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Beaver Lake Nature Center: Weekend Walks in October

— Beaver Lake Nature Center invites visitors to join a naturalist for a free guided Weekend Walk at 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in October. Each weekend features a different topic: Oct. 20 and 21, fall foliage; and Oct. 27 and 28, the story behind Beaver Lake.

CNY Woodcarving Show and Sale

Beaver Lake Nature Center welcomes the Onondaga Woodcarvers Club Oct. 20 and 21 for the annual CNY Woodcarving Show and Sale. This event brings together this area's finest woodcarving talents. The show and sale runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; entrance is free with park admission fee.

Pumpkin carving contest

Beaver Lake Nature Center announces the 2012 Pumpkin Carving Contest with cash prizes for the top 10 pumpkins. All pumpkins will be displayed during the nature center's popular Enchanted Beaver Lake event, held Oct. 25 to 28. In order to be considered, pumpkins must be carved no earlier than Oct. 22 and dropped off at the Nature Center on Oct. 23. Jack-o-lanterns should have a design that is creative but not scary, and should be able to hold a lighted votive candle. Winners will be selected Oct. 24.

Enchanted Beaver Lake

On the evenings of Oct. 25 to 28, Beaver Lake Nature Center becomes transformed with two trails lit by more than 1,000 jack-o-lanterns and luminaria. In an atmosphere of magic and enchantment, but with nothing scary, visitors can enjoy face-painting, magic shows, storytelling and autumn treats. Enchanted Beaver Lake runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on all four nights, is $3 per person, free for children 3 and under, and parking is $5. Advance sale parking passes, which guarantee parking on a specific night, are now available to purchase and are highly recommended as this event often sells out. Parking passes may be purchased at the nature center up until the day of the event, or over the phone and mailed for $1 through October

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