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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to rotund comedian Jackie Gleason, born John Herbert Gleason on this date in 1916, “The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you’re off it.”


ON THE RUN – St. James United Methodist Church, 4661 Porter Road, Niagara Falls, is offering a Dinner 4 Two Drive Thru from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, with a quart of chili, rolls and brownies. Dinners are $9 presale, $10 curbside. To reserve tickets, call 297-6421.


PULL UP A PLATE – A chicken and stuffing bake is the main course for the monthly community dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St. at Union Road, West Seneca. It comes with chicken noodle soup, green beans, beverages and dessert. Dinner is free, but free-will contributions are welcome.


STAMPS OF APPROVAL – The New York World’s Fairs of 1939 and 1964 will be the theme when the Buffalo Stamp Club hosts the area’s oldest and largest stamp show Saturday and Sunday in Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2450 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga.

The show, BUFPEX 2014, will feature 15 dealers with a variety of stamps and other items, as well as a U.S. Postal Service booth with recent stamps for sale.

Club members will have exhibits from their collections. Youngsters can get free stamps in the Children’s Corner. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

For info, call George H. Gates at 633-8358.


STAR OF THE SHOW – The celebrity child for the 2014 Variety Kids Telethon, Brandon Steffan, will be guest of honor at the Variety Club Women’s monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. March 8 in Shannon Pub, 2250 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.

Reservations are needed by Sunday. Call 768-4370.


SEALED WITH A KISS – Trinity Old Lutheran Church, 3445 Sheridan Drive, at Larch Road, Amherst, will host a dinner theater March 8.

A catered buffet dinner by Chef Leigh at 6 p.m. will be preceded by a punch reception at 5:30.

Donation for dinner is $15. Reservations are needed by Sunday. Call the church office at 836-4868 or email or

The theatrical presentation, “Meet the Real Judas,” features a character portrayal by Charlie Schmidtke, with a question period to follow.

It’s free and begins at 7.


INSIDE LOOK – Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School, 170 Rosewood Terrace off George Urban Boulevard, Cheektowaga, will hold two open house sessions Tuesday – from 9 to 11 a.m., while classes are in session, and from 6 to 8 p.m.

Visitors will get a tour of the school, which serves students from prekindergarten through eighth grade, and have a chance to meet students, teachers and Principal Mary Alice Bagwell. Details also will be available on tuition and financial aid packages. For info, call 895-6280, see the school’s Facebook page or visit


HELPING THE HOMELESS – The Lt. Col. Matt Urban HOPE Center’s Homeless Outreach Program will benefit from Safe, Sound and Unbroken, a concert featuring the rock groups the Unbroken and the Chris Squier Band at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Buffalo Iron Works, 49 Illinois St. Tickets are $10. For info on the concert and the HOPE Center, visit or call Joyelle Tedeschi at 893-7222, Ext. 302.


LOCAL TREATS – Taste Niagara 2014, featuring local foods and beverages, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St.

There will be numerous food stations, a complimentary glass of wine, hard cider or beer, a food demonstration, music by Justine Mercurio and tours of the facility, which is home to Niagara County Community College’s Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts program. There also will be a cash bar.

Hosts are the Niagara County Farm Bureau and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County. Tickets are $30.

There’s free parking in the Rainbow Ramp. For reservations, call 735-7791 or visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Matt Skipper, Lewis Hoffman, Robert W. Keating, Lizzie Nawotka, Sophie Plandowski, Greg Comrie, Lucia Ferratella, Derek Forney, Jane Turner, Richard Cowan, Frances Kozminski, Mary Carol DiLoreto, Ayris Gonzalez, George “Chickie” Evans, Preston Weiss, Andy Radder, Roman Senko, Debbie Dodolak, Sara Spinner, Stanley Bernys, Connie Hurley, Dr. Kristen Smyers, Nick Limina, Lance Kelly and Dan Michnik.

AND THURSDAY – Bonnie Miller, Beth McNally, Lynda Schneekloth, Isabelle Banas, JoAnn Falletta, Adam James Kamrowski, Sirribih Ndeso-Antanga, Carrie Anne Schaller, Robert Szymkowiak, Marie Lazarz, Christine Blackwell Bieger, Joe Karb, Vicki Qi, Tina Toepfer, Joseph Vangalio, Mike Mikolajczyk, Tiffany Huller, Joe Rine, Ron Brown and Frank Spinner.


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