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If you love nature – during any season – you might want to go take a hike. Literally. And bring your kids, they’ll love it. Tifft Nature Preserve is a hidden gem in Western New York. The beautiful preserve is 264 acres of beauty and tranquility. The trails are open every day for all of us to take advantage of. The area is dedicated to conservations and environmental educa…

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If you’re looking for a safe and fun place to bring your kids this Halloween – here are some neat ideas. All of these events take place on Oct. 31, so get the kiddos ready for a pretty sweet time. The Broadway Market (999 Broadway St.) is having a free trick-or-treat bonanza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It also is holding a costume contest and parade on the main stage at noon. …

Since kids like wearing their costumes and love candy, and if you want to start your Christmas shopping – why not bring them to the special events being held at malls across the area. Here are some fun, family-friendly events for this week leading up to the big night. On Oct. 28, hit up the Fashion Outlets of Niagara for some great times for a great cause. The outlets wil…

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I wasn’t sure what I would be walking my kids into on our recent trip to Sweet Charlottes in Clarence. Their message is to bring kids to play and party. Their mission is much deeper. Sweet Charlottes is a small space in a small plaza, in the town of Clarence. The founder, Molly O’Malley Pitman has two children, a boy, Donovan, who has autism and a girl, Charlotte. Molly i…

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For a fun Halloween treat, how about Halloween Happenings at the Aquarium of Niagara? The event will take place on Oct. 24. Your little ghosts and goblins will enjoy a fun-filled, spooky day with crafts, prizes, and fun mammal shows. The best part is kids in costume will get in free. You can check out the seahorse exhibit, California sea lions, penguins, seals, and much mo…

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By Mary Friona-CelaniSpecial to The NewsGo ahead and try finding your way out of the 12-acre corn field at Cambria Corn Maze. They have two mazes which feature twists, turns, dead-ends and surprises. The smaller maze – good for kids – takes about 15 or 20 minutes to work through. The larger one takes about 45 minutes.Children younger than 5 are free; it’s $10 for everyone …

It’s not quite Halloween, but you don’t have to wait until the Oct. 31 for some spooky fun. Dress up your little cuties and get into the spirit of the season, without spending a dime. The Niagara Power Vista is having a Halloween Spooktacular on Oct. 24. Bring your ghosts, goblins, princesses and monkeys and join the fun. The kids will find neat games, a haunted house, cra…

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Since opening in 1926, the Riviera Theatre has housed performances of song and dance, movies and theater. It also has housed, as the lore goes, a ghost or two.It’s fitting, then, that a couple of “Ghost Hunters” will visit the theater Saturday in a show that melds entertainment and tales of paranormal experiences.“Ghost Hunters Live!” features Jason Hawes and Steve Gonsalv…

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1) Buffalo On Tap, 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.). Tickets are $40 when purchased in advance or $50 at the door. Here's the list of breweries expected to attend. Commentary: There's nothing tricky about Buffalo On Tap. Three reasons to be pumped: 21st Amendment -- the brewery that makes trendy Hell or High Watermelon, will be p…

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At Newfane’s 1820 Van Horn Mansion, ghosts are not guaranteed. But history is.Who knew that homes used to be taxed according to how many closets they had? That is why so many people had free-standing wardrobes. And why the closets on the mansion’s second floor were craftily constructed in a continuous circle, so they could be considered a hallway.Windows, too, were taxed. …

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Ghosts can make you smart. Visit the Van Horn Mansion, as we did, and even if you never sense the restless spirit of Malinda Van Horn, you will leave wiser than when you walked in. Maintained by the Newfane Historical Society, the mansion is almost 200 years old and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was the first brick building in the area. The clot…

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Talk about a gorgeous backdrop. Peek’n Peak is beautiful anytime of the year, but it is fabulous in the fall. Brilliant foliage sets the scene for a great celebration of the autumn season. For the 28th year, Peek’n Peak is putting on its annual Fall Fest in the foothills of Western New York.This is a great family event, where you will find a huge craft show, farmers market…

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The Buffalo Chamber Music Society never outgrows the spirit of adventure. Its 92nd season is full of surprises. It starts on an offbeat note on Tuesday with the Carpe Diem String Quartet, a freewheeling group based in Ohio. The Carpe Diem Quartet lives up to its name, seizing the day for all manner of exotic repertoire. The musicians are known not only for their classical …

NEWFANE – A Fall Fest for Farmed Animals is planned for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Asha Sanctuary, 2969 Coomer Road, Newfane.As part of the festivities, guests also are asked to help celebrate the one-year birthday bash for Albert, the rescued steer.Albert is just one of several rescued farmed animals residing at the sanctuary, ready to meet the public on hourly guided …

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Fall is the season when some of the most meaningful, lasting memories are made.Here’s how to make some more.Nature A’ Brewing. Take an adventure through the woods, learn how to create a “magical brew” and learn about wildlife at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. There will be doughnuts, popcorn, hot cider and crafts.Costumes are encouraged and registration is requ…