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OLAF FUB SEZ: Attributed to Japanese Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto, born on this date in 1884, after leading the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, even though he personally opposed it, "I fear all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve." Thanks to Friend of Fub Ed Sieracki for the suggestion.

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PASTA PATROL -- Publicity chairman Kervin Selover reminds us that it's spaghetti dinner time from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in Sikora Post 1322, American Legion, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. For $6, you get spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread and butter, and a beverage; for an extra $1.50, a choice of homemade desserts.

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TIME OF NEED -- Diagnosed last August with Stage 3 triple negative breast cancer, Crissy Perlinger-Coleman, a young mother from Lackawanna, has been unable to work while she has undergone multiple surgeries, hospital stays and chemotherapy treatments.

To help pay for her medical costs, her family and friends are hosting a benefit from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Matthew Glab Post 1477, American Legion, 1965 Abbott Road, Lackawanna. There will be food, draft beer, raffles and auctions, plus music by Jukebox Tonight. Tickets are $20 for those 12 and over. For info, call 374-3390.

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BUNNY TRAIL -- Variety -- The Children's Charity of Buffalo and Western New York will hold a Breakfast With the Easter Bunny from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday in its headquarters at 6114 Broadway, Lancaster. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for children. In addition to breakfast, youngsters will have a chance to play games and make crafts with the Easter Bunny. For tickets, call 854-7577 or visit www.varietyevents.myevent.com.

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SHALL WE DANCE? -- The Buffalo Chapter of USA Dance will host its monthly dance Friday evening in First Presbyterian Church, 2085 Union Road, north of Clinton Street, West Seneca. Tara will lead a hustle class at 7:30, followed by a general dance with a '70s theme from 8:30 to 11. Tickets are $6 for members, $10 for nonmembers.

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A SUMMER PLACE -- Opening for the 2012 season Thursday is Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff, the summer estate he designed for Darwin and Isabelle Martin at 6472 Old Lake Shore Road, Derby.

Basic tours are available at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., with an in-depth tour at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday. On Saturday, the basic tours will start at 11 a.m. and 1, 2 and 3 p.m., with the in-depth tour at 1:15 p.m. It will be closed Easter Sunday. Word is that chocolate and jelly beans will be offered after each tour over Easter weekend.

Basic tours are $15 for adults, $10 for students ages 10 to 22. In-depth tours are $30 for adults, $25 for students. Tours are not appropriate for youngsters under 10. For info, call 947-9217 or visit the website at http://graycliff.bfn.org.

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WEEKEND OFF -- Closed during Niagara University's Easter recess Thursday through Monday is the Castellani Art Museum on the Niagara campus. The museum will open again as usual next Tuesday. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, except when the university is closed. Admission is free. For info, call 286-8200 or visit www.castellaniartmuseum.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Henry S. Kobos, Jack Myers, Nancy Acara, Bill Lukasiak, Audrey Cannizzaro, Lucille Reinig, Sister Mary Sharon Marie Dombrowski, Tina Wirth, Annie Stachowiak, Shirley Szczepanek, Michele Gwizdowski, Nikki Evoy, Ralph Pignataro, Chris "Taco" Grande, Jordan Sutkowski, Ronald Hottum, Rose Marie Bettinger, Nancy Cozzo, Caleb Kruzicki, Lori Shivens, Alexia Shivens, Joan Smith, Sue Schwartz, Brooke Eberz, Blake Logel, Brennan Group, Kevin M. Dillon and Maureen Cordova.

AND THURSDAY -- Charles D. Hahn, Hailey Zakrzewski, Jaime J. Hoehn, Mary Lou Bartus, Chris Roberts, Nadine Kingston, Amy Lynn Breslin, Kamryn Snyder, John P. Delaney, Molly Kurzanski, Nancy Craig, Billy Wagner, Robert Ruhl, Rebecca Shoemaker, Heather Brenon Golden, Betty Nowak, Pat Brubaker and Bob "Bones" Mahoney.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com