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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actor William Shatner, Captain Kirk of "Star Trek," born on this date in 1931, "One of the advantages of being a captain is being able to ask for advice without necessarily having to take it."

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LAP OF LUXURY -- Another Graycliff -- the Graycliff Resort in the Bahamas -- will provide one of the highlights of the second annual Graycliff Gala, which benefits the upkeep of Graycliff, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed summer home overlooking Lake Erie in Derby.

A four-night stay at the resport is one of the prizes in the live auction during the gala Friday evening in the Larkin at Exchange Building, 726 Exchange St. A four-star boutique hotel with a five-star restaurant, it also has its own cigar factory and one of the largest private wine cellars in the world.

Other prizes to be auctioned by Cash Cunningham include a summer weekend in an Ellicottville condo, a Frank Lloyd Wright lamp paired with the very last bottle of Graycliff Dandelion Wine, and an overnight bed-and-breakfast stay in one of Frank Lloyd Wright's houses in Buffalo -- the Davidson House on Tillinghast Place.

Tickets for the gala are $125 for Graycliff Conservancy members, $160 (including a Graycliff membership) for nonmembers. For info and reservations, call 947-9217.

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PET PROJECT -- Second Chance Sheltering Network, the animal rescue group, holds its fourth annual Macaroons Nightclub fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday in Macaroons in Walgreens Plaza, Dick Road and George Urban Boulevard, Depew. Tickets are $20 and include drinks. In addition to a chance auction, there will be a special auction for a hockey jersey autographed by Sabres goalie Ryan Miller. For info, call 668-6222 in the Southtowns, 867-4067 in the Northtowns.

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WHICH CAME FIRST? -- Branch 97, Ukrainian National Women's League of America, is holding "Pysanky" classes, teaching how to decorate Easter eggs Ukrainian-style, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, 3275 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. For information and reservations, call Otha Lownie at 855-0399.

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UP YOUR ALLEY -- Bowling is more than a pastime in North Tonawanda. It's a tradition. Unfortunately, it's also a lost tradition, since the Lumber City no longer has any bowling centers of its own.

Recalling the city's bowling heydays is the North Tonawanda History Museum, which is sponsoring the North Tonawanda Memorial Bowlathon in conjunction with the Tonawandas USBC Association at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Tonawanda Bowling Center, 574 Young St., City of Tonawanda.

Bowlers are invited to bring their own North Tonawanda bowling memorabilia, share their bowling memories and admire the trophies and souvenirs on display from the Tonawandas USBC Association. Items that are donated will become part of a permanent exhibit at the museum. Tickets are $15 and include three games of bowling, free shoe rental, a slice of pizza and a soft drink. Advance registration is recommended. Call 213-0554.

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DRUMSTICK BEAT -- There's a turkey dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in Sikora Post 1322, American Legion, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. Dinners are $7 and include mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, cranberry sauce, bread, butter and beverage. For an extra $1.50, you get a choice of homemade desserts.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Gina Russo, Marney Miller, Wolf Blitzer, Nancy Panek, Curtis Almond, Jacqi Niefer, Sister Mary Francelette Smigielski, Gina Wilton, Sarah Ehrenberg, Diane Payne, Joe Staniszewski, Paul Tomaka, Doug Riter, Brayden Logel, Michelle Roesler, Thomas Vogt, Diane Justinger, Kimberly Gullo, Susan Menno, Kaela Zakrzewski, Janice Flipowicz, Patrick Sheehan, Thomas McCarthy, Timothy McCarthy and Bob Halt.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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