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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to playwright George Bernard Shaw, born on this date in 1856, “Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.”

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GIFT OF LIFE – The Air Force Reserve office at 6050 South Park Ave., Hamburg, will sponsor a Unyts blood drive from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que will be on hand selling bottles of barbecue sauce, with profits going to SoldierStrong in support of wounded veterans. To schedule an appointment, call 512-7940 or visit unyts.org.

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HELP WANTED – People Inc. will hold an open interview day for job seekers from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday in its offices at 692 Millersport Highway near Eggert Road, Amherst. Positions are available full time and part time on day, evening and overnight shifts for group home staff, behavior technicians, community-based instructors and nurses.

No appointments are needed. Training will be offered. Applicants should bring copies of their résumés and dress professionally. Descriptions of the jobs are available online at people-inc.org/careers. Those who cannot attend the interview may submit an application via the website.

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HOT SPOT – Hot Night in the City, a midsummer party to benefit Hospice Buffalo, will be held from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday at Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St. Tickets are $50 and include two drinks and dinner. VIP tickets at $100 include a reserved VIP area with a five-hour open premium bar, dinner, hors d’oeuvres and a special guest giveaway.

Music will be provided by the Boys of Summer. Tickets are available by calling 686-8090 or by visiting HospiceSummerAffair.com. Last year, more than 500 guests attended.

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RUN FOR THE SHORE – The Town of Hamburg Youth, Recreation and Senior Services Department will hold its 26th annual Dash-n-Splash and Mary T. Blakeslee Fun Run at 9 a.m. Saturday at Frontier Middle School, 2751 Amsdell Road, Hamburg. The 2.5-mile race ends at Hamburg Town Beach Park on Lake Shore Road (Route 5) and will kick off the Blast on the Beach.

The Blast will begin with the Dash-n-Splash and will feature live entertainment, contests, bounce houses and other activities. It will conclude with fireworks. Entry fees are $15 in advance, $20 day of the race and $40 for a family of four. Proceeds will benefit the Town of Hamburg Recreation Foundation, which supports projects in the town’s recreation master plan.

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CUT THE CAKE – St. Philip’s Episcopal Church will sponsor a Birthday Celebration 4 Everybody from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the Atrium of Erie Community College City Campus, 121 Ellicott St. There will be music, food and prizes. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. For tickets, call 833-0442 or email spec.faithful.finds@gmail.com.

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BATTER UP – St. Paul’s Athletic Association will sponsor a 300 Level Home Run Derby from noon to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 13 in Sheridan Park, Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. Trophies will be awarded to boys and girls who win in four age divisions. A high school varsity competition will pit teams against one another at 5 p.m. The open men’s division, which begins at 8 p.m., has a cash prize of $250.

Entries are $10 in advance online at eventbrite.com until Aug. 5, then $15 through the day of the derby. Entrants can bring their own pitchers. For more details, call Frank Wolf at 207-5947 or email fwolf@fromthe300level.com or call 207-5947.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Shirley Krypel, Len Mattie, Ed Tomaka, Sammy DiGesare, Brittany Cooper, Ella Mye, Jessica Giordano, Eliza Delaney Raven, Linda Coe, David M. Strobele Sr., Kimberly Monaco Bump, Eleanor Corbett, Gary Fazio, Allie Hess, Jeff “Dutchy” Wannemacher, Peter Hassett, Joseph Strobele Jr., Tom Wach and Matt Rutski.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com

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