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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to psychologist Sigmund Freud, born on this date in 1856, “Time spent with cats is never wasted.”

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HELP WANTED – People Inc. will hold a Southtowns Open Interview Day from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at 17 Park Place, Silver Creek, to fill a variety of jobs helping people with disabilities so that they can live independently.

Needed are full-time and part-time group home staff workers, registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. Day, evening and overnight positions are available.

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TIRELESS ACTIVIST – Laicized Catholic priest Roy Bourgeois, founder of the human rights organization School of Americas Watch and a nominee for a Nobel Peace Prize, will be the featured speaker at an annual event sponsored by the Western New York Peace Center’s Latin American Solidarity Committee at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Wick Center Social Hall at Daemen College.

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HELP A VET – The United Way of Buffalo and Erie County is raising funds to support services for local veterans through “Operation United,” a T-shirt sale, and is encouraging people to show solidarity with veterans by wearing the shirts on Armed Forces Day, May 16.

The shirts, which carry the message, “Operation United: Supporting Military Families,” are produced locally and are available in long-sleeve, short-sleeve unisex and ladies’ short sleeve styles for $15 or $20. They can be ordered online at uwbec.org/operation-united.

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PASTA PATROL – Publicity chairman Kervin Selover reminds us that it’s spaghetti dinner time from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in 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.

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LOOKING AT A LEGEND – No Frills Buffalo and Dog Ears Bookstore will host a book release party for “Slats: The Legend & Life of Jimmy Slattery,” a biography of the Buffalo boxing great by Rich Blake, from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road. RSVPs are requested. Email mark@nofrillsbuffalo.com.

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SINGING FOR SUPPERS – Hail! Fredonia Records, a student-run record label at SUNY Fredonia, is helping the fight against hunger with its most recent release.

It’s a new version of Badfinger’s “Sweet Tuesday Morning,” from the 1971 “Straight Up” album, by Hail! Fredonia’s artist Ladies First, which includes Mary Ramsey of 10,000 Maniacs. There’s also a guest appearance by Badfinger member Joey Molland, who wrote the song.

All proceeds from the song will be donated to the organization WhyHunger to help combat hunger and poverty worldwide. It is available exclusively through iTunes. For more info, visit hailfredoniarecords.com.

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NIGHT OUT – The Lancaster Elks will host a Spring Fling Dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the Elks Lodge, 33 Legion Parkway, Lancaster. Two of a Kind from Crash Cadillac will perform music of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.

Tickets are $15, which includes a roast beef sandwich, wings, salad and snacks. Those attending also can bring their own snacks. Prizes will be given for the best ’70s costumes. For tickets, call 685-1478.

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SEASONAL STYLES – The Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary holds a sale of spring jewelry and scarves from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday in the hospital atrium. All proceeds benefit the hospital.

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RECIPE FOR FUN – Chabad House of Buffalo, 2450 N. Forest Road, Getzville, will celebrate Lag B’omer, a Jewish family fun day, at 6 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free. There’s a charge for rides and food. Attractions include the inflatable Meltdown ride, a large slide, bonfire, hot dogs, falafel and laffa shawarma.

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MARK THE CALENDAR – Sunday is the deadline for reservations for the monthly meeting and luncheon of the Variety Club Women at 11:30 a.m. May 16 in the Variety Club, 6114 Broadway, Lancaster. The program also will include a “pound” sale. For reservations, call 771-1502.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Relious Knight, Meghan O’Connell Davidson, Larry Norton, Tom Stelmach, Nicholas Sikorski, Alexandra Kuhns, Cindi Edington, Collin Nielsen, Lou Ann Connelly, Bryan Staddon, Brian Leistner, Raelyn Tiberio, Phil Jarosz, Wally Napierala, Anne Lauber, Shannon Burke Krukowski, Jerome Okonzak, Thomas H. Wiepert, Evan Bennett and Glenn Stewart.

AND THURSDAY – Vi Seaner, Patti Meyer, Elizabeth Hastie, Jane Lytle, Mark Wozniak, Andy Parker, Steve Lord, Kathy Philipps, John Palkowski, Karin Adams, Mary Jane Cutrona, Ben Sikora, Jeffrey Kraengel, Cheryl Escott, Grace Elizabeth Rooth, Lucy Wargo, Dee Birkemeier, Jackie DiMarco, Peter Wittmeyer, Gregory Cain, Gary Lutz, Peggy McFarland and Tara Midlik.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com