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More fun freebies for families

I’m so glad you guys are enjoying this free family fun series. I’ve loved hearing about your adventures almost as much as I’ve loved bumping into some of you at a couple of the events I’ve written about.

So, I think I’ll keep this up for at least another week or two. What do you say?

Here’s what we’ve got to look forward to next.

• Free dance classes. The Buffalo Dance Center in Elma is offering free children’s dance classes. They’re held at 6 p.m. every Wednesday in August. Twirl & Tumble classes Aug. 3 and Aug. 31 are open to kids age 3 and 4. The Hip Hop class Aug. 10 is open to kids ages 4 through 6, as are the Ballet and Tap class Aug. 17 and the Acro class Aug. 24.

Spots are limited, so register by calling 901-4263. The studio is at 2331 Bowen Road.

• Upcycle Market at Tifft Nature Preserve. Discover how to repurpose trash into treasure and learn why upcycling is important for the environment. You’ll see upcycle projects, meet local artists and upcycle something of your own to take home. It happens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. For more information, call 825-6397.

• Chalkfest Buffalo. This one’s always a blast. Chalk art professionals will create temporary sidewalk chalk masterpieces. You and the kids can add your own creations, too. There will also be games, music and food trucks.

It takes place in the 500 block of Main Street between Chippewa and Mohawk streets from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The professional artists begin drawing at 8 a.m. Saturday. For a full schedule of events, including face painting, monster mask making and a cookie monster party, visit

• Tacklin’ the Basics. This free fishing clinic teaches basic tackle techniques, such as how to cast a fishing pole, tie knots and bait hooks. You’ll also learn how to identify different fish, how to handle them ethically, and how to clean and cook your catch.

Limited fishing gear is available, so bring your own if you have it. No fishing license is necessary. The educational stations close at noon, but open fishing goes until 2 p.m.

It takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday across from Shelter 10 at Chestnut Ridge Park, 6121 Chestnut Ridge Road in Orchard Park.

• Family canoeing with the Junior Audubon Club. Naturalist Tom Kerr will lead the group’s monthly birding adventure, canoeing through the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center’s pond to look for different native birds.

It takes place from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 20 at the center, 1610 Welch Road in Java Center. To register, which is required, call 1-585-457-3228.

• Clearfield Community Center Summer Blast. There will be boat races in the pool, tennis skills clinics, a synchronized swimming demonstration, bounce houses, crafts, Sno Cones and visits from police and firefighters on Aug. 14 from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, call 631-7132.

• “Inside Out” at Lancaster Presbyterian Church. Watch Disney Pixar’s hit animated film under the stars while munching on complimentary popcorn. You can set up your chairs starting at 8 p.m. The movie starts at dusk.

It takes place Aug. 20 in the church’s south parking lot, 5461 Broadway at Lake Avenue. For more information, call 684-2277.

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