Family Activities

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thurs. 14

After-School Escape — Kids and their parents or caregivers can enjoy a different, fun, outdoor activity together each week, for children in grades kindergarten through 5, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew; Free - registration required. 683-5959, www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html

fri. 15

Utah Long-necked Dinosaurs: Myths & Mysteries — An illustrated presentation with Joe “Paleo-Joe” Kchodl, of Midland, Michigan, with some specimens, 7 p.m. Friday, May 15, in the auditorium of the Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell; $ - no pre-registration required. 627-4560, www.penndixie.org

sat. 16

Williamsville Farmers Market — 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through October, at Island Park, behind Amherst Town Hall, Main Street, Williamsville. www.willvill.com

Jewels of the Sky — Explore the Great Baehre Swamp boardwalk to search for ebony jewelwings and tiger swallowtails as well as other dragonflies and butterflies, 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at Great Baehre Swamp in Amherst. Registration required. 683-5959, www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html

Birding 101: Class 5 — Who’s in the pond? Who’s flying over the pond? And who’s hiding in the reeds? Learn about the ducks and wetland birds of Reinstein Woods, for adults and kids ages 8 and older, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew; Free - registration required. 683-5959, www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html

Dig with the Experts — 11th annual event, 9 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center, 4050 North St., Blasdell; $. 627-4560, www.penndixie.org

Chicks, Kits and Pollywogs — Spring is a time for new arrivals at Tifft. Join this brief presentation on the most “Awwww”-inspiring animals on the preserve, along with a guided hike to spot these new additions in the wild, 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo; $ - pre-registration required. 825-6397, www.sciencebuff.org

Astronomy Night at Penn Dixie Site — Telescopes will be available to view planets and constellations. Dress for the weather, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center, 4050 North St., Blasdell; $ - no pre-registration required. 627-4560, www.penndixie.org

Junior Audubon Club — Join naturalist Tom Kerr on this monthly birding adventure. This month you’ll be searching for colorful songbirds that are passing through Beaver Meadow as they head north. Learn all about birds like warblers, vireos, and flycatchers, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 16, at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. 585-457-3228, www.buffaloaudubon.org

Iroquois Observation Program: Outdoor Photography Part 3: Wildflowers — A Buffalo Audubon event where you can bring your own cameras and any other associated equipment such as tripods. You will discuss the basics of capturing good wildflower photos, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 16, at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, 1101 Casey Road, Basom; Free. 1-585-948-5445, www.fws.gov/northeast/iroquois

Nature’s Beautiful Canvas Scholarship Art Competition — A display of nature art from high schools all across WNY. The Performance Art Academy from Lancaster High School will perform a puppet show and a children’s paper puppet craft will be available, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java; Donations. 585-457-3228, www.buffaloaudubon.org

Zoar Valley Ephemerals — Join naturalist Mark Carra for a long hike into one of the most beautiful valleys in New York State and search out the early blooming flowers growing there, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, meet at the Springville Tops to carpool, then hike until 1 p.m. Bring a bag lunch; $ - pre-registration required by calling 585-457-3228.

Wegmans Family Garden — “Spring Celebration,” learn about the plants we eat and how they grow at this special spring planting activity, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo; $. 827-1584, www.buffalogardens.com

sat. 16 & sun. 17

Penn Dixie Public Days for Fossil Collecting — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 16, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 17 (visits can be scheduled at other times), at Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center, 4050 North St., Blasdell; $. 627-4560, www.penndixie.org

sun. 17

Trek Tifft — Drop by Tifft Nature Preserve and enjoy the fresh air and the sights and sounds of the season with a guided tour of the preserve, 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo; $ - pre-registration required. 825-6397, www.sciencebuff.org

Family Walk at Beaver Meadow — Join this guided walk led by one of the naturalists through the preserve, 2 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java; Donations. 585-457-3228, www.buffaloaudubon.org

tues. 19

Trail Tuesdays — Turn your love for the outdoors into rewarding action. Assist with projects to help maintain and improve ecosystems and trails throughout Reinstein Woods. There is something for almost every age and ability to help with, 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew; Free - registration required. 683-5959, www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html

Evening Spring Birding Walk — Join naturalist Tom Kerr in partnership with Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy as you search for spring migrants in Cazenovia Park. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair from them, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at Cazenovia Park, Buffalo.

wed. 20

Spotlight On Youth — Just Buffalo Writing Center’s 2015 Open Mic Series, where young people, ages 12-21, can share their poetry, song, instrumental talent, dance, rap, photography, drawings, paintings and more, 6:15-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at Just Buffalo Literary Center, 468 Washington St., second floor, Buffalo. 832-5400, www.justbuffalo.org

ongoing: now-May 16

A Day at the Plant — In this interactive exhibit, visitors will choose which department of Bethlehem Steel to work in and will go through a day in the life of a steelworker and find artifacts that relate to their department. The exhibit will give visitors an idea of what equipment, safety gear and tools were utilized in the day-to-day operations of steelmaking, continues through Saturday, May 16, at the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York, located in the Heritage DiscoveRy Center, 100 Lee St., Buffalo. 821-9361, www.steelplantmuseumwny.org

2015-05-13 / Entertainment

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