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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, born on this date in 1953, “The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.”


CENTURY PLANT – The history of the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens will be the topic May 15 in the final program of the Let’s Do Lunch series in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St.

Speaker will be David Swarts, president and chief executive officer of the Botanical Gardens. His presentation will follow a catered 11:30 a.m. lunch of tea sandwiches, pasta salad, chips and ice cream. Tickets are $8. Reservations must be made by Thursday by calling 662-9348. The Let’s Do Lunch series will resume in the fall.


STAYING ALIVE – Like CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), QPR is an emergency technique to save lives. In this case, it saves people who are danger of committing suicide.

A training session in QPR, which stands for Question, Persuade and Refer, will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. May 31 in the Episcopal Diocesan Ministry Center, 1064 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. Registration is free, and it’s open to anyone 18 and older.

To register, visit For info, call Susan Gunn, chairwoman, at 838-6156.


BORN TO SHOP – First Presbyterian Church, 149 Broad St., City of Tonawanda, will hold its Month of May Sale from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday with a thrift shop, mini boutique and plants. A luncheon with a chicken salad plate, home-baked pie and a beverage will be served from 11 to 1. Cost for the luncheon is $5. For info, call 695-1319.


NIGHT FEVER – Deejays from the height of the disco era will take to the turntables Friday evening in the Forvm at Maple Ridge Plaza, Maple and Sweet Home roads, Amherst, in a program to benefit Niagara Hospice.

Featured in “Dancing to the Legends of Disco” will be Gary Deane, Tim Nowka, Paul Foxe, Charlie Cimino and Roger Christian. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $10 in advance at any Wegmans supermarket or $15 at the door. For info, call 280-0780 or visit


TASTY TALENTS – Brighton Place, the library and community center in the Town of Tonawanda, will benefit from Cook For Books, a fundraising evening featuring six leading local chefs at 6 p.m. Thursday in Banchetti by Rizzo’s, 550 North French Road, Getzville.

Sharing the kitchen will be J. J. Richert from Torches, Mike Andrzejewski of Seabar and Banchetti’s Jeff Levea, plus chefs from other Rizzo restaurants.

Southern Wine and Spirits will sponsor a wine-tasting. There also will be live entertainment and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $50 and are available online at Info also is available by calling 332-4375.


HAPPY CATS – Ten Lives Club, the cat rescue group, holds another one of its Beer For Cats sessions during happy hour from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in Mr. Goodbar, 1110 Elmwood Ave. Admission is free. There will be drink specials, theme baskets, beer baskets, a silent auction and items for sale.

All proceeds will help the group maintain its shelter in Hamburg and the 240 cats in their program. For info or to adopt a cat, volunteer or donate, call 646-5577 or visit


NOW HEAR THIS – Free hearing tests will be given as part of an open house from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the People Inc. Pine Senior Living Apartments, 6231 Tonawanda Creek Road North, Town of Lockport, off Transit Road near Millersport Highway.

Seniors 62 and older in need of affordable housing and their family members are invited to tour the facility and learn about income eligibility. Hearing screenings and consultations will be provided by Audiology on Demand. Call 433-3381.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Trent Dickinson, Ryan Page, Larry Norton, Tom Stelmach, Ann Marie Latona, Sherrie Fazzio, Shannon Burke Krukowski, Kathy Cieslik, Anne Lauber, Raelyn Tiberio, Glenn Stewart, Christine Pawlak, Jerome Okonzak, Cindi Edington, Collin Nielsen, Brian Leistner, Bryan Staddon and Paul Pochepan.


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