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POINSETTIAS ABOUND: The Poinsettia Show, which brings thousands of the colorful flowers to Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens in South Park, will be held today through Dec. 30. For more information, go to www.buffalogardens.com.

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SANTA IN THE FALLS: A city fire truck will bring Santa Claus to the scene today as all 96 trees along the three blocks of Old Falls Street will be illuminated with more than 100,000 lights. The event will run from 6 to 7 p.m. outside the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St. The tree illumination will extend throughout the winter and will be complemented by various holiday vignettes, extending the Holiday Lights Niagara Trail from Hyde Park to the downtown area. Today's event will include music by Tom Proctor and free hot chocolate. Afterward, the Isley Brothers will perform inside the Conference Center.

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HOLIDAY CELEBRATION: One of the most popular events in the annual Hamburgh Holidays celebration is the Santa Claus parade, which starts at 11 a.m. Saturday. The parade will start at the Union-Pleasant Elementary School, go down Union to Center Street to Main Street to Buffalo Street, and end at the Hamburg Shopping Plaza. It will feature marching bands, clowns and holiday floats.

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FREE ART TOURS: The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University will offer a free guided tour of its current exhibitions at 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the museum is free. Sunday hours are 1 to 5 p.m. The museum will be closed on Saturday. The half-hour tour will cover "(Re-) Making Irish Lace," "WNY Collects: Arnold Mesches," "The Picturesque and War: Visual and Literary Aspects of 19th Century Niagara Tourism" and "TopSpin 10: The 10 Year TopSpin Retrospective."

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ENERGY TALK: Several speakers will discuss "Accelerating the Implementation of Renewable Energy" at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Daemen College's Duns Scotus Hall, Room 336, 4380 Main St., Amherst. Bill Nowak, of the Sierra Club, will be the keynote speaker. Dave Hahn Baker, an environmental consultant; Ellen Banks, a psychology professor at Daemen; and Sarah Carpenter, a Daemen sustainability major, will serve on a panel moderated by Daemen instructor and energy educator Walter Simpson. For more information, email wsimpson@daemen.edu.