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Santa is one busy guy these days. So get the kids ready to spend some time with the big guy and feel pure joy knowing it won’t cost you a cent. Here are some free events for this week.The 13th annual Breakfast with Santa will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 5 at Orchard Park Middle School (60 South Lincoln Ave.). Kids can visit with Santa, make holiday crafts and enjoy a …

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Santa is one busy guy these days. So get the kids ready to spend some time with the big guy and feel pure joy knowing it won’t cost you a cent. Here are some free events for this week.The 13th annual Breakfast with Santa will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 5 at Orchard Park Middle School (60 South Lincoln Ave.). Kids can visit with Santa, make holiday crafts and enjoy a …

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If your kids like the wonderful children’s animated Christmas movie, “The Polar Express,” they will love the magical journey of the Polar Express Train Ride at the Medina Railroad. This one-hour journey to the North Pole will get the kids into the spirit of Christmas. They’ll meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, and a special gift. Kids are encouraged to wear their pa…

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If your kids like the wonderful children’s animated Christmas movie, “The Polar Express,” they will love the magical journey of the Polar Express Train Ride at the Medina Railroad. This one-hour journey to the North Pole will get the kids into the spirit of Christmas. They’ll meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, and a special gift. Kids are encouraged to wear their pa…

It is back for the 12th year. The beautiful and historic Lockport Palace Theatre is once again presenting “Scrooge the Musical,” the classic Charles Dickens tale set to music. This family show has become a staple of the holidays in Lockport since 2003. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Dec 4. and 5 and 3 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets are $15-$20. Visit lockportpalacetheatre.org.

It is back for the 12th year. The beautiful and historic Lockport Palace Theatre is once again presenting “Scrooge the Musical,” the classic Charles Dickens tale set to music. This family show has become a staple of the holidays in Lockport since 2003. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Dec 4. and 5 and 3 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets are $15-$20. Visit lockportpalacetheatre.org.

So much to do – and not all that much time left. With four kids, a husband, and a pretty big family, I know how you feel. But, don’t worry. There is help. I know, you’d like to get organized, make things easy, keep a budget – and have all of your holiday shopping information available 24/7 … don’t worry - there’s an app for that. In fact, there are quite a few. I’ve been …

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HarborCenter, Canalside, Larkinville, RiverWorks, Solar City – Buffalo’s resurgence is visible in many places and in many forms these days. Show it off from the top of City Hall to your friends and family who are in town for Thanksgiving during “Take Another Look” from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday.The City Hall lobby will feature appetizers from new downtown eateries, local craft …

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Three of this weekend's biggest events are already sold out: the Turkey Trot, the World's Largest Disco, and Andrew McMahon and New Politics in Town Ballroom. Fortunately, you likely prepared well in advance for this trio -- well, at least the first two, given their immense popularity each year -- so the ensuing event list serves more to fill out the remainder of your wee…

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‘Tis the season, and there is always plenty of fun leading right up to Christmas. Here are some ideas to help get us in the spirit. The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum (180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda) begins its holiday season of fun with Santa on the carousel. Kids can dance, sing, make arts and crafts and even have lunch with Santa Claus. The annual event will be …

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It’s a Tuesday afternoon and I’m looking for a place to bring my girls and help them expel some of the massive amounts of energy they’re filled with. I took them to open play time at Rolly Pollies in East Amherst. I’ve taken my kids to classes there in the past, but never the open play time. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Rolly Pollies calls itself a fitness place fo…

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Actor Eric Roberts, celebrities from television shows including "The Walking Dead," "Comic Book Men" and "Face/Off" and comic book writers and illustrators are among the famous names taking part in  Foxprowl-Con Celebration from Nov. 20 to 22 at the Clarion Hotel in Batavia. The three-day convention also features cosplay contests, a dealers room and more than 80 panels on…

How about a history lesson for your kids that includes teddy bears? The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site hosts its monthly Teddy Bear Story Hour beginning at 2 p.m. Nov. 21. It includes a story, a snack and a special gift. There also will be a tour of the sitel. The story hour is open to kids of all ages (recommended for ages 3-8). Tickets are $3 per person. Here’s the p…

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This will be the 25th year of the beautiful Festival of Lights at Our Lady of Fatima shrine. The family-oriented event creates a wonder of color and lights on the shrine’s 15 acres with 75 displays and an illuminated shrine. Most of the displays are made by staff. The theme for this year’s celebration of lights is “the year of mercy.”The lights shine brightly from 5 to 9 p…

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This will be the 25th year of the beautiful Festival of Lights at Our Lady of Fatima shrine. The family-oriented event creates a wonder of color and lights on the shrine’s 15 acres with 75 displays and an illuminated shrine. Most of the displays are made by staff. The theme for this year’s celebration of lights is “the year of mercy.”The lights shine brightly from 5 to 9 p…