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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Hollywood sex symbol Jayne Mansfield, born Vera Jane Palmer on this date in 1933, "Men are creatures with two legs and eight hands."

CASINO ROYALE -- There will be more than roulette wheels and poker games at Viva Las Vegas, a fundraiser at 6:30 tonight for Maddie's Pet Rescue Project in the Tonawanda Castle, 60 Delaware St., City of Tonawanda. Vegas-style entertainment also is on tap -- Elvis, courtesy of impersonator Patrick Johnson, and a razzle-dazzle showgirl, Veronica Lace, Miss Gay Pride Buffalo 2011.

Tickets are $25 and include $50 in gaming chips. High rollers who pay $40 will get $100 in gaming chips and two free drinks. When the night is over, the players with the biggest stacks of chips will win one of three prizes -- a night in The Mansion on Delaware Avenue, a $100 gift certificate for Orville's or $75 in gift certificates for Cheesecake Factory and Premier.

Proceeds help end euthanasia of shelter dogs and cats in Erie County. For info or to make a reservation, visit


BARGAIN TIME -- The Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary is continuing its annual used book sale in the atrium from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Friday. Organizers promise moderate prices and a large selection of adult and children's books, DVDs, CDs and audio books. Proceeds benefit the hospital.


HEALING TOUCH -- The Department of Chiropractic at D'Youville College is offering to ease the aches and pains of their neighbors -- the military men and women stationed at the Connecticut Street Armory adjacent to the campus. Their families, too.

Complimentary chiropractic services are available in the Chiropractic Clinic in the Bauer Family Academic Center on the D'Youville main campus and in the Chiropractic Health Center, 2900 Main St. The department also offers free services to Buffalo police and firefighters at the Main Street clinic. For appointments, call 829-7606 or 923-4375.


WAR ON WEEDS -- The state Department of Environmental Conservation has declared war on garlic mustard -- not the tasty steak sauce, but the invasive weed that's choking out more-desirable plants like trillium in wooded areas around the state.

To eliminate it from three area nature preserves, the DEC is joining with other environmental groups in the Garlic Mustard Challenge, a competition for civic organizations, Scout groups and others to see who can yank out the most of them.

The challenge begins Saturday morning with training sessions in the three nature preserves -- at 9 in Kenneglenn in Wales Center; at 10:30 in Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java; and at 11 in Reinstein Woods, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. After that, groups can visit the preserves as often as they like until the competition ends June 11.

The team that pulls the most garlic mustard at each site will win an overnight stay in Beaver Meadow's rustic cabin in the woods and $200. Runner-up at each site wins $50. Winners will be announced during award ceremonies June 23. Attending Saturday's events is not required, but participating groups will need to register by calling Reinstein Woods at 683-5959.


MAGIC MOMENTS -- The memory of former North Tonawanda resident Tracey Wankasky, who died last November in DeKalb, Ill., will be honored in a Hocus Pocus Memorial Show Benefit from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 55 Main St., City of Tonawanda.

Headlining the afternoon will be nationally renowned magicians Rob and Carol Allen of Niagara Falls. In addition to live music, DJ Beloved will spin tunes. Tickets are $20 and include a full open bar and dinner. Kids are admitted free. For info, call 563-1871.


TRAINING WHEELS -- The annual Ride for Roswell and the Town of Tonawanda Paramedics will benefit from the third Stick It to Cancer Blood Drive and Basket Raffle from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the Town of Tonawanda Boys and Girls Club, 54 Riverdale Ave.

At 4 p.m., organizer Lisa Johnson, a Town of Tonawanda resident and cancer survivor, will be fully bubble-wrapped as she begins to learn how to ride a bicycle so she can captain a team for the Ride for Roswell in June.

Admission is $10 at the door, $5 for presenting blood donors and free for kids 10 and younger, for whom there will be a magician and activity area. There also will be raffles for hockey and football gear, including an autographed Thurman Thomas jersey.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Sarah Ehret, Kathleen Addison Smith, Owen O'Neill, Sean Connors, Sandra Tan, Jay Tokasz, Sister Mary Loriette Tokasz,

Kevin Renaud, Megan Elaine Prell, Matthew Becker, Lisa Kurnik Kind, Renaya J. Rutledge, Carol Bryant, Dora Hall, John Davis Jr., Kristin Harkness, Riley Speaker, Craig Maedl, Mason Lyons, Owen Michael O'Neill, Bill Lawrence, Carol DeLellis, Emily Grace Anastasi, Jim Dzieka and Felicia Dzieka.