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The Rock the Lakes musical festival, organized by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and volunteers from hundreds of local churches, is under way at Coca-Cola Field.

The lineup today includes Skillet, Tedashii, Building 429, Flame and Lacey from Flyleaf and the Rev. Franklin Graham will deliver remarks. Gates opened at 2:30 p.m. The event is free.

It is one of a number of events this first weekend of fall that has brought cool temperatures and rain showers, a marked difference from a dry and hot summer. But the damp weather is not expected to affect several scheduled activities.

The area will see lake-enhanced rain showers through today and Sunday, with the most rain falling south of the city. Temperatures today and tomorrow will hover around 60 degrees, said meteorologist Jim Mitchell.

Despite the gloomy weather, there are still plenty of weekend activities to enjoy:

-The Western New York Railway Historical Society and Steel Plant Museum host the first Heritage Festival, featuring a car and cycle show, a Swap Meet, food, entertainment and cultural and industrial displays. The event is noon to 9 p.m. today and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Heritage DiscoveRY Center at 100 Lee Street in Buffalo.

-Plean-air artists will paint from 10 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. today and Sunday at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute's campus. The event is free and open to the public to watch the artists.

- A Civil War Living History Weekend will bring re-enactors and exhibits to the Hull Family Home and Farmstead, 5976 Genesee St., Lancaster, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today y and Sunday. Admission is $5 adults, $2 children 10 to 18, under 10 free. Admission includes tours of the historic house, which was built 50 years prior to the Civil War

-The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society conducts its second annual fall plant sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the gardens' new Administration Building, 2655 South Park Ave. The sale will include fall interest perennials, flowering shrubs, spring bulbs and much more. Admission is free.

-Auditions for children's roles in The Nutcracker, to be performed Thanksgiving weekend at Shea's Performing Arts Center. Auditions run from 1 to 4 p.m. at Neglia Studios at 1685 Elmwood Avenue.

-A protest against hydrofracking in New York State will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Niagara Square. The purpose of the protest is to persuade Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to ban hydrofracking across the state.

-A demonstration supporting California's Proposition 37 will be held at Niagara and W. Ferry Streets at 12:30 p.m. The proposition requires mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. The demonstrators are also protesting against Buffalo's Rich Products, a food company, which has given money to defeat the proposition.

-A Community Fair will be held at the Matt urban Hope Center on Paderewski Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair will feature information on health and wellness, personal finances, job hunting, education opportunities, housing options and more. It will also feature food and raffle items.

-Roswell Park Cancer Institute will host Cruisin' for a Cure, a car show and event to raise awareness of prostate cancer from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prostate cancer screenings will be available from noon to 2 p.m.

-The Great Pumpkin Farm in 11199 Main St., Clarence kicks off its fall Festival Weekends today.



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