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OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from jazz pianist and singer Thomas “Fats” Waller, born on this date in 1904, “If you don’t know what it is, don’t mess with it.”


CREATURE FEATURE – Buffalo school families will get free admission to the Buffalo Zoo from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, courtesy of the Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization, which has reserved the zoo for the occasion. There will be live animal demonstrations and special presentations by docents.

To get in, everyone will need tickets, which are being given out on a first-come, first-served basis at the city’s elementary schools, but only to adults. Each ticket admits one adult and one child. Students must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian. Parking also will be free for everyone who stays at the zoo past 5 p.m.


DO RIGHT – The Maddi Movement, established in memory of Buffalonian Marie “Maddi” Cane, who died last year, carries on the activity for which she was renowned – performing random acts of kindness for complete strangers.

Stepping up now to provide a “Maddi Movement moment” is Diversified Hearing Services, which is offering a free set of hearing aids, valued at up to $6,000, for a deserving person with a hearing loss. Like Maddi, this person should be known for doing good deeds for others.

Nomination forms are available by emailing or by visiting the Diversified Hearing Services Facebook page. Deadline for nominations is June 15.


TALL CHALLENGE – A nonprofit group dedicated to restoring historic Corpus Christi Church on Buffalo’s East Side has turned to a crowdfunding website to raise money for its latest project, fixing the church’s north bell tower.

The Friends of Corpus Christi hope to raise $30,000 in 60 days via Indiegogo. That will go toward the $162,000 in matching funds the group needs to meet the terms of a $400,000 grant from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund for the project.

This won’t be the first financial challenge for the Friends. During the past eight years, they have raised $1.5 million and finished eight projects, including the installation of a new slate roof and restoration of the south bell tower. To see the group’s video and contribute, search for Corpus Christi Tower Restoration at


SET SAIL – Don’t wait too long to reserve your spot on the 22nd Penn Dixie Nature Cruise and Buffalo Lighthouse Tour on June 8.

The three-hour cruise, boarding at 8:30 a.m. and departing at 9 from Erie Basin Marina, will feature tour guides discussing what’s behind all the sights – how the Great Lakes and Niagara River were formed, aquatic biology, birds and historic points of interest. Back on shore, there will be a rare opportunity to go inside the historic Buffalo Lighthouse.

Registration is limited. Tickets are $28 for adults, $25 for children 12 and under. Penn Dixie members pay $3 less. For info, call 627-4560 or visit


SLAP SHOT – Each foursome will be teamed with a celebrity as Upstate New York Transplant Services hosts the first Danny Gare & Friends Golf Tournament on June 23 at Westwood Country Club, 772 N. Forest Road, Amherst.

Among the friends taking part will be Sabres alumni Jay McKee, Pat Kaleta, Rene Robert, Jerry Korab, Andrew Peters and Marty Biron. Sign-in and lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. A cocktail reception and dinner will follow at 5:30.

Fee is $300 per player. All proceeds will help unyts outreach and educational programming. For info, sponsorships and registration, visit or call Rebecca Aupperle at 512-7973.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Tony Harasimowicz, Julie Porter, Thomas Cutrona, June Pawlowski, Nora Colleen O’Malley, Thomas W. Sabo, Bob Huttenlocker, Aidan Johnson, Linda Gaughan, Jason Schafer, Ed Rajewski, Robert Heindinger, Joyce Tomaka, Dave Baker Sr., Pat Cilano, Eileen Hodges and Ann Ziemba.

AND THURSDAY – Amy Jeary, Joyce A. Dennard, Melinda “Mindy” Mallon, Lorey Schultz, Kacie Latona, Sandy Kumiega, Darlene “DeeDee” Sery, Andy Sheffield, Erin Epstein, Cher Epstein, Amy Rogacki, Lori McCabe, Nicole Alexis Yeates, Emily Green, Sue Kamuda, Liam Meegan, Helen Reilly and Julia Piepsny.


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