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Reporters' Notebook: March 28, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: The three rules of life, revised slightly for the 21st century, from novelist Nelson Algren, born on this date in 1909, “Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom’s. Never sleep with (someone) whose troubles are worse than your own.”

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REALITY CHECK – Buffalo history will get an April Fool’s Day twist on Saturday as Explore Buffalo leads a downtown trek entitled “Fact or Fiction: A Questionable Tour of Buffalo.”
Docents leading the walk will mix barely believable true stories with some tall tales they’ve made up for the occasion. Walkers are invited to keep score as they go along. A prize will be awarded to the one who best separates the real from the unreal.
The tour begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Pan-American Grill in the Hotel Lafayette, 391 Washington St. Cost is $25 and includes one beer and light appetizers at the restaurant while scorecards are reviewed at tour’s end. A full menu and cash bar also will be available. For more info and to register, call 245-3032 or visit explorebuffalo.org.

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EARLY IMAGES – The Black Rock Historical Society will host a presentation on the process of Cyanotype printing at 6 p.m. Thursday in its museum at 1902 Niagara St. in conjunction with an exhibit of antique cameras.
The photo printing process, discovered by British scientist and astronomer Sir John Herschel in 1842, will be demonstrated by graphic artist and photographer Art Pepe. The program is free and open to the public.

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TECH SAVVY – West Side Community Services and West Side Seniors will celebrate the opening of Buffalo’s first SeniorNet Urban Learning Center from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday in West Side Community Services headquarters, 161 Vermont St. The public is welcome.
The center will teach seniors everything from computer basics to how to operate the latest electronic gadgets. For more info, call Danette Porto at 884-6616, ext. 16.

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HARD DAY’S NIGHT – The spirit of the Beatles will fill the auditorium of Mount St. Mary Academy, 3756 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda, at 7 p.m. Saturday when Mr. Mustard, a Fab Four tribute band from Rochester, comes to perform.
The group will offer a set of Beatles tunes by themselves and play more favorites with the award-winning Mount St. Mary Academy band and dance teams and the Western New York All-Catholic Honor Band. More than 200 elementary and high school students will get to take the stage.
“This will be the students’ first time performing with a rock band on our stage,” says Mount St. Mary band director John Hathaway. “Being an all-girls band, that’s unique in itself. But seeing the interest and excitement about this musical show must makes me so proud.”
Tickets are $10 advance, $13 at the door. Youngsters under 8 are free. For advance tickets, call the school at 877-1358.

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Beverly Jacobs

INSIGHTFUL – Leading Canadian women’s rights activist Beverly Jacobs will be the keynote speaker at a daylong symposium Thursday on Native North American women in the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo. Her topic will be “The Resiliency of Indigenous Women Despite the Undeclared War Against Them.”
Other speakers include Norma General, faith keeper with the Six Nations of Grand River; and social worker Melanie Sage and Native American leader Jaynie Parrish, both from the University of North Dakota, who will discuss the use of technology and social media in activism. There also will be panel discussions.
Sponsored by the University at Buffalo’s Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender in the School of Social Work, it will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. To register, visit bit.ly/2iyD743.

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NEW FRIENDS – Yad B’Yad (Hand in Hand), a group that helps people with disabilities participate in community activities, will hold a Field and Game Day with College Students from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday outside the bookstore on the UB North Campus in Amherst.
Members of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and their sorority sisters will play frisbee, toss footballs and hang out. If the weather is bad, activities will move indoors. There is no fee, but sign-up is required by Friday. Call 204-5380 or email yadbyad@BJEBuffalo.org.

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TEN YEARS ON – The SSJ Sister Karen Klimczak Center for Nonviolence will celebrate its 10th anniversary at its annual fundraiser at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in SS. Columba & Brigid Parish, 75 Hickory St.
Featured speaker will be St. Bonaventure University theology professor Christopher Stanley, a lifelong activist and pacifist, whose topic will be “On the Edge of Violence and Nonviolence: The Challenging Words of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.” A reception will follow.
Tickets are $25 and are available at the door, by calling 362-9688 or online at sisterkarencenter.org.

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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 New Hope United Methodist Church, 2846 Seneca St., West Seneca. Leading the service will be the Rev. Phillip Cunningham of St. Nicholas Anglican Church. People of all faiths are welcome.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jaclyn Doskocz, Ryan Pankiewicz, Andrew SanFilippo, William J. Hochul Jr., Rita Argen Auerbach, Diane Curley, Diana Johnstone, Bonita R. Durand, Tom Herberger, Marty Buczkowski, Sister Mary Mark Janik, Elaine Bartkowiak, Judy Wasiuta, Larry Olejniczak, Jennifer Meritz, Bethany Gorman, Marian Fontana, Debbie Deth, Nick Pikul, Michelle Clemente, Alyssa Johnson, Connor Johnson, Veronica Orlowski, Patty Tooke, Harper Grace Nowinski, Jerry Sprada, Harry Janish, David Bernard Bannister III, Marian Fontana, Nick Pikul, Sally Roberts, Jim Kaczmarek, Jennifer Fertel and Karen Rudnicki.

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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