OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Pulitzer Prize-winning children’s author Phyllis McGinley, born on this date in 1905, “A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away.”
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LEGAL POINTS – A Canisius College alumnus will return as guest speaker in a discussion of “State and Federal Obscenity Trials of James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ ” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Regis Room in the Richard E. Winter ‘42 Student Center.
Featured will be 1964 Canisius graduate Joseph M. Hassett, a leading trial lawyer and literary critic who is of counsel to the firm of Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Canisius College Archive Speakers Series, the Frank G. Raichle Pre-Law Center and the Bar Association of Erie County, it’s free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
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CREATIVE SPIRITS – Workshops and demonstrations in drawing, painting, weaving, printmaking, origami and henna tattoos will be offered at the Sixth Annual Arts Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in the Batavia Campus Forum at Genesee Community College. Admission is free.
Arts Fest continues at 7 p.m. Saturday with A Night of Dance in the Stuart Steiner Theatre on the GCC Batavia Campus, featuring choreography by GCC adjunct instructor Tara Pocock. Tickets are $8, $5 for seniors and GCC faculty and staff, $3 for GCC students. Proceeds benefit the Forum Players Theatre Company. For more info, call (585) 345-6814 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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PASTA TIME – The East Aurora Music Boosters will hold their annual fundraising dinner, Spaghetti for Sound, from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria at East Aurora Middle School, 430 Main St., East Aurora. Tickets are $10 at the door and include pasta, meatballs, salad, roll and beverage. Desserts will be available for sale. Student musicians, arranged by Paul Blackwell, will perform.
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CHURCH NOTE – The next in a series of weekly Lenten services sponsored by the West Seneca Community of Churches, “A Lenten Journey on the Way to the Cross,” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 1475 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. Leading the service will be the Monsignor William Gallagher. People of all faiths are welcome.
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SWEET SEASON – Lumberjack breakfasts with seatings at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday will be part of New York State Maple Weekend activities at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children. Advance reservations are highly recommended.
There also will be maple science demonstrations, a tour led by maple sugar experts and Heritage Village’s oxen, Jack and Flynn, plus blacksmithing and woodcarving demonstrations both days from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info and breakfast reservations, call 689-1440 or visit bnhv.org.
New York State’s 21st annual Maple Weekend continues for a second weekend at about 150 maple producers across the state. For a full list of participating sugarhouses, visit mapleweekend.com.
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CALENDAR DATE – The Western New York Federation of Women’s Clubs will hold its annual Single Subject Meeting and luncheon on Saturday in Milos Restaurant and Banquet Hall, 5877 Main St., Williamsville.
Registration begins at 10 a.m., followed by presentations, program suggestions and luncheon at 12:30 p.m. The program includes a portrayal of women’s rights pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton by historical re-enactor Denise Reichard and a talk about the National Women’s History Museum by the federation’s first vice president, Amy Thomson. The suggested topic for the 2017-2018 club year also will be announced.
Guests are welcome. For reservations and info, call Rhoda Wolff at 683-5930.
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YEARS OF WISDOM – Octogenarian poet Frances Kulik will visit Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe, 688 Abbott Road, from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday to sign copies of her first book of verse, “God’s Pencil.” Light refreshments will be served.
A graduate of Mount Mercy Academy, Kulik worked for many years at WBEN radio, wrote a column, “The Voice of Music,” for the Hamburg Sun, and is working on two new projects, a children’s holiday book and a memoir about her youngest sister. For more info, call 823-2665 or visit dogearsbookstore.org.
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WELCOME MAT – Open house sessions for parents will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and from 6 to 8 p.m. next Tuesday at St. John’s Community Pre-School, 3512 Clinton St., West Seneca. In September, the pre-school will begin its 49th year of offering classes for 3- and 4-year-olds. For more info, call 668-3584.
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BUNNY TRAIL – It’s not too soon to reserve a seat for the Rotary Club of Hamburg’s 14th annual Breakfast with the Bunny on April 8 in the Oakwood Manor, 2985 Lakeview Road, Lake View, across from the Town of Hamburg Ice Arena. Seatings will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and from 10:45 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
Tickets are $4 for ages 2 to 10, $7 for ages 11 and up. Youngsters under 2 are free. In addition to the pancake breakfast with sausage and side dishes, there will be photos with the Easter Bunny, face painting and basket raffles. For tickets, call 867-8388 or email BreakfastWithTheBunny@gmail.com.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Sean McDermott, Shea Post, Liz Kolken, Ellene Phufas, Erin E. Cole, Ellen Reis, Kathleen Berens Bucki, Joe Roetzer, Collin Schaller, Tena Evers, Rich Pokorny, Carol Phillips, Robert W. “Bobby” Yeates, Pat Regan, Rev. Dr. Ralph Anderson, Joe Donahue, Kathy Gurbacki Walczak, Lisa Wolin, Larry Lanza, Lydia Parent, Sharon Cosimano and Ryan Patrick Vanderlip.
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