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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English novelist E.M. Forster, born on this date in 1879, “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

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UNCOMMON CREATURES – The New Year begins on an exotic note Saturday at the Buffalo Zoo with a Zooper Saturday program in the M&T Bank Rainforest Falls exhibit.

Talks and activities center on primates at 11 a.m., macaws at 11:30 a.m., the capybara, the largest rodent in the world at noon; the giant anteater at 1:30 p.m., wetlands birds at 2 p.m. and the howler monkey at 3 p.m.

There also will be face painting in the Rainforest Falls lobby from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Zooper Saturday is free with zoo admission. For more info, call 995-6133 or visit buffalozoo.org.

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TIME’S RUNNING OUT – Next Thursday is the deadline for submitting applications and audition CDs or tapes for scholarships being offered by Friends of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Volunteers and the Buffalo Chamber Music Society.

The scholarships – Young Musicians Scholarships worth $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000, and up to three Silverman String Scholarships for $1,500 – are available to high school seniors in Erie and Niagara counties who plan to major in music next fall at any college or university. For info and application forms, visit bpo.org, ecmea.org or ncmea.com or call 759-6428.

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UNDER THE HOOD – Teams of high school seniors majoring in automotive repairs at nine career and technical schools in Western New York will be put to the test Jan. 16 in the NFADA Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition in the Erie Community College Vehicle Technology Training Center at ECC South, 5885 Big Tree Road, in Orchard Park.

Hosted by the Niagara Frontier Auto Dealers Association and ECC, the competition will put the two-member teams through a series of diagnostic, work station and performance tests, beginning at 9 a.m. The Western New York Ford dealers will provide six 2016 Ford F-150 pickup trucks for the students to work on.

Awards will be presented at about 3 p.m. It’s free and open to the public. The winners will go on to represent their school and the NFADA at the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City in March. For info, visit nfada.com.

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LIVING MEMORY – Looking ahead to another year of fundraising to benefit young kidney patients are friends and family of Joanne Severin Cinelli, who died in 1994 from kidney failure at the age of 34 after 10 years on dialysis.

For 15 years, they sponsored a memorial 5K run around South Park Lake. They followed that with an annual basket raffle and a memorial golf tournament at the Lancaster Country Club. The next tournament will be June 27.

With the help of many sponsors, contributors and volunteers, their efforts have raised more than $160,000 to support the dialysis unit at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, where a room has been dedicated in Joanne’s memory. A room also will be dedicated to her in the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital when it’s completed in 2017.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jeff Simon, Yves-Richard Blanc, Trenton Hassett, Michele Sobczyk, Bob Sikora, Dennis Beres, Sister Mary Pauline Pasierb, Sister Mary Blaise Surlas, Jeanette Coleman, Philip Kurzanski, Delores Pryor, Montrice Goins, Mike Barrett, Allayne Barnum, Mary Lou Zeis, Zenon Katrij Jr., Rosalie Faragiano, Michelle Wutz and Alice Werynski.

AND SATURDAY – Randy Kramer, Polla Milligan, Joe Rubino, Melissa Brown, Glenn Locke, Meara Halt, Emma Kruszka, Chris Russell, Mikey Martin, Paul Davis Moore, Leona Badaszewski, Mary Ann Ash, Carol Shoemaker, Bud Hartman, Tracey Wilson, Karen Ryan, Rita Ciezak and James Coppola.

AND SUNDAY – Nancy Hagen, Margaret Hammersley, Flo Boyd, Brian Meyer, Heather Bellini, Bishop R. William Franklin, Tom O’Donnell, Dianne Blackwell, Sue Ryan, Ron Cirocco, Mary Szczesny, Mike Muhlbauer, Gabrielle McGavis, Eileen Stack, Kerry E. Hannan and Madelyn Higgins.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com