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— Elvis will take the stage at the North Syracuse Family Festival, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Lonergan Park, off Route 11.

Local vocalist Tom Gilbo portrays the King of Rock’n’Roll as his band, The Blue Suedes, provides the backbeat. Also performing will be the Skaneateles Community Band.

The festival features arts and crafts, a wide array of food, a dunk tank, inflatable games and face-painting for kids. Admission is free; 458-1970.

Pro Baseball: Chiefs return home

After a week-long road-trip in Ohio, the Syracuse Chiefs return to the North Side’s Alliance Bank Stadium at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, to face the Columbus Clippers. International League games are also scheduled at ABS at 7 p.m. May 25-26, and at 6:30 p.m. May 27. In honor of Memorial Day, the May 27 game will be followed by fireworks.

Columbus is the top farm team of the American League’s Cleveland Indians while the Chiefs are affiliated with the Washington Nationals.

Field-level ticket prices at ABS range from $9 to $20, while upper-deck seats cost $8, and $4 for kids and seniors. Parking costs $5 per vehicle; 474-7833.

Music: Dinosaurs at Dinosaur

American roots rock and blues music rings out as usual this weekend at the world-famous Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, in downtown Syracuse.

First the Massachusetts-based reggae-funk band Spiritual Rez plugs in at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, then Ontario County’s Violet Mary featuring vocalist Mel Mel Muscarella makes its debut at 10 p.m. Friday, May 25. On Saturday night, May 26, the CXTec Dinosaurs play the Dinosaur, while Captain Howdy holds forth outside in the Boneyard from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 27.

The Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is at 246 W. Willow St., at the corner of North Franklin Street. Admission is free and the food is Dixie-fried; 476-4937.

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