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OLAF FUB SEZ: Tongue-in-cheek advice to students at term paper time from musical satirist and mathematician Tom Lehrer, born on this date in 1928, “Plagiarize. Let no one else’s work evade your eyes. Remember why the good Lord made your eyes, so don’t shade your eyes, but plagiarize, plagiarize, plagiarize ... only be sure always to call it please, ‘research.’ ”


SWING TIME – Feet will be moving at the third performance in the new 2013-14 Music Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Hamburg United Methodist Church, 116 Union St.

Featured is the nine-piece version of Buffalo Jazz & Swing. To allow for dancing, the ensemble will play in the church’s main gathering area. Minimum donation is $10 at the door. For sponsorships and advertising, call Pat Adema at 627-5566.


LAST CALL – The ladies of Team Pierogi at St. John Kanty Church, Broadway at Swinburne Street, have been making farmer’s cheese and sauerkraut pierogi all during Lent. Final chance to get them will be Palm Sunday weekend, from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to noon Sunday.


DIG IN – The No. 1 fossil park in the U.S., the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center off Big Tree Road in Hamburg, will be open every day during spring break, from Saturday to April 19.

Visitors can keep all the fossils they find, so bring a plastic bucket, a gallon zip-lock bag, plus a garden shovel, hammer or chisel. Snow and rain have brought thousands of fossils to the surface.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. No pre-registration is required. Admission is $7 adults, $6 children 12 and under. For info, call 627-4560 or visit


BARGAIN TIME – St. Francis of Assisi School’s Alumni Committee is sponsoring a rummage sale Saturday in the School Hall, 70 Adam St., City of Tonawanda. Early birds get in for $3 at 8 a.m. Admission is $1 after 9. The sale ends at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be available.

Household goods, tools, collectibles and jewelry will be offered as the Amherst Lions Club holds its annual Treasure Sale from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Trinity United Methodist Church, 711 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. For info, call Andy Burg at 435-7732.

Raffles, auctions and booths selling chocolate rabbits and handmade crafts will be featured at the Easter Bazaar from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Social Center at Queen of Angels Parish, 144 Warsaw St. at Electric Avenue, Lackawanna. Refreshments include homemade desserts. All are welcome.


TAKE A CHANCE – The Polish Falcons of Depew, 445 Columbia Ave., will hold a meat raffle Saturday evening. Doors open at 6. First raffle is at 7. Admission is $5 and includes beer, wine, pop, snacks and door prizes. For info, call 684-2373.

The Orchard Park Home Bureau holds a theme basket raffle Sunday afternoon in the cafeteria of St. John Vianney School, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. There also will be special raffles and money baskets. Pizza and pop will be available. Admission is $1. Doors open at 1 p.m.


EXPERT INSIGHTS – “Flowers and Plants of the Bible: Their Meaning and Symbolism” is the topic as Bonnie G. Flickinger presents a slide lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday in St. Benedict Church, 1317 Eggert Road at Main Street, Eggertsville.

UFO researcher and author Kathleen Marden will speak about alien abductions and other alien-human contacts at 7 p.m. Monday in the Fine Arts Auditorium of Niagara County Community College’s Arts and Media Building, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Admission is free, but a $3 donation to Niagara Hospice would be appreciated. For info, call 614-6764.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Eric Kaczor, Jacob Setter, Deborah Bucki, Mike Foglia, Lisa Ludwig, Lana Benatovich, Jo Ann Rizzo Kirsits, Donna Siudak, Diana Rousseau, Briana Christiano, Joan Mahar, Noreen Rokitka, Marge Wrobel, Ron Mace, Jamie Garand, Robby Brant, Christopher Herr, George Small, Gary Stomporowski, John J. “Johnny Finn” Miller, George “Butch” Riehler, Bob “Bones” Mahoney, Dave “Brauts” Brautlacht, Curtis Czajka, Alex Hartman and Corrine Nowak.

AND THURSDAY – Lori Repicci, Steve Tasker, Katie Dickinson, Randy Miller, Jim Szczublewski, Aidan Franko, Dr. Reg Abraham, Dorothy Dillemuth, Karley Baker, Dominic Grandinetti, Erica Grandinetti, Lynne Meidenbauer and Luke Giambra.


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