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OLAF FUB SEZ: "After three days without reading, talk becomes flavorless," according to a Chinese proverb. . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1791, Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" premiered in Vienna, Austria . . . In 1927, Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season . . . In 1939, Fordham University defeated Waynesburg College 34-7 in the first college football game to be televised, on experimental station W2XBS in New York as . . . In 1954, the first atomic-powered vessel, the submarine Nautilus, was commissioned by the Navy . . . In 1955, actor James Dean was killed in a car crash near Cholame, Calif. . . . In 1962, black student James Meredith succeeded on his fourth try to register for classes at the University of Mississippi. . . .

A 5K WALK, "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer," will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday. at the North Campus of the University at Buffalo. Registration for the American Cancer Society event begins at 8:45 a.m. For more information, call 1-800-743-6724. . . .

HOUSEBOUND Grand Islanders will be delivered books and other library materials by members of the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library if they let it be known they are unable to get to the library. For details, call 773-7124. . . .

ART IN BLOOM is the name of a fine arts festival that Menne Nursery is holding from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Local artists will display and sell their works at the nursery, 3100 Niagara Falls Blvd., in Amherst. A hands-on kid's art space and a student artwork display are on the schedule, too.

In addition, Wine World will hold a "wine tasting" from 1 to 4 p.m. each day and David Knittle of Tansu Bonsai, an experienced bonsai artist of more than 20 years, will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to share his knowledge and skills on starting, growing and maintaining bonsai. For information about the festival, call 693-4444. . . .

PRINT EXHIBIT -- Since 1939, local shutterbugs have met in the Buffalo Museum of Science's auditorium to share their photographs, camera know-how and love of photography. The Museums Camera Club's 60th anniversary print exhibit will open at 7:30 p.m. Friday and can be seen through Jan. 3. Refreshments will be served. The address is 1020 Humboldt Parkway. For more information, call 896-5200.

The exhibit will feature personal photographs, scenic Buffalo, digital images, landscapes, nature and abstracts. The club, which meets bimonthly, provides workshops and sponsors field trips to local studios and picturesque areas around Buffalo. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Jennifer Anne Miller, Kasey Webb, Jacob Patrick Concannon, Catherine Victoria Heck, Lynn Hurtubise, Denise DiBello, Sharon Galligan, Dee Dee Grossman, Marian Kerwin, Joseph Brown, Jim Pluta, Tom Krajewski, Robin Decker, Ed Stull, Robert Braun, Elizabeth O'Donnell, Raymond Braun, Margie Miller, Philip Ward, Dorthea Schwitzer, Linda Porter, Carol Lynn Alagna, Matt Norman, Elaine Johnson, Kathy Fendya, Donald Flynn, Jonathan Gregory, Hannah Eisenbaum, John Bence Jr., Scott Anderson, Lorry Kadatz, Earl Wickett, Stella Padraza, Katherine Orzechowski.

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