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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actor Alan Alda, born on this date in 1936, "The good thing about being a hypocrite is that you get to keep your values."


SNOOZE ALARM -- Lovejoy Lulu, the groundhog who used to live at the Buffalo Animal Shelter, 380 N. Oak St., returns there Saturday to tell us whether we'll have an early spring or six more weeks of winter. She's one of the attractions at the annual Groundhog Day Open House from 10 a.m. to noon in the shelter's lobby, and she'll make her prediction promptly at 11.

Shelter staffers and volunteers also will showcase their efforts in caring for animals, rescuing them and offering them for adoption. No groundhogs are up for adoption, but cats and dogs are available. Donations of leashes, collars, dog treats, cat litter and cat toys are welcome. For info, visit


TASTE OF TURKEY -- There's more than coffee to be savored during Turkish Coffee Night at 7 Saturday in the Turkish Cultural Center, 1517 Kenmore Ave., Kenmore. It features a presentation about the traditional dessert ashure, otherwise known as Noah's Pudding, plus Turkish music. There also will be tastes of Noah's Pudding and other Turkish appetizers.


LEND A HAND -- Members of Roll of Honor Chapter 120, Disabled American Veterans, are discovering that needs are considerable as they work with Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the VA Homeless Program, Commander Gerald D. Tidd reports.

To help vets and their families make it through the bitterly cold winter, the post is seeking donations of blankets, small kitchen appliances, canned food and cash to help with rent and utility bills. Donations can be dropped off at 460 North Ave., North Tonawanda, or 1945 Parker Blvd., Town of Tonawanda. For info, call 310-2004.


WEEKEND MENU -- The Cuba Cheese Museum in Allegany County is holding its second annual lasagna dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday in Moonwinks Restaurant, 9302 Jackson Hill Road, off Route 305, Cuba. Dinners are $10 and include meatballs, salad, garlic bread, beverage and a homemade dessert. For info, call (585) 968-2893.

The Young Men's Society of the Resurrection at Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral in Lancaster hosts an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Bishop Peplowski Parish Center, 6298 Broadway. Dinners are $7, $5 for kids up to age 12, and include salad, bread, beverage and dessert.


SNOW OR SHINE -- It happens every year on the Sunday between the final NFL playoff game and the Super Bowl -- the annual Penguin Run to benefit Cradle Beach. An officially sanctioned 5K event, it starts at 11 a.m. from Classics V Banquet Center, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, and follows a route through the Willow Ridge community. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The $30 fee includes a race sweat shirt and a celebration afterward that had been voted Buffalo's Best Post Party Buffet. For info, call event coordinator Diane Martorana at 549-6307, Ext. 201.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Amy Hagen Whelan, Dr. Dan Daley, Evonne Ostrozinski, Ruth Guyker, Stanton Hudson, Lori Engl, Ronnie Walterich, Phyllis Salerno, Craig Zakrzewski, Brett Williams, Beth Cheney, Tracey Moore, Joan Ernest, Caryn Houlihan, Kelly Kubicki-Seiser, Gary Depczynski, Danny Daniels, Tammy Davison, Debbie Bowen and Benjamin Caltagirone.

SATURDAY -- Robin Damude Harrington, Cyndi Snyder, Jeff Martin, Sister Mary Barbara Amrozowicz, Sister Mary Angeline Bierut, Sienna McCabe, Elwyn Brown, Barbara Christiano, Kim Raven, Kristin Recktenwalt, Terry Griffin, Marta Kowtun, Jimmy Zaczagnino, Lou Pauly, Brian Stumm, Anthony G. House, Thane Schulz, Shelly Santora, Kayla Martinez, Julie Harzynski, Cory Barbeau, Cherisse Walker-Betts, Christopher Smith, Mackenzie Sala and Sarah Palumbo.

AND SUNDAY -- Dennis Pyszczynski, Sister Mary Kenneth Mondrala, Samantha Bugenhagen, Mary Goold, Craig McCabe, Sara Ruszczyk, Anne Gilhooly, Mike Ernest, Bob Safe, Rev. Richard Massar, Joe Burgio, Nathan Staddon, Michele Kempf, Kelly Costello, Laurie Kane, Rose Mary Kowal, William Coffta, Theresa Victor and Pat Mahoney.


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