OLAF FUB SEZ: According to inventor Thomas Edison, born on this date in 1847, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
WAGING PEACE – Professor, author and peace activist Rosalie Riegle will visit two local campuses Thursday to talk about nonviolent civil resistance.
At 3 p.m., she will speak on “Crossing Lines and Doing Time: The Many Voices of Social Justice (and How You Can Become One of Them)” in the Blue Lounge of the College Center at D’Youville College.
At 7 p.m., her topic will be “The Heart of the Peace Movement: Nonviolent Resisters Doing Time for Peace” in the Montante Center at Canisius College.
At Canisius, she will be joined by Elliott Abrams of Veterans for Peace and local members of the Hancock 31, who have protested at Hancock National Guard Air Base near Syracuse against drone strikes.
Her talks are free and open to the public. For info, call Vicki Ross at the Western New York Peace Center, 884-0582.
MIGHTY LOCOMOTIVES – The Western New York Railway Historical Society will hold its 23rd annual Winter Train and Toy Show and Sale this weekend in the Event Center and Expo Hall at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
In addition to at least half a dozen large model railroad club layouts and displays, there will be railroad collectibles, toys, die casts, dolls and miniatures, plus a play area for young Thomas the Tank Engine fans.
Railroad illustrator Peter Lerro will offer prints of his work for sale, and there will be vendors from across the Northeast offering nearly 400 tables of items
Admission to the train show is $7 for adults. Kids under 12 get in free. A family pass for two adults is $10.
Among the displays on the south end of the hall will be a maritime history exhibit by the Lower Lakes Marine Historical Society, which is dedicated to preserving the Buffalo area’s watery heritage.
The society operates an admission-free museum at 66 Erie St. in downtown Buffalo, which is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays.
WING IT – Test your wizardry at creating dishes, Buffalo style, in a Buffalo Cuisine Cookoff at noon Feb. 19 in Peregrine’s Landing at Orchard Park, 101 Sterling Drive, off Milestrip Road. All entries will be voted on.
To take part, sign up by Wednesday with Kim Schoen at 352-2828.
POLISH FEAST – An all-you-can-eat Polish buffet by Nowak Catering will be featured as St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park, holds a Polish Night on Saturday.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served from 6 to 7, and the New Directions Band will play music for dancing from 7 to 11. Polish beers will be served, but you’re also welcome to bring your own beverage.
Tickets are $20, presale only. Minimum age is 21. For reservations, call 674-9133 or 675-6588.
For more info, click on the parish bulletin at www.saintjohnvianney.com.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Richard Szymanski, Roland R. Georger, Sister Mary Marcella Ann Wendzikowski, Amanda Porebski, Gary Cook, Scott Keen, Irene Fowler, Ella Marie Tasca, Lucia Fiorentino, Lisa Hewitt, Jayden Thorpe, Augie Canna, Susan Stack Lasky, Dominic Patterson and Timothy Crehan.