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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actress Cate Blanchett, born Catherine Elise Blanchett on this date in 1969, “If you know you are going to fail, then fail gloriously.”


GOOD CENTS – Although she was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, 6-year-old Penny Lane otherwise is a normal first-grader at Cataract Elementary School in Niagara Falls – a Daisy Girl Scout who loves reading, music and arts and crafts.

To help find a cure for her ailment, friends and family have organized In For a Penny, a fundraising event from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the Lewiston Stone House, 755 Center St.

In addition to basket auctions and raffles, there will be celebrity bartenders, including State Sen. George Maziarz, Assemblyman John Ceretto, Tom Gariano from The A-List and Skip Mazenauer from Western New York Papers.

All proceeds will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk on June 8 in Buffalo. For info, call Nicole Lane at 622-0211 or Christina Crane at the Lewiston Stone House at 754-7739.


INDUSTRIAL ARTS – Artwork inspired by the local steel and manufacturing history is featured in “Through My Eyes: Art and Artifacts Celebrating 30 Years of the Steel Plant Museum,” which opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the museum at 100 Lee St., off South Park Avenue.

The artists, some of whom were steel and manufacturing workers, include John DiBari, George Grace, Robert Masak, John Schweikhard and Peter Sutton. Also on exhibit will be some of the museum’s artifacts that have never before been displayed.


STEPPING OUT – The Boys of Summer will provide sounds of the season as Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral hosts a spring dance Saturday evening in the Bishop Peplowski Parish Center, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster.

Tickets are $20 and include beer, wine, pop and snacks. Doors open at 7 p.m. There will be music from 8 to midnight. For tickets and info, call 683-4046, 683-8644 or the church office at 685-5766.


RECIPROCITY – The Orchard Park Chorale, having joined the Grand Island Community Chorus for a performance of its “Rivers of Song: A European Journey” concert on Grand Island, brings the Islanders to Orchard Park to sing at 7 p.m. Sunday in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St.

Featured will be works by Brahms, Fauré, Dvorak, and Rodgers and Hammerstein. Tickets are $25 for preferred seating, $10 for general admission. For info and tickets, call 649-8885 or visit


FLOAT YOUR BOAT – Speaking of European rivers, the St. John de LaSalle Travel Club is holding a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the Center Hall, 8477 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls, to provide information about its 2015 Trip Avalon riverboat cruise. All are welcome. For info, call Terry Calovini at 283-0012.


FRESH START – A ribbon will be cut at about 3:45 p.m. Thursday to officially open West Seneca’s new outdoor market, the Main Street Marketplace at Union Road and Main Street, next to Town Hall. Featuring approximately 30 vendors and local entertainment, it will be open every Thursday evening through Sept. 4.

Weather permitting, opening day will include an appearance by the award-winning West Seneca West High School Marching Band from 3:30 to 4 p.m. and a performance by Dan & Leanne, the guitarist and lead singer of Rustic Radio, from 5:30 to 7.


SCHOOL SPIRIT – The Thurman Brothers Band will perform from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday as part of Baskets, Tunes and Food, a benefit for Christ the King Preparatory Academy, a faith-based elementary and high school in Wheatfield.

Tickets are $15 and include a slice of pizza, pop and a sheet of basket auction tickets. Children’s tickets are $8. For info or to donate a basket, call Maria Morabito, the school’s director, at 553-6318 or email


HIGH-LOW – Visitors to the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education off Big Tree Road in Hamburg will be looking down at the ground during the daylight hours Saturday and up toward the heavens that evening.

The 10th annual Dig with the Experts program will explore a freshly excavated section of the Lower Window Shale, with volunteers showing how to find trilobites, cephalopods and other fossils from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is $25 for Penn Dixie members, $30 for others. Diggers should bring a hammer, chisel, safety glasses, lunch and paper towels for wrapping fossils to take home.

The evening astronomy program, which begins at 8, will focus first on Mercury low in the west, then pick up on Jupiter higher in the west, Mars in the southern sky and Saturn high in the east. Visitors may bring their own telescopes. No pre-registration is required. Admission is $3, $2 for children 12 and under, free for Penn Dixie members. For info, call 627-4560 or visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Ann McCarthy, Lauren Mariacher, Gary Kelley, Mike Whelan, Jerry Fecio, Paul Gelyon, Lauren Dearth, Sonia O’Brien, Brendan Papich, Hillary Daley, Alex Chriss, Lisa Buchbinder, Katie O’Neil and Ann Marie Myers.

AND THURSDAY – Jamie M. Wagner, Nalina Shapiro, Sean Meegan, Calvin Rand, Joelle Labert, Carl DeSantis, Judy Larkin, Sue Gawley, Mary Jo Gervase, Diane Dubiel, Amy Pascarella, Charlie DiSalvo, Mara Wickett, Tom Damstetter, Pennie Karb, Julia Rishel, Nandor Decsi, Florence Opiel, Brent Pawelczak, Jenna Myers and Bob Lukasik.


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