1. You don’t have to break the law to take a virtual ride with the Niagara County Sheriff’s patrol today. The Sheriff’s Office is inviting the public to ride along, via Facebook and Twitter from 4 p.m. to midnight. Those who log-in will get to follow every call during the afternoon shift, tweeting and information on Facebook about the calls for service. The public will also get to peek in through posted photos and uploaded video of the sheriff’s deputies at work. The aim is to increase participation and awareness of social media sites run by the Sheriff’s Office. To join the ride-along and “friend” or “like” the sites , visit twitter.com/niagarasheriff and facebook.com/niagarasherriff.
2. The Chapel at Forest Lawn will be alive with music, laughter and history as it kicks off the fourth annual “Sunday in the Cemetery Concert and Lecture Series” with matinee performances of its holiday classic, “It WAS a Wonderful Life” at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Admission is $25. For a complete list of performance dates and times, visit online at www.forest-lawn.com.
3. Holiday weekend activities take a spin for the better in North Tonawanda, where the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum offers an array of seasonal activities. From noon to 4 p.m., crafts for kids will be offered. A holiday tour also is on the docket, beginning at 1 p.m. Both activities are free with paid admission. Call (716) 639-1885 or visit www.carrouselmuseum.org.
4. Main Street businesses in Springville are hoping for big sales today by getting local consumers to think small. That is, to consider patronizing the small businesses in the area that have banded together to entice customers to join them on this Black Friday, as well as for Small Business Saturday. Patrons of more than 20 area businesses also have the chance to win a cash prize of $500.
5. All aboard for the Buffalo History Museum’s annual “Train Day” from 1 to 4 p.m. at One Museum Court, off Elmwood Avenue and Nottingham Terrace. The family event includes a tour of late 19th and early 20th century replica model trains running on more than 200 feet of track, as well as a scale of the Erie Canal lock and 100 miniature buildings from the era. The train display is located in the lower level of the museum. Admission is $7 for adults; $5 for senior citizens and students from 13 to 21, $2.50 for children 7 to 12, and free for children 6 and under. Buffalo History Museum members will be admitted free of charge.
6. Weary of the big box? Check out the debut of the annual Kriskindlemart at the venerable Broadway Market, where Santa arrives at noon – a festive tradition to seasonal offerings that include the exceptional ethnic goodies, as well as jams, jellies, local wines and organic coffees. Kriskindlemart continues each Saturday through this month and December, and daily from Dec. 17 through Christmas Eve. Call (716) 893-0705 or visit www.broadwaymarket.org.
7. Olean ushers in the holiday season this evening with the annual Santa Claus Lane Parade in downtown Olean. The annual event, orchestrated by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, will feature more than 50 units in the line of march along North Union Street to Lincoln Park. The parade gets under way at 7 p.m. New this year is a flyover by Mercy Flight, which will aim a beacon of light along the parade route.