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OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from British novelist Muriel Spark, born on this date in 1918, "Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur."

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JUST ARRIVING -- Look for an inspirational story from former Buffalo News Akron correspondent Kathryn Radeff in "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery," which appears in bookstores today. The book contains 101 writings about surviving the loss of a loved one.

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STOP BY -- Annunciation School, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, holds its annual open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The public is welcome to drop in for refreshments, a tour of the school and a chance to meet the pastor, principal and teachers. Personal tours also can be arranged at other times by calling the school office at 681-1327.

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OLD FAVORITE -- The boundaries of Buffalo's Theater District expand a little further this week as the Playhouse of American Classics, in residence at the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, offers a play that hasn't been seen here in many a year.

It's "Angel Street" by the English playwright Patrick Hamilton, a psychological thriller better known by its movie adaptation name, "Gaslight." On Broadway, it set a record for longest-running drama that stood for many years.

Under direction of Terence McDonald, it opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the theater in the History Museum, 25 Nottingham Court at Elmwood Avenue, and continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Feb. 13.

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WALTZ ME AGAIN -- Instructor Tara Scime will teach the waltz with a Valentine theme as USA Dance holds a ballroom dance lesson at 7:30 p.m. Friday in First Presbyterian Church, 2085 Union Road near Clinton Street, West Seneca. A general dance follows from 8:30 to 11. Dress is casual, but no jeans. Admission is $6 for members, $10 for guests, and include refreshments. For info, visit http://usabda1.tripod.com.

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PASTA TIME -- The Park School will host a spaghetti dinner from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the school dining room on its campus at 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder. Dinners are $7 and include meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and a beverage. Proceeds benefit the school's Immersion program, which gives its students a yearlong course on different countries and cultures, including travel. This year's destinations include Spain and China.

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SCHOOL SPIRIT -- The Kenmore West Alumni Foundation recently elected new officers for two-year terms. They include Victoria Wiese, vice president; Sandra Hoehn and Mercedes Calway, co-secretaries and members of the board of directors; and James Metzger, board of directors. The foundation welcomes new members to help raise scholarship funds for deserving Kenmore West seniors. For information, call 873-3233.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Daniel Raymond O'Neill III, Ashok Subramanian, Tyler Myers, Dorothy Blewis, David Safe, Darlene Sikorski, Ken Sasiadek, Len Smolarek, Mark Tasca Jr., Renee Murszewski, Thomas Donohue Jr., Joe Christina, Sugar Mikolajczyk, John J. O'Leary, Helen Regan, Manette Raines, David Richards, Ellen Taylor, Hayden Goff.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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