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Paddles Up Niagara will hit Beaver Island Saturday for its eighth annual day of free activities.

The Niagara River Greenway Commission will host a 4.6-mile canoe paddle around the southern tip of Grand Island in the Niagara River, starting at the Little Beaver Launch site, going around the East River Marsh Site and back again. Paddlers will be sent off with a traditional Native American Departure Ceremony at 11:30 a.m.

The day begins at 7 a.m. with a “poker run” where boaters will launch at East River Marsh Site, and visit checkpoints around Strawberry Island to draw playing cards, competing for the best poker hand by the end of the run.

A Paddle Fair starts at 8:30 a.m. with Grand Island retailers, safety demonstrations, introductions to paddlesports and other fun. All activities are free, but normal park entry fees will be collected. A fundraising luncheon at Historic River Lea costs an additional $14.

Enter at Beaver Island State Park and take the first right toward the Sledding Hill or Little Beaver for parking and launching. To register or find out more, visit www.niagaragreenway.org or call 773-5361.

Also this week:

• The Lost Souls Brass & Percussion jazz band will perform at the Summer Band Concert Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Town Commons, 2255 Baseline Road. A rain date is scheduled for Thursday. The Grand Island Historical Society will also sell root beer floats.

• The Omni Puppet Theater will perform at Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road, Wednesday at 2 p.m.