B'ville's Big Chill 2011 this weekend

Get down to the river's edge for a view of this year's "polar bears." The Polar Bear Plunge will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. this Saturday at Mercer Park.

The Best in Bowl Cook-Off returns with tastings beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mercer Park. Sample local dishes from 12 Syracuse-area restaurants featuring dishes you can eat from a bowl.

For those who enjoy poker, there is a Poker Bear Express event from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday Jan. 29. This is a twist on your average bar hop, collect playing cards at any of the five participating Baldwinsville bars (Edgewater Grill, Pizza Man, Sammy Malone's, Mohegan Manor and Badlands Saloon) to create your best poker hand. The winner will be announced at 9:30 p.m. at the Edgewater Grill where prizes to be awarded (must be present to win).

Saraceni said organizers are aiming for 2,500 participants and attendees overall this year, noting that "Every year, the feedback we get back from the local community is phenomenal."

Calling all polar bears

There is still time to register for the Polar Bear Plunge. Sign up with a team (minimum of five people) or as an individual (each person must raise a minimum of $100) by calling 638-0550 or by visiting b-ville.com/content/big-chill-weekend. Each team and individual participating in the plunge will receive a designated time slot and heated tents are provided with separate changing area for men and women. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraising team and top fundraising individual.

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