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RETURN OF THE PIRATES

The ninth annual Pirate Fest will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg. The evening will include medieval weaponry demonstrations, hay rides, singing pirates, fossil and bone digs and more. Cost is $6 for nonmembers, $4 for members and children 2 and under are free. For information, visit www.penndixie.org or call 627-4560.

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CHESS TOURNAMENT

The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda, will host the Carrousel Chess Classic, open to students in kindergarten through grade 12 from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 8. Cost is $5. Registration and prepayment are required by Saturday. To register, email Michael McDuffie, U.S. Chess Federation tournament director, at arcangel8chess@yahoo.com.

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SAT PREP

An five-week SAT preparation course will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays beginning next week at Trocaire College, 360 Choate Ave. Cost is $119. For more information or to register, call 827-4310 or email workforcedev@trocaire.edu.