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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Danish fairy tale author Hans Christian Andersen, born on this date in 1805, “Being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swan’s egg.”


SIGHT LINES – A program titled “What You Need to Know About Cataract Surgery” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. today in the Schofield Adult Wellness Center at the Schofield Residence Nursing Facility, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

Explaining the latest cataract procedures, including laser surgery, will be ophthamologist Dr. Claus M. Fichte, founding partner of Fichte Endl & Elmer Eyecare. The program is free and open to the public. For info, call 874-1566 or visit


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.


FURRY FRIENDS – Ten Lives Club cat rescue and adoption group will hold its spring fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Pet Supplies Plus, 3373 Union Road, Cheektowaga.

There will be raffles and the “Whisker Wheel” to spin for prizes. A bag of dog treats will be given to anyone buying $3 or more of cat food items to help Ten Lives Club. Cats also will be available for adoption. For info, call 646-5577 or visit


CRAFTS PLUS – People Inc. Daffodil Senior Living Apartments, 160 Robin Road near Walton Woods Park, Getzville, will host a craft fair and open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

There will be a variety of crafts, including soaps, candles, jewelry and pet items. Free coupons for local businesses will be available while supplies last. Tours of the apartments and information about income eligibility also will be offered. For info, call 625-6081.

The Ladies Auxiliary of Matthew Glab Post 1477, American Legion, 1965 Abbott Road, Lackawanna, will hold its second annual flea market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The kitchen will be serving homemade barbecue hamburgers, and fried bologna and onion sandwiches. There also will be raffles, and face-painting for children. Admission is free. For info, call Maureen Matte at 827-0374.

More than 30 vendors with purses, jewelry, hair accessories, lotions, candles Dove chocolates and Princess Pretty tutus will be on hand for the Spring Craft and Vendor Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the LaSalle Yacht Club, 73 S. 68th St., Niagara Falls. Admission is free.


MARCHES AND MORE – The award-winning 85-member American Legion Band of the Tonawandas, Post 264, conducted by Michael Shaw, will perform a symphonic pops program in the style of John Philip Sousa at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 at the door. A performance on the theater’s Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ will precede the concert at 7.


PRICE IS RIGHT – Prom season is coming fast, and high school-age girls can find a gown for free at the Fifth Annual Prom Dress Drive Shopping Days from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday in the Performing Arts Dance Academy, 206 Lake St., Hamburg.

Hundreds of dresses in a variety of sizes, colors and styles have been donated and cleaned through the drive, sponsored by Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon and Urban Valet Dry Cleaners. Those attending will be allowed into the shopping area on a first-come basis to select one gown each.

For info, call Dixon’s office at 858-8671 or email


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mike Sweeney Jr., Yvonne Minor-Ragan, Madelyn Grace Buczkowski, Greg DiLorenzo, Kerry Lightenberger, Richard Pastwik, Shane Vredenberg, Luca Tiranno, Pudge Helfer, Addison Huller, Michael Clark, Carol Bosch, Nancy Drake, Walter L. Rooth, Brian Rathke, Ryleigh Schneider, Geoff Schall, Sam Partridge, Dick Nagle, Doreen E. Green and Ryan Patrick Yeates.

AND THURSDAY – Carol Sadler, Dottie Govenettio, Zachary Meyer, Dick Gabor, Jeanne Lanzieri, Jennifer Franko, Loretta Bernard, Sandy Starks, Karen Lorefice, Jeanette MacDonald, Eddie Ignaszak, Bob Ignaszak, Ross M. Cellino III, Jean Cellino, Joan Bender, Lisa Staszczyk-Doering and Nick Pezzimenti.


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