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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to music legend Stevie Wonder, born this date in 1950, “Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision.”


DINO DEBUNKER – Lewiston native Joseph Kchodl, better known as the paleontologist, author and storyteller PaleoJoe, of Midland, Mich., returns to the Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell, to lead a program for Penn Dixie at 7 p.m. Friday called “PaleoJoe’s 10 Top Dinosaurs: Why They Are Not What We Thought They Were.”

In his illustrated presentation, PaleoJoe will focus on how scientific theories about dinosaurs have changed due to recent discoveries. He will bring along some of his specimens. No preregistration is required. Tickets are $5, free for Penn Dixie members. Call 627-4560.


TIME OF NEED – Not quite 15 years old, Angel Neale is undergoing cancer treatments for the second time in 10 years and is hopeful that once again she is approaching remission.

To help cover her medical expenses, family and friends are holding a pasta dinner with basket auctions and live auctions from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Sanborn Fire Hall, 5811 Buffalo St.

Dinners will be served from 3 to 7 p.m. and are $9 for adults and $5 for kids 6 to 12. Those 5 and under eat free. Otherwise, admission is free. Basket auctions start around 5. For info and donations, call Brad Neale at 990-8766 or Mike Little at 417-6729, or visit


RAISE A GLASS – Southern Tier Brewing Co., 2072 Stoneman Circle, Lakewood, will celebrate American Craft Beer Week from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday with its third annual Public Day, a beer and music festival.

Visitors will get a free five-ounce souvenir glass upon arrival and, for $1 per sample, can choose among more than 25 beers, including Oak Aged Backburner, Project Z and some limited-edition brews made especially for Beer Week.

Providing live music will be Brent and Company. On sale will be Southern Tier Brewing’s own house-smoked chicken, sides and a vegetarian option.

Brewery tours will run as usual every 45 minutes, beginning at 12:15 p.m. The Empty Pint, the brewery’s pub and gift shop, will stay open until 10. For info, call 763-5479 or visit


OLD SCHOOL – Getting a vote of confidence from the Syracuse University Alumni Club of Western New York is Kathleen C. Hochul.

The former congresswoman and Erie County clerk will receive the club’s Outstanding Alumna of the Year Award at the annual Fred E. Machemer Scholarship Banquet at 6 p.m. Sunday in Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave., Blasdell.

A 1980 graduate of SU, she was Student Association vice president and later was elected to the University board of trustees.

All Syracuse grads and fans are welcome to attend. Tickets are $35, $30 for club members, free for 2014 SU graduates and current SU students. For info and tickets to the dinner, call 542-5148 or 462-7723 or visit


EXTRA HELPING – Branching out this summer are the Buffalo Bites Food Tours, which for the past two years have combining tastings and historical walks in the city’s Elmwood Village.

Beginning June 1, there will be a tour of East Aurora, with stops in Taste, Firefly Cupcakes, Elm Street Bakery, the Roycroft Inn, Purr-fect Tea and Gift Emporium, and Riley Street Station. Historical sites will include the Millard Fillmore House and Vidler’s 5 and 10.

For info, visit or call toll-free (800) 979-3370.


GETTING THE LOWDOWN – The focus goes underground at this month’s meeting of the Cheektowaga Historical Association at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway.

Guest speaker Val Mozdziak will discuss the history of sewage management in Erie County, with some amusing and amazing facts. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For info, call Laura Ely Hacker at 683-1762.


SANCTIFIED SPACES – Four historic houses of worship in Buffalo will open their doors Saturday and Sunday as part of the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s fourth annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend.

They include Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 317 Leroy Ave., open from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday; the Buffalo Religious Arts Center, formerly St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 157 East Ave., open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 199 Clark St., open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday.

St. John’s-Grace Episcopal Church, 51 Colonial Circle, open from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, also will feature a lecture at noon Sunday by Alex Bitterman, associate professor of architecture at Rochester Institute of Technology and editor in chief of the Journal of Responsible Design and Architecture.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Gerry Maher, Dave Larcom, Sharon Linstedt, Anthony Chase, Tim Herzog, Joan Clark, Peggy Olm, Ernie Gawinski, Nancy Schauf, Maryjo Budimirovich, Freddie Mosca, Carl Panzarella, Jeff Sawyer and Mike Sawyer.


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