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Home and Garden Show April 17–19

By Eva Potter

What does spring mean to you? Heading for the water for fantastic fishing, letting your inner creative emerge, becoming a princess for the day, planning home and garden projects? Everyone has their own special reason for feeling rejuvenated this time of year. Check out these special events that will put a little spring in your step.

Creativity comes in all shapes and sizes and at ArtVenture spring break art camps, March 30–April 3, at the Cattaraugus County Arts Council in Allegany, young artists will have fun exploring and learning in small groups with lots of individual attention. From 9–10 a.m., artists ages 4–7 will dabble their way around the world using different mediums each day with fun projects like painting with straws and making a sun catcher. From 10:30 a.m. – noon, artists ages 7–11 can expand their knowledge into lesser-known areas like henna painting, pointillism and op-art drawing. The weeklong camp is taught by St. Bonaventure University fine arts graduate Ardyth Van Scoy and only costs $65 per child, including all supplies. Register by phone at (716) 372-7455 or at www.myartscouncil.net.

It’s trout season! April 1 can’t come soon enough for avid anglers around here. The Enchanted Mountains region offers some of the finest steelhead fishing opportunities in Cattaraugus Creek and has been listed in the Top 10 sites in fishing magazines. Don’t forget your fishing license, available at your local town hall and select businesses in the area. See cover story.

Join the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Sprague’s Maple Farms, at 1048 Route 305 in Portville, on Saturday, April 4. The annual event features more than 1,500 eggs and special prizes to be awarded beginning at 1 p.m. sharp. If you’d like to have breakfast with the Easter Bunny, then come early for this event taking place 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Call (716) 933-6637 for details.

Concert Artist Guild International Competition winner, the Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet, will be performing April 10, 7:30–10 p.m., at the Regina A. Quick Center on the St. Bonaventure University Campus. This concert is brought to you by the Friends of Good Music in collaboration with the Quick Center. For more information, please visit www.friendsofgoodmusic.com.

It’s a Princess Party and you’re invited! Girls ages 3–10 can sign up for the royal treatment, including a princess hairstyle, royal crowning station, magical nail painting, tea party luncheon and live entertainment on Sunday, April 12, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., at Bartlett Country Club. The event is presented by the Southern Tier Health Care System. Tickets are $40 (includes one princess and one adult), with $20 for each additional princess and $15 for each additional adult. All princesses must be accompanied by an adult. Appointment times are filling quickly. To register, email admin@sthcs.org.

The 2015 Greater Olean Area Home & Garden Show, held at the William O. Smith Recreation Center at 551 East State St. in Olean, is heading your way April 17–19. The annual event features vendors who are ready to share practical ideas, provide solutions and inspire your construction, remodeling, decorating and landscaping projects. Visitors can check out more than 70 expert exhibitor booths spanning many specialties, including decor trends, accessories, cabinets, appliances and more. And they’re all in one place, making it easy to collect your ideas in one handy trip. New this year: the Friday Night Brew Walk, Saturday Handyman Contest and Sunday 30-Minute Raffles theme nights, featuring tastings, challenges and lots of free stuff. For more information, call the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at 372-4433 or email member@oleanny.com.

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