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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Italian playwright, satirist and "Scourge of Princes" Pietro Aretino, born on this date in 1492, "If you want to annoy your neighbors, tell the truth about them."


POT BOILERS -- One of the organizers of the WNY Pen Women luncheons reveals some truths about her journey as an author April 30 in the Golden Duck, 1840 Maple Road, Amherst, in the Maple-Ayer Plaza. Barbara Blackburn will give a talk titled "Patience, Perseverance, Postage and Pots and Pans: How to Write and Market a Cookbook."

Price is $15 and includes gratuity, tea or coffee and the Mongolian barbecue buffet. Deadline for reservations is April 28. Call Blackburn at 634-2909.


REUNION ALERT -- Graduates from all classes at the former Cardinal Dougherty High School are invited to another informal off-the-menu stag supper at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Tom's Family Restaurant, 3221 Sheridan Drive at Bailey Avenue, Amherst. Reservations are appreciated. Call Steve Ash, Class of 1963, at 694-4492.


OUT OF THIS WORLD -- Leading fantasy, horror and science-fiction authors will share their secrets and discuss tricks of their genres for fans and other writers at the EerieCon 13 international convention April 29 through May 1 in the Days Inn at the Falls, 443 Main St., across from the Rainbow Bridge.

Featured will be Larry Niven, author of the award-winning "Ringworld" series, who appears in workshop after workshop all through the weekend, and Derwin Mak, author of "The Siren Stone" and "Transubstantiation," who also shows up in many seminar sessions and reads at 8 p.m. April 29. Our favorite panel discussion topic: "Set Phasers to Stun! -- The problem with creating truly effective nonlethal weapons." That's at 11 a.m. April 30.

The sponsors, the Buffalo Fantasy League, say there will be single-day and children's tickets available for cash only at the door. But to take in the whole weekend, which includes autograph sessions, a concert by Reimei Tenkai Daiko, a masquerade and other group activities, it's easier simply to become a league member for $45. Visit


DINNER DATE -- Featured speaker at Tuesday's dinner meeting of Niagara Frontier Chapter, New York State Women, is JoAnn Mierzwa, who became executive director of the United Way of the Tonawandas last June after nearly 10 years with the YWCA Tonawandas.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in Pane's Restaurant, 984 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. Dinner is $19. Women throughout the Niagara Frontier are invited. For reservations, call Sue Leaderstorf at 694-3307 or Meredith Dietrich at 693-7136.


DISCOUNT DAYS -- Get a bargain when you take the youngsters to the Buffalo Museum of Science during spring break this week. The museum is waiving the additional $2 admission fee for its special show, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition," on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays all this month. Regular museum admission prices -- $8 adults, $7 seniors, $6 kids -- still apply. The Narnia exhibit continues through May 8.


PREMIER PLAYERS -- Winners of the Young Musicians Scholarships awarded by the Friends of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Volunteers will be introduced at the orchestra's April 30 concert in Kleinhans Music Hall.

They are soprano Anne Barr, a student at Hamburg High School who performed with the orchestra in 2009; flutist Nicole Elizabeth Murray, a student at West Seneca East High School; and cellist Donal Sheets, a student at Orchard Park High School. All plan to continue their music studies in college.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Kate Willoughby, Diana Nathan, Sister Mary Louise Marecki, Sister Mary Marcia Chmielewski, Mimi Cassidy, Inez Anzalone, Robert Wilmers, Tom Palamuso, Denise Lovett, Derek Adamczyk, Kelly McBratney, Angie Osborne, Tim Cielinski, Jake Drdul, Dan Battaglia, Angel Wesolowski, Lou Kaczmarek, Skylar Merrell, Danielle Tomaka, Joy Noworyta, Ryan Randles, Tom Puglisi, Mini Cassidy and Bob Stasio.

AND THURSDAY -- Sean Beiter, Roseann Stoklosa, Paul Dyster, Sister Mary Jacqueline Benbenek, Sister Mary Martinia Skokowski, Carol Porebski, Maggie Helinski, Jackie Cartright, Amelia Wright, Carissa Sheffield, Nancy Boltz, Alice Say, Tim Higgins, Lauren Crehan, Jennifer Hoare, Lynne Cercone, Paul Szafranek and Jason Ocasio.


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