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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to race car driver Al Unser Jr., born on this date in 1962, "Dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn't teach me everything he knows."


TOMBSTONE TALK -- Erie County Historian Doug Kohler will offer everything he knows when he gives "An In-Depth Look at Cemeteries in Western New York" at 7 p.m. Thursday at a meeting of the Cheektowaga Historical Association in the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.


OVER EASY -- Youngsters under 10 can sharpen their sleuthing skills at 6 p.m. Wednesday in "An Eggs-ellent Easter Egg Hunt" in the North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St. Kids will learn about Easter traditions, then go look for more than 1,000 treat-filled eggs, including a Golden Egg with a special prize. Children should wear old clothing. Socks and parental permission are required. Admission is $1 per child. Call 213-0554 for info.

The egg hunt Wednesday is part of the museum's celebration of the seventh anniversary of receiving its charter. The evening also will include a drawing for a 24-inch tall chocolate bunny, valued at $77, from Barb's Sweet Treats in North Tonawanda.


SUNNY SIDE UP -- Easter egg hunts this weekend include these two in Niagara Falls:

St. James United Methodist Church, 4661 Porter Road, holds a free community Easter egg hunt for kids aged 2 to 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. There also will be face painting, a haystack penny hunt, free snacks and drinks and a live butterfly release at the end. For info, call 297-6421.

Meanwhile, the Aquarium of Niagara on Whirlpool Street holds its annual SEAster egg hunt from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, which is included in the regular admission of $10 adults, $6 for kids. Youngsters, accompanied by a parent, will look for SEAster eggs in the various tanks on both levels of the aquarium and keep track of them on a special form. Prizes include candy, plush animals and more. In addition to the sea lion demonstrations and tidal pool and penguin feedings, the SEAster Bunny will be on hand. For info, call 285-3575, Ext. 206.


TIP OF THE HAT -- The Elmwood Village Association and the Elmwood Neighborhood Alliance will hold their first Easter Bonnet Parade on Easter Sunday, with a bonnet contest and egg hunt.

Those wearing hats and bonnets can register at 12:30 p.m. in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave., then parade to the Lafayette Presbyterian Church, Elmwood and Lafayette avenues, where the entire family can hunt for Easter eggs.

Then the parade continues on Lafayette to St. John's Grace Episcopal Church on Colonial Circle, where prizes will be awarded for bonnets in four categories -- most spring-like or Easter-themed, tallest, Buffalo-themed and kids. For info, visit the Elmwood Village fan page on Facebook or call 881-0707.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Sandra Tan, Jay Tokasz, Sister Mary Loriette Tokasz, Kevin Renaud, Megan Elaine Prell, Matthew Becker, Lawrence Ford, Florence Ford, Renaya Rutledge, Carol Bryant, John Davis Jr., Dora Hall, Carol DeLellis, Eric Shea, Allyson Wrazen, Jim Dziekan, Felicia Dziekan and Leo Noerdlinger.


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