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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to author and aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh, born on this date in 1906, "People don't want to be understood -- I mean not completely. It's too destructive. Then they haven't anything left."


BATTER UP -- If you're a baseball fan in need of a rainy day plan, there's the exhibit by photographer Jim Dow, "Fields of Dreams: North American Baseball Stadiums," in the Castellani Art Museum on the Niagara University Campus in Lewiston.

One of his subjects is unidentified. The museum is asking fans with really deep knowledge to come up with its name. A winner will be chosen Saturday from the correct entries. The prize? A certificate for a free personalized Louisville Slugger bat from the Louisville Slugger Museum.

The Castellani is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.


SWEET AND LOVELY -- Now that local strawberries have arrived in abundance, there's no excuse for not enjoying them every chance you get. A particularly good opportunity is the annual Strawberry Festival from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at South Park United Methodist Church, 73 Ashton Place at South Park Avenue.

You can make your own strawberry dessert with biscuit and toppings for $5. Round out your meal with a hot dog for $2 or a hamburger for $2.50. Providing music from 5 to 6 p.m. will be the Grandfathers Orchestra. For info, call the church at 822-1255.


CATCH OF THE DAY -- Also in season are bass, walleye, perch and a few other of our native fish. They await anglers of all ages at the foot of Ferry Street for the Broderick Park Family Fishing Day. It begins at 5 a.m. Saturday and continues to 7 p.m. Buffalo United Front and the Greater Western New York Anglers Association are providing food, games and prizes. For information, call 818-3410.


WRIGHT TURN -- The Wright stuff will be in the spotlight at the first Graycliff Gala from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday in the Larkin at Exchange Building, 726 Exchange St. The evening benefits the Graycliff Conservancy, which does the care and restoration of the summer estate in Derby designed for Darwin Martin by Frank Lloyd Wright.

In addition to the gourmet dinner stations, hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer, there's an auction that Wright lovers won't be able to resist. One of the items is Summer Twilight at Graycliff, a private wine and cheese party for 16 at the estate.

Another is called Wright at Home for the Night, which is an overnight stay at the privately owned Davidson House on Tillinghast Place, which includes a breakfast prepared by the owner. And then there's the Gathering at the Wright Rowing Boat House, a party for 20 at the newest Wright building in town on the Buffalo waterfront.

Tickets are $125 for conservancy members or $160 for nonmembers, which includes a membership. For info, call 947-9217.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Belinda K. Jones, Jeff Martinez, Chyrel E. Coles, Rudolph Bachman, Shawna Schaller, Tom Maher, Paul Waggoner, Nathan Gies, June Pfitzinger, Jack Kolbmann, the Rev. Jerry Kopec, Sister Mary Ellen Rewers, Kim Quinn, Brandon Fortuna, Danny Brown, Tammy Aranyosi, Oscar Elliott Sr., Chauncey Northington, Pamela Scott, Larry Livingston Jr., Yvette Thompson, Nicole Taylor-Herbst,

Adrienne Daniels, Jetuan Felder, Jeff Tomasik and Neal Turvey.


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