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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to television commentator Andy Rooney, born on this date in 1919, "Any time you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90 percent probability you'll get it wrong."

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HANDS ON -- Inspired by the "Making Stuff" series on "NOVA," airing on WNED-TV this month and next, the Buffalo Museum of Science will hold a Making Stuff Family Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It's included with admission to the museum, which is reduced by $2 now through Jan. 23.

Activities include testing the strength of various materials, building a microchip to learn about making things on a small scale, learning about making environmentally friendly bioplastics and working with materials that can be programmed to revert to their previous shape. For info, call 896-5200 or visit www.sciencebuff.org.

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EYES WIDE OPEN -- Block team captains will discuss the progress of the Neighborhood Watch project when the Eggertsville Community Organization Neighborhood Watch Committee meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the home of block captain Marie Marshall on Garden Court. All residents are welcome to attend. For info, visit www.eggertsvillecommunity.org.

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HOCKEY HELPERS -- Supporters will hold a fundraiser for the Cheektowaga Warriors Pee Wee Hockey Team No. 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday in Twin Village Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 97 Litchfield Ave., Depew. Tickets are $20 and include beer, well drinks, pizza and door prizes. There also will be a chance auction.

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ABIDING AGAIN -- The spirit of The Dude will abide Saturday evening as the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda, hosts its third annual The Big Lebowski Event. It begins with cocktails -- White Russians, of course -- at 6:30 p.m., followed by an hour of live comedy at 7.

Then comes the film itself, the Coen Brothers' 1998 cult favorite "The Big Lebowski," starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Afterward, hard-core Lebowski enthusiasts will adjourn to Classic Lanes, 1840 Military Road, Town of Tonawanda, for two hours of The Dude's favorite pastime -- bowling. Tickets are $10 for the movie, $17 for the movie and bowling. If you want to bowl, get your tickets in advance by calling 692-2413 or visiting www.rivieratheatre.org. Last year's bowling sold out.

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THINKING ABOUT SPRING -- The Chautauqua Lake Association will kick off its first Chautauqua Lake Ice Pick fundraiser at 4 p.m. today at the Stow Ferry. Based on an Alaskan tradition, the contest asks participants to make an exact prediction when a large tripod, to be placed on Chautauqua Lake near Stow today, will fall into the lake this spring. The winner gets a plaque and bragging rights. A $5 donation is required for each guess and can be paid in the form of credit card or check. Entries are being accepted through Feb. 28. For more information, call the association at 763-8602 or go to www.clakeicepick.org, where you can download a printable entry ticket or pay online.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Seamus Joseph Connors, Mary Kay McClean, Shonnie Finnegan, Alisa Lukasiewicz, Tom Makar, Ron Fill, Trudy Manaher, Sylvia Gorski, Sharon Klein, Clayton Salzman Jr., Martha Balthasar, Sid Howe, Cheryl Huller, Mary Ann Pankiewicz, Margaret M. Fragale, Kevin Lindamer, Valeree Van Tine, Matthew Boehringer, Christopher Puma, Jessie M. Hughes, Georgia Farry, Joey Petronella, Jacqueline Hargro.

AND SATURDAY -- Megan Elizabeth Kelley, Toni Tripi, Brian Engl, Ann Starzynski, Dorothy Michaux, Dana Wiate, Danny Orlando, Geraldine Jankowski, Sunny Summers, Tim Sands, Brian Wickett, Dianne Jobson, Peter Ulrich, Maureen Mohan, Kathryn Hanrahan, Joseph J. Rooth, Susan Zakrzewski, Joan Trimper, Marie Fecio, Heather Mueller, David Gniewecki, Mary Lou Incardona, Bodie Booze.

AND SUNDAY -- Marissa Kelley Saloman, Amanda Darmstedter, Sally Schoellkopf, Sandra Marszalek, Edward Schmalz, Dahlia Meeks, Lenny Kostelny, Sister Marcella Marie Garus, Jeanne Nowicki, Autumn Raine Pierce, Michael J. Beyers Jr., Kristin Wasiuta, Mary Ann Barone, Lauren Jandzinski, Charlie Hall, Natalie Michalski.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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