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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to cartoonist Jules Feiffer, born on this date in 1929, "I used to think I was poor. Then they told me I wasn't poor, I was needy. Then they told me it was self-defeating to think of myself as needy. I was deprived. (Oh, not deprived, but rather underprivileged). Then they told me that underprivileged was overused. I was disadvantaged. I still don't have a dime. But I have a great vocabulary."


SOUP'S ON -- Line up some superior soup for the Super Bowl. The Kiwanis Club of Wales is taking orders for its annual quart-sized selection of homemade clam chowder, chicken dumpling and cream of potato soups. They're also doing pies. Deadline for orders is Sunday, with pickup between noon and 2 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Wales Center Fire Hall. Call 652-0926 for orders and information.


FUR AND FEATHERS -- "Animals! Animals! Animals!" is the theme of the 2011 Art in the Woods Nature Photography Contest sponsored by the Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary. Program director Jennifer Schlick has a suggestion for would-be contestants -- bring your camera to the sanctuary at 1600 Riverside Road for the Talking Phone Book Snowflake Festival from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 5.

Animals will be there in abundance.

Caregiver Linda O'Brien will answer questions about Liberty, the sanctuary's resident bald eagle. The dogs from Tails of Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue will be on hand. And new this year will be the Suri alpacas from Dan Roving Farm in Frewsburg, which will be available for petting. There also will be wildlife rahabilitator Paul Fehringer indoors with his live hawks and owls, Chris Duckett the Reptile Man with his exotic collection, and animals from the Chautauqua County Humane Society.

As usual, the annual festival includes indoor and outdoor exhibits and demonstrations, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, arts and crafts and children's activities. Admission is $5. Kids under 12 get in free. For info, call 569-2345 or visit

As for the photo contest, there are three divisions -- beginners, youth and adult. Judging will be in three categories -- educational, agricultural and wild. Deadline is June 30. Finalists will be exhibited in the sanctuary's Art in the Woods Art Show July 16 and 17.


BOOK IT -- The City of Tonawanda Library, 333 Main St., is holding a used book sale this weekend. It starts from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday and continues from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. There's also a bake sale Friday. For info, call 693-5043.


SHADOW PLAY -- The Films to Talk About series is returning to Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St. Screening at 7 p.m. Friday is the 1993 comedy "Groundhog Day" with Bill Murray and Andie McDowell. A discussion will follow. It's free and open to the public.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Bud Seidenberg, Alicia Cornell, Karen Wnuk, Cindy Stypa, Larry Jones, Joe Zoyhofski, Charles Martin IV, Carol Zimmerman, Bill Held, Dawn Ruszczyk, Stan Serwon, Dawn Yeates, Bree Elizabeth Yeates, Lynsey Cycon, Melanie Occhino, Sue Mcllhenny, Millie Korn, Elizabeth Uebelhoer, Tom Fox, Alan Klodzinski.

AND THURSDAY -- Juanita Tillmon, Hans Mobius, Lauren Krzyzynski, Zachery Bohen, Sarah Burdick, John Scotland, Becca Sokolowski, Lori June Van Tine, Marissa DiRienzo, Denise Dabek, Dina Kaczmarz, Neil McKeague III, Tom Aquiline, Tom Considine, Charles Garfinkel.


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