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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Canadian scientist David Suzuki, born on this date in 1936, "Although it may sometimes seem quite big, Earth is really very small -- a tiny blue and green oasis of life in a cold universe."

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FUNNY MONEY -- The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce is putting the fun in fundraising Thursday with an evening of comedy with Rob Lederman and friends from 7:30 to 9 in Eddie Ryan's, 50 Central Ave., Lancaster. Tickets are $25 and include a beverage and a chance at the door prizes. There also are dinner specials and a ticket auction. Doors open at 6. For tickets, donations and info, call the Chamber office at 681-9755.

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THE BIG 5-0 -- Families Touched by MS (multiple sclerosis) holds its second annual World's Best 50th Birthday Party honoring members of the Class of 1978 from Lancaster High School and St. Mary's High School in Lancaster from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary's, 142 Laverack Ave. Tickets are $30, or 10 for $250. There will be beer, wine, pop, food, live music and silent auctions. For info, call 656-9489.

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HUNTING PARTY -- North Buffalo Community Church, 350 Kenmore Ave., holds its first Easter Egg Hunt from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday for children ages 2 to 18. Youngsters will be divided into four age groups and hunt in different areas of the church. In addition to the hunt, there will a short program about Easter and a special program for teens.

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MEAT LOCKER -- It's time for another semi-annual meat raffle sponsored by the Franklinville Aristocrats Club, 16 Park Square, Franklinville. Offered from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday will be turkey, ham, pork, steak and fresh Polish sausage packages. All proceeds will go to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

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X-FILES -- Strange things were happening in December 1980 in the forest near the U.S. Air Force base at Bentwaters, United Kingdom. On three successive nights, a luminous and mysterious flying craft was seen there, apparently probing nuclear weapons bunkers. Author and UFO researcher Peter Robbins will talk about new developments in this case when he appears at 7 p.m. Thursday in Humanities & Social Sciences Building E, Room E-140, Niagara County Community College, Sanborn. Park in nearby Lot 1. Admission is free. A voluntary $3 donation will benefit Niagara Hospice.

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POST TIME -- The horse races are pre-recorded, but the fun is live from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday as Fourteen Holy Helpers Catholic Church, 1345 Indian Church Road, holds a Night at the Races. There will be music by Pirate Dreams, silent auctions, raffles, beer, wine, food and virtual wagering. Tickets are $15.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Irma Martin, Steven J. Bagel, Sterling Ruhl, Sue Seidenberg, Megan Giambra, Lisa Pupo, Debra McCarthy, Ryan Sobczak, Milt Ehlers, Cliff Bergmann, Beaver Bakowski, Kayla Zakrzewski, Jim Skrabacz, Gabrielle Meyer, Joann Kiefer, Pat Rasmus, Bonnie Besmanoff and Jan Dziadaszek.

AND THURSDAY -- Cindy Smith, Addie Hoerner, Peggy Klodzinski, Henry Miller, Mary Smith, Terry Wachowiak, Gary Zakrzewski, Lennitia Rolack, Warren Fleckenstein, Larry Chirico, Kali Yeates, the Rev. Raymond Uschold, Susan Laurent, Noreen Buckley, Theresa Maciejewski, Darlene Zylinski, Steven Gorski, June Pearl, Delores Rossitto, Tom Lates, D.J. Granville, Sonwil Manny, Madelyn Bosworth, Lorry Garlock, Anella Hughes, Chris LaGrow, Tommy Grabowski, Pat Iarocci, Buddy Johnson, Betty Loucks, Sharon Benz and Theresa Maciejewski.

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