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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to self-help author Wayne Dyer, born on this date in 1940, “It’s never crowded along the extra mile.”

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SEASON OPENER – Explore Buffalo, which offers walking tours, bus tours, bike tours and kayak tours of landmark locales, will celebrate the start of its new season from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the new lodge in Riverfest Park, 249 Ohio St. Docents will lead mini-tours of the park and the historic waterfront neighborhood.

Tickets are $30 and include two drink tickets for beer or wine, hors d’oeuvres and a taco bar. For reservations, call 245-3032 or visit explorebuffalo.org.

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LEARNING CURVES – Young Audiences Western New York is bringing three educational events for youngsters on three successive Saturdays to Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe, 688 Abbott Road.

They begin at 11 a.m. this Saturday with “In Jest with Nels Ross.” A kite-making workshop with Meg Robinson-Albers will be held at 10:30 a.m. May 21. Concluding at 10:30 a.m. May 28 will be a “Sacred Art of Mandalas” workshop with Jen Russo.

The programs are open to students of all ages and are sponsored by South Council Member Christopher P. Scanlon. For info and reservations, call 823-2665.

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CARD SENSE – Gift cards are the tickets you’ll need to attend Party at the Beech, hosted by the Beechwood/Blocher Foundation Auxiliary Board from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Beechwood Homes, 2235 Millersport Highway, Getzville.

Gift cards worth at least $25 for a store or restaurant are requested. They will be used for auction gifts and baskets at the auxiliary’s largest fundraiser, the 2016 Auction and Food Extravaganza in October.

The evening will include food, wine, beer and desserts from BW’s Smokin’ Barrels Barbecue, Buffalo Wild Wings, Lebro’s Restaurant, Bronco Wines, Flying Bison Brewing Co. and Sweet Melody’s. Casual attire is encouraged. So are reservations. Call Eileen Lew at 810-7371 or email elew@beechwoodcare.org.

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NEAR AND FAR – The Western New York Federation of Women’s Clubs, which comprises women’s clubs from all eight counties in the region, will hold its 120th annual convention May 21 in the Reinhold Center at Houghton College. Main speaker will be Allegany County Historian Craig Braack.

An election of officers will take place. Current president Linda Momberger of the Castile Wednesday Club will recognize clubs for their community activities. Guests are welcome. Reservations are required. Call treasurer Rhoda Wolff of the Lancaster Women’s Civic Club at 683-5930.

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FUNNY BUSINESS – The Justinettes from Father Justin Council, Knights of Columbus, will host an evening of laughs at 7 p.m. Sunday in Rob’s Comedy Playhouse, 1340 North Forest Road, Amherst. Tickets are $25 and include two drinks. Additional beverages and food will be available. Reservations must be made in advance and only 125 are available. For tickets, call Wini Patrick at 359-8021.

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BRAINY BUNCH – There’s still room for more teams of eight Saturday at the Trivia Night sponsored by the Mount Mercy Academy Athletic Boosters in the school at 88 Red Jacket Parkway. Registration is $25 per person, 21 and older, or $200 per team. Light snacks will be provided. Outside food and refreshments are allowed. The program starts at 7 p.m., with the game beginning at 8. Sign up at mtmercy.org/booster-club or call Leanne Maloney at 825-8796, Ext. 306.

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VICTORIAN SPLENDOR – Get an inside look at some of Batavia’s grandest 19th-century mansions Sunday afternoon as the Batavia Cemetery Association hosts a Victorian Home Tour. The tour begins at 12:30 p.m. at Historic Batavia Cemetery on Harvester Avenue. Tickets are $25. No children under 12 will be allowed. For reservations, call (585) 343-0248 or visit bataviacemetery.org.

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TAKE THE WHEEL – Ten vehicles will be available for test drives to anyone over 18 from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday as the West Seneca East Middle School PTO will stage a Drive 4 UR School fundraiser at the school, 1445 Center Road, West Seneca.

Reps from DeLacy Ford will bring the vehicles. Ford and DeLacy also will donate $20 to support school activities for every test drive, up to $6,000. There also will be theme baskets and food trucks, including a truck from Lloyd Taco.

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LAST CALL – Thursday is the deadline to call 662-9348 and make reservations for the final program in the Let’s Do Lunch series May 19 in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. Tickets are $10 and include a luncheon of quiche, fruit salad, cookies, ice cream and a beverage. All adults are invited.

Making a return visit to the series will be historic impersonator Denise Reichard, whose repertoire includes Dolley Madison, Clara Barton and Amelia Earhart. For this program, she will present “Remembering the Underground Railroad: A Montage of Unique Slave Stories.”

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VENDORS WANTED – The Second Ward Community Group is looking for vendors to take part in its second annual indoor flea market and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 4 in Queen of Angels Social Center, 144 Warsaw St., Lackawanna. Eight-foot tables are $15. Two tables are $25. Chairs will be provided. For details, call Dean Otoka at 825-0570.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY Artie Kwitchoff, Scott Johnston, Ron Rice, Jon Lehrer, Ryan Myers, Amanda Ann Burns, Chris Kloc, Art Bean, Al Bean, Sister Margaret Marie Wade, John Billittier Jr., Megan Makowski, Marion Rupp, Gail Skoney, Gavin Snyder, Pat Szymanski, Roberta Penkalski, Tom Wicezorek, Rebecca Haslinger, Jacob Januchowski and Matthew Rottner.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com