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There's still time to check out the Poinsettia Show at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens. The show, which continues through next Sunday (New Year's Day), is closed today but will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all week including New Year's Day -- with one exception. Hours are 10 a.m. to noon Saturday (New Year's Eve).

If poinsettias and promises of an indoor temperature of 72 degrees aren't enough to get you there, then maybe trains are. The Garden Railway Exhibit, presented by the Western New York Garden Railway Society, is going on through Jan. 1 as well.

Admission includes both exhibits. Prices: $8 for adults; $7 for senior citizens and students 13 and older with identification; and $4 for children ages 3 to 12. Garden members and children younger than 3 are free.

And, get this: Those who go this Friday pay only $1 admission. It's called Dollar Day.

For additional information, the Gardens' phone number is 827-1584. Website:


Stop on by

The week between Christmas and New Year's gives us time to do things we can't squeeze in the rest of the year. One of those is a visit to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, now celebrating its 150th anniversary. Along with its exhibit of landmark items from the permanent collections, visitors can enjoy, through Jan. 22, "Full Color Depression: First Kodachromes from America's Heartland," a show of photographs by Jack Delano, Russell Lee, Marion Post Wolcott and others who worked for the government in programs designed to get America back to work in the 1930s.

For many people, that decade is most often recalled in the black-and-white work of artists such as Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange. These photos give a different view.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays (and today and New Year's Day). On Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, free public tours are offered with museum admission at 1:30 p.m.; Saturday tours are 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Meet at the guest services station.