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Current by Susan Martin

Cherry blossoms and costumes

The second annual Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival is underway through Saturday at the Buffalo History Museum and the Japanese Garden of Buffalo. Visitors are invited to take a free, self-directed stroll through the Japanese Garden and enjoy the blossoms.

Other festival events include the Japanese Kimono pop-up exhibit and Parade of Fashion featuring international and historical attire from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday; those attending are invited to wear a cultural costume or their country’s national clothing (museum admission; members free).

Also, in conjunction with the Japanese Film Festival at the North Park Theater on Hertel Avenue, fans of anime films are encouraged to dress like characters from “Princess Mononoke” (being shown at 11:30 a.m. Sunday as part of the Family Matinee Series) and “The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness” (11:30 a.m. Saturday and next Sunday). Tickets are $5.

For more information and a full schedule of festival events, visit

Show House on view

The 2015 Decorators’ Show House – the Edward H. Webster House at 164 Lincoln Parkway – is open to the public through May 17. Hours: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Mondays are for private tours only. The event, a community fundraiser, is presented by The Buffalo News and the Junior League of Buffalo. Tickets are $25 at the door or online at

Hanging vases

Flowers displayed in wall vases are a great look for spring. They’re also a handy way to keep blossoms away from flower-loving cats.

Here is a method suggested by Alison Sherwood, in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“Wrap jute twine or sisal cord twice around the neck of a clean glass jar, below the screw threads on the rim, and tie securely with a knot, leaving 8 to 10 inches of tails on the twine. A small food jar cleaned up and spared from the recycling bin works great; my favorite is a fancy maple syrup vessel. Fill the jar with 2 inches of water and a few stems and knot the rope tails together to hang from a hook on the wall,” wrote Sherwood, who uses removable 3M Command hooks for hanging.

And finally ...

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Brittany Anas, from, Tribune News Service