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Reporters' Notebook: Dec. 25, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English mathematician, theologian and scientist Sir Isaac Newton, born on this date in 1642, “Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.”

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RECALIBRATING – Due to the Christmas holiday, the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series will be held a day later that usual this week. It’s Wednesday, instead of Tuesday, in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.
This week’s program also begins earlier, at 11:30 a.m. There will be showings of two Great Courses videos on “Emerson, Thoreau and the Transcendentalist Movement.” That will be followed at 12:30 p.m. by a discussion led by IMAGINE founder Dennis Galucki and a celebration of the eighth anniversary of the series.
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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ACES HIGH – Free classes to introduce the card game of bridge will be held for middle and high school students from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sundays beginning Jan. 7 in the Bridge Center of Buffalo, 3362 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.
In addition to learning about strategies, there will be time to play, snacks and socializing. Beginners and continuing students are welcome to attend. Classes will continue through March 11. For info, email Carol Bedell at lorac5@roadrunner.com.

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EDUCATED PALATES – For 2018, the New York Wine & Culinary Center on the Cananadaigua Lake Pier , 800 S. Main St., Canandaigua, is introducing the Wine Club, a series of tastings to be held on one Sunday each month.
Classes will discuss where the grapes for each wine originated, where they are grown today and how location affects their taste. Each session will conclude with a tasting review and hors d’oeuvres.
The series will cover the Classic Six wines – Chardonnay on Jan. 7, Cabernet Sauvignon on Feb. 4, Merlot of March 4, Reisling on April 15, Sauvignon Blanc on May 6 and Pinot Noir on June 3. Fee is $180 for the entire series or $40 for individual classes. For more info and reservations, call 585-394-7070 or visit nywcc.com.

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TIME OUT – Olaf Fub will take the day off Tuesday to return those awful Christmas sweaters he found under the tree. Reporters’ Notebook will return Wednesday.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Moira Sheehan, Ellen Warner, Joe Roland, Martin Schaus, Karen Carr, Harry “Bud” Lauber, Sister Mary Rosalind Rosolowski, Howard Martin, Kim Lewandowski, Waltraud Beil, Alex Glor, Mark Decker, Holly McNamara, Kristy Mastalinski Holton, Ben Higgins, Al Hauth, Kenneth Mrozik, Rich Mansel and Kathy Herod.

AND TUESDAY – Kristina Rae Nelson Smith, Janice A. Morrow-Hall, Jody Bennard Carter III, Dut Dour, Dr. Russell Carlson, Mike Healy, Sigmund Kucewicz, Jimmy Nowak, Dave Crawford, Tammy Roberts, Isabella Blesy, Jo Ledwin and Carole Ignaszak.

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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