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Reporters’ Notebook for March 14

OLAF FUB SEZ: An insight from scientific genius Albert Einstein, born on this date in 1879, “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”


GIFT IDEAS – The Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary’s Sewing Group will host their Spring Bazaar from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday in the hospital atrium, with handmade items from baby sweaters to pillows.

Meanwhile, the auxiliary is continuing to collect gently used books, CDs and DVDs for its upcoming sale in April. No encyclopedias or Reader’s Digest books, please. Collection bins are at the hospital entrances.


CHEERS! – Historian Graham Millar will give a presentation on “The Prohibition Era in Tonawanda” at a meeting of the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in the museum at 100 Knoche Road, Town of Tonawanda. The program is free.


ENDGAME – The final installments in the Great Courses videos on Impressionist painters will be shown and discussed at the weekly IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series at noon Tuesday in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.

The program is offered in conjunction with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery exhibit, “Monet and the Impressionist Revolution, 1860-1910,” which closes next Sunday.

Admission is free. You can bring a lunch or purchase one at the library’s cafe. The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature.


REUNION TIME – The Class of 1961 at South Park High School is looking for classmates interested in attending a 55th class reunion in September. Call Joyce Schenk at 759-8246.


FOREVER IRISH – St. Patrick’s Day will stretch to four days next weekend at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, beginning on the actual day Thursday, when there will be a Mass followed by a traditional Irish breakfast/brunch at 11:45 a.m. Admission is $20 by advance ticket only, which can be purchased at the Irish Center’s pub or the Tara Gift Shoppe across the street.

Music strikes up in the pub at noon with Penny Whiskey, followed by Kevin McCarthy at 5 p.m. Meanwhile, in the Emerald Room, the Reardon & Garvey Band starts playing at 5 p.m., with a performance by the Rince na Tiarna Irish Dancers at 7:30.

Friday is the annual Civic Luncheon, featuring the music of Kindred and the Blarney Bunch and the Clann na Cara Dancers. Pre-sale tickets are available by emailing There will be free admission to the Irish Center after 2 p.m., with music by Poor Ould Goat at 7.

Music and dance will be the attractions Saturday, with Kevin McCarthy playing at 2 p.m., followed by St. Mary’s Road at 6. Providing music in the Emerald Room at 6:30 p.m. will be Penny Whiskey, with dance performances by Clann na Cara at 7 and Rince na Tiarna at 9.

On Sunday, Parade Day, Crickwater will play in the pub beginning at 3:30 p.m., while the Emerald Room will offer the Leftovers at 3 p.m. and the dancers from Rince na Tiarna at 5:15 p.m. and Clann na Cara at 7:15. Pre-sale tickets for Thursday, Saturday and Sunday are $7, available at the pub or the Tara Gift Shoppe. Tickets at the door will be $10.


KID STUFF – The Niagara Parks Commission, which shows film classics on Friday nights twice a month for most of the year in the visitor center theater at Old Fort Erie, 350 Lakeshore Road, Fort Erie, Ont., moves to a matinee schedule this week, showing children’s movies at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday to Friday. Admission is $5. For info, call (905) 871-0540.

The schedule includes: Monday, “Happy Feet” at 10 a.m. and “Happy Feet 2” at 1 p.m.; Tuesday, “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “The Sandlot;” Wednesday, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)” and “The LEGO Movie;” Thursday, “Shaun the Sheep” and “How to Train Your Dragon;” and Friday, “Ice Age” and “Ice Age: The Meltdown.”


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Heidi Hartmann Mahoney, John Murphy, Joan Colern, John Conlin, Rich Newburg, Bob Willoughby, Eva Doyle, William J. Magavern, Carissa Zamerski, Kimberly Nason, Bethann Renaud, Janet Alston, Natalie C. Brooks, Gwendolyn Veira, Charlie Clark, Jonathan Herr, Kathy Moll, Fran Felser, Elaine Zielin, Dave Zinzola, Wally Czumaj, Jackie Taton, Debbie Bosworth, Chad Filipski, Cathy Maghran, Paula Liberatore and Dolly Plewinski.