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OLAF FUB SEZ: Author Suzanne Finstad, in her biography of actress Natalie Wood born this day in 1938, attributed this quote about sailing to Wood: “At night, when the sky is full of stars and the sea is still you get the wonderful sensation that you are floating in space.”

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FLOWER POWER – The 11th annual group art exhibition Garden Mystique opens at 6 p.m. Friday in Artsphere Studio & Gallery, 447 Amherst St., Buffalo. Botanically themed works in all media will be presented by 32 artists to celebrate garden walks in Buffalo’s neighborhoods. The judge is sculptor Roberley Ann Bell. The exhibit is open through Aug. 22.

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SPARE CHANGE – Can you spare a dime, or maybe a bunch of quarters, for the Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service? That’s what the nonprofit station that broadcasts especially to Western New York’s blind and print-handicapped people is asking in its summer “Radio Reading Makes Cents” Coin Drive.

President Bob Sikorski invites individuals, groups and companies to collect spare change for the service, where volunteers read daily newspapers, including The Buffalo News, as well as magazines and books for those without sight. The award-winning service also provides the sight-impaired special “reading radios” to listen to the broadcasts.

Sikorski says donations may be dropped off at the station, 1199 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga, between William and Clinton streets. Donations also can be mailed to Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service, Box 575, Buffalo, NY 14225. For information, call 821-5555.

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EXCLUSIVE LOOK – The Hard Hat Tour series continues at 5 p.m. Thursday with a visit to the Phoenix Brewery, 835 Washington St. Preservation Buffalo Niagara and Buffalo Tours will lead the hourlong exploration of the 134-year-old structure. The 49,700-square-foot, four-story building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is undergoing a $5 million renovation into luxury apartments.

Also offered is a tour at 11 a.m. Saturday of the Stella Niagara Preserve on Lower River Road along the Niagara River in Lewiston. The 29-acre site has a quarter-mile of shoreline and is the largest remaining undeveloped private property along the river.

For tickets, call 852-3300 or visit PreservationBuffaloNiagara.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kevin Gilbert, Jack Dumpert, Tom Keenan, Dennis Gorski, Kelsey Mech, Jessica Vastola Sr., Christine Marie Nizialek, Chuck Baker, Connie Bach, Guy Vadala, Maxwell LaVenture, Susan B. Anthony Stewart, Julia Mason, Kristen Grandinetti, Cassandra Grizanti, Jazmine Fazzio, Terri Moeller, Dennis Dobson, Tom McNichol, Joan Kudla, Michael Kumiega and Donald Lange.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com