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OLAF FUB SEZ: In the words of Academy Award-winning lyricist E.Y. “Yip” Harburg, born Isidore Hochberg on this date in 1896, “If happy little bluebirds fly/ Beyond the rainbow/ Why, oh why can’t I?”


DOUBLE DIP – There is more than one chance this week to pay a pre-Easter visit to Choco-Logo Confectionery Design, 141 Broadway, between Elm Street and Michigan Avenue.

Thursday evening, there’s the Parkside Community Association’s Chocolate Wine Tasting Tour. Tours start at 5:45 and 6:30 p.m., are limited to 20 visitors and include handmade chocolate samples along the way.

The tours will be followed by chocolate pairings with red and white wines. Tickets are $28. A portion of the proceeds from the tours and gift shop sales will go to the Parkside Community Association. For info, call Amber Small at 838-1240 or visit

Coming Saturday is the sixth annual BunnyFest, where kids can see how chocolate is made, have their faces painted to look like a bunny and mold a bunny from chocolate. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for photos.

Tours will be held every 20 minutes from 10 a.m. to 2:40 p.m., and some of the tours are already sold out. Tickets are $8 per child, $15 for two children. Adults are free with paid children’s tickets.

To purchase tickets, call 855-3500 or visit Proceeds benefit the Seneca Street Community Development Corp. and its youth programs.


STITCHES IN TIME – Blooming Quilts, the Amherst Quilters Guild biennial quilt show and auction, will be held this weekend in Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, formerly the Amherst Museum, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst.

There will be vendors, quilt appraisals, demonstrations, door prizes and basket raffles, plus a mini-quilt auction at 3 p.m. Sunday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6, $5 for members, $1.50 for children. For info, call 689-1440 or visit


FILL THE FREEZER – The Ladies Auxiliary of the Marilla Fire Company will sponsor a chance auction and meat raffle Saturday evening in the fire company recreation hall, Two Rod Road and West Avenue.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Raffles start at 7:30. Admission is $5, which includes refreshments. Half of the proceeds will benefit the Make A Wish Foundation. For info, call Audrey Koch at 937-7794 or Tami Wheeler at 805-5988.


TAKE A CHANCE – George F. Lamm Post 622, American Legion, 962 Wehrle Drive, between Union Road and Cayuga Drive, Amherst, holds a Blind Gift Card Raffle on Sunday afternoon. Doors open at 1. Prize raffles begin at 2.

Raffle tickets are $1 each, with two winners selecting a blind prize from sealed envelopes on each prize round. Prizes range from $20 to $50.

Donation at the door is $5 and includes sandwiches or salad, draft beer, pop and snacks. For tickets and info, call Gregory Voye at 930-2524, Wayne Sorrentino at 891-5164 or Sally Dean at 632-0829.


FUTURE FLOWERS – Orders are being taken online for the annual geranium sale to benefit the Western New York Ovarian Cancer Project. Geraniums come in red, pink, salmon and white, and are in flats of 10 plants for $34.95.

Orders can be picked up at locations in Amherst, Buffalo and Hamburg on May 9 and 10. For info and to order, visit


THINK SUMMER – Friends of Reinstein Woods is accepting registrations for the Kids in the Woods Summer Day Camp in Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, Cheektowaga.

Weeklong programs in nature will be divided into offerings for youngsters from kindergarten and first grade, second to fourth grade and fifth to seventh grade.

Reinstein Woods also is offering Summer Science Safari Camp for children 8 to 12 in partnership with Evangola State Park and the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center for two weeks – July 28 to Aug. 1 and Aug. 25 to 29.

Registration forms for all camps are available by searching for “Kids in the Woods” at For info, call Reinstein Woods at 683-5959, ext. 205.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Irene Sipos, Bryan Bechard, Kevin Hassett, Jenny Zabawa, George Sax, Saul Elkin, Joey V. Bush, Terry Raszeja, Scott Kuhns, Sister Mary Raymondine Raczkowski, Dan McFall, Marion M. Price, Tevia Mastycarz, Anne Kajfasz, David J. Sliwinski, Rebecca Abramo, Bill Leary, Robby Brant and Heather Taylor.


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