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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 6, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: Spring training tip from baseball great Babe Ruth, born George Herman Ruth on this date in 1895, “There’s only one answer to be made to the young fellow who is asking constantly for advice as to how to hit. The answer is: ‘Pick out a good one and sock it!’ ”

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CREATIVE SPARKS – One or both of the founders of tablet computer maker Bak USA, J. P. and Ulla Bak, will speak this week in the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The program begins at noon in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo with a Great Courses video narrated by Gerard Puccio, chairman of the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo State.
Admission is free. You can 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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Platter's Chocolates is noted for its sponge candy.

SWEET TOOTH – The Buffalo Federation Honorarians, a member of the Buffalo Federation of Women’s Clubs, will host a Valentine celebration of chocolate Tuesday in the new $1.3 million home of Platter’s Chocolates in the Wurlitzer Park Building, 908 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda.
It will begin with a gathering for punch at 11:30 a.m., followed by a buffet lunch catered by North Tonawanda’s Hideaway Grille and a tour of the candy-making facility and a tasting led by company sales manager John DiGuiseppi.
All are welcome. Reservations are $30. For info and reservations, call Carole McDade at 873-5205.

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DINNER DATE – Community Missions Inc. will hold its 20th annual Sweetheart Dinner on Friday evening in the Conference and Event Center, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls.
It will begin with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m., with a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, live music by Celtic Cross and a chance to bid on silent auction items. Dinner and a short program will begin at 7.
Tickets are $50 and include valet parking. Tables of eight can be reserved. Proceeds benefit the agency’s crisis services programs, which include a soup kitchen, food pantry, clothes closet and emergency housing shelter.
For info, reservations and donations, including basket donations, call Francesca Catanese at 285-3403, ext. 2225.

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OUT AND ABOUT – Looking for a romantic night out with your Valentine? Forgotten Buffalo is hosting its annual Gin Mill Love Tour on Saturday evening, promising stops for food and drink at “some of the coolest gin joints this side of Casablanca.” The tour starts at 5:30 p.m. and lasts at least four hours.
Tickets are $55 and include bus travel, dinner, a docent-led tour, entertainment, prizes and giveaways. For info and reservations, call 833-5211 or email forgottenbuffalo@aol.com.

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OWL PROWL – Get wise to owls from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday as Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford holds its Owl Moon Nature Trail tours.
Wild Wings Inc. of Honeoye Falls will bring live owls and give a presentation on owl behavior, habitat and lifestyle. Naturalists will lead walks under a full moon, weather permitting, to owl habitats in the woods.
The evening also will include a campfire, hot cocoa, marshmallow roasting and a reading of Jane Yolen’s Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book, “Owl Moon.”
Tickets are $14, $10 for museum members. For info and reservations, call (585) 294-8218 or visit gcv.org.

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HARMONIOUS – The Buffalo Chips, the award-winning University at Buffalo-based male a cappella singing group, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday in the concert series in Crossroads Lutheran Church, 4640 Main St. at Burroughs Drive, Snyder. A donation of $10 is suggested. Students get in free.

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PLAN AHEAD – The Auxiliary at Harvey D. Morin Post 2940, Veterans of Foreign Wars, is accepting applications from vendors and crafters for its annual Bada Bing Craft and Vendor Show on April 2 in the post at 965 Center Road, West Seneca. Tables are $15, two for $25. A basket for a basket raffle is requested. For more info and to apply, call 474-7164.

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STAMP OF APPROVAL – Mary Queen of Angels School, 170 Rosewood Terrace, Cheektowaga, is seeking corporate sponsors for five of its programs – the science lab, digital media arts, music and the arts, STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and mathematics) and professional development.
Sponsorships begin at $500. For more info, call principal Kristen Hada at 895-6280. Tours for business leaders can be arranged. For more background on the school, visit mqangels.com.

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REUNION ALERT – The Class of 1967 from Kenmore West High School is planning its 50th anniversary reunion on July 29 in Shea's Performing Arts Center. For more info, call Peggy Patterson Leous at 634-4652 or visit the class website at kenmorewest67.com or go to the class Facebook page.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jesse Sperry, Mark Supples, Neal Radice, Rick Falkowski, Melanie Chimento, Frances Kozminski, John Culliton Mahoney, Mary Brucz, Patricia Szymanski, Mary Serio, Kallie Hauser, Kim Downing, Scott Clare, Tom Burgasser, Bonnie Costas, Sue Wasiuta, Jayden Schreck, Gary Sprung and Andy Sickau.

To submit birthdays and other items of interest to Reporters’ Notebook, please email olaffub@buffnews.com or send a letter to Reporters’ Notebook, Buffalo News, Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240.

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