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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English progressive rock guitarist Robert Fripp, born on this date in 1946, “Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.”

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Where Do They Go?

Where do birds go at night?

I do not think they’ve taken flight.

If you listen, you may hear some owls or crickets

Speaking to one another in the densest of thickets.

Perhaps the sounds of bullfrogs will delight

As tweeting and chirping seem to stop at night.

Are they sleeping? They’re not peeping.

Are they silently tip-toe creeping?

Maybe they are in the bushes or the trees.

If they’ve taken flight, I cannot see.

You cannot find them in the dark or hear their fluttering wings.

It surely seems to be a mysterious thing.

As they are not peeping and they are not creeping,

Alas, they must be sleeping.

– Nancy A. Catanzaro

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HUNGRY? – The Auxiliary of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will host its Famous Rib & Chicken Dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. this Monday in the Bakery Restaurant, 3004 Niagara St., Niagara Falls. Dinners are $16, dine in or take out, and include a complimentary beverage. There also will be reduced drink prices and a 50/50 drawing. Proceeds will support patient programs and services at the hospital.

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EASY TO GIVE – The Ken-Ton Closet that provides clothing and other items for needy families is holding a Chipotle fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Chipotle restaurant at 1759 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. Mention the Ken-Ton Closet to the cashier and 50 percent of the cost of your order will be donated to Closet.

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BACK IN TIME – History and the future will be the focus Tuesday in the Imagine Buffalo lunchtime lecture series in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.

Beginning at noon will be Phil Haberstro, executive director of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo, which is co-sponsoring the program. He will be followed by Lawrence Brooks, author of “Buffalo Niagara: Diagnosis & Prescription For Change”; and Cara Matteliano, vice president for community impact at the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo.

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

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UNCONVENTIONAL – Joseph Pendolino of the Niagara Frontier Corvair Club will give a presentation on the Chevrolet Corvair at the next meeting of the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in the museum at 100 Knoche Road, Town of Tonawanda. The Corvair, a rear-engined car made in the 1960s, was powered by engines manufactured at GM’s Tonawanda Engine Plant. Weather permitting, several restored Corvairs will be on display.

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OFF SEASON – What do you call Oktoberfest when it’s held in the springtime? The Rotary Club of Amherst is calling it a Sproktoberfest and it will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Park Country Club, 4949 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.

Tickets are $45 advance, $50 at the door, and include authentic German cuisine, a selection of German-style beers from Flying Bison and music by the Auslanders. For tickets, call Ken Weinstein at 837-2525. Proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Buffalo, City Mission’s Cornerstone Manor and the Amherst Rotary Foundation.

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MAJOR DECISION – Senior citizens can find information about how to make the move to a smaller home in a free seminar at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Asbury Pointe, 50 Stahl Road, Getzville.

Larry Raines, president of Caring Transitions, which specializes in downsizing, will discuss strategies for moving. Asbury Pointe residents will talk about their transitions to retirement living.

The seminar is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Reservations are recommended. Call 810-7500.

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LIGHT UP – The Cigar Ambassadors, a club for cigar enthusiasts, will host an Armed Forces Day Smoker from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Fraternal Order of Eagles hall, 7269 Ward Road, North Tonawanda.

Tickets are $40 advance, $45 at the door, and include a catered dinner, three hours of open bar and a hand-rolled premium cigar. There also will be chair massages, hot towel shaves from master barbers and raffles. Classic cars and motorcycles are welcome. For tickets and info, call 696-2021.

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RELIVING THE PAN – This Monday is the deadline to make reservations for the first of this season’s Pan-American Exposition trolley tours, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It begins and ends at Forest Lawn’s Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center, 1990 Main St. at Jefferson Avenue. To reserve, call 873-9644, Ext. 0.

Cost is $65, $60 for museum members, and includes a tour of the Hotel @ the Lafayette in downtown Buffalo and lunch at the hotel’s Pan American Grill and Bakery. Valerian Ruminski of Nickel City Opera, dressed as President William McKinley, will give a short presentation at the Resource Center. Additional tours will be held June 11, July 23 and Aug. 20.

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REUNION ALERT – The Class of 1962 from Cardinal Dougherty High School will have a breakfast reunion at 9 a.m. June 1 in the Family Tree Restaurant, 4347 North Bailey Ave., Amherst. For info, call John Fera at 836-0787.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Tracy McCormick, Thurman Thomas, Vicky Vullo, Peter Gelyon, Jonnie May Ferguson, James “KiKi” Younger III, Marsha Nowak, Chuck Barrett, Linda Zimpfer, Rebecca Goris, Barb Bartus, John Kozina, Mike Panzica, Ivan Lockett, Eleanor Park, Barb Hales, Tatiana Kosinski, Olivia Orcholski, Sue Ann Miller, Griffin McNamara, Emma Pronobis and Patti Guadagna.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com