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Welcome the end of winter with the return of spring’s most flamboyant sign: cherry blossoms

The third annual Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival takes place now through May 7. Visitors will enjoy music, tea ceremonies, movies, family activities and more. The festival opened Saturday at the Japanese Garden in Delaware Park, and a traditional Japanese tea ceremony on the portico of The Buffalo History Museum, and opening events continue through today.

Events will include a “Cherry Jam” for musicians, a Music is Art “Instrument Zoo,” a Hula Hooping, the “Cherry Blossom Challenge” Orienteering Event, which navigates through Olmsted’s scenic Delaware Park, The North Park Theatre on Hertel Avenue will show classic Japanese movies including the original “Shall we Dansu.”  Rides in pink cherry blossom boats will be offered on Mirror Lake.

On Thursday, a fundraising blossom viewing event titled, ‘A Sakura Spring Party: An Evening of Cherry Blossoms, Cocktails and Canapes,” will feature the Buffalo Tango Orkestra and light catering by Oliver’s. Net proceeds raised will support this year’s goal of rebuilding and replacing the torii gate at the entrance to the Japanese Garden and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. Tickets are available online at  www.buffalocherryblossomfestival.org. The Cherry Blossom Festival has these major goals: raising awareness of the Japanese Garden in Delaware Park, raising funds both to help maintain these six serene acres in Delaware Park and to actively encourage a widespread planting of ornamental cherry trees throughout Buffalo.Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival Schedule Most events take place at the History Museum and the Japanese Garden in Delaware Park, 1 Museum Court, off Elmwood Avenue and Nottingham Terrace. Festival Events are free. Entrance fees may be charged by host location on some days.

Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day at Buffalo History Museum from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

‘Shall We Dansu,’ Japanese Film Festival at North Park Theatre, is shown at 11:30 a.m. today. The film features a warm and humorous story about an uptight Japanese worker whose midlife crisis takes him on a journey of personal discovery in a Tokyo dance class