woodlawn, call 826-1930. In Niagara County, call 285-3575 Ext. 209.

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