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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to anthropologist and nature writer Loren Eiseley, born on this date in 1907, “One does not meet oneself until one catches the reflection from an eye other than human.”


WALKING FOR A CAUSE – Moving Day Buffalo, a walk to raise funds for research in fighting Parkinson’s disease will be held Sunday at Coca-Cola Field.

Registration will be begin at 8:30 a.m., and the walk steps off at 10. There are a number of activities planned to get people moving, like yoga, dance and tai chi.

Robert “Bob” Russell, of Youngstown, a Lewiston-Porter retiree who was long active in local Boy Scouts, was diagnosed a decade ago with the debilitating disease, is among the participants.

“If it weren’t for the help of the National Parkinson Foundation of Western New York, I probably wouldn’t have the positive attitude and the education about Parkinson’s to deal with this life-changing situation,” he said.

He explained that 60 percent of all money donated to the event stays in Western New York, and 40 percent goes to the national organization, which funds research. Russell’s personal goal is to raise $2,000.

Last year, the event raised more than $60,000.


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


TURNING PAGES – Holding a secondhand book sale in its auditorium this weekend is Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.


TREASURES OF THE NILE – St. Mary and St. Moses Coptic Orthodox Church, 350 Wheatfield St. at Payne Avenue, North Tonawanda, will hold its sixth annual festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with authentic Middle Eastern food, including vegan options, desserts, ancient Egyptian gifts and art, Christian gifts and a kids’ corner. For info, call Father Mark Iskander at 515-8399.


BARGAINS GALORE – Springville Chapter 1183, Women of the Moose, will host its annual white elephant auction Saturday in the Springville Moose Lodge, 13080 Buffalo Road. Doors open at 11 a.m. Drawings start at 12:30 p.m.

In a separate room, there will be a flea market from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with a bag sale when the auction is over. Proceeds benefit local charities.


WHY WAIT? – You don’t have to hold your Irish spirit in check until March 17 any more. The Valley Community Association is hosting its fourth annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Party from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday in Buffalo River Fest Park, 249 Ohio St., on the Buffalo River.

Providing Celtic music will be the Left Overs, voted Best Acoustic Band in the Artvoice Best of Buffalo Awards for the past three years. Also performing will be the Greater Buffalo Firefighters Pipes & Drums.

Food and refreshments will be available for sale. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, but no coolers are allowed. Due to construction on Ohio Street, access is via Moore Street, Chicago Street and Michigan Avenue. For info, call 823-4707, Ext. 2, or visit


ON THE WING – Get a look at migratory birds before they head south Sunday by taking the Fall Bird Walk in Bond Lake Nature Center, 2353 Lower Mountain Road, Ransomville.

Bird watchers will gather from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the rear of the Warming House, where they can view various mounted birds species indigenous to this area. Species identification and fall coloring will be discussed. The guided bird walk begins at 9:30.

Admission is free, but the walk will be canceled if it rains. For info, call Carol Schmelz at 694-3488 or visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Ida Cannavo, Al Wallack, Tracy Diina, Bob Porebski, Larry Rokitka, Linda Matuszewski, Cheryl Tkaczyk, Luke Vredenburg, Mary R. Manning, Donald Queeno, Daniel J. Delaney and Pam Mix.

AND THURSDAY – Emily Hakes, Nelson Adams, Elisabeth Rose Horvath, Verline McLaughlin, Paul Zatulove, Tom Bauerle, Irene Oring, Mike Zelasko, Nate Siffringer and Shauna Denecke.


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