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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to playwright Lillian Hellman, born on this date in 1905, “It is best to act with confidence, no matter how little right you have to it.”


HERITAGE UPDATE – Buffalo native Emeterio M. Otero, Ph.D., former executive dean of Monroe Community College, will be the keynote speaker as the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York holds its second annual Community Breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday in Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace, at Erie Basin Marina.

There also will be a brief video overview by the council on the Hispanic History Project, “The Journey of Hispanics in Western New York,” which is being compiled with the help of the Buffalo History Museum, the Buffalo & Erie County Central Library, Randforce Associates, the University at Buffalo and SUNY Buffalo State.

Tickets are $30. Call Maritza Vega, 935-9773, or visit


PASSING NOTION – Today until 5 p.m. is the last chance to purchase a Summer Season Pass, which provides a three-month membership to the Buffalo History Museum and Preservation Buffalo Niagara, and discounts to their events.

For instance, members get a $5 discount on admission to the season’s first Party on the Portico at the Buffalo History Museum from 5 to 8 p.m. today, with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and jazz from keyboardist George Caldwell and his group, featuring saxophonist Bobby Militello.

There also is members-only access to the “Footprints of John R. Oishei” tour Wednesday and an end-of-season party for new members. Passes are $20 and can be purchased at the museum or online at


LOOKING UP – Skies promise to be clear Saturday, perfect for the evening astronomy program at 8:30 at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center off Big Tree Road in Hamburg.

Telescopes will be available for viewing Jupiter very low in the west just after sunset, Mars high in the south, Saturn in the southeast, the Summer Triangle rising in the east and the Northern Crown constellation high in the southwest.

Filtered telescopes also can be used to view sunspots and solar flares before sunset. No preregistration is required. Visitors are welcome to bring their own telescopes. Fee is $3. For info, call 627-4560 or visit


YEAR OLDER – Celebrating its 84th anniversary with a party Saturday is Vidler’s 5 & 10 store, 676-694 Main St., East Aurora. There will be free popcorn, balloons for children and live piano music. There also will be cake, which will be cut at 11 a.m. and served for free as long as it lasts.


VIKING FARE – Augustana Lutheran Church, 3143 Eggert Road near Colvin Boulevard, Town of Tonawanda, will hold a Swedish luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. No reservations or advance tickets are needed to purchase food. Call 832-5720.


DRUMSTICK BEAT – Hank Nowak Post 45, AMVETS, 3071 Abbott Road, Orchard Park, will host a Krolick’s chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $10. Presale tickets are available at the post bar or by calling post commander Mella Rigoli at 771-1244.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Angela Barker, Arlene Neeley, Diane Savatteri, Donna Garrett, Marti Gorman, Erin Cole, Kevin Richert, Barbara Marchelos, Rev. James Giles, Tim Taylor, Shawn Ryan, Ed Rathke, June Urbanski, Alicia Salerno, Becky Palone, Ryan Burdick, Sandy Rishel, Jeff Martinez, Karen Metz, Andrew Prabucki, Ruth Chadwick, Cheryl Grasha, Nora Hooley, Emilita Muscarella, Marcia Reinard, Kurt Colwell, Dan Bartus Jr. and Dave Baker Jr.

SATURDAY – Rob Hartmann, Pat Riley, Diane Gall-Meldrum, Dr. Greg Hudecki, Carima El-Behairy, Sam Magavern, Vivian Toohey, Wendy Toohey, Lydia Lickfeld, Sister Mary Claire Doyle, Debra Pfiel, Brad LaGrow, Chad McCabe, Dan Snyder, Carol Fest, Daniel Phelps, Malika Boreman and Frank Carroll.

AND SUNDAY – Marshall Davis, Laura Haggerty, Father Jerry Kopec, Shawana Schaller, Nathan Gies, ChiChi Hoelscher, Pat Johson, Rudi Bachman, David Dzierba, Alexis Beacham-Patterson, Jack Kolbmann, Belinda K. Jonas, Oscar Elliott Jr., Jataun Felder, Adrienne Daniels, Chauncey Northington, Willie Morris, Luci Buczek, Mira Boyczuk and Martin Molloy.


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