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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Scottish comedian Craig Ferguson, born on this date in 1962, “Canada is not the party. It’s the apartment above the party.”

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DRUMSTICK BEAT – St. James United Methodist Church, 4661 Porter Road, Niagara Falls, will hold a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners are $10, drive-thru only, and include roast potatoes, homemade cole slaw and a brownie. For reservations, call 297-6421.

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FUN AND GAMES – Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle at McKinley Parkway and Whitfield Avenue, will host a vendor show and game night fundraiser from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, with doors opening at 6. A $10 donation at the door includes bingo cards to play 10 games, with prizes offered from 10 vendors.

There also will be a theme basket auction, and pizza and beverages will be for sale. Proceeds will benefit a youth group trip to a national church gathering in New Orleans this summer. For info, call 824-2787.

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GETTING PERSONAL – The Western New York Players will present “Reminiscences of Relationships,” a staged reading of five short plays about relationships, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. The plays include Anton Chekhov’s “The Proposal,” George Bernard Shaw’s “How He Lied to Her Husband” and original plays by a local author. It’s free and open to the public, but limited to 40 seats. For reservations, call 332-4375.

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EAST SIDE STORIES – Guest speaker Peter Filim from Tours of Buffalo with a Native Buffalonian will give a presentation, “Buffalo’s East Side: A City Within a City,” at the annual meeting of the Concordia Foundation at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Community Room at the Broadway Market, 999 Broadway. The meeting also will include reports and the annual election of directors. The public is invited. The Concordia Foundation works to preserve historic Concordia Cemetery on Walden Avenue.

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TALKING POINTS – The Historical Society of North German Settlements will host a show-and-tell session at its next meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church Road, Wheatfield. Those attending are asked to bring a family heirloom to talk about. Old photographs also are welcome.

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HARD FOUGHT – Civil War re-enactor Ed Brodbeck will portray Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and talk about the 1864 Overland Campaign in northern Virginia, also known as the Wilderness Campaign, at the next meeting of the Cheektowaga Historical Association at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway, Cheektowaga. The meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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HAIL AND FAREWELL – Two evenings of activities are planned for the Kenmore Middle School Closing Celebration this weekend.

On Friday, doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and displays on each floor of the building at 155 Delaware Road will follow the history of the school, which opened in 1924, as it progressed from Kenmore High School to Kenmore Junior High School to Kenmore Middle School.

Food trucks from Lloyd, Frank’s Gourmet Hot Dogs and Just Pizza will be on hand from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. At 8 p.m., a concert in the auditorium will feature the current Kenmore Middle School Alumni Chorus and the Kenmore Middle School Band, with a narration on what life was like in the school through the decades.

On Saturday, there will be a dinner at 7:30 p.m. for adults only in Banchetti by Rizzo’s restaurant, 550 North French Road, Amherst. Tickets are $35 and include food stations and an open bar for beer and wine. For more info, visit the Kenmore Middle School Closing Celebration page on Facebook.

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TIME OF NEED – Surgery in January was supposed to alleviate the terrible back pain that Courtney Philips Suda, a licensed practical nurse from Hamburg, had been suffering for the past two years. But when she awoke in the recovery room, she was unable to move from the waist down.

Finally home after a second surgery, rehab and 75 days of hospitalization, she is unable to return to work, her house requires renovation to accommodate her wheelchair and she can not care for the needs of her two children, ages 4 and 7.

To help with her medical bills and other expenses, her brothers have organized a benefit from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 Pierce Ave., Hamburg. Donation is $25 and includes food, beer and pop. There also will be raffles and auctions. For info and donations, call Joel Philips at 597-7041, Dylan Philips at 597-5965 or Brett Philips at 560-8902.

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BEST FACE FORWARD – The front porch is the jewel of many a 19th-century Buffalo home, and Preservation Buffalo Niagara is holding a workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. May 24 in Porter Hall of the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 453 Porter Ave., to provide basic information on how to maintain and repair porches. The workshop is $10, free for Preservation Buffalo Niagara members. For tickets, call 852-3300 or visit preservationbuffaloniagara.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Devin Coseglia, Michael Cassell, Dan Neaverth Jr., Lin Carr, Craig Ehnes, Sue Sarra, Ida J. Parker, John Paul Fecio III, Aidan Edbauer, Martin Zaretsky, Sister Mary Henriella Kakol, Paul Roetzer, Judy Larsen, Betty Sinnott, Judy Trzepkowski, Vic Styn, Martha Lombardo, Gene Allman, Ann Dubois, Bob Golombek, Keith Davis, Emerson Texter, Albert Puma, Ruth Cullen, Peter Hafner, Marcy Buczkowski, Joelle Stanton and Brian Panek.

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