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Reporters' Notebook: May 18, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought for a sunny spring day from Persian poet and philosopher Omar Khayyam, born on this date in 1048, “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”

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GRAB A PLATE – New Hope United Methodist Church, 2846 Seneca St., West Seneca, will host a free community meal from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Menu includes a chicken and biscuit dinner and dessert. All are welcome.

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ENCHANTING – The Clarence Concert Association hosts its annual Music, Wine and Cheese Festival from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Clarence Town Park Clubhouse, 10405 Main St., Clarence.
New York State wines and cheeses will be available for tasting and purchase and members of the Clarence Summer Orchestra will provide music.
Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door, and include a souvenir wine glass. For tickets and info, call 741-1017 or visit clarenceconcert.org.

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COMING TOGETHER – The Western New York Federation of Women’s Clubs, encompassing all eight western counties, will hold its 121st annual convention Saturday in the Willows restaurant, 177 Savage Road, Holland. Registration begins at 10 a.m.
President Linda Momberger of Castile will honor 25- and 50-year members. Guest speaker will be attorney Maryann Saccomando Freedman. For reservations, call Rhoda Wolff at 683-5930.

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INSIDE LOOK – A tea and guided tour of the “Three Generations of Burchfields” exhibit in the Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 and include light luncheon with assorted teas and dessert, followed by a conversation with guest curator Gerald Mead and collector Louise Schoene. For reservations, call 433-2617. The exhibit continues through June 16.

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SEASON FINALE – The Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus gives its 29th annual Spring Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St. Featured is the Western New York premiere of Andrea Ramsey’s “A Flint Holds Fire,” written in response to the water crisis in Flint, Mich. Tickets are $10, $5 for students, $15 for VIP seating, available at the door or online at bnchoirs.org.

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ELVIS LIVES – The King of Rock and Roll will be celebrated in song and on the food menus at the first Niagara Falls Elvis Festival, officially licensed by Elvis Presley Enterprises, which begins Friday evening in the Greg Frewin Theatre, a 600-seat dinner theater at 5781 Ellen Ave., Niagara Falls, Ont.
It begins with dinner, including an Elvis Specialty Food Station, at 6 p.m. Friday, followed at 7:30 by “The Story of Elvis,” a review of Presley’s career featuring 2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest winner Dean Z. The evening closes with a reception and dance at 10:30.
Saturday sees the start of the festival’s Elvis competition, featuring 22 contestants, with lunch between the morning and afternoon sessions. After dinner at 6 p.m., 2009 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest winner Bill Cherry will be joined by Joe Passion in the role of Jerry Lee Lewis for a show called “The Killer and the King.” A reception and dance again will follow.
Dean Z and Joe Passion will be back at 10 a.m. Sunday for the Memphis Gospel Hour and brunch. Joining them will be Collingwood 2016 Elvis Gospel champion Matt Cage and renowned Johnny Cash tribute artist Jim Yorfido. Ten contestants will take part in the Elvis competition semi-finals at 2 p.m. One of the five who survive to perform in the finals at 7 p.m. will be crowned King and go on to compete during Elvis Week in Memphis next month.
Tickets for the full festival package, including two dinners, lunch and brunch, are $400 plus tax. For everything except the meals, it’s $285. An all-day Sunday pass is $135, including brunch. The Gospel Hour and brunch is $50. Individual shows are $55 and $65. For tickets and more info, visit NiagaraFallsElvisFestival.com.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kathleen O’Neill Cleary, Maryanne Long, Phyliss Carderelli, Art Schumacher, Kelly Gruber, Andrew Rudnick, Diane English, Denise Fitzpatrick, Carole McDade, Judy Gangloff, Dale Michael Brucz, Brad Witkop, Jackie Rasulo, Maggie May Mihalics, Linda Trotta, Kelly Panek, Shawn McCabe, Jackie Wiess, Eileen McKenna, Thomas Collins, Jeff Pronobis and Pat Popadowski.

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