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Things to do this November

Whether you celebrate the city at an artist walk or head to the hills for a bonfire at Holiday Valley, there’s plenty to fill your fall fun calendar. Enjoy the crisp autumn days of WNY and get a jump on your holiday shopping while you’re at it.

Nov. 8: Taste of Technology

Admiral Ballroom at the Marin, 237 Main St., Buffalo

Bytes and bites collide at this fundraising event that will help bring technology to students in underserved communities. Buffalo’s premier technology auction, you’ll also have the chance to win a trip to Panama and enjoy extraordinary culinary experiences featuring local restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries. (alex@missionignite.org; Missionignite.org)

Admission: $40/person; $70/couple

Nov. 9: Holiday Valley Trucks-N-Brews

Tannenbaum Lodge, Holiday Valley, 6557 Holiday Valley Road, Ellicottville

Gather ‘round the bonfire at this fun pre-game opportunity on the eve of the Beer and Wine Festival. Party to live music, wet your whistle over select brews and satisfy your appetite with a food truck lineup that includes Lloyd, J&L BBQ, Tim & Bonnie’s, Polish Villa II, Fat Bob’s, Bike & Bean and Outback Kettle Korn. Merritt Winery will also be bringing their Slush Bus to this first-ever event that runs 7-10 p.m. Admission includes beer tasting; food truck items are pay-as-you-go. Must be 21 or older to attend. (699-2345; Holidayvalley.com)

Admission: $25

Nov. 9-11: Artists in Buffalo Original Art Walk

Various homes and galleries in Buffalo; maps available online

Artists from Elmwood to North Buffalo will open their homes, shops and studios for this intimate shopping experience. Mix and mingle with creators in a casual atmosphere as you peruse paintings, pottery, jewelry, ornaments, quilts, toys and more. Over 50 artists and artisans will showcase their wares at nine different venues. Shop Friday from 5-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Snacks and sips provided at many locations. (881-2199; Artistsinbuffalo.org)

Admission: Free

Nov. 10: Nature’s Gathering

Buffalo Iron Works, 49 Illinois St., Buffalo

Browse art and specialty goods from local vendors while sampling beer, wine, spirits, cheeses, appetizers and desserts at this 9th annual event in support of the educational programs and environmental projects at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve. Basket raffle, 50/50 and cash bar add to the fun that goes from 5-8 p.m. Limited number of VIP tickets available, which include a complimentary wine glass and snowshoe or cross-country ski rental voucher. (683-5959; Reinsteinwoods.org)

Admission: $15 presale, $20 at the door, $30 VIP

Nov. 13: Herb-Infused Gifts for the Holiday

Creative Wellness Group, 726 Main St., 3rd Floor, East Aurora

Give the gift of healing this holiday season. From lifting moods to boosting memory, many herbs are believed to help improve your health. Make your own herbal tea blends and see a herb-infused vinegar demonstration in this class led by community herbalist Sarah Sorci. Samples will be offered throughout the class that runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Additional tea may be purchased at a discounted rate. Pre-registration required. (714-9347; Creativewellnessgroup.com)

Admission: $20 (includes 1 oz. of your personal tea blend, samples and vinegar recipes)

Nov. 23: Train Day

The Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Court, Buffalo

Get your holiday excitement on track with a visit to The Buffalo History Museum for their most popular family event of the year. Watch the trains whiz past turn-of-the-century buildings, participate in artifact scavenger hunts, create a train-themed craft and enjoy the sounds of the Rail Barons Band. All ages will be thrilled from 1-4 p.m. (873-9644; Buffalohistory.org)

Admission: Members free. Others covered by museum admission: Children under 7 and servicemen and women, free; children 7-12, $2.50; students 13-21 and seniors 60+, $5; adults, $10

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