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>Reinstein 'Friends' offer 'member for day'

Friends of the Reinstein Nature Preserve are inviting the public to "Be a Member for a Day" at 1:30 p.m. today at the Cheektowaga preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, off Como Park Boulevard.

During this free event, visitors can follow a guided nature walk and warm up with hot beverages and snacks in the education center while mingling with Friends group members. Participants can make a bird feeder, try out a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis, weather permitting, and learn about other benefits.

Space is limited for the "Be a Member for a Day" event, and registration is required. For more information or to register, call 683-5959.

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>Web site discloses 3 acts for summer concert series

LOCKPORT -- Rik Emmett, the former lead singer of Canadian hard rock band Triumph, and "Redneck Woman" Gretchen Wilson have been disclosed as two acts in this summer's Friday night Molson Canal Concert Series here.

The Web site Pollstar.com, which tracks concert bookings nationwide, lists Wilson for a July 9 show and Emmett as performing July 30.

Rusted Root, the Pittsburgh jam band that opened the 2009 Molson series, will do so again this year on June 25, the Pollstar site said.

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>Buffalo Chili Fest will debut April 11

We've had contests to determine who makes the best chicken wings hereabouts, but who cooks up the best chili?

That will be decided at the first Buffalo Chili Fest, sponsored by Web Art Designs and People Inc. from 2 to 6 p.m. April 11 in D'Arcy McGee's Irish Pub, 257 Franklin St. Those attending will cast votes for the area's champion chili chef.

The contest is open to all area restaurants and anyone with original recipes. Entry fee is $100. Chili will be sampled through ticket purchases, which can be redeemed by chili chefs at the end of the day. Admission is $5, and tickets for chili samples are $5 for five tickets. All proceeds benefit People Inc.

To enter, contact Jim Breidenstein at 674-0870 or e-mail Jim@webartdesigns.com. For information, visit www.buffalochilifest.com.

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