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Good morning, Buffalo

The lack of a white Christmas may well set the tone for this holiday week, as well.

Snowflakes are in the forecast overnight tonight, and again on Saturday, but they may not stick in many parts of Western New York.

At this early stage, it looks like some of those flakes could fall on New Year's Eve, with some sunshine and highs in the mid-30s forecast for New Year's Day.

Today and Thursday look to be the warmest days of the week, with highs in the low to mid-40s. Rain is likely today, and Thursday will be mostly cloudy. Wednesday is expected to be sunny, but cold.

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Maulana Karenga, the founder of Kwanzaa, is pretty much a regular during the nonreligious holiday that celebrates values prevalent in African cultures.

That's because the holiday is marked by seven days of activities in the Queen City.

The holiday week started Monday and culminates on early New Year's Day, with a cultural concert that starts at 9 p.m. New Year's Eve at Gateway Longview at 347 E. Ferry St.

Karenga will be the keynote speaker at a Friday gathering at 7 p.m. at the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway.

"Buffalo has one of the largest Kwanzaa celebrations in the country, so Dr. Karenga honors that by making the commitment every year," Samuel L. Radford III, co-chairman of the Buffalo celebration, told The News last week.

Kwanzaa, a Swahili word, is a nonreligious holiday observed over seven days, with each day devoted to one of seven principles: umoja, or unity; kujichagulia, or self-determination; ujima, or collective work and responsibility; ujamaa, or cooperative economics; nia, or purpose; kuumba, or creativity; and imani, or faith.

Today at 7 p.m., Nia Hawkins and Brandon Gains host the second day of the celebration at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave.

The evening will feature the African American Dance Troupe, Elders Spoken Word Vibe and speaker Lorna Hill.

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Starting next week, two new lecture series sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature will be held at 12:10 p.m. Tuesdays in "Ring of Knowledge" area of the Buffalo & Erie County Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square.

Dennis Galucki, founder and coordinator, will share more details about next year's series at 12:10 p.m. today at the library.

The first and third Tuesdays of the month, as well as the occasional fifth Tuesday, will focus on the topic "Why do the arts matter?" The second and fourth Tuesdays will feature speakers discussing "Why does history and nature matter?"

The series kicks off next Tuesday with Sharon Latchaw Hirsh of Rosemont College and Chuck LaChiusa of Buffalo Architecture & History and of the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

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Tired from too much wrapping paper, leftovers and lack of sleep?

Don't let post-Christmas doldrums get you down. Visit the Burchfield Nature & Art Center for a little family fun and relaxation. The Center will host open house activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Friday at 2001 Union Road in West Seneca.

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The office of Rep. Kathy Hochul, D-26th District, will host satellite hours in Livingston County from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the Village and Town of Geneseo Building, 4630 Millennium Drive, Geneseo, and from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the North Dansville Town Hall, Supervisor's Office, 14 Clara Barton St., Dansville.

Constituents will be able to discuss issues, including Social Security, veterans affairs, citizenship and immigration. For details, call 634-2324.

citydesk@buffnews.com

[Published: 12:26 AM]

[Updated: 8:04 AM]

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