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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to our 10th president, John Tyler, born on this date in 1790, "Popularity, I have always thought, may aptly be compared to a coquette -- the more you woo her, the more apt is she to elude your embrace."

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DARKROOM MAGIC -- Photographer Robert A. Schultz will give a presentation on Kodak black-and-white infrared film at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Locust Street Art Center, 138 Locust St., and show many of the darkroom prints he has made from this high-speed professional film noted for its unexpected colors and effects. Admission is free.

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OUT IN STYLE -- St. Ann's Sodality of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Williamsville holds its 23rd annual Fashion Show Luncheon and Auction -- "Fashions With a Flair" -- Saturday in the Buffalo Niagara Marriott, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst. Fashions will be by Christopher & Banks and the Children's Place. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Lunch is at 12:15 p.m. Tickets are $25 adults, $15 children 12 and under. Reservations are a must. Call Ruth Schlosser at 632-7143.

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DIP AND GLIDE -- Dance instructors Howard and Carol Allen will give a lesson on the Argentine tango as Buffalo USA Dance holds an evening dance Friday in First Presbyterian Church, 2085 Union Road, near Clinton Street, West Seneca. The lesson is at 7:30, with general dancing from 8:30 to 11. Dress is casual, but no jeans. Tickets are $6 for USA Dance members, $10 for guests, refreshments included.

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SHOW AND TELL -- The first of three open house dates comes up this week for the campuses of South Buffalo Catholic School. The kickoff session is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Trinity Catholic Academy, 16 Hayden St. at Mineral Springs Road. Visitors will meet current students and get to talk to faculty members and parents. For info, call 822-4546. Other sessions are scheduled April 7 in Ambrose Catholic Academy, 260 Okell St., and April 14 in Notre Dame Academy, 1125 Abbott Road at Downing Street.

Meanwhile, Trinity holds its Spring Extravaganza from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the Parish Center, 33 Mineral Springs Road. Live entertainment will be provided by Rattle. There will be theme trays and door prizes, including a chance to win $500. Donation is $20 and includes beer, wine and pop. To attend, you must be 21.

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WHEEL WELL -- The Western New York Mountain Bicycling Association holds its 11th annual Bicycle Swap Meet and Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in the Main-Transit Fire Hall Banquet Facility, 6777 Main St., Amherst.

Numerous local bike shops will offer discontinued and close-out items and good used equipment. Individuals can put their used bikes up for sale once again in the popular Bike Corral. Table space is available for people who want to sell bicycle-related items. Admission and parking are free. For info, call Roger Brath at 634-7570.

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BIG NIGHT -- Southtowns Catholic School -- operated by Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Lake View and St. Vincent de Paul Parish in North Evans -- is seeking donations that can be used in the theme baskets or for the auction at its annual Buffalo Blast Galaxy fundraiser Saturday evening in Lucarelli's Banquet Center, 1830 Abbott Road, Lackawanna. Cash donations also are welcome. All donations are tax-deductible and will be publicized at the event. For info or to have a gift picked up, call Home-School Association President Valerie Muka at 627-6732.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- John Robert Forster, Madeline Haggerty, Laura Hermanson, Doug Cortese, Dora P. Wilson, Sister Mary Sidonia Luczak, Kathy Driscoll, Tammy Reisch, Alana Anderson, Payton Essman, David Greaves, Kristy Gossel, Lyn Rivers, Paul Cambria, Shelby Stisser, Chandler Cotter, Jane Kowalski, Courtney L. Helmich, Jim Kaminski, Mary Wiengert, Jane Burke, Stella Rice, Bob Wiepert, Shawn Higgins, Tom Burns, Gary Hotchkiss, Rev. Len Biniszkiewicz, Mildred Lonczak.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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