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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the Last of the Red Hot Mamas, singer and comedian Sophie Tucker, born on this date in 1887, “From birth to age 18, a girl needs good parents. From 18 to 35, she needs good looks. From 35 to 55, she needs a good personality. From 55 on, she needs good cash.”


FAMILY AFFAIR – A new program to bring families together to read books, do crafts and enjoy a healthy snack once a month will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, in South Buffalo. Sponsored by South Council Member Chris Scanlon, Family Literacy Night will explore many kinds of literacy on the third Monday of each month.

“Literacy is not just about reading and writing,” says Dog Ears director Tom McDonnell. “It is about understanding the world around you and tapping into all the skills that we have and experience on a daily basis.”

For more info, call 823-2665, visit or visit the bookstore’s Facebook page.


POLKA TIME – A Polka Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday with music by Special Delivery will kick off Polish Night at St. John the Baptist Church, 2028 Sandridge Road, Alden. The evening also includes a performance by the Polish Heritage Dancers of Western New York at 5:45 p.m., a polka lesson at 6:15 p.m. and more music from Special Delivery from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Food will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $10 until Friday, $15 at the door. Those under 21 must be accompanied by a parent. Proceeds will help send St. John’s Pilgrims for Poland for World Youth Day in Krakow this summer. For info and donations, call 983-5084 or 481-8892.


CHARITY IN MOTION – The Niagara County SPCA will benefit as BAC for Women Colvin, 3157 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda, hosts a Paws & Claws Zumbathon from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Instructors Mary Gibbons and Maria Pesquera will lead the class. Tickets are $10. Call Mary at 913-5829 or email

Those who bring a donation will be entered to win a prize. The SPCA donation wish list includes non-clumping cat litter, paper towels, bleach, laundry soap, hand sanitizer, kitten chow, dry erase markers and regular-size copy paper.


ANSWERING A PRAYER – Coming to the aid of 4-year-old Niagara Falls brain cancer patient Shawn Kennedy and his family are the folks from West-Herr Chevrolet on Transit Road in Amherst.

After hearing that the family’s vehicle had broken down and couldn’t take Shawn to his medical appointments, West Herr president Scott Bieler and general manager Melissa Attea will present the family with the keys to a minivan this afternoon.

Shawn will be going back to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., for treatment later this month.


READY FOR ANYTHING – A free state-sponsored disaster preparedness class will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cradle Beach Camps, 8038 Old Lake Shore Road, Angola.

The program will be led by troops from the New York National Guard, who are working in conjunction with the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. It’s part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s continuing Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program, which provides information and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond and recover as quickly as possible.

Participants will receive a training certificate, a wallet-sized card with emergency preparedness information, and a free Citizen Preparedness Starter Kit. The kit includes first-aid supplies, a face mask, a pocket radio with batteries, food bars, an emergency blanket and other items that might be needed in case of a disaster. The classes include information about what other items might be added to the kits.

Since the program began nearly two years ago, more than 51,000 New Yorkers have learned how to be better prepared for emergencies and disasters at more than 570 classes statewide. To register, visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Randy Bracewell, Bruce Johnstone, Michael Larivey, Amber Jakubowski, Emily Lynn Howdyshell, Debbie Jones, the Rev. Kay Woike, John Polowy, Mike Nowak, Kathy Johnson, Mike Kick, Rita Rosol and Patricia Herkey.

AND THURSDAY – Tom Makar, Ron Fill, Trudy Manaher, Margaret M. Fragale, Martha Balthasar, Judy Waterhouse, Sharon Klein, Jessie M. Hughes, Cheryl Huller, Maddie Sumbrum, Sid Howe, Debbie Bonk, Alyson Pye, Mary Wolfe, Carole Snyder, Nick Taneff, Todd Baker, Gloria Jean Podkulski, Georgia Farry and Charlie Diabo.