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Cheektowaga

With spring just weeks away, the Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve already is starting to plan for its “Kids in the Woods” Summer Day Camp programs at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in Cheektowaga, the organization recently announced.

The week-long programs are designed for children entering kindergarten through seventh grade with the goal to “help kids explore and learn” about nature.

The Little Sprouts Camp offers “half-day adventures” for kids entering kindergarten or first-grade. Those campers “explore the lives of animals and plants and discover the wonders of nature through music, movement, art and play,” according to the Friends organization, which partners with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Those in grades 2-4 are treated to nature discovery that includes games, crafts and “hands-on experiences” and those entering fifth to seventh grade are invited to the Wilderness Adventures Camp, which includes pond explorations and building survival shelters. Registration is required. Those who do so by Feb. 28 will receive a $10 discount.

Reinstein Woods also is partnering with Evangola State Park and Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center to offer “Summer Science Safari” camp from July 29 to Aug. 2. Children aged 8-12 can visit natural sites for a week of activities that include fossil digging, pond explorations and animal discoveries. For more information, call 716-627-4560.

Forms to register for all of the camps are available from Reinstein Woods or by searching under “Kids in the Woods” at www.dec.ny.gov. More information can be obtained by contacting Reinstein Woods at 716) 683-5959, Ext. 205.

In other news this week:

• The President’s Day Club, a four-day program from Tuesday to Friday, is designed to give children aged 5-11 “fun-filled days” during this week’s winter break from school. Included in the activities, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alexander Community Center, 275 Alexander Ave., are games, arts and crafts, cooking and field trips. There is a fee for all or a portion of the program. The program is run by Cheektowaga Youth and Recreational Services. For more information, call 897-7207, Ext. 6649.

• The Cheektowaga Traffic Safety Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers at town hall. • The Kokomo Time Band will help folks “Beat the Winter Blahs” with a concert at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway. The band plays “party music from across the decades,” according to organizers, who encouraged concert-goers to “wear your favorite bright-colored beach shirt” and enjoy some “sounds of summer.” A hot dog concession stand opens at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

• The Cheektowaga-Sloan Union Free School District Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the board room of Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, 166 Halstead Ave.

• The Town Board will meet at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers of Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

• The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the senior center. The meeting location is being moved to accommodate the Town Board, which will hold a rare Wednesday evening meeting at town hall.

• Douglas V. Farley, the director of the Erie Canal Discovery Center, will present “Erie Canal: Fact or Fancy” at this month’s meeting of the Cheektowaga Historical Association at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cheektowaga Senior Center. The event is free and open to the public.