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This week around Buffalo: January 27th through February 2nd, 2014

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NIGHT LIGHTS Launch Party – Tuesday, January 28th from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave. in Buffalo. The event is presented by Buffalo Spree magazine and sponsored by Lucarelli’s Banquet Center, and gives the public a sneak preview of the popular NIGHT LIGHTS at the Gardens exhibit. Tickets are $15 for Garden members and Spree subscribers, $20 for the general public.

NIGHT LIGHTS at the Gardens – Wednesdays through Saturdays, January 29th through February 1st, February 5th through 8th and February 12th through 15th; hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays 6 to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 6 to 10 p.m. for adults, $8 for Garden members, seniors and students, $5 for kids3 to 12, free for kids under 3 – get more information and tickets to both events at

A Chocolate Affair –Thursday, January 30th from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo in downtown Buffalo. Enjoy chocolate and desserts from vendors including Babycakes Cupcakery, Buffalo Cookie Company, Sassi Cakes and Sweet Melody’s. Tickets are on sale through the website and the other station sites listed above. Tickets are $25, or upgrade to a VIP ticket – for $35, you’ll get into the event one hour earlier (5:30 p.m.), and a $25 gift certificate to E.B. Green’s. For more information on the event, visit the above link.

Flurrious! – Saturday, February 1st at Delaware Park, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The free family festival will feature kickball, tennis and Snowman Building Challenge, snow golf and Harry Potter’s favorite sport, Quidditch. Get more information on the event at the Buffalo Parks website.

Trains Are Running! – Saturday and Sunday, February 1st and 2nd at the Buffalo History Museum, One Museum Ct. in Buffalo from 1 to 4 p.m.; program runs on weekends (and selected other days) through February 23rd. Train display features 1900s replica model trains on more than 200 feet of track, plus a scale-model Erie Canal lock and 100 buildings representing 19th century Buffalo and Western New York. Find more information at

Sundays in the Cemetery – each Sunday in January, through April, at 2 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 1411 Delaware Ave. in Buffalo. This weekend’s lecture is “Print Resources for Genealogy Research” on February 2nd. Cost is $15 per person per event – seating is limited, and reservations are required; visit or call 716-885-1600 for reservations.

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