OLAF FUB SEZ: According to botanist Luther Burbank, born on this date in 1849, “A flower is an educated weed.”
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HIDDEN HISTORY – “The Indian Arts Project at the Rochester Museum” will be the topic of the first Newstead Historical Society program of the year at 7 p.m. Thursday in Newstead Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road, Akron.
Terry Abrams of the Western New York Association of Historical Agencies will talk about the program between 1935 and 1941 in which Tonawanda Reservation residents made more than 5,000 objects that now are part of the museum’s collection. Refreshments will be served at 6:30. Admission is free. All are welcome.
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SPECIAL FOLKS – Four people will be honored when Buffalo’s West Side Community Services presents its first Remarkable West Siders Awards at a luncheon and ceremony from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Resurgence Brewing Co., 1250 Niagara St.
Awards will be given to Community Police Officers Jeanan Sharpe and Joe Szafranski, Lafayette High School principal John Starkey and Stephanie Cole Adams, who led the reclamation of the Massachusetts Avenue Park. Three Remarkable Teens also will be named.
Tickets are $30 and are available at wscsbuffalo.org.
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TEA TIME – The Hull Family Home and Farmstead will host its annual Irish Tea on Sunday in the Hull Foundation headquarters, 5962 Genesee St., Lancaster. There will be seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Cost is $22. Seating is limited. For reservations, call 741-7032. Tours of the historic house next door at 5976 Genesee St. will be available during the afternoon.
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CLEAR THE ATTIC – The Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary has begun collecting donations of adult and children’s books, CDs and DVDs in good condition for its sale at the end of April. Items can be dropped off in a collection bin at the main hospital entrance through March 31. No encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest condensed books or cassettes will be accepted.
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CHURCH NOTES – The West Seneca Community of Churches will sponsor a series of Lenten services, “A Lenten Journey on the Way to the Cross,” in different churches at 7 p.m. every Wednesday during Lent. The series begins this week in Queen of Heaven Church, 4220 Seneca St., West Seneca. Leading the service will be the Right Rev. William Franklin. People of all faiths are welcome.
Magnificat Ministry to Catholic Women will hold a program of praise, testimony and prayer from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Millennium Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Guest speaker will be Robert Rogers of Mighty in the Land Ministry, who will tell how he founded his nationwide ministry despite the loss of his young family. Breakfast registrations are $20. Call Ellie Worley at 632-0646.
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RACK ‘EM UP – Entries are still being accepted for the 35th annual Variety Kids 8-Ball Telethon Tourney on Saturday in Classic Cue Billiards, 6061 Transit Road, Depew. Entry fees are $10 for seniors over 60 and juniors under 17, $20 for league players and $30 for all others. There’s also a $10 green fee. No pros are allowed. All proceeds benefit Women & Children’s Hospital.
On tournament day, doors open at noon and there’s free practice until 1 p.m. Play begins at 1:30. Food and drink specials will be offered all day.
Prizes will be given to the top 25 percent of the field. Winners will be presented on the Telethon on April 2 and announced on organizer Norm Skulski’s radio show on WXRL. For more info, call Skulski at 715-7037 or Carl Galante at 684-4644.
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LEARNING CURVE – Families can receive a $100 tuition credit when they register their youngsters between now and March 17 for the 2017-2018 school year at the Strong Start Early Learning Academy in the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma.
Annunciation offers Pre-K 3 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday or Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The Pre-K 4/5 program is held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday to Friday. “Mommy and Me” classes for children 18 months to 3 years take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays.
For more info, call 681-1327 or visit annunciationstrongstart.com.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Nancy Krug Caulfield, Al Vaughters, Sister Mary Joyce King, Beth Rainy, Carl Badaszewski, Carol Bogenreider, Bree Scagnelli, Sister Peggy Wetzel, Sister Charlene Fontana, Siobhan Gould, Kim Colvin, Carolyn Durni, Kristen Winiewicz, Avery Qi, Ginger Anthony McGrew, Hazel DiMarco, Rita Martina, James Hill and Matthew Hurley.
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