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A full day of fun

The "Big Toys, Trucks & Bikes" event is a kid's dream come true – and may thrill a few dads, too. "Come and sit in the driver's seat of your favorite ‘big toy,' " the flier says, which means climbing into the cabs of construction equipment, taking the wheel of a school bus or making sounds like a siren while "cruising" in a police car or fire engine. The event is Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center on Bristol Road off Big Tree Road in Hamburg.

Besides the vehicles, there will be telescopes to look at sunspots, fossil digs and events that were canceled due to bad weather at a planned June 3 Children's Day: live animals from Messinger Woods, rocket launches at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., and children's contests. Admission is $7; $6 for children under 12 ($3 and $2 for Penn Dixie members). For more information or directions, go to or call 627-4560. And bring a camera.


Tour historic churches

The historic churches of Dunkirk will be open for tours Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., part of a program to benefit the Dunkirk Historical Museum, 513 Washington Ave. The oldest structure in the tour is St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 328 Washington Ave., which opened as St. Mary's in 1854 – the first Catholic Church in the city. The First United Methodist Church, 15 East Sixth, is in Tudor Gothic style, built in 1916. Inside visitors will see three large opalescent Art Glass stained glass windows.

Also on the tour: the 1868 St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 16 W. Fourth St.; the 1873 First United Presbyterian, 19 W. Fourth; and the 1925 Grace Lutheran, 601 Eagle. Churches can be visited in any order; re-enactors will portray historic figures, among them Civil War military figures, a World War II Army captain who survived the Bataan death march, an ALCO shop foreman, and a minister. Tickets are $10, available at the Historical Museum (366-3797), or the Dunkirk Free Library, 536 Central Ave.