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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to baseball Hall of Famer Don Drysdale, born on this date in 1936, “The pitcher has to find out if the hitter is timid, and if he is timid, he has to remind the hitter he’s timid.”


BIG NIGHT – Raising money to help find a cure for acute lymphocytic leukemia is the Jacquie Hirsch for A.L.L. Foundation, which holds its sixth annual Tinker Ball formal dinner-dance from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday in Sean Patrick’s Emerald Isle, 3480 Millersport Highway, Getzville.

The evening includes special guests, auctions, raffles and updates on research for a cure to the disease that claimed the life of Hirsch, a 23-year-old gymnast and diver, in 2008. Tickets are $140 and are available at or by calling 639-0020.


LOOKING UP – A variety of planets, stars and constellations will be on view Saturday evening as the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center off Big Tree Road in Hamburg hosts another astronomy program.

The program starts at 7:30 p.m., when filtered telescopes will be available to view sunspots on the setting sun. Visitors also can bring their own telescopes.

Telescopes will point toward Mars and Saturn around 9 p.m., then focus on the Hercules globular star cluster M13 high in the south, the famous Ring Nebula M57, the Dumbbell Nebula M27 in the Summer Triangle’s constellation Vulpecula and several other constellations.

All are welcome. No pre-registration is required. Admission is $3. For info, call 627-4560 or visit


FREE FEAST – Barbecued hamburgers are featured as St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St. at Union Road, West Seneca, holds its monthly community dinner and social gathering from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Dinner also includes German potato salad and lettuce salad, with orange ice cream floats for dessert. The meal is free, but donations are welcome.


SAVORING BRAZIL – Speaking of food, Barbara Blackburn continues her 26th year of culinary classes at Chautauqua Institution next week with a five-day Brazilian Bash, in honor of the recent World Cup soccer tournament.

Students will make and enjoy Feijoada (black bean stew), Bananada com Quiejo (banana paste with cheese), Couve a Mineira (shredded kale greens), Brasileiras (coconut cookies), Mungunza (hominy and coconut milk), Arroz Brasileiro (rice with tomatoes and onions) and Escabeche de Gallina (cold pickled chicken).

Classes will run from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday to Friday in Turner Hall, Room 205. Fee is $22 per day, $88 for five days, plus a $7.50 per day material fee. To register, call Special Studies at 357-6250.


HIGH ON THE HOG – The Variety Club of Buffalo, Tent 7, holds a pig roast from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Variety Club headquarters, 6114 Broadway, Lancaster. Tickets are $30. Proceeds support the club’s work in assisting sick children. For info, call the club’s office at 854-7577.


RUN AND REMEMBER – The fourth annual Lindsay Matthews 5-K Run and 1-Mile Walk will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday from the Orchard Park Soccer Complex, 6909 Milestrip Road. Prizes will be awarded, and a party with food and live music will follow.

Proceeds will benefit a scholarship fund in memory of Matthews, who was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer in Geneseo in November 2008. An All-Western New York soccer player in her senior year at Orchard Park High School, she was 19. For info, call 667-3786 or visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Rick Jeanneret, Elizabeth Young, Jim Hayes, Mark Kelso, Bob Koshinski, Cindy Austin, Donna Lopez, Anita McCabe, Brian Smith, Mary Sikorski, Justice Myers, Mary Herr, Franklin McGavis, Leah Pfitzinger, Jacob Roy, Jay Karb, Robert Weinstock, Monsignor Dino Lorenzetti, Mario Cerrato, Shaelynn Meyer, Tony Peters, Marian Janiszewski, Amber Marie Fleischman, Father David G. LiPuma, Edie Fantaske, Pam Desing, Sally Gregory, Diane Wilke, Greg Jay, Barb Wojcik, Mary Kruszka, Peter DeMarco Sr., Peter DeMarco Jr., Adam Fries, Kate Scaglione, Barbara Kuehn and Claire Farry.

AND THURSDAY – Patty Charles, Florence Johnson, River Hassett, Linda Tornquist, Barbara Klaffka, Ray Kaiser, Vicki Drebot, John Lewandowski, Liane Seivert, Jeanna Pignataro, Dawn Ruettimann, Michaela Granelli, Scott Charles Prell Jr., Betty Leary, Cody Smith, Carl Berger, Dan Miller, Barb Sabadasz Robins, John M. Billittier Sr., Kelsey Bartus, Karen Szafran, Mike Kelly, Nicholas Revier, Marie Marren and Kim Gerland.


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