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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to psychologist Dr. Ruth Westheimer, born Karola Ruth Siegel on this date in 1928, “Sex is good, but not as good as fresh sweet corn.”


PASTA PATROL – It’s spaghetti dinner time again from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in Sikora Post 1322, American Legion, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. For $6, you get spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread and butter, and a beverage; for an extra $1.50, there’s a choice of homemade desserts.


LAUGHING LONG – It was 1998 when the Eclectic Improv Company debuted its unscripted zaniness in Bobby Militello’s Tralfamadore Cafe. Now, after holding forth in a monthly show for many years in the nearby Shea’s Smith Theater, the group has reached a milestone.

Its 500th performance comes at 8 p.m. Friday in the Tower Auditorium at Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave. Four of the founding members – Todd Benzin, Peter Cumbo, Don Gervasi and John Freuzer – are still on board. Newly added to fill in on piano is Joe Donahue of the Albrights. Tickets are $15 at the door. For info, call 901-6086 or visit


BARGAINS GALORE – The Alden Christian Theatre Society will hold its annual Giant Rummage Sale from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday inside and outside the theater at 1470 Church St., Alden. Many items will be available for less than $1. A hot dog sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a bag sale begins at 2:30. Donations will be accepted every evening from 7 to 9 through Friday. For info, call 937-7770.


GET HAPPY – Hillview Baptist Church, 26 Rehm Road, off Transit Road, Depew, hosts a Family Fun Fest from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday with music, giveaways, a magic show, kickball, horseshoes, face- painting and more. For info, call 684-4694.


GRAND TOUR – Only 41 seats are available in the open-air autobus tour of the significant sights of West Seneca next Monday, led by town historian Jim Pace.

The tour begins at 10 a.m. from the Burchfield Nature and Arts Center, 2001 Union Road, near Clinton Street, and returns at noon for lunch under the tent, weather permitting. Tickets are $35. Submit reservations to West Seneca Historical Society, 911 Mill Road, West Seneca, NY 14224.


RAISE A GLASS – Speaking of historic excursions, the Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association is sponsoring a Dead Brewers Tour next Wednesday evening.

It begins at 5 with dinner in the Edge of Town Restaurant, 2310 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, and continues on to Mount Calvary Cemetery in Cheektowaga for visits to the final resting places of Buffalo brewing notables such as Gerhard Lang, William Simon and Christian Weyand, to mention a few.

Leading the tour will be local brewery historian David Mik. A sampling of brews from the Community Beer Works will follow. Cost is $20, which includes dinner, tour, tasting and, as a bonus, membership in the club. For reservations, call Peter Jablonski at 440-7985.


THE GREAT OUTDOORS – Registrations are being accepted from teachers who want to attend the Schoolyard Habitat Institute on July 29 and 30 in Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, off Losson Road, Depew.

Sessions from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day will show teachers how to use their schoolyards as an outdoor classroom, including activities in tune with Common Core and state standards.

Teachers also will learn how to enhance the outdoor spaces in and around their schools.

A fee of $40 for materials includes lunch on the second day. Space is limited. Deadline for registration is July 9. For info and registration, call 683-5959.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Charles Haupt, Cliff Stoll, Janet Dimet, Thomas O’Malley, Ginny Beardsell, Molly Platt, Carl Gier, Lindsay Guzzetta, Thomas O’Malley, Father Jim Augustyn, Lorraine Jawarski and Danielle Rydzynski.

AND THURSDAY – Bernie Czarnecki, Eleanor Bullard, Dr. Todd Shatkin, Carol Neuhaus, Randy Szymkowiak, Doug Allen, Gretchen Monaco, Bob Knopf, Janice Leisten, Harry Hendrix, Joe Siebert, Chelsey Rogowski, Joan Green, LuAnn Bondanza, Erin McSweeney, Jordan TinHan, David Grundy and June Vohwinkel.


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